Holy shit. Ive made it in life. Mike Gascoyne replied to one of my tweets
Mika Salo damaged the front of his car early in the race after colliding with Mika Hakkinen early in the race, but didn’t make a single stop and finished fifth to score two points. These were the last two points ever scored by Tyrrell.
4. Stefan Bellof
Remember that time when Senna nearly won in the wet at Monaco in a Toleman but the race was red flagged? Well if the race had continued he wouldn’t have won. Because Stefan Bellof was behind him and was faster.
He was ear marked to be moving to Ferrari in 1986, every racing driver’s dream. Ask Martin Brundle or any number of his team mates from his Sports Car racing days, they all thought he was the quickest ever. He won the Norisring trophy in 1983, and he won the DRM (pre-cursor to the DTM) in 1984 and the World Endurance Championship that year too. He was a young Michael Schumacher’s idol. Bellof was to be king, sure to become a World Champion, sure to win Le Mans with the mighty Rothmans Porsches.
He perished at Eau Rouge during the Spa 1000km in 1985, while attempting to overtake Jacky Ickx. His was the second German death in a Porsche in recent weeks, after Manfred Winkelhock’s at the previous race.
7. Francois Cevert
Before his death, he was lined up as Sir Jackie Stewart’s replacement at leader of the Tyrrell team. It wasn’t a maybe, it was a definite. Sir Jackie claims that Cevert was faster than he ever was and just needed to refine himself a little bit and he would be a true great. He had won a race, he scored points and many podiums, and he is inarguably and objectively the most attractive man to have ever raced in Formula One. He finished 2nd six times in 1973 alone. Stewart was to retire at the end of 1973, Cevert to get the #1 spot. The stage was set, Cevert would be the next Tyrrell World Champion.
Then, at Stewart’s final Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in 1973, documentary footage caught Stewart and Cevert debating whether to use 3rd or 4th gear through the Esses. Stewart chose 4th gear, less response but the car would be less nervous and easier to control. Cevert chose 3rd, higher revs and quicker response. He crashed in qualifying, Stewart retired on the spot, and Tyrrell never won another World Championship. Formula One and the world was robbed of another great gentleman and driver.
8. Sir Jackie Stewart
For those balking at JYS’ inclusion, you’ve got to contemporise, man. Firstly, just look at that hair. Secondly, three world title. Fourthly, he was simultaneously the last of the gentleman drivers to win the world titles, but the first of the consummate professionals. Finally, that fucking hair, man. He was the coolest you could be in the era, he was beyond talented. His wet win at the Nurburgring could arguably rival Fangio’s great win as one of the greatest drives of all time.
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