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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2022 8:16 pm 
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I always thought Tuero quit because of the fairly big crash in his final race of 1998, and that he didn't want to take the risks anymore driving in the back of the field


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I still wager the worst F1 driver there has ever been (at least, in my lifetime) is Alex Yoong

He just seemed to be a new level of slow

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From F1 Rejects' profile of Tuero;

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A restructured Minardi team looked forward to running him alongside Marc Gene in 1999, but in late January, after spending some time recuperating from his injuries, just as he was about to test the new car for the first time, he made a shock announcement that he was retiring from F1. This took the entire F1 paddock by surprise, not least of all Minardi itself.

Speculation is rife as to why he suddenly left, and Tuero hasn't helped the cause by saying he is sworn to secrecy over the matter. He once said, "You can ask me 60 times and I won't tell you." Some have suggested that Esteban never fully recovered from his neck injuries, while others say he was, understandably for a kid so young, sick of all the travelling around, and wanted to do something closer to home, his native Argentina.



Two theories tend to stick out more than most, though. Francois-Luc Beaudoin tells us that according to the French magazine Auto-Hebdo, Tuero pulled out of F1 because he was embarrassed by the Argentine media, who kept making fun of him by calling him names on television, and mocking his performances. If that were the case, then it would have been mightily unfair, considering Tuero's age, inexperience, and the fact he was driving a Minardi.

Alternately, according to Javier Reboredo, the problem was sponsorship. One of his backers had gone bankrupt, whilst another, a television station, felt it wasn't getting value for money. Tuero's major sponsor, though, fell out with both Esteban's manager Eduardo Ramirez and with Minardi himself, with accusations flying that Ramirez had pocketed some of the sponsorship money for himself. Caught in this tug of war, Tuero apparently just got sick of the whole saga and walked away.

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Tuero was nowhere as bad as Yoong, Mazepin or all those Minardi and Forti drivers before him.

Nor was Norberto Fontana. In my opinion, it is a shame they couldn't been given more chances because Argentina is a wonderful motorsport country with a very rich domestic racing culture. See Jose Maria Lopez in recent times. There are probably a sea of drivers there that would have made great strides in international racing, but since we all are massively Euro/USA-centric we probably will never know them (I know Christian Ledesma was epic when I was watching Turismo Carretera a decade+ ago) (yes, I am very much guilty as a stupid Swede who barely can speak English and a little bit of German).


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It is also not fair to judge a driver on his performance when he only got a short chance in the worst car of the grid.

Except Baumgartner. He sucked.


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I still wager the worst F1 driver there has ever been (at least, in my lifetime) is Alex Yoong

He just seemed to be a new level of slow


Yoong is the last driver to properly DNQ for a race. The HRT's did in one year but they weren't ready.

Yoong was just way off the pace. Minardi brought in Anthony Davidson for a couple of races and he was nearly as fast as Webber.

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But Yoong wasn't that bad in A1gp, didn't he win a race there? Or at least some podiums.


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Dont forget Jean-Denis Delétraz.


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Don't forget old Giovanni Lavaggi. In 1995 he was 2+ seconds slower than team-mate Montermini in qualifying and didn't manage to do more than 30 race laps before retiring.

In 1996 he had 3x DNQ's (Lamy had 0) and when he did qualify, he was always at least a second slower. He actually managed to finish ahead of Lamy in Portugal but that was his only finish.

Even before F1 he was terrible, his only saving grace is a P2 in class at Le Mans and an overall win at Daytona.


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I miss Minardi though. They had nice cars, everybody secretly rooted for them, it was one of the highlights of the season when they scored a point.
I don´t think Haas will get the same vibes.


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The rules mandated the width and number of elements in the rear wing, but not how many wings there could be :lol:


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amq55 wrote:
In 1996 he had 3x DNQ's (Lamy had 0) and when he did qualify, he was always at least a second slower. He actually managed to finish ahead of Lamy in Portugal but that was his only finish.


IIRC Lamy stalled on grid and got going when the rest of the field had done two laps.


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Mika always looked good when he was behind the wheel of a Lotus
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the car was a stunner, too bad it didn't matched the performance from other times

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