Top 10 Formula 1 Drivers of All Time

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Now that the 2010 F1 season is in full swing racing fans have a lot to look forward to. The red lights fade in Monza(Italy) in only a few days and keeping in the spirit of things I thought it would be appropriate to list some of the greatest drivers of all time. Unfortunately, only two drivers from the current grid have made my top 10 list. So here we go, the Top10 Formula 1 drivers of all time.

24 Top 10 Formula 1 Drivers of All Time

10.Gilles Villeneuve (Canada)

18 Top 10 Formula 1 Drivers of All Time

Gilles Villeneuve won only six of his 67 grands prix and has not a single world championship to his name. History, though, goes beyond numbers and will remember the diminutive French Canadian as one of the sport’s greatest competitors.

Perhaps Villeneuve’s finest moment was his performance in a sodden practice session for the US Grand Prix East at Watkins Glen in 1979. His Ferrari team-mate Jody Scheckter, the new world champion, was confident of being comfortably fastest, until he looked at the timesheets; Villeneuve was over 9.5 seconds quicker.

A horrific accident in qualifying for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix ultimately claimed Villeneuve’s life. Speaking at his funeral Scheckter said: “I will miss Gilles for two reasons. First, he was the fastest driver in the history of motor racing. Second, he was the most genuine man I have ever known.”

Statistics:

  • Born: 18 Jan 1950
  • Died: 8 May 1982
  • Active years: 1977 – 1982
  • Best Position Finish in WDC: 2nd (1979)
  • Presences: 68
  • Starts: 67
  • Wins: 6
  • Podiums: 13
  • Poles: 2
  • Front row: 8
  • Fastest laps: 8
  • Races led: 18

9. Fernando Alonso(Spain)

19 Top 10 Formula 1 Drivers of All Time

The Michael Schumacher juggernaut was unstoppable in the first part of the 2000s, but it was brought to a halt by Spain’s first world champion in 2005.

After being groomed for greatness by Flavio Briatore, he took his maiden pole and victory in his first year as a Renault race driver in 2003. When the team hit the jackpot with its 2005 and 2006 cars, it was Alonso who seized the initiative to take two titles.

Despite the unquestionable determination and pure speed, Alonso is far from perfect – witness an explosive season on and off the track at McLaren in 2007.

But after returning to an ailing Renault team he had them back to winning ways by the end of 2008. His last season with the French squad was a write-off due to a dud car, but Ferrari beckons for 2010.

Statistics:

  • Born: 29 Jul 1981
  • Age: 29
  • Active years: 2001 – 2010
  • Champion: 2005, 2006
  • Presences: 153
  • Starts: 151
  • Wins: 23
  • Podiums: 58
  • Poles: 18
  • Front row: 31
  • Fastest laps: 15
  • Races led: 57

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24 Responses to " Top 10 Formula 1 Drivers of All Time "

  1. Faisal says:

    Great list. Though ALonso has had an awful year, it still makes him one of the best

  2. Mark says:

    dude… schumacher is 7 times world champion (even though he is too old now to be really good, but that was to be expected)… your number one was only 3 times world champion.. if you make it about F1 it is clearly schumacher, if you mean "in general, personally, because you like his looks or whatever", then it can be anyone, like Senna

    • Liamoconnor255 says:

       your an idiot, Senna is the best F1 driver of all time, he was better when Schmacker was starting off. Schumacker had no true competitors. Senna had Prost who in my view was the 2nd best F1 driver of all time. Its not about how many races you win, its about who you race against.

    • Pete Tehrani says:

      Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, the best battles in the history of F1 in my opinion, there races back in the late 80′s and early 90′s where simply the best entertaining era for F1. Just look at how challenging these guys where to each other, senna was killing Schumacher in every aspect of the race, faster lap times, pole position and so on. Senna #1 Prost #2 Schumacher #3

  3. Faisal says:

    Yes MS needs to be put ahead of Senna

  4. Rafa says:

    Alonso better than Villeneuve, Piquet,Fittipaldi,Andretti,Rosberg,Hakkinen,etc.?!?

    Really?I think he´s not better even than Hamilton.

  5. fernando says:

    You missed Nigel Mansell, one of the greatest ever!
    31 wins, 32 poles, 30 fastest laps in race
    482 points scored, 2099 laps led
    isn't this enough? Plus is enormous courage, driving skills, and so on…Only 1 F1 title, he could have got two more, 1986 and 1987, but luck was not on is side…

  6. Peter Mason says:

    Jack Brabham won 3 championships but because he wasnt a media tart he doesnt get into the list…quiet achiever and also hated being beaten and was extremely hard to beat.

  7. Otis says:

    There's nothing to argue about. Ayrton Senna Da Silva is THE BEST DRIVER OF ALL TIME.

    Michael Schumacher can win only when he's got the Ferrari power plant of the year, and everybody watching.

    Ayrton Senna drove the car he had at hand, and won. REAL shifting, real driving. He could have won a Prix, driving a Yugo…!!! (And on a wet track..?!, he moved, like a dancer on ice)

  8. pedriño says:

    michael schumacher can be champion for 20 times and he will still not be better than ayrton senna! ayrton senna is a legend!

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  11. Rajiv Amant says:

    alonso should be in 3rd position.he deserves that

  12. Diegodiego_diego says:

    juan manuel fangio is the best 

  13. Kleahy50 says:

    Ayrton Senna is a legend!

  14. Duncan munyua says:

    aryton senna was the greatest driver that ever lived…If you dont believe me you have to check the topgear tribute to senna on youtube.Even the doubting thomas a.k.a Jeremy  Clarkson believes me on that

  15. Anewton7 says:

    senna is the best

  16. Dbjuly20 says:

    Schumacher should be no. 1. statistically speaking, Michael schumacher is the best ande the last 3 years shouldn’t count in ratios because he’s older and only playing for fun.

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  18. F1 says:

    Alonso could be higher had he not lost to Raikkonnen by 1 point and to Vettel with stupid strategy mistake. With 4 titles he would be near Prost.

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