Top 25 Formula 1 drivers of all-time

Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Formula 1 (Photo by Paul-Henri Cahier/Getty Images)
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Max Verstappen, Formula 1
Max Verstappen, Formula 1 (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images) /

Formula 1 has been around since 1950 and has seen all kinds of cars and tracks in its first 71 years. After more than 1,000 races, who are the sport’s top 25 drivers of all-time?

With another Formula 1 offseason nearing its end and the 2021 season scheduled to get underway later this month, let’s take a look at the sport from an all-time perspective.

Who are the top 25 drivers of all-time?

While it is impossible to compare drivers from so many different eras and there will naturally be many deserving drivers left off the list given the fact that Formula 1 competition dates back to 1950, here is a list of 25 drivers who we believe fit the bill as being among the greatest the sport has ever seen.

NOTE: Drivers from all eras considered and included.

Top Formula 1 drivers of all-time: #25 – Max Verstappen

Let me first be clear when I say that potential is not the only thing that factored into this ranking. Otherwise, how can you omit guys such as Charles Leclerc, George Russell and Lando Norris?

No; Max Verstappen is the real deal, and he has already proven it. Yes, there is an aspect of potential to this ranking, but what he has already done shows us that there is a heck of a lot more to consider than what he “might” do.

Verstappen is not a world champion, but as the youngest driver to reach 10 wins, he has all the makings of a future one, and he has already proven his ability to get the absolute most out of his machinery, even when it may not be the best on the grid.

Additionally, his prowess in the rain, highlighted by one particular performance in his rookie season and a dominant effort in 2019 that led to a victory, has been likened to that of another legend of the sport who you won’t find for another several slides.

It will be interesting to see what the 23-year-old can do in the near future, especially with Red Bull aiming to unseat Mercedes as the top team in the sport and with the new rules and regulations set to come into effect in 2022.