and the view from a team who next year wont have a factory backing.......
EJ BACKS BERNIE PENALTY PLANS - www.itv-f1.com
Eddie Jordan has thrown his weight behind Bernie Ecclestone's plans to introduce ballast penalties in F1.
Jordan is delighted at the F1 supremo’s admission that he is looking at ways to make F1 more spectacular and win back disillusioned viewers.
One controversial suggestion made by Ecclestone was the idea of weight penalties to slow down the leading runners. Jordan believes this is a sound idea.
He told Radio Five Live: "I think this is an excellent, proven and guaranteed way of levelling the playing field.
"It would not be the first time it has happened in motor racing. In saloon car racing, what happens is when you pick up points, you pick up kilos too.
"One of the reasons Bernie Ecclestone has headlined the weight penalty is because it is easy to put in place, manage and control with regulations.
"We need to get back those people who are turning off motor racing. There is a definite trend towards losing viewers so something needs to be done."
Jordan admitted that the idea was bound to encounter opposition from the leading teams but said Ecclestone should act unilaterally and force the policy through.
He said: "The teams will never agree en masse so he needs to be draconian and tough and put in place something that he firmly believes will put F1 back to the footing it had."
Jordan is convinced that a more level playing field would even benefit the all-conquering Ferrari team.
He said: "Quite clearly it is a little bit embarrassing for them at the moment. They will amass this year for the first time ever in the history of motor racing - if they win in Japan this weekend, as they should - more points than all of the other teams put together.
"Now that is clearly not what anybody wants, and Ferrari certainly don't.
"We need a very exciting championship that is TV-pleasant to everybody."