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.
Designed to win. Full stop.V 191 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.
He Is The Most Successful Formula One Driver And He Became Successful In A Time When The Competition Was The Closest, The Technology And Innovation Was Transforming At It's Highest Rate. So Why Shouldn't He Be #1? - 12cc
Schumacher is the greatest.. Anything else is based on subjectivity or speculation
The choice is easy. Most championships won and also most championships won in a row. And all that in the toughest and most competitive years of formula 1 history. Hand down the best.V 69 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.
Was totally dominant in an era where Formula One was the most raw and deadly as it has ever been. One in Alfa Romeo, Mercedes, Lancia-Ferrari and Maserati. I think his talent surpasses Schumacher's.
48% won over total races, 5 champion ships with 4 different cars, and did not need crash other for be champion. I think that is not a question who was THE BESTV 21 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.
Was leading the 2010 and 2012 championship with the final races to go, even after driving a considerably slower car. Grosjean and a tactical error way from 4 championships. :/ Not to mention, he beat Schumacher who was in a fast Ferrari, especially in 2006. Alonso is excellent in wet weather and at race starts.V 96 Comments
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.
Different class from any other driver, he could and did win in any car and his contemporaries were all excellent racers but they themselves were in awe of CLarks ability.V 23 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!
Had everything, knowledge, skill, endurance, and design.V 31 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!
He should be in the top 3 to 5 at leastV 13 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 finished above the driver who is ranked the best of this generation while Lewis was a rookie, Lewis has beaten world reigning champion while in the same team. And Lewis is the only driver on the grid who has won every season he has raced.
How does Lewis have only 5% of the vote? I don't want to be 'that guy' but I personally believe Senna is overrated and put on a pedestal after his heartbreaking death, look at what Hamilton has already achieved and it's clear he's not losing his touch, he will continue to smash records and win consistantly. Easily the best driver or current times and will just keep getting better.
The greatest of all timeV 91 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.
People say Vettel had it easy at Red Bull and anyone could have won like he did, but if that's true why isn't Mark Webber a 4 time world champion?
He can even win with steering issuesV 42 Comments
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.
Top 10 talented drivers EVER
Jackie had it, he had a grate talent... simply the best.V 1 Comment
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.V 3 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
Drivers should be judged by driving skills,not by points and/or victories.
Gilles was the best in his racing years,and no one ever matched him,in driving skills.
This Gentleman,did things with crap cars,that others couldn't ever dare doing with superior machines.
Ferdinand Porsche said that : Nuvolari was the best driver of the past,the present and the future... He would have said the same about Gilles,had he lived to meet him.
My Favourite without a doubt.
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.
Natural speed...V 48 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
Repeated podium position in the Championship - should be higher than 16th.V 3 Comments
Putting life on the line for win
Biggest balls in history right after niki
Banged great looking women plus great driver.
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
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
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
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 13 Comments
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