• Mar 21, 2008

Autocar has listed the top 100 Formula 1 drivers of all time, as declared by British motorsport journalist Alan Henry. We won't spoil the top-of-the-list surprise for you, but of course, as with all of these things, some of the placings could be a little controversial. At least until one realizes that there haven't really been that many F1 drivers in the 62-year history of the sport. Still, Mika Hakkinen at #10 in front of Michael Schumacher at #11 strikes us as somewhat odd. And Barrichello and Button ahead of Bruce McLaren? Hmmm. Autocar has the top 30 listed, you can get the full list here.
Thanks for the tip, Darren!

[Source: Autocar via Bruce-McLaren.com]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Utter rubbish, Ms should be at the top of the list, at least 3rd in place of jackie stewart, the pompous bastard. 7 championships should speak for something. Do you think Rubens would have won even one c/ship without MS, dont forget his rotten luck, never won a home race. All this talk about him not winning a c/ship because of MS. DC has won more races than rubens never a c/ship, he should be before rubens. As for lewis he should not be on the list at all, dont give him a swollen ego. Alonso is always better than lewis. As for mika how could he be before MS, it goes to show that an idiot, a prejudiced and mere nurd has compiled this list. For me it will always be Michael Schumacher as the best driver even better than senna.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No way Alain Prost ahead of Fangio. That's impossible. Putting Clark and Moss 1a and 1b would seem appropriate.

      No slam against the modern drivers but the machines these guys drove prior to the 80's were simply death machines. No brakes, poor tires, zero safety equipment in the cars or tracks, and exposed gas tanks. Any one who could put their fear in their back pocket and drive 10/10ths has to be given more credit than the modern era.

      I once had the great opportunity to crew for Denny Hulme at an historic racing event many years ago. He could drive the pants off anyone. You get a much better appreciation of a racer's skills when you see how well a veteran driver can handle a classic machine. Denny won that race, of course!
      • 6 Years Ago
      why my idol Michael Schumacher at #11 ? T_T
      Btw, i also insert the full list at my new blog http://shourainocar.blogspot.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      Three I would have moved up: Senna,Fangio and Mika.Oh and Andretti, four...
      • 6 Years Ago
      About Hamil and Alons: Hamilton was the best prepared driver to ever enter F1. Alonso was hurt badly by the change from Michelin to Bridgestone and like Kimi had to adjust, not learn from blank. But like Hamilton he hasnt any legacy. Schumacher has contributed greatly to F1's safety and the fact that his teammates were his pawns doesnt take much from the fact that he battled the best and he mastered the rain.
      Also, Lewis over Graham Hill and McLaren? Or ranking Lauda so low? Oh my god!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Isnt this list completely pointless considering that he who holds the greatest amount of world titles should be number 1 automatically. Like isnt that the point of racing to determine who is best through racing? I do not care the other variables because it doesnt matter, it is how it is
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fangio and Moss were contemporaries and with Mercedes, teammates. Fangio won five world championships, Moss none. No way that he's is behind Moss or Clark. Fangio is number one, Nuvolari is second, ya'll can argue about the rest.
      • 6 Years Ago
      An insane article. Certainly Moss was one of the best, but how does he rate above Clark, who had a higher winning percentage, or Stewart, let alone Senna or Schumaker. And where is Carraciola? But, the greatest of all was Fangio: 51 Grand Prix started, and 24 wins. A winning percentage of 47%.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hamilton also did what he did in a car that cheated. Gimme a V12 and moving aerodynamics and i'll be a world champion. Of course my logic would be characterised as insane by the Brits!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is total crap. Ascari, Fangio, Senna, Clark, Moss and Schumacher should be the top 6 (IMO). The order of those isn't too significant but those should be the guys.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Totally biased! Schumacher has to be in the top 3, if not #1.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This list is complete junk! How can Lewis Hamilton be number 30 of all time? The dude has not even been in F1 two years yet. Don't get me wrong, the dude has mad skills, and with a bit of luck would have one the championship last year, but its way too early to have him on the list....his story is far from written yet....and the same could be said for a couple other drivers on the list.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree that this list is junk. But if you consider how much Hamilton has accomplished in his short career, I'm not surprised that he's on the list.
        • 6 Years Ago
        utter rubbish, imagine jackie stewart been 3rd, he is such a snob, MS should be at least there, by far he is the best, and will always be my number one driver. Lewis should not be on the list at all, best drivers are those who have achieved in f1, seven c/ships should speak for something, you think rubens would have won even one c/ship without MS, dont forget his bad luck, never won his home race. DC should be ahead of rubens, DC has won several races. As for Mika just two c/ships,how could he be before MS. An idiot has compiled this list.
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