Finding the greatest number two drivers in F1 history
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Finding the greatest number two drivers in F1 history

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In every Formula 1 championship-winning team, one driver has to play second fiddle to their team-mate in the final ranking. While some drivers have been thrashed and others have competed for equal number one status, several have fallen into the 'happy' medium that qualifies them for consideration in this debate

What makes a great number two driver in Formula 1? And which racers over the years have best fulfilled that role?

No driver sets out to be a number two but that doesn’t mean it’s not an important job. A good second driver can make the difference between a constructors’ championship – and millions of pounds – being won or lost, or even the outcome of a drivers’ title. Valtteri Bottas outscoring Sergio Perez was key to Mercedes winning the 2021 constructors’ crown, despite the pace of Red Bull’s RB16B and Max Verstappen’s success.

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