How Tall Are Formula One Drivers? Height of Grand Prix Champions

How Tall Are Formula One Drivers? Since we are on the subject of athlete’s heights (see our previous post on the height of male gymnasts), let’s check out the height of Formula One drivers. According to the list below, Sebastian Vettel — at 176cm — is currently the tallest of the best F1 drivers.

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For his part, Fernando Alonso stands at 171 cm.





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Like gymnastics, car-racing is a sport which favors shorter guys. You don’t want a giant like, say, basketball rookie Steven Adams to squeeze himself into a Formula One car, don’t you? Of course you don’t.

Anyhoo, let’s check out the height of F1 drivers who are competing in Formula One:

Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Red Bull – 176 cm
Fernando Alonso, Spain, Ferrari – 171 cm
Kimi Räikkönen, Finland, Lotus – 175 cm
Lewis Hamilton, United Kingdom, Mercedes – 175 cm
Mark Webber, Australia, Red Bull – 185 cm
Nico Rosberg, Germany, Mercedes – 178 cm
Felipe Massa, Brazil, Ferrari – 166 cm
Paul di Resta, United Kingdom, Force India – 185 cm
Romain Grosjean, France, Lotus – 180 cm
Jenson Button, United Kingdom, McLaren – 182 cm
Adrian Sutil, Germany, Force India – 184 cm
Jean-Éric Vergne, France, Toro Rosso – 172 cm
Sergio Pérez, Mexico, McLaren – 173 cm
Daniel Ricciardo, Australia, Toro Rosso – 175 cm
Nico Hülkenberg, Germany, Sauber – 184 cm
Pastor Maldonado, Venezuela, Williams – 173 cm
Valtteri Bottas, Finland, Williams – 173 cm
Esteban Gutiérrez, Mexico, Sauber – 180 cm
Jules Bianchi, France, Marussia – 174 cm
Charles Pic, France, Caterham – 178 cm
Max Chilton, United Kingdom, Marussia – 182cm
Giedo van der Garde, Netherlands, Caterham – 182 cm

Meanwhile, here’s the “Height List” for the top 35 F1 drivers with the most Grand Prix victories:

Michael Schumacher (91 wins), Germany – 1.74 m
Alain Prost (51 wins), France – 1.65 m
Ayrton Senna (41 wins), Brazil – 1.71 m
Fernando Alonso (32 wins), Spain – 171 cm
Nigel Mansell (31 wins), United Kingdom – 180 cm
Sebastian Vettel (29 wins), Germany – 176 cm
Jackie Stewart (27wins), United Kingdom – 163 cm
Jim Clark (25 wins), United Kingdom –
Niki Lauda (25 wins), Austria – 171 cm
Juan Manuel Fangio (24 wins), Argentina – 175 cm
Nelson Piquet (23 wins), Brazil – 177 cm
Damon Hill (22 wins), United Kingdom – 182 cm
Lewis Hamilton (21 wins), United Kingdom – 175 cm
Mika Häkkinen (20 wins), Finland – 179 cm
Kimi Räikkönen (20 wins), Finland – 175 cm
Stirling Moss (16 wins), United Kingdom –
Jenson Button (15 wins), United Kingdom – 182 cm
Jack Brabham (14 wins), Australia – nearly 6 feet or 183 cm (Sports Illustrated)
Graham Hill (14 wins), United Kingdom –
Emerson Fittipaldi (14 wins), Brazil – 174 cm
Alberto Ascari (13 wins), Italy –
David Coulthard (13 wins), United Kingdom – 182 cm
Mario Andretti (12 wins), United States – 171 cm
Carlos Reutemann (12 wins), Argentina – 179 cm
Alan Jones (12 wins), Australia –
Jacques Villeneuve (11 wins), Canada – 168 cm
Rubens Barrichello (11 wins), Brazil – 172 cm
Felipe Massa (11 wins), Brazil – 166 cm
Ronnie Peterson (10 wins), Sweden – 178 cm
Jody Scheckter (10 wins), South Africa – 179 cm
James Hunt (10 wins), United Kingdom – 185 cm
Gerhard Berger (10 wins), Austria – 185 cm
Mark Webber (9 wins), Australia – 185 cm
Denny Hulme (8 wins), New Zealand –
Jacky Ickx (8 wins), Belgium –





Sorry we don’t have the info for some others. But we hope to update this “How Tall Are Formula One Drivers” post in the future so do check back later.

How Tall Are Formula One Drivers posted 3 July 2013. Last updated: 26 March 2017.