With the scramble for the remaining F1 seats truly underway for the 2014 season, many drivers know they must improve their performances or face disappearing from the sport.
Today’s F1 grid is blessed with talent.
Even the so called “pay drivers”—who come with valuable sponsorship—have worked their way up through the junior formulae. This hasn’t always been the case. F1’s history is littered with drivers who were often a danger to themselves and others just because they could afford to enter the sport and teams needed them.
Honourable mentions must go to Slim Borgudd who sported pop group ABBA’s logos across his ATS sidepods after a fleeting involvement as a studio drummer for the band.
Son of Jean-Paul Belmondo—of the French movie, Breathless—Paul Belmondo entered 27 races in F1 between 1992 and 1994 and only qualified for seven of them.
And Piercarlo Ghinzani wins the prize for the most persistent if not successful of drivers. He entered 111 races scoring only two points.
Even these mobile chicanes don’t quite break into our top 10 of the worst drivers in F1 history.
Black flags at the ready...