2021 F1 Drivers’ Last Championship: When Did Vettel, Hamilton and Verstappen Clinch the Big Prize?

Published 02/21/2021, 9:00 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action at the start of the race Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace


A road to F1 racing is usually mapped out by a driver’s successful junior career and championship wins. A recent report takes a deep dive into the 20 Formula 1 drivers on the grid and their latest motorsport title.

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Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, and Kimi Raikkonen are the only drivers that have the F1 championship as their latest title. Max Verstappen made his Formula 1 debut as the youngest driver ever at 17 years and 166 days. However, the Red Bull driver has claimed no motorsport title in the last five years.

MONTMELO, SPAIN: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

The hottest F1 talent, Verstappen, has never won a Formula series title. Nicholas Latifi and Max are the only two drivers whose last title win was during their karting days; the Dutchman held his last championship trophy back in 2013.

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There are several Formula 2, Formula 3, and Formula 4 champions in the paddock. such as Charles Leclerc, George RussellMick Schumacher, who is making his F1 debut this year. All three of these drivers have won the F2 championship.

Lando Norris, Lance Stroll, Daniel Ricciardo, and Antonio Giovinazzi have the F3 title under their belts. Yuki Tsunoda, the youngest driver on the grid next season, lifted the F4 championship as his latest title in 2018.

Out of the 20 drivers on the grid this season, Nikita Mazepin is the only driver who has won no championship title through his racing career. His best finish was at the 2018 GP3 championship, where he finished in the P2 behind Anthoine Hubert.

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Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ George Russell leads and Valtteri Bottas is second placed after the start of the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Max Verstappen was the only driver who could challenge the almighty Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton last season. Thus, the F1 community expects him to be the one to topple the current champions in the coming future.

Verstappen won the Karting championship in 2013 and after a year jumped into the F1 grid. Since then, the Dutchman is gunning for the world title at the pinnacle of motorsport.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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