For 2001 he tested with Arrows before moving to Prost. Races. BMW Sauber F1 Team. On his debut outing, he was off the pace of experienced team mate Takuma Sato and retired after a pit stop issue. The Argentine achieved a best result of eighth place and at Indianapolis overtook reigning Mika Hakkinen. Only three retirements over the season showed strong consistency for the young Japanese team. Engineer in the making. You would be forgiven for being unaware of him as his career was short-lived. He is the first of the Asians on our list of Worst F1 drivers. Brazil has produced world champions such as Ayrton Senna and Emerson Fittipaldi and multiple race winners including Barrichello and Massa. Loves cars, Formula One , Tennis and Tech. However, Yuji was an anomaly, entering F1 at the age of 31. While we’re not discussing Brazilians, we are still in South America; border hopping to Argentina to discuss former Minardi and Prost driver Gaston Mazzacane. He had another quiet, points-bereft season and after a move to Jordan failed to come off, Arrows withdrawal of three-quarters of the way through 2002 also marked Bernoldi’s exit from Formula 1. Felipe Massa was second and Kimi Räikkönen third. Singapore Grand Prix was the first ever F1 event held at night. Formula One is dubbed as the pinnacle of motorsports. At the 1997 British Grand Prix, Tarso finally finished a race on his fourth attempt. He won the title by a point. In his debut year, the Brazilian accumulated 10 championship points with four top-eight finishes. Williams. Sebastian Vettel took his first F1 win. Though he had a poor machine under his belt, the sheer number of driver errors and failures to qualify (the only Minardi to do so in 2001) earns the Brazilian a place on our list. All teams used the same two drivers throughout the season. The championship was contested over eighteen races commencing in Australia on 16 March and ending in Brazil on 2 November. In Melbourne Yuji had many spins and come the end of the weekend team principal Suzuki hinted that an upwards turn in performances was needed if Ide was to retain his seat. A points finish in Monaco was his season’s highlight and disqualification in Montreal the low point of the year. Lewis Hamilton won the 2008 Formula One World Championship for drivers. In these two seasons, Da Matta failed to make a lasting impression on the F1 community and returned to America and Champ Car, arguably worse off than when he left off 18 months ago. Thinking back to the mid-2000s, a rookie would usually reach F1 inhis mid 20s. 2008 Formula 1 Entry List. 2008 F1 Drivers & teams Scuderia Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton was the youngest F1 world champion at the age of 23. Will We See More Ex F1 Drivers After Mark Webber Joins Tony Stewart’s SRX Series? Da Matta not only scored more points than veteran team mate Olivier Panis but also reached the finish line on considerably more occasions.This success led to the Brazilian being retained for the 2004 season. Suzuki conceded Ide hadn’t had the necessary amount of testing to know how to control the car and the team subsequently replaced him with Frenchman Franck Montagny for the European Grand Prix with Ide assuming the role of test driver. We at EssentiallySports bring you 6 of the worst F1 drivers since the year 2000: Toyota took a punt on the reigning Champ Car champion Cristiano da Matta by signing him for the 2003 season. He failed to qualify within the 107% rule three times and once again failed to score any points. Malaysia might have one of the best modern F1 circuits on the calendar but at the top level they haven’t had any drivers, that’s what you may think, however there has been one.