the cult motorsport
man against machine
The Cult: Fernando Alonso
Ahead of the new F1 season, we're inducting a modern grand prix great into The Cult. With his career nearing its conclusion, Fernando Alonso's haul of two world titles feels like scant reward for a man of such extensive talents.
The Cult: Casey Stoner
Despite winning two MotoGP titles and 38 grands prix, Casey Stoner never truly received the praise he deserved during his career. In retirement, however, the Australian rider's legend status – not to mention his place in The Cult – is assured.
the qualified failure
The Cult – Jean Alesi
Jean Alesi was a Formula One driver for more than a decade, winning a grand prix and taking 32 podiums. Yet, by the high standards he set, this must be classed a failure.
The Cult: David Purley
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.
the second chance
The Cult: Robert Kubica
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.
The Cult: Didier Pironi
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.
The Cult – Juan Pablo Montoya
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.
don't give a shit
The Cult – Gerhard Berger
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.
The Cult – Guy Martin
Guy Martin is an analogue daredevil in a beige digital world. He is the antithesis of modern sport.
just a racing driver
The Cult: Simona de Silvestro
Simona de Silvestro is one of the toughest athletes going. Gender doesn't even come into it.