marcush. wrote:one of my former drivers was actually friends with bellof (who himself was 1977 Formula Vee champ in Germany 1977) and everytime we got to speak about Stefan or we went to Spa it got quite emotional .He was absolutely sure about Bellof being multiple champ material.
Prost certainly had his flaws early in his career ...one does not remember but in the Reanult days he had the habit of letting the ball drop when it counted ..and somehow he needed the year with Lauda to mature into the "prof" he was called later on in his career.
Good point about Prost Marcus.
His first season was forgettable.
The seasons with Renault were better, but he didn't develop into the driver we later came to know until he teamed up with Lauda. Prost also has the dubious distinction of being sacked by two teams in his career, which for a driver with his resume, I believe is unheard of at least in Formula 1.
The really great thing about Stefan that to me, made him stand out ahead of everyone, including even Senna, was his smile. That man always had such an infectious smile on his face as opposed to the sour look so many drivers have plastered across their face.
I do agree that he would have been a multiple world champion in Formula 1 had he lived.
What kills me is that Stefan would have driven for McLaren in '84 I think it was had Rothmans not been sponsoring Porsche.
Imagine that one...Bellof drives with Lauda in 1984, thus denying Prost a seat at McLaren in 1984. I'm not sure where Prost would have wound up that year. Perhaps he would have been teamed with Brundle at Tyrrell? Not sure what other seats were open to him. Either way Lauda would have been gone in '85, but would Prost have then wound up at McLaren for 1985 alongside Bellof? I do think had Stefan been with McLaren, there's a high probability he never would have been at Spa in September 1985. Either way, then you now have the possibility that Senna never gets to McLaren in '88. He either stays with Lotus, or perhaps he grabs a seat at Williams.
Yes I know it's a complete alternate reality scenario, but it's a hell of a thing to think about.