Hi there – I’m a long-term lurker but haven’t posted before.
There’s some great material on here (and places like 8W) on people who shoulda/woulda/coulda been very successful in Formula One if only they hadn’t: run out of money / been injured or worse / picked the wrong team / driven the #2 Lotus / etc.
I was wondering about the opposite. Specifically, who were the drivers that, despite not particularly standing out in F2 / F3 etc., went on to have decent or even outstanding careers?
There are some obvious examples (Lauda? Mansell?) but I wonder if there are other – perhaps less spectacular – examples of journeymen from lower formulae who did well at the top?