Discussion in 'Formula One Discussion' started by RasputinLives, Jun 25, 2013.
Heidfeld from recent times.
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His name never even crops up when people talk about the best F1 drivers, probably lucky to make most peoples top 20.
He won the same number of championships as Senna, Lauda, & Stewart, one more than Hill, Ascari, Clark & Alonso yet doesnt get mentioned in the same breath.
Won his first GP in the 50's and his last in the wings and slicks era of the 70's just shy of his 44th birthday. On pure driving ability he has to be up there with the best the fact he isnt makes him under rated.
Let's put a poll up to find out.
Did RasputinLives chicken out?
Votes 1. Result - Yes.
The ayes have it. The ayes have it.
Jenson Button - world champion, 2nd in 2011 when vettel was on different planet, 1 of greatest wet weather drivers, great strategist. only him & rosberg have beaten hamilton over the season which considering that can be poisoned chalice. is impressive
Seb Buemi - WEC champion, Le Mans champ, (could be 2x in few months) Formula E champion with 3 2nds, think he beat his F1 teammate in every year, only forced out because bottleneck of young drivers instead of the current drought. if i was Horner i wouldve had Buemi in that 2nd seat
Nico Hulkenburg - for me 1 of the most unlucky drivers on the grid & unwanted tag of greatest driver never to be on the podium. consistent, quick, beat decent teammates, shouldve won the 2012 brazilian gp. how he hasnt been picked up by main 3 team baffles me. because he is that good
there's plenty of underrated F1 driver, it's a tough choice
Publius Cornelius Scipio - I know the name but know him as a F1 back marker sometimes none qualifier but know him as nothing else. Be interested to hear the argument for him being under-rated as I really have no knowledge of him.
i dont understand how Jenson Button cant be classed as a great wet weather driver. if you exclude 6 of them dry dominant 7 races in 2009 where brawn were untouchable because of the double diffuser. 7 of the remaining 9 races JB won was in a race where they were wet conditions dry to wet, wet to dry or fully wet hungary 2006 Malaysia 2009 Australia & China 2010 Hungary 2011, China & Brazil 2012. that's no fluke he was consistently good
He like all the greats had a knack for when to be on the right tyre at the right time. so much so team principals used to basically tell drivers when button pits we pit. & i love you how you can just disregard keeping the right tyre in the right temperature window.
Dartman you see your confusing speed with success. Doesn't matter how fast you are in the rain if you don't win the race does it? So Jenson Button is a great wet weather driver because he has both the skill and the mindset to get a win in the wet.
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