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F1 champ Alonso lauds driving ability of The Stig.

F1 champ Alonso lauds driving ability of The Stig.
Fri 11 Jul, 03:53 PM

The Stig - the popular hero of BBC motoring show Top Gear - impresses Renault's double F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso at Silverstone ahead of last weekend's British Grand Prix, the Spaniard reckoning that he is 'definitely ex-F1'...

The Stig - the enigmatic hero of popular BBC motoring programme Top Gear - has received high words of praise indeed, from none other than double Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso.

The Stig - clad in his famous white racing overalls and helmet - was present at Silverstone last weekend, behind the wheel of a two-seater Santander grand prix car as he lapped the circuit before the F1 cars took to the starting grid on Sunday ahead of the British Grand Prix.

A watching Alonso was clearly impressed.

"Whoever's in that car is a seriously good driver," the 26-year-old Spaniard - a 19-time grand prix winner - is quoted as having said by Top Gear's website. "I've no idea who he is, but he's definitely ex-F1."

The identity of The Stig remains a closely-guarded mystery, and his presence at Silverstone came about when a man who had won £5million on the lottery bought three passenger laps with him in the two-seater machine around the self-styled 'Home of British Motor Racing', after bidding £35,000 for the experience in a Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital charity auction.

And living up to his fearless reputation, The Stig certainly made sure his passenger got value for money, excelling on a wet surface and even letting the back step out at almost 180mph with no traction control or driver aids for comfort. As Alonso noted, a true pro.
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Who is 'The Stig?'

Former double world champion Fernando Alonso has dealt a blow to rumours he is the mysterious character known in motoring circles as 'The Stig'.

The Stig, who always wears plain white racing gear and helmet, is an anonymous and highly-skilled test driver for the BBC television motoring programme, Top Gear.

It is often speculated that Alonso is The Stig. But the rumour exited the realms of possibility during the recent British Grand Prix weekend, when The Stig actually appeared in the Silverstone paddock.

He performed some laps of the damp Northamptonshire circuit at the wheel of a two-seater Formula One car - watched on closely by none other than Alonso.

"Whoever's in that car is a seriously good driver," the 19-time Grand Prix winner is quoted as telling the Top Gear website.

"I've no idea who he is, but he's definitely ex-F1," Alonso added.

The Stig's passenger, a lottery winner, bought the ride in a charity auction for $70,000.
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I didn't think Alonso would actually pay attention to The Stig! I guess Alonso is more humble these days!
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Johnny Herbert or Damon Hill perhaps?
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