If you include the drivers who never even got to the grid may I please include Bernard Charles Ecclestone.
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!
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
- 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.
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.