Classic Eddie Moments
Qualifying 8th and finishing 6th in his first Grand Prix. During the race he unlapped himself after being lapped by Senna. Twice! After which he made headlines by being punched by Senna in the Jordan paddock. (See FAQ)
took a swing at me I thought, 'Here's a few quid coming".
Great Britain 1994
When Eddie Jordan asked him to take part in a photo shoot of all the British drivers before Silverstone 1994 he replied, "Do I have to? Send out some f**ker in my helmet, they'll never know the difference"
San Marino 1994
Accidentally pulling into the Ligier pit in the middle of a race. I don't know who was more surprised, them or Eddie.
Upon meeting the head of Ferrari for the first time, he complained to him about the prices of spares for his GTO and asked if he could do something about it.
San Marino 1995
Asked how someone (still really a
newcomer at the time) such as himself could have the audacity to
shake his fist at Mansell (then driving the McLaren in a race for the
first time, and blocking Eddie) he replied "Well its the first
time I've seen him this year so I thought I'd give him a wave".
BBC Television were filming mechanics partying at midnight on the Thursday night of the Monaco weekend. Guess which driver was with them?
Post race interview after his car caught fire in the pit lane during a pit stop - Interviewer: "Tell us what happened Eddie" Ed:"Well I pulled into the pits and the car caught fire"
On Thursday evening Irvine was
having a drink with some friends in the hotel bar. Schumacher came in
and Eddie invited him to join them. "Michael, come and have a
drink with us!" MS:"No thanks, I don't drink alcohol, I
simply can't." Eddie replied: "Why? Are you
Bologna, Palazzo dei
Congressi, "Caschi d'oro" di Autosprint
Eddie gets onto the stage to give the prizes to some Italian drivers. Claudia Peroni and Renato Ronco (they are Italian journalists) ask him a few questions. Giorgio Faletti, a quite famous Italian comedian is the third host of the prizegiving. He stares at Eddie for a while, just out of curiosity, as he will explain later. Eddie notices that Faletti is looking at him and asks: "Why is this man looking at me this way? Is he a finocchio?" "Finocchio" is an Italian expression (quite unkind, to be true) for "homosexual"!! While the people on the stage stand petrified, the audience bursts into laughter!
(I was there and I saw the whole scene!)
Eddie trying to get into Lillies Bordello nightclub in Dublin
Bouncer: Sorry sir, members
Ed: I'm Eddie Irvine
Bouncer: Piss off, Eddie Irvine is a famous racing driver. Stop wasting my time.
(According to Eddie in an interview in the Sunday Business Post this actually happened somewhere else.)
At a pre season Marlboro publicity day, Eddie bought a snowboard and decided to try it out. He flew down a slope, narrowly missed a startled Jean Todt and in front of the worlds press took out 4 skiers coming the other way.
In one of the issues of the
Russian automotive newspaper "Autoreview" I have read about
the following: During the presentation of the Ferrari drivers (I
assume this was in the beginning of his first season with the
Scuderia-Marlboro team) Eddie was invited to come up to the scene
where Michael Schumacher was standing already. So, Eddie did come up,
he approached Michael shook his hand with one hand and grabbed
Michael by the balls with another. I would like to stress that this
was during the official Scuderia presentation where the journalists
and the photographers were present. Therefore this picture was
published in the newspapers and magazines all over the world. I
cannot remember the exact number of the volumen of "Autoreview"
where this was published. I believe it was in one of the first issues
of 1999 or 1998
Out-qualifying Michael Schumacher at Australia in 1996. The official explanation was that a gurney strip feel off the back of Michael's car but I don't buy it.
Getting Villeneuve to repeat the phrase "Rothmans Williams Renault" about 5 times as the Canadian couldn't pronounce it properly at the 1996 Australian press conference.
This I saw on Eurosport, after
the Argentinian Grand Prix of 1996 (I think!) Eddie was being
interviewed by the Eurosport interviewer (could have been Ben
Edwards, but I forgot!) and He was being asked about the reliability
of the Engines. As he was half way through some explanation of torque
and differentials, something catches his eye to his left, and he
calls out for someone to come over. I thought it was perhaps a
mechanic, who could perhaps explain better the intracacies of the
Ferrari engine. The Eurosport cameraman, tries to Pan to the right
(Eddie's left), but Eddie holds the camera with his hand. The
cameraman still manages to focus on what caught Eddies attention. It
was two beautiful Argentinian girls. Eddie walks over, and asks if
they were gonna go to the Hard Rock Cafe that evening, they said
"maybe", and Eddie says, "See you there then".
Calmly he walks back to the camera, and asks "Where were
Interviewer: "Why has Schumacher got an odd shaped helmet?" Ed: "Because he's German, he's got an odd shaped head"
Eddie was being interviewed by
CBC covering the race weekend, asked if he liked Montreal, Eddie
replied he "loves french brods".
(Glen from Canada)
Unknown Race 1996
After yet another DNF in 1996,
Tony Jardine confronted Eddie in the pits for a live interview. He
asked Ed a couple of hard-hitting questions and managed to keep a
straight face as off-camera, Eddie poured a bottle of ice-cold water
down his trousers.
(Niall Cunnane & Annemarie Sheehan)
Sneaks up behind Damon Hill when
Damon was doing a live pre-race BBC TV interview and knocks his cap
Interviewer"(laughing) That was Irvine"
DH:"Hmm, I might have guessed".
Going up to David Coulthard just before the start of the race and saying "I missed you at Australia but I'm going to get you this time". Coulthard is reported as saying he took him half seriously.
After demands for his sacking in the Italian press, he pushed Villeneuve hard to the line in the last 15 laps of the race.
Giving Louise Goodman a hard time
after she called him Edmund on live TV.
LG: "Your Mum calls you that"
Ed:"Well you're not my Mum"
Budapest, Bahnof Music
Michael Schumacher, Eddie Irvine and Jean Todt face live, some hundred Hungarians in the context of "Grand Prix Action". One question, from the public, interpells directly Michael Schumacher and Irvine: "You say it is hard to overtake in this circuit. But in 1989, in the occasion of Ferrari's last win, Mansell started only in 12th place. So? "Schumacher is "interloque'" [embarrased ? speechless ?]. Eddie Irvine, he replies "tac a tac": "Mansell was Mansell. We, we are only simple mortals..." A loud applause starts.
Pre race interview with Louise Goodman (ITV Pit lane reporter):"Tell us about your new private jet Eddie" Ed:"Well y'know, it takes off, it lands, it's just like any other plane, really..."
This I actually saw live last
year at Budapest, and I have a series of photos to prove it. Some
serious looking Italian guy walks up to Eddie and in broken English
trys to convince Eddie to go a bit slower at the start of the race.
"Eddie, go slowly!!" Eddie was amused, and tried to
reassure this guy that everything would be ok. As he's talking, three
local girls walk by and smile at Eddie, Eddie leaves the Italian guy
standing and goes over to talk to the girls!
On the Ways to Meet the Irvster
front, I find the following useful based on my brush with Eddie at
Be a female twenty-something
Wear not very many clothes
Make these clothes red/Ferrari tagged/transparent
Wear an Irvine baseball cap, just in case he fails to get the message
Have a very big cleavage
As for classic Eddie Irvine moments, here's mine:
Whilst loitering outside the Silverstone paddock after qualifying 97, I happened to wander past Eddie without noticing him. When my brain finally alerted me to what I'd just seen, I turned around to say hello. I presume that Eddie must have noticed my exquisite taste in clothing because he stared at my chest for quite some time before lifting his eyes to my face, grinning and greeting me with "Alright?". Sadly, the little man driving Eddie's scooter (complete with Eddie on the back) whisked him away before anything else could happen. Aw, well.
Bangor, Northern Ireland August 1997
Signing an autograph "Norman Whiteside 97" when a girl went up to him and said "You're Norman Whiteside, my dad is a big fan of yours". Norman Whiteside is an ex-Northern Ireland football player who is hitting 40.
Milan, Italy August 1997
When having a few pints in a bar in Milan, he was asked how he gets on with his Brazilian girlfriend, which has been asked a lot since she speaks hardly any English and they have never been seen talking. His reply? "I get on fine with her, she's a bit thick and she's not great looking, but f**k me, she's dynamic in bed".
David Coulthard is giving a pre-race interview with Louise Goodman. Eddie comes up and squirts the contents of his drink bottle on David & Louise. If it was to put David off for the race, it didn't work. David retorted that the main problem facing him on the grid was having "this idiot in front of me".
After getting abuse from the press and having rumours floating around about him being sacked, he drove the race of his career. Overtook 3 cars, pulled out a 12 second lead and sacrificed his race for his team-mate. At the end of the race Schumacher had won, Eddie was third and fans all over the world (except Canada) were thrilled by an intelligent use of team tactics.
On having the dubious pleasure of
getting stopped for speeding in his 288 GTO, four times in nineteen
hours over Christmas '97, in his native Ireland. "I couldn't
help it Officer. It's running so well at the minute- and I was
determined to make the most of it." I'm not sure this is word
for word what he said, but whatever he *did* say obviously worked-
the police let him off.
Asked to comment about the Jerez
Schumacher crash in Autosport he said "Honestly, I think we all
would have done the same. But I'd like to think I'd have made a
better job of it!"
Eddie appears on the Pat Kenny
Show on RTE. Goes a little like this...
Pat asks him to explain his comments about living near Damon Hill (About a year before he had a conversation like this with an Irish journo):
J: Eddie, you live near Damon Hill. Do you drop around to Damo's for tea often ?
E: Well, to be honest, you'd have to be a pretty sad bastard to need a racing driver for a mate. I have normal friends and have the crack with them.
So he says
E: "Well, to be honest, most of the guys in Formula 1 just dont get it."
P: "What do you mean?"
E: "Well for example, MS' idea of a good time is walking his dogs on a Sunday. I mean they might be very clever in a racing car, but out of it street, they just dont have a clue"
Pat: "So what do you like doing ?"
E: "I like getting pissed and going to Lillie's Bordello"
Later on, they had a Marlboro competition, to which there were 3 hints. So Pat says (very seriously and distinctly)
Pat: "Its one of Eddie's favourite hunting grounds" [referring to his finishes at Spa [I think]
Eddie immediately quips
E: "What, Lillie's Bordello ??"
Brought the house down.
Eddie was being interviewed on the radio
Reporter: Eddie, what do you think of Jacques Villeneuve?
Eddie: I think he is full of shit. I mean, they give a the guy big boots to fill and all he can fill them with is shit. Everyone knows that Jacques is full of it., said Eddie laughing.
An old bloke asks Eddie for an
autograph, Eddie replies, "Sorry I've got a sore hand".
Thirty seconds later he signs about thirty autographs for a bunch of
models. Quite amusing from where I was standing.
At Melbourne this year some lucky
bastard won a drive around Albert Park in a 355(?)with Eddie
driving.So there's this guy done up in the fireproof suit, gloves,
boots and helmet all fired up to jump in, and there's Eddie in all
the protection of raybans, a marlboro cap, t-shirt and jeans doing an
interview with some tv bird where he is absolutely panning Max Mosely
and the new groovy tyres. Looked funny from my seat anyway.
Q: Eddie you predicted in Brazil that Michael would win here.Congratulations, you must be pretty pleased with yourself?
Ed: I tell you what, my bookie is not going to be too pleased. I put money on Michael to win and I put money on myself each-way as well. He'll be crying a bit today.
Earlier this season on ITV,
Martin Brundle was trying to do a serious interview with Eddie
(always a bad idea). They both were sitting down around a little
circular table. Just as Brundle was asking his first question about
something technical like the performance of the Good Year tyres, the
camera picked out Eddie's leg extending under the table, and giving
Brundle a gentle kick in the groin area. Cue Eddie laughing and
Brundle muttering something like: ''Can't you behave like a grown
adult for just 5 minutes?''
At Monaco, Liz Hurley (who knows
bugger all about F1) was asked which driver she liked. She said that
the Irish guy was pretty sexy. Irv's response? "Well, she's only
On the wednesday afternoon, lotta
girls were waiting for him ( I wasn't very far from them). He went,
and one of the girls gave him flowers. She wasn't very beautifull. He
looked at the flowers, took it and gave it to another girl. I found
it very funny, but not the first girl...
When asked about his collision
with Heinz Harald Frentzen at Loews he replied:
"Well you can pussy foot around the guy all day...he was way too slow, I had to do something about it."
Without a hint of conscience or regret.
(seen in the Italian TV programme
A journalist went around in the paddock offering a packet of Viagra to the drivers he met. Obviously it was just a joke to see their reactions. While Schumacher stated he didn't know what it was and while some other drivers said laughing "I don't need it yet!", Eddie gave a look at the packet, smiled, said "Grazie!" -thanks-, took it and carried it away!!!
At the EEI bash, 9th July 1998 in
the question and answer session:
Q. What did you say to Fisi after the crash at Barcelona.
Eddie. "Out of my way, little boy".
Q. Do you think there's any connection between the improvements in Ferrari and the fact that you've been allowed to test.
Eddie. "Well said".
In an interview with Louise
Goodman, for one of ITV's F1 specials, at Woodcote Park in Epsom.
Eddie was playing golf with other F1 drivers in aid of the British
Brain and Spine Foundation.
Louise: "Are you guys playing against each other then, or what?" Eddie: "I dunno, I'm just trying to get the ball in the hole."
A journalist asked MH and MS what
they expect from their teammates. So MH is giving an answer of 5
minutes (four words I suppose), explaining and stuff. MS shortly
said: I want Eddie to stay away from my daughter when she is on an
age to start dating!
Good Friend of mine reports:
"Sort of an easygoing stags night.... Ended up in Lillies
Bordello nite club and met one Eddie Irvine, pleasantly inebriated. I
was somewhat taken aback cause he just walked in and stood beside me.
Said things like "Thanks for giving so much pleasure in being
able to watch an Irish driver do so well in F1... Michael is doing
well in testing this week" "Is he ?" said an
Soon after the prizegiving Mika
Hakkinen was celebrating his victory while Eddie and Coulthard were
joking with him ; when Eddie and David took Mika on their shoulders a
laughing Ed clenched with his hand Mika's "balls" !! It
seems that Mika did not appreciate his joke ! If you recorded this
last gp you could see it.
I have no idea when or where he said this but I think it was being interviewed by a journalist for an Italian TV station in 1998 season. He was criticised about not being aggressive enough (!) and he said "oi've got a helicopter, a jetski, 3 Ferraris, a boat, a private jet, a few motorbikes and a canoe, so feck off" ! You may have seen it before. (Paul Ferrari@bulldog1.karoo.co.uk)
New Year's Eve 1998
Thought I'd share with you all
the story I heard of how Eddie celebrated his New Year. He started
out in his local out in Dalkey (for anyone who doesn't know Dublin,
Dalkey is a fabulous place and home to the rich and famous.
People Like Irv, Damon Hill, Bono, Lisa Stansfield, she shares the
same local as Irv and apparently a few Hollywood Celebs too).
He was singing his own praises to anyone willing to listen and was
going on about how wonderful he is.
He then arrived at non-other than Lillie's Bordello (place frequented by the rich and famous, it's nothing to write home about though) in a stretch Limo and rang in the New Year, spraying Cristal Champagne around the bar as if he'd just won his first Grand Prix.
Yesterday evening there was on
the most important TV channel in Italy a special programme about
Ferrari. All the members of the Ferrrari team were invited. Obviously
there was also our hero , Eddie Irvine . The host asked all the
guests , including Eddie and Schumacher , about their "normal"
speed on the roads. Eddie said in a nearly good italian that his
habitual speed ( in Ireland , he specified... ) on the roads is 200
km/h. Then the host asked him about the Irish police ;
Ed' s answer : " Io no problema , conosco tutta la polizia! " ( I haven' t got any problem , I know all the police officers! ).
He won! He feckin won!!!!! And
was really happy and spun the wheels and jumped on other cars and I
jumped around my house at 5 in the morning and it was great. Thank
On passing Hakkinen "I did him and that was great, thank you very much"
On why he's so popular in Australia "Because it's full of Irish convicts"
On how he was going to celebrate "Melbourne is full of Irish bars and I'm going to visit every one"
Eddie was asked what would he
have done if he wasn't an F1 driver?
Eddie: Hmmmmm........I would have replaced Mick Jagger as lead singer of the Rolling Stones
The drivers had been asked "What
their worst driving experience was?" All the guys took it as
driving experience on the F1 track but not Eddie, his worst driving
experience was when he let his girlfriend (at the time, I guess)
drive his car. (probably one of his Ferrari's) He was in the
passenger's seat and it was "scary"...apparently his worst
driving experience ever.
A week after Irvine's victory in Melbourne,
the Melbourne Sun Herald (Saturday, 14/3/1999) has a section devoted
to "highlights and quotes of the week". At the very top of
the page, above all the usual ramblings from politicians,
businessmen, sportsmen and editorials alike, sits Eddie's answer to a
reporter's question on how it felt to win his first GP
"It's like having sex with the 10 most beautiful women in the world"
When Eddie first joined Ferrari in 1996, a
reporter asked him, what he would do if he won the Drivers World
"If I won the world championship, I would immediately announce my retirement, buy a nice luxury boat and sail the seas for 10 years. And at every stop-over, I would take on board two girls, and exchange them for two more, at each port!"
(Dean Ianno, Sydney Australia )
Hi, i really enjoyed reading the classic
moments and thought that i might have one to add
After the aussie GP my mates and I waited around for a couple of hours to see the drivers, especially Eddie.He was obviously in a great mood after winning his first GP.He came out to rapturous cheers and proceeded to salute the crowd with a can of VB (THE beer in Australia!) I thought it was a really nice gesture.I was stoked. I've got a picture at my webpage if you want to have a look. http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Ring/3186/photos.html
When asked "So Eddie, I guess there
will be a few Guinness' sunk tonight then?"
Eddie replied "No way, I'll be drinking Red Bull and Vodka thanks."
To which the reporter asked "Why so?"
Eddie bluntly stated, "Well, it's red like my Ferrari. But more importantly, It gets you pissed a lot quicker."
After the GP a pretty surprised italian
journalist said: "Well Eddie, you won..." and Eddie replied
in Italian: "I'm not only handsome!"
San Marino 1999
During the San Marino GP, after retiring from the race, Louise Goodman asked him during an interview, howit's going to be mot leading the championship anymore and he replied "I'm still leading at the moment". (Well, he technically was)
Yesterday when Eddie was
interviewed by German RTL after coming in second in the Monaco Grand
Prix, he was asked, "You were very competitive in todays race
Eddie. What comments do you have for that?"
"Well, its because I'm a big wanker". ... and then just stared, smiling at the interviewer.
To which the immediate translation into German was, "Eddie said that he has a very good car". That was live TV.
(Chris Smith / Munich, Germany)
The night after the race he was
at Stars and Bars in Monte Carlo but before he came in he was
wheeleying a motorbike outside it. Wonder how Jean Todd would feel
Ferrari's Eddie Irvine arrived
later than planned in Barcelona on Thursday. Taking off from Nice in
his private jet, the windshield blew out at 10,000 feet over the
French town. An emergency landing was called for and the Irishman had
to find a scheduled flight to Barcelona. "I was shitting
myself," admitted Eddie.
(Harold Conter Jr.)
I heard on Italian TV ( RAI 1 i
think ) that during the last grand prix (Spain) Eddie got so bored
when he was running fourth and had no chance of bettering his
position that he radioed his mechanics to install him a car stereo on
his racecar for his next race, just in case.
Having it heard on TV does not make it necessarily true, but it's funny anyway.
(Andrea De Capitani)
During the post qualifying press conference, Eddie throw a piece of ice towards Mika Hakkinen's head and got the target. Eddie ran off and Mikka Hakkinen with a jug of water came towards Eddie (from camera's view saying "That's it. . . Eddie, sorry Eddie") to tip the jug over Eddie. Micheal Schumacher was amused with the whole situation and stayed out of the fury, but had a huge grin on his face.
& this version of the same story from Estonia...
After the qualifying for
Now, I only saw half of it, but from what I DID see and what I heard from my father it went something like this...
Schumacher's sitting in the middle, Häkkinen to his left, Irvine to his right. First Eddie throws something at Häkkinen, then some time later, he throws his towel at Häkkinen and runs from the table. Then Häkkinen says something like: "Excuse me!" (from the table) grabs the glass jug filled with some juice (I think it was juice) and runs away too. Later he comes back and the jug's empty...juice probably all over Irvine.
The Finns were actually pretty shocked about this: "how can he do that to our Häkkinen" but finally got themselves together and said "Umm...It's good to see...the drivers are having fun...at least.
(Maarja from Estonia)
& what really happened......
I'm Christie-Lee Taylor from Australia and I saw the whole Mika and Eddie water incident numerous times. What actually happened is: Michael was sitting between Eddie (left) and Mika (right) at the Qualifying press conference. Mika was rattling on, so Eddie picked up his glass and threw all the water at Mika, and it hit him on the side of the face. Eddie then took off. Mika hesitated, then picked up the jug of orange liquid and chased off behind the camera, saying "Eddie....Sorry Eddie". Then we heard a very feminine howl out of Eddie. Mika then returned with an empty jug. Michael just smiled.
Here's a classic: Montreal 1999,
Wed. before race. I met Eddie signing autographs at Eatons to promote
Tommy Hilfiger clothes. He was signing tommy posters- Eddie in the 99
Ferrari on one side, a nice Tommy girl on the other. He takes the
poster from this kid, looks at the girly side with a big grin and
signs that!!!! When it was my turn, I shook his hand and said "beat
McLaren, Eddie." He grins, winks, and says "I'm sure I
FHM Magazine Interview
Don't know ifd you saw the recent
interview with him in FHM, but he said a couple things which might be
suitable for your "classic Eddie moments" section
When asked "Has Michael Schumacher ever said anything to make you crack up", he simply answered "No", which I think says more about Schumacher than Eddie!
Most bizzare quote definitely comes when he was asked "Isn't it true you don't like fairground rides or horseriding because you're not in control?" His reply was "I like horses. You can't beat shagging a good horse" (!!)
He was opening a new Karting
track in Oranmore, Galway, Ireland and did a long Q&A session
with the sizeable crowd (EI: I didn't realise F1 was so popular
here). Anyway he was going on about how great Michael Schumacher was
so I asked him which of the drivers he liked best apart from
Schumacher. EI: hmmm...ammm...well we're all a bunch of tossers
There was tonnes of other excellent quotes that day - he said that Ralf Schumacher had something missing from his head and that Villeneuve only got into F1 'cos of his father.
I was at a meeting in Galway
where Eddie was "Guest of Honour"
These are some of the Q+A's
Q: How did you celebrate winning the Australian Grand Prix:
Eddie: We went out with a few of the Jordan and Ferrari guys. I had an early night, going to bed at about 2 am, as I was feeling a bit sick". Then, as if he suddenly had a flashback he chuckled and added, "Oh yes, I stole the girlfriend of one of my Ferrari mechanics. The following day my race engineer tried to console the man saying "If you want to eat steak, you don't take it into the lion's cage."
Q: Your father is an ex racing driver, does he comment much on your driving?
Eddie "No, he knows better".
Q: How do you feel about being number 2 driver to Michael Schumacher?
Eddie: "It's the means to an end". (What "the end" was, was never clarified.)
Q: How do you feel about Damon Hill's imminent retirement from Formula 1:
Eddie: "The sooner the better, really. It will take Eddie Jordan some time to get a new driver up to speed, and having Damon is not benefiting him. The sooner he gets a new driver in, the sooner he can start earning points".
Q: Can you see yourself going back to the Jordan team as their number one driver?
Eddie: Eddie Jordan is still about a second a lap slower than the main teams, and that last second is the hardest one to get. He has done very well on his limited budget, but it will take him another 3-4 years to get him to the same level as Mc Laren and Ferrari. By that time I will be retired".
Q: How much success is attributable to being in a good car, and how much is attributable to being a good driver?
Eddie: "The best drivers tend to gravitate to the best teams, but it is not necessary to be a good steering wheel attendant to be a good driver. Other factors come in to play also. As an example McLaren were 2 seconds a lap quicker that anyone else in Australia, but they did not finish."
Q: How do you feel about the national anthem being played after you win.
Eddie: "I couldn't give a s**t which song is played or which flag is flown. I race for myself and for no-one else".
Q: What 20th century personality do you admire most?
Eddie: "Nelson Mandela. I'd love to meet him and find out where he gets so much tolerance after what he's been through. We could do with some of that where I come from".
Initially we were told that the great Eddie could only stay until 9pm, as
he had to fly back to Silverstone for testing for the British Grand Prix.
His last answer let us know otherwise!..
Q: Is there any truth in the rumour that you are seeing a supermodel.
Eddie: "Why do you think I am flying back to London?"
Hello Magazine Interview 1999 (Bit Spooky This One)
Whilst reading Hello! magazine
(issue dated 13th July 1999 - the day after the British Grand Prix) I
noticed an article 'at home' with Eddie Irvine. He was
interviewed on his boat in Monaco, probably after the Monaco Grand
Prix. Here is an excerpt ...
Hello! interviewer: Is it frustrating to have to play number two to Michael Schumacher in the Ferrari team?
Eddie:You never know what will happen. At the moment I am number two but Michael could decide to retire or he could break a leg. If he did and I won the next few races I could be in contention for the title. In this sport anything could happen.
So that's the answer .... Eddie has a touch of the Murray Walker's!!
Italian TV 1999
Here in Italy there's a very
famous tv programme called "Scherzi a parte" (joking
aside) in which some VIPs sustain a lot of really amusing jokes. Four
days after Michael's accident, Eddie was one of the victims . In
this joke Eddie was invited in a false tv programme where two
beautiful girls were touching his bottom, the first time Eddie was
visably embarrassed , but a few moments later he repaid the
"kindness"! Really funny! As the joke went on, they made
Eddie to taste a strange dish ( very disgusting I think! ) in which
they put some soap and Ed spat it out!
(Matteo "Zarro" Rizzi)
Eddie and Salo were walking side
by side, Eddie was signing autographs for people just out of shot,
you could just see the autograph hunters' hands and bits of paper.
Eddie takes off his own sunglasses, then takes off Salo's (still
walking) tries them on, judging by Eddie's face he didn't like the
tint, puts his own glasses on again and gives away Salo's glasses to
someone in the crowd and keeps on walking! To his credit,
Salo wasn't fazed, just left blinking in the sunlight.
Did you hear him in the press
conference after winning the Austrian GP? The press guy was saying
something to DC about how did you mange to let eddie out in front of
you, and as DC started to mumble his pathetic excuses, you could hear
Irv making an exaggerated snoring sound off camera! Pretty funny to
first in the Austrian Grand Prix :
Journalist : Eddie , we saw some smoke coming out of your car at the end of the race. Did you have a problem ?
Eddie : No, that was just my brain.
After the GP in Germany, during
an interview with several journalists from different countries...
Interviewer:"So, how does it feel being in MS's shoes (meaning
how it feels being Ferrari's Number 1 driver)?" Eddie:"
Well, I don't like hospitals and I guess I won't like having a broken
Q. Eddie, you've been making all
the headlines recently. What about the reports that you've been
relaxing in St Tropez? They say you were in bed until three o'clock
in the afternoon ...
Eddie Irvine: It's hard to relax in St Tropez, believe me! I was in bed all day and all night ...
In Saturday Post Qualifying Press
Conference, Mika Hakkinen took pole with Eddie along side. Mika was
asked "Why do so many of your countrymen come here to Hungary to
make it virtually a home race for you?"
MH: "I believe there have been at least 23 extra flights from Finland to Hungary for this weekend's race ..."
EI: "Is that the whole population?"
Mika didn't know what to reply but he did it on Sunday Post Race Press Conference.
MH: "The grandstands are full of Finns and as Eddie said yesterday you would imagine that the whole of Finland is empty this weekend. It's not true though, because we aren't a small country like Ireland."
(Sergei Orel) & (Myat Phyo Tun)
When a journalist asked him about the car and the race he said " It's ok, last year here in Hungary the car jumped a lot, in fact after the race the fillings of my theet were gone. this year I haven't this problem so, either the car is good or I found a good dentist!"
When Schumacher returned to
testing at Mugello (August 20th, 1999 )after his lay off with
his broken leg, he (Schumacher) was faster than Eddie despite
his still sore leg and time off; however when he got back to the pits
Eddie had stolen his crutches for revenge, and Schumacher had to be
helped back to the motorhome!
In the morning, Eddie stole his
(Schuey) crutches and goes near Michael: (saying) "Come on
Michael, come on, catch me catch me" while faking to escape
using the sticks. Michael laughs. Everybody laughs."
Before the race at SPA, at a
party in the paddocks there was Miss Belgium. She met all the
drivers, found them very polite and well behaved and then she met our
Eddie. She asked him :
"How can I seduce you ?"
Eddie's answer :"Take your clothes off !"
Of course she got upset but the next day they were walking hand in hand so she got over it.
Wednesday night before the GP of
Monza. Milan, at "De Sade" disco there is the Benetton
party, everything seems normal but at one moment Eddie arrives. He is
funny and good-looking, the classic viveur we know and love; he walks
through the tables and approaches some people, but after few minutes
a Ferrari mechanic joins him, says him 2 words and takes Eddie to
Probably this is the new strategy of Ferrari's Team: every mechanic and technician are scattered in every pub, disco, night club of the place and they have the duty to take back Eddie.
During the Italian Grand Prix Eddie was
asked if he usually has sex during the week-end of the race.E.I."
Yes, sometimes! It depends."
The italian journalist added : "Whether you find a girl or not"
E.I."Oh, qui a Monza, no problema!" (Here at Monza, No problem!)
During an italian program, Simona Ventura
(italian show-woman) asked to Eddie:
"Eddie, if you have Mika Häkkinen and Michael Schumacher on a tower, whom would you throw out ? "
Eddie replied: "Mika Häkkinen, because Michael Schumacher is already out of this championship !!!"
Here's something i read in Irvine's column
from The Express on his opinion about Schumacher's
"...maybe I should break my leg, stick it up for three or four
months and see if it does the same for me..."
(Lee Yin Hoong)
Eddie being interviewed after Sepang - 'I
was driving around thinking this is quite handy having Michael as a
number two. I was actually going to speak to Jaguar to see how much
he'll cost to be my number two!'
I'm Seema from Bangalore, India. A huge F1
and Eddie fan. Love to add something to your collection. Read
in a Mag that when Eddie was on a Holiday, stopped over in New
Delhi for a day and took a jumbo Elephant ride on the streets
and when the huge mammal slowly lurched and finally
got on it's feet with Eddie on top, he reportedly commented
"This is on hell of a long pit stop !". Must have 'fondly'
thought back to his Ferrari days.
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