The Greatest F1 Drivers of All Time

Posted on 16 October 2013 by Tony Santos

Michael Schumacher

Formula One or F1 Racing is the highest class of single-seater auto racing in the world today. Officially referred to as the FIA Formula One World Championship, it is composed of a series of races held all over the world on specially-designed tracks and public roads.

Given the magnitude and calibre of this type of racing spectale, it is quite expected that it will attract the best and brightest drivers from all corners of the globe. However, for the average car aficionado, the names and accomplishments of these great men could be easily forgotten, which is such a shame especially given their sheer talent and capabilities. Who are these racing gods, you might ask for your formula 1 betting odds? For those who are not in the know, let me freshen up your memory a bit.

Michael Schumacher

Need i say more? Arguably one of the more recognizable figures of the sport’s storied hisory, Schumacher racing statistics is just plain astonishing. He has accumulated seven world titles, with five consecutive ones from Ferrari, and 90 total race wins during his decorated career. He competed early on his life in karts before joining Eddie Jordan’s team for his debut race. He then eventually switched to Benetton, winning two titles for the team, before joining Ferrari. The rest, as the cliche goes, is history.

Alain Prost

With his four world titles and 51 race wins, Alain Prost is undoubtedly one of the best F1 drivers ever. Prost’s love for racing started when he was 14, when he tried karting for the first time during a family holiday. He started his F1 career with McLaren, although due to a couple of accidents and mechanical failures, he eventually transferred to Renault. This proved to be a great move for Prost, as he started winning with the team. Prost won two consecutive world titles in 1985 and 1986, with the third one coming in 1989. His final world title was with Williams in 1992.

Juan Miguel Fangio

Next to Michael Schumacher, Juan Miguel Fangio has long been considered to be one of the very best F1 drivers in history. A late bloomer, Fangio came into the F1 scene when he was 39, although he did not take home before winning his first world title. Fangio won his first championship in 1951 at 40 years of age. He later on won four more world titles, all with different teams includin Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Mercedes and Maserati. When Fangio died in 1995, at age 84, Pagani named its supercar Zonda C12 F after his honor.

Aryton Senna

One of the world’s most famous race car drivers, Senna is best remembered, albeit ironically, when he lost his life at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994 on just his third race for Williams. Senna’s first title was in 1988 with McLaren, with other titles following suit in 1990 and 1991.

Sir Jack Brabham

One of the racing world’s icons, Sir Jack Brabham was the first and only F1 drive to win a world title in a car bearing his name. And he was also the first F1 driver to be declared a knight, an honor he received in 1979. Brabham was also a triple world champion, winning it all in 1959, 1960 and 1966. He retired from his racing career in 1970 after almost 15 years in the industry.

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