Famous British F1 Drivers

Find out more about the greatest British F1 Drivers, including Lewis Hamilton, James Hunt, Bernie Ecclestone, Jenson Button and Nigel Mansell.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton
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Famous As: Racing driver
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 Jenson Button

Jenson Button
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Famous As: Formula One driver
Birthdate: January 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Frome, England
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 3 James Hunt

James Hunt
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: August 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belmont, Surrey, England,
Died: June 15, 1993

James Hunt was a British racing driver who earned the nickname 'Hunt the Shunt' for his action-packed and often reckless exploits on the track. In 1976, he won the Formula One World Championship in his first year with McLaren, which inspired several teenagers to take up motor racing. James Hunt has inspired racers, such as Kimi Räikkönen.

 4 Nigel Mansell

Nigel Mansell
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Famous As: Formula One driver
Birthdate: August 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Upton-upon-Severn, England

 5 David Coulthard

David Coulthard
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Famous As: Racecar Driver
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.

 6 Stirling Moss

Stirling Moss
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Famous As: Racing Driver
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.

 7 Christian Horner

Christian Horner
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: November 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Royal Leamington Spa
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 8 Jim Clark

Jim Clark
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Famous As: Formula One driver, Farmer
Birthdate: March 4, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fife
Died: April 7, 1968

 9 Graham Hill

Graham Hill
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Famous As: British racing driver
Birthdate: February 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
Died: November 29, 1975

 10 Colin McRae

Colin McRae
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Famous As: Co-driver, Racecar driver
Birthdate: August 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lanark
Died: September 15, 2007

 11 Jackie Stewart

Jackie Stewart
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: June 11, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Milton, Dunbartonshire, Scotland

 12 Damon Hill

Damon Hill
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Famous As: Formula One driver, Businessperson
Birthdate: September 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

 13 John Surtees

John Surtees
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Famous As: Formula One driver, Motorcycle racer, Manager
Birthdate: February 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tatsfield
Died: March 10, 2017

 14 Dario Franchitti

Dario Franchitti
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: May 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bathgate

 15 Ben Collins

Ben Collins
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Famous As: racing driver
Birthdate: February 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bristol

 16 Dan Wheldon

Dan Wheldon
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: June 22, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Emberton
Died: October 16, 2011

 17 Martin Brundle

Martin Brundle
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Famous As: Formula One driver
Birthdate: June 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: King's Lynn

 18 Susie Wolff

Susie Wolff
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: December 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oban

 19 Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson
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Famous As: Q171577
Birthdate: July 31, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sheffield
Died: August 25, 2015

 20 Perry McCarthy

Perry McCarthy
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Famous As: Formula One driver, Journalist, Broadcaster, Racecar driver
Birthdate: March 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stepney

 21 Donald Campbell

Donald Campbell
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: March 23, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames
Died: January 4, 1967

 22 Paul di Resta

Paul di Resta
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: April 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Lothian

 23 Eddie Irvine

Eddie Irvine
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: November 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newtownards

 24 Tiff Needell

Tiff Needell
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Famous As: Formula One driver, Journalist
Birthdate: October 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havant

 25 Colin Chapman

Colin Chapman
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 26 Johnny Herbert

Johnny Herbert
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Famous As: Formula One driver
Birthdate: June 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brentwood

 27 Martin Donnelly

Martin Donnelly
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Famous As: racecar driver
Birthdate: March 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Belfast

 28 Henry Fitzalan-Howard, Earl of Arundel

Henry Fitzalan-Howard, Earl of Arundel
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Birthdate: December 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London

 29 Mike Hawthorn

Mike Hawthorn
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Famous As: Racing Driver
Birthdate: April 10, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexborough, England
Died: January 22, 1959

 30 Mike Hailwood

Mike Hailwood
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Famous As: Formula One driver, Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: April 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: March 23, 1981

 31 Max Chilton

Max Chilton
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Famous As: Formula One driver
Birthdate: April 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reigate

When British racing driver Max Chilton made his Formula 3 debut at 16, he became the youngest deriver to do so. He now represents the North American racing series IndyCar. While he initially wished to be a farmer, he began his racing career at age 10, racing in karts.

 32 Jason Plato

Jason Plato
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: October 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oxford

 33 Jonathan Palmer

Jonathan Palmer
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: November 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London

 34 Anthony Davidson

Anthony Davidson
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Famous As: Formula One driver
Birthdate: April 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hemel Hempstead

 35 Malcolm Campbell

Malcolm Campbell
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Famous As: Journalist, Racecar driver
Birthdate: March 11, 1885
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London Borough of Bromley
Died: December 31, 1948

 36 Roger Williamson

Roger Williamson
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Famous As: Formula One driver, Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: February 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Died: July 29, 1973

 37 Peter Collins

Peter Collins
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Famous As: Formula One driver, motorcycle racer
Birthdate: November 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kidderminster
Died: August 3, 1958

 38 David Purley

David Purley
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Famous As: Formula One driver, Aerobatics, Racecar driver
Birthdate: January 26, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bognor Regis
Died: July 2, 1985

 39 Piers Courage

Piers Courage
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 40 Katherine Legge

Katherine Legge
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: July 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guildford

 41 Derek Warwick

Derek Warwick
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Famous As: Formula One driver
Birthdate: August 27, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: United Kingdom

 42 Sam Bird

Sam Bird
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: January 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Roehampton

 43 Will Stevens

Will Stevens
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: June 28, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rochford

 44 Allan McNish

Allan McNish
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: December 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dumfries

 45 Mark Blundell

Mark Blundell
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Famous As: Formula One driver, Journalist
Birthdate: April 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chipping Barnet

 46 Derek Bell

Derek Bell
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Famous As: Formula One driver
Birthdate: October 31, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pinner

 47 David Hobbs

David Hobbs
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Famous As: Formula One driver
Birthdate: June 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Royal Leamington Spa

 48 Tom Chilton

Tom Chilton
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: March 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reigate

 49 Tom Walkinshaw

Tom Walkinshaw
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Famous As: businessperson, racecar driver
Birthdate: August 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Midlothian
Died: December 12, 2010

 50 Marino Franchitti

Marino Franchitti
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: July 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bathgate