Who is the Greatest of All Time? This is perhaps the most controversial inquiry in any game and an almost incomprehensible one to answer. It’s a difficult topic to agree on, considerably more so in Formula 1, and always advancing game with a nonstop turn of events, the seasons become longer, and the cars are almost unrecognizable to the ones that were being driven five years ago, not to mention ten or twenty years ago.
For the majority of us, nostalgia plays an immense part in our sentiments. If you grew up as a fan of Ferrari during the early 2000’s you’re probably going to say, Michael Schumacher, if you’re younger, you may pick Lewis Hamilton, and if you’re more seasoned, you may pick Prost, Senna, or Fangio just to name a couple. If you’ve quite recently started watching F1 in the several years, you may even think Max Verstappen or Charles Leclerc is the greatest thing to at any point consumes elastic on a Grand Prix track.
Top 20 Best F1 Drivers Of All Time
#20 – Rubens BARRICHELLO
BF: second (2002, 2004) | Seasons: 19 | Top Ten: 12 | Starts: 322/Poles: 14/Wins: 11
Breaking into the top 20 is the second most experienced driver ever: Rubens Barrichello. The Brazilian always lost a world title despite driving for two Championship-winning constructors, including the all-vanquishing Ferrari outfit of the early 2000s. Although he had a wealth of experience and consistency, Rubens just appeared to lack that raw speed to have the option to mount a genuine title challenge. In any case, however… the top 20, not bad.
#19 – Jim Clark
2x WDC (1963, 1965) | Seasons: 9 | Top Ten: 8 | Starts: 72 | Poles: 33 | Wins: 25
Jim Clark is undeniably one of the greatest and most dominant champions in F1 history, getting two titles in 1963 and 1965 and simply passing up the ’62 World Championship because of an oil leak in the season’s final race. Clark has the fourth most elevated success percentage in the history of 34.25%. He also has an astonishing 33 post situations from 72 starts.
#18 – Jenson Button
1x WDC (2009) | Seasons: 18 | Top Ten: 12 | Starts: 306 | Poles: 8 | Wins: 15
Now is the 2009 World Champion. Dominating his first race after 6 seasons in F1 at the Hungarian GP, in 2006, things were finally starting to search up for Button before a stunning turn of structure for Honda in 2007 and 2008 corresponded with the great downturn that saw the Japanese manufacturer pulled out of the game. Uncertain if he planned to drive the accompanying season before Ross Brawn dove in at the last moment and established Brawn GP. The season that followed was one of a fairy tale, with Button winning six of the initial seven races and proceeding to win both the Drivers championship.
#17 – Stirling MOSS
BF: second: (1955, 1956, 1957, 1958) | Seasons: 11 | Top Ten: 7 | Starts: 67 | Poles: 16 | Wins: 16
Stirling Moss is often recognized as the greatest driver to have always lost a World title, wrapping second place 4 years on the run from 1955 to 1958 and completing in the top 3 of every 1959, 1960, and 1961 individually. Amazingly, Moss has an F1 racing record of 35 retirements (52.2%) during his F1 career, which actually landed him comfortably in the top 20 greatest drivers ever, a testament to his ability in the car. Although this rundown is based on F1 performances alone, it should be referenced that Moss raced from 1948 to 1962 in a lot of different categories and won 212 of the 529 races he entered. Staggering.
#16 – Nigel Mansell
1x WDC (1992) | Seasons: 15 | Top Ten: 9 | Starts: 187 | Poles: 32 | Wins: 31
The 1992 World Champion is following up, contending in 15 seasons somewhere between 1980 and 1995. His story is one of my favorites, one of patience, determination, and heartbreak. I’d personally love to see a film made on his career. Mansell dominated in arguably the most serious era of F1.
#15 – Mika Häkkinen
2x WDC (1998, 1999) | Seasons: 11 | Top Ten: 9 | Starts: 161 | Poles: 26 | Wins: 20
Next up, we have one of my all-time favorite drivers, the original ‘flying Finn’ himself; Mika Häkkinen. Mika’s was the main driver I at any point upheld in F1, silver over red and all that… his famous rivalry with Michael Schumacher in the late ’90s captivated audiences around the world, including THAT brilliant comeback drive and overtake at the 2000 Belgian GP. He also immediately impacted McLaren, out qualifying triple title holder teammate Ayrton Senna at his first Grand Prix for the team in the 1993 Portuguese GP.
#14 – Graham Hill
2x WDC (1962, 1968) | Seasons: 16 | Top Ten: 8 | Starts: 176 | Poles: 13 | Wins: 14
Slope certified his status as one of the greats turning into the solitary driver to date to win motorsports lofty ‘Triple Crown’ (F1 World Championship, Le Mans 24 hours, and Indianapolis 500). Graham, along with his child Damon became the main father/child pair to both win World Championships. The slope was the driver of the 1960s, landing the top spot of the decade.
#13 – Nelson Piquet Sr
3x WDC (1981, 1983, 1987) | Seasons: 14 | Top Ten: 11 | Starts: 204 | Poles: 24 | Wins: 23
Nelson Piquet’s story is one of great interest and an account of dedication. Originally a tennis wonder, the Brazilian was a regional champion, and one of Brazil’s most energizing possibilities before his center changed to Go Karting. Under the advisement of double World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi, Piquet moved to Europe, eventually making it to F1, proceeding to happen to the best drivers of his era, winning a threesome of world titles, solidifying himself as one of the greatest of all time. Piquet is the second-best driver of the 1980s.
#12 – Niki Lauda
3x WDC (1975, 1977, 1984) | Seasons: 13 | Top Ten: 9 | Starts: 171 | Poles: 24 | Wins: 25
The 1970s was the nearest decade as far as focuses and the average of the bottommost extremes. Lauda finished the decade as the second-best driver on 43 focuses, only one point behind Fittipaldi and level on focuses with Scheckter and Regazzoni. Lauda proceeded to resign without precedent for 1979, preceding making a comeback with McLaren in 1982 and winning his third and final world title in 1984 by half a highlight Alain Prost, an unbelievable feat, certifying one of the greatest brandishing comebacks ever.
#11 – Gerhard Berger
BF: third (1988, 1994) | Seasons: 14 | Top Ten: 12 | Starts: 210 | Poles: 12 | Wins: 10
Gerhard Berger is a driver whose stats don’t leap out at you at first, but he’s significantly undiscovered greatness under the surface of the eye. Berger drove for the absolute best teams in F1 in arguably its most serious era. Berger completed third in the 1988 standings, dominated by the McLaren couple of Senna and Prost. He was also the solitary victor of that season, winning the Italian GP. Berger completed third in the standings also in 1994 for Ferrari, sprinter up to Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill. Berger is known for having solid teammates, including Nigel Mansell at Ferrari and Ayrton Senna. He replaced Prost at McLaren after he left for Ferrari. He then momentarily got back to Ferrari and then left for Benneton, where he made way for Michael Schumacher.
#10 – David Coulthard
BF: second (2001) | Seasons: 15 | Top Ten: 12 | Starts: 246 | Poles: 12 | Wins: 13
The principal driver in the Top 10 is David Coulthard, who also happens to be the most elevated placed non-championship winning driver on this rundown. The Scot completed third in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000 and was sprinter up in 2001. Towards the tail end of his career, he joined the brand new Red Bull racing team, taking their first historically speaking platform with a wonderful drive to third in the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix.
#9 – Jackie Stewart
3x WDC (1969, 1971, 1973) | Seasons: 9 | Top Ten: 9 | Starts: 99 | Poles: 17 | Wins: 27
In 10th, we have the ‘flying Scot’ himself, Jackie Stewart. Another all-time great, before the finish of his career, the triple best on the planet had amassed 27 wins, holding the record for most wins for fourteen years until Alain Prost broke the record in 1987. Stewart established his own self named team, Stewart Grand Prix, with his child after retirement, which proceeded to take one triumph at the 1999 European Grand Prix with Johnny Herbert.
#8 – Juan Manuel Fangio
5x WDC (1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957) | Seasons: 8 | Top Ten: 7 | Starts: 51 | Poles: 29 | Wins: 24
At number eight, it’s, as a matter of fact, Juan Manuel Fangio, otherwise known as ‘El Maestro.’ Fangio, the King of the principal era, dominated the 50’s, winning 5 titles, a record which represented a mind-blowing 46 years. He still holds the record for most titles won with different Constructors, taking title victories with Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Mercedes, and Maserati, a feat that is yet to be repeated. Fangio also holds the most noteworthy winning percentage in Formula 1 history at 46.15%. Inconceivable.
#7 – Ayrton Senna
3x WDC (1988, 1990, 1991) | Seasons: 10 | Top Ten: 10 | Starts: 161 | Poles: 65 | Wins: 41
At number seven, we have a genuine driving symbol. A legend around the world and a man whose placing on this rundown will have many fans vexed. Seventh on the rundown of all-time greats being viewed as too low is absolute verification that statistics never recount the entire story and don’t always speak to the maximum capacity. Senna’s life was tragically stopped at the infamous San Marino Grand Prix in 1994, and there is little doubt that he would have added to his tally of three World Championship wins.
#6 – Sebastian Vettel
4x WDC (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) | Seasons: 14 | Top Ten: 12 | Starts: 256 | Poles: 57 | Wins: 53
Right outside of the top 5 is Sebastian Vettel, the principal driver on the rundown who is still now racing as of now, winning 4 back to back titles with Red Bull from 2010 to 2013, winning in what is conceivably the hardest era of F1 (as far as rivalry) racing against 5 World Champions and ending up as the winner. At the hour of composing, Vettel has quite recently finished his 6-year semi-effective stretch at Ferrari, wrapping the sprinter up in the standings in both 2017 and 2018. Vettel has had difficulty as of late, apparently developing more unhappy at the Italian outfit over the new years. From the 2021 season, Vettel will be driving for the as of late rebranded Aston Martin F1 team. You never know. He could, in any case, crawl higher on the rundown…
#5 – Fernando Alonso
2x WDC (2005, 2006) | Seasons: 17 | Top Ten: 13 | Starts: 311 | Poles: 22 | Wins: 32
Breaking into the top 5, it’s the double titleholder and the solitary Spaniard on the rundown, Fernando Alonso. Where to start? Alonso is inexplicably fast any place he is, giving staggering performances at the start of his career, from dragging his humble Minardi into places it never should’ve been to wringing his sub-optimal Ferrari into title contention until the absolute last round of the 2012 season, he’s done everything. On top of all of that, at 39 years old, he’s returning to do it all again, joining Alpine (Renault) for 2021 after leaving the game at the finish of 2018. Another driver who could move up the request in the following, not many years?
#4 – Kimi Räikkönen
1x WDC (2007) | Seasons: 18 | Top Ten: 15 | Starts: 328 | Poles: 18 | Wins: 21
In fourth, it’s the Iceman! The most experienced pilot in F1, and it shows, contending in 18 seasons and giving no indications of easing back down, Kimi has made appearances in two top 10 decade records (second during the 2000s, fourth during the 2010s). His experience and his drives for legendary teams McLaren, Ferrari, and Lotus have earned him a high placing on this rundown throughout the years. His consistency at the top for almost 2 decades is unrivaled. Winning the 2007 World Championship could’ve easily been his third title win, narrowly passing up the Championships with McLaren in 2003 and 2005 because of unreliability.
#3 Alain Prost
4x WDC (1985, 1986, 1989, 1993) | Seasons: 13 | Top Ten: 12 | Starts: 199 | Poles: 33 | Wins: 51
The most dominant driver of the 1980s with 77 focuses compared to his nearest challenger, Nelson Piquet Sr on 61, Prost claimed the decade. To say the least, the Frenchman’s prosperity is understated, holding the wins record (51) for 14 years from 1987-2001 preceding being overtaken by Michael Schumacher. Nicknamed ‘The Professor,’ he was famous for his intellectual approach to racing. He later admitted this was an appropriate nickname referring to how he would save the brakes and tires at the start of the race, making them new for later in the race so he could mount a late charge.
#2 – Lewis Hamilton
7x WDC (2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) | Seasons: 14 | Top Ten: 14 | Starts: 265 | Poles: 98 | Wins: 95
We as a whole realized he was either going to first or second… Indeed, he’s second for the present. It’s the new multiple times’ World Champion and King of the 2010s, Lewis Hamilton himself.
Since joining Mercedes in 2013, his driving style has gotten calmer and calculated with each season. In 2020 he had equaled Michael Schumacher’s 7 world titles and passed his all-time wins record. Except if something drastic happens next season, I’m certain he will be up another place on this rundown come the finish of 2021. The truth will surface eventually.
#1 – Michael Schumacher
7x WDC (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) | Seasons: 19 | Top Ten: 16 | Starts: 306 | Poles: 68 | Wins: 91
Who could have imagined? Look what its identity is! It’s simply the Greatest to at any point do it! Michael Schumacher himself. The original King of F1, the benchmark for all drivers. He’s actually done everything and more, modifying almost every record in the game, holding the wins record for 19 years and record for most World Championships for 14 years.