There are two drives that should be there and won't be. And they're both at Monaco.
Firstly, Panis in 1996. Yes, there was a lot of attrition. But Panis was in a Ligier. They hadn't won for 15 years. The equivalent today is Perez winning one.
And that's the second-best at Monaco.
I see my own Panis (careful now) and raise myself a Jean-Pierre Beltoise.
The most underrated drive in history.
Think about it. It's Monaco. It's wet. It requires the most delicate throttle control and a deft hand on the gear.
Beltoise has a V12 BRM. It has the subtlety of a bucket of lard. Beltoise has a withered arm because of a motorbike racing accident a decade before.
The Rainmaster is Jacky Ickx. He is close to his F1 peak. World title runner-up two years before. He is 40 seconds down on Beltoise at the finish.
And he's the only other driver on the lead lap. The World Champion-to-be is a lap down. The reigning champ is two down.
On top of which Beltoise had the pressure of never having won a Grand Prix, and having to go on to two and a half hours because the 2hr cut-off isn't in place yet. And will be because of this race.
And was still being wrongfully blamed for the death of Giunti a short while before.
And BRM would never come within a sniff of winning a Grand Prix again.
It was a Stradivarius of a drive. A Michelangelo, a Caravaggio, a van Gogh. And it is almost forgotten today. Chapeau.