Best Formula 1 Driver of All Time


The Top Ten

1 Ayrton Senna Ayrton Senna Ayrton Senna da Silva (21 March 1960 – 1 May 1994) was a Brazilian racing driver who won three Formula One world championships for McLaren in 1988, 1990 and 1991 and is regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. He was killed in an accident while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand more.

The greatest of All time full stop, had no equal,

The God of Formula 1!

In the words of Tina Turner... "SIMPLY THE BEST" end of discussion...

I love ayrton Senna

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2 Fernando Alonso Fernando Alonso

Magic! Eternal! Legend! Always better than his competitors. Nobody could win Fernando with the same car in a competition. It is impossible. He is very strong mentally. Absolutely the F1 master ever. Even he is winning in other different races (The Triple Crown: Indy, Le Mans, Monaco... Resistance World Championship,...)

Absolute best no doubt beating Schumacher in 2005 2006. Youngest pole setter and race winner in not the driving the fastest car or having drs system in 2003. Team leader. 2010-2014 epic drives with Ferrari. 2007 Mclaren gave everyone second best rivalry after Senna-Prost. True entertainer

Always giving the best

Nobody best with the same car

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3 Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher

No comparisons

Amazing driver no competition

Best of All Time

No match against him. He won so many races in a row.

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4 Alain Prost Alain Prost

Awesome driver. Taking into account courage, skills, danger, competition, results and panache :
1. Fangio
2. Prost
3. Senna
4. Schumacher

Underrated and top points scorer 5 times (some odd rule gave the title to senna in 88 for coming second) was cheated out of a 6th title in 90(by Senna)

He is technically a 5 time WC because the formula one leaders changed the rules at the end of the season so Senna won. He should be 4th!

5 Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel

He is an a amazing driver in Bahrain but only managed to get into fifth spot and for that isn't bad

The best driver in the world he and lewis hamliton

Has bottled 2 WDC in a row lmao - Disturbedpotato

The most talented driver on the grid, he has got 42 wins, 46 poles, and 4 titles, more than lewis hamilton despite the 2 toro rosso years

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6 Niki Lauda

For me he is the best

I always adore three drivers

1.ayrton senna
2.Michael Schumacher
And most lengendry Niki lauda

He is best

What a driver

How is he only at number 5? - Spyrofan35

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7 Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton is a British racing driver who races in Formula One for Mercedes AMG Petronas. A five-time Formula One World Champion, he is often considered the best driver of his generation and widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. He won his first World Championship more.

Hamilton should be in Top 5, I feel like putting him at no7 is unfair and prejudicial. Apart from being a Champion he also has character, unlike the other guys I won't mention

Good at qualifying but more importantly a great racer. Schumacher and Vettel are definitely fast but as soon as they are beside a driver with a similar pace they make mistakes.

Hamilton's numbers speak for themselves! The greatest polesetter! Equally, his percentage wins to race ratio is very high for a modern day driver. If not the best, he is definitely second behind Senna. And remember, he has not yet reached his zenith.

Arguably one of the best driver currently. He is quite capable of surpassing Schumacher. History will determine how he is ranked.

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8 Alberto Ascari

He is incredible. Has best Laos lead per race record

9 Nigel Mansell

He who dares wins...or breaks the car..

He was fantastic, I just loved to watch him, my favourite.

The most aggressive driver of all times. Always moving forward, always in attack mode. Usually faster than the equitment could handle. Either won or broke. If he raced in this day and time when their were few retirements, he would destroy the field.

10 Bruce McLaren Bruce McLaren

To come from where he came from and to leave a legacy that still exists on the F1 racetrack, is quite incredible

The Contenders

11 Kimi Raikkonen Kimi Raikkonen Kimi-Matias Räikkönen, nicknamed "The Ice Man", is a Finnish racing driver currently driving for Ferrari in Formula One.

Kimi no nonsense driver or maker of excuses.

Probably doesn't care what anyone thinks.

No comment needed its Kimi an all round phenom

My Favourite

He's the sole reason why I had an intense and passionate love affair with the sport over the years and will probably come to a dead end after he hangs his boots..It's a huge shame for me to witness his current circumstances as to how he's being neglected and treated with utter disrespect by the team management as well all the dirty politics he had to endure every weekend...and the prioritisation and obsession towards Sebastian Vettel's probability of clinching the Driver's Championship have crossed the boundaries of madness... - Arhaan95

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12 Damon Hill
13 Gilles Villeneuve Gilles Villeneuve

One of the fastest of all time RIP - Disturbedpotato

The best of all Enzo Ferrari even told

Quickest in the wet by far

Had a réal bas car but drive it l'île crazy

14 Daniel Ricciardo Daniel Ricciardo

WAY too high - Disturbedpotato

Stand up and dedicated guy. Very consistent and a lovely Smile! May not be the fastest, but is the most charming racer for sure.

15 Didier Pironi

Unlucky not to win 1982 WC. Very fast. As good as Senna.

16 Jackie Stewart
17 Jim Clark

Must be top 10! He was amazing!

Not even top 10? lol - Disturbedpotato

It is difficult to say who was the verybest of all time. People writing here did not know elder pilots. For me Clark, Fangio and Senna deserve this title. Clark has an amazing average of victories. He also won the 500 miles of Indianapolis.

Simply put, the best ever pure racer! Back when racing meant much greater possibility of death as he unfortunately discovered at just a month after his 31st birthday.

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18 Emerson Fittipaldi

Durst brasiliana Champion um Formule one

19 Juan Manuel Fangio

19th is just silly. This is obviously a young person's game!

Senna's a good candidate, but Fangio was the absolute best.

More often than not took pole and 48% of races won!

Different era, but look at the numbers sometime, Fangio should be in the top 3 of any list of F1 greats if not at the top. My list is Senna, Fangio, Clark, Schumi.

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20 Felipe Massa Felipe Massa
21 Max Verstappen

Amazing driver who's always on the limit, especially in the rain. A true rainmaster.

He had some tough times with the Renault engine but this year 2019 with Honda he will rock the show like the King of F1

Put him in Hamilton’s Mercedes and he would have won every GP

You' see what he is capable of, at 17 years of age. Amazing!

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22 Mika Hakkinen

This guy is seriously cool!

23 Nico Rosberg

Cool and down to earth

I hate prostberg

24 Sergio Perez

A full racer

25 Jack Brabham

The only F1 driver to build and race his own car, which puts him ahead of many other drivers...

26 Robert Kubica Robert Kubica
27 Stirling Moss
28 Nelson Piquet

He was clever enough for each kind of race!

Should be in top 10

3 time world champion

29 Jenson Button

-2009 world champion
-on number occasions beat current world champion (Hamilton) in the same car
-2011 Canada Grand Prix 7th -> 1st in the rain

30 Ronnie Peterson Ronnie Peterson

Would have easily won championships if he had not died. Came 2nd in the championship the second year he competed in F1. Also came 2nd the year he died. Very fast and daring driver

31 Mark Webber
32 Rio Haryanto
33 Rubens Barrichello

Superb overtakings and corner braking

34 James Hunt James Hunt James Simon Wallis Hunt was a British racing driver who won the Formula One World Championship in 1976. After retiring from racing in 1979, Hunt became a media commentator and businessman.
35 Mario Andretti
36 Narain Karthikeyan

The first Indian driver in F1. He was a talented driver but always had the slowest cars.

37 Jacques Villeneuve Jacques Villeneuve

Three words decribe him: a massive dick

38 Gerhard Berger
39 Carlos Sainz Jr. Carlos Sainz Jr.

El hijo de

40 Nico Hulkenberg

He's just the best!

41 Graham Hill
42 Rubens Barrichello
43 Dario Franchitti

He is famous

44 Giuseppe Farina
45 Jochen Rindt
46 Jody Scheckter

Great driver - Disturbedpotato

He is a South African. World Champ from nowhere!

47 John Surtees

Not acknowledged for what he achieved. Only person to win championship on two wheels and four. Too quiet and not glam buoyant enough.

48 Pedro Rodríguez

The best on rainy conditions.

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