What about John Smith?
Yes, it surprised me he didn't give F3 in Europe a go, his AGP performances at Calder in the early 80's against the internationals were mighty impressive, along with his local ff and F3 driving... I'll ask him.
I stated before that some were 'engineer/drivers', in a somewhat negative connotation; I believe I should have stated 'constructor/driver', meaning they (e.g. Matich) would be somewhat distracted from the driving aspect. Upon reflection I think it is very important for a driver to have an engineering brain
. I had often wondered why David Coultard was retained for so long in top teams but after listening to his comments during F1 telecasts I'm very impressed with his technical nouse, he must have provided great feedback to the designers. It would be a surprise to me but could this explain Mark Webber's longevity?
For this reasoning (engineering nouse) and his driving skills I think John Wright
might have been a chance.
PS. Could members provide reasoning/arguments behind their nominations - thanks.