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.
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. This season he will be hoping for the chance to scrap more regularly for points
||Takes over as lead driver at Jaguar
Racing, finishing thirteenth with four points in the drivers' championship.
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, David Coulthard.
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.
||Makes his Grand Prix debut with
Jordan, finishing sixth in Japan.
||Finishes 4th in the Japanese Formula
in his first Japanese Formula 3000 Championship
||Finishes third in his second Formula
||Wins the British Formula Ford
Championship and the Formula Ford Festival title.