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Perry McCarthy on 'awe-inspiring' Hamilton...and 'whining' Alonso

Never afraid of expressing his opinions, former Stig and grand prix ace Perry McCarthy offers his appraisal of the five F1 2010 title protagonists. It makes for uncomfortable reading for one of them...
In a typically frank, forthright, irreverent and entertaining interview, much-loved former grand prix ace Perry McCarthy has offered Crash.net his assessment of the respective performances of the five F1 2010 title contenders – pleasant reading for four of them, but if your name's Fernando Alonso, it's probably best you stop reading right now...

On the eve of this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix – the top flight's third-ever night race, albeit one whose spectacle McCarthy jokes would be enhanced even further were the spotlights to be systematically extinguished 'every five laps' – Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel are all blanketed by a mere 24 points in the standings, or less than the reward for a race victory.

In such a situation, a betting man is a brave man indeed, with the campaign having ebbed-and-flowed from one of the crown-chasing quintet to another, all five having ascended the top step of the podium at least twice and all five of them having led the way in the points at one stage or another. Here is McCarthy's evaluation of form.

“We're having a fantastic season, we really are,” enthused the man who valiantly attempted to qualify the hopeless Andrea Moda S921 for eleven grands prix in 1992, ultimately to no avail. “I really wouldn't have counted Alonso in too much this season, even though a few races back he was barking that he could still win the world championship, and I was thinking 'hmm, how can you do that mate?' But no, he's been saying it for a reason, Ferrari have come back, and of course it's a real see-saw [battle] with McLaren and Red Bull.

“I think most people will think that Red Bull should already have a lot more points than they've got, but Adrian Newey has produced a fantastic car and Mark is driving out-of-his-skin. We always knew Mark was a fantastic talent, but to see him ahead of Sebastian on such a consistent basis just shows that he is doing a superb job. For me, Lewis, Mark or Jenson to win the world championship – you can't get a lot better than that, it's fantastic!

“We've got Singapore coming up, and night races are good fun – they're doing this because they want to make grands prix more entertaining. Personally, I think to make Singapore even more entertaining, every five laps they should turn the lights out for ten seconds! I think Bernie [Ecclestone – F1 commercial rights-holder] would love that!”

So who, then, does Perry reckon will ultimately lift the laurels (if you're still reading Señor Alonso, I really suggest you ought to turn away at this point)..?

“I am personally a fantastic fan of Lewis',” the 49-year-old went on. “Everybody's got different styles – there's a driving characteristic, there's a trait, there's a personality going on there – and for me I probably most closely associate with Lewis, which is pure 'going-into-battle'. The overtakes that Lewis is capable of and the space he creates is just amazing – I think it's awe-inspiring, I really do.

“Jenson is very bright, and of course Jenson is incredibly fast – let's not forget that. A lot of people think he's some kind of guy who plays the numbers – he's not, he's very, very fast – and Mark, of course, is kind of like the middle ground. He's got a real fighter instinct in him as well, so those three are the people I'd favour.

by Russell Atkins



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superman - Unregistered

September 23, 2010 5:12 PM

Expected to see an Englishman, and a not so succesful F1 driver at that, heap praise on his fellow englishman, and criticise a Spaniard. Perry forgets, before Lewis and Jenson won their title, Fernando already won 2 championships, double digit race wins. All that before turning 26.



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