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
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.
#9. 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.
#8. 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.
#7. 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.
#6. 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.
#5. 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.
#4. 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.
#3. 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.
#2. 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.
#1. 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.
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