Eddie Irvine Q&A

Eddie Irvine gave Jaguar Racing its second points finish of 2002 when he finished sixth in Belgium. Irvine qualified eighth, surprising even himself, and then having maintained that at the start and kept Jenson Button at bay took advantage of the retirements of Kimi Raikkonen and Jarno Trulli. Points for anyone outside the 'big three' are rare these days, and once again Irvine showed that he can bring the car home when it matters, having lost out in France when the wing failed. Eddie's future plans are still unclear, and while he's in the frame at Jordan, so are many others, some of whom can bring attractive budgets. Adam Cooper spoke to the Ulsterman

Eddie Irvine Q&A



"This is not really what turns me on, but I'm glad we got a point, because it helps us edge up in the constructors', closer to the guys in front. Over the next two or three races hopefully we can try and see if we can get closer, and maybe overtake a couple of teams."



"It's good for them. They work like crazy, and really the guys here, it's no fault of theirs that the car's not fast. It's been a very hard year for them. They work as hard as anyone, and they get no reward. At least they got a bit of a reward today, and hopefully we can go forward from here, and keep edging up."



"Qualifying was a big surprise. We know our race performance is pretty strong, and once we qualified near the front, I felt we had a strategy that covered us where we really shouldn't be overtaken by anyone. That pretty much worked out the way it should, and then it was a matter of cruising to the finish. I never fought, I never overtook, I never got overtaken, so it was a very boring race for me -very boring."



"Yeah, but the weather was consistent, the faster cars were at the front, and the grid was pretty much the way it should have been. Some races are good, some races are bad."



"For lap time we would have liked a little bit more straightline speed. I think we were in middle, between the two [extremes].



"It was no issue. I just tried to make myself some room, hold Button up a little bit, and let Trulli get away so that nobody could have a run at me by him making a mistake in front of me."



"I lost a lot of time there, and nearly got overtaken by Salo. I don't know what happened - fuel, by the looks of it."



"That's the only way. We're not going to beat Williams and Renault and McLaren and Ferrari. We need to be the best of the rest, and that's what we were today."



"This is a much better performance. In Magny-Cours I think our performance was probably even better. We are a long way away, but we beat the rest, which is good."



"It doesn't matter. It's not really important - I'm not worried."

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