It is often said that Stirling Moss was the greatest driver to have never won the
Born in 1979, Anthony has been competing in motorsport since the age of eight. He managed his first win in karts at the tender age of nine, and has been impressing people ever since with his talent and control. Anthony has won the Autosport/McLaren Young Driver of the Year award in 2000 and in the same year accepted a drive for Carlin Motorsport in the British F3 championship.
Late in 2000, the call from
Anthony Davidson has impressed team bosses up and down the pit lane for many years. His ‘Man Friday’ sessions have been nothing short of brilliant, and he has become an accomplished test and reserve driver with the now-called
With Button looking to stay with the team for the next few years, Anthony has to compete with other more expreienced and already-proven drivers for the sole remaining seat. This – I imagine – is a very hard thing to do. Honda signed Barrichello late last year, and I believe it was the correct thing for the Japanese team to do. Although Rubens is yet to shine in the new car, I’m sure he will earn his way before the season reaches the halfway point. However, this isn’t good news for ‘our boy Davidson’.
So what should the young man do? Should he stick at it with Honda, and hope that one day he will be able to prove himself at the helm of the Honda with a full time drive? Or should he consider jumping ship? If he were to join another team, who should be on his list?
Ferrari are probably all sewn up with drivers, regardless of what Kimi chooses to do. Should Ron Dennis of McLaren tell Kimi to scoot off to the Scuderia and tell Juan to tot along to Toyota to make way for Alonso and Davidson? Or should the canny Briatore sell Renault the idea of a Brit in a French car? What about Red Bull? Could they lure Davidson with the promise of Newey, Ferrari and lots of money? Would they want two Brits in the team?
Although Anthony is only 26 (and three quarters), it is worth pointing out that Alonso is only 24, and the new wunderkind – Nico Rosberg – is barely out of nappies (20)! Time is ticking Ant, and I think you should make Mr Dennis remember the reason why you won that award all those years ago.
Or am I wrong? Has Anthony missed his boat…?