The ultimate Formula One anti-hero. Perry McCarthy gamely battled his way to an F1 drive with Andrea Moda in 1992, one of the most infamous and short-lived of teams in the sport.
Having spent several rounds unable to drive in practice due to lack of funds, he got a run at Silverstone – albeit on wet tyres during dry practice. At Spa-Francorchamps he was sent out with a broken steering column. The team folded when owner Andrea Sasseti was arrested and McCarthy moved on to an excellent sports car career.
He later appeared on BBC TV’s Top Gear as The Stig.