Commonly a sensational predictor of big F1 news, Jordan’s comments come after Mercedes played down rumours of recent talks with Ferrari’s championship leader.
“There’s nothing to it,” Mercedes’ Toto Wolff said. “I was only chatting with my Swiss neighbour.”
But Jordan, once a team owner but now a TV pundit, told Sport Bild: “Of course they’re talking with Vettel.
“They need to be. Formula one is a brutal business. It’s not just about strengthening yourself, but weakening your opponent,” he insisted.
Indeed, while Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda has played down the Vettel rumours, he does admit that the German driver is impressive.
As for the rumours of a Mercedes shift, however, Mercedes F1 team non-executive chairman Niki Lauda told ORF: “That’s nonsense.
“Why should Vettel leave Ferrari now that he wins one race after another? It would be crazy,” He’s the best at the moment,” said the F1 legend.
“He is a straightforward guy who knows what he wants, knows how to get something and knows how to extract maximum performance. Just an incredible guy,” Lauda added.
But according to the report, Mercedes sees Vettel as an ideal long-term replacement for fellow German Nico Rosberg, who retired at the end of last year.
Rosberg’s current successor, Valtteri Bottas, has only a one year contract.
“It’s very early to talk about a renewal for Valtteri,” Wolff told Sky Italia.
“But I like him a lot and he’s going well. As for the rumours about Vettel, I think at the moment he has the fastest car, and when you have that, you don’t change.”