Double World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx insists that he has no regrets about not pursuing a career in Formula One
and is more than happy with his role as 'the Michael Schumacher of touring cars'.
The 31-year-old Briton, who secured his second straight WTCC
title in dramatic fashion on the streets of Macau, has tested Formula One
machinery in the past for Williams
when they were running with BMW
power and also represented BMW
at Goodwood and the British Grand Prix earlier this year.
Priaulx's pace during testing led to some suggestions that he could have been considered as a possible full-time F1 tester, but the BMW
Team UK driver said he would prefer to be known as the one of the best in his field rather than a Formula One
"I have beaten lots of guys who are racing in F1," he told the BBC
. "I would rather be seen as one of the best drivers in the world at what I do than a Formula One
test driver. Who wants to drive around a rainy circuit three days a week with nobody even watching? At least I'm racing week in, week out - fighting for championships.”
Priaulx added that, while he enjoyed the chance to get behind the wheel of a Formula One
machine, the thrill of racing meant he wanted to be somewhere where he could compete.
"The buzz of driving a Formula One
car is great but I love racing, I'm a racer,” he said. “That means more than pounding around Silverstone
in the winter. I have been through the whole process, and at least I was in the boxing ring with blood on my face having a go.
"The fact that I am racing at all gives me great satisfaction as I have never had much money behind me and it is still a rich man's game. I have been with guys who have been rated as some of the best around but are now doing nothing. So I'm delighted to be one of the few that is working professionally and fighting for world titles."