Probably we could just say any of them who made it to the F1 grid based on experience and talent, given the proximity of the back of the field to the front compared to all race drivers ever.
More specifically, it could be any with a car and team capable of getting there.
Or, even more limited would be those who during their era, whether an F1 driver or not, were regarded by their peers as having talent, character, and attitude worthy of a champion.
Two that could be nominees in that category, (an entirely subjective personal opinion), would be Parnelli Jones, who could and did drive anything, and Bob Bondurant, whose F1 career was shredded in the trees outside Curva Grande.
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Edited by John Woods, Feb 27 2020 - 08:34 AM.