Eddie leads Mika, Hockenheim.
Mika Salo was trailing reigning champion and fellow Finn Mika Hakkinen before a tyre failure gave the Ferrari stand-in the lead. Instead of getting what would have been his only ever race win, Salo moved over towards the end of the race to give teammate Eddie Irvine, who was the de facto team leader with Michael out injured, the race victory and pivotal 10 points in the title race.
In a show of appreciation, Eddie gave Mika the winner’s trophy after the race.
That one time Eddie Irvine nearly won the world championships, despite McLaren’s best efforts to stop themselves from repeating.
The narrow wheelbased, groove tyre shod F300.
The F310B Ferrari. Poetry in motion.
Eddie Irvine for Jordan, 1995 European Grand Prix.
1993 Japanese Grand Prix.
That one time Eddie Irvine unlapped himself by passing Ayrton Senna who then proceeded to charge down to Irvine’s pits and punch him in the face after the race had finished. Good times.
Irvine leads Takuma, Spa 2002.
Gerhard Berger leads Michele Alboreto to a Ferrari 1-2 at Monza in 1988. The tifosi would have to wait until 1996 for another Scuderia victory at the legendary Italian circuit, and until 1998 for another 1-2, both victories being scored by Michael Schumacher who would go on to win at Monza another 3 times for Ferrari.
Eddie Irvine making sure he is the first to congratulate Mika Hakkinen after his champion’s drive at Suzuka in 1999 to clinch his second championship. In the background you can see Michael talking to his brother Ralf. Michael would go on to win the next five driver’s titles, but the hardest fought would be his first against the still mightily strong Hakkinen-McLaren combination in 2000. Eddie Irvine would join the renamed Stewart side as Jaguar in 2000, driving for a couple of years and bagging a few podiums before eventually retiring from the sport. Ralf would continue with Williams until 2005, winning a handful of races before getting a lucrative deal with Toyota before retiring a few years later.