Irvine not a fan of Silverstone

Irvine not a fan of Silverstone

Eddie Irvine has been a figure of much speculation recently and the Jaguar driver has stated that the revised R3's performance at the British Grand Prix next weekend will be a major factor in deciding his future. Irvine is not a particular fan of...

Eddie Irvine has been a figure of much speculation recently and the Jaguar driver has stated that the revised R3's performance at the British Grand Prix next weekend will be a major factor in deciding his future. Irvine is not a particular fan of the Silverstone circuit as it has not been a successful race for him.

Eddie Irvine.
Photo by Jaguar Racing.
"I always preferred Bands Hatch," Irvine said in the British press. "I would rather race there, it has got something you can't buy. It has atmosphere, a natural amphitheatre, it is near London in beautiful countryside and it's not windswept and flat. Silverstone is just another race with a lot of extra aggro. The circuit has never been particularly kind to me with results. In a way I lost the 1999 World Championship there."

Irvine referred to the year when he lost the championship by two points after then-team mate Michael Schumacher broke his leg at Silverstone and the Irishman took over Ferrari's challenge.

At 37, Irvine is the oldest driver on the grid; a title he inherited from Jean Alesi when the French-Sicilian retired from F1 at the end of last season. Age notwithstanding, Irvine insists that he would rather be competitive than spend another season battling with a poor car.

"I have found out this year that I am not interested in just participating in F1," he remarked. "I have pretty much proved that to myself after a ridiculous start to the year. I don't need money, I want results. If I got ten million dollars extra it would not make my life any better. If I got eight, nine, ten podiums, I would feel like a king."

"Money is never irrelevant but it's not the deciding factor for me. If they (Jaguar) find someone better for the job then I won't stand in their way. I won't make the mistake that others have of staying around too long. I won't do that because I have the guts to walk out halfway through. I am not going to do a Damon (Hill) and hang around for a final cheque."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Michael Schumacher , Jean Alesi
Teams Ferrari , Jaguar Racing