It has been one of the most hotly debated topics in motorsport, but nevertheless Autosport Magazine have added a new perspective to the question, “Who is the best F1 Driver in history?”
The magazine polled 217 world championship drivers including Michael Schumacher, statistically the most successful F1 driver in history, Jose Froilan Gonzalez, the earliest surviving grand prix winner, Paul Pietsch, at 98 the oldest living driver, and reigning world champion Jenson Button.
When the votes were counted, it was Ayron Senna who came out on top, ahead of Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss and Nigel Mansell. Unsurprisingly Jim Clark was the top placed Brit in 5th place, with modern greats such as Michael Schumacher in 2nd, Fernando Alonso in 9th place and Lewis Hamilton in 17th.
Each driver was asked to name their top 10 ‘greatest’ F1 drivers, and left the definition of ‘greatest’ open to interpretation.
The voters had a combined total of 9194 starts and 270 wins between them, and included starters from all but 10 world championship grands prix.
Could this be the definitive view that will finally settle all the arguments?
You can take a look at the top-40 drivers on Autosport’s microsite and read a more comprehensive feature on the poll within this week’s Autosport Magazine.