The drivers taken too young quiz


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Many drivers never achieved their full potential in F1, others won races and championships before an early demise. This quiz is all about those who were taken from the sport we love way too soon.

1. Gilles Villeneuve won a World Championship in which other powered sport?

Snowmobile racing - he won the 1974 World Championship Snowmobile Derby

2. Jochen Rindt is, and hopefullly will be, the only posthumus World Champion. Who was his "defcato" manager?

Bernie Ecclestone - Bernie was formerly appointed as his manager but negotiated his contracts

3. Jackie Stewart won the World Title in 1973 but the Tyrrell team withdrew from the last race at Watkins Glen anfter the death of Francois Cevert. Stewart won 5 races on his way the takign the title, how many did Cevert win?

Francois didn't win a single race but he was 2nd on 6 occasions. Stewart described him as an "obedient" teammate and was going to retire to let Cevert lead the team in 1974

4. Roland Ratzenberger died at Imola in 1994, the weekend Ayrton Senna died. Senna was 34 and had taken part in 162 Grands Prix, this was Ratzenberger's third race. How old was he?

Roland was 33 and spent the eraly 90's racing in the Japanese F3000 championship as well as doing endurance and touring car racing

5. Jules Bianchi is, and hopefully will be, the last F1 driver to die in a race. Jules was only announced as a driver for Marussia on 1st March 2013, 16 days before the first race in Melbourne and he still outqualified Max Chilton by 3/4's of a second. Which driver was originally going to be Max's teammate?

Brazilian Luiz Razia who beat finished 2nd in the 2012 GP2 championship whilst Max was 4th. Perhaps they gave the wrong driver the boot?

6. Elio de Angelis died testing a Brabham at Paul Ricard in 1986. As well as driving very fast what other skill did Elio have?

He was a concert standard pianist

7. Ronnie Peterson died at the Italian GP in 1978. How many teams did he race for and, for a bonus point, can you name them?

Only 3. March (both works and privateer teams), Lotus (a couple of times) and Tyrrell

8. Wolfgang von Trips died at the Italian GP in 1961, what was his nickname?

Taffy - no real explanation why although it's suggested that Mike Hawthorn might have started it as "he thought he looked Welsh!

9. Roger Williamson suffered one of the most horrifying deaths at Zandvoort in 1973 with David Purley tryng to recover the driver from his car, still alive, as it burst in to flames. How many Grands Prix had Williamson taken part in?
This was his second race

10. Patrick Depailler died testing his Alfa Romeo at Hockenheim in 1980. Who replaced him as the teams lead driver in 1981?

"Super" Mario Andretti - perhaps wanting to get back to his Italian roots

Not a happy subject matter for a quiz but I hope you enjoy the questions and some of the explanations.
1! Blimey that was hard. It was question 5 as well and only because I wrote a driver profile on him for CTA!

Good quiz. Learnt a few things.
9 including the Peterson bonus.

I remember being totally devastated by his death and that of Cevert. Two HUGE talents that would have been WDCs if they had survived.
Another driver worthy of mention here was Gunnar Nilssen, who died at the age of 30, albeit from cancer.

A great loss to the sport, for not only was he a very large talent, but was a very likeable man as well.
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