My top five F1 drivers of all time

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    It’s pretty easy to make a list of my favourite drivers…

    Alex Yoong
    Giancarlo Fisichella
    Heikki Kovalainen
    Michael Schumacher
    Paul di Resta

    …but it’s practically impossible to make a list of the best ones. Still, I’ll give it a try:

    Ayrton Senna
    Fernando Alonso
    Jim Clark
    Michael Schumacher
    Sebastian Vettel


    Jim Clark
    Michael Schumacher
    Alain Prost
    Ayrton Senna
    Juan Manuel Fangio (for now)

    Sebastian Vettel
    Michael Schumacher
    Jim Clark
    Robert Doornbos
    Robert Kubica

    Sri Harsha

    Favorite :
    Sebastian Vettel
    Robert Kubica
    Micheal Schumacher
    Fernando Alonso
    Nico Hulkenberg

    Best :
    Juan Manuel Fangio
    Jim Clark
    Alain Prost
    Ayrton Senna
    Sebastian Vettel


    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;
    1) Fangio
    2) Clark
    3) Prost
    4) M.Schumacher
    5) Senna

    Rob Allen

    Love ur pic Wilson (piquet having a pop at elio Salazar, German gp 1982):-)


    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).

    Rob Allen

    I agree there steph, piquet was highly underated, he was such a character, on and off the track.

    Loup Garou

    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:

    Alain Prost
    Jim Clark
    Ayrton Senna
    Sebastian Vettel
    Michael Schumacher.

    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.


    My top five in no particular order:

    Schumi, Prost, G. Villeneuve, Sir Stirling Moss, Lauda.


    Best :

    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.

    sbl on tour



    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!!


    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.


    1. Senna
    2. Prost
    3. Vettel – I really want to see this kid in an uncompetitive car.
    4. Alonso
    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.



    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.

    Euro Brun

    Best 5:
    Juan Manuel Fangio
    Alain Prost
    Jim Clark
    Nikki Lauda
    Michael Schumacher

    Fav 5:
    Jim Clark
    Graham Hill
    John Surtees
    Nigel Mansell
    Eddie Irvine

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