It is quite hard to narrow down the list of the best F1 drivers to just five because throughout the history of the competition there were a lot of great drivers. In addition, it is rather difficult to compare a pilot that raced during the 70s with one of today’s contenders. As a consequence, we fully understand if you do not agree with some of the pilots we’ll name.
05. Nigel Mansell – born in UK, he participated in 187 GPs, winning 31 of them and one championship in 1992. He managed to win his only title while driving a Williams and after that he went to Ferrari where after his first victory was hailed by fans as “Il Leone” (the Lion). After leaving the world of F1 he went into the United States where he won the IndyCar title, managing to become the only driver in the world to win both an F1 title and an IndyCar championship.
Juan Manuel Fangio
04. Juan Manuel Fangio – one of the greatest drivers Argentina gave to the world of F1. He raced in 51 GPs and won 24 of them. In 48 of these races he started from the front of the grid and ended up winning almost half of them. What’s even more impressive is that he has five world championships which he won in 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1957. His first victory came when he was 47 years old.
03. Alain Prost – probably the best French F1 driver ever, he raced for 199 in the competition, managing to grab 51 wins and four titles: 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1993. Nicknamed “The Professor”, he will always be remembered for the way in which he meticulously prepared his victories, refusing to take any sort of risks and getting involved in altercations with other F1 drivers. One commentator said something which purely defines Prost’s style of driving: “the faster he went, the slower he looked.”
02. Michael Schumacher – if naming the best F1 driver in the world would be done by the numbers of wins and championships, the German would be the king. He won 91 races so far, out of almost 300 GPs and he has been the champion of the competition for seven times: in 1994 and 1995 with Benetton Renault, while the other five consecutive titles (2000-2005) were obtained while he was at Ferrari. Fully dedicated to this sport, he is still capable of winning a championship if he has the appropriate car and hopefully he will get it next year so that he could put an end to Vettel’s domination.
01. Ayrton Senna – we can write dozens of articles about him but words can’t describe how epic Senna was. He raced in 161 GPs, managing to win 41 of them and three world championships: 1988, 1990 and 1991. Some consider him as being the forerunner of the modern grand-prix car as he was fully dedicated to building the perfect F1 and his technical abilities were exceptional. He truly was a complete driver: fast, skillful, brave, daring and capable of offering a lot of excitement. Unfortunately, he died in 1994 in what could have been probably the most interesting F1 season in all its history, with Senna and Schumacher going head-to-head for the trophy.