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Six Formula 1 drivers capable of winning titles

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Formula 1 drivers succeed when they have race-winning cars, and not all get a chance to have such a privilege however, when they do, Grand Prix victories are one thing but who on the current grid are capable of winning F1 world titles?

Over the past several years Formula 1 has seen a changing of the guard and right now, Red Bull is dominating the sport. However, nothing lasts forever, and there are changes that could come.

Fan interest in Formula One has surged in recent years, and many fans are questioning who will be the next drivers to etch their names into the history books. Already, you can find odds on top betting sites like the Bet99 sportsbook on which drivers will be champions next.

But let’s look further ahead. Over the next three-to-five seasons, which Formula 1 drivers stand a realistic chance of winning the World Driver’s Championship? While it may be someone off the grid, right now, we’ll consider the drivers currently in F1 that could reasonably win in the next few years.

Six Formula 1 drivers capable of winning titles

Max Verstappen 

Let’s start with the obvious one. We have entered the age of Max Verstappen in Formula One, and that age isn’t going to end any time soon. The 25-year-old Dutch superstar has won the previous two world titles and is easily on pace to win his third one at the time of writing.

Three years in a row is a huge stretch of utter dominance, and he makes it look easy. Verstappen is signed to Red Bull through 2028, and it just feels like no car on the grid can come close. There is a real-world situation where no one else wins a title for the next three-to-five years. 

George Russell 

It may feel that Russell (25) is a long way off from catching up to Verstappen. He has only one win in his F1 career and is performing worse than his current teammate. But Russell is the future at Formula One’s most successful modern organization in Mercedes.

He will likely stick around at Mercedes, and if the car continues to improve, then Russell has what it takes. He is only 25 years old, which means he has many good years ahead of him. And with Mercedes invested in his success, don’t be surprised if the wins and podiums start mounting up for Russell. 

Charles Leclerc 

It felt like a breakthrough for Leclerc (25) last year when Ferrari started the year looking like a massive threat to Red Bull. But as the season wore on, strategy mistakes and foolish mixups led to Ferrari and Leclerc falling behind.

However, he showed more than ever before that he could be a top-of-the-grid driver with three wins and nine podiums and a 2nd place finish. This year has been a step back, and Ferrari has a lot to work on. But Leclerc has clearly demonstrated he can be a real competitor for the next several years. 

Six Formula 1 drivers capable of winning titles

Lando Norris 

The hype seems to be largely wearing off with Norris (23) who has long been pegged as a future champion. But that mostly is not his fault, considering McLaren has not put him in an optimal position to succeed.

This year, Norris is currently sitting at 11th in the standings, and it seems like all forward momentum for McLaren has slowed to a halt. But he is still only 23 years old and has all the makings of a world-class driver. If McLaren doesn’t seem fit to win races with, he’ll likely leave. And any team would be happy to have this talented young Brit. 

Oscar Piastri 

At 22 years of age, Piastri (22) is considered one of the best young Formula 1 drivers in the sport, and it is easy to see why. He has won at both the Formula 3 and Formula 2 level, and it isn’t unrealistic to say that he will likely continue to do so at Formula One.

The Australian likely hasn’t had the start he envisioned with McLaren, as the team is essentially a middle-of-the-grid group that hopes to pick up a few points every race. But Piastri is only 22 and has won every step of the way in his racing career.

Lewis Hamilton 

The oldest of the abovementioned by some margin, underestimate 38-year-old Lewis Hamilton at your own risk. While it appears he is in the twilight of his career, he has a real argument for the greatest F1 racer of all time and the cold, competitive mentality he has displayed for over a decade remains.

This year, he has yet to win a race but still has two podiums to his name. Many fans would love to see the legendary British racer end his career with at least one more victory, but he likely doesn’t have many years left. Mercedes needs to give him a car capable of getting the job done soon, or it’ll be too late.