Rating the Top 10 Drivers of the 1970s

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Rating the Top 10 Drivers of the 1970s
Jackie Stewart, Ronnie Peterson and Emerson Fittipaldi (Getty)

With the forthcoming release of Rush soon to hit our cinema screens, the danger, adrenaline and glamour of Formula One racing in the 1970s will be shown in all its glory to diehard fans and F1 newbies alike as never before.

It’s fair to say that the decade was the last truly dangerous era of the sport where mechanical failures, poor track designs and lack of adequate medical facilities contributed to the deaths of many young drivers.

But that danger is also part of what made the 1970s so exciting for the F1 fan, and as a result drivers were seen almost as gladiators in an arena. And there were a lot of them. It was an era when there were often over 20 teams and as many as 80 drivers competing in a single season.

The job of picking a top 10 is therefore extremely difficult, but here are 10 of the finest from that decade.

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