Speed ridicules party-animal criticism

Thu, 22 March 2007, 10:19

Scott Speed has dismissed as “ridiculous” claims that his party-going ways nearly cost him his seat in formula one.

The Californian was the last driver to be guaranteed his spot on the 2007 grid, after Toro Rosso co-owner Gerhard Berger questioned his commitment over the winter.

“It is ridiculous,” Speed was quoted as saying by the official website of the US grand prix.

“For sure, I am the person in the paddock who parties the least. I don’t even drink alcohol.”

Backing up his case, 24-year-old Speed outperformed his teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi all weekend at Albert Park, despite sliding out of the race with two punctured tyres.

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