Qatar Team back British driver in bid to win back world title
British driver Andy Elliott will join Qatar’s former World Champion Jay Price in Formula 1 Team Qatar’s line-up for the 2010 World Championship which begins in Portugal on May 8-9.
Khalid Bin Arhama Al-Kuwari, Head of Formula Racing at the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF), has confirmed the British veteran will rejoin the Doha-based team after being forced out of the 2009 championship with injuries sustained racing in Russia..
Elliott, 54, is of the most experienced of all the Formula 1 racers and represented the Qatar Team in Finland and Russia last season. His accident forced the Qatar Team to pass the second seat on to Australia’s Craig Bailey and then to British racer Malcolm Goodman when Bailey was also injured in a race on home waters.
Elliott began his racing career in 1969 with a 10hp Junior Mercury boat before becoming Tourist 1 World Champion in 1981 and 1982. He went on to win the Formula 3 World Championship in 1984, 1987 and 1989 and finished second overall in the Formula 1 behind the late John Hill in 1990.
The Briton was a regular member of the Formula 1 racing fraternity throughout the 1990s and into the 21st century and will be the most experienced of all the drivers in the provisional 2010 championship line-up. He has achieved two race wins, a second place and four third positions in his Formula 1 racing career to date.
“It’s great news that Andy Elliott is fit again and will race in 2010,” enthused Al-Kuwari. “With Andy rejoining Jay in our team, we have two racers with vast experience and I am sure that we will be pushing for the Formula 1 Teams’ Championship as well as the Drivers’ title. We chose Andy because he has over 40 years’ of racing experience around the world.