My Week: Eddie Jordan Principal, Jordan Formula One Team

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In the morning, I go for a quick run in the park near my home in Oxford. Then gather the kids together and head to Party in the Park. I'm a bit of a music fan, mainly the older stuff, but the kids like more modern music. It's good to see my friends from Boyzone and Mike and the Mechanics down at Hyde Park. I'm enjoying my weekend off after the Jordan team win in France last week. The music is brilliant, we have a ball. I get home about nine and go to bed early. It's going to be a very busy week in the run up to Silverstone.


I have an early start to collect my eldest daughter from the airport. She has been backpacking around the Far East and Australia for the last six months. I am a bit apprehensive, as the last time I met up with her at the Grand Prix in Melbourne, she had dyed her hair yellow and had studs in places I'd rather not mention in a national newspaper. It's fantastic to see her and she is looking remarkably better than last time. We have a nice breakfast, all the family together.

I go to work in the afternoon. There is lots of press to deal with, they all want interviews with Damon Hill to discuss whether he is quitting racing.

I go home, have a jog and then have dinner with the family.


I go to Ireland to meet with the cabinet ministers to discuss my new appointment as Irish Ambassador for Sport and Tourism. I pursued Heinz- Harald Frentzen and his girlfriend Tanya to come with me. Heinz is on a high after his win last week. I take them for a few pints of Guinness in the old part of Dublin. We meet some of the Posh and Beckham wedding stragglers - Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers - in the Lillies Bordello club. There is a lot of jumping around, everyone is really happy.

Later we go to a rock concert with Mike and the Mechanics in Olympia and have more Guinness. At the finale I get on stage with Michael Rutherford and do a bit of drumming. I introduce Heinz to the crowd and they all go mad. It's quite moving to see how many people are fanatical about the team in Ireland.


I am in the office all day, toing and froing. I have a meeting with Damon to discuss his plans for the future. After completing a good test last Friday, he wants to talk about staying on after Silverstone. For me, the team comes first and I need a contingency plan in case he goes. I'd really like a decision from Damon either way.

I go to the Cherwell Boat House with my wife Maria. We have a couple of glasses of wine and I have a black- pudding salad, which is lovely.


I get in the office early to sort out the tickets for the race. Calls from the media are constant all day. I have a live satellite link-up for the Irish news at lunch time. I find it strange talking to someone when you can't see their facial movements. The Irish get quite excited by the British Grand Prix. It's not quite as big as Cheltenham for horse- racing, but almost.

I have more interviews with Central TV, Looking East and ITN. The media interest is quite normal at this time.

Manage to leave at 5.30pm to have a peaceful evening with the family.


Another early start. I have a direct link at eight with DSF, a German radio station. Then the first qualifying race at 11am until 12. I have an interview with Fox radio and try and find a sandwich before the second qualifier at two. At 3.30pm, Heinz and I take part in the Benson & Hedges roadshow.

I have a band called EJ and the Buzzing Hornets. The show is in the entrance to Silverstone. Normally I play the drums, Damon plays the guitar and Heinz does his own thing on the maracas. Today, Damon is at the FIA press conference, so it's just me and Heinz. The Grand Prix Ball starts at seven in Stowe school. Tony Hadley and his band are playing in aid of CLICK charity for Cancer and Leukaemia in children.

The team is doing really well even though Damon's going through a difficult time. I'm not really nervous about the race, as we have made some improvements to the car. This time last year the Jordan team were in trouble, but they've managed to turn themselves around. I'm feeling pretty upbeat about . It's been a manic week. I'm feeling pretty tired, but looking forward to my holiday in Corsica next week.