Discussion in 'General Motorsport' started by Incubus, Nov 4, 2014.
Two Le Mans Legends.
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If you look at the amount of rain that was falling, that race wouldn't have gone on much longer. It was absolutely chucking it down.
I'd add Olivier Gendebien to the list
Legend also says that Prost was having issues with his brakes, so he would have retired from the race, thus losing the title by 5 points ...
I would also add Phil Hill even though he was a WDC. He and Gendebien made a virtually unbeatable combination.
I don't know whether he'd have retired but he wouldn't have kept second place either. It's been somewhat forgotten that while Senna was catching Prost, Bellof was was catching and lapping faster than both... It would have been ingteresting to see how that one would have worked out had the race concluded with Bellof the winner, with Tyrrell later being excluded from the championship. Would Bellof have keptthe win, in the same way Schumacher in 97 had his championship points erased but his wins that year maintained?
Prost did have troubles with his brakes at that race, which were affected by excessive cooling. McLaren were (I think) the first team to use full carbon brakes, something at the time in its infancy in F1. Definitely advantageous performance-wise but with a much narrower operating temperature than steel brakes. Great on "normal" tracks but a handicap on street circuits. and totally unadapted to a wet Monaco track.
Truli on Herta in 1998:
Marquez on Rossi last year:
Allard J2X c. Conceptually light years ahead of it's time. My Avatar. Sadly never provided with the opportunity it deserved in competition, but inspired and continues to inspire sports car design to this day. A true game changer.
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