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Old 10-31-2002, 19:06   #1 (permalink)
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Jaguar dump Irvine!

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According to reports in the Sun, Jaguar Racing have dumped Eddie Irvine from their 2003 driver-line-up, the Irishman receiving a phone call from team boss Niki Lauda while relaxing at his Miami home. The report states that Eddie wasn't the only one dumped by the Milton Keynes based squad with this year's teammate Pedro de la Rosa also informed that his future services won't be required.

Irvine, currently the oldest driver in the field and the one that saved the team from being a complete laughing stock by scoring all of their eight points this season, will be replaced by Australian driver Mark Webber while BMW Williams test driver Antonio Pizzonia will take de la Rosa's place. While shocked by the news, especially that the team plan on fielding two inexperienced drivers, Irvine said that it doesn't really affect his future plans.

"This doesn't really affect my plans for the future, but if I were a team boss, I wouldn't be happy fielding two inexperienced drivers,” he told the Sun. “With the new qualifying rules, drivers have just one flying lap to gain grid position and the experienced men will have an advantage."

"To have one of the most famous names in motor racing fielding two inexperienced drivers is a complete joke,” the paper quoted a source close to the team as saying. “Pedro failed to score a single point last season and if it hadn't been for Eddie's skills behind the wheel, Jaguar would have finished rock bottom in the championship. Eddie upset a few people with his straight talking but he proved time and again that his theories on making the car go quicker were right. As soon as the team started listening to him and made the changes he wanted, the car was more competitive and Eddie was immediately battling for points."

Eddie's contract came to a close this year, but Pedro still had one year to run on his, however it was revealed at the penultimate round of the 2002 season that the team were far from impressed with the Spaniard. Eddie will now have to look for a drive with ****** alongside Giancarlo Fisichella while Pedro's only option left would be with Minardi.
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Old 10-31-2002, 19:40   #2 (permalink)
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mixed emotions! irvine GONE! de la rosa GONE! Webber in WOOHOO 2 fairly inexperienced drivers doh! should be good though
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Good, I never really liked Irvine. He seemed a bit, uh like a rich spoiled brat after seeing the documentery on him in ABC.
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I wish they would hurry up and finalise it, it seems to have been going on forever.
Pizzonia is a very talented driver, if this goes ahead Webber and Pizzonia will be a good young combination.
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Even more of a reason to get behind Jaguar now.. An Australian driving a Ford in Formula 1. Too cool for skewl!
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Very very good to see Weber in there, not just for his talent and because he's an Aussie, but he seems to put a hell of a lot of hard work into developing the car and the team.
Might have to start watching the F1's again (and prolly bitching about channels 9 coverage

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Yes its 100% official! - Its just been confirmed by Lauda. As FM said its great, an Aussie in F1, in a Ford! I just wish the Bathurst weekend didn't clash with F1. Imagine if Ford could get Webber to come out for Bathurst...

I can't wait for next season now. It will be really interesting to see how he goes, his new team-mate, Pizzonia, is highly rated and this will provide a great benchmark for him, unlike this year with Yoong as his team-mate.

IMO its certainly a very strong line up for Jag next year. Hopefully the car will be competitive enough to give Webber and Pizzonia a chance of taking points.
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