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Old 29 Jan 2003, 01:11 (Ref:488953)   #16
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No hoper? Excuse me, but Jean Alesi has an F1 win (Montreal 1995 with Ferrari) and _many_ podiums to his credit, including a spectacular second place at Phoenix in 1990, where he dueled for several laps with Ayrton Senna in, of all things, a Tyrrel-Cosworth!
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Old 29 Jan 2003, 02:34 (Ref:488987)   #17
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f1manoz should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridf1manoz should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridf1manoz should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Well, no matter what, he is still Colin McCrash to me!
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Old 29 Jan 2003, 07:00 (Ref:489110)   #18
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I think you have all missed the most appropriate comparison. To me McRae is the Nigel Mansell of Rallying - His on track style and off track personality are very similar
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Old 29 Jan 2003, 11:23 (Ref:489341)   #19
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Here is one for the McRae bashers (and Liz in particular)

If Alesi is the F1 equivalent of McRae, then Jacques is the F1 equivalent of Burns.

Both competent drivers whose one and only world championship came from being in the best car at the right time. Both then moved on to new teams as part of big buck contracts and were overwhelmingly disappointing.

I heard Burns was wingeing to his mechanics that the 206 was set up all wrong for the Monte - but shock, his was set up the same as Gronholm's. No excuses now Richard.
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Old 29 Jan 2003, 12:39 (Ref:489404)   #20
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McRae makes rallying great to watch, overdriving, pushing the limits as far as possible, and then some,aswell as a never say die attitude. Im a fan of Australian Rally driver Simon Evans because of the same things, he makes ralling good to watch, if a crash or two (or more) comes from this then so what?
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Old 29 Jan 2003, 16:56 (Ref:489680)   #21
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I actually meant Diniz was the no-hoper although I wasn't clear. I am a great fan of Colin and I can't see any F1 comparisons being appropriate. Colin McRae is one of the sports greats.
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Suffered Topgear last night , got caught completely off guard by the Chris Harris tribute to Colin McRae , what a fantastic piece of TV
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Colin McRae was the Villeneuve of WRC, always hanging it out and sometimes succeeding and sometimes not getting away with it
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Old 7 Mar 2020, 10:19 (Ref:3962105)   #24
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coppice has a real shot at the podium!coppice has a real shot at the podium!coppice has a real shot at the podium!coppice has a real shot at the podium!coppice has a real shot at the podium!
But at least Villeneuve only killed himself ...
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A bit harsh some of these comments, Gilles was involved in a terrible accident and did not "kill" himself, he was taking a risk yes, but in those days there was so little safety and the cars were deathtraps.

Colin it has to be said, was silly and was responsible for other deaths, and for me that will always take a little away from his legacy.
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Old 7 Mar 2020, 17:24 (Ref:3962169)   #26
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Same could be said for Graham Hill to be fair
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Old 7 Mar 2020, 17:32 (Ref:3962170)   #27
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I have heard more than one 70s/80s GP driver state that Gilles's obsessive pursuit of being fastest everywhere and in every session would be the death of him . Every driver takes risks , but sometimes it looked like Gilles actively hunted them out .


I agree about Graham Hill - As a young man I was distraught he was killed but his carelessness and cavalier approach to flying did him no credit .
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Gilles often pushed to the edge more because of the cars he drove. Itís a cliche, but no doubt true, that his drive in Jarama 81 showed he had the racing nous too
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Suffered Topgear last night , got caught completely off guard by the Chris Harris tribute to Colin McRae , what a fantastic piece of TV
It was very well done, wasn't? Heartfelt stuff. That segment alone was worth my TV license for the year.
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Old 6 Apr 2020, 11:12 (Ref:3968889)   #30
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And in fairness Gilles was a very driven and slightly off kilter man at Zolder, the Imola stuff really annoyed him, both Pironi and the way Ferrari handled it.

So he was not himself as many journos at the time remember
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