(settings) | Login Skip Navigation LinksRSC Home > Reports & News > Who Is The Greatest F1 Driver Of All Time?

Who Is The Greatest F1 Driver Of All Time?

The question of who is the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time is one that will always spark endless debates among F1 enthusiasts, historians and fans. Formula 1, the ultimate motorsport, has seen many exceptional talents throughout the years - and every era has had its dominant figures, so comparing them across different time frames is tricky. Nevertheless, some drivers have left an indelible mark on the sport, making them strong contenders for the title of the greatest F1 driver of all time.

The Argentine Fangio

One name that often rises to the top of this discussion is Juan Manuel Fangio. This Argentine driver competed in the 1950s and won five World Championships between 1951 and 1957 and his incredible skill, remarkable consistency and sportsmanship made him a true legend of the sport. He had an incredible ability to adapt to different cars and teams… and combined with his technical understanding of racing, it really set him apart. His five titles in a relatively short career cemented his status as a true maestro of Formula 1.


Another driver who cannot be overlooked is the legend that is Michael Schumacher. The German Ferrari driver dominated F1 in the late 1990s and early 2000s, winning an incredible seven World Championships. His work ethic, determination and utter precision made him a force to be reckoned with. Then we have his record of 91 Grand Prix victories - which stood as the benchmark for many years.

However, Schumacher's legacy extends beyond statistics; he played a massive role in reshaping the way teams approached the sport, particularly in terms of driver development and teamwork.

Brazilian Flayr-ton Senna

Ayrton Senna is a name synonymous with Formula 1 excellence. The Brazilian driver's incredible speed and raw talent made him a fan favourite all around the world. Senna's aggressive driving style and fearless approach made him a true racer's racer - and although he won "only" three World Championships, his impact on the sport is much more than simple numbers and statistics. His rivalry with Alain Prost in the late 1980s remains, to this day, one of the most intense and iconic in F1 history. Senna's tragic death at Imola in 1994 cut short what could have been an even more illustrious career.

Professor Prost

Speaking of Alain Prost, the "Professor" also deserves a place in the discussion as well. The Frenchman won four World Championships during his career - he displayed incredible consistency and was the king of strategic thinking. Prost's ability to analyse and adapt to race conditions, as well as his knack for outsmarting his rivals, set him apart from the rest. His rivalry with Senna added even more drama to the sport and showcased his tactical prowess. His versatility and ability to excel in different cars and teams certainly make a strong case for his greatness.

The Flying Scot

Jackie Stewart, often referred to as "The Flying Scot," made a massive impact on Formula 1 during the 1960s and early 1970s. During his tenure in the sport, he won three World Championships… and this was during a time when safety standards were far from what they are today. As well as being a great driver, his advocacy for improved safety measures helped shape the sport into what it is today. Moreover, his technical knowledge and ability to extract the maximum from his machinery were also highly regarded.

A More Modern Legend

Of course, it's impossible to discuss the greatest F1 driver without mentioning Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton has already secured seven World Championships, matching Schumacher's record - and he’s still going. Check out F1 odds at Boylesport even today - and chances are he’s right up there as a favourite. His combination of speed, consistency, and adaptability has made him a dominant force in modern Formula 1 in more recent years - but his impact extends beyond the racetrack as he has used his platform to advocate for social and environmental causes.

If he continues to add to his championship tally, Hamilton's claim to the title of greatest F1 driver may become even stronger.

Ultimately, the greatest F1 driver of all time is a matter of personal opinion… and it's likely to evolve as the sport continues to produce exceptional talents. Every single era has had its own standout performers - and picking the best is simply impossible. What is undeniable, however, is that Formula 1 has been graced by some incredible drivers over the years who have pushed the boundaries of human performance and engineering excellence and helped to make it one of the most thrilling and iconic sports in the world that it is today.

Random Photo
13 - Courage C30LM Porsche #010 - Courage Compétition