How good was John Surtees?
As part of AUTOSPORT magazine's John Surtees special, guest-edited by Dan Gurney, Mark Hughes analysed just how great the 1964 Formula 1 world champion was
Click here to read AUTOSPORT's John Surtees special, guest-edited by Dan Gurney and featuring insight into Surtees's relationship with Ferrari, his Can-Am years and a technical analysis of his Ferrari 158.
The unique status of world champion on two wheels and four is impressive enough, but that bald statistic doesn't properly get across just what a giant of a driver John Surtees was.
The history books record his 1964 world title with Ferrari and six grand prix victories; it's a proud CV, but sells his level far short. John's personality, his intense determination always to do things his own way, and his strong engineering aptitude led him down an F1 path that did not fully reward a quite exceptional natural gift.
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