Best Formula One Drivers of All TimeHALOOOOOOOO There have been many great F1 drivers since the start, but only one can be the best.. It's up to you to decide who gets the honor!
The Top Ten
Brilliant, ruthless, determined, fast and charismatic. Just some of the superlatives that some up the greatest driver Formula 1 has ever seen.
Ayrton ushered in a more professional approach to fittness and absolute dedication to the sport. He had to win and be the best... as Jo Ramirez said in the documentary "Right to Win", "For him it was nothing but winning - to him him coming second was to be the first of the losers. "
Senna, also possessed the supreme ability to utilise every part of the track and find speed from absolutely nowhere. He was unquestionably the best driver ever in wet weather conditions. One only has to remember Donnington in 1993 where Ayrton went from fifth to first before the end of the first lap!
Obviously the numbers favor Schumacher, but those who followed Senna's career know that his talent was phenomenal. Outqualified the very talented Prost by up to 1.5 seconds in the same car, was otherworldly in the wet, amazing nerve, drive and car control, the like of which we have never seen before, and may never see again. 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.
Just look at how close he gets to the wall in Monaco and how much he dominated in the wet. Seeing him drive drive one of the scariest race cars ever, the McLaren mp4-4 so effortlessly and setting blisteringly fast qualifying times was amazing.
Apart from Senna being first, I am not impressed with this list. Where are Juan Miguel Fangio, Damon Hill, and James Hunt? What is Fernando Alonso doing so high up and what is Vettel doing on here at all? Kimi Raikkonen should be the only current driver in the top five or ten. Then maybe Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Paul di Resta should be top 25. Stirling Moss should be higher too.
Have had the pleasure of seeing Ayrton on several occasions, but it was qualifying where he was virtually untouchable. I saw Ayrton pass Nigel Mansell (who was also on a 'hot' lap - and no slouch). Ayrton passed Nigel as if the Englishman was standing still. Unforgettable.V 210 Comments
Schumacher has shown over the years, that he is a brilliant driver with great talent and skill - proven by his constant wins. He beats both Senna and Clark hands down.
Many fans weren't keen on his personality, nor his occasional tendency to go beyond the limit in defending his position, but anyone who cannot see how he is clearly ahead of the rest, is blinkered. At his best no one could touch him. That includes prime Senna, prime Alonso, prime Hamilton, Lauda, and the list goes on. I see many comments of how good Senna was in the wet. Schuey was better and the king of wet conditions - anyone remember him staying on slicks when it was a river on track and keeping Hill behind who had wet tyres, or when his car had only 5th gear and he still managed to keep Hill behind for the last 1/3 of the race? I suspect he is a little like Hendry in that he was so good and so far ahead of the others that people resented him winning all the time rather than enjoy just how bloody brilliant he actually was. There are many amazing drivers worthy of consideration but only one that is worthy of the crown and that is Schuey.
Schumacher is the greatest.. Anything else is based on subjectivity or speculation
You could say that senna is the best remembered but that does not make him the greatest ever at the time Ayrton Senna died he had 3 championships at the same age (34) Michael Schumacher had 5 plus a runner up and 2 3 places so in achievements it really has to be Michael.V 77 Comments
The best of all f1 drivers currently racing. It is his skill and ability to get the best out of the car even though the package is not good. And also his ability to grab the podiums even after starting far behind the top three makes him one of the best in the ultimate f1 drivers list combo!
Up there with Ayrton Senna in terms of talent and race-craft, probably not as fast as Senna on a single lap, but I would say he is the most complete race driver ever because he knows how to handle pressure, he know how to get the most out of the shopping trolleys that they build him of late and he is utterly relentless! Similarly to Ayrton Senna, he has spent most of his career if not all of it without sitting in the best car. In a nutshell: Give him the second best package on the grid and he'll win you the championship.
A great driver. Still has a long time to win even more. He's 5th on wins list. He needs to be ranked among the greats. He also beat schumacher in head to head in 2006.
Alonso rocks all timeV 114 Comments
He should be higher up if overall performance is the rating. But consider that the era these racers were in can not really be fairly compared to other eras with such different equipment, rules, etc. To me anyone of them that were top runners is the best in their era.
There are so many good pilots, but Fangio is simply the best. When you read about what he did, you understand no one else can do that. And the most important he was a gentleman.
Should be way further up the list.
Dominated the sport in the 50's
Unlike the other racers on this list. Fangio raced in a time where helmets were basically just leather caps,seatbelts were pretty much non existant and drivers could die in even small crashes. A crash like the 1973 British GP back in 1951 would easily injure at least 5 or 6 drivers involved and kill probably 1 or 2. Fangio dominated an era where entering every race is like a death wish.
Fangio had won with multiple teams, something that would be impossible today. Fangio paved the way for all the other F1 legends
Jim Clark was probably the greatest natural talent ever seen in any form of motor racing. Just as importantly, he was a gentleman racer who didn't have to block other drivers to stay in front. Relatively shy outside the car, he had a natural affinity with the machinery, and was less hard on the equipment than virtually anyone else. His smoothness belied his quickness; he did everything behind the wheel with such grace that he was simply in a class by himself. He could adapt to an ill-handling machine in short order and get the most from it, and he could drive and win in anything. Simply the best ever. I'd pick either Fangio or Senna second, and the other third. Schumacher couldn't compare with Clark.
1. Won Indianapollis 500 and World title in same year - only man to do so.
2. Win percentage of 34% (25 wins from 72 starts) - Senna by contrast is only 25% (41 wins from 162 starts) Pole percentage of 45% (33/72) to Senna's 40% (61/162) and Fastest Laps 39% (28/72) to Senna's 11% (19/162)
You had to see Jim Clark to appreciate his absolute skill. Modern day drivers have no idea what driving at speed on the seat of your pants is! Modern technology plus tyres makes it no comparison.
Great driver!V 25 Comments
The Only real MAN on this list, he got the biggest balls to comeback after just 42 DAYS of his nearly fatal accident. NO ONE has done anything as BRAVE as that.
The most impressive thing on Lauda, concerning strictly his abilities (and not is bravery, which is admirable), regards his logic reasoning. On the track, the guy was a general mastering what or not to do, which risks to undertake or races to complete. Off the track, his reasoning was brilliant on the evaluation of the car, and the necessary adjustments. To this we should add the period in which he competed, facing Hunt, Prost, among others. He may not have the biggest number of tittles, but by far, in my opinion, was the biggest genius on F1.
No one cleverly understood the ins and outs of the reality of formula one car racing then Niki Lauda. Pure genius at his craft!
I salute him and his determination.V 37 Comments
Prost should have had at least 5 world championships, if not 6 or 7. In 1982, he was fastest, but bad reliability from the Renault caused him to only win one race and retire many times, In 1984, he had more car reliability problems and lost out to Lauda by half a point (the smallest margin ever).
1988 was the year that him and Senna met on equal terms, driving identical cars, and Prost got more points, but Senna only won the title by a quirk of an experimental ruling system that year.
Every car he ever drove was suddenly the car to have. He was not only a fast race driver, but an excellent development driver. When Senna didn't have a car that would win, he went where Prost was. The Professor was the man!
He is a technical 5 time world champion, as code masters decided to donate his world championship to Senna for no reason at all. Only lost one by half a point. Prost behind Senna, what a joke!
The top 10 is so close. I say Prost because of who his teammates were and he still was so successful. Lauda, Senna, Mansell, Hill, Rosberg. All world Champs and he still has 4 titles!V 14 Comments
Hamilton's stats are more impressive than virtually EVERY other driver in history and yet he is still not being recognised for being brilliant. Ayrton Senna may have seemed a better racing driver to many people but he raced in a different era when it was pure racing and less about the car. Many people do not realise just how good Hamilton is because he is not able to drive at the limit (like the old racers did), mainly because of fuel & tyre restrictions and all the endless rules and computer control. Take all of the modern computer/pit crew guidance away from the other less capable drivers and Hamilton would stand head & shoulders above everyone. He was an unbelievably impressive in carting (no computers there) and as a rooky he made Alonso look very average, hence Alonso's teddy's being thrown out of his cot. Max Verstappen is the only driver in Lewis's Hamilton's league but even he has not so far been as impressive as Hamilton was in his first year- but he is much younger ...more
Lewis is an insanely overrated driver. He is the only driver EVER who had the great luck to be in the fastest car on the grid 7 years of his career, and that is only in the middle of his career. He has been in at least the 2nd fastest car every year of his 12 year career so far. Nobody has gotten that good a situation. And apart for only 1 year with another great- Alonso, he can't even dominate his own teammates. In 7 years with Button, Alonso, Rosburg, he lost to his teammate 3, beat his teammate 3, and tied the other. Hardly impressed. - morrislawes
Even if he won 10 Formula One Drivers titles I would NEVER consider him the best ever. He wins only since he is in the fastest car every bloody year, unlike people like Alonso, Vettel, and Schumacher (remember he won 2 world titles with a total no name team) who don't need the fastest car to win, and if they were in the same car as Lewis would blow him away. He can't even dominate Rosburg and Button in the same car.
The bestV 112 Comments
Four time world champion! Amazing driver and lucky too. The near crash in Brazil could have made Alonso three time champ. Winning the last race in 2010 made Vettel champion for the first time. Alonso could have been three time champ. You have to have the whole package and Vettel does.
Great team, great designer and great driver. He should in top five by now.
Vettel is the Senna in the wet of this generation. He will be the only driver to ever top Schumacher. He is leading Ferrari to another period of glory days. The only reason Lewis Hamfist has won the last two championahips is because Mercedes did such a great job with the car. Any time Lewis gets under pressure he cracks, drives off track. He's a good driver, but he can only win if there is no actual competition or problems for him. Vettel is the best driver after Alonso, who would be at least a 5 time world champion if he didn't keep flocking to a new team right when his old one was getting it together. If he and Vettel were with Ferrari 2016, Mercedes would be done for.
By far the best driver of this era. He only had the fastest car 4 years and won all 4. Lewis had the fastest car 7 or 8 years and won only 4. Alonso had the best car 0 years, or I guess technically 1 year where his own team was favoring Hamilton and sabotaging them (when they tied in points and Raikkonen won over both with an inferior car) and won 2 Championships. Vettel and Alonso are both way superior to Hamilton. Would love to see Vettel and Alonso in the same car and see who wins.
Sebastian is one of the best drivers on the field defeating Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso he has the record for the youngest man to win 4 consecutive F1 Titles. He is known for his scintillating comeback drive in the Brazilian Grand Prix 2012. Seb had a terrible start and then was span around by Bruno Senna at turn 4. The car had major damage and unfixable damage. Seb fought back in the most fashionable way possible. Vettel from 2010-2013 was one of the most dominant drivers of all time defeating the odds of many peopleV 49 Comments
He won the title the first year with Ferrari Team, and now with Lotus Team, which isn't a great team, is doing incredible things.
Absolutely magnificent - the fastest driver in the world! Awesome personality... With better luck he should be at least a triple World Champion so far!
When he was younger, as good as anyone ever has been.
Leave him alone,he knows what he's doing - DisturbedpotatoV 53 Comments
Putting life on the line for win
Banged great looking women plus great driver.
Biggest balls in history right after niki
This man was probably the greatest driver that ever lived in terms of raw ability. I will cite several examples to show this, besides what is often recognized at face value.
1.) James Hunt despite coming from a middle class background, paid for his racing on his own, and was not a mechanic. He still succeeded, and often was broke, but still kept pressing on.
2.) He won the 1974 trophy race at Silverstone- a 40 lap race- in which he started on pole position, but burnt the clutch on the line, and ripped the gear lever off. He fell back to 16th during the opening lap. With 11 laps remaining in the race he made his pass for the lead that clinched victory, by going flat out through the final corner at woodcote making the pass on Jean-Pierre Jarier. Shifting gears without the gear leaver was like holding a knife in his hand.
3.) At the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix he won the race driving the Hesketh 308B beating Niki Lauda in his Ferrari, which had a v-12 engine. James had a ...more
Sir Jackie Stewart in my opinion is the best F1 driver of all times because in the times he raced there were not so many computers, not so many gadgets, it was pure tallent and driving skill
Skilled and intelligent, came did the business and retired before the sport took from him. Modern drivers owe him for the safety measures he pushed and pushed and pushed for.
Have to agree about " before so many computers and not so many gadgets. Plus he raced for smaller teams.
Raw talent with grace and dignity!V 3 Comments
One of the very few F1 drivers that won quietly. He didn't make a fuss or anything, and quite a few drivers should take a hint from him. - Porcupine
Humble, Modest, and ridiculously focused driver. Beat Schumacher twice in the World Championship to claim the overall win. "Yes."
He should definitely be higher up on this list. He was the one Schumacher feared more than any other driver!
Coolest driver. perfect sportsman.V 5 Comments
Right up there with the very best in sheer talent plus incredible nerve and determination. Given better equipment, could have won far more.
In terms of his actual driving, I don't think anybody has seriously been close to Villeneuve
Best driver for the ability to manage the race in a difficult situation is talent and to soon
Most spectacular driver in his era and certainlly of all times.V 12 Comments
A legend who rose from the land down under, a country with no previous f1 experience at the time, and hit the big time In a car he built himself, going on to become a triple world champion.
BUILT AND WON IN HIS OWN CAR
He built his own car. What a legend
Cool and talented,fast and loved toV 1 Comment
Repeated podium position in the Championship - should be higher than 16th.
Brilliant driver and a true gentleman
Has never won a championship. All the top ten have
A gentlemanV 1 Comment
I TOTALLY AGREE. iF PEOPLE TAKE THE TIME AND TAKE AN UNBIASED VIEW, THEY WILL TRULY APPRECIATE PIQUETS CAREER. TITLES, THREE DIFFERENT ENGINES, COSWORTH, BMW, HONDA. WINS ON 3 MAKES OF TYRES. IN 85 AND 91 ONLY DRIVER WHO COULD DELIVER ON PIRELLIS. BRABHAM WAS ONLY CAUSE OF PIQUET.
HIS TITLES WERE ALMOST IN 3 DIFFERENT ERAS, IN 81 BEAT. JONES, REUTEMANN, ANDRETTI, VILLEUNEVE AND PIRONI. 83 NEXT GROUP OF TOP MEN, PROST, ROSBERG, LAUDA. 87 BEAT, MANSELL, SENNA AND PROST, THE BEST GROUP OF ALL TIME.
BESIDES THE RESULTS WERE ABSOLUTE TOP 5 OF ALL TIME, HE LIVED LIFE THE WAY A SUCCESFULL SPORTSMEN SHOULD. ALWAYS JOKING AND PLEASANT FOR ALL THOSE AROUND HIM. ONLY IN 86 AND 87 WHEN MANSELL A REAL A HOLE WAS HIS TEAMMATE DID NELSON MOUTH OF ABOUT MANSELL ONLY. LETS NOT FORGET NIGEL, GOT EVERYONES BACK UP. SHOW ME ONE NEGATIVE THING PIQUET EVER SAID ABOUT GREAT CHAMPIONS SUCH AS FANGIO, STEWART, LAUDA, PROST SCHUMI OR ANY OF THE SPORTS BOSSES, ECCLESTONE, BALESTRE ETC. ...more
Won two titles with the small, almost private team Brabham against all the factory teams. Won races on 3x different makes of tires (Pirelli, Goodyear and Michellin. Won races during 10 different seasons. A top driver allround.
Never acted like a big shot, was truly the last driver who exemplified the stereotypical idea of how one sees a racing driver.
Fantastic!V 8 Comments
Should be up around 8 or 9.
Ascari this low? COME ON PEOPLE MULTI WORLD CHAMP HERE
At least top 10.
Extremely talented, but time will tell
Biggest talent of the era, he will be in top 3 in ten years time I guess
Really talented already won a race amazing
He's still young, but wait until 10 years! - Userguy44V 21 Comments
Best in class in a period of greats which included Senna, Prost & Piquet. Beat them all for out and out pace and tactics but could not, for driver or car reasons, derive as much success with reliability.
Insanely quick but equally as unlucky with reliability which arguably cost him the 1986 & 1987 titles which could easily have seen him become one of the best drivers of all time.
His sheer determination can only be matched by the best in history
best everV 9 Comments
Awesome telent, a real shame we never got to see his true potential
Robert was unlucky with car seats. But in average BMW he was leading half the season. He beats Lewis easily in the same car.
His unlucky career overshadows this amazing talent!
He is a hero and fighter!
He could win his first title at BMW Sauber at the time, then they choose Kubica over Fettel lucky boy. BMW Kubica were leading championship until team decided to develop car for next year. Kubica regret to talk to RedBull whereas Fettel got his 4 titles there. Signed contract with Ferrari but would not win much as Alonso. Eventually that near fatal accident. And all the effort to come back to challenge Hamilton and Fettel na newbies Verstapen, Leclerk and Russell. I hope he will get eventually he's title.V 4 Comments
The best driver to have never won a championship, lost the 2015 championship by bad luck and some of his own doing, he can beat Hamilton to a championship if he just puts a few more things together.
One of the best drivers... Eventhough he has won only a single championship he deserves to be in the top 10... But he should have taken his career a bot more seriously since he retired very soon... I am sure that he would have won a few more championships if he was still active...
Nico deserves the top 10 as he won the championship despite the doubters, love Rosberg
He actually has won a world championshipV 12 Comments
Give him a better car/ engine and watch the paddocks heads turn. Has big potential of being one of the greats. Remember only driver to get 3 wins other then Mercedes team drivers for 2014.
His actually very good but give him a better car engine and stuff like that he should be at least to 20
He is the best he won three times in 2014 and in Malaysia are people stupid
He was my idolV 7 Comments
Most Underrated driver ever - Rayvok
Drive it like he stole it - How to drift a Lotus 72 - see Ronnie
Legend and superb driver
So close to the 78 championship and would have gone further but for his fatal Monza crash
Ronnie Peterson is probably the most talented and greatest F1 driver of all times certainly of the 70's together with Senna in the 80's and 90's. Remember that he competed in the 70's with crap safety and manual old gearboxes and allways with the worst crappiest cars on the grid, still managed to be as competitive as possible driving with opposite lock 4-weel slides and impress on everybody in the most dangerous of conditions and win 10
races and several podiums. Politics held him back in -78 to every true race fans disgust. Had it not been for politics he would have polished the tarmac with Mario. He could drive fast and be competitive in the worst cars had he driven the best cars without politics he would have taken 5
championships in the 70's easily.
A champion and gent! He has beaten all his world champion team mates in the same car and beaten young hot shots in the same car too! That speaks for itself! If Button had the right car more often he would be multiple champion without doubt!
Ultra smooth and intelligent. Give him the another Brawn and Vettel can kiss goodbye. Only bad contracts and lack of concentration in his younger years will bring him down.
Great man. Not the quickest over a lap but his race pace and general intelligence usually makes him finish higher up. He has had to fight for his carear, benetton/renault and honda, yet came out on top. His personality is brilliant. He should be in the top 10 and at the very least higher then hamilton
Very consistent and some of his wins could only be won by greats showing great dominance and skill, especially with Canada 2011 and Brazil 2012V 4 Comments
The best driver after Senna! He was terribly robbed for the title in 1994! For me this guy is at least twice world champion and great gentleman! And yes - faster than Schumacher the knocker!
He was a good driver for his age. But unfortunatley his personality off of the T.V. is horrible. If you've meat him that is
I can't believe he is so far in the list.
I personaly believe he was a great driver and should be miuch highier in the list
Started the 1984 Monaco race stone dead last on the grid, in the only non-turbocharged car in the field, and by the halfway point in the race, he was up to third and catching both Senna and Prost. He also holds the ultimate lap record of the Nordschliefe.
He was somewhat like Senna, only even faster and more fearless. The ultimate 'what if' story in Formula 1.
The greatest talent to die before the career really kicked in.
Would have won 84' Monaco race if it gone a few more laps.
Well... Check out his first few seasons, as he impressed with Tyrrell with high-place finishes on at best, mid-field cars. Even though he only had one win, it was his ability to drive an underwhelming car that makes him a talented driver, but I wouldn't say he should be on the Top 10, maybe around 11th-15th. - Kwaysar
He was great, and one of the best pilotos after senna
Emerson was one of the best F1 drivers in that difficult era he drove in.
Calm,focussed,fast when needed, clever, always alert.
Great battles with the also legendary Jackie Stewart.
I wonder if he hadn't make the decision in 1976 to run his own Fittipaldi-F1 team, and had stayed with McLaren or had moved to Ferrari,how many f1-titles he may have won extra!
And further more always a gentleman and a very nice guy!
326 GP's in Formula One in the best teams, tried Indy and now, are racing in the brazilian Stock Car where he are a champion (won the 2014 title) and beyond that, he's a very competitive kart racer, an very cool and family guy.
Over 300 races and now stil going in indycar he is the only formula 1 driver to beat the stig on top gear and he's a pretty friendly chap to
The best Driver! But he was in a Williams against the best Ferrari in the history
Great driver, great technique, great strength, had to be world champion
He knows how to overtake round the outside
Very risky an cold hearted pilotV 1 Comment
Has won Le Mans, Monaco, Indy 500
He's an iconic driver and he won the triple crown, Indy 500, 24h Le Mans and Monaco Grand Prix. Legend.
Anyone that thinks JV shouldn't be on this list doesn't understand racing or just hates on him. Here's a guy that takes pole on his first race and should have won also. Astonishingly aggressive driver who would make unbelievable maneuvers overtaking other drivers. Was relentless and not intimidated by anyone. Had Schumacher shaking many times with unpredictable pressure.
How can a so spectacular wold champion be so far on the list?
He should be lower then this. It's a disgrace he's even on the list
Bra cause everyone hates him
No recurses, no sponsors and a bad car... but good pilot
Underrated driver; constant and tyre expert
Constant driver and the best in tyre expert care
The bestV 2 Comments
He took a second on debut and will come back stronger
Have high hopes..
Will be world champion one day
Give him a prober car and...
Only Driver to win World Drivers Championship - posthumously
One of the most gifted in the business.
Who vote these positions. People who never as Jochen Rindt drive!
WHY IS HE 32? He is one of the few people in F1 to win 5 races in a row!
Won a Monaco gp from 8th with 10 laps to go
Was very fast in the early 2000's and if not for Schumacher, he would have been champion in 2001. Not as fast with Red Bull, but he was still quicker than Mark Webber. In my opinion, he is one of the best drivers not to win the championship.
Hopeless driver. Crashed so often and blamed team
Never a fan of him as a racer! But love him as a F1 commentator! Brilliant!
He is bad at his job f1
Bottas has a good chance to come high in the championship.
He is not doing very good this year ( 2016) he is still fast and good at overtakes bring on (2017)
Bottas is proving how much awesome he is
Good, but needs to win races to avoid being new Kovalainen.V 2 Comments
Great member for the team and possibly future world champion.
He is a quick guy and deserve to join ferrari.
He is terrible he does not deserve to join farari. so bad riciardo is
He would of had a great career
Not even heard of him terrible
Do note that Roland was driving for Simtek at the time, a backmarker team that struggled throughout it's F1 existence. Though I strongly believe that if he had more time on Earth, he could be a contender for several wins. He finished 11th on his only F1 start with a woeful car. - Kwaysar
He never had a team working for his world title's conquest.
Simply the best
Won many world championships and had a much glorified career with perhaps the most successful team in F1 :Manor Marrussia. He is truly a legend and one of a kind.
Made Williams the Historic team that it is
Cool, intelligent and underrated
He's good but better than Jackie Stewart? No way
He is a championship material! give him a good car...(Alonso and Hulk) are the best in the world...
Hulkenberg + Good car = Domination
Took a podium in a Jordan
Sienna is on 1/2 of these bio. To campare too.
That's says it all!
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