Who are the tallest and shortest drivers to race in F1?

Some F1 drivers reach dizzying heights in their career. Others, meanwhile, are of dizzying heights.

The drivers who race in F1 are all fit athletes, but as is the beauty of being human, they come in all shapes and sizes. The question many will be having is this – who are the tallest and shortest to compete in the sport since the turn of the century?

The tall answer is the late Justin Wilson, who is the tallest F1 driver of the modern era. Wilson only ever raced for one season in 2003, having competed for Minardi before making the switch to Jaguar. He stood at a towering height of 6’4”, and was 7 cm taller than the rest on the list.

On the current grid, Alex Albon is the tallest driver. His height has been recorded at 186 cm, making him taller than the next drivers on the list in Esteban Ocon, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi.

The F1 grid of 2021. Source: formula1.com

Coming to the short end of the stick (pun not intended), AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda became the shortest driver to have raced in F1 in the 2000s. He stands at 5’2”, making him a whole 5 cm shorter than fellow racing countryman Takuma Sato.

As compiled by Racingnews365.com, the following tables show a complete list of who the tallest and shortest drivers to have raced in F1 since the 2000s.

Tallest F1 drivers since 2000

Justin Wilson193cm
Alexander Albon186cm
Alexander Rossi186cm
Alexander Wurz186cm
Esteban Ocon186cm
Andre Lotterer185cm
Antonio Giovinazzi185cm
George Russell185cm
Nicholas Latifi185cm
Paul di Resta185cm

Shortest F1 drivers since 2000

Yuki Tsunoda159cm
Takuma Sato164cm
Nick Heidfeld167cm
Johnny Herbert167cm
Jarno Trulli167cm
Giorgio Pantano166cm
Felipe Massa166cm
Cristiano da Matta165cm
Anthony Davidson163cm
Allan McNish165cm

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