You were right in your January 2002 editorial: ‘Experts, what do they know?’
Without any doubt, the finest drive I have ever seen, or read about, was Damon Hill’s in the 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix, when he led the race from pole to the ultimate lap in the lowly Arrows before being let down by throttle control failure.
His imperious thrashing of the high-profile Williams, McLaren and Ferrari teams was the pinnacle of motor racing achievement in my view. Second place was scant reward. If the race had been one lap shorter, Arrows would have had their first victory in 20-odd years of competition.
Then there was Harry Schell’s drive in the 1956 French GP, when he picked off those ‘bloody red cars’ one by one and demonstrated the effectiveness of the Chapman/Costin-developed Vanwall. It was the first time in a championship GP that we realised hope was at hand for the green cars.
I am, Yours etc, Graham Peat, New South Wales
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