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Formula 1 The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever  

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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.
list ordered by

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1,586 284
Ayrton Senna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Died at 34 (1960-1994)

2
810 762
Michael Schumacher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever

3
526 418
Juan Manuel Fangio is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Died at 84 (1911-1995)

4
411 331
Jim Clark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Died at 32 (1936-1968)

5
456 391
Alain Prost is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
age 63

6
532 457
Fernando Alonso is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever

7
443 391
Niki Lauda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
age 69

8
417 341
Lewis Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever

9
342 281
Jackie Stewart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever

10
385 336
Mika Häkkinen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever

11
451 383
Sebastian Vettel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever

12
276 182
Sterling Moss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Sterling Moss

13
337 273
Gilles Villeneuve is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Died at 32 (1950-1982)

14
262 193
Emerson Fittipaldi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever

15
477 405
Kimi Räikkönen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever

16
232 162
Graham Hill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Died at 46 (1929-1975)

17
202 124
Alberto Ascari is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Died at 37 (1918-1955)

18
310 253
Nigel Mansell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
age 64

19
243 142
Jack Brabham is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Died at 88 (1926-2014)

20
236 169
James Hunt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Died at 46 (1947-1993)

21
207 164
Mario Andretti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever

22
161 99
Jochen Rindt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Died at 28 (1942-1970)

23
188 105
Stirling Moss is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
age 88

24
139 98
Nelson Piquet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
age 65

25
170 115
Ronnie Peterson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Died at 34 (1944-1978)

26
262 239
Jenson Button is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
age 38

27
149 121
Damon Hill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
age 57

28
114 57
John Surtees is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
age 84

29
173 101
Nico Rosberg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
age 32

30
201 187
Rubens Barrichello is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever

31
106 66
Keke Rosberg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
age 69

32
121 87
Jody Scheckter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
clash1977 added age 68

33
101 56
Gerhard Berger is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever

34
219 154
Juan-Pablo Montoya is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
whip added Juan-Pablo Montoya

35
153 130
Jacques Villeneuve is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever

36
100 75
Sterling Moss is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever

37
80 36
Jacky Ickx is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
age 73

38
166 123
Felipe Massa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
age 36

39
93 60
Giuseppe Farina is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Died at 60 (1906-1966)

40
125 105
Carlos Reutemann is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever

41
114 88
Jean Alesi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
whip added age 53

42
93 62
Tazio Nuvolari is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Died at 61 (1892-1953)

43
135 93
Mark Webber is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
age 41

44
103 78
David Coulthard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever

45
122 88
Michael Shumacher is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Michael Shumacher

46
61 30
Max Verstappen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
AndriesPasterkamp added age 20

47
101 99
Giancarlo Fisichella is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever

48
71 52
Clay Regazzoni is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Died at 67 (1939-2006)

49
71 57
René Arnoux is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
age 69

50
104 95
Jarno Trulli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
age 43