P R O F I L E
Eddie Irvine came into his own in the 1999 season, after
his Ferrari team mate, Michael Schumacher, crashed in
the British Grand Prix and broke his leg. Previously he
had been Schumacher's number two with no wins to his
name, but suddenly found himself thrust into the
spotlight as Ferrari's only world championship hope, and
took victory in four races.
He battled McLaren's Mika Hakkinen to the last race in
Japan, where he lost the title following the Finn's race
win. However, he had done enough throughout the season
to make an impression on the formula1 fraternity and,
tired of staying in Schumacher's shadow, had already
announced his move to Jaguar for 2000.
His debut year as the lead driver at Jaguar was
disappointing, as reliability problems and a lack of
speed over a race distance, limited the Ulsterman's
opportunities for success. However, fourth place at the
Monaco GP garnered him three points, and sixth place in
Malaysia saw him score another one.
Despite his reputation as the wildcard of the pit lane
when it comes to talking to the media, he remained
positive throughout 2000, emphasising that it was a
learning year for the team, and followed suit in 2001 as
the team still struggled to match the top six outfits.
Monaco once again proved kind and he took the team's
first podium when he finished third, behind Michael
Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello, on the Monte Carlo
street circuit. The Ulsterman has continually affirmed
his desire to lead the outfit to success, and has
developed a good relationship with new team boss Niki
In 2002 he no doubt will be hoping to start Jaguar's
fight back to glory, partnered by Pedro de la Rosa for
the second year running.
C A R E E
R H I G H L I G H T S
with Jaguar and finishes twelfth in the drivers'
championship with six points.
over as lead driver at Jaguar Racing, finishing
thirteenth with four points in the drivers'
in the World Championship with the Ferrari team,
after Michael Schumacher breaks his leg at the
British Grand Prix. Irvine takes the championship
challenge to the final race in Japan before losing
out to Mika Hakkinen.
gets three 2nd places and 5 3rd places, but there
is still no race win for the loyal Ferrari
footsoldier. Fourth in the title race overall, a
creditable 9 points behind the 3rd placed man,
with Ferrari. Finishes 7th in the Drivers'
Championship with an impressive tally of 24
Ferrari as Number Two to Michael Schumacher and
finishes 10th overall.
his first podium finish with Jordan, after coming
third in the Canadian Grand Prix. Finishes a
respectable 12th in the season.
controversy in his first full season with Jordan
by collecting a three-race ban after a difference
of opinion with the late Ayrton Senna. Still
manages 14th overall.
his Grand Prix debut with Jordan, finishing sixth
4th in the Japanese Formula 3000 Championship
in his first Japanese Formula 3000 Championship
third in his second Formula 3000 Championship
the British Formula Ford Championship and the
Formula Ford Festival title.