What confers 'legendary' status upon a Grand Prix driver?


The question has been asked many times in the past and will continue to be posed as time rolls on: what confers ‘legendary’ status upon a Grand Prix driver?

Bruce McLaren’s Formula 1 record might pale alongside others, but his associated achievements underline indelible greatness. François Cevert started only 46 Grands Prix, but almost 45 years after his death his charisma lingers. He raced F1 cars all too briefly, but perhaps symbolises the spirit of that time better than any other driver (and he also won a Can-Am race, in a car bearing Bruce’s name).

Sebastian Vettel has never been able to woo German audiences in the manner of forebear Michael Schumacher, but four consecutive world titles did not happen by chance. Yes, he had an ultra-competitive car – but the same was also previously true of Clark, Ascari, Fangio and many others.

That doesn’t dilute the significance of their achievements.

For this latest Motor Sport special edition, the second to focus on legends past and present, we have raided our 94-year-old archive to select the finest prose from some of the best writers ever to have covered the sport. Some of their subjects are multiple world champions, others belong here for reasons beyond simple statistics. Order your copy of Grand Prix Legends 2 from the shop now.

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