While he had a World Championship near-miss at Ferrari in 1999, former F1 driver Eddie Irvine (pictured, from his final season in 2002 with Jaguar) also earned notoriety during his Grand Prix career for his outspokenness.
More than a decade after his retirement from the circuit, that quality clearly hasn’t left him.
In an interview with Northern Ireland’s Belfast Telegraph, Irvine sounded off on the FIA’s controversial decision to award double points at the F1 season finale from next year onwards – calling it a sign of “insanity” that has made him realize he’ll never watch another Grand Prix until the rule’s demise.
He wasn’t done there, as he told the Telegraph’s Steven Beacom that “the people involved in those decision have lost the plot.”
“They have no understanding of reality and the people who are in there have been in too long,” he continued. “They have blown up the history of the sport by changing the points, changing the qualifying and now double points for the final race.”
And then came the moment when four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel’s dubbing of the double points rule as “absurd” was thoroughly topped.
“It’s ridiculous, I’ve never heard such a joke in all my life,” Irvine closed. “Talk about tinsel town bulls—!”
At the risk of stating the obvious, that’s probably not what the FIA officials in Paris want to hear. But knowing Irvine, he couldn’t care less.
Time will tell if that quote ends up on a T-shirt like Kimi Raikkonen’s “leave me alone, I know what I’m doing” bit did.