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The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever 

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Updated May 6, 2020 30.1k votes 3.6k voters 25.3k views 75 items
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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Ayrton Senna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Dec. at 34 (1960-1994) from São Paulo, Brazil
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Michael Schumacher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Age 50 from Hürth, Germany
3
Lewis Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Age 34 from Stevenage, United Kingdom
4
Juan Manuel Fangio is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Dec. at 84 (1911-1995) from Balcarce
5
Fernando Alonso is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Age 37 from Oviedo, Spain
6
Niki Lauda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Age 70 from Vienna, Austria
7
Jim Clark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Dec. at 32 (1936-1968) from Kilmany, United Kingdom
8
Alain Prost is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Age 64 from Lorette, Loire, France
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Sebastian Vettel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Age 31 from Heppenheim, Germany
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Jackie Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Age 79 from Milton, United Kingdom
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Gilles Villeneuve is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Dec. at 32 (1950-1982) from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada
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Kimi Räikkönen... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Age 39 from Espoo, Finland
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Jack Brabham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Dec. at 88 (1926-2014) from Hurstville, Australia
14
Stirling Moss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Age 89 from West Kensington, London, United Kingdom
15
Mika Häkkinen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Age 50 from Vantaa, Finland
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Alberto Ascari is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Dec. at 37 (1918-1955) from Milan, Italy
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Nigel Mansell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Age 65 from Upton-upon-Severn, United Kingdom
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James Hunt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Dec. at 46 (1947-1993) from Belmont, Sutton, London, United Kingdom
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Emerson Fittipaldi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Age 72 from São Paulo, Brazil
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Graham Hill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Dec. at 46 (1929-1975) from Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
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Nelson Piquet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Age 66 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Nico Rosberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Age 33 from Wiesbaden, Germany
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Jochen Rindt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Dec. at 28 (1942-1970) from Mainz, Germany
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Jenson Button is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Age 39 from Frome, England
25
Mario Andretti is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Formula One Drivers Ever
Mario Andretti Age 79 from Motovun, Croatia