And the driver who was my first, for lack of better word, racing hero.
If the internet had existed back then......
It occurs to me that drivers such as JC and Gilles (my childhood hero) were never subjected to even a fraction of the media coverage and pressure that drivers are today.
Although many of the drivers from previous generations are generally considered to be all round great guys (and trust me I wouldn't want to spoil that), who knows what undesirable personality traits would have been discovered were they scrutinised as they are today and every lap of every race analysed as it is. Maybe Gilles classic dice wih Arnoux would get him classed as a liability rather than hero - and let's face it, that dice could have ended in tears so many times - but how glorious it was.
Part of the reason that I like MS, is that despite the massive media scrutiny that he has had over 2 decades, and IMO two or maybe three questionable moves, everything else I see leads me to believe that he is a thoroughly decent and likeable bloke - as well as IMO, the best we have ever seen. As much as it sometimes pains me to see him struggling in an uncompetitive car, if he is enjoying it, then long may it continue. If, in his 40's he cannot improve upon his unbelievable records in a dog of a car - where's the surprise in that.