Graham Hill was a class act, and the above definitely applies to Stirling Moss, or Graf Berghe von Trips, even though neither won a championship. BTW, von Trips founded the Kerpen go karting track the Schumacher family still runs.
Who was the F1 driver who had his shattered arm set in a way he could still hold a steering wheel?
Today's F 1 seems devoid of colorful characters. Just conformity and political correctness.
Hamiltons Monaco outburst would have been regarded as minor in the old days.
Moss and Hill were both class acts. Moss was a naturally gifted racing driver whilst Hill was never seen in that light although anyone who wins Monaco five times must have something going for him.
Without Graham Hill the Lotus GP Team would have taken a long time to recover from Clark's death in 1968 and his F1 Championship that year is a perfect example of the sheer bloody-mindedness that made Hill senior such a formidable racer.
Spookily Damon Hill, Graham's son found himself in exactly the same position as his dad when Senna was killed at Imola in 1994. Damon Hill, not regarded as a naturally gifted driver, took over as the Williams team leader and took the Championship down to the wire when Schumacher deliberately drove into Hill to take his first WDC for Benneton.
Sorry, but I have racked what's left of my brain but cannot come up with the name of driver you refer to. Was he a fifties driver? I started to get into F1 in the early sixties as a schoolboy but sadly my dad wasn't a fan so I was restricted to tv coverage or the press.
Sadly as in almost every sport money, political correctness and the fear of embarrassing corporate sponsors means that drivers today cannot really say what they think. On top of that the drivers of the fifties and sixties enjoyed a real cameraderie that just does not exist today...and ,of course, they shared the very real threat that they would not survive the next race which must have brought them very close as a group.
Thank goodness that risk has been so greatly reduced.