Who's this century's greatest driver?

Discussion in 'Open Wheel Racing' started by Zerkfitting, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Zerkfitting

    Zerkfitting Team Owner

    I came across this poll. I think it reflects the popularity of the TV age.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/46131677

    I think the best driver was Jim Clark because the racing was more hazardous during his era, and I don't know about the racers before him. I'd be more curious as to what era was the most competitive. During the time I've followed F1 it seems that one team tends to dominate for a period of time.
     
  2. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    Are we just confining this to F1, or trying to throw other major series into the mix?

    Of all time? Fangio, Senna, Schumacher, Clark, Prost. Something like that. If it's not just F1, then Andretti, Foyt, Petty, Pearson, etc. need to be in the mix.

    Of this century? Probably still Schumacher, but Hamilton is definitely in the conversation and will only become more so. It is hard to get perspective on drivers who are still competing.
     
  3. LewTheShoe

    LewTheShoe Team Owner

    How is Jim Clark in the running for "this century?"

    Whether it's F1 or NASCAR or any other form of racing, I consider it bogus to rank drivers of different eras, and also to rank drivers of different disciplines. I'll grant you that Alain Prost was a great F1 driver. And Kenny Roberts was a great MotoGP racer. But it is completely bogus to rank one ahead of the other, or to rank either of them above/below Cale Yarborough.

    Drivel such as this is what we have to put up with during the off season..:dual9mm:
     
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  4. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    I tend to agree that ranking across eras is silly. Some have a permanent historical bias, others have a bias toward the current. Weighing drivers competing under vastly different circumstances is impossible.
     
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  5. Zerkfitting

    Zerkfitting Team Owner

    I forget that we are in another century. I think organized auto racing is probably less than 100 years old.
     
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  6. Yogisd1

    Yogisd1 Resident Retard

    Would that also include drivers that raced exhibition races only?
     
  7. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    The men that drove the open cockpit, Drivers head higher than the roll bar cars at the Indy 500, dirt sprints and F1 were either the bravest or dumbest men in the world. The men that did it, won and lived to tell the story are the best of the best. JMHO
     
  8. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Mark Donohue should be on every GOAT list.
     
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  9. kyle18fan

    kyle18fan Kyle Busch win counter guy Contributor

    This century ? probably Kyle Busch
     
  10. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

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  11. kyle18fan

    kyle18fan Kyle Busch win counter guy Contributor




    :rolleyes:
     
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  12. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    This century? Are we breaking it up by Series? Remember we have been in this century since December 31st 2000, so that’s my criteria. Formula 1: Michael Schumacher ( Lewis Hamilton oh so close. Vettel if he had more success at Ferrari you could make a case.)
    Indy Car: Scott Dixon
    NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson (KDB may surpass one day.)
     
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  13. Marcingak

    Marcingak Team Owner

    Juan Pablo Montoya
     
  14. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Never happen.
     
  15. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    Why not? Hes still young enough, he’s probably got about 10-12 years left at a high level. I don’t think he’ll get 7 championships in this format it’s way too random with the winner take all race in Miami. But if he passes JJ in wins and then wins say 3 more Cups to get to 4 that’s a compelling case IMO.
     
  16. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Mainly because the last time that I was in New Orleans I bought a Voodoo Doll of him and a fresh bundle of pins to stick in it. :booya:
     
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