Better than nothing

October 22, 2008

Fear not, Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa.  Although only one of you can win your first World Championship crown, the other will also guarantee their best ever season at the top level, with a Championship runners-up spot.  And you’ll be in some fairly fast company.  Here’s the list of twenty drivers, for whom runner-up was as close as they ever got.

José-Frolian Gonzalez (RA) – 1954

Stirling Moss (GB) – 1955, 1956, 1957 & 1958

Tony Brooks (GB) – 1959

Bruce McLaren (NZ) – 1960

Wolfgang von Trips (D) – 1961

Richie Ginther (USA) – 1963

Jacky Ickx (B) – 1969 & 1970

Ronnie Peterson (S) – 1971 & 1978

Clay Regazzoni (CH) – 1974

Gilles Villeneuve (CDN) – 1979

Carlos Reutemann (RA) – 1981

Didier Pironi (F) – 1982

John Watson (GB) – 1982

Michele Alboreto (I) – 1985

Riccardo Patrese (I) – 1992

Heinz-Harald Frentzen (D) – 1997

Eddie Irvine (GB) – 1999

David Coulthard (GB) – 2001

Rubens Barrichello (BR) – 2002 & 2004

Lewis Hamilton (GB) – 2007

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