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Hagerty
Hagerty Employee

3 great rivalries that brought out the best of Formula 1 competition

Fast cars alone don't make for good racing. You can crow about mechanical differences and technology advancements all day long, but in the end it's more like comparing stats on a baseball card or numbers in a video game.
https://www.hagerty.com/media/motorsports/3-great-rivalries-that-brought-out-the-best-of-formula-1-c...
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GianniB
Intermediate Driver

Too bad we were denied Senna vs. Schumacher.
PRScott
Instructor

Two of the dirtiest drivers in F1. Now we get to see The dirtiest driver in motorsport period,
Max Verstappen!
Dstb888
Pit Crew

Your boy has enough titles. Can’t hold back one of the most talented drivers in history forever.
PRScott
Instructor

Don't confuse habitual cheating with talent
hyperv6
Racer

I agree!

Flashman
Technician

As of the publication date of this article (Nov. 19) Verstappen leads Hamilton 332.5 points to 318.5. And what is a "fresh fresh challenge"?
ppointer
Detailer

Some great rivalries in motorcycle racing. Collin Edwards and Troy Bayliss. Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner. Rossi and Max Biaggi. Rossi and Marc Marquez.
cem
Pit Crew

Hamilton vs Alonso - certainly year 1 of Hamilton's successful career.
JT1
Intermediate Driver

I don't know how one could miss the time that Senna nearly forced Prost in the pit wall at Spa. Absolutely one of the dirtiest things ever in F1. And then there was Prost's statement he knew Senna wanted the WC, he just didn't know that Senna was prepared to die for it. Senna wasn't a saint.
ChevyDave
Detailer

Senna v. Prost was certainly a great rivalry, but not sure I would characterize Suzuka '89 and '90 as "The best of Formula 1 competition."
Inline8OD
Technician

Tho' no interest in racing beyond design, technology of prewar machines, the interview with Niki Lauda shows a man with as much class, maturity as skill.
Inline8OD
Technician

ps. Those wanting to be around, and with the full faculties to enjoy their cars, might take a page from Lewis Hamilton's veganism.
hyperv6
Racer

In my life time it was Prost and Senna by a large margin. 

Too often Formula one is dominated by a car vs a driver. Most behind the wheel today are more a product of the car than their skills. 

They are all great drivers but I see few that are like Senna, Michael or Giles that could take even a bad car and dominate or win. Their control was on another level but back then the driver was more important than the car. 

Clark was another 

 

Most of these guys would struggle greatly in the 60’s and be down right scared in the 30’s cars. 

cem
Pit Crew

No doubt that the cars are more often than not the reason for the wins. I would add Alonso to the group of people who can take an average car and win races. 

Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

Can't say I find Verstappen vs. Hamilton as interesting as either Lauda vs. Hunt or Senna vs. Prost. I've kind of tuned out of F1 lately.