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Old 18 Sep 2002, 13:54 (Ref:383432)   #31
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ghinzani should be qualifying in the top 10 on the gridghinzani should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
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Old 5 Feb 2018, 08:31 (Ref:3798620)   #32
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Did I read now that both James brothers have now passed from heart related issues?
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Old 5 Feb 2018, 09:02 (Ref:3798626)   #33
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David died of a coronary in 2015, I think Pete passed away of cancer in 2013? AFAIK, his other brother Tim and his two sisters are still alive.
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Old 5 Feb 2018, 10:49 (Ref:3798653)   #34
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I had the pleasure of racing against James a few times when he still pedalled tin tops. And he often, for reasons best known to him, raced under an assumed name or the name of the owner of the particular car. A practice that he continued for a number of years.

The most memorable occasion for me was a race at Oulton, where he made a demon start in a Mini a few rows behind me. His problem in those days was that he was convinced that he could win the race or his class before the first corner, and, with his starts, that was sometimes a possibility.

However, on this particular day, nobody, myself included, would allow him to bully his way through, and the result was that he took to (or was forced onto) the grass on the inside. My last sight of him was his car flying through the air with the car on it's side as it hit, roof first, a tree that happened to be firmly planted there.

I also have memories of him clambering out of the back of small vans in the paddocks of circuits, rubbing the sleep out of his eyes, when we turned up to sign on early in the morning. There was no doubting his absolute passion for motor racing in those days.
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Old 5 Feb 2018, 17:09 (Ref:3798760)   #35
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It’s just a shame he went so young, he really had been a diamond and he was perhaps the best ex driver commentator ever. It was a big loss when he went so suddenly
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Funny driver really , rising almost without trace. He was pretty good in F3 but so were lots of others , and I first really noticed him as somebody to watch at an Oulton F2 race . But put him in a big bhp F1 and he was away - very much like Lauda's career trajectory.

Hunt was terrific from 73 to 77 but then declined almost overnight . As a man I didn't really warm to the public persona , and although his commentary work was good it would have been far better if he'd kept his personal axes to grind somewhere else . His rubbishing of Patrese at every opportunity was shameful .
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Funny driver really , rising almost without trace. He was pretty good in F3 but so were lots of others , and I first really noticed him as somebody to watch at an Oulton F2 race . But put him in a big bhp F1 and he was away - very much like Lauda's career trajectory.

Hunt was terrific from 73 to 77 but then declined almost overnight . As a man I didn't really warm to the public persona , and although his commentary work was good it would have been far better if he'd kept his personal axes to grind somewhere else . His rubbishing of Patrese at every opportunity was shameful .


Also you could say the same about our Nige, he only won one race in F3, and that was after the winner on the road was DQed.

I agree the vendetta against Patrese was unnecessary, but even he could give Riccardo credit where it was due. He even apologised during the 1991 Italian GP, when he suggested Riccardo made a ‘stupid mistake’ while leading, then when Jonathan Palmer interviewed him, Patrese said he had a gearbox problem. Hunt was also honest enough to admit the hunger had gone in his last season and a half (78-79)
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Old 6 Feb 2018, 16:07 (Ref:3799025)   #38
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Mansell very much the same, D Hill too . And then you have the driver who walks on water in F3 but drowns in F1 - Dave Walker, Jan Magnussen to name but two.
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