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Best driver never to race in F1

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    Saw a post on twitter from Peter Windsor about the best racer never to have driven in F1. An intriguing argument and one I would like to hear what other F1F’s think about the subject. Personally I would argue Tom Kristensen is hard to top from recent times. His record at Le Mans is second to none and I feel that it was a shame he never made it into the sport.

    #161919
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    James Courtney looked like he could be good but he never got to race.

    #161920
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    Tom Kristensen probably. Maybe other guys like Jeff Gordon, Valentino Rossi and Dario Franchitti deserve a shout also.

    #161921
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    Sebastien Loeb maybe? Watching rallies I get the impression that rally drivers require even more talent than their F1 counterparts

    #161922
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    difficult one, perhaps ned flanders and prisoner monkeys, but which ones best, ned or pm, theres only one way to find out…………….fight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    sblot, aka harry hill

    #161923
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    Colin Mcrae could have been good too? Didn’t he test for Jordan?

    @Ned I’m sure 5live had a debate last year about whhich was best f1 drivers or rally drivers and it had my head spinning :P

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    Difficult to say, different disciplines require different skills which dont necessarily translate to F1, and I dont have much knowledge of junior single seater formulae.

    Just to have a random stab in the dark though, I’ll say Yvan Muller.

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    Good shout on both McRae and loeb. The discipline required of a rally driver is amazing. It never really hit home fully regarding that until I heard kubica defending his decision to rally in the off season to keep his sharpness and discipline. Before I had never really appreciated just how much they can translate into performance in F1 due to them being such different styles of racing. And steph I think you may be right about the Jordan test. It does ring a bell.

    #161926
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    mmmmm

    Difficult question. Good one though, its a tough one!

    Alain Menu? Gary Paffett? (technically never raced in F1) Gil De Ferran? Bobby Rahal?

    Some questionable names I’ve put there I suppose, but thats what debate is for :p

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    He did Ben! I searched it on youtube and EJ has a good word to say about him and how well he would have done in F1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaLoBqHw2oM

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    tommy byrne, although he practiced I dont think he ever raced

    #161929
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    Tommy Byrne was someone who came straight to my mind, but I’m pretty sure he took part in a few races

    Gary Paffett is a funny case in the sense that he’s been the test driver for a top team for years now and I can barely think of a single time he’s been linked with a race drive anywhere, or had pundits bemoaning his lack of opportunities as they did with Anthony Davidson, for example

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    He raced a couple of times I think and then also had a few DNQs

    #161931
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    he raced for theodore 5 times in 82, think my memory is going, still he was the d….b….

    check out crashed and byrned with mark hughes, excellent read

    #161932

    Paffet was linked with Montoya empty McLaren seat before Hamilton was announced. He was also rumoured to race for Prodrive.

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