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Un potenziale campione del mondo? Non ebbe mai l’occasione di essere al posto giusto nel momento giusto. E’ un vero peccato che Elio non abbia mai vissuto quei momenti.
Jan Lammers, was Elio’s teammate at Shadow in 1979. Jan has no problems conceding that Elio was the better driver of them.
He remembers Elio as a nice team mate : “though of course we were competing against each other. But we trained a lot together, running and playing tennis. In fact, I valued him even more later on when we were not in the same team anymore. Elio was a gentleman, gentle, polite and relaxed. Certainly not a playboy, though he was painted that way at times. He had money but he didn’t pride himself about it. He really had some class.”
Lammers thinks De Angelis had the potential to become a world champion. “But that doesn’t say that much. It counts for more drivers. You have to be in the right place at the right time. It’s a pity that Elio couldn’t experience that moment.”