Who is the greatest of all time?
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Who is the greatest of all time?

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As part of Autosport's 70th anniversary celebrations in 2020, we attempted to answer the age-old pub question in our commemorative bookazine. Who is the greatest racing driver of all time? Here's our take on the classic debate

Who is the greatest? That's a question asked by fans across all sorts of sports and pursuits. Some say it's impossible to answer, but that rather misses the point. Engaged enthusiasts will always want to have the debate. Even if you take the view that no objective result is possible, it's an excuse to revisit the top names in a given field, revel in the finest of their performances, and sometimes it can throw up interesting observations or discoveries.

So what do we mean by 'the greatest'. It certainly is not as straightforward as 'the best'. Due to human progress and technological advancements, the best racing car and driver will be around now. Each generation builds on the knowledge and experiences of the past, so it would be concerning if there wasn't improvement.

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