Eddie Irvine
British racing driver
Eddie Irvine
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Birthday
10 November 1965
home town
Newton or Newtonairds
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British
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Former race driver Eddie Irvine convicted over Milan club brawl
Yahoo News - almost 3 years
Former Formula One driver Eddie Irvine was sentenced to six months in prison by an Italian court on Thursday in a trial over a brawl in a nightclub, lawyers in the case said. The judge found the Northern Irishman and Gabriele Moratti, the son of a former Milan mayor, guilty of "mutual injury" during the incident in the VIP section of the Hollywood nightclub in the northern Italian city in 2008. The lawyers disagreed on whether the fight had occurred because the former racing driver made contact with a former girlfriend of Moratti. Irvine, aged 48 and from County Down, drove for Jordan, Ferrari and Jaguar before retiring from the sport in 2003.
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VIDEO: Murray Walker To Star In F1 2013
Huffington Post - over 3 years
F1 2013 will be released in the autumn for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, Codemasters has announced. The game will feature all the drivers of the current season, as well as optional additional content from the 1990s and 1980s. It will also feature legendary F1 commentator Murray Walker, who recently announced he had been diagnosed with cancer. In a press release Codemasters said: F1 2013 gives Formula 1 fans the chance to compete against legendary drivers in cars from different eras of FORMULA ONE with a range of classic content from the 1980s. F1 Classics, introduced by legendary broadcaster Murray Walker, allows players to race iconic 1980s cars from Williams, Lotus and Ferrari against drivers including Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi and Gerhard Berger, with more to be announced, on classic circuits Brands Hatch and Jerez. Classic content is also available in a range of other game modes, including split-screen and online multiplayer modes. The pre ...
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Racing star Eddie Irvine in the driving seat for Sport Relief
Belfast Telegraph - over 4 years
Formula One ace <a class="fplink fp-411891" href="/Eddie+Irvine+1">Eddie Irvine</a> was among the famous racing names battling it out in a karting endurance marathon to raise cash for Sport Relief.
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F1 old boy Eddie Irvine buys Bangor grammar school building
Belfast Telegraph - almost 5 years
Former Formula One ace <a class="fplink fp-411891" href="/eddie+irvine+1">Eddie Irvine</a> is going back to school in his native north Down — but he won’t be getting behind a desk.
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Grand Prix Włoch 2011: historia i zwycięzcy - Auto Świat
Google News - about 5 years
Wygrał Barrichello przed Michaelem Schumacherem (obaj Ferrari) i Eddie Irvine z Jaguara. 2003: W kwalifikacjach najszybszy był Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) przed Juanem-Pablo Montoyą (BMW Williams). Po starcie obaj odjechali pozostałym kierowcom i
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F1 in India this October will be full of sharply-dressed playboys , glamorous ... - Economic Times
Google News - about 5 years
Amber Lounge , which was given shape by Sonia Irvine (sister of ex-Ferraristar Eddie Irvine ) will host the event in October 2011 at Claridges Hotelin Surajkund . It will host two parties during the weekend . Though individual passes are very expensive
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Cuando los pilotos cambian sus guantes por unos de boxeo - El Confidencial
Google News - about 5 years
Senna protagonizó otro conocido incidente con el irlandés Eddie Irvine, quien ya exhibió su luego famosa irreverencia. En la carrera de Japón de 1993, el debutante intentó desdoblarse cuando Ayrton Senna era líder de la carrera
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The American dream - BBC News
Google News - about 5 years
Boyd, who followed racing icons Ayrton Senna, Eddie Irvine and Jenson Button in being crowned British Formula Ford champion in 2008, explained how the move to the series had come about. &quot;It all really started at the end of last year,
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BOYZ BACK IN TOWN - Sunday World
Google News - over 5 years
The party was also attended by Pat and Kathy Kenny, Eddie Irvine and Glenda Gilson and Rob McNaughton. The party was held early for Storm, who only turns 21 in October, as she will be in Canada
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Nightlives of the rich & famous - Irish Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Eddie Irvine was in one night minding a table. Bruce Springsteen came in and Eddie gallantly gave up his seat to help me out. I gave him a case of Miller to say thanks. The only other night that too many people came in and we nearly felt we couldn&#39;t
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Alina Puscau pe marile ecrane, doar cu sanii la vedere - eNational.ro
Google News - over 5 years
... din Romania care a aparut pe coperta Playboy USA, are la activ numeroase reclame si a pozat in celebrul catalog Victoria Secret. Alina a avut relatii amoroase cu regizorul Brett Ratner, actorul Vin Diesel si fostul pilot de Formula 1, Eddie Irvine
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"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark": Voices in the basement - Salon
Google News - over 5 years
Likewise, we never learn about Senna punching out Irish driver Eddie Irvine for &quot;unlapping&quot; himself, a violation of racing protocol, or about other incidents that gained the Brazilian a reputation as an unpredictable hothead. That&#39;s really too bad,
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Pick of the week: A killer clown takes on fascism - Salon
Google News - over 5 years
Likewise, we never learn about Senna punching out Irish driver Eddie Irvine for &quot;unlapping&quot; himself, a violation of racing protocol, or about other incidents that gained the Brazilian a reputation as an unpredictable hothead. That&#39;s really too bad,
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Movie Review: Senna - The West Australian
Google News - over 5 years
My only criticism is that Kapadia ignores Senna&#39;s darker side, such as his assault on Eddie Irvine in 1993 or his relationship with a 15-year-old girl. This is a carefully crafted and richly rewarding portrait of a misunderstood icon and one that
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Bridgestone's Eco Rally showcases green technology - Tyrepress.com
Google News - over 5 years
Previous supporters of the Bridgestone Eco-Rally include luminaries from the worlds of politics, entertainment, sport and the arts such as Boris Johnson, Quentin Willson, Chris Huhne, Kevin McCloud, Lucy Siegle, and F1 drivers Eddie Irvine and Nico
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Button may not be a Tendulkar, but he surely is a Mark Waugh - IBNLive.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
His decision to join McLaren in 2010 did not impress experts like former Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine who said that Button would get overwhelmed by Lewis Hamilton in the team. Eddie couldnt have been more wrong. Not only has Button been an even match
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My Own Private Island - Wall Street Journal
Google News - over 5 years
... sea plane or helicopter—although they are relatively close to the US &quot;I can be there for three or four days and you really don&#39;t see anybody,&quot; says Eddie Irvine, a former Formula One racecar driver from Northern Ireland who purchased an
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Paying the price of fame - Retail Jeweller
Google News - over 5 years
In Irvine v Talk Sport Limited, former F1 racing driver Eddie Irvine sued radio station Talk Sport for using a promotional campaign featuring a picture of him appearing to listen to the station immediately before the British Grand Prix
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Eddie Irvine
1965
Irvine was born on 10 November 1965 in Newtownards, County Down in Northern Ireland, to Edmund Sr. and Kathleen.
He spent his childhood in the village of Conlig. He has one older sister, Sonia who acted as Irvine's physiotherapist until 1999. He completed studies in high school Regent House Grammar School, without ever excelling particularly in the results. Irvine's first taste of motorsport came when his family spent their holidays attending the British Grand Prix. His father also raced in single-seater cars for fun. Irvine originally expressed interest in motorcycles but his father thought them too dangerous. Irvine worked unpaid in his father's scrapyard, in return for which his father funded his racing hobby. He later listed John Watson as his childhood hero.
1983
Irvine began to compete with racing cars in 1983, encouraged by his father; Irvine was initially interested in motorcycle racing, but his parents thought the sport too dangerous and so was forced to engage in the Formula Ford.
1984
After participating in some races, in 1984 he won his first race at Brands Hatch, occasion which also won the award for best pilot.
1987
In 1987, he signed a contract with the Van Diemen team and in that year he managed to win the title of the category, the Formula Ford Festival and the RAC Formula Ford series.
At the end of the season, he participated, during the winter, in a test organised by Marlboro in which the winner would get a place in British Formula 3; Irvine set the fastest time and ensured the participation in the championship series of the aforementioned automobile. During this season not won any success and ended the season in fifth place. He also attended the Macau Grand Prix, part of the league schedule of Formula Three, succeeding from the pole position, but did not win the race. Thanks to Marlboro could also take part, the following year, the championship of F3000 with the team Pacific Racing. Flanked by JJ Lehto, considered then a young promise of motoring, managed to finish in ninth place ahead of his teammate, thirteenth.
1990
In 1990 he signed a contract to race in Formula 3000 with the team Jordan.
During the season, won a victory in Germany and ended the season in third place, with results better than his teammates Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Emanuele Naspetti. At year end, he took part again at Macau Grand Prix and the Fuji F3 Cup, finishing on the podium both races. The end of the season coincided, however, with the end of the relationship with the Irish team and Irvine moved to Japan to compete in Formula Nippon.
1991
During 1991, Irvine raced for Cerumo Racing where he clinched one victory with 17 points scored to finish seventh in the Drivers' Championship.
1992
Irvine first appeared in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1992 SARD driving a Toyota Group C car alongside Roland Ratzenberger and Eje Elgh.
The team finished ninth overall and came second in the Group C class. Irvine entered Formula One, the highest category of circuit racing defined by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), motorsport's world governing body, with the Jordan team, as team-mate to Rubens Barrichello. Making his début at the Japanese Grand Prix, Irvine finished in the points scoring positions with sixth place. He immediately became notable when he held up McLaren driver Ayrton Senna for a number of laps. After the race, Senna walked into the Jordan motorhome and punched Irvine in the face. Irvine retired from the final race in Australia when he suffered an accident. Overall, Irvine finished 22nd in the Drivers' Championship scoring one point.
1994
Irvine remained at Jordan for 1994 and was again partnered by Barrichello.
At the opening round in Brazil, Irvine was involved in a four car pile-up. He later received a one-race ban and a $10,000 fine by the race stewards. Irvine appealed against the decision to the FIA who decided to reject the appeal on 6 April and increased the penalty to a three-race ban. His seat was filled by Aguri Suzuki for the following Pacific Grand Prix and Andrea de Cesaris for the races in San Marino and Monaco. Irvine returned for the Spanish Grand Prix where he scored his first points scoring position of the season with sixth place, although he suffered consecutive retirements in the following five races. He was unable to finish the Belgian Grand Prix due to an alternator failure, although he was classified 13th due to having completed over 90% of the race distance; Irvine later did not finish the race held in Italy due to an engine failure and was later given a one-race ban, suspended for three races for a first-lap incident with Lotus driver Johnny Herbert during the race.
1996
In the week before the European Grand Prix, Jordan announced that Irvine would be retained on a two-year contract. However, Ferrari then announced that it had brought out Irvine's contract, and that he would be partnering Michael Schumacher at the team for 1996.
He fared well in the race by finishing sixth, although he finished outside of the points in the Pacific Grand Prix. Irvine scored his final points of the season with a fifth in Japan and finished the season with a retirement due to pneumatic pressure in Australia. He finished the year 12th in the Drivers' Championship with 10 points scored. At the first race in Australia, Irvine clinched third position; in the following round held in Brazil, he finished outside of the points scoring positions with seventh position and took fifth in Argentina. At the European Grand Prix, he struggled with the handling of his car and was involved in an incident with Olivier Panis causing both drivers to retire. Irvine took fourth in the San Marino Grand Prix. However, Irvine endured with unreliability from his car and was forced to retire from the next eight consecutive races, due to being involved in incidents or problems with his car. The streak was ended when Irvine finished fifth in the Portuguese Grand Prix although he suffered another retirement at the season closing race in Japan. Irvine finished tenth in the Drivers' Championship with 11 points.
1998
During the summer, it was announced that Irvine would remain at Ferrari for 1998.
His run of poor results was ended with a third-place finish at the Japanese Grand Prix, and concluded the season with a fifth place at the European Grand Prix. Irvine finished seventh in the Drivers' Championship with 24 points. Irvine remained at Ferrari for and was again partnered with Schumacher. Irvine's fitness level was placed in doubt when he suffered from back pain. To combat the issue, a new seat was installed in his car. Irvine had very little testing of his team's car, the Ferrari F300, during pre-season testing and was concerned over the tyre war between Bridgestone and Goodyear but was confident about his chances over the coming season. At the first race of the season in Australia, Irvine finished in fourth and in the following race held in Brazil he clinched eighth position. After these results, Irvine endured a good half of the season as he finished on the podium six times in the next eight races, which included an retirement in Spain when he was involved in a collision with Benetton driver Giancarlo Fisichella which created controversy. He managed to finish second place in France behind team-mate Schumacher which was the first one-two finish for Ferrari in eight years.
1999
He was the runner-up in 1999 Formula One World Drivers' Championship, driving for Ferrari.
Irvine was influenced by his parents to enter motor racing. He began his career at the age of seventeen when he entered the Formula Ford Championship achieving early success, before progressing to the Formula Three and Formula 3000 Championships. He first drove in Formula One with the Jordan team in 1993 season, where he achieved early notoriety for his involvement in incidents during his early career. He clinched his first podium finish in before moving to Ferrari in. His most successful season was in when he took four victories and challenged McLaren driver Mika Häkkinen for the World Championship, eventually finishing the runner-up. He moved to Jaguar in and endured poor results but managed to clinch his team's first podium in and another podium in. Irvine left Jaguar due to friction within his team and announced his retirement from competitive motorsport when he did not secure a race seat.
For 1999, Irvine was confident heading into the season, saying: "After last year's results where I got my best ever championship finish with 4th place overall, now, for this year, I want to do even better".
His season got off to a good start: Irvine clinched his maiden Formula One victory at the season opening round in Australia; and in the following race in Brazil, he secured fifth position despite an unscheduled pitstop. Three weeks later in the San Marino Grand Prix, Irvine's car suffered an engine failure after 46 laps and lost the lead of the World Drivers' Championship to team-mate Schumacher. He managed to clinch his second podium finish of the season in the following round in Monaco. Irvine followed the result by clinching third place in the next round in Canada despite a collision with McLaren driver David Coulthard and set the fastest lap. At the British Grand Prix where Irvine clinched second place, Schumacher crashed after going off the high-speed Stowe Corner when his car's rear brake failed, resulting in a broken leg. Irvine assumed the role as his team's lead driver and was partnered by Finnish driver Mika Salo for the next six races. Nevertheless, Irvine clinched consecutive victories in Austria and Germany where he regained the lead of the Drivers' Championship. and clinched a further podium finish in Hungary where he struggled with oversteer on his car. However, Irvine and Salo had complained about the lack of development with the team's car with Irvine threatening to leave Ferrari if his championship bid was not fully supported. Nevertheless, Irvine clinched consecutive points scoring finishes in the next two races—fourth in Belgium and sixth in Italy.
He was also named Autosport's British Competition Driver of the Year for 1999.
Former British racing driver Stirling Moss aired doubts over Irvine's hopes to be a championship contender at Jaguar over the coming season. Former British World Drivers' Champion Jackie Stewart, said: "He really has come together. He's been in the shadow of a number one driver at Ferrari. I think it was time that he shed that shadow and went on to race for himself." Irvine endured a torrid start: At the opening two races held in Australia and Brazil, Irvine suffered consecutive retirements due to spinning out. However, he later managed to finish in the next three races, albeit outside of the points scoring positions. He retired from the European Grand Prix from a collision with Williams driver Ralf Schumacher after spinning from being overtaken by Arrows driver Jos Verstappen. At the next race in Monaco, Irvine scored Jaguar's first points with fourth place.
2001
Irvine remained at Jaguar for 2001 and was partnered by Luciano Burti.
Despite his vocal frustrations, Jaguar team principal Bobby Rahal backed Irvine for the upcoming season, although Irvine was not confident citing his uncertainty about his team becoming competitive. Rahal became concerned over Irvine's attitude when the team's car, the Jaguar R2, was underperforming during pre-season testing. Irvine supported the view of being sacked at the end of the season if his performances did not satisfy the team. Irvine clinched 11th place in the first round in Australia and failed to finish in the next four consecutive races. Before the Spanish Grand Prix, Burti left Jaguar to join the Prost team so Irvine was partnered with Pedro de la Rosa. Irvine managed to finish the Austrian Grand Prix in seventh position and took Jaguar's first podium finish with third place in the following round in Monaco.
2002
In June, it was confirmed that Irvine and de la Rosa would be retained by Jaguar for 2002.
Despite this success, Irvine failed to finish five of the next eight races. He suffered from a neck strain at a test session at Silverstone and took time resting during the summer break. During this period, Rahal attempted to sell Irvine to the Jordan team with an additional $10 million to Irvine's salary. Irvine rejected the contract as he wanted to help Jaguar become more competitive. The contract, originally mooted by Rahal as a joke, led to his sacking and he was replaced by Austrian World Champion Niki Lauda. At the Belgian Grand Prix, Irvine was involved in a collision with Burti who was trying to overtake him. Burti crashed at over 240kph and absolved any blame placed upon Irvine. Irvine managed to clinch his final points of the season with fifth in the United States and ended the season by retiring from the Japanese Grand Prix from a failure of his car's power generators on the fuel rig. Irvine finished the season 12th in the Drivers' Championship having scored six points.
Irvine remained at Jaguar for 2002 and was again partnered by de la Rosa.
In preparation for the upcoming season, Irvine undertook a fitness examination and recorded a high score. However, he was cautious about his team's prospects going into the year, saying: "We've just got to wait and see what happens with this car, that's the question mark". At the opening round in Australia, Irvine finished fourth; and in the following race in Malaysia, he was forced to retire with an hydraulics problem. Irvine later managed to clinch seventh place in the Brazilian Grand Prix, before he suffered consecutive retirements in the next three races. He later finished the Monaco Grand Prix in ninth position, which was followed up with further consecutive retirements in the seven races. However, this marked a turning point as Irvine managed to finish in all of the remaining races. He was in the points scoring positions twice in this period—a sixth-place finish in Belgium and took his final career podium with third in Italy. He finished the season ninth in the Drivers' Championship, with eight points.
In 2002, Irvine successfully sued TalkSport Radio for "passing off" his image in a print advertisement, as if he had personally endorsed the station.
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.
2003
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.
2004
Irvine played himself in the 2004 comedy The Prince and Me, which starred Julia Stiles.
He is now executive producer of a film being produced about Paddy Mayne. 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.
2005
Since leaving motorsport, Irvine became a media personality in Britain. He was also linked with the takeover of the Jordan and Minardi teams in 2005, with talks coming to nothing.
Irvine also expanded his interests into the property market, having built up an investment during his racing career.
In May 2005, Irvine was rumormed to be heading a consortium to buy the Jordan team and stated his interest of running the team.
He was later linked to a possible sale of the Minardi team and held talks with team principal Paul Stoddart. 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.
2006
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.
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.
2014
On 9 January 2014, Irvine was sentenced to six months in prison after being found guilty of "mutual injury" following a brawl in a night club in Milan, Italy with Gabriele Moratti, son of former mayor of Milan Letizia Moratti.
Moratti's lawyer, Vincenzo Saponara, told the media that the sentence was likely to be suspended and that neither man would go to jail. By virtue of being from Northern Ireland, a constituent country of the United Kingdom, Irvine was a British citizen throughout his career. He also held a racing licence issued by the National Sporting Authority of the Republic of Ireland. (Drivers are not compelled to obtain their licence 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 licence, as is the case in other racing series. Relating to Irvine´s nationality, the FIA repeatedly mistakenly issued official Entry list that claims Irvine competing under the Irish nationality (e.g. Entry list for the 1995 and 1996 season).
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