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Eddie Irvine

Eddie Irvine, Silverstone 1998
Eddie Irvine
Nationality 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Northern Irish
Years 1993 - 2002
Team(s) Jordan, Ferrari, Jaguar
Races 148
Championships 0
Wins 4
Podiums 26
Poles 0
Fastest laps 1
First race 1993 Japanese Grand Prix
First win 1999 Australian Grand Prix
Last win 1999 Malaysian Grand Prix
Last race 2002 Japanese Grand Prix


Edmund "Eddie" Irvine, Jr. (b. 10 November 1965, Newtownards) is a former Formula One racing driver from Northern Ireland.

He grew up in Conlig, County Down. Irvine was influenced by his parents, who are also involved in motor racing. His father, Edmund Sr., and his sister, Sonia (now a physiotherapist), worked with him in his career.

His professional racing career began in 1983 and he progressed to Formula Three racing in 1988, before moving on to Formula 3000 in 1989. He got his break in the top of the Formula racing series after he started racing for Jordan in the Formula 3000 series in 1990, and was subsequently picked up by the Jordan Formula One team in 1993. His reputation steadily increased in Formula One, eventually leading Ferrari to sign him to partner Michael Schumacher in 1996.

1999 was his most successful season: He won four races, taking the Drivers' Championship to the last race, finishing a close second to McLaren driver Mika Häkkinen. He left Ferrari the following year for the new Jaguar Racing team and was the only driver to get Jaguar to the podium in their short F1 history; he achieved this feat twice.

F1 career

Jordan (1993-1995)

In the early stages of his F1 career, Irvine was known as a fierce competitor. Even when he had a weaker car with which he only qualified for the rear of the grid, he had a tendency to "try to win a race at the start", often causing himself and others to exit a race in an untimely and untidy fashion.

He was also noted for his personality, perhaps best described as anti-authoritarian. He finished 6th and secured a point on his debut Formula One race with Jordan in 1993 at Suzuka. This race set the theme of controversy for Irvine that would follow him for the next couple of years. Seeing Ayrton Senna coming up behind him in his rear-view mirror, Irvine allowed him to pass.

However, when Senna seemingly did not bother to lap Damon Hill who Irvine was racing against at the time, he felt he was being held up and, amazingly for a rookie against an all-time great, unlapped himself and immediately overtook Hill. Incensed, Senna walked into the Jordan motorhome after the race finished and punched Irvine in the face. Irvine spoke about this when asked about his most memorable moment:


Irvine continued with Jordan until 1995, where he was well matched with his younger, though more experienced team-mate, Rubens Barrichello. His lack of reliability as well as a tendency to get involved in accidents in 1994 meant that the final championship standings did not mirror his speed. Irvine recorded his first podium finish in F1 with a third place (behind Barrichello in 2nd) at the memorable 1995 Canadian Grand Prix.

Irvine's affinity for apparently reckless driving began to dissipate when he moved to the Ferrari team. F1 sports commentators even changed his nickname from "Irv the swerve" to "Steady Eddie" and "Fast Eddie".

As the Formula One world became more technical and the driver personalities less distinctive, his non-conformist approach was generally appreciated.

Ferrari (1996 - 1999)

The Ferrari team picked him as number 2 to Michael Schumacher for 1996. Despite out-qualifying and beating the German in the first race of the season, Irvine was forced to play second fiddle and on many occasions, sacrificed potential good results to help his team-mate.

In 1998 he suffered from back pain which required that his seat be adjusted to help combat this problem. Possibly stemming from this, a journalist suggested he was unfit. His playboy image might also have contributed to the journalist's allegation. In stark contrast however, and three days prior to the publication of the article, Eddie Irvine recorded one of the highest levels of fitness of an F1 driver.

1999 saw Irvine's career reach a peak as, through a combination of circumstance and the culmination of his much improved and matured style and performance during his years at Ferrari, he found himself battling for the World Championship following Michael Schumacher's accident in the British Grand Prix.

Irvine won the season's opening grand prix in Australia, in a race with significant attrition. With consistent points finishes and subsequent good form he was relatively well placed to take up the fight as the team's lead driver alongside Schumacher's replacement, Mika Salo. A controversial victory handed to him by Salo, out of sight of TV cameras, in the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim followed, although Irvine looked set to pass Salo with or without his help. Following the race, Irvine handed his victory trophy over to Salo as a gesture to show his gratitude.

A further win in Austria increased Irvine's title hopes. However, the normally flawless Ferrari pitcrew performed badly during his pitstops in two races, losing valuable points that left Irvine's championship lead smaller than it could have been. The returning Schumacher aided him in Malaysia, letting his team-mate past and then holding up title challenger, McLaren's Mika Häkkinen. Both Ferraris were disqualified hours after the race as a result of a minor aerodynamic irregularity concerning the cars' bargeboards, seemingly handing the title to Häkkinen, and the Constructors' Championship to the British team. However, the decision was later overturned and both cars reinstated in the race results, meaning that Irvine headed into the final round leading the 1999 Formula One World Drivers' Championship.

In the title showdown at Suzuka, a finish in front of Mika Häkkinen would guarantee Irvine the title. In the event, his third place finish behind Häkkinen and Schumacher handed the championship to the Finn. It is interesting to note, however, that under the current points system in Formula One, Irvine would have won the 1999 championship.

Jaguar (2000 - 2002)

Eddie Irvine, US Grand Prix, 2002

Notwithstanding his success in 1999, Irvine had become increasingly frustrated with a Ferrari team that had a team orders policy, meaning that he had to consistently take a backseat. He moved to Jaguar in 2000 to help establish the Jaguar Racing team where he finally became the lead driver.

The team learned much from Irvine's experience with Ferrari, but ultimately the Jaguar package was unreliable and uncompetitive. Driving a car much slower than most others, and dogged by the reliability problems, he still managed to get podium results in Monaco and Monza.

Friction in the Jaguar camp and his vocal frustration at the lack of positive development of the car resulted in his contract not being renewed. He was considered for a return to Jordan for the 2003 season but, due to that team's financial problems, he was left without a drive. He announced his retirement from Formula One racing that year. His car is currently on show in the Grampian Transport Museum in Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Career after F1

Irvine is seen by many as a playboy in the mould of James Hunt, in contrast to the sport's modern stars, who are seen as staid and less flamboyant. Irvine is also remembered for his tendency to speak his mind, often to the irritation of some.

Eddie played himself in the 2004 comedy The Prince and Me, which starred Julia Stiles.

Following the collapse of talks with Minardi in 2005, Irvine is now considering setting up his own Formula One team from scratch.Template:Fact

He was a millionaire through property investment before reaching Formula One. Outside of F1 Irvine is said to have built up a multi-million pound property portfolio, owning around forty properties throughout the world. According to the Sunday Times Rich List, published in April 2006, Irvine was the fifth richest person of Northern Ireland at that time, having increased his personal fortune to approximately £160 million.

He is also the owner of Eddie Irvine Sports, a snooker, pool, kart racing, paintballing and football facility in Bangor, close to his native Conlig.

He is now executive producer of a film being produced about Paddy Mayne.

In May 2006, it was announced that Irvine would be one of the celebrities taking part in ITV's Soccer Aid. In aid of UNICEF, this television show featured an England vs. the rest of the world football match, with teams made up of a mix of celebrities and ex-professionals. Unfortunately, he had to pull out because of a leg injury.

In autumn 2006 he launched a new television programme on the Sky One channel, with two teams of celebrity racing drivers competing against each other. David Coulthard was captain and coach of the girls team, and Irvine of the boys. Ultimately, despite some impressive performances by both teams, Irvine's team won by some margin. Also in 2006 Irvine had a brief fling with actress and model Pamela Anderson, who broke off the romance claiming that "Eddie was just too sweet for me."

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
1983 Misc Formula Ford races  ? 20  ?  ?  ?  ?
1984 Misc Formula Ford races  ? 22 2 2  ?  ?
1985 Esso Formula Ford 1600  ? 20 3 0 44 10th
1986 Misc Formula Ford races  ? 17 0 0  ?  ?
1987 Esso Formula Ford 1600 Van Diemen 14 5 6 165 1st
RAC Formula Ford 1600 Van Diemen 12 10 8 160 1st
Formula Ford Festival Van Diemen 1 1 1 N/A 1st
BBC Formula Ford 2000 Van Diemen 4 2 2 24 2nd
1988 British F3 championship WSR 18 1 0 53 5th
Cellnet Formula Three Race WSR 1 0 0 N/A R
Macau Grand Prix WSR 1 1 0 N/A R
1989 International Formula 3000 Pacific 10 0 0 11 9th
Macau Grand Prix WSR 1 0 0 N/A R
1990 International Formula 3000 Jordan 11 0 1 27 3rd
Macau Grand Prix WSR 1 0 0 N/A 3rd
F3 Fuji Cup WSR 1 0 0 N/A 3rd
1991 Japanese Formula 3000 Cerumo 11 0 1 14 7th
1992 Japanese Formula 3000 Cerumo 11 2 1 17 8th
24 hours Le Mans TOM'S/SARD 1 0 0 N/A 9th
1993 Japanese Formula 3000 Cerumo 10 4 1 32 2nd
24 hours Le Mans SARD Toyota 1 0 0 N/A 4th
Formula One Jordan 2 0 0 1 20th
1994 Formula One Jordan 13 0 0 6 16th
24 hours Le Mans SARD Toyota 1 0 0 N/A 2nd
1995 Formula One Jordan 17 0 0 10 12th
1996 Formula One Ferrari 16 0 0 11 10th
1997 Formula One Ferrari 17 0 0 24 7th
1998 Formula One Ferrari 16 0 0 47 4th
1999 Formula One Ferrari 16 0 4 74 2nd
2000 Formula One Jaguar 17 0 0 4 13th
2001 Formula One Jaguar 17 0 0 6 12th
2002 Formula One Jaguar 17 0 0 8 9th

Complete Formula One Grand Prix results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1993 Sasol Jordan Jordan 193 Hart RSA
BRA
EUR
SMR
ESP
MON
CAN
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
POR
JPN
6
AUS
Ret
20th 1
1994 Sasol Jordan Jordan 194 Hart BRA
Ret
PAC
SMR
MON
ESP
6
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
13
ITA
Ret
POR
7
EUR
4
JPN
5
AUS
Ret
16th 6
1995 Total Jordan Peugeot Jordan 195 Peugeot BRA
Ret
ARG
Ret
SMR
8
ESP
5
MON
Ret
CAN
3
FRA
9
GBR
Ret
GER
9
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
10
EUR
6
PAC
11
JPN
4
AUS
Ret
12th 10
1996 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F310 Ferrari AUS
3
BRA
7
ARG
5
EUR
Ret
SMR
4
MON
7
ESP
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
5
JPN
Ret
10th 11
1997 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F310B Ferrari AUS
Ret
BRA
16
ARG
2
SMR
3
MON
3
ESP
12
CAN
Ret
FRA
3
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
9
BEL
10
ITA
8
AUT
Ret
LUX
Ret
JPN
3
EUR
5
7th 24
1998 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F300 Ferrari AUS
4
BRA
8
ARG
3
SMR
3
ESP
Ret
MON
3
CAN
3
FRA
2
GBR
3
AUT
4
GER
8
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
2
LUX
4
JPN
2
4th 47
1999 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F399 Ferrari AUS
1
BRA
5
SMR
Ret
MON
2
ESP
4
CAN
3
FRA
6
GBR
2
AUT
1
GER
1
HUN
3
BEL
4
ITA
6
EUR
7
MAL
1
JPN
3
2nd 74
2000 Jaguar Racing Jaguar R1 Cosworth AUS
Ret
BRA
Ret
SMR
7
GBR
13
ESP
11
EUR
Ret
MON
4
CAN
13
FRA
13
AUT
PO
GER
8
HUN
8
BEL
10
ITA
Ret
USA
7
JPN
8
MAL
6
13th 4
2001 Jaguar Racing Jaguar R2 Cosworth AUS
11
MAL
Ret
BRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
ESP
Ret
AUT
7
MON
3
CAN
Ret
EUR
7
FRA
Ret
GBR
9
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
5
JPN
Ret
12th 6
2002 Jaguar Racing Jaguar R3 Cosworth AUS
4
MAL
Ret
BRA
7
SMR
Ret
ESP
Ret
AUT
Ret
MON
9
CAN
Ret
EUR
Ret
GBR
Ret
FRA
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
6
ITA
3
USA
10
JPN
9
9th 8



3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Scuderia Ferrari
Personnel:
22px-Flag of France.png Jean Todt | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Mario Almondo | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Stefano Domenicali | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luca Baldisseri
Current drivers:
22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen | 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luca Badoer | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giancarlo Fisichella (Test Driver) 22px-Flag of Spain.png Marc Gené (Test Driver)
Notable Former drivers:
22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Alberto Ascari | 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Juan Manuel Fangio | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Mike Hawthorn | 22px-Flag of Austria.png Niki Lauda | 22px-Flag of South Africa.png Jody Scheckter | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png John Surtees | 22px-Flag of the United States.png Phil Hill | 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Eddie Irvine | 22px-Flag of France.png Jean Alesi | 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Nigel Mansell | 22px-Flag of Austria.png Gerhard Berger | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Michele Alboreto | 22px-Flag of France.png René Arnoux | 22px-Flag of France.png Patrick Tambay | 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Gilles Villeneuve | 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Carlos Reutemann | 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Clay Regazzoni | 22px-Flag of the United States.png Mario Andretti | 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jacky Ickx | 22px-Flag of Germany.png Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Lorenzo Bandini
Formula One cars:
125 | 275 | 340 | 375 | 500 | 553 | 625 | 555 | D50 | 801 | 412 | 246 | 256 | 156 | 158 | 1512 | 312 | 312B | 312T | 126C | 156/85 | F1/86 | F1/87 | 640 | 641 | 642 | 643 | F92A | F93A | 412T | F310 | F310B | F300 | F399 | F1-2000 | F2001 | F2002 | F2002B | F2003-GA | F2004 | F2004M | F2005 | 248 | F2007 | F2008 | F60 | F10 | 150° Italia | F2012