With six grands prix of the 2014 Formula One calendar located in Asia, the continent is playing an ever-increasing role in the sport.
But although F1 may visit the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur and the United Arab Emirates, as well as the legendary Japanese track at Suzuka, Asia is yet to repay the sport by producing a driver with the ability to compete at the summit of the sport.
That’s not to say that F1 hasn’t been blessed by Asian talent. Some of the drivers to emerge from the East have been some of the most thrilling, eye-catching competitors that the sport has ever known.
And with this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix marking the final race in Asia until September, we look at the finest Eastern-based drivers to grace F1—not only in terms of performance, achievements and results but in their influence and impact on the sport.