Anthony Davidson picks his top five current Formula 1 drivers

Former F1 driver Anthony Davidson has set a top five ranking for current Formula 1 stars, with both Ferrari drivers making the cut.

The current generation of Formula 1 drivers is considered to be one of the strongest that Formula 1 has ever known.

More recently, in 2021, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen rose to a whole new level as they battled for the Drivers’ Championship, but behind in the midfield peloton many other drivers were catching the eye.

Lando Norris enjoyed his best Formula 1 season to date, scoring points just twice from 22 races, including four podium finishes.

He also won a first career pole when he arrived at the Russian Grand Prix.

Alpine’s Esteban Ocon became a first-time race winner at a barmy Hungarian Grand Prix, while Pierre Gasly, a shock winner in his own right at the 2020 Italian GP, ​​was seen as a star midfielder of 2021 with his consistent performances for AlphaTauri, breaking the 100-point mark in a season for the first time.

george russell also had a stellar season with Williams, twice qualifying in the top three, his P2 on the grid in Belgium becoming a first career podium as heavy rain prevented the safety car from releasing the drivers to race. P3 on the grid in Russia was his other “Mr Saturday” special.

Russell put up 16 points on the board for his season, having failed to score in his first two seasons when Williams’ struggles were at their worst. He now moves to Mercedes for 2022.

Ferrari was the midfield boss, however, claiming P3 in the 2021 constructors’ standings, in a season where carlos sainz and Charles Leclerc have established themselves as the strongest driver duo on the grid.

So it was no surprise to see them both making it into Davidson’s top five Formula 1 drivers, while Verstappen and Hamilton also made the list as expected.

Recently, Davidson’s compatriot and ex-F1 driver Martin Brundle was given the same task and angered Ralf Schumacher by stating that Sebastian Vettel is no longer among the top five drivers and that the best days of the quadruple world champion are behind him. .

However, Vettel also failed to fill Davidson’s ranking.

“It’s always hard to judge because the gear you ride has a huge influence in this sport,” Davidson said.

“But if you talk about the top five drivers, then of course Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are among them, and Charles Leclerc is also one of the best.

“If you then mention Carlos Sainz, you already have four. And then there’s Lando Norris. So I’m already five years old.

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