Bet­ter than Schu­macher

Octane - - IGNITION - David Tre­mayne, by email

With re­gard to the ques­tion posed by John Gul­liver in Oc­tane 170, in my opin­ion, no, Michael Schu­macher was not the great­est driver. My top three would be Jim Clark, Gilles Vil­leneuve and Ayr­ton Senna.

And those of us who saw all of Schu­macher’s races be­cause we were ac­tu­ally there have no am­ne­sia, lit­tle or oth­er­wise, thanks, about the streak of ruth­less­ness he be­trayed on sev­eral oc­ca­sions – no­tably against Da­mon Hill, Jac­ques Vil­leneuve and Rubens Bar­richello – nor his de­mand that no team-mate should be al­lowed to chal­lenge him.

Video doesn’t tell you ev­ery­thing. Talk­ing di­rectly to peo­ple at the cen­tre of F1 is of­ten much more il­lu­mi­nat­ing.

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