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He could have been a contender, but instead he was an idiot
on 13 September 2011
Perry McCarthy would have you believe that the reason he wasn't a Formula 1 world champion was due to bad luck, fate and other people conspiring against him. In reality he was extremely lucky to get to where he did in the world of Motor racing, and he could have gone further if he was much less of an idiot.
His story is undeniably gripping, his determination to be in F1 is unyielding and he clearly had the talent. There are many occasions where you feel sorry for his bad luck and misfortune - his attempt to race at Le Mans and especially the abysmal Andrea Moda F1 team are examples of this. You do feel genuinely sorry for him.
However I found myself increasingly frustrated by his stupidity and recklessness on the race track. Racing drivers need to be selfish, but too often Perry ruins his race, that of several others and smashes race cars while attempting what he freely admits were dubious overtaking moves. I also lost count of the number of fist fights, tantrums and other examples of general idiocy that made me feel that perhaps he got his just deserts.
The pages that cover his relationship with his dad were puzzling to me. Clearly they had a difficult
relationship, but his dad frivolously bought a private jet that he when instead the money could have been better spent funding a racing career for his son.
It is a good read, but only for those who are Motor Sport fans.