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Ranking the Top 10 F1 Drivers Never To Win A Podium

F1 Drivers Never win podium

Since the start of the Formula One and it’s Championship, many drivers have won races, many managed to secure the podiums and there were many successful drivers who ended up winning the World Championship.

But there were many who couldn’t afford to secure their place into the podium itself. They were no doubt good drivers but on a given day, their dream to catch up to the podium places were too good to be true. They’ve worked so hard, yet it was out of their reach to secure a podium finish.

In today’s list we’ll check out the top 10 F1 drivers never to win a podium.

#10. Vitantonio Liuzzi

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Vitantonio Liuzzi.

Born in the town of Locorotondo, Italy, Liuzzi is a 40 year-old former Formula 1 driver who debuted in the year 2005. Having raced for six years, the Italian was born in 6 August 1980.

From 2005, the Italian raced till 2011 and raced for the teams like Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Force India and HRT before retiring. Vitantonio has 81 races to his name.

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Vitantonio Liuzzi of Italy and Force India drives during the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on August 1, 2010 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

#9. Marc Surer

Marc Surer

Marc Surer.

Marc Surer is a Swiss former driver born in 18 September 1951. The 69 year old driver was born in the town of Arisdorf, Switzerland and was famous during the 1980s.

Having started Racing in 1979, Surer’s racing career lasted for seven years until he retired from Formula 1 in 1986. During his career Marc has raced for the teams like Ensign, ATS, Theodore, Arrows and Brabham and managed to rake up 88 races to his name.

Marc Surer

Swiss racing driver Marc Surer drives the #17 Barclay Nordica Arrows BMW Arrows A67 BMW straight-four to finish in 11th place in the 1984 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch Circuit in Kent, England on 22nd July 1984. (Photo by Bob Thomas Sports Photography via Getty Images)

#8. Jonathan Palmer

Jonathan Palmer

Jonathan Palmer.

Jonathan Palmer is a British former Formula 1 driver famous for his stint with Williams. The 64 year-old driver was born in Lewisham, London, England and debuted in 1983.

Palmer who raced for about seven years has raked up 88 races to his name and raced for the teams like Williams, RAM, Zakspeed and Tyrrell. Jonathan retired from Formula 1 in the year of 1989.

Jonathan Palmer

English racing driver Jonathan Palmer drives the #14 West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 861 Zakspeed 1500/4 1.5 L4t to finish in 9th place in the 1986 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, England on 13th July 1986. (Photo by Bob Thomas Sports Photography via Getty Images)

#7. Ukyo Katayama

Ukyo Katayama

Ukyo Katayama.

Ukyo Katayama, the 58 year-old Japanese had rather short stint in Formula 1 as a driver for just six years. Having started racing in 1992, Ukyo was born in 29 May 1963 in Tokyo, Japan.

Katayama raced from 1992 with the teams like Larrousse, Tyrrell and Minardi before retiring from the sport in 1997. In his short career in F1, the Japanese raked up 97 races in his name.

Ukyo Katayama

Ukyo Katayama of Japan drives the #20 Minardi Team Minardi M197 Hart V8 during practice the Formula One French Grand Prix on 28 June 1997 at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours, France. (Photo by Darren Heath/Getty Images)

#6. Marcus Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson.

Marcus Ericsson is a 30 year-old Swedish former driver known for his last days as a racer with Alfa Romeo. Ericsson was born in 2 September 1990 in Sweden. Marcus debuted in the year 2014 and had short period of 5 years in Formula 1.

The Swedish in his short stint in F1 has raced for teams like Caterham, Sauber and Alfa Romeo. Before ending his career in 2018, Ericsson had 97 race starts to his name.

Marcus Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson of Sweden driving the (9) Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team C37 Ferrari on track during day three of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Catalunya on February 28, 2018 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

#5. Pedro Diniz

Pedro Diniz

Pedro Diniz.

Pedro Diniz is a Brazilian former driver who debuted in Formula 1 in the year 1995. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 22 May 1970, Pedro is 51 years old now. Diniz had quite short career in F1 that was him race only for six years.

The Brazilian raced till 2000 and raced for the teams like Forti, Ligier, Arrows and Sauber and is predominantly known for his stint with Sauber. In his short but crisp career, Diniz has 99 races to his name.

Pedro Diniz

Pedro Diniz, Ligier-Mugen-Honda JS43, Grand Prix of Spain, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 02 June 1996. (Photo by Paul-Henri Cahier/Getty Images)

#4. Phillipe Alliot

Phillipe Alliot

Left to Right: David Halliday and Phillipe Alliot.

Born in 27 July 1954, the 66 year-old driver was famous for his days with McLaren. Alliot was born in the rural town of Voves, France and raced for 10 years in F1.

Phillipe started his career with RAM in 1984 and hung up his driving wheel in year 1994. Before retiring from the sport, Alliot raced for the teams like RAM, Ligier, Larrousse and of course McLaren. In his racing days the Frenchman has clocked up 116 races to his name.

Phillipe Alliot

Phillipe Alliot of France in action in his Ligier Renault during the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest, Hungary. Alliot finished in ninth place. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport

#3. Pierluigi Martini

Pierluigi Martini

Pierluigi Martini.

Born in 23 April 1961 in the Italian town of Lugo, Martini started his Formula 1 career in the year 1984 with Toleman. The 60 year-old has raced in the sport for around 12 years and is quite famous for his stint with Minardi.

Apart from Toleman and Minardi, the Italian has also raced for Scuderia Italia and retired from Formula 1 in the year 1995. In his long career in F1, Pierluigi has managed to have 124 races under his belt.

Pierluigi Martini

Italian racing driver Pierluigi Martini drives the #23 SCM Minardi Team Minardi M190 Cosworth V8 in the 1990 British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit in England on 15th July 1990. (Photo by Bob Thomas Sports Photography via Getty Images)

#2. Adrian Sutil

Adrian Sutil.

Adrian Sutil.

Born in 11 January 1983 in the German town of Starnberg, Sutil has been quite famous for his races during the 2010s. Having started racing in 2007 with Spykar, Adrian raced for the teams like Force India and Sauber.

Sutil ended his career in 2014 and he has 128 race starts to his name. However, what came as shocking to many of his fans that despite being a good driver, Sutil didn’t manage to win a podium atleast. And according to fans perspective, that hurts.

Adrian Sutil

Adrian Sutil of Germany and Sauber F1 pulls into the pitlane with an engine fire during day three of Formula One Winter Testing at the Bahrain International Circuit on March 1, 2014 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

#1. Nico Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg

Born in 19 August 1987, Hulkenberg is a 33 year old Geman driver who is famous for his stint with Force India. Born in the German town of Emmerich am Rhein, Nico started racing from 2010.

During his long 10 years driving career, Nico has driven for teams like Williams, Force India, Sauber, Renault and Racing Point. The brilliant German had 182 race starts to his name but no podiums sadly. He raced his last race in 2020.

Nico Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg of Germany driving the (27) Racing Point RP20 Mercedes on track during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 31, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

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