Most Overrated F1 Drivers in History

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F1 has produced some of the finest drivers in the world, who have been given their due credit and acclamation, such as Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and many others. There have also been drivers who come under the “underrated” drivers who have never been given the credit that they deserve. Then, on the other end of the scale there are the overrated F1 drivers, who failed to justify their hype or just paid their way through the sport.

Note: Only drivers with more than 20 starts are considered here.

Most overrated F1 Drivers

Pastor Maldonado

With 96 starts to his name, Pastor Maldonado has completed five years of his F1 Career, having spent the first 3 with Williams and the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the cash strapped Lotus F1 team.


While he does have a single win to his name (and happens to be the only Venezuelan Driver to have a win in the sport), a total of 12 races of his 92 have been in the points while he has had 25 retirements.

Not only that, he is known for spectacularly crashing the car during practice sessions and quite a few of his racing incidents have caused body work damage to his and other drivers’ cars. It seems the only reason he has a car to drive is because he is bringing nearly 30 million in sponsorship money to his team, and that is something Lotus needed desperately. Maldonado may be one of the most overrated F1 drivers but his destructive ability behind the wheel made him the butt of many jokes and memes.

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