Thursday, September 02, 2010

A Different Era?

From F1Fanatic.

"Juan Manuel Fangio won his fourth world championship on this day in 1956, in the last race of the season at Monza.

The steering on Fangio’s car broke early in the race, putting him out. That left his Ferrari team mate Peter Collins with a shot at winning the championship, if he won the race and set fastest lap (which was worth an extra point in those days).

But when Collins came into the pits to change tyres with 16 laps to go he spotted Fangio on the sidelines and offered his car to his rival (car-sharing was also allowed). Fangio took it and drove it to second place, enough to claim the by three points from race winner Stirling Moss.

Collins said afterwards he expected he would have other opportunities to win the world championship in the future. But just two years later he was killed in a crash at the Nürburgring."

Can you imagine this happening today? Even if car sharing were allowed I can't imagine Alonso giving his car to Massa if it meant he could win the championship.

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