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Top 15 All-Time Drivers

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Comparing Formula One drivers across eras is inherently difficult; the longer schedules, vastly improved reliability and frequently changed points systems of the past 25 seasons compound the unreliability of absolute numbers. These statistics attempt to give a “relative” view of the top fifteen F1 pilots of all time, and offer a few revealing surprises.

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W05-2014
All drivers through 2013 season.
GP Wins By Percentage
Rank Driver Races Wins Percent
1 mapJuan Manuel Fangio 51 24 47.06%
2 mapAlberto Ascari 31 13 41.93%
3 mapJim Clark 72 25 34.72%
4 mapSebastian Vettel 120 39 32.50%
5 mapMichael Schumacher 306 91 29.74%
6 mapJackie Stewart 99 27 27.27%
7 mapAlain Prost 199 51 25.63%
8 mapAyrton Senna 161 41 25.47%
9 mapStirling Moss 66 16 24.24%
10 mapDamon Hill 115 22 19.13%
11 mapLewis Hamilton 129 22 17.05%
12 mapNigel Mansell 187 31 16.59%
13 mapTony Brooks 38 6 15.79%
14 mapFernando Alonso 215 32 14.89%
15 mapNiki Lauda 171 25 14.62%
Pole Positions 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 120 22 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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