This thread reminds me that, when I was a mere boy, I was a huge fan of Francois Cevert - his crash lid colours remain embedded in my memory... once he'd gone, I had a spell of rooting for drivers destined to be champions - all who met untimely ends - Brise, Williamson, Pryce...
Who'd have been a racing driver in those days....
Yes the odds were stacked against you but the sport really was in a golden patch back then. Would loved to been around then, it was more accessable, the cars rewarded the brave and the piss up afterwards would make Kimi Raikkonen blanch. It's too sanitized now.
Real racers never think about the 'what if' and 'will it be me next',, it happens from time to time, you think about that side of thing your finished, you lose your edge.
Cervert was an absolute star and would have been champion for sure.
Yes, I would have loved to race back then.