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Old 12-07-2002, 12:26 PM   #1
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Default The most successful loser of all time..

Niki Lauda and whoever made decision to hire him in the first place.

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Old 12-07-2002, 01:18 PM   #2
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I know I'm going to butcher the spelling... but here goes.

Andrea de Cesaris

How many GP's did he run without a victory? I think it was 200+. But he was good enough to keep getting hired onto teams. He was a consistent points finisher (most of the time) but seldom made it onto the rostrum.

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Old 12-07-2002, 09:40 PM   #3
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speaking of Losers, you guys hear that Arrows is not being allowed back into F1 next year?
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Old 12-08-2002, 02:45 PM   #4
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I wouldn't call a consistent points finisher a "loser"... but David Couthard comes to mind. Being 2nd doesn't mean much to the general public though.
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Old 12-08-2002, 05:03 PM   #5
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I was not talking about how he won the grand prix back in the old days. He is a business man wanna be. First, his own Lauda air went bankrupted. Second, Ford fired Bobby Rahal and hired him to run a Jagure F1 team couple of years ago. Ford's had money to spend on him but theirs cars were running along side with Minadis in past two years. The whole thing is about choosing bad management team to run the company.

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Old 12-09-2002, 11:04 AM   #6
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In F-1 he had 8 thirds, 3 seconds, no wins and no luck. Once he was leading a GP handily when a bird flew into his radiator and causing him to DNF. He would lead many races but something would always go wrong, usually the engine.

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Old 12-09-2002, 11:29 AM   #7
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I like DC as well, but the most successful loser of all time HAS to be racing bicyclist Joop Zoetemelk. He finished second in the Tour de France five times, having the great misfortune to be at his prime during the ascendancy of Eddy Merckx and Berhard Hinault.

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Old 12-09-2002, 03:22 PM   #8
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Mario at Indy gets my vote... The "four most anticipated words in motorsports" weren't: "Gentlemen start your engines"

They were: "Mario is slowing down...."
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You can't be called a loser if you won the Tour De France and the World Championships once even if you lost all the other times. I believe Joop won the Tour the year after Merckx retired and the year before Hinault started to dominate. He won the World Championship right near the end of his career when he took a flyer with about a mile to go while all the sprinters were caught flat footed looking at each other. Had that poster hanging up on my wall for years. That's good enough for me.
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You can't be called a loser if you won the Tour De France and the World Championships once even if you lost all the other times. I believe Joop won the Tour the year after Merckx retired and the year before Hinault started to dominate. He won the World Championship right near the end of his career when he took a flyer with about a mile to go while all the sprinters were caught flat footed looking at each other. Had that poster hanging up on my wall for years. That's good enough for me.
I'd forgotten about the 1980 win. He also finished second SIX times, not five. Poor bastid...

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