It's easier said then having been through a whole career in positions of responsibility and being the man to beat.
With Schumacher, 1991-2006, and now 2010 to??, he has had the biggest success, which meant more responsibility as championship contender, more positions to defend, more need to attack, if your too soft, your not trying hard enough, if your too rough, your dangerous, but there are examples of many drivers doing damergous thingd and antiics, but not many drivers or no driver really can claim to have had success without those moments of how that could be dangerous, racing is not having a cup of tea, its meant to be dangerous, were talking about tenths at high speed, breaking distances are a difficult challenge with today's efficient breaks, anyone trying to overtake and geting it wrong, at these high speeds can easily be a villian in one race, and a hero in another.
Drivers like Alonso, Hamilton, Kimi and Schumacher are all nutters and have all looked dangerous at times and aggressive, the same temperment that makes them fast and good, also means living on a finite edge and being daring, it does not always work out, because their human as well.
A bit disappointing, but Schumacher does not win this one . He is extremely tough to pass, but almost always fair. He's just not generous in any way whatsoever. He has made a few questionable moves over the years, but as with all megastars, people tend to focus on him and ignore the rest. The camera is on him most of the time as well, so what do you expect?
Hamilton should not be anywhere near this list. He is a very gifted passer that often embarasses the opposition, yet he rarely gets it wrong. Pretty much as good as you can get.
If Sato was still in F1, I think he would be right up there with the worst, but currently of the top 10 drivers, Webber is probably the worst/most dangerous. He has misjudged quite a few maneouvres over the years, and he seems dirtier than Schumacher ever was.
I was gonna mention Sato as well. I think if you put alot of driver's bad moves in championship finales and title deciding races, they would be more memorable, but as usual, unless the star is big, your not going to be remembered well, the spotlight will be on a Hamilton, Schumacher, Alonso, anyone as the man man in their teams with a chance at the title will be under close scrunity.
Many decades ago, many drivers got away with alot of recklessness, but because the tv cameras were not everyhere to follow them, their moves will not be on you tube to replay on forums, modern f1 is very well watched, but at times some people forget just how intense this sport can be, it's not a family outing, men in fast cars driving around like nutters around the world sometimes in the rain with alot of pressure and responsibility to succeed on many levels is sometimes no different then the gladitorial arena in ancient rome, winning is everything ultimately, but some drivers will always be happy just to sit back, collect money and beat a teamate and think it's good done, but some just love to race and compete and beat a highly valued competitor.
Edited by SeanValen, 24 January 2010 - 02:26.