Mine were Hamilton, Coulthard and Button, But I was lucky enough to meet the first two, and just get an autograph from Jenson all at the 2009 Festival of Speed. But then I got autographs from a lot of drivers from Thursday pit walks on race weekends. At the moment mine are Massa, Kobayashi and Vettel (Living drivers anyway)
For current drivers I’d say Schumacher, Vettel, and Kobayashi. For former drivers I’d say Stewart, Prost, and Lauda. For non-drivers I’d say Will Buxton, Adrian Newey, and Bernie Ecclestone. I’d also throw Chandhok in there somewhere… not sure if he’s a current or former driver at this point.
I wouldn’t meet Mansell despite him being a hero. Apparently he’s notoriously boring. I wouldn’t be able to meet those with the philosophical ideals that would make them perfect as a dinner guest – i.e. Senna, as he’s dead.
3 interesting, opinionated drivers from the 3 traditionally ‘great’ eras – the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
I find the drivers of the modern era fairly sterile and uninteresting to be honest. Montoya would have been interesting though.
The days of media training have ruined a lot of the charm of being an F1 driver I think.