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  • Dustin Rittle

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    Phil Hill what a great American driver but also a great soul as well. I respect drivers from all eras of racing and all the different styles of racing as well. There is just something about drivers from the 1950's and 60's that just seems to stand out for me. Fearlessly driving beautiful cars at speeds almost unthinkable at the time in cars that had very primitive safety standards when compared to today's race cars.

  • Guest (Matt McFaden)

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    Seems like you are insinuating that todays F1 drivers don't enjoy racing because they don't race in other series. Many of them do still dabble in other races, Alonso in karting from time to time and Kimi likes to sneak in snowmobile racing much to his managers dismay. But the reason why most of them don't do it is because modern racing schedules don't allow the time for it. Between travel, training and countless hours in simulators training for the next race, there just isn't time. The drivers of the past tried to race as much as possible, in any car, to get the practice behind the wheel. As I said, this is largely replaced by simulator time today. I'd say todays drivers enjoy racing just as much as Phil Hill did, wether they are in contention for a world championship or not. Just my 2¢.

  • Radoslav

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    Well said. Amen

    from Košice Region, Slovakia
  • Matthew Lange

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    I agree with you that I can't imagine current racing drivers would race if they didn't enjoy it. Having said that it is sometime hard to tell as their interviews can often sound like they are just reading out their PR's press release. Also in Phil Hill's day sportscar racing held a status almost as high as F1 (and Le Mans possibly higher than any individual F1 race). Nowadays I doubt you would find a European of South American racing driver starting out on his or her career saying their ultimate goal is anything other than F1?

    Comment last edited on about 2 months ago by Matthew Lange
  • Yoav Gilad

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    Hey Matt,

    What was meant was that back then, racing was a much more straightforward affair for the top-tier drivers: if you wanted to get paid, you raced. There were no insurance limitations on your activities and fewer exclusivity limitations, hence the comment about safety… But yes, I'm sure that today's drivers enjoy it just as much.

  • Vincent Kemp

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    I found this book on the 1961 season quite interesting. I wouldn't call it a good book but it sure contains some information on Phil Hill and von Trips.

  • Ray Beltran

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    AKA "Feel Heel."

  • Giuseppe Fraschini

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    Not a single word about Ayrton Senna, on the day he past away 20 years ago,what a shame...