Beating Button wasn't enough for F1

Beating Button wasn't enough for F1

He coached Lewis Hamilton and Paul di Resta, and won the British F3 title himself. But today he's a team player rather than an F1 driver, as Edd Straw explains

The Formula 1 paddock is littered with racing names from the past who never had the opportunity to try their hand as grand prix drivers. Some never had the ability, but for many it was the well-worn story of plenty of skill but not enough cash. Today's subject is in the second category.

Thirteen years ago, he was good enough to win the British Formula 3 Championship, beating Jenson Button along the way, as well as Luciano Burti and Narain Karthikeyan. Today he's an F1 paddock regular and a key, if low-profile, player in the Marussia team. In a parallel universe, perhaps he made it, but in this one he's just another driver whose career fizzled out.

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