The question as to who are the best drivers currently not racing in Formula One is not an easy one to answer. Several variables and factors come into the equation. What series are they currently racing in? Are the circuits and cars comparable? Are they racing towards the tail end of their careers or just starting out on a journey that could lead them to F1 in the future?
I’m going to base my judgments on whom I think these drivers are based on their ability to mix it with the current crop. Therefore I’m ruling out drivers from America’s IRL series, many of whom are veterans of the sport and predominantly race on oval circuits. Likewise ChampCar, a series that is littered with names of past F1 failures such as Enrique Bernoldi and Antonio Pizzonia.
I am including in the list drivers who have experienced the thrill of driving a Formula 1 car, albeit not yet in race conditions.