Motor Racing: McNish prepares to tan the hides of Grand Prix big boys.Byline: TED MACAULEY
FORMULA One newcomer Allan McNish Allan McNish is a racing driver, born on 29 December 1969 in Dumfries, Scotland. He lives in Monaco with his wife Kelly. He is currently driving an Audi R10 and an R8 for Audi Sport North America in the American Le Mans series. has spent longer on the French Riviera than any millionaire playboy - and there's not the slightest trace of a tan.
That's because the pale-faced Scot has been chasing his dreams crammed into the cockpit of his 210mph Toyota grinding out top-secret testing miles at the Paul Ricard circuit near Marseilles.
And with less than a month until his Grand Prix Grand Prix
n. pl. Grand Prix
Any of several competitive international road races for sports cars of specific engine size over an exacting, usually risky course. debut in Australia the 32-year-old knows F1's newest pounds 250million team is already playing catch-up with the front runners.
But he has put a decade of waiting in his wake and he told me yesterday: "Getting stuck into the big boys doesn't worry me one bit.
"It seems I've waited a lifetime for this chance. I know I'm driving better than I have ever done.
"I am quicker and more experienced in testing, developing and racing the cars. I feel like the complete all-rounder.
"I know this car inside out. I know how good it can be and what it's potential is. And I know my own capabilities. We are a good match."
Modest rankings in the public dress rehearsals for Melbourne have not fazed faze
tr.v. fazed, faz·ing, faz·es
To disrupt the composure of; disconcert. See Synonyms at embarrass.
[Middle English fesen, to drive away, frighten McNish or the team and he says: "Give us time and we'll do the job."
His back-to-back secret sessions, in between the official test programme's workload, have honed his fitness and boosted his confidence sky high.
"I'm like a kid," he said last night, "I can't wait to get to Australia and get on with the job.
"I know it's going to be tough and we could take a big hit. But I'm ready I'm Ready is the double platinum second release from R&B singer Tevin Campbell. I'm Ready yielded the biggest R&B hit of his career the #1 R&B smash "Can We Talk", and produce 3 more successful hits in "I'm Ready", "Always In My Heart" and "Don't Say Goodbye Girl". for whatever ups and downs ups and downs
Alternating periods of good and bad fortune or spirits.
ups and downs
alternating periods of good and bad luck or high and low spirits we have to face. I know I can cope mentally with the demands good or bad."
McNish will be the same age as Damon Hill Damon Graham Devereux Hill OBE (born 17 September 1960 in London) is a British former racing driver from England.
He was the 1996 Formula One World Champion. As the son of the late double Formula One world champion Graham Hill, he is the only son of a world champion to win when he first raced a decade ago.
"Being 32 and a starter in Formula One makes no difference to me - blimey blimey
Brit & NZ slang an exclamation of surprise or annoyance [short for gorblimey God blind me]
blimey excl (BRIT) (col) → ¡caray! , Nigel Mansell was about six years older when he won his first championship," said McNish.