Finding the greatest number two drivers in F1 history
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?
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