If you tuned in at any point to watch the U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on October 24th—Formula 1’s return to the United States after a two-year absence—you were probably blown away by the 360,000+ people in attendance.
However, when you combine the fact that the wildly popular Netflix show, Formula 1: Drive to Survive, is doing big numbers and ESPN/ESPN2 viewership for live races is up 51 percent through the first 15 races in 2021 compared to 2020, you start to realize that something really big is happening here.
Further illustrating their growing popularity in the United States, F1 signed a 10-year deal in April to host the Miami Grand Prix at Hard Rock Stadium (home of the Miami Dolphins), with plans to expand the footprint in cities such as Las Vegas and New York in the coming years.
Per Sportico, the U.S. now represents F1's fastest-growing market, with 36 million fans and a TV reach of 28 million. With that type of explosive growth, it comes as no surprise that the emerging F1 card market is also white hot. However, with limited sets and products compared to the three major sports in America, purchasing cards of your favorite drivers can be a bit more difficult to find than your typical baseball or basketball cards.
This list below gives you the current top 19 drivers, as well as their most expensive recent (last three months) sale on eBay.
(The order was compiled using the 2021 Driver Standings as of date of publication.)