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Irvine rules out racing interest

Former grand prix winner Eddie Irvine has said that he has no interest in making a return to motor racing - either as a driver or team boss - claiming that he has not missed the sport since he was dropped by Jaguar at the end of 2002

Irvine rules out racing interest

Speaking at the Autosport International show, Irvine said that he has enjoyed focusing on his business interests since he hung up his helmet and has no desire to make a comeback at all.

"I would never drive again," he said. "I have no interest in driving again.

"The idea of owning a team is good but the way it is at the minute, the sport is not owner-friendly and the question is whether I want to be as committed to working like Ron Dennis or Jean Todt - and working 24 hours a day.

"Team bosses are very driven in that respect and I don't know if that would flick my switch. In fact, I don't think that would flick my switch."

And incredibly Irvine claimed that since he has stopped racing he hasn't even missed not being at the races.

"I don't miss it at all, it is amazing. I don't even see myself as a racing driver any more - it is weird. I watch it on television and I don't see myself in those cars and driving them.

"I was with Tomas Scheckter at Homestead [for an IRL IndyCar race] and he said, 'jump in the car and see what you think'. And I didn't want to sit in it - it was weird."

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