Jordan: Ralf’s sabbatical is a mistake

According to former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan, Ralf Schumacher s sabbatical from the sport may hurt his career.

Schumacher quit Toyota at the end of a disappointing 2007 season for the team. The only seat which looked likely for the German driver was for Force India, particularly given that he has a friendship with team boss Vijay Mallya. However Schumacher chose to opt out of the running for the season and follow his brother s advice of taking a sabbatical year.

Jordan believes that this decision is a mistake and may ultimately mean that Schumacher s F1 career is over.

“Not sure if it will work,” Jordan said. “There are too many young kids coming through the door and it might not be open when he returns. Ralf performed brilliantly for Jordan and Williams, but Toyota probably overpaid him, and he had an underperforming car which probably sapped his motivation.”