There are plenty of factors you could explore to figure out why David Purley did what he did that day at Zandvoort. Or maybe we can just call this one here, and say that Purley was a hero.
Though his much-hyped F1 career was cut short by a rally accident, Robert Kubica can still count his blessings. After all, not everyone gets a second chance.
Didier Pironi's lasting place in F1 history is as chief villain in the Gilles Villeneuve story. Without his former friend and teammate, Didier is a ghost.
It sometimes feels like Formula One is lacking in dangerous characters. Not everyone liked him, but it's inescapable that the sport misses Juan Pablo Montoya.
Gerhard Berger's carefree attitude and ability to turn it on behind the wheel on an F1 car made him one of the more successful drivers of a hugely competitive era.