Best Formula 1 Driver of All Time

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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 ...read more.

Reasons he's the best:

*Competed with legends like Prost, Piquet, Mansel, Lauda, and Shumacher. Not to include other great champions like Hil, Hakkinen and Rosberg.
*Pole Position master;
*Rain man;
*Performed great under pressure and in bad conditions.

This guy would cast a shadow on Shumi if he was still alive.
Peace be with you Senna.

Beat schumacher to pole 3/3 comfortably in 1994 in an inferior car and schumacher had traction control! Tut tut

He is a god.lap of the gods truly amazing.no need to mention monaco 1988.was a man with a heart of gold.should have lived a long and happy life

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2 Fernando Alonso Fernando Alonso

This guy is amazing. He could actually challenge Vettel for the title. He completely destroyed Raikkonen. Could easily have 5 championships. Few people remember that Alonso tied Hamilton in 2007

The only driver today who can win a Championship in an inferior car as he did twice in Renault. Vettel and Hamilton certainly can't. If they drove the same car every year Alsono would totally dominate. - morrislawes

Bad decisions has taken, toll over his career, also arrogant and unstable

I watch F1 only for fernando alonso

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3 Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher has always been my only greatest driver ever in F1

Many forget he won races when Senna was alive.

He is a 7 time world champion. 7!

Best
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no one is better than this speed monster
best times infiniti

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4 Alain Prost Alain Prost

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!

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

5 Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel

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

Four Time world Champion man! - Raj4

Sebastian Vettel is the best, 4 time champion

Fourth time world's champion...

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6 Niki Lauda

The best - enough said!

How is he only at number 5? - Spyrofan35

What a driver

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 ...read more.

Probably the best driver at driving in a straight line. Fortunate to win 2008 won 2014 with good car. Very overrated. Crashed in China which prevented championship and tried to wreck his mclaren in 2011. In 2012 decided to post top secret information on twitter! In 2013 summed himself up.Lots of poles but lacks wins!

No one is better on a Saturday, more Pole positions than any other driver proves that, and on race day he's proven he can race through the field from the back of the grid, and if it's raining there's no one better out there.

What a guy! Fernando Alonso summed him up nicely when he declared lewis was the only driver he actually feared because he was and is still the only driver capable of winning a championship in an inferior car!

Best racing driver in formula 1 can go to a fashion show fly half way around the world get car on pole & win he will be the best racing driver of all time. J J CHAPMAN NOTE SURNAME

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8 Alberto Ascari

He is incredible. Has best Laos lead per race record

9 Nigel Mansell

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

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

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

He's the real champion, knows his possibilities and he showed how talented he is by becoming the 3rd best driver of 2012 - the year of his comeback! :) Just the best fighter!

I've been watching F1 since 1992, and since Senna and Schumacher I haven't seen a better driver than him, if his McLada hadn't been so unreliable, he would be triple world champion! Right now, he is taking 110% out of his mid-field car Lotus plus breaking the consecutive points AND most finished races records

Only f1 driver to won from v10,v8,v6 engine..

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12 Damon Hill
13 Gilles Villeneuve Gilles Villeneuve

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

14 Daniel Ricciardo Daniel Ricciardo

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 Emerson Fittipaldi
18 Felipe Massa Felipe Massa
19 Mika Hakkinen

This guy is seriously cool!

20 Juan Manuel Fangio

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.

5 time world champion in ninth. For many teams as well. What a joke.

21 Nico Rosberg

Cool and down to earth

I hate prostberg

22 Max Verstappen

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

Just luck you idiot, there's a ton of better drivers

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

One of the most talented driver/younster ever seen on the grid.
Awesome skills in the rain, awesome tyre management and a master in overtaking and defending!
Future worldchampion material definitely yes!

23 Jim Clark

One of the all-time greats in racing. He also won the Indianapolis 500.

Greatest natural talent and admired by all drivers of his era.

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.

The greatest F1 driver of all time, even Senna called him " the best of the best ".

24 Jack Brabham
25 Mark Webber
26 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

27 Jenson Button
28 Rio Haryanto
29 Sergio Perez
30 Narain Karthikeyan

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

31 Nelson Piquet

3 time world champion

32 Mario Andretti
33 Giuseppe Farina
34 Stirling Moss
35 Nico Hulkenberg
36 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.
37 Jochen Rindt
38 Jody Scheckter
39 Graham Hill
40 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.

41 Jacques Villeneuve Jacques Villeneuve

Three words decribe him: a massive dick

42 Gerhard Berger
43 Pedro Rodríguez

The best on rainy conditions.

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