You wont believe who made our top 10 drivers in F1 during the 2000s!
10. Juan Pablo Montoya
The Columbian came into F1 fresh off a champiosnhip win in the American Champ Car series in 2001 driving for Williams. He stood on the podium 4 times during the season and took his maiden win at the Italian GP. While he was a title contender for the 02 season the might of Ferrari meant he was no match. He finished the season in 3rd with 7 poles throughout the season. A strained 2003 saw him leave Williams for Mclaren. While the Mclaren was a difficult car the drive he was able to score three wins in the final seven races of the 2005 season. 6 short seasons in F1 netted 7 wins and 30 podiums. Montoya’s no bull attitude may well have been his ultimate demise.
9. David Coulthard
The veteran of 15 seasons in Formula 1 started his career at Williams replacing Senna. After 2 years at Williams and a single win the then 26 year old moved to McLaren where he finished the drivers championship in 3rd and 2nd places. While a move to a newly formed Red Bull only netted a single podium, Coulthard was never far from the front in his early years. With 13 victories and 62 podiums the Scotsman had a stellar career.
9. Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa is Formula 1’s most recent driver and the only Brazilian driver since the late Ayrton Senna to win his home Grand Prix. Massa had a promising start to his career at Sauber but it wasn’t until his move to Ferrari in 2006 that he was able to consistently run at the front. A last lap, last corner pass from title contender Hamilton saw a second place finish in the drivers championship for 2008 for Massa, but with consistent points finished he helped Ferrari to constructors championships in 2007 and 08. With 11 career wins and 41 podiums Massa ended his driving career at Williams in 2017.
7. Rubens Barrichello
Like his fello Brazilian Massa, Rubens Barichello also scored 11 wins throughout his 18 year career. Barrichello burst onto the scene in 193 driving for Jordan. In just his 3rd race for the team, in wet conditions he was running as high as second place. It was these types of races that put Rubens firmly on the radar of Ferrari, a team he joined in 2000 to partner Michael Schumacher. Grand Prix wins finally started coming his way as he partnered the all conquering Schumacher. Stints with Honda, Brawn and Williams brought varying levels of success but Barrichello was a sought after driver and raced until 2011 with 68 podiums to his name.
6. Mark Webber
Australian Mark Webber was always known for his fighting spirit and was known to pull out surprises in qualifying and racing, especially in his early years at Minardi and then at Jaguar. Debuing at 26 years old his 5th place finish at the Australian GP saw him race for Minardi, Jaguar, Williams and then Red Bull. Often considered an underdog Webber was able to be in the points and on the podiu regularly throughout his 11 year F1 career. 9 wins, 42 podiums and that Aussie grit put him inside our top ten drivers for the 00s.