|First race||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka||October 24, 1993||Race results|
|Last race||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka||October 13, 2002||Race results|
Ayrton Senna took exception to this Ulsterman on his grand prix debut in Japan in 1993, punching him for having the audacity to re-pass him after being lapped. So, Eddie had made his mark.
British Formula Ford champion in 1987, he shone in Formula Three in 1988 then moved up to Formula 3000 with Pacific in 1989. Signed by Eddie Jordan for 1990, he was third overall, winning at Hockenheim. Eddie then raced sports cars and Formula 3000 in Japan for the next three years, before Jordan asked him to make that Formula One debut at Suzuka, where he came sixth. He was teamed with Rubens Barrichello in 1994, but was involved in a huge accident in the first round that saw him banned for a race. His attitude at the hearing led to this being extended to three races.
By 1995, Eddie's "bad boy" reputation was behind him, and although he often qualified well, mechanical failures restricted his scoring, but he was third in Canada. It all came good with Ferrari in 1997, with second in Argentina. He was a valuable number two in 1998, then became a winner in 1999. However, his chance came when Michael Schumacher broke a leg and he became team leader. Three further wins took him to the final round in front, but Mika Hakkinen won to take the title.
Eddie moved to Jaguar for 2000, looking forward to being number one from the first year of Jaguar's Formula One adventure. However, the team had a poor year and his best result was fourth at Monaco. This was improved upon by a surprise third at Monaco in 2001, but progress was slow and, although he collected third at Monza in 2002, it was to be Eddie's Formula One swansong.
Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books