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The definitive list, not just who is in the fastest car, but the most influential, history-altering driver that has ever graced the most demanding of sports. These are the greatest Formula One drivers ever. Vote for the F1 driver you believe deserves the top spot, and vote down anyone you don't think should be listed. You can also rerank this list in any order you want.

Some of the legendary Formula One drivers listed, including the late, great Ayrton Senna, died way too young under horrible circumstances. The sport is incredibly dangerous and the participants are incredibly brave. This list of Formula 1 fatal car crashes, unfortunately, hammers that point home all too well.

Since Formula One's opening season in 1950 to the present decade an incredible array of talent has appeared, shone and even died in the hands of an F1 car. Sadly, since it is impossible to race Jeson Button against Schumacher (when he was good) or Senna against Hamilton, this list is the best chance we have to decide once and for all.
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    the people's #1 &often listed
    Ayrton Senna

    1960 More
    100
  2. 2
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    Juan Manuel Fangio

    1911 More
    93
  3. 3
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael Schumacher

    1982 More
    88
  4. 4
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    Jim Clark

    1936 More
    88
  5. 5
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    often listed
    Niki Lauda

    1949 More
    87
  6. 6
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    Kimi Räikkönen

    1979 More
    87
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    Alain Prost

    1955 More
    86
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    Jackie Stewart

    1939 More
    86
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    1950 More
    83
  10. 10
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    often listed
    Mika Häkkinen

    1968 More
    83
  11. 11
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    1953 More
    82
  12. 12
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    Sterling Moss

    79
  13. 13
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    1946 More
    79
  14. 14
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    1929 More
    78
  15. 15
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    1940 More
    75
  16. 16
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    controversial
    Sebastian Vettel

    1987 More
    75
  17. 17
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    1918 More
    73
  18. 18
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    1960 More
    72
  19. 19
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    1947 More
    70
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    Fernando Alonso

    1981 More
    70
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    1944 More
    69
  22. 22
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    1985 More
    69
  23. 23
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    niche appeal
    Jody Scheckter

    1950 More
    69
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    Juan-Pablo Montoya

    69
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    1980 More
    68
  26. 26
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    Jack Brabham

    68
  27. 27
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    1906 More
    66
  28. 28
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    1942 More
    66
  29. 29
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    niche appeal
    Jean Alesi

    1964 More
    65
    added by: whip
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    niche appeal
    John Surtees

    1934 More
    65
  31. 31
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    1985 More
    65
  32. 32
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    1973 More
    64
  33. 33
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    1892 More
    63
  34. 34
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    1976 More
    62
  35. 35
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    1972 More
    61
  36. 36
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    1974 More
    60
  37. 37
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    1948 More
    59
  38. 38
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    1971 More
    58
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    1948 More
    58
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    1971 More
    54
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    1939 More
    53
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    1922 More
    52
  43. 43
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    1929 More
    51
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    1942 More
    51
  45. 45
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    1959 More
    51
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    controversial
    Nelson Piquet, Jr.

    1985 More
    51
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    1981 More
    50
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    1952 More
    50
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    1926 More
    50
  50. 50
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    1943 More
    47
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