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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Gilles Villeneuve, Formula 1
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Top Formula 1 drivers of all-time: #23 – Gilles Villeneuve

Talent-wise, Gilles Villeneuve deserves a higher spot on this list. You could argue top five. Unfortunately, his career was cut short due to a fatal accident during qualifying for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder, and he never got to showcase his true potential in terms of racking up wins and championships.

Among drivers who never managed to win a world title, Villeneuve is arguably the best, with only a few others deserving serious consideration. He was killed with just six victories to his name, but one of those victories was a victory in the crown jewel Monaco Grand Prix.

Villeneuve was famous for living life on the edge, doing this behind the wheel of his car that nobody else would think of doing, much less could actually do. The examples of such performances practically make up a never-ending list.

He left behind a legacy that will never be forgotten by those who got to witness him, and one that will never quite be able to be matched by any other driver in Formula 1.

He was the sport’s ideal entertainer, and he left behind the legacy of a world champion despite never having had the opportunity to become one prior to his death at the age of 32.