F1 driving is a competitive sport. The fast speeds the drivers achieve are more than dangerous. This sport requires much in terms of physical endurance from its drivers. The G-forces put a lot of strain on a driver’s body. Because the Formula One races are such an extreme sport, it seems necessary to list five of the most successful drivers.
Jim Clark was a British national who drove for team Lotus. He only won two championships (1963 and 1965), but out of his 73 races, he won 25 of them. Had he not died at Hockenheim, Germany, in 1968, he could have easily won more championships. Clark was a shy man who always had little to say about himself.
Alain Prost was born 1955 in France. Out of the 202 races he has competed in, he won 51 of them. Prost has brought home the championship on four separate occasions in 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1993.
Juan Manuel Fangio
While he did not win the first ever championship of the Formula One races in 1950, he did win the title for 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1957. His title stood for 45 years. Fangio is forever remembered as the champion to dominate the first decade of F1 racing and has earned the title of “Grand Master.”
Ayrton Senna was from Brazil. He won three world championships (1988, 1990 and 1991). His death happened in front of a worldwide audience during a Grand Prix race in May 1994. He was hired by Mclaren to be Alain Prost’s partner. Out of Senna’s 161 races, he won 41.
Michael Schumacher was born in Germany. There is an argument of who the absolute best driver is between Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher. While Senna’s career ended due to his death, he still is regarded by some as the best F1 driver. However, Schumacher has won seven championships. Out of the 250 races he has competed in, he has won 91. Statistically, Schumacher is the best F1 driver. However, Some people do not judge the best F1 driver by their records. Some say British national Jim Clark is the best.
Schumacher’s driving style is ruthless. He will stop at nothing to win a race. In 1994, he won his championship after crashing into Damon Hill, preventing him from winning. In 1997, he was expunged from the records after crashing into Jacques Villeneuve. Schumacher still is the only F1 driver with the greatest amount of records broken.
These are what some consider the five most successful F1 drivers to date.