In the absence of racing globally, renowned motorsport journalist Will Buxton has penned a list of 20 drivers from all categories who never quite made it to the highest tier in motorsport: Formula 1.
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Scrolling through the list here at Red Bull Holden Racing HQ, we stumbled across a familiar name sitting at #19 – our very own Jamie ‘JDub’ Whincup.
In his own words, Buxton compared JDub to Formula 1’s elite.
“He’s Australian Supercars’ Michael Schumacher with seven championship titles and the most race wins in that championship’s history, so the thought of Whincup in Formula 1 gets the blood pumping,” Buxton wrote.
“Fast, consistent and dependable, Whincup has only finished outside the top-three in the championship once since 2007.
“Even at 37, retirement supposedly looming, he’s winning races and has a contract through 2021.
“The mind boggles at what Whincup, who started in single-seaters, might have achieved in open-wheel racing.”
The seven-time Supercars champ was the only Australian to feature on the list, with drivers such as five-time Indycar champion Scott Dixon, four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, and seven-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi also mentioned.
So, what do you think of this latest accolade JDub?
“There are plenty of fast dudes that never made F1 so great to make the list,” he said.
Also featured on the list was former Supercars’ driver Simona de Silvestro.
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