2000 Jaguar R1 F1 Racing Car Eddie Irvine's 2000 Season Car
This particular car was Eddie Irvine’s regular car throughout the 2000 season, including the Monaco race. It was subsequently chosen for preservation by the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust.
After having been absent from motor racing for almost ten years since the last of the TWR Jaguar XJR prototype sports cars finished their successful run in 1992, at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 14 September 1999 Jaguar’s Chairman Dr Wolfgang Reitzle announced that the existing Stewart-Ford Formula One Grand Prix team (bought by Ford in June 1999) would become the Jaguar Racing team. Naturally the return of Jaguar to motor racing, especially in the high-profile Formula One category, attracted a great deal of interest, both from the media and from many thousands of loyal Jaguar fans.
At first managed by Sir Jackie Stewart OBE and his son Paul, the new team was based at Milton Keynes. The first Jaguar single-seater racing car, the R1, was developed from the existing Stewart-Ford, and was unveiled at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on 25 January 2000. The engine was a Cosworth V10, supplied by this Ford-owned company at Northampton. Major sponsors included the HSBC Bank, MCI WorldCom, Beck’s Bier, Hewlett-Packard, DHL and Lear Corporation.
The team drivers were Eddie Irvine who in 1999 had finished second in the Drivers’ Championship in a Ferrari, and Johnny Herbert, winner of the 2000 European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring in the Stewart. The debut race for the new team came in the Australian Grand Prix in March 2000, the traditional season opener.
Throughout the 2000 season, two Jaguars contested most of the races, but this turned out to be the beginning of a learning curve for the new team. The best result achieved was a fourth place for Eddie Irvine in the Monaco Grand Prix. Altogether he scored six championship points during this first season.
Chassis Number: R1-07
Owner: The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust
Inventory Number: 131/J.78