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#1 HistoryFan

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 17:10

We had a full F1 grid in Le Mans this year (former F1 drivers).

In which year were the most drivers with F1 experience driving at Le Mans?

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#2 David McKinney

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 17:37

Probably throughout the 1950s and 1960s

In 1956 for example there were more than 25 - and a good proportion of them were F1 drivers at the time

#3 scheivlak

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 17:49

Just a quck count without much checking for the 1967 race: I found 31 drivers who had driven a F1 race at the time and 9 who did it later. Might have missed someone of course.

Edited by scheivlak, 18 June 2012 - 10:55.


#4 Arjan de Roos

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 08:03

Weren't the end of the nineties years we saw the least drivers with F1 a/o GP experience race at Le Mans?

#5 Tomas Karlsson

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 13:34

In the Fifties and Sixties the top drivers weren't just "F1 drivers". All F1 drivers raced in sportscars and other categories as well. They had to, a F1 seat didn't mean that you became a multi-millionaire in those days. F1 drivers usually had a seat in a team for the sportscar World Championship, which Le Mans was a part of.