Unluckiest Grand Prix driver ever

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Who's the unluckiest driver ever?

Poll ended at 27 Aug 2008, 14:27

Pedro Lamy
0
No votes
Taki Inoue
1
5%
Pedro Diniz
0
No votes
Jean Alesi
7
37%
Kimi Raikkonen
5
26%
Jarno Trulli
0
No votes
Rubens Barrichello
4
21%
Giancarlo Fisichella
2
11%
 
Total votes: 19

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Re: Unluckiest Grand Prix driver ever

Post by blizzard » 13 Aug 2009, 14:26

The lunluckiest drivers in F1:

Riccardo Paletti, his father summoned him to drive in F1 "to become a man", Riccardo was completely overstrained by the power and speed of an 1982 F1 car, he died aged 24 on June13th 1982, when he was unable to avoid Pironis strickened Ferrari. Riccardo wanted to become a businessman, F1 was his fathers dream. He had to pay for it.


Roland Ratzenberger, Roland had a long and succesfull career in racing, but his dream had always been Formula One. In 1994 his dream came true, when he got a cockpit in the newly founded Simtek team. He didn´t manage to qualify for the first race in Brazil, because the car was too inferior at that stage. Two weeks later at the Pacific GP in Aida he managed to qualify for the race and finished in a solid 11th position. It was meant bo be his first and final race in F1...another 14 days later, he died in Qualifying for the San Marino GP. Roland was 33 years old. "He lived for his dream" is written on his gravestone.


Luca Badoer, a nice and sensetive guy, who loves his country so much that he never raced for a non italian team. In 1992, Luca won the F3000 series and had high hopes for a long and successfull career in F1. His debut car in 93 was the Lola with a 3 year old Ferrari engine, in times of active suspension, traction control and semi automatic gearboxes (at the start of the season the Lola had none of these) his chances were hopeless and his debut season a failure. In 94 he was without a drive. In 95 he joined the Scuderia Minardi, this time the chassis was not that bad, but last season´s V8 engine meant a power disadvantage of over 150 hp. He managed to achieve some resonable results, including two 8th places in Canada and Hungary and a 9th place in Suzuka. But on the other hand he also had to overcome some serious crashes, most notably the high speed crash at Monza in Qualifying. In 96 he was with Forti, but 4 DNQs in 10 GPs don´t need any explanation. Add 4 DNFs to that and you know why he probably wasn´t that sad when Forti announced their retirement midseason after the British GP.
In 97 and 98 he was the official Ferrari test driver and in 99 he was given another chance by Giancarlo Minardi, only to miss the second race of the season because of a hand injury he suffered in testing. A couple of months later Luca must have felt what it´s like to be in hell. At the dry and wet, wet and dry Nürburgring race he drove the race of his life, gambling at the right time and keeping the car on track, when most of the stars in F1 failed to do so. He was up to a sensational 4th position, which would have been an all time high for Minardi, but his gearbox let him down and Luca bursted into tears. All that after Ferrari decided to hire Mika Salo earlier in the season, when Michael Schumacher broke his leg, although Luca was the official test and replacement driver. Some say his heart was broken after that.

Luca is the driver in F1 history, who drove the most races without scoring a point.
49 starts, his best result was 8th (3 times).
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Re: Unluckiest Grand Prix driver ever

Post by shämito » 18 Aug 2009, 18:47

blizzard wrote:Luca is the driver in F1 history, who drove the most races without scoring a point.
49 starts, his best result was 8th (3 times).


You are wrong, his best result was 7th (1 time, at San Marino '93)

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Re: Unluckiest Grand Prix driver ever

Post by blizzard » 19 Aug 2009, 10:18

You are right, my bad :O
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Re: Unluckiest Grand Prix driver ever

Post by Totopupu » 20 Aug 2009, 15:07

KIMI RAIKKONEN, except the 2007 season
Jean Todt, Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne, Michael Schumacher = DREAM TEAM

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Re: Unluckiest Grand Prix driver ever

Post by roversfan090 » 20 Aug 2009, 22:42

wat about tommy byrne he was a supremely talented driver but after a battered and bruised f1 drive with theodore he lost motivation and ended up in mexico a alcaholic his book is gr8 read and he shud of won a f1 title with his talent

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