Good points raised about Hailwood's bravery that day at Kyalami in 1973. In 1974 Denny Hulme was the first driver on the Revson crash scene at Kyalami, and tried to help, but also hardly got a mention. Imagine the tv news and newspaper front pages if Fangio, Moss, Clark ,Stewart or Senna, Schumacher had stopped to help at a crash scene?
The news media only want to publish what/who SELLS. Who has heard of Hailwood, Patrese, Purley (who tried to right Roger Williamson's car when it was burning at Zandvoort)?
TV/media and the popular fan-base which needs heroes almost as a form of religious worship, have made this the age of the celebrity, the famous. Any others are also-rans (read: 'losers', such an ugly term), which is a shame, because so many very talented, competent people are ignored.
Purley was a well documented incident. I agree with the rest