So people driving like complete tw@ts was never scored on back then? Want to double check that? Didn't hard drivers like James Hunt lay it into Patrese for RP's death in '78? No idea where you're coming from.
I think you had better take your own advice and check yourself.
Hunt the Shunt (and thats the public version, the drivers had a similar sounding one) - now how ever did he get a name like that ....,
Convenient for Hunt as he was the one who shit himself when Patrese came across and Hunt hit Peterson. Hunt immediately starting blaming Patrese for it and the British press grabbed it. Not that it was Patrese's or Hunt's fault at the end of the day, read up on what actually happened at the start yourself.
James Hunt, he's champion of the world, right? The problem is he thinks he's king of the god-damn world as well!" - Mario Andretti 1977"To hell with safety. All I want to do is race." - James Hunt to Niki Lauda, Mosport 1976"There are too many old drivers in this sport. A few years ago a couple of drivers a year got killed and no one took any notice. It was a sort of natural culling." - Bernie Ecclestone, 1993"It is the best accident I've had in Formula 1 so far." - Jacques Villeneuve describes his spectacular shunt at Eau Rouge at Spa, 1998"It was a great race. No one got killed." - Juan Manuel Fangio 1958 Italian Grand Prix
How about the "lack of scoring" on Jim Clark and his stupid outside passing attempt that killed Von Trips and 15 spectators in the 1961 Italian GP of which the British press doesn't seem to mention very much of and every top driver list conveniently forgets but mentions every single Schumacher incident ...
From the Timesonline
top 3 F1 drivers, not one mention of Clark, 1961 Monza and 16 people dead but look at Schumacher's scorecard .... also check out Senna, not a single mention of so many mentionable incidents and what a saint he also comes over as to readers who know no better.
3. Michael Schumacher
Grands prix: 250
World Championships: 7 (1994, 95, 2000, 01, 02, 03, 04)
If statistics were the yardstick by which we measured the greatest of all time, this would be a walkover for Schumacher. He was the greatest record-breaker in the history of sport. You name it, he achieved it. He was also the consummate team-builder, creating a squad at Ferrari that was completely dedicated to him. He rewarded them with a level of commitment in the cockpit that was not only awe-inspiring but dominant for more than a decade. Yet, his incredible focus was both his strength and his downfall. He won his first title in 1994 amid dubious circumstances after crashing into Damon Hill, preventing the Briton from winning the championship. In 1997, he was expunged from the official records after doing the same to Jacques Villeneuve and who can forget, even near the end of his career, how he parked his Ferrari across the track at Monaco to prevent Fernando Alonso taking pole. Utterly ruthless, some may say a downright cheat. It is a shadow that will fall long across a truly great career from a truly extraordinary sportsman.
2. Ayrton Senna
21.3.1960 to 1.5.1994
Grands prix: 161
World Championships: 3 (1988, 90, 91)
Ayrton Senna has been elevated to the status of a legend as much because of the dramatic circumstances of his death in front of a worldwide television audience. The world held its breath on that day in May 1994, as doctors tried to extricate the three-times champion from the wreckage of his Williams. The Brazilian had started the San Marino Grand Prix desperately trying to fend off the challenge of Michael Schumacher, the pretender to his throne, when his car careered off the Imola circuit into a wall. Senna could be regarded as the forerunner to the modern grand-prix driver, as dedicated to his fitness as he was to his technical ability and understanding of the the modern grand-prix car. When he was hired by McLaren to partner Alain Prost, he was not remotely overawed to be alongside an established champion. He just worked harder until Prost had to move on. Ruthless, private and yet a practical joker, particularly in the company of Gerhard Berger and Ron Dennis, his McLaren team principal, Senna was the complete driver: brave, fast, skilful, exciting and daring. We will never know whether Senna would have overcome Schumacher in what could have been one of the most fascinating battles in the history of Formula One.
1. Jim Clark
4.3.1936 to 7.4.1968
Grands prix: 72
World Championships: 2 (1963, 65)
There was always the feeling that Jim Clark could drive a milk float and make it fly around a grand-prix track. Adept in saloon cars and sports cars, he was the yardstick by which every driver wanted to measure themselves in Formula One. There was nothing he could not do at the wheel of a Formula One car and his marriage with Lotus was made in grand-prix heaven. The shy son of a Scottish border farmer had little to say for himself and would have been out of place in today‘s publicity-hungry environment, ruled by sponsors flinging around money and demanding the attention of the drivers they backed. Clark was a gentleman amateur who drove simply because he loved driving. And he was sublime at the wheel, his touch and feel for his car and the circuit without peer. He could administer a trouncing that would leave his rivals in admiration, no more so than at the extraordinary Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. In the 1960s, the circuit was more than eight miles long, winding through the dense forests of the Ardennes, with its quixotic micro-climate, which struck on race day for the Belgian Grand Prix in 1963. Clark drove through the pouring rain to lap the entire field, which effectively put him eight miles in front of his nearest challenger. Clark was also impressively accident-free, registering only three crashes in eight Formula One seasons, which only underlines the paradox of his death. In a minor Formula Two race at Hockenheim, his car flew off the track into the trees and he was killed instantly. Formula One stood still and his death even now ripples through the sport. The quiet man from Scotland was gone, but the memories of his immense talent live on.