How to judge a great driver?

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RH1300S
RH1300S
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How to judge a great driver?

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A little bit of mischief!!! :D

How do you measure the true greatness of a racing driver? Surely not by results alone.

Some drivers may achieve scant reward, but hold a place dear in the hearts of many fans. Or is it the case of simply achieving the most, thereby demonstrating a combination of pace and acumen.

Some pretty obvious names will leap out, I suppose starting with Michael Schumacher - who has been debated to death elsewhere.

I would place Nigel Mansell as someone who gets your heart when behind the wheel, but would not rate him as a great along with (in no particular order apart from the first named!) TAZIO NUVOLARI, Gilles Villenueve, Jim Clark, Stirling Moss, Ayrton Senna, Mario Andretti (yes, please don't forget some of the less obvious greats).

If I let my mind wander, the list could go on and on..........but let's hear your views and your favourites.

manchild
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I believe that there is no need to explain my methods of determination who is and who isn’t great driver :wink:

However, after thinking it over I decided that there won’t be any list from me since my respect and admiration actually goes to so many drivers and equally to those who became champions and those who never became champions but left a great mark in F1 like Gilles did. His unfortunate destiny proved that a driver without a title can be considered as much greater than some of drivers with one or even more titles.

Here are two links to very interesting web site related to ex-F1 drivers and history of accidents in F1

http://www.oldracingcars.com/bydriver/watn.asp

http://cfm.globalf1.net/history/acciden ... rmula1.htm