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Button can conjure the spirit of 2009 to reclaim crown, says new F1 presenter Suzi Perry

Button can capture the spirit of 2009 to reclaim crown, says BBC's new F1 presenter Suzi Perry

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

15:36 GMT, 12 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:16 GMT, 12 March 2013

Suzi Perry, the new female face of the BBC’s Formula One coverage, believes Jenson Button can repeat the heroics of 2009 to land this season’s coveted crown.

Speaking to Top Gear magazine Perry – who spent 10 years covering MotoGP for the Beeb – expresses doubt over Lewis Hamilton’s chances of landing his second title in his first year after switching to Mercedes.

And she also reveals how James Hunt first attracted her to the sport.

In with a shout: Perry believes Button, in his McLaren above, can reclaim the crown he won in 2009

In with a shout: Perry believes Button, in his McLaren above, can reclaim the crown he won in 2009

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Suzi Perry

Driving seat: Perry (right) is the face of the BBC's F1 coverage after taking charge of the MotoGP for ten years

The season curtain raiser in Australia takes place in five days’ time and Perry believes the changes to the tyres this year could see Button land his second championship, but there are number of other, less-fancied, challengers in the frame.

She said: ‘They’re quite a young crop really, when you think that Jenson’s now the most experienced driver on the grid.

'Then you look at the changes in tyre tech, and you’d have to say it suits Jenson, with the softer compounds and wider window of opportunity.

Long shot: Perry feels Lewis Hamilton's switch to Mercedes may prove a stumbling block

Long shot: Perry feels Lewis Hamilton's switch to Mercedes may prove a stumbling block

'Isn’t this the best opportunity for him to go out there and singing ‘We Are the Champions’ like he did in 2009

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‘I’ve met the Williams drivers, and it was fascinating looking at their body language. But, Bottas… hmm, there’s something about him.

'He’s got this real-life Action Man thing going on, which is quite cool, something steely. Definitely a dark horse.

‘He also has a lot of fans already, and his girlfriend’s an Olympic swimmer – together they’re like Posh ’n’ Becks.

She added: ‘When I interviewed him the other day, he basically said they’re working towards a long-term goal. Put yourself in his shoes: you’ve come through McLaren since karting days, and that’s all you’ve known.

'It was purely that existence, with so many strong characters around him, so it’s no wonder he wanted to spread his wings. In his own words, he wanted to grow.

‘I think realistically there’s going to be a major shock if he challenges for the title this year, but there could be race wins. Why not’

She added: ‘As a kid, I remember always having F1 on the telly, going right back to James Hunt – I was six when he won the world championship.

'I remember it quite clearly – my dad was really into it, and my mum probably fancied Hunt.

‘Mind you, fair play, he was pretty handsome. When I was in my twenties, I took my bike licence and had a lot of friends who were bikers, so we used to ride together. Then I started covering MotoGP.'

Handsome: Perry remembers James Hunt, pictured in 1976, as the reason she became interested in motor-racing

Handsome: Perry remembers James Hunt, pictured in 1976, as the reason she became interested in motor-racing

The full interview appears in the latest issue of BBC Top Gear magazine, on sale now.

Suzi Perry to replace Jake Humphrey as Formula 1 host

Suzi Perry to replace Jake Humphrey as BBC's Formula 1 host for 2013 season

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UPDATED:

16:07 GMT, 21 December 2012

Race time! Perry will host the Beeb's F1 coverage

Race time! Perry will host the Beeb's F1 coverage

Former MotoGP presenter Suzi Perry will front the BBC’s Formula One coverage next season.

Perry replaces Jake Humphrey who leaves after four years to present BT Vision's inaugural foray into football.

Speaking of her new role, Perry, 42,
said: 'Motorsport is my life and I have really missed being away from
the grid. I am so excited to be joining the BBC.

'Working alongside such an eminent team and the F1 world is a huge honour and I can't wait to get started.'

Perry’s live debut will come at the
third round of the season in China after the TV schedule for 2013 was
also released on Friday.

Races live on BBC in 2013

China – April 14
Spain – May 12
Canada June 9
Silverstone – June 30
TBA* – July 21
Belgium – August 25
Italy – September 8
Japan – October 13
India – October 27
Brazil – November 24

The BBC will screen ten races live
including the British Grand Prix and season-ending race in Brazil but
will only screen highlights of the blue-riband Monaco Grand Prix.

Sky Sports F1 will screen all 20 races exclusively live in 2013 and have named an un-changed presenting line-up.

Pastures new: Humphrey will host BT Vision's football coverage

Pastures new: Humphrey will host BT Vision's football coverage

Luis Carreira dies ahead of Macau Grand Prix

Carreira dies ahead of Macau Grand Prix in latest tragedy to rock motorsport

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UPDATED:

13:09 GMT, 15 November 2012

Motorsport has been rocked by the death of another biker – Luis Carreira – ahead of the Macau Grand Prix.

The tragedy comes a year after MotoGP legend Marco Simoncelli died in a horrific crash at the race in Malaysia.

Superbikes Carreira, the 35-year-old Portuguese, crashed on Fisherman's Bend during qualifying today at the Guia circuit. No other riders were involved in the accident.

Tragedy: Luis Carreira died in qualifying at the Macau Grand Prix

Tragedy: Luis Carreira died in qualifying at the Macau Grand Prix

Race organisers said two doctors went to the rider's aid and he was then taken to a hospital but was declared dead about 20 minutes after arriving.

A statement from the Macau Grand Prix committee read: 'We regret to announce that Luis Filipe de Sousa Carreira, competitor No 33, from Portugal, in the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 46th edition, has succumbed to injuries sustained in a racing accident during the qualifying session this afternoon.

'No other rider was involved in the incident, which occurred at Fisherman’s Bend at 15.58. The qualifying session was immediately red flagged.

Death: Carreira died after being rushed to hospital

Death: Carreira died after being rushed to hospital

'The medical services, a fast intervention vehicle, fully equipped, and an ambulance with two doctors in attendance, which were located at the side of the accident immediately went to the rider’s aid, and as a result of the doctors’ diagnosis, Mr Carreira was immediately evacuated by ambulance to the Hospital, where he was admitted at 16.08.

'Continuous CPR was performed, however he succumbed to his injuries at 16.28.

'The Macau Grand Prix Committee has contacted the family and the members of the team, and the Committee expresses its sincere condolences.

'The qualifying session was abandoned at 16.30.'

Carreira raced for the Bennimoto Raider-Cetelem team.

Jorge Lorenzo blames James Ellison for spectacular crash

Lorenzo blames Brit Ellison for spectacular crash in final race of MotoGP season

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UPDATED:

11:33 GMT, 12 November 2012

Jorge Lorenzo has laid the blame for his spectacular crash in the MotoGP season finale firmly on James Ellison.

Lorenzo had already sewn up the title a fortnight ago at Phillip Island before his stunning dismount in Valencia.

The Spaniard was making his way through some back markers with 17 laps to go when he was forced to take evasive action behind Ellison.

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Lift off! Lorenzo is forced off his bike with Ellison just in front of him

Lift off! Lorenzo is forced off his bike with Ellison just in front of him

Lift off! Lorenzo is forced off his bike with Ellison just in front of him

His bike bucked beneath him and sent him sprawling onto the track, before dusting himself down and pointing the finger of blame squarely at the 32-year-old British rider.

'I arrived into a group of riders and came to Ellison, who looked behind, saw me and then suddenly entered the good line rather than letting me pass,' Lorenzo told the official MotoGP website.

'That’s why I crashed. I tried to overtake him (so as) not to lose time to Dani, but we got on the wet Tarmac and crashed.'

Lorenzo admitted he was disappointed not
to end a triumphant campaign with victory, but said a second crown
easily outweighed the upset.

On the slide: Lorenzo careers across the tarmac and finally comes to a halt in the gravel

On the slide: Lorenzo careers across the tarmac and finally comes to a halt in the gravel

On the slide: Lorenzo careers across the tarmac and finally comes to a halt in the gravel

'The most important thing is we are world champion, no If we arrive here without that, I crash and lose it would be much worse.

'It was a pity – I made the tough choice of starting with the slick tyre, I was doing well and leading, and I wanted to win the last race.

'But I can take a global view and it’s wonderful to be twice world champion.

'We took the gold medal, so let's party tonight – only one leg because I have pain, but it doesn't matter. We are very happy and proud of our championship.'

VIDEO: Lorenzo is thrown from his bike in spectacular crash

Jorge Lorenzo crashes as Casey Stoner finishes third in last race

Pedrosa wins final MotoGP of the season as Stoner bows out and Lorenzo wipes out

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UPDATED:

15:19 GMT, 11 November 2012

A spectacular crash from newly-crowned champion Jorge Lorenzo allowed Dani Pedrosa to claim victory in the final MotoGP race of the season in Valencia.

Lorenzo wrapped up the championship with victory in Australia last month, but he was unable to register his seventh win of the season today amid wet conditions at the Spanish circuit.

Yamaha rider Lorenzo burst into the lead after a frenetic opening ahead of Pedrosa, but the champion crashed out of the race near the halfway point as he attempted a tricky overtaking manoeuvre on a back marker.

Disaster: Yamaha MotoGP world champion rider Jorge Lorenzo falls during the final race of the season in Valencia

Disaster: Yamaha MotoGP world champion rider Jorge Lorenzo falls during the final race of the season in Valencia

Lorenzo wipes out

Lorenzo

With a healthy lead over Pedrosa, Lorenzo shifted his bike to the edge of the track as he tried to overtake, but the wet conditions made his bike slip and he flew off into the gravel at pace. He walked away unharmed.

From that moment Pedrosa, who started from the pit lane with slick tyres, started to open up a gap between himself and Katsuyuki Nakasuga and he never looked back.

The 27-year-old, who was already guaranteed second place in the championship, finished the race nearly 37 seconds ahead of Nakasuga, who only joined the Yamaha Factory Racing team two weeks ago because of an injury to Ben Spies.

Thanks for the memories: Dani Pedrosa (right) with the retiring Casey Stoner

Thanks for the memories: Dani Pedrosa (right) with the retiring Casey Stoner

Pedrosa said afterwards: 'I am really happy because the conditions made it so much more difficult out there.

'I stayed really calm and I think it was the right decision to start on slicks.'

After dabbing away his tears an emotional Nakasuga said of his podium finish: 'I am very happy about this result. It was very difficult, but I did my best.'

Podium fun: Pedrosa (centre) with Stoner (right) and Hiroshi Aoyama (left) gets soaked with champagne

Podium fun: Pedrosa (centre) with Stoner (right) and Hiroshi Aoyama (left) gets soaked with champagne

Two-time world champion Casey Stoner finished third in his last-ever race.

Stoner told BBC Sport: 'I took the easy way out today by starting on wet tyres and to be honest, I was scared of crashing.

'I didn't want to injure my foot any more than I have already, especially in my last race. You can see there were a lot of crashes today.

'My eyes were the size of dinner plates the whole race. With a couple of laps to go I decided to go for it and it's a fantastic way to end it. I want to thank all my supporters down the years.'

Cal Crutchlow close to earning first MotoGP pole

Crutchlow so close to earning first MotoGP pole of career

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UPDATED:

19:48 GMT, 29 September 2012

Britain's Cal Crutchlow was denied the first pole of his career in a dramatic finish to qualifying for Sunday's Aragon race in Spain.

With just three minutes left, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa upped their pace and demoted the Coventry rider to third.

He said: 'Hopefully another time.'

Going close: Cal Crutchlow powers round a bend during qualifying

Going close: Cal Crutchlow powers round a bend during qualifying

Casey Stoner suffers world title blow after Australian forced out of Czech MotoGP

Stoner suffers world title blow after Australian forced out of Czech MotoGP

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UPDATED:

19:34 GMT, 23 August 2012

Casey Stoner will miss this weekend's
Czech MotoGP in Brno after being advised to return to his homeland for
surgery on the ankle he injured at Indianapolis.

The Repsol Honda rider suffered torn
ligaments and fractures to his ankle, tibia and fibula in last weekend's
practice accident but nevertheless went on to compete in the race,
finishing an impressive fourth.

Injury blow: Casey Stoner

Injury blow: Casey Stoner

However, Sunday's race at the twisting Brno circuit has been deemed a step too far for the Australian, who trails Jorge Lorenzo by 39 points with seven rounds remaining.

His hopes of a third world title will be severely dented by his withdrawal from this weekend's race.

“Casey Stoner will miss the bwin Czech Republic Grand Prix as he has to head back to Australia to undergo treatment on his ankle injury sustained last weekend in Indianapolis,” read a statement on the official MotoGP website.

“Stoner will leave Brno this evening for Australia after his doctors advised him to have surgery on his damaged ankle.”

Stoner, who is to retire at the end of this season, had previously voiced his fear that the round at Brno would represent a stern test of his fitness.

“I'm not feeling too optimistic for Brno after a tough weekend in Indy,” he said earlier this week.

“In Brno there are many changes in direction and a lot of right hand corners so there will be a lot of weight on my ankle and it's going to be very difficult.”

Dani Pedrosa pips Jorge Lorenzo and Hector Barbera to pole at Mugello MotoGP

Pedrosa pips Lorenzo and Barbera to pole at Mugello MotoGP

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UPDATED:

14:49 GMT, 14 July 2012

A track record lap earned pole position for Dani Pedrosa for the MotoGP Gran Premio D'Italia at Mugello.

The Spaniard powered his Repsol Honda around the three-and-a-quarter-mile circuit in one minute 47.284 seconds in the closing seconds of the session to pip compatriots Jorge Lorenzo and Hector Barbera to top spot.

Yamaha's Lorenzo had led the standings until that point but a mechanical problem which caused his bike to lose power prevented him from completing his final flying lap.

The man to beat: Pedrosa

The man to beat: Pedrosa

Barbera, riding for Pramac Racing, claimed his first front row grid position since stepping up to MotoGP in 2010.

American Nicky Hayden (Ducati) edged out Pedrosa's Australian team-mate Casey Stoner for fourth place while Monster Yamaha pair Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso were separated by just two hundredths of a second in the battle for sixth.

The Briton won the battle despite a crash, Italian Dovizioso narrowly avoiding the same fate late on while pushing for a place on the second row.

Stefan Bradl (Honda) is eighth ahead of Ben Spies, who crashed his Yamaha in the same spot as Crutchlow on turn 12. Valentino Rossi could only manage 10th place for Ducati.

Casey Stoner crashes on German MotoGP last lap

Slack Stoner hands title advantage to Lorenzo after last lap sip in Germany

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UPDATED:

14:47 GMT, 8 July 2012

Casey Stoner handed the initiative in the MotoGP championship to Jorge Lorenzo, crashing on the last lap of the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring as his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa claimed his first win of the season.

The defending champion looked to have second place wrapped up and was pushing for the lead when he slid off the track with only a handful of corners to go.

Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory) came through to take second instead and establish a 14-point lead at the top of the standings, with Andrea Dovizioso (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) completing the podium.

Wheely good: Dani Pedrosa nicked in to claim victory in the German MotoGP

Wheely good: Dani Pedrosa nicked in to claim victory in the German MotoGP

Stoner dropped 20 points off the pace in the championship, with Pedrosa moving ahead of him into second spot.

Australian Stoner started the race on pole, but Pedrosa, starting from third, passed his team-mate to lead going into turn one.

Stoner soon hit the front again, though, and the pair continued to battle for the lead, while Ben Spies, who started from second on the grid, ran wide to let his team-mate Lorenzo into third place.

Spain's reign: Pedrosa capitalised on Casey Stoner's slip on the last lap

Spain's reign: Pedrosa capitalised on Casey Stoner's slip on the last lap

The Repsol Honda pair pulled further clear from the Spaniard as he tried to chase them down, but their thrilling neck-and-neck battle for the lead proved costly for Stoner as he crashed out.

Lorenzo, who had been well clear in third, followed Pedrosa home, while Dovizioso, who had made it past Spies, was next across the line.

Spies was fourth, with Stefan Bradl fifth, Valentino Rossi sixth and Alvaro Bautista, Cal Crutchlow, Hector Barbera and Nicky Hayden completing the top 10.

Lorenzo and Stoner went into the weekend tied for the championship lead after the Spaniard was taken out at the first corner at Assen last weekend and the Australian won.

And the Yamaha rider was grateful for the turnaround in fortunes.

He told BBC Sport: 'Things can change completely in two races. At Assen we have zero points and were very disappointed but then we have luck from Casey's crash today.

'I would have been happy to finish third as the bike was not so good, but we were lucky.'

Cal Crutchlow puts off ankle operation for MotoGP title tilt

Crutchlow delays op on injured ankle to continue MotoGP title tilt

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UPDATED:

18:52 GMT, 27 June 2012

Britain's Cal Crutchlow has put off an operation on his broken ankle to continue his MotoGP world championship challenge in Holland on Saturday.

The Yamaha rider, fourth in the championship, 74 points behind leader Jorge Lorenzo, rode in last weekend’s Silverstone race despite being injured in a crash in practice.

Dutch of class: Cal Crutchlow has committed to riding in Holland

Dutch of class: Cal Crutchlow has committed to riding in Holland