Irvine defends Schumacher

Irvine defends Schumacher

Jaguar's Eddie Irvine has defended Michael Schumacher after the backlash of criticism from the Austrian Grand Prix, saying the German is blameless and just doing his job. Irvine, a former team-mate of Schumacher's at Ferrari, thinks if anyone is...

Jaguar's Eddie Irvine has defended Michael Schumacher after the backlash of criticism from the Austrian Grand Prix, saying the German is blameless and just doing his job. Irvine, a former team-mate of Schumacher's at Ferrari, thinks if anyone is to blame it's team principal Jean Todt and technical director Ross Brawn, describing Brawn as 'viciously ambitious'.

Eddie Irvine.
Photo by Jaguar Racing.
"Michael is blameless because his hands are tied just as much as Rubens' are," Irvine said. "If he had gone against the team's wishes that would have been anarchy, and Schumacher is a true professional and team player. If the finger has to be pointed in any direction it must be at team boss Jean Todt and technical director Ross Brawn. Ross is a great guy but also a viciously ambitious person and nothing must get in the way of Ferrari winning the World Championship. That is his brief and he wants to fulfil it."

Like many, Irvine agrees that winning at any cost is not the right way to do it and Ferrari should be above that kind of attitude: "The trouble is there is no thought for public opinion or what the team's next goal is, except even more title success," he said. "The focus is to clinch a third World Championship in a row. But Ferrari are bigger and better than that. It is not collecting more silverware that matters, but the style in which you do it."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Michael Schumacher , Ross Brawn , Jean Todt
Teams Ferrari , Jaguar Racing