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Saturday, 17 August, 2002, 11:09 GMT 12:09 UK
Irvine rules out US move
Eddie Irvine, whose future in Formula One is in doubt, has said that he has no intentions of ending up in America next season.
The Northern Irishman has ruled out a potential move to the USA following a scathing attack on the country's two single-seater series, Cart and the Indy Racing League.
Irvine is expected to lose his place at Jaguar, who are widely believed to be lining up Minardi driver Mark Webber to partner Pedro de la Rosa.
The latest rumours are that Irvine might become a test driver such is his disillusionment with the Jaguar.
Irvine is cagey about his F1 plans, but he was scathing at the Hungarian Grand Prix about the idea of moving to the USA.
"No! I've been there and I've watched it,'' he said.
''From Formula One, it would be like going to the British Touring Car Championship.
''It would be interesting in another capacity, but not as a driver.
"I think there was a lady (Sarah Fisher) on pole position at the last IRL (Indy Racing League) event, so really..!
"I would never drive in the States. I've no interest in it whatsoever.''
Irvine then used a colourful analogy to describe the difference between F1 and IRL and Cart.
"You can't employ someone to be a butcher, and then give them a contract only to use him as a binman.''
Irvine offered few clues as to his next move, but did say that Jaguar's poor form was affecting his frame of mind.
"I've a reasonable idea of what I want to do, but I'm not really any closer to making a decision," said the 36-year-old.
"We're better now than we have been before, and we've new bits planned for Spa, so that should be a step forward.
"I'm not enjoying it as much as I did last year. Last year I had lot of fun in the races, but this year it's been difficult.
"I know guys like Webber are being linked, which is an obvious thing because the guy has done good races, but I'm not worried in the slightest."
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