Compiling a list of this kind may always be subject to debate. How do you compare drivers and cars that belonged to different eras? Having said that, the five drivers considered in this article are believed to make up the top five list of most, if not all, Formula One aficionados. The drivers listed here are presented in alphabetical order based on their respective first names.
To put things in perspective, Senna raced between 1975 and 1995, a period popularly considered the golden age of F1. His untimely death in 1994 cut short a career that could have gone on for a few more years. His demise also served to heighten the memory of Senna’s prodigious skills on a F1 track. Many F1 fans maintain the claim that Senna was the best on a wet track. The Brazilian icon got the most out of any car he was given and raced only to win. Today, while Senna is no longer around, F1 fans continue to enjoy this sport with some being avid fans so much so that they are confident in the ability of the driver and would bet on their favourites. With this in mind, operators like Genting Bet provide the possibility for fans to do so using gentpromocode.
The only recently active driver on this list (until 2018), Fernando Alonso was frequently described as the likely winner of a race in which he had the second-best car. As his ardent fans might say, he could “bring a tractor to the podium.” His relentlessness and ability to handle pressure make Alonso comparable with Senna. Alonso fans would vividly remember how the Spaniard upstaged Schumacher in a head-to-head showdown in 2006.
The Scot was active between 1960 and 1968 and raced in an era “when motor racing was deadly,” and was “competitive in an uncompetitive car.” Considered by many as the “best natural talent, save Senna,” Clark had a deceptive quickness that was even less noticeable thanks to his smooth grace behind the wheels. The figures speak for Clark: 25 wins in 71 starts and two world championships in eight years on the circuit compare favourably even with Schumacher’s stats.
Juan Manuel Fangio
Racing in an era (1950-1958) when seatbelts didn’t exist and helmets were leather caps, and every race was in the words of an ardent fan, “a death-wish,” Fangio’s statistics are impressive: 24 wins and 35 podium finishes in 51 starts. But the most inspiring statistic must be his five world championships, all of which he won in his forties. Surely things have changed since. More powerful cars, higher safety measures but with increased risk, and increased popularity of what has become a global followed sport. With races taking place all over the world and a collection of fans from different countries and backgrounds, F1 has built a reputable name for itself. With this website, fans can follow current events and upcoming races as well as wager on their favourites to win or the underdogs for those who believe.
If statistics were the only criterion, Schumacher would be number one on everyone’s list: seven championships as against five for the next best. Also, the German had 91 wins in 306 starts, with Senna the next best with 41 in 161 starts. After a short retirement between 2006 and 2010, Schumacher returned to the race tracks representing Mercedes. His return to F1, resulted in him braking a record at the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix, by producing the fastest qualifying time. Who can argue with Schumacher’s focus, mental strength, relentless drive to victory?
Note: While this list was compiled, a few more notable names were considered. These include Alain Prost, Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet, Sebastien Vettel, Gilles Villeneuve, and Kimi Raikkonen.<