Top 15 All-Time Drivers

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Comparing F1 drivers across eras is inherently difficult; the longer schedules 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 Formula One pilots of all time, and offer a few revealing surprises.

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W05-2014
All drivers through 2014 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 mapMichael Schumacher 306 91 29.74%
5 mapSebastian Vettel 140 39 27.85%
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 mapLewis Hamilton 149 34 22.81%
11 mapDamon Hill 115 22 19.13%
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 140 45 32.14%
6 mapLewis Hamilton 149 39 26.17%
7 mapStirling Moss 66 16 24.24%
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 mapNino 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 9 149 4.49
9 mapJose Froilan Gonzalez 9 26 4.58
10 mapStirling Moss 11 66 4.76
11 mapMichael Schumacher 19 306 4.87
12 mapEugenio Castellotti 3 14 4.93
13 mapSebastian Vettel 10 140 5.30
14 mapJuan-Pablo Montoya 6 95 5.37
15 mapMike Hawthorn 6 46 5.85

Laps Led Per Grand Prix
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 mapJackie Stewart 1,921 99 19.40
6 mapAyrton Senna 2,987 161 18.55
7 mapStirling Moss 1,181 66 17.89
8 mapSebastian Vettel 2.438 140 17.41
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 mapGiuseppe Farina 338 33 10.24
13 mapNiki Lauda 1,592 171 9.31
14 mapMika Häkkinen 1,488 161 9.24
15 mapLewis Hamilton 1,342 149 9.01

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 212 40 18.68%
8 mapAlain Prost 199 37 18.59%
9 mapSebastian Vettel 24 140 17.14%
10 mapDamon Hill 122 19 15.57%
11 mapNigel Mansell 187 30 16.04%
12 mapJackie Stewart 99 15 15.15%
13 mapNino 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 mapAlberto Ascari 31 13-3-0 51.61%
5 mapMichael Schumacher 306 91-43-21 50.65%
6 mapAyrton Senna 161 41-23-16 49.69%
7 mapSebastian Vettel 140 39-14-14 47.86%
9 mapJim Clark 72 25-1-6 44.44%
11 mapJackie Stewart 99 27-11-5 43.43%
10 mapFernando Alonso 234 32-35-28 41.45%
12 mapDamon Hill 115 22-15-5 41.00%
13 mapMike Hawthorn 45 3-9-6 40.00%
14 mapKimi Räikkönen 212 20-29-28 38.32%
15 mapStirling Moss 66 16-5-3 36.36%

 

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