Famous 21st Century F1 Drivers

Find out more about the greatest 21st Century F1 Drivers, including Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Niki Lauda, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg.

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 1 
Lewis Hamilton
(British Formula One Driver and Winner of Seven World Drivers' Championship Titles)

Lewis Hamilton
94
Birthdate: January 7, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England

The name Lewis Hamilton has become synonymous with Formula One, and such is the greatness of Hamilton. Honoured with MBE by the Queen, Lewis Hamilton is one of the most successful Formula One Grand Prix Racing Driver. Hamilton was the first Black driver to win the Championship and has 6 World Championship titles and 90 race victories to his name.

 2 
Michael Schumacher
(Formula One Racing Driver)

Michael Schumacher
25
Birthdate: January 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hürth, Germany

With seven Formula One championship under his belt, Michael Schumacher is the most successful racer of Formula 1 and one of the greatest motor sports driver in the world. The retired German racer was the face of Ferrari for a decade and with his tremendous on track success also became one of best paid athletes in the sport’s history.

 3 
Niki Lauda
(Former Formula One driver)

Niki Lauda
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Birthdate: February 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: May 20, 2019

Austrian Formula One driver and aviation entrepreneur Niki Lauda was a three-time F1 World Drivers' Champion. Considered to be one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time, he was once involved in a near-fatal accident. He founded and ran three airlines as an aviation entrepreneur and also served as the team manager of the Jaguar Formula One racing team.

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 4 
Sebastian Vettel
(Racing Driver)

Sebastian Vettel
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Birthdate: July 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Heppenheim, Germany

Widely considered one of the greatest drivers in Formula One history, Sebastian Vettel holds a number of records, including most podium finishes and most consecutive race wins. Sebastian has a unique habit of naming his cars as he feels it is important to share a close relationship with the cars that he drives.

 5 
Kimi Raikkonen
(Racing driver)

Kimi Raikkonen
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Birthdate: October 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland

 6 
Fernando Alonso
(F1 Driver)

Fernando Alonso
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Birthdate: July 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oviedo, Spain

Two-time FIA Hall of Fame inductee Fernando Alonso began go-carting at age 3 and won several trophies by 10. The youngest to win the F-1 World Championship, for Renault, he later led a Ferrari team. When he isn’t racing, he is busy managing his e-sports team and working for UNICEF.

 7 
Jenson Button
(Formula One driver)

Jenson Button
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Birthdate: January 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Frome, England
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 8 
Alain Prost
(Four-time Formula One Drivers' Champion, from 1987 until 2001)

Alain Prost
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Birthdate: February 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lorette, Loire, France

 9 
David Coulthard
(Racecar Driver)

David Coulthard
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Birthdate: March 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Twynholm
Former race-car driver David Coulthard, also known as DC, gained fame for his 15-season stint with Formula One. He has 13 Grand Prix wins and 62 podium finishes to his credit. Following his retirement from F1, he worked a BBC commentator and later joined the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters series.

 10 
Nigel Mansell
(Formula One driver)

Nigel Mansell
12
Birthdate: August 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, England

 11 
Max Verstappen
(Racing driver)

Max Verstappen
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Birthdate: September 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hasselt, Flanders, Belgium

 12 
Daniel Ricciardo
(Formula One Driver)

Daniel Ricciardo
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Birthdate: July 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

Daniel Ricciardo is an Italian-Australian racing driver. He currently competes in Formula One for McLaren. Over the years, Ricciardo has had eight Grand Prix victories, including a win at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, in Formula One. He has also received several awards like BRDC The Bruce McLaren Trophy. In 2014, he was named GQ Australia Sportsman of the Year.

 13 
Rubens Barrichello
(Racing Driver Who Competed in Formula One Between 1993 and 2011)

Rubens Barrichello
7
Birthdate: May 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

Rubens Barrichello is a Brazilian racing driver best known for competing in Formula One and scoring 11 Grand Prix wins between 1993 and 2011. From 2000 to 2005, he drove for Ferrari as Michael Schumacher's teammate and contributed to five constructors' titles for Ferrari.

 14 
Emerson Fittipaldi
(Brazilian Formula One Racing Champion in 1972 and 1974)

Emerson Fittipaldi
5
Birthdate: December 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

Emerson Fittipaldi is a Brazilian retired racing driver best known for winning both the Indianapolis 500 and the Formula One World Championship twice each. In 1972, he won the World Drivers' Championship at the age of 25, becoming the youngest F1 world champion. In 2001, Emerson Fittipaldi was made an inductee of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

 15 
Nelson Piquet
(Racecar driver)

Nelson Piquet
5
Birthdate: August 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Nico Rosberg
(Formula One Racing Driver)

Nico Rosberg
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Birthdate: June 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany

The son of former Formula One world champion Keke Rosberg, Nico Rosberg followed in his father's footsteps to win the 2016 Formula One world championship. After announcing his retirement as a racing driver, Nico Rosberg became an eco-entrepreneur, helping with the construction of self-autonomous and electric vehicles. Rosberg has also worked with charities like Viva con Agua de Sankt Pauli.

 17 
Jules Bianchi
(F1 Driver)

Jules Bianchi
8
Birthdate: August 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: July 17, 2015

Jules Bianchi, grandson of GT World Champion Mauro Bianchi, was a Formula 3 Euro Series winner and a French Formula Renault 2.0 champion. A collision during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix caused him a diffuse axonal injury. He was in a coma for 8 months before dying at age 25.

 18 
Carlos Sainz Jr.
(Racing driver)

Carlos Sainz Jr.
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Birthdate: September 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 19 
Sergio Pérez
(Racing driver who took his first Formula One podium at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix)

Sergio Pérez
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Birthdate: January 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico

Starting racing at age 6, Mexican racing driver Sergio Pérez, nicknamed Checo, scripted history by scoring more points than any Mexican in Formula One history. The winner of titles such as the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix and the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, he is now associated with Red Bull Racing.

 20 
Nico Hülkenberg
(Racing driver)

Nico Hülkenberg
8
Birthdate: August 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Emmerich, Germany

Nico Hülkenberg initially worked as a forwarding agent at his father’s shipping company. He had started his racing career with go-karting at age 10 and grew up to race for Formula BMW, Formula Three, and GP2, among others. He scripted history by winning the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race in his first attempt.

 21 
Romain Grosjean
(French GP2 series champion, began competing in Formula One in 2009)

Romain Grosjean
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Birthdate: April 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland

Romain Grosjean is a racing driver who spent nine Formula One seasons with several teams. In 2011, he won the GP2 Series as well as the GP2 Asia Series, becoming the first two-time GP2 Asia champion. He currently competes in the US-based IndyCar Series.

 22 
Juan Pablo Montoya
(Racecar driver)

Juan Pablo Montoya
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Birthdate: September 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia

 23 
Arie Luyendyk Jr.
(Auto Racing Driver)

Arie Luyendyk Jr.
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Birthdate: September 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: 's-Hertogenbosch, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

Born in the Netherlands, to 2-time Indianapolis 500 champion Arie Luyendyk, Arie Luyendyk Jr. moved to the US with his family at age 3. He followed in his father’s footsteps to enter the arena of auto racing. He later gained fame with his appearance on The Bachelorette and his romance with Lauren Burnham.

 24 
Stirling Moss
(Racing Driver)

Stirling Moss
5
Birthdate: September 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Kensington, London, England
Died: April 12, 2020

British Formula One race-car driver Stirling Moss won several contests such as the British Grand Prix and the New Zealand Grand Prix. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, too. He later had a broadcasting career with Wide World of Sports and narrated Roary the Racing Car.

 25 
Robert Kubica
(Racing driver)

Robert Kubica
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Birthdate: December 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland

 26 
Jacques Villeneuve
(Formula One Driver)

Jacques Villeneuve
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Birthdate: April 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada

Canadian race-car driver Jacques Villeneuve is known for his association with the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. Son of F1 driver Gilles Villeneuve, he has won 11 Grands Prix and is the only Canadian to win the Indianapolis 500 and the F1 Drivers' title. He has also released a music album.

 27 
Susie Wolff
(Racecar driver)

Susie Wolff
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Birthdate: December 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oban

 28 
Mark Webber
(Racing driver)

Mark Webber
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Birthdate: August 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Queanbeyan, Australia

Mark Webber is an Australian former racing driver. From 2002 to 2013, Webber competed in Formula One, winning the 2010 British Grand Prix. From 2014 to 2016, he competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship, winning the 2015 season for Porsche alongside Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley. In 2019, Mark Webber was inducted into the FIA Hall of Fame.

 29 
Felipe Massa
(Racecar driver)

Felipe Massa
3
Birthdate: April 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

Felipe Massa is a Brazilian racing driver who participated in Formula One from 2002 to 2017, during which he gained 11 Grand Prix victories. In 2006, he became the first Brazilian after Ayrton Senna da Silva to win the Brazilian Grand Prix.

 30 
John Surtees
(Formula One driver, Motorcycle racer, Manager)

John Surtees
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Birthdate: February 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tatsfield
Died: March 10, 2017

 31 
Ralf Schumacher
(Racing driver)

Ralf Schumacher
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Birthdate: June 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hürth, Germany

Ralf Schumacher is a German former racing driver who first drove in Formula One with Jordan Grand Prix for the 1997 season. He is the younger brother of former Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher. He began karting at three and took to automobile racing as a young adult. He has since retired from motorsport and now mentors young drivers. 

 32 
Christian Horner
(Racing driver)

Christian Horner
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Birthdate: November 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Royal Leamington Spa

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Damon Hill
(Formula One driver, Businessperson)

Damon Hill
5
Birthdate: September 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

 34 
Gerhard Berger
(Formula One driver)

Gerhard Berger
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Birthdate: August 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wörgl

 35 
Ryan Newman
(Racecar driver)

Ryan Newman
8
Birthdate: December 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: South Bend

Racing driver Ryan Newman, or Rocket Man, is best known for his association with the NASCAR Cup Series. Apart from being honored with awards such as the Sunoco Rookie of the Year, he has had seven wins in the Xfinity Series and one in the Camping World Truck Series.

 36 
Dario Franchitti
(Racecar driver)

Dario Franchitti
3
Birthdate: May 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bathgate

 37 
Keke Rosberg
(Formula One driver, Racecar driver)

Keke Rosberg
7
Birthdate: December 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Solna Municipality

 38 
Chase Elliott
(Racecar driver)

Chase Elliott
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Birthdate: November 28, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dawsonville

Racing driver Chase Elliott made history when he became the third-youngest driver to secure a NASCAR Cup Series win. His non-profit Chase Elliott Foundation offers financial help to charities. One of Elliott’s first odd jobs was washing dishes at a restaurant, and he began racing at age 8.

 39 
Denny Hamlin
(Racecar driver)

Denny Hamlin
3
Birthdate: November 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tampa

Part of the Joe Gibbs Racing team of the NASCAR Cup Series, Denny Hamlin boasts of 17 wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and two in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. While he began racing go-karts at age 7, he began racing mini stocks by age 16.

 40 
Martin Brundle
(Formula One driver)

Martin Brundle
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Birthdate: June 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: King's Lynn

 41 
Alex Zanardi
(Racecar driver who won the CART championship in 1997 and 1998, and took 15 wins in the series, paracyclist)

Alex Zanardi
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Birthdate: October 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy

One of Italy’s best-known paracyclists and race car drivers, Alex Zanardi has four Paralympic gold medals in his kitty, apart from his 12 World Championship gold medals. Following a 2001 race car accident, he lost both his legs. The former Formula One racer has won CART Championships, too.

 42 
Austin Dillon
(Racecar driver)

Austin Dillon
5
Birthdate: April 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lewisville

Apart from being a popular racing car driver, Austin Dillon is also known as the grandson of the legendary NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Richard Childress. The three-time NASCAR Cup Series winner also holds the record for the most number of back-to-back poles in the Nationwide Series.

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Justin Wilson
(Former racing driver who competed in Formula One (F1) in 2003, the Champ Car World Series (CCWS) from 2004 to 2007 and the IndyCar Series from 2008 to 2015)

Justin Wilson
5
Birthdate: July 31, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
Died: August 24, 2015

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Brad Keselowski
(NASCAR team owner, Racecar driver)

Brad Keselowski
5
Birthdate: February 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rochester Hills

NASCAR Cup Series racing driver Brad Keselowski, the son of former race driver Bob Keselowski, once also owned Brad Keselowski Racing. His non-profit Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation, which he runs with his wife, funds organization to help with the treatments of war veterans and first responders.

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Roger Penske
(Formula One driver, NASCAR team owner)

Roger Penske
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Birthdate: February 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shaker Heights

The founder-chairman of the transportation company Penske Corporation, Roger Penske, apart from being an entrepreneur, is also a former race-car driver. The self-made auto magnate was also named to the Forbes Billionaires 2021 list and owns auto-racing companies such as Team Penske, IndyCar, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 46 
Ben Collins
(racing driver)

Ben Collins
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Birthdate: February 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bristol

 47 
Michael Waltrip
(NASCAR team owner, Racecar driver)

Michael Waltrip
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Birthdate: April 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Owensboro

Born to NASCAR champion and commentator Darrell Waltrip, Michael Waltrip was destined to be part of the racing world. The NASCAR Cup Series driver is a two-time DAYTONA 500 champion and has also been a broadcaster with Speedvision and FOX Sports. He also penned the bestseller In the Blink of an Eye.

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Hélio Castroneves
(Racecar driver)

Hélio Castroneves
3
Birthdate: May 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: São Paulo

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A. J. Foyt
(Race car driver)

A. J. Foyt
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Birthdate: January 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

The first racing driver to win the Indianapolis 500 four times, A.J Foytm appeared in the event for 35 consecutive years, winning the race in 1961, 1964, 1967 and 1977. Inheriting his love for racing from his auto mechanic father, he dropped out of  school to become professional racing driver, eventually founding a successful racing team, A. J. Foyt Enterprises.

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Kyle Petty
(Racecar driver, NASCAR team owner)

Kyle Petty
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Birthdate: June 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Level Cross, Randolph County, North Carolina

Apart from being the son of NASCAR racer Richard Petty, third-generation Petty family member racer Kyle Petty made his major league debut at age 18. He has also had a brief stint as a country musician. He lost his son, racer Adam Petty, in a race car practice accident.