Top 10 Greatest Formula 1 Drivers Of All Time

June 29, 2021 By Sourav

Top 10 Greatest Formula 1 Drivers Of All Time

For those who are in love with tremendously high speed, and the adrenaline rush that can be received from it, racing is always the most favorite of all sporting events. Car races are also the ultimate hub of the top cars with the best designs and technologies and the greatest speeds. That is why car lovers who are also adrenaline junkies are in love with F1 Car race tournaments. And, here goes the Top 10 Greatest Formula 1 Drivers Of All Time.


Greatest Formula 1 Drivers Of All Time


10. Fernando Alonso (Spain)
9. Sebastian Vettel (Germany)
8. Mika Häkkinen (Finland)
7. Alain Prost (France)
6. Stirling Moss (England)
5. Jackie Stewart (Britain)
4. Juan Manuel Fangio (Argentina)
3. Lewis Hamilton (England)
2. Michael Schumacher (Germany)
1. Ayrton Senna (Brazil)

Honorable Mention

11. Jenson Button (United Kingdom)

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The blood rush that fans get from watching drivers swish through the track as they compete with each other. Racing drivers have nerves of steel, as they risk their lives and let the world around them turn into a blur while racing to the finishing line, or as they smash their cars into the walls or each other. It is this fearlessness that attracts so many people to them. So let us look a look at the Top 10 Best Formula One Drivers Of All Time.


10. Fernando Alonso



Formula One Championship Wins: 2
Total Career Wins: 32
Overall Podium Finish: 97
Total Career Points: 1899

Spanish Formula One racing driver Fernando Alonso won three consecutive karting championships in Spain from 1994 to 1997. Alonso is known as the third-youngest driver ever to debut in the international event in F1 history.

In the 2001 Australian Grand Prix, he drove for the first time. In his first year with Renault, he won the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix. He also won 2 consecutive seasons of 2005 and 2006 Formula One World Drivers' Championship. Alonso also won the Spanish Grand Prix in 2013.

In the same year’s F1 World Drivers' Championship, he finished 2nd with a total of 242 points. Alonso participated in his last racing championship in the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix where he finished as 4th.

According to the new rule of F1 GP for the 2014 session, Alonso picked No.14, considering it to be lucky for him. He is currently in association with the Ferrari F1 team. Alonso now holds the tenth place in the list of the top 10 greatest formula 1 drivers of all time.


9. Sebastian Vettel



Formula One Championship Wins: 4
Total Career Wins: 53
Overall Podium Finish: 120
Total Career Points: 2985

German Formula One racing driver Sebastian Vettel is currently driving for the Red Bull Racing team of Austria. He is also this year’s Formula One World Champion. Vettel debuted in the 2007 United States Grand Prix and achieved 7th position.

He was voted the Rookie of the year in 2008, at the annual AutosportAwards.In the 14th race of the 2008 Formula One season, Sebastian won his first GP title. In the 2009 Formula One season, he raced for Red Bull for the first time and finished as the youngest-ever World Drivers' Championship runner-up.

Later, he also won Formula One World Drivers' Championship in four consecutive times from 2010 to 2013. Till now, he has achieved 39 wins in GP, 45 pole positions, and 1549 career points in total.

Red Bull has extended its contract with Sebastian till the end of the 2015 season. Vettel now holds his place among the top 10 greatest formula 1 drivers of all time. Besides, he now also holds his place among the best race car drivers right now.


8. Mika Häkkinen



Formula One Championship Wins: 2
Total Career Wins: 20
Overall Podium Finish: 51
Total Career Points: 420

Former Finnish racing driver Mika Pauli Häkkinen drove in the DTM series after his retirement. He participated in 165 races with Lotus and McLaren. He debuted in the 1991 United States Grand Prix and finished in 13th place.

After a life-threatening injury in 1995, Häkkinen made a remarkable comeback of his career. In the 1997 European Grand Prix, he achieved his first international victory. Häkkinen won the world championship titles for 2 consecutive years in 1998 and 1999.

He got the fame of one of the greatest drivers ever with 20 wins, 51 podiums, 26 pole points, and 420 career points. He won his last title in the 2001 United States Grand Prix.

Häkkinen also featured on Top Gear by BBC Two while teaching presenter James May the basics of rally driving. Mika now holds the eighth place in the list of the top 10 greatest formula 1 drivers of all time.


7. Alain Prost



Formula One Championship Wins: 4
Total Career Wins: 51
Overall Podium Finish: 106
Total Career Points: 768.5

French racing driver Alain Marie Pascal Prost held the record for most Grand Prix victories from 1987 until 2001. Teamed with McLaren, Ferrari, and Renault, he participated in 202 races in his career. He started his legacy in the 1980 Argentine Grand Prix. In his 2nd race in the 1981 French Grand Prix, he won his first Grand Prix title.

In the 1982 Brazilian Grand Prix, he finished 3rd but surprisingly got the GP award because 1st & 2nd finishers were disqualified. Prost also holds the seventh place in the list of the top 10 greatest formula 1 drivers of all time.

Prost won the Formula One Drivers' Championship four times in 1985, 1986, 1989, and 1993. The 1993 German Grand Prix was the last title he won. In the same year, he declared his retirement after he finished in 2nd place in Australian GP.

He achieved 768.5 career points, 4 world championship trophies, 106 podiums, and 33 pole positions during his glorious career from 1980 to 1993.


6. Stirling Moss


Formula One Championship Wins: 0
Total Career Wins: 16
Overall Podium Finish: 24
Total Career Points: 185 9/14


Former English F1 racing car driver, Stirling Moss, is often considered "the greatest driver never to win the World Championship." During his career from 1951 to 1961, he teamed with Mercedes-Benz, Vanwall, and Maserati and also participated in 67 international races.

He debuted in the 1951 Swiss Grand Prix and achieved 14th position overall. In the 1955 British Grand Prix, he won his first international title. He was the first British driver to win an F1 British Grand Prix while riding a British made car.

He made his career quite successful with a total of 16 Grand Prix wins, 16 pole points, 24 podiums, and 186 career points. Unfortunately, this great racer had no world championship record.

His career was stopped due to a horrific accident at Glover Trophy in 1962, which caused the left side of his body to get partially paralyzed for six months and put him in a coma for almost 30 days. Moss holds the sixth place in the top 10 greatest formula 1 drivers of all time.


5. Jackie Stewart



Formula One Championship Wins: 3
Total Career Wins: 27
Overall Podium Finish: 43
Total Career Points: 359

Former British Formula One racing driver Jackie Stewart is one of the best F1 drivers from Scotland. In 1965, he participated in the South African Grand Prix for the first time and achieved the 6th position.

In the same year, he won his first World Drivers' Championships in the Italian Grand Prix. Later, he won three more Grand Prix Championships during his career. In 1973, he won his last international title in German Grand Prix.

But, unfortunately, in his precipitated last match in 1973, United States Grand Prix, he could not start the game due to a fatal crash of his teammate. Stewart held the record for most wins by a British F1 driver for 19 long years.

His awesome career consists of 27 wins in 100 participations, 17 pole points, and 360 career points. He was ranked fifth in the list of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time in 2009.


4. Juan Manuel Fangio



Formula One Championship Wins: 5
Total Career Wins: 24
Overall Podium Finish: 35
Total Career Points: 277 9/14

Truly the 1st greatest and most honorable champion of the world, Juan Manuel Fangio, famously known as El Chueca, was an Argentinian F1 racing car driver. In his debut match in 1938, he won the Grand Prix International Championship.

He made a 46 years unbeaten record by winning the most World Championship of Drivers starting from 1951 and then 4 consecutive times from 1954 to 1957. With 24 wins, 29 highest pole positions, 35 podiums, 245 career points, and 23 fastest laps, he decorated his career with the greatest possible success.

Fangio is the only Argentine driver to win the Argentine Grand Prix four times, which was also the most by any driver. He also holds the highest winning percentage in Formula One history.

After his retirement from racing, Fangio presided as the honorary president of Mercedes-Benz. In 1995, this legendary F1 champion died at the age of 84. He now holds the fourth place in the list of the top 10 greatest formula 1 drivers of all time.


3. Lewis Hamilton


Formula One Championship Wins: 6
Total Career Wins: 84
Overall Podium Finish: 151
Total Career Points: 3431

Without any doubt, Lewis Hamilton deserves the third place in our list of the greatest F1 drivers of all time. This British driver currently races for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport at Formula One.

He now has 98 race victories along with 171 podium finishes under his name. Besides the Mercedes team, he also previously raced for Manor Motorsport, ASM Formule 3, and ART Grand Prix.

He helped the Mercedes team to win the Formula One World Constructors' Championship seven times consecutively since 2014. Besides, he achieved the Formula One World Drivers' Championship seven times as of 2021.

He also bagged the DHL Fastest Lap Award five times till now. Hamilton received both the Autosport International Racing Driver Award and the Autosport British Competition Driver of the Year award seven times each.


2. Michael Schumacher



Formula One Championship Wins: 7
Total Career Wins: 91
Overall Podium Finish: 155
Total Career Points: 1566

World’s first billionaire athlete Michael Schumacher is a retired German F1 racing driver. In his debut race, the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix, he finished 7th. In the 1992 Belgian Grand Prix, he got his first Drivers' Championship title.

He is the only driver in F1 history who finished in 1st position in 5 consecutive seasons from 2000 to 2004 Grand Prix. He won his last race in the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix. During 2007 & 2008, he worked as the brand ambassador and car developer of Ferrari.

He attended the last race of his career in the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix and finished in 14th place. He won 91 races in total in his successful career which includes most of the major championships with the fastest laps and highest pole positions along with 72 Grand Prix victories.

Undoubtedly, he is one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time. Schumacher suffered a serious cerebral injury in 2013 while skiing and was in a coma from December 2013 until June 2014.


1. Ayrton Senna



Formula One Championship Wins: 3
Total Career Wins: 41
Overall Podium Finish: 80
Total Career Points: 620

Faster than any other driver of the ’90s, Ayrton Senna da Silva was a former Brazilian formula one racing champion. Senna made his professional debut in 1984 at the Brazilian Grand Prix, where he qualified as the 17th. In 1985, he participated in his 2nd race in the Portuguese Grand Prix where he achieved his first World Championship point.

He first won the title of Formula One World Championship for Drivers in the 39th season of FIA F1 motor racing in 1988. After that, in the 41st season of FIA F1 motor racing in 1990, he won the same for the second time.

Senna won the World Championship for the 3rd time in FIA F1 racing and became the youngest three-time world champion in 1991. Senna won the last race of his racing career in the 1993 Australian Grand Prix.

He died due to significant blood loss after a tragic accident on the track next year in San Marino Grand Prix. Overall in his glorious career, he won a total of 41 Grand Prix and three world titles.


Honorable Mention:

11. Jenson Button



Formula One Championship Wins: 1
Total Career Wins: 15
Overall Podium Finish: 50
Total Career Points: 1235

British Formula One driver Jenson Alexander Lyons Button is currently associated with McLaren and was the 2009 Formula One World Champion for the Brawn GP F1 team. He transferred to McLaren in the 2010 season as a racing partner of former World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

He is spending his 5th season with the McLaren team this year. Jenson was enlisted in "Men of the Year" by Top Gear in 2009 and 2011. He first drove in the 2000 Australian Grand Prix and won his first title in the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix.

In his career with McLaren, BAR, Honda, and Mercedes till now, he has won 15 Grand Prix, along with 1140 career points and 8 pole positions.

In the 2013 F1 World Drivers' Championship, he finished in the 9th place. Alexander is also known for his very smooth driving style and exceptional pressure handling ability.


Final Words

The drivers of F1 are always at the risk of meeting sudden deaths, or horrible accidents that can leave them crippled. Many of the best racers in the world have actually met such a fate. Yet, these greatest Formula 1 drivers are unstoppable, and, when they emerge victoriously, they get their much-deserved love and fame.


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  1. John J. Flood
    John J. Flood August 10, 2019 09:14

    You missed out Jim Clark. He was magic.

    1. Dane Turner
      Dane Turner October 18, 2019 06:17

      I see you didn’t put Lewis Hamilton in there even though you put Vettel in there.

    2. Mike Serta
      Mike serta November 5, 2019 08:11

      While I agree with some of these, you don't even have Lewis in here!

  2. Batu
    Batu September 3, 2019 00:32

    Where is Niki Lauda he was one of the best.Aufwidersehen Niki

  3. Luke Flanagan
    Luke Flanagan September 16, 2019 08:37

    This list of terrible.

  4. Johnny Bad
    Johnny Bad September 18, 2019 22:53

    The driver who is smashing every relevant F1 record. Who beat Jenson Button, Alonso, and Vettel who are in the top 10 not even mentioned? LOL
    Deny deny deny but we all know who is the greatest F1 driver of ALL TIME. Dare you to say his name.

    1. Michael Sowman
      Michael Sowman December 23, 2019 01:58

      Lewis got to be on the list!? Author wanting some attention me thinks? Any publicity is publicly good or bad! Y.N.W.A!

  5. Oscar
    Oscar September 19, 2019 13:04

    You don’t have Lewis Hamilton, equal second all-time championship wins?

  6. Frank Beattie
    Frank Beattie September 25, 2019 02:00

    I personally think that the most important driver Mr. Lewis Hamilton is and should be no 1 on any list at this moment in time. Wake up.
    Thank you.
    Frank Beattie.

  7. Antonio
    Antonio September 28, 2019 05:55

    That's not Senna in the last photo.

    1. Tim
      Tim December 1, 2019 05:57

      Well seen antonio. I noticed it as well.

  8. Adalberto Nascimento
    Adalberto Nascimento September 29, 2019 03:15

    21st century the minds are still behind. God bless this strange world.

  9. Paul Haussauer
    Paul Haussauer September 30, 2019 01:56

    What about Jim Clark and Lewis Hamilton?

  10. Marcos V. Soares
    Marcos V. Soares October 3, 2019 12:56

    I miss the name of Lewis Hamilton. And where is Clark and Lauda? But it's okay because we have my idol in the first position. Always Senna, the best!

    1. Tim
      Tim December 1, 2019 05:59

      The picture ain't even senna

  11. Nihaar
    Nihaar October 4, 2019 22:44

    Mistaken Senna with Prost.. and he's scratching.. where is Kimi...

  12. Dre
    Dre October 7, 2019 23:14

    hate is cowardly, ugly and beyond contemptuous.

  13. Jide Smith
    Jide Smith October 9, 2019 06:20

    May the greatest driver of all time continue to haunt and oppress you just like the greatest female tennis player of all time, the greatest golfer of all time and the greatest basketballer of all time.

  14. Kenny
    Kenny October 12, 2019 21:34

    It's a list of 10 greatest formula 1 drivers of all time

  15. James
    James October 13, 2019 20:06

    This list is total garbage. The author knows nothing about F1.

  16. Vik
    Vik October 18, 2019 05:19

    lol .. is that Senna ?

  17. Patrick A Wright
    Patrick A Wright October 21, 2019 22:03

    Worst list ever

  18. Lane Baumgardner
    Lane Baumgardner November 7, 2019 03:14

    Even if you hated the guy his accomplishments (wind poles championships etc) alone would have hamilton on this list.

  19. Anderson Avieravale
    Anderson avieravale November 10, 2019 00:31

    Senna is surely the best driver of f1 all time but this list is not real.
    Lewis and anothers without here.
    And more this Picture isn't Senna.

  20. Tim
    Tim November 23, 2019 04:40

    Add Hamilton and Lauda without any question AT ALL! However, I do think that Senna is probably the best/fastest driver of his era versus the competition he faced.

  21. Luiz
    Luiz November 29, 2019 12:14

    LOL that's not Senna, fix it

    1. ReynardFF
      ReynardFF January 14, 2020 10:45

      Yes, that IS a photo of Senna. Not a very good or flattering photo, but it IS Senna.

  22. Blue Dragon
    Blue dragon December 2, 2019 13:10

    How do you expect anyone to take you serious when Hamilton is not even on this list...

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das December 11, 2019 19:09

      Not at all, mate. Racism has no place in the world of sports.
      We took the account of overall achievements and stats to make this list.
      But surely, Hamilton deserves a mention in this list. We will soon incorporate him.

    2. MA
      MA December 27, 2019 21:36

      100% agree with Johnny Bad. LH now has 6 Championships Only another 12 months till he equals MS’s record then hopefully surpasses it. This is what people of colour have to do to be respected in an elitist sport.

      I mean for goodness sake, to add JB who was always consummately outclassed and outscored by LH at Maclaren. (JB who only won one championship thanks to a controversial double decker diffuser)

      The author of this article obviously has an issue with people of colour. How embarrassing for them.

  23. Xicorics
    xicorics December 8, 2019 11:31

    LOL thats not senna in the photo LOL

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das December 11, 2019 18:28

      It is senna, mate. If you can't recognize him from his famous yellow helmet, then I have nothing to say.

  24. Mike Vas
    Mike Vas December 11, 2019 05:28

    Lewis should be in the top 3 or higher, 6 world titles now, second highest wins, and the greatest pole sitter ever.

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das December 11, 2019 18:11

      I agree with you Mike. But, I made this list while calculating the overall stats of these drivers, not just the wins. But sure, he at least deserves a special mention in this list. I'll surely include him shortly.

  25. Denis Lazinica
    Denis Lazinica December 15, 2019 00:06

    Yes, I agree with all of you. It should be another way around, for a last two decade's sorted. But in this case it is sorted by best f1 driver's ever, not only last two decade's, but from ever started f1 sport. I also agree, that Senna is the best driver ever, remember Monaco hehe, no one can drive that crazy and precisely fast. And that picture is Senna, when he has had his carrier started. He was very Jung when has had started, and also too Jung ended his carrier. Senna number 1 forever. King of F1

  26. Masompe
    Masompe January 14, 2020 08:09

    Really ? No Lewis Hamilton and you have the likes of Button, Alonso and Vettel ? When Lewis is Six Times World Champion - Honestly no respect for F1. Get Over It - Lewis is at the top

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das January 14, 2020 18:36

      We have already clarified earlier. Lewis surely deserves his mention in this list.
      And, we will surely include him in our updated list of 2020.

  27. Steve
    Steve March 3, 2020 19:09

    You simply cannot discuss F1 and not mention Hamilton.

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das March 4, 2020 17:11

      First of all, 'race' is not a factor in sports. And secondly, if you follow the homepage of our blog or even the recently published articles, then you can see that we are revamping and updating our lists according to the raking of 2020. But, we can't update all the articles in a single day. And, that's why it is taking time to update it.
      But sure enough, we will soon include Hamilton on this list.

  28. Prakhar
    Prakhar March 28, 2020 11:58

    Why is button in this list, he didn't beat anyone other than Barrichello in 2009. He's had his one off glory days but was never are consistent winner against a teammate or even a challenger if we talk about his years with Lewis and Alonso

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das March 28, 2020 16:41

      Lewis, Alonso, and Button - all three are there. :P

  29. J. Todt
    J. Todt April 6, 2020 17:56

    you have no understanding of F1, drivers etc
    Mr Hamilton is amazing, I should know working with Michael

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das April 7, 2020 17:24

      And, you didn't find Lewis in our list? :D

  30. Kabir
    Kabir May 11, 2020 02:35

    Guyz I'm Black, Lewis Hamilton made the list, he's second to MS, so what's the problem, what are you clamouring for?

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das May 11, 2020 18:01

      Thanks for visiting us, Kabir. Keep visiting our sports blog.
      And, don't forget to check our other lists and share your suggestions.

  31. Emanuel
    Emanuel May 16, 2020 06:46

    I'm Brazilian ... And the last photo is of Senna. The Best, The Fast...

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das May 16, 2020 19:14

      Olá to Brazil.
      And, keep visiting our sports blog!

  32. Clóvis de Oaula May 18, 2020 06:29

    Senna is the GREATEST of all time, indeed. But, Clark is the second best. And how could you forget Lauda and Piquet? Ridiculous!!

  33. Luis GONÇALVES May 18, 2020 12:14

    Now ... its my turn .... Does any of the above know what they talk about ? Lets stop like the drivers that commentators want u to like,ok ? And lets start to admire the real proper drivers ... Does any of you heard of,Nuvolari ? Rosemeyer ? Carraciola ? Villeneuve? Bellof ? Cevert ?

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das May 18, 2020 18:14

      We always appreciate suggestions from our readers.
      Give us your suggestion about this list and which drivers you want to include it.

  34. Alex Dunfree
    Alex Dunfree May 28, 2020 15:07

    You are missing Graham Hill, the only person to have the triple crown of motorsport. Where is Jim Clark, Niki Lauda, Michael Schumacher?

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das May 28, 2020 16:56

      You haven't found Schumacher on this list? Read carefully, mate.
      And, keep visiting our sports blog.

  35. Unhappy Snowman
    Unhappy snowman June 11, 2020 05:09

    Where is Gilles Villeneuve !?!

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das June 11, 2020 17:29

      With just 6 years in Grand Prix and 0 championship wins, you want us to include Gilles to the list of the greatest?
      He is definitely one of the visual treats to watch. But if you talk about the greatest, I doubt.

  36. Paul
    Paul July 18, 2020 06:26

    Jim Clark has to be in a list of the top 10 FFS - have you no idea about F1 or even motor racing?

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das July 18, 2020 17:17

      Yes, he is undoubtedly one of the best drivers in F1. But, we had to choose just 10 players on this list.
      And, thanks for visiting our sports blog. Keep visiting!

  37. Jeffrey Powell
    Jeffrey Powell August 1, 2020 09:59

    So if its just F1 since 1950 the outstanding and most successful drivers must be Fangio, Moss, Clark, Stewart, Prost, Senna, Schumacher Alonso and Hamilton, I know there are only nine but although Vettel ,Piquet ,Mansell etc. were tremendously successful and on their day produced incredible performances I was never convinced that one of my nine could not consistently beat them in the same car ,especialy Jim Clark .

  38. Bruno Gerogie
    Bruno gerogie December 5, 2020 09:07

    Top 10 Formula 1 drivers...... and no mention of Niki Lauda. Go back to your high school job, if you had one.

  39. Safa Cavusoglu
    Safa Cavusoglu December 5, 2020 16:20

    TOP 5
    1. Ayrton Senna
    2. Micheal Schumacher
    3. Juan Manuel Fangio
    4. Alan Prost
    5. Niki Lauda

    * I think the first two names never change.

  40. Johnathan Garith
    Johnathan Garith March 21, 2021 06:22

    You forgot about one of the greatest drivers of all time. Niki Laure!

  41. Terry J
    Terry J June 2, 2021 08:51

    I'm seriously not sure what kind of list this is tbh. Whilst I agree that Senna is No.1, how have you missed out on arguably the most natural of them all in Jim Clark!!?

  42. Alionte Cristian
    Alionte Cristian June 5, 2021 08:15

    It s called F1 that means we need to see the real top 10 lost with championships not idiots Who learned how to push schumacher and hamilton... So sad for these to legends to be somehow in the shadow of some idiots like senna or jim clark

    1. Trev Niska
      Trev Niska September 19, 2021 07:10

      My list is
      1. Senna 2. Schumacher 3. Lewis 4.Fangio 5. Clark 6.Vettel 7. Prost 8.Lauda 9. Stewart 10. Piquet

      Special mention : Alonso and Brabham

    2. Admin
      Admin September 19, 2021 12:19

      That's a great ranking, indeed! But, we have considered the overall presence and performance to make our ranking for the greatest F1 drivers.

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