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Old 28 Sep 2017, 16:34 (Ref:3770307)   #1
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Greatest drivers never to win the WDC

I know that the vast majority of you will be divided between the Stirling Moss and Gilles Villeneuve camps, but let me just throw in:

Tony Brooks
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... and wait for the barney to start.
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Old 28 Sep 2017, 18:17 (Ref:3770320)   #2
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Stirling Moss & Gilles Villenuve.
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Old 28 Sep 2017, 19:37 (Ref:3770340)   #3
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Surely Ronnie has to be on the list?
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Old 29 Sep 2017, 03:02 (Ref:3770428)   #4
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Probably the greatest of them all to never win a WDC has to be Massa. One of THE best, most talented F1 drivers ever!











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Old 29 Sep 2017, 03:10 (Ref:3770430)   #5
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Old 29 Sep 2017, 10:57 (Ref:3770507)   #6
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Massa was so close, Webber just failed at the last, Montoya I feel should have won at least one, Moss we know about, Brooks was underrated, Villeneuve Sr could have, as could have Peterson, Reutemann almost certainly should have won 1981, but he just didn't seem to have the heart in the latter part of the season
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Old 29 Sep 2017, 13:05 (Ref:3770546)   #7
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Some odd answers above already...

Stirling Moss is the obvious not odd answer. Most other drivers that 'deserved' to win it did so. There are more drivers who didn't deserve it than did.
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Old 29 Sep 2017, 13:11 (Ref:3770547)   #8
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An obvious omission from this list: Me, because I am the greatest driver ever (in my opinion!)
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Old 29 Sep 2017, 13:59 (Ref:3770556)   #9
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John Watson. Ask him, he'll confirm it.
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Old 29 Sep 2017, 14:03 (Ref:3770557)   #10
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It's a hard question to answer. Moss i the obvious answer.

Jacky Ickx was twice runner up... Of more recent drivers - I an pretty sure both Alessandro Nannini and Robert Kubica would possibly have landed top line F1 drives if it were not for their accidents, and from there I think both would have been capable of winning a WDC.

That does not necessarily mean any of them are the best ever not to win a WDC though.
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Old 29 Sep 2017, 15:09 (Ref:3770569)   #11
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Yeah Kubica surely would have won it, Nannini, not so sure. And Pironi was surely on his way to the title in 82. And Alboreto gave Prost a run for his dosh in 85.
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Old 29 Sep 2017, 15:22 (Ref:3770575)   #12
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Jean Alesi, imo.
Had he gone to Williams instead of Ferrari he would've been WDC instead of Mansell, and perhaps in 1993 as well, and certainly would've fared better than Hill after.
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Elio was a great geezer, but he was never hungry enough. Surprised no one seems to have mentioned Dan Gurney, the only driver Clark ever feared. And Chris Amon was unlucky to never win a WC race, but he had the talent to be a champion. And Cevert if the sport hadn't been so cruel, would surely have been a champion
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