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Well on that criteria then I'm going to chuck David Coulthard back in there then. He came in and was meant to be the next great British driver, the succsor to Mansell and Hill. Did not work out like that.
It was more JVs attitude in my opinion that brings him down - he was protected by Craig Pollock at BAR and that is where all his problems began he would not listen or quite hard on the engineers. Zonta's F1 career never got going and partly that was down the environment JV and Pollock built at BAR. The last straw was when they nearly hit each other at Hockenheim but Zonta was treated as the fall guy. When Panis joined all the mechanics loved Oliver because he did not have an ego problem and was willing to work with them. When Richards replaced Pollock at the request of Honda and BAT that was the start of the end for JV .. he did not help himself by refusing a pay cut to help the team as well. His comebacks at Renault, Sauber and BMW did not do anything for himI'm going to defend Jacques Villeneuve here. His name has come up several times on this list.
He was a big star in America and the reigning Indy Car Champion when he arrived alongside Damon. People may not remember but this was probably when Indy Racing was globally at the peak of its popularity. Before it killed itself with the split in 1996.
So what did Villeneuve do when he arrived in F1? Stuck his car in pole and, but for an oil leak almost won his debut GP, ultimately finishing 2nd. He won his 4th ever GP and went on to win the title the following year. I think he did the job he was paid to do and fully lived up to the expectations place on him by his team.
Yes it all quickly went wrong with BAR but why has Villeneuve made it in the list when Emerson Fittipaldi, who's career followed almost exactly the same profile of World titles followed by joining a team built around him, doesn't get a mention?
Finally, Villeneuve has succeeded in a range of Motorsports including winning the Indy 500 and a 2nd at Le Mans.
Being a full time Charlie is different to being overrated.
I see Mick Schumacher suffering the same problem that Bruno had to contend with by trying to push him into F1 asap namely Ferrari will want the glory in that until they realise he is not in the big boys league or even world class materialI met Bruno Senna once. Nice man. Crap driver though. He did a stint in Formula E and didn't shine either. During his stint there he got to crash two cars per race.