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Do you pick Ayrton Senna as the greatest driver ever in the F1 History?

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Can you choose the most excellent driver in Formula 1 history?

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.

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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.

Formula One Grand Prix Driver Ayrton Senna

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.

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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

Rank Driver Races Poles Percent
1 mapJuan Manuel Fangio 51 28 54.90%
2 mapJim Clark 72 33 45.83%
3 mapAlberto Ascari 31 14 45.16%
4 mapAyrton Senna 161 65 40.37%
5 mapSebastian Vettel 120 45 37.50%
6 mapStirling Moss 66 16 24.24%
7 mapLewis Hamilton 129 31 24.03%
8 mapMichael Schumacher 306 68 22.22%
9 mapDamon Hill 115 20 17.39%
10 mapJackie Stewart 99 17 17.17%
11 mapAlain Prost 199 33 17.12%
12 mapNigel Mansell 187 32 17.11%
13 mapJochen Rindt 60 10 16.67%
14 mapMika Häkkinen 161 26 16.15%
15 mapJames Hunt 92 14 15.22%
Pole position by percentage
Rank Driver Races Poles Percent
1 mapJuan Manuel Fangio 51 28 54.90%
2 mapJim Clark 72 33 45.83%
3 mapAlberto Ascari 31 14 45.16%
4 mapAyrton Senna 161 65 40.37%
5 mapSebastian Vettel 120 45 37.50%
6 mapStirling Moss 66 16 24.24%
7 mapLewis Hamilton 129 31 24.03%
8 mapMichael Schumacher 306 68 22.22%
9 mapDamon Hill 115 20 17.39%
10 mapJackie Stewart 99 17 17.17%
11 mapAlain Prost 199 33 17.12%
12 mapNigel Mansell 187 32 17.11%
13 mapJochen Rindt 60 10 16.67%
14 mapMika Häkkinen 161 26 16.15%
15 mapJames Hunt 92 14 15.22%
 
Average Starting Grid Position (5+ GPs)
Rank Driver Seasons Races Ave.
1 mapJuan Manuel Fangio 8 51 1.78
2 map Giuseppe (Nino) Farina 6 34 3.12
3 mapAyrton Senna 11 161 3.15
4 mapJim Clark 9 72 3.46
5 mapAlberto Ascari 6 32 3.72
6 mapAlain Prost 13 201 4.16
7 mapJackie Stewart 9 100 4.50
8 mapLewis Hamilton 7 129 4.56
9 mapJose Froilan Gonzalez 9 26 4.58
10 mapStirling Moss 11 66 4.76
11 mapMichael Schumacher 19 306 4.87
12 mapSebastian Vettel 8 120 4.92
13 mapEugenio Castellotti 3 14 4.93
14 mapJuan-Pablo Montoya 6 95 5.37
15 mapMike Hawthorn 6 46 5.85
 
Laps Led Per GP
Rank Driver Laps Led GPs Ave./Race
1 mapAlberto Ascari 926 31 29.87
2 mapJim Clark 2,089 72 29.01
3 mapJuan Manuel Fangio 1,348 51 26.43
4 mapMichael Schumacher 5,111 306 24.81
5 mapSebastian Vettel 2,437 120 20.31
6 mapJackie Stewart 1,921 99 19.40
7 mapAyrton Senna 2,987 161 18.55
8 mapStirling Moss 1,181 66 17.89
9 mapAlain Prost 2,684 199 13.49
10 mapDamon Hill 1,358 115 11.81
11 mapNigel Mansell 2,089 187 11.17
12 mapLewis Hamilton 1,342 129 10.40
13 mapNino Farina 338 33 10.24
14 mapNiki Lauda 1,592 171 9.31
15 mapMika Häkkinen 1,488 161 9.24
 
Fastest Laps By Percentage
Rank Driver Races Fast Laps Percent
1 mapJuan Manuel Fangio 51 23 45.10%
2 mapAlberto Ascari 31 13 41.94%
3 mapJim Clark 72 28 38.89%
4 mapStirling Moss 66 19 28.79%
5 mapMichael Schumacher 306 77 25.16%
6 mapJose Froilan Gonzalez 26 6 23.08%
7 mapKimi Räikkönen 192 39 20.31%
8 mapAlain Prost 199 37 18.59%
9 mapSebastian Vettel 15 101 18.33%
10 mapDamon Hill 122 19 15.57%
11 mapNigel Mansell 187 30 16.04%
12 mapJackie Stewart 99 15 15.15%
13 map Nino Farina 33 5 15.15%
14 mapMika Häkkinen 165 15 15.15%
15 mapNiki Lauda 170 25 14.70%
 
Percentage of Podium (1-2-3) Finishes
Rank Driver Races Podiums Percent
1 mapJuan Manuel Fangio 51 24-10-1 68.63%
2 mapNino Farina 33 5-9-6 60.60%
3 mapAlain Prost 199 51-35-20 53.27%
4 mapSebastian Vettel 120 39-13-10 51.67%
5 mapAlberto Ascari 31 13-3-0 51.61%
6 mapMichael Schumacher 306 91-43-21 50.65%
7 mapAyrton Senna 161 41-23-16 49.69%
8 mapLewis Hamilton 129 23-16-15 41.86%
9 mapJim Clark 72 25-1-6 44.44%
10 mapFernando Alonso 215 32-36-27 44.19%
11 mapJackie Stewart 99 27-11-5 43.43%
12 mapDamon Hill 115 22-15-5 41.00%
13 mapMike Hawthorn 45 3-9-6 40.00%
14 mapKimi Räikkönen 192 21-29-27 36.46%
15 mapStirling Moss 66 16-5-3 36.36%
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