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Judas says Stoddie is 'like Jesus'
Eddies Irvine and Jordan + Jo Ramirez are the pundits in the Autosport season preview who talk about Minardi.
EI likes Stoddie and 'he's done well but I don't think Minardi make much difference to F1. They are there to make the grid look fuller'.
EJ says some people think of Stoddie as an anorak 'but I don't think that's fair - Minardi is the fourth oldest team in F1 and I don't know anyone other than Stoddie who could've kept it going ... the loaves and fishes story could be applied to him and I reckon he's Jesus in another guise. Mind you, he'd say I know all about that because he calls me Judas from time to time! We enjoy a lot of banter like that ... the manufacturers, and they know who I mean, have not given the small teams the credit or respect they deserve [for talent-spotting]'.
Jo says GCM was such a racer and he was truly admired, 'Stoddart is in the same mould .. almost impossible to survive ... I think they'll improve this year ... It's like Theodore Racing in the old days, we used to be the trampoline to stardom'.
Well, some nice stuff there. Love the Jesus quote. We'll miss ya, EJ. Sort of.