How Many Famous Formula 1 Drivers Can You Name?


By: Robin Tyler

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Although many would agree - we're thinking here of you, NASCAR or IndyCar fans - Formula One is the pinnacle of motorsport. The sport has its origins in races in the 1930s where teams such as Mercedes, or the 'Silver Arrows' as they were known, dominated.

The first official Formula One world championship took place in 1950, with early drivers often changing teams mid-season to ensure they had the best car (well, the good drivers anyway).

Of course, the machinery is essential, and that's why the very best drivers ensure that they drive for the very best teams. And that's half the reason why you see them moving teams every now and again. 

In its time, the Formula One world championship has been won by drivers from many countries including Argentina, Brazil, England, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, South Africa, United States, Spain, and Austria. 

It's the human aspect that these drivers bring to the sport that helps draw us into the spectacle. Many of them have lost their lives taking part in the sport that they love, certainly a dangerous one. Many others have tasted champagne after an epic win or the tears of a close defeat.

But the questions is, can you name these incredible drivers from just one image?

Let's see if you can cross the finishing line first!

Certainly one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time, but can you name him?

One of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time, Michael Schumacher won the world championship on no less than seven occasions including five times in a row for Ferrari from 2000 to 2004.


Name this famous Formula One driver, please.

Certainly one of the most aggressive drivers currently on the circuit, Lewis Hamilton is not only an excellent overtaker, but he also excels at single-lap qualifying, ensuring he starts high up the grid. Not only has he won four Formula One championships, but he also holds the record for the most pole positions as well.


Hailing from Brazil, this driver is many Formula One fans' greatest ever driver. Any ideas as to who he is?

Many consider Ayrton Senna to be the greatest modern racing driver ever. Senna won the world championship three times but died in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994.


Name this German driver, a multiple world champion.

Sebastian Vettel of Germany has won the Formula One championship on four occasions, each time riding for Red Bull Racing. He is considered by many to be the natural successor to Michael Schumacher.


This Formula One drive also raced in Nascar and the IndyCar series. Name him, please.

Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya raced in Formula One for a period of six years from 2001 to 2006. During this time, in spells at Williams and McLaren, Montoya was known as a fearless overtaker, if what a little rash at times. He won seven races and was on the podium on 30 other occasions.


The Formula One racer in this image is _______

‘The Professor’ as he was known, Alain Prost was a four-times Formula One world champion, winning the title in 1985, 1986 and 1989 and 1993. He won 51 races and was on the podium on 106 other occasions in 199 starts.


Still racing in Formula One today, can you name this driver?

Fernando Alonso quickly established himself in the world of Formula One and along with Renault broke Ferrari’s five-year dominance in the sport when he won the World Championship in 2005. He followed that up again in 2006. Alonso has raced for several teams including Ferrari and McLaren.


The youngest driver to not only race but to win a Grand Prix, can you name this Formula One driver.

The son of Joss Verstappen, a Formula One driver in the 1990 and once a team-mate of Michael Schumacher, Max Verstappen is one of the hottest properties in Formula One. He is the youngest driver ever to feature in the sport, competing in his first race in 2015 aged just 17. He holds many records in Formula One because of his young age including the youngest driver to ever win a race. He has three victories to his credit thus far.


Name this current Formula One driver, please.

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo has been part of Formula One since 2011 racing with HRT, Toro Ross, and Red Bull. Ricciardo has won 7 races and scored 29 podium finishes. He is known for his celebration called a ‘schoey’ where he drinks champagne from his racing boot should he win a race!


Hailing from Finland, can you name this Formula One driver?

Valtteri Bottas has raced in Formula One since 2013, first with Williams and then Mercedes. Bottas is an extremely talented driver and hails from Finland.


Almost a world champion in 2008, can you name this Formula One driver?

Although he was never a world champion, Felipe Massa came close to the crown in 2008 when Lewis Hamilton pipped him to the title in Brazil at the last race and last corner of the season. Massa raced for most of his career with Ferrari and won 11 times in his career.


His father was a Formula One champion and so was he. Can you name him?

Damon Hill, son of former champion Graham, won the Formula One world championship in 1996. The pair are the first father/son duo to achieve this feat.


This drive raced in Formula One and on the IndyCar circuit. Hailing from Canada, can you name him?

The son of Giles Villeneuve, Canadian Jacques Villeneuve raced in Formula One from 1996 to 2006, winning the championship with Williams in just his second year in 1997. He won 11 times during his career.


Name the famous Formula One driver in this image.

A three-time Formula One world champion, Brazil’s Nelson Piquet won 23 races in his 204 starts in the sport. He was crowned champion in 1981, 1983 and 1987.


The famous Formula One driver in this picture is __________

Niki Lauda, now an advisor to Mercedes, is a three-time Formula One world champion having won the title in 1975, 1977 and 1984. Lauda was involved in a horrific accident in 1976 where he was badly burnt.


Just the same as his father, this Formula One driver won the world championship on one occasion. Who is he?

Nico Rosberg has Formula One in his blood with his father, Keke, being a champion in 1982. Rosberg followed in his dad's footsteps to be crowned champion in 2016, making them the second father/son pair to achieve this feat. He then promptly retired.


The Formula One driver in this image went to be a respected commentator. Any ideas as to who he is?

James Hunt won the Formula One world championship in 1976. No doubt a talented driver, Hunt seemed more fixated on the playboy lifestyle that was often associated with the sport than on racing itself. Those who knew him, however, often speak of his racing ability.


This talented driver raced in Formula One, IndyCar and NASCAR. Do you know who he is?

Mario Andretti won the Formula One championship in 1978, but also the NASCAR championship, IndyCar championship, and World Sportscar championship, one of only two drivers to ever do so.


A champion on two and four wheels, name this incredible racer, please.

A four-times world champion on two-wheels, John Surtees added the Formula One championship in 1964 driving for Ferrari. He remains the only person to ever be a champion on two and four wheels, a feat that will probably never be equaled.


Any idea as to the name of this driver? He never won a Formula One world championship.

Hailing from Australia, Mark Webber was never a Formula One champion but formed part of a formidable Red Bull team along with Sebastian Vettel, although the two drivers never saw eye to eye. In 215 starts in the sport, Webber claimed nine victories.


A two-time Formula One world champion, can you name this racing driver?

A two-time Formula One champion (in 1963 and 1965), Jim Clark won 25 races during his career in which he raced over 70 times. He sadly died in an accident in German in 1968 in a non-F1 race.


Identify this driver from yesteryear, please.

Many pundits consider Juan Manuel Fangio to be the greatest Formula One driver ever. Fangio raced in the 1950s, at the birth of the official world championship and won it on five occasions including four years in a row from 1954 to 1957. He won 24 races during his career.


This driver hails from Finland and won the Formula One world championship in 2007. Do you know who he is?

The ‘Iceman’ as he is affectionately known, Kimi Raikkonen has had a long career in Formula One. He was crowned world champion in 2007 while driving for Ferrari. Raikkonen is known for not suffering fools and often gives deadpan answers to silly interview questions. Raikkonen has scored 20 wins in his career.


Although he has never won a Formula One race, there is no denying this driver's talent. Who is he?

Dane Kevin Magnussen is one of the new breed of Formula One drivers. He entered the sport in 2014, first at McLaren.


Name this British driver, please.

Britain’s Nigel Mansell won the Formula One world championship in 1992 and claimed 31 wins during his career. He also won the IndyCart series in 1993.


A two-time Formula One champion, this driver's son also won the championship in 1996. Can you name him?

Graham Hill won the Formula One world championship in 1962 and 1968. His son, Damon, won it in 1996 making them the first father/son duo to achieve the feat.


Can you name this driver, the only South African ever to win the Formula One world title?

The only South African to ever be crowned Formula One world champion, Jody Scheckter achieved the feat in 1979 while driving for Ferrari. He won 10 races during his career.


From Down Under, name this driver that won the title in 1980.

Australia’s Alan Jones had a single Formula One world championship to his name, achieved in 1980 driving for Williams.


This driver's father is a former World Rally champion on no less than two occasions.

Carols Sainz entered the world of Formula One in 2015, racing for Toro Rosso. He moved to Renault in 2017 but has yet to win a Grand Prix or finish on the podium. There is no denying his talent, however, as he is the son of two-times World Rally champion, Carlos Sainz.


A real talent, this driver sadly lost his life in 2015. Do you know his name?

Considered to be one of the most talented drivers on the Formula One grid over the last decade, Jules Bianchi was part of Ferrari’s young driver program and raced for Marussia during the 2013 and 2014 season. Sadly, he was severely injured in an accident with a support vehicle at the Japanese Grand Prix in 2014 and died in 2015 as a result of those injuries.


Can you identify this three-times Formula One world champion?

Compared to other drivers, Jackie Stewart had a relatively short Formula One career, racing from 1965 to 1973. During that time, however, he won three world championships, in 1969, 1971 and 1973. In his 99 starts in Formula One, Stewart won on 27 occasions and was on the podium on 43 other occasions.


The driver in this picture is ______________

Stirling Moss is widely regarded as the greatest driver not to win the Formula One world championship. He raced between 1951 and 1961, winning 16 races and finishing on the podium 24 occasions.


Name this driver who won a Formula One world championship in a vehicle he designed himself.

A triple world champion, Jack Brabham is the only driver to win a Formula One championship in a vehicle that he designed. Brabham was crowned champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966 and won 14 times during his 126 race career.


The name of this famous Formula One driver is __________

The father of Nico Rosberg, Keke Rosberg was the Formula One world champion in 1982. To date, they are the second father/son duo to achieve world titles.


This driver won the Formula One world championship in 2009. Do you know his name?

In 2009, Jenson Button, who raced for Brawn at the time, surprised the racing world by winning the Formula One world title. The Brawn team was a one-off, rising from the ashes of Honda who had left Formula One in 2008. The Brawn concern was sold to Mercedes Benz in 2010.


This driver has the most start in Formula One. Who is he?

One of the longest-serving drivers ever in the history of Formula One, Barrichello started in 322 races over a period from 1993 to 2011. His best years were spent with Ferrari where he raced with Michael Schumacher. Barrichello won 11 races and secured 68 podiums during his career.


Are you able to identify this Formula One driver?

Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg is a current F1 driver with Renault. He entered the sport in 2010 and has raced for Williams, Force India and Sauber as well. Hülkenberg is yet to score a win or a podium in the sport but is recognized as a talented driver.


Now a respected commentator, any idea who this former Formula One driver is?

Now a respected commentator, Martin Brundle had two stints in Formula One, first from 1984 to 1989 and then 1991 to 1996. He raced on 158 occasions securing 9 podium places but never a win.


A two-time world champion, name this Formula One driver, please.

Finland’s Mika Hakkinen was crowned Formula One world champion in 1998 and 1999 racing for McLaren. He raced in 165 Grand Prix, winning 20 and securing 51 other podiums.


Hailing from Scotland, can you name this famous Formula One driver?

Scotland’s David Coulthard raced for a number of teams during his 15-year career including Williams, McLaren and Red Bull. Coulthard raced in 247 grand prix winning 13 and gaining 62 other podiums. He was never crowned world champion, however.


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