Alonso stands out asa tru es tar

Autosport (UK) - - PIT + PADDOCK/LETTERS - Tim Hain Lower Kingswood, Sur­rey Alex Sin­clair Bray, Co Wick­low

What a great end to the For­mula 1 sea­son I wit­nessed on ‘catch-up’.

But for one thing…

When you get to my age jokes about fail­ing mem­ory be­come a reg­u­lar thing, but I did find my­self won­der­ing if the C4 team of Jones, Web­ber, Jor­dan, Wolff and Coulthard, all of whom I like and re­spect, had lost theirs. Their dis­dain for Fer­nando Alonso’s am­bi­tions out­side of F1 tempted me to put my age­ing foot through the tele­vi­sion! Have they for­got­ten their his­tory, and the great all-rounders like Stir­ling Moss, Jim Clark, Mario An­dretti and Gra­ham

Hill – win­ner of the triple crown:

F1, Le Mans and Indy?

“He shouldn’t have raced at Indy,” pro­claimed Ed­die. Yeah, right. He only led the bloody thing! Given his frus­trat­ing run at Mclaren, this was for me the story of the year.

I’m so glad that as a lad I got to wit­ness Clark rac­ing and win­ning in

F1, sa­loons and sports cars – all on the same day. I am there­fore de­lighted to see Alonso suc­cess­fully re­viv­ing that tra­di­tion, and fol­low­ing in the wheel­tracks of giants.

A racer is a racer is a racer. Max­i­mum re­spect there­fore to his team boss, Zak Brown, for sup­port­ing his driver, a true star in my hum­ble opin­ion. Enough, I say. I can con­tain my­self no longer. The cur­rent front wings on For­mula 1 cars have no place in mo­tor­sport. Please, please some­one shout stop!

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