Before the turn of the century, Spain was a country with a great reputation for producing motorsporting talent, but mainly in the fields of rallying and motorcycle racing.
Formula 1 and other forms of circuit racing on four wheels was seen as a secondary sport, and we seldom saw Spanish drivers on the F1 grid in the 20th century. But just as Michael Schumacher's championship exploits in the '90s and 2000s inspired a generation of young German drivers to pursue their dreams of becoming Formula 1 driver, so has a certain Fernando Alonso.
We're seeing the effects of this now, as more Spanish drivers are going through the junior ranks than ever before. So, with that being said, here's five of the best drivers to come from the Southern European country:
#5 Jaime Alguersuari
Pedro de la Rosa may have gotten a podium during his time in F1, but he was resoundingly beaten by most of his teammates in Formula 1, so Jaime Alguersuari beats his compatriot to a place on this list.
Alguersuari was only 19-year-old when he made his F1 debut for Toro Rosso midway through 2009 and did a respectable job during his three years in the sport. 2010 was a poor year for STR, as their car didn't have the pace compete for regular points, and Jaime had similar exploits to his teammate Sebastian Buemi.
However, 2011 was more prosperous, as the Red Bull junior team finished in the top 10 on a much more regular basis.
Alguersuari was unceremoniously dropped ahead of the 2012 season in favour of Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo, which in hindsight, was absolutely the right decision. However, Jaime's expulsion from Toro Rosso was also his F1 exit, as he failed to secure a drive for 2012.