On April 18th 1979 a young boy was born in the ever so exciting exciting English town of Hemel Hempstead.
1987 arrives. Said young boy takes up Karting. As time progresses he develops more and more as a driver, growing in stature (stature not height!) and moves into single seaters.
1999 wins Formula Ford Festival.
2000 wins Formula Ford World Festival. Wins McLaren Autosport Award. Signs for BAR F1 as a Test Driver.
2001 Moves into F3. Runner up in UK championship with 6 wins and winner in Euro F3 including the Jewel in the Crown Pau GP.
2002 concentrates solely on F1 as BAR test driver and stands in for Alex Yoong at Minardi when the Malaysian is 'rested' ... solid drives, but spins off and zero points.
2003-2006 Continues with his F1 testing duties and combines this with some sportscar outings including Le Mans and Sebring.
2007 Big Break. Super Aguri F1 Driver.
Now this is where I can't believe it went wrong. During the beginning of the season admittedly Takuma Sato had the upper hand, after all Ant was not used to driving at the weekends!
Gradually though, as the season progressed Ant started to match Taku, then more often than not he out qualified and outraced the experienced and quick Japanese driver and fully justified his place in the team for 2008, with many observers expecting the team to move forward.
After all, they had a good driver pairing of the volatile and yet quick Satu, with the naturally gifted Anthony, a car that had blown the works team away on occasion, and Honda backing. It all seemed rosy.
Alas that was not to be with the collapse of the team.
Now with all the recent talk about lack of testing, and the use of inexperienced drivers in the heat of a Grand Prix weekend, I simply cannot believe that someone has not stepped forward to claim Ant.
His development skills are immense, he is very experienced, he has driven the latest equipment being Brawns Reserve driver, and above all he is simply bloody quick!
I know that it would be a loss to Radio 5 and the BBC interactive coverage, as he is outstanding as a pundit, but he's young enough and good enough to be doing what he should be doing.
And that's driving an F1 car in Grands Prix.
Will someone, somewhere wake up and smell the coffee and stop this awful was of a big talent, instead of signing up duffers like Nelson bloody Piquet!
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