My top five F1 drivers of all time
- 15th November 2013, 8:10 at 8:10 am #245211GirtsParticipant
It’s pretty easy to make a list of my favourite drivers…
Paul di Resta
…but it’s practically impossible to make a list of the best ones. Still, I’ll give it a try:
Sebastian Vettel15th November 2013, 10:15 at 10:15 am #245212mnmracerParticipant
Juan Manuel Fangio (for now)
Robert Kubica15th November 2013, 11:28 at 11:28 am #245213Sri HarshaParticipant
Juan Manuel Fangio
Sebastian Vettel15th November 2013, 11:29 at 11:29 am #245214NathanParticipant
My favourite five;
1) Fernando Alonso
2) Gilles Villeneuve
3) Michael Schumacher
4) Nico Rosberg
5) Not really sure, but there are more of them who could be #5; Fangio, Ascari, Nuvolari, Moss, Raikkonen, Hamiton Senna a-n-d finally Prost
My top five,as I personally see it;
5) Senna15th November 2013, 19:55 at 7:55 pm #245215Rob AllenMember
Love ur pic Wilson (piquet having a pop at elio Salazar, German gp 1982):-)16th November 2013, 9:36 at 9:36 am #245216StephParticipant
It’s a bit pointless if I say the best drivers as that’s massively influenced by my favourites because they reflect the qualities I value most in drivers, plus there’s no decent/exact way to compare the drivers or rank them given the changing nature of the sport.
However, my favourites are:
1 Massa (lovely guy, so passionate, bloody quick, he can race, he’s came back in wonderful style after a serious head trauma which could have killed him and he’s a bit of an underdog)
2 Gilles (quick, flamboyant and fair)
3 Prost (calculated, was a much better racer than anyone he faced imo and his races were always exciting)
4 Alonso (an all round package- he reminds me of my favourite animal oddly, which is the Cape hunting dog; it is a relentless animal that when engaged in a chase its kill rate is 90% compared to the lion which is only around 30%. He’s ruthless and effective- like Prost but not quite as good although probably quicker).
5 Lauda (he was the first Prost really although Nelson snr was seriously under rated. I find what he went through at Germany and then his comeback just inspiring).16th November 2013, 11:56 at 11:56 am #245217Rob AllenMember
I agree there steph, piquet was highly underated, he was such a character, on and off the track.16th November 2013, 13:39 at 1:39 pm #245218Loup GarouParticipant
This is a more difficult answer than it appears because of the variables involved. But going by a general rulebook and in NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
I am not a big fan of Fangio because if you read about his career in some detail, he pretty much demanded and got away with what he wanted. I am not in the slightest disputing that he was a great driver but not one of my favourites.16th November 2013, 20:51 at 8:51 pm #245219AndreiParticipant
My top five in no particular order:
Schumi, Prost, G. Villeneuve, Sir Stirling Moss, Lauda.17th November 2013, 9:12 at 9:12 am #245220HamilfanParticipant
1)Fangio : the cars were insane,the tracks ruthless, the drivers crazy quick.
2)Senna : the ability , the charisma , the passion.
3)Nelson piquet ( snr ) : I just saw a few clippings of his races , but wow , what ability
4)Schumacher:won WDC in different teams. Great feedback but did some stupid things in his time.
5)Sebastian Vettel : His ability to work with his guys to the optimum . great commitment ( I am almost willing to put him ahead of Schumacher , but just want to wait till he wins WDC in another team ).
( I am dying to include Hakkinen in there , but just don’t have the space,sorry)
Favorite drivers : My comments below are when the drivers were at their absolute peak , not the current status.
1) Hamilton : most exciting driver to watch on track when he is on song . ( peak so far :2007,2010)
2) Senna : if it rains , senna reigns . ( peak 1992 I believe )
3) Alonso : Fantastic when he attacks and uses every drop of potential of his car. ( peak 2012 )
4) Hakkinen : Finn precision ( 1999)
5) Montoya : fired up on the track with a screaming williams-BMW .
I wan’t to include Seb in there for his sheer ability to pull out gaps and chase down cars . But after Hungary 2010, the wing episode ( I don’t know which race), Malaysia 2012, I lost a lot of respect . Maybe a day in the future , who knows.17th November 2013, 10:27 at 10:27 am #245221sbl on tourParticipant
alonso22nd November 2013, 14:28 at 2:28 pm #245222AnonymousInactive
Vettel (that hurts)
Prost- The Professor!
Why is it 3 x champions like Niki Lauda are never mentioned, I think even Nelson Piquet may have done ok!!22nd November 2013, 17:24 at 5:24 pm #245223BenParticipant
ok, my turn…
1. Damon Hill – As Frank Williams said, he’s one tough SOB, forced his way into F1 and proof that nice guys can win
2. Ayrton Senna – My boyhood hero
3. Keke Rosberg – Cheered for him in ’85 at Brands Hatch with a bunch of drunk Finns (my first race)
4. Lewis Hamilton – Who could ever forget that first season!
5. Jenson Button – 2009, what a story.
3. Vettel – I really want to see this kid in an uncompetitive car.
5. MSC – A great driver but the years of custom spec tires, ramming opponents off of the track and placid team mates taints his legacy for me.22nd November 2013, 18:09 at 6:09 pm #245224PamphletParticipant
10. Lewis Hamilton (*)
09. Niki Lauda
08. Emerson Fittipaldi
07. Ayrton Senna (**)
06. Jim Clark
05. Mika Häkkinen
04. Juan Manuel Fangio
03. Alain Prost
02. Sebastian Vettel (***)
01. Michael Schumacher
* – Barely edges Alonso by virtue of 2013 and the second half of 2012.
** – One word: Honda.
*** – I am of the firm belief that Vettel is the fastest driver to have ever graced this sport, but he lacks Schumacher’s spirit and leadership. Talent-wise, they’re equal, so I don’t see any way for Vettel to overcome his mentor.22nd November 2013, 20:08 at 8:08 pm #245225Euro BrunParticipant
Juan Manuel Fangio
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