The Formula 1 data elects, the Argentinean speedy Juan Manuel Fangio is the top driver in the Formula One World Championship history.
But the Motorsports spectators expressed via, discussion forums, comments box and social media, the late Ayrton Senna is still regarded as greatest drivers to have graced Formula 1.
Statistically the most successful driver in F1 history, Seven times world champion, Michael Schumacher utterly dominated the sport in the early part of this decade. After taking his first two world titles with Benetton in 1994 and ’95, Schumacher took key personnel with him to Ferrari and hauled F1’s most successful team out of a serious slump. With Schumacher on board, Maranello enjoyed unprecedented success. The German scored 72 grand prix wins and five consecutive drivers titles from 2000-2004.
The F1 statistics continued… Alberto Ascari s is the another speedy in the table, double time F1 world champion and one of only two Italian champions in the history of the sport. Ascari lost his life while testing a Ferrari sportscar at Monza in May 1955. His death held eerie similarities to that of his father, Antonio, himself a grand prix driver; each met his end on the 26th day of the month, seven weeks shy of his 37th birthday and with 13 grand prix triumphs to his name.
Jim Clark: The leading driver of his period and won two World title, in ’63 and ’65. At the time of his death, he had won more Grand Prix races (25) and achieved more Grand Prix pole positions (33) than any other driver.
Back to the Subject: F1 legend Ayrton Senna
His talents lift him to the top of the sport. The Brazilian set the record for most pole positions from 1989 to 2006 and was among the most talented drivers in extremely rain-affected conditions, as shown by his performances in the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, the 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix, and the 1993 European Grand Prix.
1984 Monaco Grand Prix: First time that Ayrton Senna had set a Formula 1 fastest lap.
The race, held amidst heavy rain, was one of the most contentious in Formula One history, and announced the emergence of at least two new stars. Alain Prost took the first of his four victories at the circuit.
The Brazilian had started the race thirteenth, the first Formula One street race in his rookie season. Finally he finished in the second behind the race winner Alain Prost.
Senna passed Prost’s slowing McLaren before the finish line, but according to the rules, the positions counted are those from the last lap completed by every driver – lap 31, at which point Prost was still leading.
1985 Portuguese Grand Prix: First top podium with pole position
It was the second round of the 1985 FIA Formula One World Championship and was won by Ayrton Senna from pole position, taking both his first pole position and win in the process. Senna demonstrated his proficiency in wet conditions by finishing the race at least one lap ahead of every car except second-place finisher Michele Alboret.
1993 European Grand Prix – This was Ayrton Senna’s 19th and final fastest lap of his career.
Senna’s drive to victory is regarded as one of his finest, and his first lap exploits are particularly lauded, in which he passed five drivers to take the lead in torrential conditions. The race was the first held under the European Grand Prix title since 1985, and to date is the only grand prix held at the circuit.
When Ayrton Senna died, motor sport lost one of its most talented drivers. A 10-year F1 career saw the Brazilian driver win three World Championship titles, and 41 grands prix.
Grand Prix wins by percentage
|1||Juan Manuel Fangio||51||28||54.90%|
|Pole position by percentage|
|1||Juan Manuel Fangio||51||28||54.90%|
Average Starting Grid Position (5+ GPs)
|1||Juan Manuel Fangio||8||51||1.78|
|2||Giuseppe (Nino) Farina||6||34||3.12|
|9||Jose Froilan Gonzalez||9||26||4.58|
Laps Led Per GP
|3||Juan Manuel Fangio||1,348||51||26.43|
Fastest Laps By Percentage
|1||Juan Manuel Fangio||51||23||45.10%|
|6||Jose Froilan Gonzalez||26||6||23.08%|
Percentage of Podium (1-2-3) Finishes
|1||Juan Manuel Fangio||51||24-10-1||68.63%|