Eddie Irvine was in the limelight from his first F1 race until well after his retirement, and not always for the right reasons…
Many words have been used to describe the Northern Irishman over the years: talented, easygoing, honest. However, there is one word that eddie irvine comes up regardless of who is talking about it. Controversial.
Making A Mark
Coming onto the grid in 1993, Irvine expected a memorable debut. This was certainly the case, but not for the reasons he could have imagined…
After an impressive performance in qualifying, the Jordan rider found himself battling Damon Hill in P6.As the two battled for position, Ayrton Senna, who was leading the race, passed Irvine as the rookie spun.
However, the Brazilian was no faster than Irvine or Hill. The former, anxious not to fall behind his competition, unbuttoned and angered Senna. To make matters worse, a few laps later the exact same sequence of events happened.
We’re sure you all know what happened next. Senna found f1 villains eddie irvine after the race, Irvine refused to apologize and teased Senna… Senna then punched him.
The Brazilian was undoubtedly the main culprit in this case, but nonetheless Irvine was immediately known as a brash, no-nonsense runner who isn’t afraid to shake his feathers.
This reputation only grew in the first round of the 1994 season. He caused a four-car crash while defending against Jos Verstappen. All drivers escaped unhurt, but it could easily have been a lot worse.It was clear that Irvine was to blame for everyone but him and his team. They appealed the one-race ban he was given and then gave him a three-race ban for it.
By creating drama on track and competing against one of the biggest names in sport, Irvine quickly became F1‘s bad boy in the eyes of many.
Trouble with the law
In a recent interview with Off the Ball former Irvine boss Eddie Jordan called him someone who perhaps spends more time in the nightclub than in the gym.
“… He used to sit in his apartment all day, he’s the laziest driver of all time.It’s a shame because he could have been world champion so easily,” Jordan said.
“That was his style. He was a nightclub guy and he didn’t wake up until 12 o’clock in the day or even later sometimes.”
Look, we know what you’re thinking: “Sure, clubbing might be unprofessional for such a high-profile athlete, but it’s not exactly evil, is it?” Well, in Irvine’s case, it can be.In 2008 he was partying in Milan when he got into a fight with a 35-year-old Italian man, Gabriele Moratti, the son of the city’s former mayor. The fight came about because Irvine texted slot Moratti’s ex-girlfriend.
Source : https://www.planetf1.com/features/f1-villains-eddie-irvine/