The Greatest F1 Driver

Photo Credit: Pole Position Top 10

12 February 2021

Hamilton surpasses Fangio to take first place in statistical study of the best divers in the history of F1.

To see how some of the greatest drivers in history stack up against each other, we analysed the performance of over 700 drivers from Formula 1’s 70-year history to see how they performed in 9 different categories including career win%, championship points per race (adjusted for the current scoring system), and 2nd and 3rd place podium finishes to score and rank, on balance, the best drivers of all time.

What about Reliability and Manufacturer Bias?
To account for manufacturer reliability and performance, we accounted for the percentage of races where drivers were forced to retire due to mechanical issues as well as drivers’ average number of points per race (adjusted) vs teammates over the duration of their careers.

Lewis Hamilton – 92.2 points
Juan Manuel Fangio – 91.6 points
Michael Schumacher – 86.4 points
Jim Clark – 78.5 points
Alberto Ascari – 78.4 points
Alain Prost – 77.1 points
Ayrton Senna – 70.7 points
Jackie Stewart – 70.0 points
Sebastian Vettel – 68.4 points
Niki Lauda – 61.1 points

By equalling Schumacher’s record of 7 championship wins, Lewis Hamilton surpasses Juan Manuel Fangio in our F1 driver rankings.