One of the best ways to define a driver’s talent is his capacity to shine with different machinery – Formula 1, Sports cars, GTs and touring car amongst others, all of which are completely different beast of a machinery, and demand different abilities. During the early years of F1, it was quite common for drivers to jump from one series to another especially since money was short. Later it became a matter of prestige to participate and scale monuments like Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans 24h. As the rules become more and more rigid, nowadays we hardly see F1 drivers taking off and participating in prestigious racing events midway the season.
Not just rigid restrictions, the complex nature of the machinery further makes it more difficult and challenging for drivers to commit to the same. But every now and then there are drivers who conquer these mighty beasts and display their versatility immensely. Check out who we think are the most versatile drivers in F1:
Although he could never be a Formula 1 world champion, it is never for a shortage of talent. Sadly for Sir Stirling Moss, he had to share the grid with a certain Juan Manuel Fangio, a driver who set new standards in terms of wins and titles – numbers that would be only beaten years after. Six second place finishes (from 1955 to 1958), three thirds, 16 poles and 16 wins are good enough to show how strong he was.
But if the F1 circus did not crown him as and what he deserved, other series and races did, only to confirm his versatility. What to say of a man that earned a second place on Monte Carlo Rally; won the infamous Mille Miglia (what’s more, creating the role of co-driver, that wasn’t usual) and the equally demanding Targa Florio; the Tourist Trophy. Triumphed at Sebring, Monaco and the old Nurburgring; shone on F-Libre, F-2, Endurance and GT races almost anywhere.
Even calling him a legend does not do justice to his stature. To add to all that, 18 years after retiring, consequence of a huge shunt at Goodwood, he returned to touring/saloon cars, showing intact class against younger rivals.