Famous 21st Century F1 Drivers

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Lewis Hamilton
(British Formula One Driver and Winner of Seven World Drivers' Championship Titles)
Lewis Hamilton
101
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.

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Michael Schumacher
(German Formula One Racing Driver and Record Winning 7-Time World Drivers' Championship Winner)
Michael Schumacher
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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.

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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
(German Racing Driver Who Competes in Formula One for Aston Martin)
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.

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Kimi Raikkonen
(Finnish Racing Driver Nicknamed ‘The Iceman’ and Winner of the 2007 Formula One World Championship)
Kimi Raikkonen
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Birthdate: October 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland

With 21 Grands Prix wins Kimi-Matias Räikkönen, nicknamed ‘The Iceman’, thrived as the most successful Finnish racing driver with regard to Formula One race wins. He was the winner of the 2007 Formula One World Championship competing for Scuderia Ferrari. He took 103 podium finishes and with this became one of the five drivers who have taken more-than 100 podiums.

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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
(British Racing Driver Who Won the 'Formula One World Championship' title in 2009)
Jenson Button
17
Birthdate: January 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Frome, England

Jenson Button is a British racing driver best known for winning the Formula One World Championship title in 2009. A popular driver, Button is the recipient of several prestigious awards such as the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy and the Hawthorn Memorial Trophy. In 2017, Jenson Button was made an inductee of the FIA Hall of Fame.

 8 
Alain Prost
(Four-time Formula One Drivers' Champion, from 1987 until 2001)
Alain Prost
6
Birthdate: February 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lorette, Loire, France
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Nigel Mansell
(British Formula One Racing Driver and Winner of 1992 World Championship )
Nigel Mansell
14
Birthdate: August 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, England
 10 
Max Verstappen
(The Most Successful Dutch Racing Driver and 2021 Formula One World Champion)
Max Verstappen
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Birthdate: September 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hasselt, Flanders, Belgium
 11 
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.

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Rubens Barrichello
(Racing Driver Who Competed in Formula One Between 1993 and 2011)
Rubens Barrichello
11
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.

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

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Nelson Piquet
(Racecar driver)
Nelson Piquet
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Birthdate: August 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

While he initially excelled in tennis, Nelson Piquet later made a name for himself as one of Brazil’s top racers. A 3-time world champion, the Formula One star later also ventured into business. He owned a GPS-tracking company and also launched the racing team Piquet Sports.

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Nico Rosberg
(German-Finnish Formula One Racing Driver and 2016 World Drivers' Championship Winner)
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.

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Jules Bianchi
(French Motor Racing 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.

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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.
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Stirling Moss
(Race-Car Driver Who Was Considered as One of the Greatest Drivers Who Never Won a World Championship)
Stirling Moss
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Birthdate: September 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
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.

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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.

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Carlos Sainz Jr.
(Racing driver)
Carlos Sainz Jr.
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Birthdate: September 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Nico Hülkenberg
(German Formula 1 Driver for Aston Martin F1 Team)
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.

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Lance Stroll
(Canadian-Belgian Motorsport Racer Who Competes for Canada in Formula One)
Lance Stroll
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Birthdate: October 29, 1998
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The son of Canadian business tycoon Lawrence Stroll and Belgian designer Claire-Anne Callens, Lance Stroll began his motorsport career with karting at age 10. He became F1’s youngest rookie podium finisher at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. His achievements include wins at the 2014 Italian F4 and the 2016 FIA European Formula 3.

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Romain Grosjean
(Only Racing Driver to Hold Both the GP2 Asia Series and Main GP2 Series Titles Simultaneously)
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.

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Juan Pablo Montoya
(Colombian Racing Driver)
Juan Pablo Montoya
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Birthdate: September 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia

Juan Pablo Montoya is a Colombian racing driver who currently competes for DragonSpeed Racing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. In 1998, Montoya won the Formula 3000 International Championship title. The following year, he went on to win the CART FedEx Championship Series. In October 2009, Juan Pablo Montoya was named in Times Online's Top 50 Formula One Drivers list.

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Susie Wolff
(British Retired Racing Driver Who Competed in 'Formula One')
Susie Wolff
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Birthdate: December 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oban

Susie Wolff is a British retired racing driver who competed in Formula One. Wolff made history in 2014 when she became the first woman in 22 years to participate in a Formula One race weekend. Susie Wolff is the current CEO of Venturi Racing, which competes in Formula E.

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Jacques Villeneuve
(Canadian Formula One Driver and Winner of 1997 Formula One World Championship )
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.

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Robert Kubica
(Racing driver)
Robert Kubica
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Birthdate: December 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland
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Felipe Massa
(Brazilian Formula 1 Driver Who Competed in 15 Seasons between 2002 and 2017)
Felipe Massa
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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.

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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.

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Christian Horner
(British Retired Racing Driver & Current Team Principal of 'Red Bull Racing')
Christian Horner
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Birthdate: November 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Royal Leamington Spa

Christian Horner is a British retired racing driver. He is currently serving as the Team Principal of Red Bull Racing, which competes in Formula One. Over the years, he has helped the team win many world titles, including five World Drivers' Championship titles. Christian Horner has also served as the head of Arden International, which competed in International Formula 3000.

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Ralf Schumacher
(Former German Formula One Racer and Younger Brother of Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher)
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. 

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Damon Hill
(British Retired Racing Driver Who Won the 1996 'Formula One World Championship' title)
Damon Hill
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Birthdate: September 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

Damon Hill is a British retired racing driver best known for winning the Formula One World Championship title in 1996. He is currently a part of the broadcasting team of Sky Sports F1, providing expert analysis. Damon Hill is also known as the son of former Formula One World Champion, Graham Hill.

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Gerhard Berger
(Austrian Retired Formula One Racing Driver)
Gerhard Berger
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Birthdate: August 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wörgl

Gerhard Berger is an Austrian retired Formula One racing driver who competed in 14 Formula One seasons, finishing twice as the third overall in the championship. Berger won ten Grands Prix during his illustrious career that spanned more than a decade. With 210 starts under his belt, Gerhard Berger is counted among the most experienced F1 drivers of all time.

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Keke Rosberg
(Former Finnish Racing Driver Who Won the 1982 'F1 World Championship')
Keke Rosberg
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Birthdate: December 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Solna Municipality

Keke Rosberg is a Finnish retired racing driver best known for winning the Formula One World Championship in 1982. Rosberg was the first Finnish champion in the history of the Formula One World Championship. Keke Rosberg has also achieved popularity as the father of the 2016 F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg.

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Dario Franchitti
(British Retired Racing Driver Who Won the 'IndyCar Series' on Four Occasions)
Dario Franchitti
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Birthdate: May 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bathgate

Dario Franchitti is a British retired racing driver best known for winning the IndyCar Series on four occasions. He also won three Indianapolis 500 titles and a 24 Hours of Daytona title during his career. A recipient of the McLaren Autosport Award, Dario Franchitti was made an inductee of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2019.

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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.

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John Surtees
(British Motorcycle Road Racer and Racecar Driver)
John Surtees
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Birthdate: February 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tatsfield
Died: March 10, 2017

John Surtees was a British motorcycle road racer and racecar driver. He won the Grand Prix motorcycle World Championship title on seven occasions and the 1964 F1 World Championship title, becoming the first person to win World Championships on both four and two wheels.

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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.

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Martin Brundle
(British Retired Racing Driver Who Competed in 'Formula One')
Martin Brundle
5
Birthdate: June 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: King's Lynn

Martin Brundle is a British retired racing driver who competed in Formula One. After his retirement, Brundle started working as a commentator. Over the years, he has worked for television networks like BBC, ITV Sport, and Sky Sports.

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Denny Hamlin
(Racecar driver)
Denny Hamlin
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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.

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Alex Zanardi
(Italian Motorsports Racing Driver)
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.

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Hélio Castroneves
(Racecar driver)
Hélio Castroneves
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Birthdate: May 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: São Paulo

Brazilian racing driver Hélio Castroneves is a 4-time winner of the Indianapolis 500. Though accused of tax evasion once, he was eventually acquitted the charge. He has also been part of the show Dancing with the Stars and gained the nickname Spider-Man for his unique way of celebrating one of his track victories.

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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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Stoffel Vandoorne
(Belgian Racing Driver Who Has Represented McLaren and Mercedes-EQ)
Stoffel Vandoorne
3
Birthdate: March 26, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kortrijk, Belgium

Belgian racing driver Stoffel Vandoorne started his career with karting and won the Belgian KF2 Champion by age 16. After competing in Formula One for McLaren, he switched to the Formula E team Mercedes-EQ. He also won the GP2 Series in 2015 and the Formula E World Championship in 2021–22.

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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.

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Ben Collins
(British Racing Driver and Winner of the 2003 ASCAR Championship)
Ben Collins
5
Birthdate: February 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bristol
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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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Justin Wilson
(British Racing Driver)
Justin Wilson
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Birthdate: July 31, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
Died: August 24, 2015

Justin Wilson was a British open-wheel racing driver who took part in the IndyCar Series as well as the Formula One. He won many races, including the International Formula 3000 Championship title and the 2012 24 Hours of Daytona. In 2006 and 2007, Justin Wilson was honored with the prestigious Greg Moore Legacy Award.  

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Michael Waltrip
(NASCAR team owner, Racecar driver)
Michael Waltrip
5
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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Takuma Sato
(Racecar driver)
Takuma Sato
3
Birthdate: January 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan