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#1 SeanValen

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 11:07

It's been a while, I think he's 44 years old now, older then MS. But he kept in good physical condition in his latter Jaguar years.
Other then that, his comments were always out there and amusing, calling Rubens a whiner in the past.

Anyway, I doubt there was even a 0.0000001 % chance of Irvine coming back, but I think he would of been better then Badoer, but not sure about Gene. But getting yourself in shape in time, I don't know, but Irvine now and again could do the business even with his GQ lifestyle. Would not have created the same impact as MS's return, but better yet, Irvine and Schumacher return for 2010. :smoking: :smoking: :D

:up:
Irvine, the 2nd best driver after Schumacher according to Irvine himself, he said it a while ago.

When Schumacher broke his leg in Silverstone 1999, Irvine claimed it to be the greatest day in his life, he said that as well. Goof :up: BUT WHAT A CHARACTER! :stoned:
Irvine is too quiet these days, he would make a great commentator, he doesn't comment on much anymore in the press, I've been waiting for his comments on MS's return.

:up: :up: :up:

Some Irvine tribute videos:
eddie irvine celebrating first f1 win - melbourne 1999
http://www.youtube.c...feature=related


EDDIE IRVINE FLIES IN SUZUKA 1997
http://www.youtube.c...feature=related

Edited by SeanValen, 06 August 2009 - 11:14.


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#2 potmotr

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 11:13

IIRC correctly the last time Eddie Irvine sat in a Formula One car was the last race of 2002.

As you point out, he's 44.

He also splits his time between London, Miami and Ibiza.

Quite a lifestyle and one that's a world away from F1 these days.

Irvine has made a bucketload of cash in property, so may have taken a bit of a caning in the downturn.

But surely not enough to try and make an F1 comeback.



#3 wdh

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 11:16

How can we be sure the first person they asked wasn't Chris Amon?

#4 potmotr

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 11:19

Ivan Capelli?

#5 Boing 2

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 11:34

ALESI!!!!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

#6 lustigson

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 11:43

EDDIE IRVINE FLIES IN SUZUKA 1997
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That wás an incredible move on behalf of E. Irvine Jr: overtaking both M.P. Häkkinen and M. Schumacher, who would once have 9 Formula One World Drivers' Championships between them, in a single corner.

#7 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 11:46

Because they were 3-4 seconds off the pace.

#8 Atreiu

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 11:52

He was slow in his prime, don't think he got better after retirement.

#9 f1boards

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 12:24

IIRC correctly the last time Eddie Irvine sat in a Formula One car was the last race of 2002.


He actually drove a Ferrari F2001 at Zandvoort in 2005, see

http://www.flickr.co...stein/19832272/

He has also participated in a number of Ferrari celebrations over the years, since his retirement, driving Ferrari cars from his Ferrari era, 1996-1999.


#10 noikeee

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 12:26

Even Niki Lauda would be more realistic.

#11 pRy

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 12:30

Well if the story of Ferrari offering to run 3 cars this year with Schumacher in the 3rd car is accurate, then I imagine he was always their first choice.

#12 potmotr

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 12:34

He actually drove a Ferrari F2001 at Zandvoort in 2005, see

http://www.flickr.co...stein/19832272/

He has also participated in a number of Ferrari celebrations over the years, since his retirement, driving Ferrari cars from his Ferrari era, 1996-1999.


Actually, perhaps the thread starter is onto something that had escaped the motorsport press.

Irvine was testing a Ferrari F1 car just a month ago, at a top secret session at some place called Goodwood...

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Edited by potmotr, 06 August 2009 - 12:35.


#13 nneads

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 12:36


Might as well go for Jackie Stewart. I think Jackie could still at least fit into an F1 car. Better a very old legitimate 3 times WDC than a fraud who had to be given 2 of his 4 wins by Salo and Schumi for the good of the team.

#14 Icicle

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 15:03


Judging from your post, the answer is NO. :p


#15 pUs

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 15:24

It's been a while, I think he's 44 years old now, older then MS. But he kept in good physical condition in his latter Jaguar years.
Other then that, his comments were always out there and amusing, calling Rubens a whiner in the past.

Anyway, I doubt there was even a 0.0000001 % chance of Irvine coming back, but I think he would of been better then Badoer, but not sure about Gene. But getting yourself in shape in time, I don't know, but Irvine now and again could do the business even with his GQ lifestyle. Would not have created the same impact as MS's return, but better yet, Irvine and Schumacher return for 2010. :smoking: :smoking: :D

:up:
Irvine, the 2nd best driver after Schumacher according to Irvine himself, he said it a while ago.

When Schumacher broke his leg in Silverstone 1999, Irvine claimed it to be the greatest day in his life, he said that as well. Goof :up: BUT WHAT A CHARACTER! :stoned:
Irvine is too quiet these days, he would make a great commentator, he doesn't comment on much anymore in the press, I've been waiting for his comments on MS's return.

:up: :up: :up:

Some Irvine tribute videos:
eddie irvine celebrating first f1 win - melbourne 1999
http://www.youtube.c...feature=related


EDDIE IRVINE FLIES IN SUZUKA 1997
http://www.youtube.c...feature=related


Eddie in the Ferrari - simply EXCELLENT, my all-time favorite driver in my all-time favorite team :love: :up: :up: :up: :up: :up: :up: :smoking:


#16 Paolo

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 09:24

High time the much underrated Arturo Merzario is given a second go at Ferrari, IMHO; by the way he's still an active and successful driver.

#17 thiscocks

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 09:26

eeerrmm... No

#18 potmotr

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 09:34

High time the much underrated Arturo Merzario is given a second go at Ferrari, IMHO; by the way he's still an active and successful driver.


He was getting a bit of practice in at Goodwood too, and in a red car...

The plot thickens..

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