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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:48 pm 
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:thumbup: So Bernie E raced stadium ovals too!
Bernie was always an enthusiast, really understood racing and has his own collection of restored F1 cars. Wish he'd open it to the public like Donington.

Whenever Bernie gave his assessment of drivers, it was always valuable and accurate. From memory I think he reckoned that at their peaks, Schumacher's work ethic would have prevailed over Senna.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:47 am 
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After the 1961 German GP was won by Moss in his Lotus-Climax, on damp roads and with some rain. Von Trips/Ferrari who came second
said: "On some laps I'd get as many as fifteen corners really right, but Moss, he gets them all right on every lap".

The 22.8-km, 170-plus -corner Nurburgring lap was so difficult for all drivers to learn. As late as 1976, the year of Lauda's crash and the last year of the original 'Ring as an F1 venue, many drivers still reckoned they were not always sure which crest was which, whether it turned right or left after the blind rise! No simulators, not much tech info, small crews, etc.

Moss knew the Circuit better than anyone in 1961, having raced there in F1 cars since the early 50s and having won the sportscar 1000km race 1957,1958 and 1959 for Aston Martin (and also maybe 1956 for Maserati?). IN 1961 Moss's 4-cylinder Lotus-Climax had only about 150 bhp compares to the 180 or so of the V6 Ferraris. Moss's superiority as a driver ensured this great win, aided by the latest Dunlop rain tyres; Moss's sensitivity ensured they lasted.

Point is: a driver can make an enormous difference.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:13 pm 
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Before F1 in the thirties (on my System) the gaps between the top drivers Chiron, Nuvolari, Varzi, Wimille, Caracciola and Rosemeyer were much the same as today between Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel, etc. Moss's wide advantage in 1959-1960 was exceptional, and not matched in the F1 era.

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