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EDDIE IRVINE(IRV THE SWERVE)

Name: Edmund Irvine.

Date Of Birth: 10 November 1965.

Place Of Birth: Newtownards, Northern Ireland.

Residence: Dalkey in Ireland, Bologna in Italy, a boat hanging around the Med.

Marital Status: Single.

Eddie Irvine in my books is a solid racer and given the right conditions can beat the very best. He in fact won the 1st race of 1999,the Australian gp.Irve the Swerve once again sacrificed his own ambitions in 1998 to further his team mate's prospects of a title. His skilful manipulation of this role brought him plaudits from across F1 as he proved a perpetual thorn in the side of the Mclarens, and an invaluable aid to Schumacher. Along with Schumi he provided Ferrari fans with their dream result - a one-two at the Italian Grand Prix, but later sustained fierce criticism from the same source when he failed to delay Hakkinen at Luxembourg. There is no question that Irvine will ever be allowed to race for himself while Schumacher is there, but as he himself has admitted, it takes a lot of guts to walk away from a seat at Ferrari for a lesser team. Always as outspoken off the track as he is exciting on it, Irvine is one of the pitlane's coolest customers. 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 Finishes 7th in the Drivers' Championship with impressive tally of 24 points. 1996 Joins Ferrari as Number Two to Michael Schumacher and finishes 10th overall. 1995 Enjoys his first podium finish 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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