Measuring the greatness of F1 drivers down the generations is a minefield of caveats, asterisks and exceptions. Win percentages can serve to degree the taking part in subject considerably, although.
The challenges Max Verstappen confronted throughout final season’s 23-race marketing campaign are worlds aside from these Juan Manuel Fangio confronted on the World Championship’s inception, but it’s unattainable to not marvel who would win a one-on-one duel.
Lewis Hamilton may need received essentially the most Formulation 1 races however as the game continues to develop away from its humble roots, the expertise of previous champions can by no means be discounted.
Nonetheless, we’ve got omitted two names for this checklist. American drivers Lee Wallard (50 per cent) and Invoice Vukovich (40 per cent) by no means competed in a Grand Prix in Europe, however triumphed on the Indy 500 when it was on the Formulation 1 calendar between 1950 and 1960.
So, listed here are the highest 10 Formulation 1 drivers based mostly on their Grand Prix win charge…
[Figures correct as of end of 2022 season]
10: Max Verstappen – 21.47%
A person quickly rising to the highest of all Formulation 1’s statistical leaderboards, Max Verstappen has been a record-breaker since he first stepped right into a seat aged solely 17.
Verstappen wouldn’t have featured on this checklist however for an overwhelmingly dominant 2022 marketing campaign, sweeping up victory at 15 of the 22 rounds, virtually doubling his tally of wins from the earlier 5 seasons mixed. A 21.47 per cent win charge is sufficient for P10 on this checklist.
The Crimson Bull powerhouse has eyes on a 3rd consecutive World Championship subsequent season, as he continues to ascertain himself as an F1 nice aged simply 25.
9: Stirling Moss – 24.24%
The actual fact Stirling Moss, one in all motorsport’s best figures, by no means celebrated World Championship glory turns into ever extra mind-blowing when you think about he received 1 / 4 of the 66 Grands Prix he entered.
In a 10-year Formulation 1 profession driving for the likes of Mercedes, Maserati and Lotus, Moss completed the season in second place 4 instances, with an additional 4 bronze medals.
The British icon, who handed away aged 90 in 2020, did battle with legends like Juan Manuel Fangio and Jack Brabham. He’s usually thought of the best driver to by no means win the title, and rightly so.
8: Ayrton Senna – 25.47%
The darling of Brazil and an inspiration to numerous Formulation 1 stars of the previous, current and future, Ayrton Senna’s greatness and tragedy can’t be summed-up in statistics.
The three-time World Champion earned 41 victories in an exquisite 10-year profession and little question would have added many extra however for his tragic and deadly crash on the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
At a charge of greater than a victory each 4 races, Senna certainly would have ended his profession alongside Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher within the top-three winningest drivers. The Brazilian sits fifth regardless of the championship calendar that includes fewer races in his period.
7: Alain Prost – 25.63%
Senna’s bitter rival barely edges him on win share. The Formulation 1 icons have been usually too shut for consolation on-track, and wound up simply the identical within the historical past books.
The 51 victories from 199 begins Prost amassed introduced 4 World Championships, after a profession related to F1’s defining groups Ferrari, McLaren, Williams and Renault.
Prost’s battles with Senna have been unforgettable, with two remaining spherical crashes between the 2 uncompromising legends deciding two World Championships.
6: Jackie Stewart – 27.27%
Like Prost, Jackie Stewart walked away from F1 with the World Championship beneath his arm – selecting to finish his profession on the very prime, aged 34.
Stewart cited the intense dangers that got here with an F1 profession within the Sixties and 70s as his motive for retiring, and lobbied efficiently for essential security upgrades in retirement.
Regardless of being conscious of the dangers, the ‘Flying Scot’ piloted these would-be demise machines of his period to 3 Championships inside 5 years, ending his profession with 27 victories from 99 races because the standout expertise of his technology.
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5: Michael Schumacher – 29.64%
Michael Schumacher was not centered on statistics when he returned to Formulation 1 following a three-year hiatus in 2010. He’d already handled these.
However with out the 58 winless Grands Prix he raced for Mercedes on his comeback, Schumacher’s charge of victory would have stood at a staggering 36.55 per cent.
Schumacher had already earned 19 F1 victories and two titles with Benetton earlier than his transfer to Ferrari. The German’s iconic partnership with the Scuderia introduced 5 World titles, rewriting the historical past books of his age.
Schumacher retired once more in 2012, earlier than the snowboarding accident one 12 months later. The present standing of his well being is a closely-guarded secret, and he has not been seen in public since.
4: Lewis Hamilton – 33.23%
Mercedes’ unprecedented dominance of the hybrid period was ruthlessly spearheaded by Lewis Hamilton, who left no stone unturned as he swept up victory after victory.
The Stevenage-born star did not win a Grand Prix for the primary time in his complete Formulation 1 profession final 12 months, having performed so yearly since his unimaginable McLaren breakout in 2007.
Having damaged Schumacher’s Grand Prix document in 2020 and later turn into the primary man to smash via the 100-victory barrier, Hamilton has proven no intention of stopping with 103 wins.
By the completion of the 2023 season, he’ll have the third-most begins in Formulation 1 historical past. Although Mercedes should ship a aggressive automotive for Hamilton to take care of his mind-boggling 33.23 per cent win charge.
3: Jim Clark – 34.72%
Regardless of Hamilton’s standard-setting success, he’s not the foremost Brit on this checklist. That honour belongs to Jim Clark, one other ferociously quick driver misplaced to the game far too early.
In third place on the all-time checklist, Clark’s 34.72 per cent win charge provides generations a lot too younger to recognise his expertise an concept of the Scottish two-time World Champion’s tempo.
Clark entered 9 F1 seasons with Staff Lotus and earned 25 victories from simply 72 begins – profitable seven of the 1963 season’s 10 races en-route to his first title, backing it up two years later.
Clark tasted Grand Prix victory for seven consecutive seasons, from 1962 proper as much as his demise in 1968 on the wheel of a Formulation 2 automotive on the Nurburgring. He was simply 32 years outdated.
2: Alberto Ascari – 40.63%
The 1952 season was solely Formulation 1’s third marketing campaign. Alberto Ascari, who had lined up on the very first Monaco GP, confirmed up in Ferrari pink as a two-time race winner and duly produced probably the most dominant seasons F1 has seen.
He didn’t present on the season-opener in Switzerland and retired from the Indy 500. Then he received all six of the remaining rounds, a clean-sweep.
His 1953 season was simply as spectacular, upstaging Juan Manuel Fangio for glory.
Ascari competed in simply three full Formulation 1 seasons earlier than his tragic demise at Monza in 1955 however a surprising document of 13 victories from 32 begins – 10 of which resulted in retirements – confirms the Ferrari icon’s identify belongs among the many greats.
1: Juan Manuel Fangio – 47.06%
The aforementioned Jackie Stewart is among the many Formulation 1 greats of yesteryear who declare Juan Manuel Fangio, not Hamilton or Schumacher, is the best of all time.
With a win charge of just about a victory each different Grand Prix, it’s arduous to argue. Beating Fangio was simply that tough.
A five-time World Champion and double runner-up between 1950 and 1958, Fangio’s 24 wins from 52 begins monopolised the primary decade of Formulation 1.
Simply think about what number of Grand Prix the Argentine icon may have amassed via a 23-race F1 season. Think about if F1 had arrived earlier? Fangio was 39 years outdated when the World Championship was created, having begun his racing profession in 1936. He grew to become F1’s oldest title winner, aged 46.
Fangio, a worthy P1.