F1 » Surtees calls for talent to win out

F1 world champion John Surtees says more needs to be done to ensure talented drivers are the ones to make it to the top flight.

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January 12, 2013 12:28 PM

John Surtees OBE should be Sir John Surtees . There is a campaign presently seeking signatures to promote this. He is the only man ever to be world champion on 2 and 4 wheels. Nobody in motorsport is more respected than John Surtees . He is a true lover of racing. A pure racer from a time when real legends raced.


January 12, 2013 12:31 PM

Crash wont allow me post the web address for John Surtees to be knighted campaign , just google John Surtees to be knighted and it will take you to the website. Its a disgrace this man has not yet been knighted for services to racing when lesser figures have already achieved this status


January 12, 2013 12:34 PM

petitionbuzz.com/petitions/sirjohnsurtees. stick www dot in front of this to be taken there Cheers everybody and thanks to those who take the time to show the respect and gratitude to John , this wonderful man deserves it all


January 12, 2013 1:32 PM

keeper. whereas i have great admiration for john, and what he has achieved, i doubt that he would be in the slightest bit interested in being knighted. far too down to earth for this palaver of titles. it is an archaic and redundant system.

JohnO - Unregistered

January 12, 2013 6:07 PM

Have to disagree with him, I think the depth of talent on the F1 grid today is greater than it normally was in the past. There will be five current or former world champions starting in 2013. I agree with Martin Whitmarsh - "The strength and depth of the grid in terms of drivers and teams in my view, casting back over 24 years personally, is stronger than it's ever been."

There have always been pay-drivers, and the smaller teams could not exist without them. There is not currently more of them than usual.

DEREK from NEW ZEALAND - Unregistered

January 12, 2013 9:51 PM

Sir JOHN is right, TALENT should shine through but over my nearly FIFTY years of following the SPORT i could right a book about those with talent and in some cases (with bucket loads) who did not make it.The DOLLAR,POUND and EURO will always win and because so many of these smaller FORMULA 1 operations have been bad for the sport and have wrecked more than one drivers career time and time again. The idea that a number of people invest a certain amount of money in a young drivers career in the hope they will get a return at a later date when that driver has been succesful is the only one that has any merit unless of course you have a very rich DADDY.

f1dude - Unregistered

January 12, 2013 11:42 PM

so right
but then again f1 has always been a rich mens sport with the odd poor diy teams allowed in
stop all pay per drive and stop sponsorship for driver and recruit drivers solely on their talent with a salary to match
if this happened it would be great for f1 racing this would get rid of the likes of di resta, sutil's, petrov's,perez,pastor, and co who will never become wdc, even the likes of alonso has sponsorship from santander.
please bernie sort this out and make f1 more exciting

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