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"We all know the great drivers – they're the ones who win the world titles – but what about the truly quick ones?" That's the question F1 Racing magazine asked, and answered with a study published in the January issue. They surveyed the insiders – from team leaders to former world champions – and compared driver's stats to the performance of their team-mates to arrive at a list of the Top 50 quickest drivers of all time.

The late, great Ayrton Senna took the top honors, followed by the recently retired Michael Schumacher in second place. Reigning world champion Fernando Alonso took eighth place, but more importantly was the top-ranked driver currently racing, coming ahead of Kimi Raikkonen (13th) and well ahead of Jarno Truli (42nd), Mark Webber (43rd) and Jenson Button (49th). Shockingly, Alonso also finished ahead of some of history's greatest like Gilles Villeneuve (11th), Alain Prost (14th) and Niki Lauda (18th).

Will Alonso continue to live up to the rank F1 Racing attributed to him? We'll enjoy finding out.

[Source: F1 Racing via F1i.com]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't think Alonso is a backstabbing jerk. I think he is a kid! A kid who saw the arrival of Carlos Ghosn and the lack of a forthcoming commitment by Renault to F1 while Ron Dennis waived a big carrot at him.

      A kid who - with that Latin temperament - should be driving under the marque of the Cavallino Rampante. He and Massa would have been a great team.

      A kid who won't win another championship for quite awhile as McLaren will try yet again to put their house in order.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Alonso is a backstabbing scumbag. I hope he crashes in his first race with mclaren and gets kicked out of f1...

      allez renault!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Fangio EIGTH!!!!!
      Trulli and Webber will be forgotten within a year of their retiring from F1 so why list them in the top 50 of ALL time.
      These lists are always skewed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Next season will reveal just how weak team mate Alonso had past two years.

      Of course Alonso is very top driver, but not THAT good some think of him. Like Flavio says, Alonso wont be same without Renault.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Fastest how? Over the past 2 years, both Schumi and and Kimi probably have double or triple the # of fastest laps than Alonso. His performance is far from the epic levels of Schumi, or less recently, Senna, Prost, or Fangio.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Seeing as it's based on outpacing your teammates, this is really a list of the biggest snakes in F1 history. Compare Prost's gentlemanly behavior when he was the younger hungrier teammate to Senna's. Senna, as Prost rightfully observed, was an arriviste.

      Alonso's great achievement has been to knock that s---head Schumacher off the pedestal (at least off the top of it); but basically there hasn't been a champion in the grand tradition of Fangio & Moss since Prost.