Two weeks ago we began compiling the list of the bottom 10 F1 drivers of all time – the 10 worst F1 drivers.
Here’s how the shortlist stands at the moment along with some of your remarks. Is there anyone missing from it? And who doesn’t belong there?
In alphabetical order…
Michael Andretti – “11th in the championship in 1993, in the same equipment that Senna took to second place” Scootin159
Andrea de Cesaris – “You can’t say he didn’t have opportunities” D Winn
Bernie Ecclestone – “Attended the 1958 Monaco and British rounds but didn’t qualify.” Ratboy
Yuji Ide – “He only lasted three races before the FIA took away his superlicence.” Francois
Giovanni Lavaggi – “Would still have been infamously bad in a decent car.” Robert McKay
Tarso Marques – “He was always off pace, he was always in trouble.” Daniel
Rikky von Opel
Al Pease – “Only driver to be black flagged for driving too slow.” Chalky
Ricardo Rosset – “At the Spa 98 mass pileup he drove full speed into the wreck like some kind of computer game.” TommyB
(NB. Chanoch Nissany not included because he was never entered entered for a race)
To get things start I think Diniz, Dumfries, Katayama and Zanardi don’t belong on the list:
Pedro Diniz did a respectable job alongside Damon Hill in 1997. Johnny Dumfries wasn’t hopeless but he was, as Clive James said, in a team “where even the Portaloo was set up for [Ayrton] Senna.” Katayama had his days and some of Zanardi’s drives for Jordan and Lotus in his pre-CART/Williams days showed the raw talent that F1 never tapped into.
Who else would you add, and who else would you take off?
Read the original discussion on the bottom 10 F1 drivers