Whitmarsh: Best year on cards
Martin Whitmarsh has welcomed 2012's epic unpredictability, suggesting this season may prove to be the greatest in F1 history.
Amid fears that the season is becoming too unpredictable, both Peter Sauber and Whitmarsh have insisted that the sport should embrace the relentless uncertainty that has made F1 such a riveting spectacle for the past three months.
"As far as I can see, it's just a handful of people in the paddock who can't get used to not knowing by Friday who's going to win on Sunday," declared Sauber. "I think the fans see it in a completely different light. They're delighted with the unpredictability, the sheer variety and the unbelievably close competition. I've been in Formula 1 for 20 years now and for me it's never been better or more exciting."
It's a point of view that Whitmarsh, the McLaren Team Principal, evidently shares. Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News, the McLaren boss has also made an impassioned defence of a year that has started in unprecedented fashion with seven different victors in the opening seven races.
"It's extraordinary," said Whitmarsh. "There's never been a season like this and it could well go down in history as the greatest Formula 1 season because we have so many great drivers and so many World Champions fighting it out for this year's World Championship.
"Winning grands prix in F1 is not easy and winning them at the moment is probably more difficult than it has ever been with some hugely competitive teams and great drivers."