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Yirmin Snipe - Unregistered

August 12, 2011 4:38 PM

I would have to take issue with Gilles being the greatest F1 driver... and would suspect that the reason we don't see racing like this anymore is that the car today have either too much grip... or they have too little power.

Either dropping grip or increasing power will allow duels like this where a driver can overtake after he is passed... but now we had a silly button to be pushed that allows a driver behind to pass... why? Because they wont allow the teams to build and use any engine they like which would increase the power and you wouldn't need passing buttons.

TheFamousEccles - Unregistered

August 13, 2011 5:27 AM

Um, Number13, it is Clarkson.

Boring race? Pick any race in the last ten years and I will show you a boring race.

And Villneueve WAS the greatest of all time - of that there can be no doubt. Better than Senna, Prost, Lauda, Schumacher, Vettel, Alonzo, etc. In terms of outright calculated risk he had no peer. Dont forget, that the Ferrari he drove was an utter dog (and was about to get worse in the turbo era, which the Renault was the harbinger), all it had was horsepower, it took unearthly talent to get that thing even close to the pointy end of the field.

Once again, there has been no other like him since, a racer, pure and simple - and loyal. Does anyone remember how he should have won the WDC in 1979, and was leading in the final race that would have given him the championship, but he aquiesced to team orders (not that again!) and let Schecter past who then became WDC? Can you imagine that happening today?


August 13, 2011 7:57 AM

Clarkson talking out of rear again. Is he forgetting the Mclaren duo who are always fighting wheel to wheel lately giving us great entertainment. But must agree i have not seen a better two man battle than Rene v Gilles although i have only been watching f1 since the early nineties. I suppose Senna v Mansell was not bad and Alonso v Hamilton in America in 2007 with Alonso all over the rookie forcing him to defend for his life was interesting as well. TBH F1 was so reliant on strategy which Ross Brawn and Schumi rinsed to death at Ferrari it killed real racing like we saw in France in 79.

Edward Lamok - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 1:44 PM

Not sure what are you talking about... Scheckter clinched WDC during Italian GP, Villeneuve never led in that race. Villeneuve won last race of 1979 and Scheckter retired on lap 48.

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