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Top Five of 2011: People

Submitted by on January 12, 2012

Greg Moore, part 1. Mark Webber remembers

Greg Moore. It’s a name that stirs emotions and memories, happiness and sadness all in one go. For all of October, my weekly column will celebrate the life of the Canadian that was cut so short, and try and pass on some of the fun that everyone around him experienced before he sadly lost his life at the tragically young age of 24.

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Stefan Bellof: Monaco magician and ‘Ring raider

Senna’s career took off with a stunning performance at Monaco in appalling conditions in the tank of a Toleman in 1984. That race is remembered for many things; Jacky Ickx stopping the race early; Nigel Mansell crashing out of the lead; Senna’s storming charge…. But often overlooked is Stefan Bellof’s race.

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Max Papis: “Superheroes always wear red gloves”

“Me and Dario laugh, because we are sure Greg is now up there playing Playstation with Ayrton! We don’t know who is winning…”

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Karl Kling: “I could tell a lot more stories”

Karl Kling never won a Grand Prix, but he may have been one of the most influential people in the history of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport. His greatest success was victory in the Carrera Panamericana in 1952 in a Mercedes-Benz 300SL, and that win opened the doors for Mercedes to return to Grand Prix racing in 1954, with Kling as team-mate to Juan Manuel Fangio. But like compatriot Hermann Lang, by then, Kling had lost the golden years of his career to the Second World War and Mercedes-Benz’s 15-year absence from racing.

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Bernd Schneider: “The DTM cars at that time were very impressive”

What do Formula 1 World Champion Mika Hakkinen, F1 race-winner Mark Webber and Indycar champion and Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti have in common? Answer: All of them have been team mates to a driver that won international championship titles while they were in the same team.

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