The Nearly Men: The 10 Drivers Closest to Winning the F1 World Title

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The Nearly Men: The 10 Drivers Closest to Winning the F1 World Title
Eddie Irvine narrowly lost out on the title in 1999

This season certainly hasn't been a close title race. But this week back in 1999, a certain Eddie Irvine found himself on the brink of being one of the unlikeliest world champions in recent memory.

The ever colourful and often controversial Ulsterman found himself leading the championship by four points from Mika Hakkinen going into the final round, thanks mainly to the returning Michael Schumacher handing him victory in Malaysia.

But it wasn’t to be, as Hakkinen won the decider in Japan to win by two points and Irvine finished third.

One of the current members of the class of 2013 came closer than anyone ever has to winning the title without actually doing so but he is in good company.

Here are the top 10 drivers to have come within a whisker of winning the world title without actually doing so, ranked by how close they actually came.

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