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.
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.
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