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Irvine still hoping for Jordan chance

Irvine still hoping for Jordan chance

Eddie Irvine said he has unfinished business with Formula One and is still hoping for a chance to partner Giancarlo Fisichella at Jordan. Made redundant from Jaguar at the end of this season, Irvine has been strongly linked with Jordan recently.

Eddie Irvine said he has unfinished business with Formula One and is still hoping for a chance to partner Giancarlo Fisichella at Jordan. Made redundant from Jaguar at the end of this season, Irvine has been strongly linked with Jordan recently. With Takuma Sato heading to BAR as test driver for 2003, the second race seat alongside Fisichella is currently the hottest property in F1.

Eddie Irvine.
Photo by Jaguar Racing.
"The one thing which keeps me going is believing I still have a chance to drive for Jordan," Irvine wrote in his UK newspaper column. "I have unfinished business in Formula One and would love the chance to team up with Giancarlo because that would be a mega line-up. My whole life has revolved around racing and the spark is still there. It's been really weird not being part of winter testing."

The Irishman managed to score all of Jaguar's eight points in 2002 but it wasn't enough for the team to keep him on. Since then speculation has been rife about his future and Jordan seems to be his best chance. However, other drivers have also been linked with the Jordan vacancy so there's no certainty it will be Irvine that gets it.

"While it's clear that Eddie Irvine is out there, there are a number of highly-talented young drivers about," said John Gallagher, Jordan's head of marketing, according to the BBC. "We are looking at both Ralph Firman and Richard Lyons, and there is also Anthony Davidson to include in that list." Firman, who recently tested for BAR, and Lyons both raced in the Formula Nippon series.

Irvine has been keeping a fairly low profile over the winter but is missing being behind the wheel: "I miss trying to find ways of making the car go quicker," he said. "Working with engineers to evaluate various components on the car is fun."

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