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F1: Top 5 Spanish Drivers of all time

Fernando Alonso (left) and Carlos Sainz are two of Spain's best ever F1 drivers.
Fernando Alonso (left) and Carlos Sainz are two of Spain's best ever F1 drivers.
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George Howson

#2 Carlos Sainz Jr.

Sainz got his best F1 result to date at the 2017 Singapore GP (4th)
Sainz got his best F1 result to date at the 2017 Singapore GP (4th)

It's pretty bold to put Carlos Sainz this high on the list for someone who is still so young and in the infancy of his Formula 1 career, but let me explain. Like his eponymous father, Sainz Jr. is an incredible motorsporting talent and by many experts' opinions, is a future world champion.

"Chilli", as he's affectionately nicknamed, already has over 80 starts in F1 during the five years he's competed, but is only 24-years-of-age, and has already shown incredible maturity beyond his years.

Since earning his debut for Toro Rosso in 2015, Sainz has been a solid points finisher for all of his teams, and you'd expect him to continue this trend for McLaren this year. Sainz has fantastic car control and an innate ability to avoid danger, abilities that were highlighted best in Singapore in 2017 and Azerbaijan last year.

On both occasions, he dodged the chaos at the front to finish 4th and 5th, respectively. While he's never had a podium, unlike some of the names below him on this list, he's never been in a car able to do so, and if he was in one of the top 3 teams, I believe he'd be on the podium regularly, if not challenging for victories.

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Edited by Debjyoti Samanta
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