Jordan: Hamilton will be spurred on by Schumacher

Eddie Jordan has said that Lewis Hamilton will be spurred on to the 2010 world championship by the presence of Michael Schumacher. The BBC pundit, speaking to the Daily Telegraph, was sure that Hamilton’s motivation and performance level would be increased by the sight of the seven-time champion lining up on the grid beside him.

“H[amilton] s sharp, he s got talent and the return to the sport of Michael Schumacher will only add to that aggression for him to succeed. It s perfect for him.

“We saw how bad McLaren were in the first half of last season. I went on record saying it was the worst car ever, and they still came back. I think the momentum is with McLaren and Hamilton is a class act. My money wouldn t be anywhere but on Hamilton.”

Jordan went on to note how that would affect Hamilton’s new team-mate Jenson Button.

“Jenson is going to have to learn to accept a different life at Brawn he was part of the furniture. This is a real eye-opener for him and it will be the measure of the man, but he wouldn t have taken this decision if he wasn t aware of what his requirement would be.

“He s taken the fight to himself. He wants to prove he can beat Hamilton in a very different environment. I d like to see him in the top three, but it will be a big ask.”

Jordan will retain his popular role as pundit for the BBC alongside David Coulthard for the 2010 season.