If you include the drivers who never even got to the grid may I please include Bernard Charles Ecclestone.
And, I mean, look at Jackie Stewart... finishing the 1968 German Grand Prix 4 minutes ahead of anyone else; that would have been equivalent to lapping the entire field 3 times at the Red Bull Ring...But he was 10 seconds quicker than anyone else in free practice in the wet at Watkins Glen. And everyone jizzed in their pants at Hamilton being 1 second ahead in the wet in Austria last weekend. Woop de ****ing do!
In response to Piquet his reputation somewhat leaned on superior equipment especially when he had the BMW turbo in his Brabham. People still credit Gordon Murray from taking his philosophy on the BT55/BT55B and converting into the all conquering McLaren Honda as it were.There are a good number of candidates.
These drivers could have been very successful, but still have an over-inflated value of themselves (or from commentators). This is not my list, but these are drivers i’ve seen as overrated.
I wonder if Nelson Piquet should go on this list - I’m never sure if the crash in 1987 was what slowed him down, or whether he’d just benefited from a fantastic Brabham before.
- Fernando Alonso
- Sebastian Vettel
- Jean Alesi
- Nigel Mansell
- Ayrton Senna (I’m including Senna only because I’ve seen him listed many times as an overrated driver - whether I agree with them or not)
- Juan Pablo Montoya
Villeneuve only really had two seasons with the best car or a competitive car - essentially just over a season because he was killed early in 82. He thrashed Pironi in 81 in an awful car . This only drove determination even more to be France's 1st world champion using a cold calculating approach that led to the infamous Imola incident. It messed Gilles no doubt that might have contributed to his death.
- Gilles Villeneuve - yes, he was very quick, with virtuoso car control, but the mythology only exists because of his death, at the wheel of a Ferrari, and fuelled since by journalists who were closer to him than to other, more private drivers. Reutemann and Scheckter were faster, Pironi and Prost were smarter, and even if he occasionally dragged terrible Ferraris to great results, he didn't score as many wins as he should have in the cars he drove that were good.
... and Maldonado won a race in 2012 in a Williams... Just imagine what Hulkenberg could have done!If only he had finished on the podium or even won at Interlagos his career might have been different. He certainly would have done a much better job than Maldonado did at both William's and Lotus.