7 March 2013
Perry: This season will be crammed full of action
Suzi Perry: "There have been so many changes over the years with F1 and I think they have got the formula right at the moment in terms of making the racing exciting. If you are just looking at good races you can't say it got any better than last year can you?"
New BBC F1 presenter Suzi Perry reckons the coming season will be 'crammed full of action, incidents and overtaking'.
Perry takes over from the football-bound Jake Humphrey as the new anchor having fronted the BBC's motorcycle racing coverage for 13 years, starting with WSBK before the corporation switched its emphasis to MotoGP from 2003. She stepped down at the end of 2009, but is now relishing the prospect of once again doing live motorsport and freely admits it is going to be special to be a part of F1 and working alongside David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan.
Although she refused to make any specific predictions for the season ahead, she added the fact it is so hard to do that, is what is part of the charm of F1 today.
"I haven't got any predictions for Australia or the whole season and I think that is what is so good about it," she confirmed to Crash.net during this week's London press launch for the BBC's 2013 F1 coverage. "There was a time when you could predict what was going to happen. It was a little bit processional and a little bit dull really to a degree.
"I think last year in Australia there were surprises and incidents with Pastor Maldonado, for example, going out towards the end. I think we will see races crammed full of action, incidents and overtaking, which is so important.
"I remember somebody once saying to me – I use to go on about overtaking all the time with bikes, quite famously – and they said or wrote, 'It is not about the overtaking Miss Perry - it is about the anticipation of the overtake' and I just remember thinking, 'Bulls**t! – it is about the overtakes'. Whether it is a bike or a car, it is the same emotion, the same passion. I love racing and watching a good race. I don't really care who wins.
"It is why I am in favour of DRS [the Drag Reduction System]. I think anything that helps the racing and the overtakes is a good thing. You have to accept the technology evolves. There have been so many changes over the years with F1 and I think they have got the formula right at the moment in terms of making the racing exciting. If you are just looking at good races you can't say it got any better than last year can you?"
"I think it will be interesting this year for the British drivers," she continued. "I am glad Lewis [Hamilton] is with a different team. Jenson [Button] is with McLaren and we wait to see how he 'feels' in that car. Whether it gives him 'the feel' and if it gives him 'the feel' he can be there like anybody and right up there. That would be great.
"Lewis is an interesting one really. I think all winter they have played it down and sandbagged and he wasn't sure if they would win a race and I think they will win a race. They will win races. Are they going to be up for the championship? I don't know. But it is a tantalising prospect isn't it? The thought of another manufacturer being right up there is great and if they can make headway, after slightly underperforming over the last few years, then that is a good thing. It brings them up to the front and into the mix and the more teams that are at the front end the better racing for all of us.
"Everyone got excited about testing and how Mercedes did but I still think you don't know. You don't go and watch a football team warm-up and pick which team is going to win and this is the same thing. You don't know.
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