Eddie Irvine

British racecar driver

Edmund "Eddie" Irvine, Jr. (Born 10 November 1965, Newtownards, County Down) is a former racing driver from Northern Ireland. He raced under a British Driving License.

Eddie Irvine
Irvine at the 1999 Canadian Grand Prix
BornEdmund Irvine, Jr.
(1965-11-10) 10 November 1965 (age 58)
Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Active years19932002
TeamsJordan, Ferrari, Jaguar
Entries148 (147 starts)
Career points191
Pole positions0
Fastest laps1
First entry1993 Japanese Grand Prix[1]
First win1999 Australian Grand Prix
Last win1999 Malaysian Grand Prix
Last entry2002 Japanese Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
TeamsTOM'S/SARD, SARD Toyota
Best finish2nd (1994)
Class wins1 (1994)
Irvine (1999)

Irvine spent time in the 1980s and early 1990's in Formula Ford and F3000. He joined Formula One in 1993, scoring a point on his debut as he replaced Emanuele Naspetti. He stayed on for Jordan in 1994 and 1995, before going on to drive for Scuderia Ferrari in 1996. His results were not as successful as Michael Schumacher's, including eight straight DNF's (Did not Finish) in a row in 1996. He eventually improved, scoring more podiums as he went along with the team.

In 1999 Michael Schumacher, the "#1 driver" for Ferrari was injured during a race at Silverstone. Irvine was made the #1 driver. The team put all their efforts towards Irvine winning a driver's championship. It wasn't successful, but Irvine did place second in the championship. Irvine left Ferrari after that season because he was frustrated with Ferrari's policy on team orders, which meant that one driver was labelled as "being #1." So, Irvine joined the new Jaguar Racing team in 2000, where he finally became the lead driver. However, the car was not competitive and reliable, so Jaguar, despite having lots of experience with Irvine, had little results. Irvine obtained the only two podiums Jaguar would ever see, and Irvine retired from Formula One after 2002.

References change

  1. "Do you remember… when Senna and Irvine came to blows at Suzuka". 23 Sep 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2016.