Eddie Irvine

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Eddie Irvine
Eddie Irvine.jpg
Born(1965-11-10) 10 November 1965 (age 46)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality British
Active years19932002
TeamsJordan, Ferrari, Jaguar
Races148 (147 starts)
Championships0
Wins4
Podiums26
Career points191
Pole positions0
Fastest laps1
First race1993 Japanese Grand Prix
First win1999 Australian Grand Prix
Last win1999 Malaysian Grand Prix
Last race2002 Japanese Grand Prix
 
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Eddie Irvine
Eddie Irvine.jpg
Born(1965-11-10) 10 November 1965 (age 46)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality British
Active years19932002
TeamsJordan, Ferrari, Jaguar
Races148 (147 starts)
Championships0
Wins4
Podiums26
Career points191
Pole positions0
Fastest laps1
First race1993 Japanese Grand Prix
First win1999 Australian Grand Prix
Last win1999 Malaysian Grand Prix
Last race2002 Japanese Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years1992 - 1994
TeamsTOM'S/SARD, SARD Toyota
Best finish2nd (1994)
Class wins1 (1994)

Edmund "Eddie" Irvine, Jr. (born 10 November 1965, Newtownards, County Down)[1] is a former racing driver from Northern Ireland. He grew up in Conlig, County Down, and was influenced by his parents, who were also involved in motor racing. His father, Edmund Sr, and his sister, Sonia (now a physiotherapist), worked with him during his career.[2]

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; Irvine won four races, taking the Drivers' Championship to the last race in which he finished third. In the overall Championship he finished as runner-up 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.

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Personal and early life

Eddie Irvine was born in Newtownards in Northern Ireland, to Edmund Sr. and Kathleen and spent his childhood in the small village of Conlig. He completed studies in high school Regent House Grammar School, without ever excelling particularly in the results.

He became known for his flirting with various women. including Pamela Anderson.[3] He has a daughter named Zoe, from his girlfriend at the time Maria Drummond.[4]

Before F1 (1983–1993)

Eddie Irvine at the 1989 Macau Grand Prix. His helmet design was based on that of Ayrton Senna.

Eddie Irvine's racing career began in Formula Ford, where from 1983 to 1986 he scored several podium finishes. His big break came in 1987 when he signed for the works Van Diemen team and won both RAC and Esso FF1600 championships with a respectable 19 wins out of 36 races, including the prestigious Formula Ford Festival.

His performances in Formula Ford led to a signing in the front running WSR Formula Three team. During the season, it was clear that the Alfa Romeo Engine in Irvine's car did not have a chance of competing with the Toyota and VW powered cars. He finished the year fifth in the standings, without a win, but with 8 podium positions.

After a good showing in the 1988 Macau Grand Prix, where he put his WSR Ralt car on pole position and won the first leg, Irvine signed for the Pacific team for the 1989 International Formula 3000 Championship. In a complicated season for a rookie team, Irvine finished the final standings in ninth place, ahead of his highly rated team mate JJ Lehto, who was already in F1 by mid-season. At the end of the year, Irvine returned to the Macau Grand Prix with his former team (WSR) in one of its Ralt F3 Cars.

For 1990 Irvine signed with Eddie Jordan for a second attempt at the F3000 Championship, this time winning the German round, and finishing the year third in the standings ahead of his team mates, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Emanuele Naspetti. Again at the end of the season, Irvine stepped back to Formula Three to participate in the 1990 Macau and Fuji rounds, finishing on the podium in both events.

With no opportunities in F1 in sight, Irvine headed for Japan, to compete in the Japanese Formula 3000 Championship. He finished seventh in the standings in 1991, eighth in 1992, and runner-up in 1993, just as he debuted with Jordan Grand Prix at that year's Formula One Japanese Grand Prix.

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 mirror, Irvine allowed him to pass. However, when Senna could not 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 then tried himself to overtake Hill.[5] Incensed at being held up behind the Irvine-Hill battle for more than a lap, Senna walked into the Jordan motorhome after the race and punched Irvine in the face.[6] Irvine spoke about this when asked about his most memorable moment:

I assume you’re talking about racing so I’ll keep it clean then! I think going around the outside of three guys at the first corner and up to fifth in my first grand prix for Jordan. I did have a chuckle when I unlapped Ayrton Senna in that race and was laughing my head off in the car.

—2007 interview.[7]

At the first race of 1994, Irvine was involved in a four-car pile up and received a one-race ban which was increased to three for appealing the decision.[8] During the Friday Qualifying in Portugal, Irvine clipped the Williams of Damon Hill which ended his qualifying campaign. The Ulsterman received a warning that another similar incident would see his Super License revoked.[9]

Irvine driving for Jordan at the 1995 British Grand Prix

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".[10]

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

Ferrari (1996–1999)

On 27 September 1995, Irvine signed for Ferrari for 1996 to partner Michael Schumacher.[11] Between 1996 and 1997, Irvine played a clear second driver in the team to Schumacher. In 1996 Schumacher had 59 points and 3 wins, against Irvine's 11 points and no wins.

In 1997, Irvine had an improvement over the previous year. At the Argentine Grand Prix, Irvine scored a then-career best second after a strong challenge to Jacques Villeneuve who was suffering from a stomach ailment.[12] Not counting Schumacher's disqualification from the world championship, the German had 78 points and 5 wins, against Irvine's 24 points and, again, no wins. In both years, Irvine showed comparison with Schumacher was inevitable.

In 1998, Irvine's fitness level was in question as he had suffered from back pain. His seat was adjusted to help combat this problem. Possibly stemming from this, a journalist suggested he was unfit. In stark contrast with the journalist's allegation however, three days prior to the publication of the article, Irvine had recorded one of the highest levels of fitness of an F1 driver. Mid-way through the season, Irvine re-signed for the Scuderia for 1999.[13]

Irvine driving for Ferrari at the 1999 Canadian Grand Prix, during his most successful season in F1

1999

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 at that year's British Grand Prix which saw the German break his leg.

Irvine won the season's opening grand prix in Australia, in a race with significant attrition. With consistent points finishes, subsequent good form, and a rather abnormal series of glaring mistakes by rivals McLaren and reigning World Champion Mika Häkkinen, he was relatively well placed to take up the fight as the team's lead driver alongside Schumacher's replacement, Mika Salo. A further two victories in the Austrian and German Grand Prix rounds increased Irvine's title hopes. The former featured an exciting battle down to the finish with McLaren driver David Coulthard (who did himself no favours after spinning Häkkinen out in the first lap). The latter victory however was rather controversial as it was handed to him by teammate Salo out of sight of TV cameras, although Irvine looked set to pass Salo with or without his help.[14] Salo had outqualified the Irishman, and was ahead of him throughout the race; he inherited the lead after Häkkinen had a botched pitsop and subsequently went out later with a spectacular left rear tyre puncture and crash. Following the race, Irvine handed his victory trophy over to 2nd place Salo as a gesture to show his gratitude.[15]

Irvine added two more high points finishes of 3rd at Hungary and 4th in Belgium, However, by this stage it was clear that the Ferrari team were struggling as both Irvine and Salo began complaining about the car's lack of grip and poor handling (It was suggested that the team's lack of proper development was due to Michael Schumacher's missing presence in the team). As a result, Irvine had threatened to leave the team as he believed Ferrari had not fully supported his campaign for the championship.[16] His form more apparent during the Hungarian and Belgian rounds but more so at Ferrari's Home Grand Prix at Monza, where Irvine struggled for pace and finished a lacklustre 6th (in contrast, teammate Salo, whose driving style seemed to suit the Ferrari's lack of grip at high speed tracks, finished 3rd). This streak cost Irvine valuable points although it was somewhat offset by Häkkinen's misfortune in several races during this period (highlighted by a notorious blunder at the aforementioned Italian GP at Monza), but nevertheless, Irvine's lead from a peak 8 points was completely wiped out and both he and Häkkinen were equal coming towards the European Round at the Nurburgring. On 15 September, Irvine was announced as one of the drivers for the Jaguar team with a three-year contract worth £15 million. He was to be parterned by Johnny Herbert for 2000.[17]

Irvine looked set for a very good points day and maybe a possible victory after McLaren gave Häkkinen the wrong tyres in a race plagued by rapidly changing weather conditions. Unfortunately the normally flawless Ferrari pitcrew performed badly during Irvine's pitstop and he ultimately finished 7th, out of the points, whereas a resurgent Häkkinen managed to catch and pass Irvine and Marc Gene's Minardi and finish 5th. With a 2 point disadvantage, the returning Schumacher aided him in Malaysia; starting on pole with Irvine behind in 2nd (the Ferraris suddenly fast again), he let his team-mate pass for the win (his 4th of the season) and then proceeded to hold up a visibly exhausted Häkkinen for 2nd place. Then after the race, 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 by just 4 points[18]

In the title showdown at Japan, a finish in front of Mika Häkkinen would guarantee Irvine the title. In the race, Irvine struggled for pace and finished third behind Häkkinen and runner-up Schumacher, handing the championship to the Finn.

Jaguar (2000–2002)

Irvine's move to Jaguar secured him the role as the team's lead driver. He did not compete in the Austrian Grand Prix due to abdominal pains. He returned at the German Grand Prix where he finished 10th.[19]

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 at Monaco and Monza.

For 2002, Irvine declared his fitness level was higher than his rival comeptitors when he performed a fitness examination which was higher than many drivers.[20]

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, owing to that team's financial problems, he was left without a drive. He was also linked with Minardi.[21] He announced his retirement from Formula One racing that year.

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.

On 24 July 2003, Irvine was arrested after being caught driving a scooter over 30 mph through Hyde Park without a licence or insurance. He was to be sentenced at Bow Street Magistrates but Irvine did not attend. An arrest warrant with bail was issued.[22]

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

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.[23]

He is now executive producer of a film being produced about Paddy Mayne.[24]

Irvine demonstrating a Ferrari 312T3 at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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 late 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.

In 2002, Irvine successfully sued TalkSport Radio for "passing off" his image in a print advertisement, as if he had personally endorsed the station.[25][26] Eight years later, Irvine will front a half-hour programme on the station, the LG Grand Prix Show, alongside regular Sunday evening presenter Andy Goldstein.[27]

Nationality

By virtue of being born in Northern Ireland, a constituent country of the United Kingdom, Irvine was a British citizen throughout his career. He also held a racing license issued by the National Sporting Authority of the Republic of Ireland.[28] (Drivers are not compelled to obtain their license from their home country.) The FIA's International Sporting Regulations state that drivers competing in FIA World Championships shall compete under the nationality of their passport, rather than that of the National Sporting Authority that issued their racing license, as is the case in other racing series.[29]

This situation created some confusion as to Irvine's nationality when he appeared at podium ceremonies in the Formula One World Championship. At his third podium, a second place for Ferrari at the 1997 Argentine Grand Prix, an Irish Tricolour was mistakenly flown by the race organisers.[30] This led to his family receiving threatening phone calls. Irvine then requested that at subsequent races, a politically neutral shamrock flag be flown, and the non-sectarian Londonderry Air be played to mark a victory.[28] An FIA spokesman said:

As far as we understand, Irvine has a British passport so the Union Jack should be raised. ... I understand he has a special flag, but our regulations do not allow this.

—FIA spokesman Francesco Longanesi.[30]

Irvine has self-identified as being Irish:

But at the end of the day, I’m Irish. I mean, I’ve got a British passport, but if you’re from Ireland, north or south, you’re Irish. And ‘British’ is. . . such a nondescript thing, isn’t it?

—1995 interview.[31]

Racing record

Career summary

SeasonSeriesTeam NameRacesPolesWinsPointsFinal Placing
1983Misc Formula Ford races ?20 ? ? ? ?
1984Misc Formula Ford races ?2222 ? ?
1985Esso Formula Ford 1600 ?20304410th
1986Misc Formula Ford races ?1700 ? ?
1987Esso Formula Ford 1600Van Diemen14561651st
RAC Formula Ford 1600Van Diemen121081601st
Formula Ford FestivalVan Diemen111N/A1st
BBC Formula Ford 2000Van Diemen422242nd
1988British F3 championshipWSR1810535th
Cellnet Formula Three RaceWSR100N/AR
Macau Grand PrixWSR110N/AR
1989International Formula 3000Pacific1000119th
Macau Grand PrixWSR100N/AR
1990International Formula 3000Jordan1101273rd
Macau Grand PrixWSR100N/A3rd
F3 Fuji CupWSR100N/A3rd
1991Japanese Formula 3000Cerumo1101147th
1992Japanese Formula 3000Cerumo1121178th
24 hours Le MansTOM'S/SARD100N/A9th
1993Japanese Formula 3000Cerumo1041322nd
24 hours Le MansSARD Toyota100N/A4th
Formula OneJordan200120th
1994Formula OneJordan1300616th
24 hours Le MansSARD Toyota100N/A2nd
1995Formula OneJordan17001012th
1996Formula OneFerrari16001110th
1997Formula OneFerrari1700247th
1998Formula OneFerrari1600474th
1999Formula OneFerrari1604742nd
2000Formula OneJaguar1700413th
2001Formula OneJaguar1700612th
2002Formula OneJaguar170089th

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

YearClassNoTyresCarTeamCo-DriversLapsPos.Class
Pos.
1992C234BToyota 92C-V
Toyota R36V 3.6L Turbo V8
Japan Toyota Team Tom's
Japan Kitz Racing Team with SARD
Austria Roland Ratzenberger
Sweden Eje Elgh
3219th2nd
1993C136MToyota TS010
Toyota RV10 3.5 L V10
Japan Toyota Team Tom'sJapan Toshio Suzuki
Japan Masanori Sekiya
3644th4th
1994LMP1
/C90
1DToyota 94C-V
Toyota R36V 3.6 L Turbo V8
Japan SARD Company Ltd.Italy Mauro Martini
United States Jeff Krosnoff
3432nd1st

Complete Formula One Grand Prix results

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

YearEntrantChassisEngine1234567891011121314151617WDCPoints
1993Sasol JordanJordan 193HartRSA
BRA
EUR
SMR
ESP
MON
CAN
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
POR
JPN
6
AUS
Ret
22nd1
1994Sasol JordanJordan 194HartBRA
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
16th6
1995Total Jordan PeugeotJordan 195PeugeotBRA
Ret
ARG
Ret
SMR
8
ESP
5
MON
Ret
CAN
3
FRA
9
GBR
Ret
GER
9
HUN
13
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
10
EUR
6
PAC
11
JPN
4
AUS
Ret
12th10
1996Scuderia FerrariFerrari F310FerrariAUS
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
10th11
1997Scuderia Ferrari MarlboroFerrari F310BFerrariAUS
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
7th24
1998Scuderia Ferrari MarlboroFerrari F300FerrariAUS
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
4th47
1999Scuderia Ferrari MarlboroFerrari F399FerrariAUS
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
2nd74
2000Jaguar RacingJaguar R1CosworthAUS
Ret
BRA
Ret
SMR
7
GBR
13
ESP
11
EUR
Ret
MON
4
CAN
13
FRA
13
AUT
PO
GER
10
HUN
8
BEL
10
ITA
Ret
USA
7
JPN
8
MAL
6
13th4
2001Jaguar RacingJaguar R2CosworthAUS
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
12th6
2002Jaguar RacingJaguar R3CosworthAUS
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
9th8

Driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified as they had completed over 90% of the race distance.

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