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2. Ronnie Peterson
Depending on who you ask, people are either 100% convinced Ronnie was following team orders and deliberately never challenged Mario in 78, or they are 100% convinced Mario was just quicker. Ronnie always claimed no such team orders existed, and Andretti had won everything else he had ever entered so it isn’t too farfetched to believe someone of his quality was actually quicker than Ronnie. But that would have made him the first driver to in the history of the world to be quicker than Ronnie.
Opposite lock, all the time, full control. The man was quickness embodied. Go to youtube, look up on-board videos of him. He was sure to be king, if only he had had the car. He finally had the car in 1978… but he had Mario as his team-mate. It was Mario’s time, and Ronnie was sure to get his…
Ronnie had his legs broken at a start-line crash at Monza that year. He survived, with extensive surgery and rehabilitation ahead of him… but the surgeon’s didn’t take care to prevent a fat embolism from forming and he died of renal failure by the next morning.
A combination of “should’ve won in his career” and a death robbing us of another great driver. Formula One is a harsh mistress.

2. Ronnie Peterson

Depending on who you ask, people are either 100% convinced Ronnie was following team orders and deliberately never challenged Mario in 78, or they are 100% convinced Mario was just quicker. Ronnie always claimed no such team orders existed, and Andretti had won everything else he had ever entered so it isn’t too farfetched to believe someone of his quality was actually quicker than Ronnie. But that would have made him the first driver to in the history of the world to be quicker than Ronnie.

Opposite lock, all the time, full control. The man was quickness embodied. Go to youtube, look up on-board videos of him. He was sure to be king, if only he had had the car. He finally had the car in 1978… but he had Mario as his team-mate. It was Mario’s time, and Ronnie was sure to get his…

Ronnie had his legs broken at a start-line crash at Monza that year. He survived, with extensive surgery and rehabilitation ahead of him… but the surgeon’s didn’t take care to prevent a fat embolism from forming and he died of renal failure by the next morning.

A combination of “should’ve won in his career” and a death robbing us of another great driver. Formula One is a harsh mistress.

Start line crash, Monza 1978.

Start line crash, Monza 1978.

Ronnie Peterson follows team mate Mario Andretti, Holland, 1978.

Ronnie Peterson follows team mate Mario Andretti, Holland, 1978.

Andretti and Peterson lead the way at Holland, 1978.

Andretti and Peterson lead the way at Holland, 1978.

Niki Lauda, Monaco Winner 1975, 1976

itsawheelthing:

famous first corners … Paddock Hill bendLotus drivers Mario Andretti & Ronnie Peterson leading the pack down the first turn at Brands Hatch during the 1978 British Grand Prix, both cars would however fail to finish the race

Love this corner. Bring back Brands.

itsawheelthing:

famous first corners … Paddock Hill bend

Lotus drivers Mario Andretti & Ronnie Peterson leading the pack down the first turn at Brands Hatch during the 1978 British Grand Prix, both cars would however fail to finish the race

Love this corner. Bring back Brands.

Ronnie, Gunnar and Mario.

Ronnie, Gunnar and Mario.

Patrick Depailler leads Ronnie Peterson in the 6 wheeled P34 Tyrrell.

Patrick Depailler leads Ronnie Peterson in the 6 wheeled P34 Tyrrell.

fuckyeahlotus:

Go!

1973 Austrian Grand Prix. Despite starting on pole, Emerson Fitipaldi suffered fuel system troubles and retired, handing the victory to his team mate, Super Swede Ronnie Peterson.

hakkalocken:

Ronnie Peterson sliding the six-wheeled Tyrrell P34.

Super Swede!

hakkalocken:

Ronnie Peterson sliding the six-wheeled Tyrrell P34.

Super Swede!