The prince of American motorsport, but a pauper of Europe.
I really think, given a proper opportunity and not a rubbish car (and don’t say blah blah Senna won races that was ruddy Senna and he’d beat anyone in any car) Michael could have shown the talent he showcased in the States. But it seemed like the entire thing was set up for him to fail. Only there because of Marlboro money, trying to live in America but race out of Europe, an uncompetitive car and being thrown in the number 2 slot in Senna’s team. There was no way that was ever gonna work. Poor Mike. But, hey, he did something Senna never did: finish on the podium at the Indy 500 three times.
Andretti for Ferrari, Monza 1982.
Mario Andretti, 1982 Italian Grand Prix.
Michael Andretti, 1993 South African Grand Prix.
what we miss … old school racers
Mario Andretti, JPS Lotus-Ford 78, 1977 French Grand Prix, Dijon-Prénois
Mario made his bones in American stock car racing, and went on to win just about everything he tried his hand at. Sans Le Mans, where the best he got was a class win and second overall, talking of which, his 36 years between first and last entries has to be a record, right? He first entered in ‘66 and last entered in 2000. Not to mention entering 29 of 30 straight Indy 500s between 1965 and 1994.
If you have anything but respect for Mario Andretti, you aren’t a true motorsport fan. The ultimate racer’s racer.
The thing that stands out most for me is that even though he won his one Formula One title in one of the most revered and dominant cars in the Lotus 79 in 1978, nobody ever tries to write him off as only winning because of his car. I think that says it all.
Ferrari had hired me for the weekend and I had to do the best possible job for him, in all ways. I can’t stand anything slipshod, in racing or in anything else. - Mario Andretti.
Mario Andretti said he fell in love with Formula One watching Ascari in a Ferrari in the early 1950’s, before migrating with his family to America, watching at the side line of Monza. His dream, like any Italian boy, was to win the Italian Grand Prix with a Ferrari. He never won at Monza with Ferrari, but he did with Lotus in 1977. His race at Monza in 1982 with Ferrari he started on pole position and finished on the podium.
what we miss … Colin
@fuckyeahlotus this is the fucking guy. Right here. Moustache and laddy cap. This guy.