Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Arguably The Greatest Laps In F1 History

Take a good candidate for greatest ever Formula One driver and then take a good candidate for his greatest ever performance and you have something very specail. It all happened in the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring 54 years ago.

After a poor pitstop the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio found himself more than a minute behind race leader Mike Hawthorn. The five times world champion shows his perhaps never surpassed greatness in Formula One by setting a series of stunning laps.

Using the word stunning is perhaps an under statement as some of the laps were a full six seconds quicker than his own lap record and eight seconds quicker than his pole lap!

Add to that the Ferrari's he was racing against were superior cars and the track he was on was the most dangerous and testing of them all, nevermind he was way older than his competiers at 46. One sees why Fangio is a strong candidate for greatest of them all.

The highlights pick up at half distance.

I won't spoil the ending for anyone watching but after the race Fangio said "I'd never driven like that before, and I knew I never would again".

Recently Michael Schumacher was asked If he could pick two Formula One greats of the past (from different eras) to watch race against each other, who would he pick?

Schumacher replied "Ayrton Senna and Juan Manuel Fangio."

The reply by Schumacher says it all.

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