@Just a Fan
Dose of reality? The 250F was the RB6 of its day, and Fangio, well he's Fangio!
Sure I had the benefit of ABS and modern tyres when I went to the 'ring, but then again I wasnt trying to be Fangio or replicate his fantastic achievement, nor could I if I tried.
However, Im not an F1 driver. And My chosen example of "greatest drive"(donnington 93) is in my opinion a greater example of skill than the nurburgring epic.
Be in no doubt that I think both are fantastic examples of "greatest drives"
I ask myself, would Senna have done that? And time and time again, I say yea he probably could. I cannot prove that.....Now I dont want to reduce this thread to reducing one driver over the other, as that can never be won, nor should it.
But comparing the drives of Senna and Fangio is tantamount to comparing an S-Class to a Panzer. The cars were different, drivers hadnt the worry of team mates, who would hop out their own car if the team leader had some mechanical gremlins, tracks were different, coverage was different.
I would happily take Fangios drive as an example of the greatest drive in the "old" formula 1. But I couldnt verify the accounts of drivers, and their artiistic licence. Moss himself has alot of artistic licence when recollecting the "good ol days", and fair play so would anyone of us. And therein lies the rub.
Fangio was never scrutinised and didnt have the same pressures as drivers in the "modern" F1. Senna for me was the epitome of the modern F1 driver and Fangio the epitome of the old school.
So please dont think I'm knocking "El Chueco" or his Nurburgring masterclass, because Im not. He should be in everyones top 3, and if he isnt, then that person ought to rethink their top 3!
In terms of Donnington and Nurburgring, I see one as a test of endurance, skill and pace and the other as a test of wits, skill and pace.
I cannot refer to video footage in Fangios case, but in Senna's case he took 4 world champions on one lap. And he lapped the entire field bar Hill, who was a couple of seconds from being lapped anyway....in 2 hours.
I dont know what else qualifies a great drive.
So to conclude, I say Fangios was the greatest "old" F1 drive and Senna's my personal favourite "modern" F1 drive.