EDDIE Irvine

Team   Jaguar
Date of Birth 10 November 1965
Nationality Irish
Car Number 18
Marital Status Single


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 Lauda.

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

2001 Stays with Jaguar and finishes twelfth in the drivers' championship with six points.
2000 Takes over as lead driver at Jaguar Racing, finishing thirteenth with four points in the drivers' championship.
1999 Second 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.
1998 Irvine 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, David Coulthard.
1997 Stays with Ferrari. Finishes 7th in the Drivers' Championship with an impressive tally of 24 points.
1996 Joins Ferrari as Number Two to Michael Schumacher and finishes 10th overall.
1995 Enjoys his first podium finish with Jordan, after coming third in the Canadian Grand Prix. Finishes a respectable 12th in the season.
1994 Courts 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.
1993 Makes his Grand Prix debut with Jordan, finishing sixth in Japan.
1992 Finishes 4th in the Japanese Formula 3000 Championship
1991 Competes in his first Japanese Formula 3000 Championship
1990 Finishes third in his second Formula 3000 Championship
1987 Wins the British Formula Ford Championship and the Formula Ford Festival title.




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