Ayrton Senna- Lewis Hamilton
The most marketable driver of their eras. World champions for McLaren.
Alain Prost- Fernando Alonso
Precise in their approach, but found unappealing by purists. Both drove for Renault, Ferrari & McLaren-Honda.
Niki Lauda- Kimi Raikkonen
Displayed extraordinary speed initially. Brief sabbatical partway through their careers, but readapted in their return. World champions for Ferrari.
Nelson Piquet- Sebastian Vettel
Hugely successful early in their careers, later encountered competitive team-mates. Not fond of the limelight. Both drove BMW powered cars.
Keke Rosberg- Daniel Ricciardo
Impressed the moment they set foot in top machinery. Would pull off impressive giant-killings.
Riccardo Patrese- Nico Rosberg
Naturally gifted, but would lack the conviction to challenge for titles. Both drove for Williams.
Gerhard Berger- Mark Webber
Capable of threatening upsets early in their careers, would find themselves playing second fiddle later on. Found their height to prove to be a disadvantage. Both drove Ferrari, Renault & BMW powered cars.
Thierry Boutsen- Jenson Button
Not the standout talents of their peers, but always shone in the wet. Both drove Renault powered cars.
Stefan Bellof- Robert Kubica
Talent unfulfilled due to unforeseen circumstances. Both drove Renault powered cars.
Michele Alboreto- Felipe Massa
Intermittent flashes of talent. Brief contenders for world titles whilst driving a Ferrari.
Michael Schumacher- Max Verstappen
The king of their eras.
Mika Hakkinen- Carlos Sainz, Jr.
The most feared threat to the king of their eras.
Martin Brundle- Nick Heidfeld
A career of mid-table consistency spanning over a decade. Among a group of the most successful drivers to have never won a race. Both drove Ford & Renault powered cars. Both also drove for Jordan & Ligier/Prost.
Christian Fittipaldi- Bruno Senna
Nephews of Brazilian former world champions who fell far short of expectations.
Roberto Moreno- Pedro de la Rosa
Both given the opportunities to drive semi-competitive machinery, but were seen as reliable choices for underachieving outfits. Both drove Ford powered cars.
Andrea de Cesaris- Pastor Maldonado
The crash masters of their eras. Much derided by fans and pundits despite flashes of talent.
Nigel Mansell- Juan Pablo Montoya
Tough, uncompromising men on and off the track, their histrionics often reflected their combative approach to the sport. Both drive for Williams and McLaren-Mercedes and won CART (Indycar) titles.