Nineteen British drivers have won a race in the Formula 1 World Championship. It's a record that no other country can match. And when you take into account the plethora of potentially race-winning drivers who either never got into a competitive car, or whose time was cut short, the depth of talent hailing from the shores of the United Kingdom is undeniable.
Picking out the 10 greatest is no easy task. So strong is the field that one British world champion fails even to make the list, while you can make a strong case for any number of greats to be awarded the top spot.
Tough as it is, AUTOSPORT has taken on the challenge of picking the top 10 British drivers in F1 history. And there are a good half-a-dozen drivers who would waltz into similar lists for most countries that miss out on this ranking.
Agree or disagree, its testament to the pre-eminence of drivers from the country that hosted the first World Championship race at Silverstone over six decades ago.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.