Irvine playing guessing game

Irvine playing guessing game

Eddie Irvine is no closer to revealing his plans for the future and said his podium finish at Monza hasn't changed anything. The Jaguar driver scored a third place finish at the Italian Grand Prix but boss Niki Lauda also remains cagey whether the...

Eddie Irvine is no closer to revealing his plans for the future and said his podium finish at Monza hasn't changed anything. The Jaguar driver scored a third place finish at the Italian Grand Prix but boss Niki Lauda also remains cagey whether the Irishman's services will be retained.

"We haven't discussed a contract yet with him because our main target was making the car better," Lauda told AFP news. "Now we have to worry about the next two races (USA and Japan) and then we will talk. But Eddie did a perfect result, his race was absolutely astonishing."

Niki Lauda congratulates Eddie Irvine.
Photo by Jaguar Racing.
Irvine said earlier in the season he was considering quitting as Jaguar's poor results meant he was not enjoying racing any more. Minardi's Mark Webber was a hot favourite to join Jaguar but so far there has been no official comment on the situation. Jaguar's seeming return to form may have come too late in the season for it to change Irvine's mind.

"Getting on the podium for Jaguar on Sunday is as good as any win I've ever had," Irvine said "I know what I'm doing next year and this doesn't change anything, it doesn't make me any cheaper. I am very confident about what I am going to do next year. I have no idea when I will tell, I like playing this guessing game but I'm really having a lot of fun with it!"

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Niki Lauda
Teams Minardi , Jaguar Racing