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F1 2022

VIDEO: 82-year-old Andretti gets to grips with modern McLaren F1 car

The test for Mario Andretti in the McLaren came after a bet at the Miami Grand Prix with boss Zak Brown.

Mario Andretti US GP Austin 2019
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When it comes to the debate around the so-called 'Greatest of All-Time' in motorsport/Formula 1, there are the usual suspects near the top of the list.

Michael Schumacher perhaps for galvanising Ferrari or Lewis Hamilton re-writing the record books in the modern day - but then what could the great Jim Clark or Ayrton Senna gone onto achieve had they not been cut down in their prime?

One name who is wrongly overshadowed by some is Mario Andretti - probably the most successful racing driver there is.

Now 82, Andretti remains the only driver to have won the F1 World Championship (1978), US open wheel championship (1965, 1966, 1969, 1984), Indy 500 (1969), and Daytona 500 (1967).

In 1995, he came close to unofficially 'completing' motorsport with a second place overall finish in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Still active in IndyCar, usually taking rather scared celebrities around in the two-seater machine, Andretti made a bet with McLaren boss Zak Brown back at the Miami Grand Prix.

Brown promised to put Andretti into one of his modern F1 machines for a one-off test.

Five months later, the 2013 McLaren MP4-28 was shipped off to Laguna Seca - as Andretti returned to the track once again in F1 machinery.

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