September 17th, 2002

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Irvine stays in F1 for 2003

Eddie Irvine claimed his first podium in almost 18 months yesterday at Monza. The Jaguar ace finished behind the two dominant Ferrari's and later revealed that his future has been decided.

Irvine raced hard from a fifth place on the grid and benefitted from the Williams-BMW retirement's early in the race.

Speaking after his emotional podium place, the Ulsterman said: "I know what I am doing next year and this does not change anything at all.

"My future is bright and it's all pretty much decided. I know what I want to do, people will just have to wait and see."

Irvine is widely expected to race alongside Giancarlo Fisichella at Jordan Honda next season.
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Irvine to Jordan?

Rumours circulating last weekend linked Eddie Irvine with a return to the team with which he made his debut in 1993. Irvine has been driving for the Jaguar team since 2000, but his contract ends this season and is tipped to move away for his final season in the sport.

Irvine has not yet signed a deal for next season, but is being widely tipped to replace Takuma Sato at the Jordan team when they run Ford engines next season.

The rumours have been fuelled this weekend with the confirmation by Niki Lauda that he has not even begun talking to Irvine concerning next season, an odd thing to do when you pay a driver £7 million a season. Irvine has also hinted that he may move to another team for next season.
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Massa looking at the back of the grid in Indy

Felipe Massa has become the first driver to secome to new rules set-out by the FIA this weekend. The FIA has, for the first time, applied a new grid demotion rule, punishing Massa for his part in an incident with Pedro de la Rosa yesterday.

Massa will be moved back 10 places after qualifying in America in two weeks time. The rule is part of the FIA’s tougher stance on racing incidents in Grands Prix.

Massa and De la Rosa touched at high speed while battling for 13th place. Both men retired as a result of the incident.
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