80s/90s vs. today

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.

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