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Whitmarsh hails 'greatest season in F1 history'

ESPNF1 Staff
November 3, 2010 « There will be no team orders in Brazil, says Whitmarsh | »
Martin Whitmarsh says he has enjoyed the championship battle © Sutton Images

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has hailed the 2010 season as 'probably the greatest in history' as the title battle goes down to the wire over the remaining two races.

A topsy-turvy championship has seen McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari all dominate at different venues this year. And despite controversies surrounding team orders and the exploitation of loopholes in technical regulations, Whitmarsh says it should not detract from what has been a fascinating spectacle.

"I have lots of private views on the outcome. If anyone other than a McLaren driver wins the championship it will be very frustrating," Whitmarsh told the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in. "I am not going to cast aspersions on what others have done. We run our team as we wish to and we understand the rules in one sense.

"It may well be that other teams have a different view on that but at the end of the day Red Bull have produced a fast car and have been highly competitive all year and Ferrari, you've got to give them credit regardless of the team orders debate and all those other things. They have gone from being really struggling mid-season to looking very competitive and Alonso is a formidable competitor.

"So we shouldn't detract from what is probably one of the greatest Formula One championships in our history with issues about what teams did or didn't do during the course of the year. It has been a fantastic championship and there are genuinely a number of contenders from three different teams competing for this championship. We've had three 1-2s, some great moments and some struggling moments. Red Bull have had some moments of triumph and tragedy and so have Ferrari and that has moved around during the year. I hope the last two races see McLaren resurgent and dominant and scoring a 1-2 in the last two races. It would be a nice end to the season."

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