Unsurprisingly I think Montoya deserved a title, for me he ranked with Alonso and Raikkonen as those who could really threaten Schumacher 2001-2004, the other two won titles and he moved. I reckon had he stayed he could have had another shot, Kimi had gone to Ferrari meaning JPM and Alonso pairing, could have been interesting
but until Schumacher broke his leg, the German outclassed Irvine on most occasions.
No doubt about it whatsoever, and if it wasn’t for the crash, Schumi would have probably had 8 titles to his belt now. But given the context, I think Irvine did a fine job and would have probably won the title if it wasn’t for the pits screw up on the Nurburgring. It’s true it was a one-shot thing but he fought hard for it and had his share of bad luck as well. He deserves a mention for that, imho.
As much as I dislike Helmut Marko as a PR guy, he was an amazing sportscar driver. He and Gijs van Lennep set a distance record in the 1971 Le Mans 24 hours that wasn’t broken until 2010. He never did that well in F1 though, so an F1 title might be a bit far-fetched. And Enzo Ferrari stopped racing long before there was a Formula 1 World Championship.
Barrichello could have won in 2009 if his british biased team did not give a biased support the British driver.
This is highlighted because many times Barrichello subtly made quips about not being given equal treatment, I mean he did not even have a comfortable seat for the first few races for crying out loud.Did anyone notice when other teams began to catch up in 2009 Button really began to struggle and Barrichello regularly out qualified him and eve won races??