Formula 1 and the United States of America have had an interesting and troublesome relationship over the decades, but only the United Kingdom has produced more F1 drivers than the USA. While Formula 1 sometimes plays a backseat role when compared to other motorsports like IndyCar and NASCAR in the States, the United States Grand Prix has been a very well-attended event since moving to the Circuit of the Americas.
While there are currently no American drivers on the F1 grid, a few world champions and many race winners have their origins stateside. So, who are the best American Formula 1 drivers of all time? Here's our top 5 picks.
#5 - Peter Revson
After a brief cameo driving both in works and non-works Lotus in 1964, Peter Revson became a full-time Formula 1 driver for the 1972 season. Before this, he had largely driven in sports car and IndyCar races, but he always had aspirations of making it to F1.
"Revvie", as he affectionately went on to be known as, began his first full season of F1 racing driving for the McLaren team. He finished fifth overall in the driver's world championship in both '72 and '73, which was no mean feat, but this wasn't enough for the American to retain his seat for the following year. Despite two wins and another six podiums in just 20 starts, his performances weren't deemed impressive enough to keep his seat ahead of the inbound Emerson Fittipaldi.
Revson could've continued his Grand Prix racing career through the 70's, but tragedy struck in South Africa during a test session before the race at Kyalami the following season. He had switched to Shadow for the 1974 season, but the first two races of the season yielded two DNF's, before a suspension failure on a flying lap produced a fatal crash. He was only 35-years-old, and had shown a lot of promise as a driver.