May 26 (GMM) New Zealand racer Scott Dixon will not necessarily have impressed F1 bosses with his drive to the Indy 500 victory on Sunday.
That is the belief of Chris Amon, Dixon's countryman who contested more than 100 grands prix until 1976.A few hours after Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at Monaco, Dixon, who is 27, raced to victory in another world famous motor racing across the Atlantic.But 64-year-old Amon thinks that, despite Dixon's success on the American open wheeler scene, his formula one opportunity has probably passed him by."Unfortunately, I think it has," he is quoted as saying by the New Zealand press."Formula one tends to be pretty inward-looking these days and, because there have been one or two failures with recruiting guys from the Indy series in recent times, I think teams are a bit reluctant to look at guys from over there," Amon, who raced for several famous grand prix teams including Ferrari, added.Dixon has tested a formula one car, for Williams earlier this decade."I think he's 27 now and teams seem to like to pick their drivers up early and bring them through the system, in the way McLaren have done with Lewis Hamilton," Amon said."I very much hope that's not the case, because he's certainly got the skill to succeed and run at the front in formula one racing. Sadly, I think Scott's not going to get that opportunity. I hope I'm proved wrong."