Certainly the fastest f1 driver ever, not always the best strategy, went for wins rather than places points, as a professional race car driver i am programmed to win won a formula 3 against other f1 up and comers with no front brakes, many almost unbelievable stories about the guy, but they are true. Top 10 formula one drivers of all time crash net youtube. Nov, 2019 after lewis hamilton picked up his 6 world championship at cota, is he now the f1 goat. Juan manuel fangio is the greatest formula one driver of all time, according to new research. Vote for the f1 driver you believe deserves the top spot, and vote down anyone you dont think should be listed. The only driver ive ever seen come close was nigel mansell for outandout commitment.
And, as with any sport, fans of race cars love to discuss who is the greatest driver of all time. Nov 29, 2015 hamiltons year scores as one of the greatest ever, but it also illustrates perfectly the complex interplay between driver and car in determining success in the sport. He won his last title in 2001 united states grand prix. Moss was no doubt one of the most naturally talented drivers to have ever taken the wheel. In terms of raw statistics, michael schumacher has won 91 races, many of which played a part in him winning seven world championships.
Ranking the 10 worst drivers in f1 history bleacher. Every sport, including racing, has its greatest athletes of alltime. The fact that he had prost pegged as his greatest driver speaks volumes about his choices. Lewis hamilton has been hailed as the greatest f1 driver ever by former racer johnny herbert. Best formula 1 drivers of all time top ten list thetoptens. After lewis hamilton won his fifth world title on sunday, bbc sport is asking you just who is the greatest f1 driver ever.
Who is widely regarded as the bestgreatest driver in f1. Mika now holds the seventh place in the list of top 10. The lists were then combined to create an overall top 10. The list displays the all time f1 driver rankings for the most amount of races, victories, podiums, pole positions, fastest laps and the total amount of points for each f1 driver. Its a classic question and, thanks to dr andrew bell and his team at the university of sheffield, it now has a definitive answer. Whatever your thoughts on hamilton, i know hes not the greatest, but he is breaking records and he shouldwill go down in history books i think he is a greater driver than vettel. Why lewis hamilton is the greatest f1 driver ever johnny. Prost is the thinking racing fans greatest ever driver.
Today we have about 795 names of f1 drivers that ever took part in a formula 1 race. Lewis hamilton reignited the debate over who is formula 1s greatestever driver when he matched michael schumachers historic pole record at the belgian gp. Jul 18, 2014 although most fans never had a chance to see fangio race this is the closest most have come, there are still many who consider him the greatest formula 1 driver, due to the extremely dangerous era in which he excelled. Greatest formula one driver of all time sciencedaily.
Top 10 best race car drivers of all time petter solberg. Former f1 team principal eddie jordan says he rates alain prost as the best driver hes ever seen but believes lewis hamilton is poised to become the greatest ever. The 15 best formula one drivers in history and 15 notso. The bbc f1 team were asked to provide their own personal top 20s, which were combined to produce a bbc list. The 10 greatest race car drivers of all time goliath. Hakkinen also featured on top gear by bbc two while teaching presenter james may the basics of rally driving.
Threetime world champion ayrton senna has been voted the greatest formula 1 driver of all time by a unique poll of 217 of his fellow world championship drivers conducted by autosport magazine. Sadly, the same cannot be said of his f1 career and pease goes down in history as the only f1 driver to be disqualified for driving too slowly. Jim clark, farmer and twotime f1 world motor racing champion, was killed while driving in a meaningless formula two race in germany. Heres our rundown of the 10 greatest formula one drivers ever.
Lewis hamilton on way to being the greatest f1 driver. He got the fame of one of the greatest drivers ever with 20 wins, 51 podiums, 26 pole points, and 420 career points. The top 50 f1 drivers of all time, regardless of what they. Apr, 2018 jim clark, farmer and twotime f1 world motor racing champion, was killed while driving in a meaningless formula two race in germany. Where does lewis hamilton rank among the great f1 drivers. Hamilton poised to become the greatest driver ever jordan. Stirling moss is still renowned as the greatest driver to never win a formula 1 world championship, as he was regarded as the best during his f1 career in the 50s. Oct 25, 2017 lewis hamilton is on course to become the greatest formula one driver of all, according to the mercedes executive director, toto wolff hamilton, who holds a 66point lead over sebastian vettel. That tends to overshadow the fact that, at his peak, he was one of the top singleseater drivers in the world. As hamilton takes his fourth f1 world title, can he now be regarded as the best ever.
Bbc sport motorsport formula one who is the greatest ever. He is a twotime formula one world champion, and is often regarded as one of the greatest formula one drivers in the history of the sport. Many people call him the greatest racing driver who ever. Oct 31, 2018 f1 senior writer lawrence barretto and special contributor david tremayne discuss whether the briton has now earned the accolade as the greatest of all time fourth place in sundays mexican grand prix was enough for lewis hamilton to clinch the world championship, his fourth in five years and fifth in total and it moves him into the. May 25, 2018 argentine driver juan manuel fangio no. Hamilton poised to become the greatest driver ever jordan 2020 f1 season posted on. Jordan giving his two cents about who he thinks is the greatest f1 driver is about as relevant as it is mediocre. Michael schumacher or lewis hamilton, who is the greatest formula 1 driver of all time.
Researchers say juan manuel fangio was greatest f1 driver of. Fangio is the pele of formula one a south american genius against whom all others are measured. Is lewis hamilton the greatest formula 1 driver of all time in the. Ferraris 20 greatest f1 drivers motor sport magazine. Bbc sport is profiling 20 of the greatest formula 1 drivers of all time. According to the universitys study, the top 10 f1 drivers of all time are. Considering that he amassed a record 65 pole positions, 41 wins, and won 3 championships at a time when he raced against alltime great prost as well as exceptional driverspiquet and mansell.
Fangio was easily the highest ranked driver on street circuits, with ayrton senna, fernando alonso, alain prost and jackie stewart all closely scored but in that. The 15 best formula one drivers in history and 15 notsogreat. Mar 23, 2018 watchmojo presents the top 10 greatest formula 1 drivers ever. Moss was an absolute master in driving fast cars and set many records during his racing career. Putting the technical and safety challenges of different eras aside, the model ranks him the 5th best driver of all time. Top 10 best race car drivers of all time petter solbergs blog. This top 100 ranking goes back to the start of formula 1 in 1950. Being professorial clearly isnt as sexy as sennastyle, hotblooded latin devilry, but he made it work for him.
Each driver has gathered his own performance statistics. The flying scot is widely regarded as the greatest british formula 1 driver ever and enraptured british audiences with his daring driving and ready wit. Schumacher won an unprecedented seven championships during a glittering career credit. Scientists name greatest formula one driver of all time in.
From 1987 until 2001, prost held the record for most grand prix victories. The celebrated german driver notched more wins 91 and more world championships seven than any other f1 driver in history and was voted best in a. Fourth place in sundays mexican grand prix was enough for lewis hamilton to clinch the world championship, his fourth in five years and fifth in total and it moves him into the esteemed company of michael schumacher and juan manuel fangio. Lewis hamilton reignited the debate over who is formula 1s greatest ever driver when he matched michael schumachers historic pole record at the belgian gp. Here are the 10 best drivers in the sports history. After lewis hamilton picked up his 6 world championship at cota, is he now the f1 goat. The 5 greatest f1 drivers the gentlemans journal the latest in. Mclaren and honda vastly favored senna due to his sublime charisma. The great mario andretti is the only driver to win the indy 500, the daytona 500 and the f1 world championship, but he won that f1 title with a car that was miles better than the rest of the field. Whether formula one or nascar, fans of racing hotly debate the merits of various driverstheir championships, rivalries and the trophies that got away. The greatest driver of his generation, clark was a. The best f1 drivers of all time, as chosen by science red bull. All those statistics can be seen on each driver page and are comparable. Despite starting only 72 races with 26 mechanical dnfs in those races, he still holds the record for most grand slams pole, fastest lap, win, and every lap led with 8 in total.
I vividly recall watching him qualifying the ferrari at silverstone 1989 or 1990 and absolutely. Here are the 10 best ever formula 1 drivers top gear. Researchers say juan manuel fangio was greatest f1 driver. Hamiltons year scores as one of the greatest ever, but it also illustrates perfectly the complex interplay between driver and car in determining success in the sport. Lewis hamilton on way to being the greatest f1 driver, says. Cheniclet advertisement alain prost alain prost is a famous french racing driver.
We also have the all time f1 teams ranking the ranking is sorted by default on total points. Hamilton poised to become the greatest driver ever. Researchers say juan manuel fangio was the greatest f1 driver of all time british academics evaluated driver skill independently from car and. Hamilton won his sixth formula one world championship on sunday with a second place finish in.
Only 32 human beings have ever won a world f1 title, yet there are 26 drivers in this top 50 listing who didnt win a title and the highest placed other than the aforementioned christian. Watchmojo presents the top 10 greatest formula 1 drivers ever. That was the question prompted by luke slater, who. The britons driving was outstanding, but the 2015 mercedes he drove to glory was also one of the most dominant cars of all time. The definitive list, not just who is in the fastest car, but the most influential, historyaltering driver that has ever graced the most demanding of sports. Lewis hamilton is on course to become the greatest formula one driver of all, according to the mercedes executive director, toto wolff hamilton, who holds a 66point lead over sebastian vettel. The argentines record of five titles may have been beaten by schumachers relentless march, but it is difficult to imagine how fangios career statistics will ever be. That charisma seems to have also won over the hearts and rankings of many. A fourtime formula one drivers champion, only michael schumacher seventime championship has equalled or surpassed his number of titles.
This page is accurate as of the 2019 abu dhabi grand prix. Formula 1 races that were not qualification rounds for the world championship are not included. Very sorry to disillusion you, but god said max is the greatest f1 driver ever. Scores were based on the current f1 points system, with the top driver on each list earning 25 points down to one point for the driver in 10th. In terms of the last ten years or so, depending on who you ask. F1s team bosses choose their top 10 drivers of 2019. F1 s greatest drivers autosport persuaded 217 world championship formula 1 heroes to vote for the alltime greates driver. The argentines record of five titles may have been beaten by schumachers relentless march, but it is difficult to imagine how fangios career statistics will ever be matched.
Apr 20, 2016 researchers say juan manuel fangio was the greatest f1 driver of all time british academics evaluated driver skill independently from car and team quality. Autosport presents the top 40 greatest formula 1 drivers of all time as voted by over 200 drivers who have raced in the formula 1 world championship. The car was raced by f1s most successful team in 2002, as well as the first four races of 2003. The formula in the name refers to a set of rules to which all participants and cars must conform. He made his track debut in 1951 yet became a works ferrari driver within two years, factory stalwart luigi villoresi having been alerted to the youngsters potential after hawthorns f2 cooperbristol gave f1 opposition a hard time at a rainaffected boreham meeting in august 1952. F1 senior writer lawrence barretto and special contributor david tremayne discuss whether the briton has now earned the accolade as the. Jacky ickx is more famous for his sportscar exploits, including six le mans 24 hours victories and two world titles, than he is for his f1 career. Speaking of drivers who fell short of the greatest prize in f1, nobody can have come as. The best f1 drivers of all time, as chosen by science. F1s greatest drivers autosport persuaded 217 world championship formula 1 heroes to vote for the alltime greates driver.445 1448 922 902 1386 212 1335 313 1422 1080 1161 1047 958 4 1235 1317 99 1170 785 1146 1371 627 743 1374 240 56 302 934 300 42 1131 726 806 1282 257 178 945 1046 1349 1178 982 185 244 573 1374 9