Another Formula 1 season is just around the corner, and while fans are no doubt continuing to wallow in boredom at the lack of high-speed circuit action in one of the fastest motorsports on the planet
Another Formula 1 season is just around the corner, and while fans are no doubt continuing to wallow in boredom at the lack of high-speed circuit action in one of the fastest motorsports on the planet for now, this list might just sate their appetite for now.
Memorably, Lewis Hamilton was the clear winner at the top of the Drivers’ Championship in 2015 with 381 points to his name, which was a full 59 ahead of his Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg. Indeed, the pair were streets ahead of everybody else as they came home in pole position in 16 of the 19 races in 2015.
The British driver was in exceptional form all season long as he drove close to perfection throughout, and it had his technical team purring over the team transmission on more than one occasion. His dominance was remarkable, but he’s not been the first F1 champion to take home victory with such incredible talent to back up his hunger for success.
Examining, and ranking, the cream of the crop would not be an easy undertaking, but we’ve never been ones to shy away from a challenge here at TheSportster, so get ready for a break-neck ride as we do exactly that. In an effort to produce a balanced piece, we’ve obviously opted to prioritize the number of titles won, years of experience racked up on the road to a breakthrough season, third-party opinion as well as a number of eye-catching statistics and facts.
Perhaps most importantly of all, though, is to remember that this list aims to zone in on talented F1 drivers who always looked more at ease than a thousand hours behind the wheel could possibly have made them – those who exhibited a naturally exuberant flair for the feel and thrust of an F1 engine, even in the heat of battle. With that, drivers who excelled before 1950 have been excluded so there’s no room for the likes of Tazio Nuvolari, for example.
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10. Fernando Alonso
You just know someone is a special talent when they start excelling by the age of three. That’s precisely the way it was with Fernando Alonso. Just a nipper, barely having mastered walking, he was learning the ropes in the exciting world of karting when he was gifted the present of a hand-me-down kart. The rest, as they say, has been history as the Spaniard has taken two world titles. Despite the fact that not much has happened for him since his most recent piece of no.1 silverware back in 2006, he has always been considered a truly special talent.