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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Nelson Piquet, Formula 1
Nelson Piquet, Formula 1 (Photo by Paul-Henri Cahier/Getty Images) /

Top Formula 1 drivers of all-time: #12 – Nelson Piquet

Speaking of Nelson Piquet, he comes in at #12 on this list as one of the more underappreciated stars of the sport 1980s, when he won all three of his world championships and secured many of his 23 race wins, which ranks in a 12th place tie on the all-time wins list with Nico Rosberg.

Piquet won his world titles for Parmalat Racing Team in 1981, Fila Sport in 1983 and Williams in 1987, giving him three titles for three different teams during an era that featured the likes of legends such as Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna among others.

He became the fifth three-time world champion on a list which now contains 10 drivers. When he won his third title in 1987, the only driver who had won more titles than he had was the great Juan Manuel Fangio, whose five championship mark from 1951 to 1957 did not end up being matched until 2002.

But unfortunately for Piquet, who had just one runner-up finish to go along with his three world titles, he is the only driver with three titles who never managed to win the Monaco Grand Prix, though he is in good company with the three two-time champions, including Jim Clark, Emerson Fittipaldi and Alberto Ascari, who never managed to do so.