Jack Brabham and Lewis Hamilton both won the world championship in their second full season in the sport.
These are also drivers who spent a long time with the same team. Brabham only ever drove for cars entered by himself or Cooper (with one exception) and Hamilton has spent the first four years of his F1 career with McLaren.
Obviously a key point of difference between the two is the lengths of their careers: Brabham retired after 16 seasons in the sport, Hamilton is heading into his fifth.
Another striking difference between the two is the difference in reliability they enjoyed. The cars of the fifties and sixties Brabham drove were generally far less reliable – particularly in the years when he was developing his own.
Hamilton has the lowest car failure rate of any world champion. But if you factor out car breakages their adjusted average points score per race are quite close as you can see in the table below.
Which of these drivers should go through to the next round of the Champion of Champions? Vote for which you think was best below and explain who you voted for and why in the comments.
|Lewis Hamilton||Lewis Hamilton|
|Titles||1959, 1960, 1966||2008|
|Second in title year/s||Tony Brooks, Bruce McLaren, John Surtees||Felipe Massa|
|Notable team mates||Bruce McLaren, Dan Gurney, Denny Hulme||Fernando Alonso, Heikki Kovalainen, Jenson Button|
|Wins||14 (11.38%)||14 (19.72%)|
|Poles||13 (10.57%)||18 (25.35%)|
|Modern points per start1||7.63||12.31|
|% car failures2||34.96||2.82|
|Modern points per finish3||11.74||12.67|
|Notes||Back-to-back titles for Cooper in 1959 and 1960||Finished on podium on debut and won his sixth race|
|Then became only driver to win a championship in his own car||Became champion in his second season after narrowly missing rookie title win|
|Runner-up in 1967 to team mate Denny Hulme||Formerly the youngest ever world champion|
|Bio||Jack Brabham||Lewis Hamilton|
1 How many points they scored in their career, adjusted to the 2010 points system, divided by the number of races they started
2 The percentage of races in which they were not classified due to a mechanical failure
3 How many points they scored in their career, adjusted to the 2010 points system, divided by the number of starts in which they did not suffer a race-ending mechanical failure
Which was the better world champion driver?
- Lewis Hamilton (100%)
- Jack Brabham (116%)
Total Voters: 784
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- Champion of Champions in stats
- Champion of Champions Final: Senna vs Schumacher
- Ayrton Senna vs Juan Manuel Fangio
- Michael Schumacher vs Alain Prost
- Ayrton Senna vs Jack Brabham
- Juan Manuel Fangio vs Jackie Stewart
- Alain Prost vs Niki Lauda
- Jim Clark vs Michael Schumacher
- Jack Brabham vs Lewis Hamilton
Images © Peter Denton (Brabham), www.mclaren.com (Hamilton)