Retired

Eddie Irvine

British

  • Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland Place of Birth
  • 10 November 1965 Date of Birth
  • 1993 Japanese Grand Prix F1 Debut
  • Jaguar Current/Last Team

Eddie Irvine is most famous for joining Ferrari in 1996 to support Michael Schumacher’s championship campaign, but he nearly claimed the title himself in 1999.

NationalityBritish
BornEdmund Irvine
10 November 1965
Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland

Irvine made his Formula 1 debut with Jordan at the 1993 Japanese Grand Prix, where he controversially unlapped himself, angering Ayrton Senna and earning a post-race punch from the Brazilian.

Controversy followed Irvine into 1994, when he was blamed by the FIA for a four-car pile-up in the season’s first race. After he appealed the decision, his initial one-race ban was extended to three races.

After three years with Jordan, Irvine moved to Ferrari, where he described his role as Schumacher’s backup as akin to “being hit over the head with a cricket bat.” Though he rarely matched Schumacher’s speed, he occasionally played a crucial supporting role, such as at the 1997 Japanese Grand Prix, where he impeded Jacques Villeneuve to benefit Schumacher.

When Schumacher broke his leg at Silverstone in 1999 while attempting to pass Irvine, Irvine assumed the role of team leader. He had already secured his first F1 victory that year in Melbourne and added two more wins in Austria and Germany during Schumacher’s absence.

Irvine’s title bid faltered somewhat upon Schumacher’s return at the penultimate round in Malaysia. This time, Schumacher aided Irvine by holding up the McLarens, enabling Irvine to secure his fourth and final victory.

Despite leading Mika Hakkinen by four points heading into the final race, Irvine couldn’t match the pace of either Hakkinen or Schumacher, and Hakkinen clinched the title. Irvine left Ferrari as Rubens Barrichello, his former Jordan teammate, took his place, and Irvine moved to Jaguar.

However, his stint with Jaguar was disappointing, as the team often struggled with pace. Irvine managed only two podium finishes over three years before retiring from F1.

Post-retirement, Irvine has successfully built a lucrative property portfolio.

Eddie Irvine Formula One World Championship career

F1 Career1993–2002
TeamsJordan, Ferrari, Jaguar
Entries148 (145 starts)
Championships0
Wins4
Podiums26
Career points191
Pole positions0
Fastest laps1
First entry1993 Japanese Grand Prix
First win1999 Australian Grand Prix
Last win1999 Malaysian Grand Prix
Last entry2002 Japanese Grand Prix

Sources: Wikipedia.com

Teammates

Driver Nationality Current/Last Team F1 Debut Status
Brazilian Williams 1993 South African Grand Prix Retired
German Mercedes 1991 Belgian Grand Prix F1 Legend
Finnish Toyota Racing 1994 Japanese Grand Prix Retired
British Jaguar 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix Retired

Teams

Team Nationality Debut Season Status
Jordan Grand Prix Irish 1991 Historic
Ferrari Italian 1950 Current
Jaguar British 2000 Historic