Subscribe

Sign up for free

  • Get quick access to your favorite articles

  • Manage alerts on breaking news and favorite drivers

  • Make your voice heard with article commenting.

Motorsport prime

Discover premium content
Subscribe

Edition

Global
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing, Jenson Button, McLaren and Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing
Prime
Special feature

Rating the best drivers of the century so far

Autosport's Top 50 feature has been a staple of the magazine for the past two decades since its first appearance in 2002. Here are the drivers that have featured most prevalently during that time

Autosport's Top 50 drivers of the year rankings always cause controversy and debate – both within our office and the wider motorsport world. It's our attempt to assess and highlight the best performers each season, but that doesn't stop some fans (and even drivers) getting very cross about the final list.

The 2021 Top 50, which was topped by Formula 1 world championship runner-up Lewis Hamilton, was the 20th edition. Since the inaugural list in 2002, 292 drivers have appeared in the Top 50, some consistently, some just the once, while others have fallen in and out as their careers ebb and flow.

Previous article Historic IMSA GTP cars set for GP Long Beach weekend
Next article First GRM Combine kicks off in Tasmania

Sign up for free

  • Get quick access to your favorite articles

  • Manage alerts on breaking news and favorite drivers

  • Make your voice heard with article commenting.

Motorsport prime

Discover premium content
Subscribe

Edition

Global