Greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time

Sporting world has come to a standstill thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, sporting memories are still alive due to icons of the sports. Here's a brief list on greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time.

Michael Schumacher

He is regarded the most successful driver in the history of Formula 1. He has won 7 Formula 1 World Championships, the only driver to do so. He has won five of those championships in succession. Other than that, he holds a quite a few other records such as most Grand Prix wins (91), most fastest laps (77) and winning the most races in a single season (13). He raced for Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes. In 2013, he suffered brain injury in a skiing accident and was in coma for 6 months. He is currently recovering at his home.

Lewis Hamilton

The British Formula 1 driver has won 6 World Championships. He has posted 84 Grand Prix wins. He raced for McLaren, winning one title, before joining Mercedes and winning 5 championships for them. He holds the record of most career points (3431), most pole positions (88) and most grand slams in a season (3). Unfortunately, he has to fight racial abuse throughout his career.

Sebastian Vettel

He has won four World Championships in succession from 2010 to 2013 with Red Bull Racing. He now races for Ferrari. He started his career as a test driver in 2006, but fate had other plans. An injury to a driver in 2007 United States Grand Prix saw Vettel takes his place and the rest is history.

He became the youngest race winner at just 21 in the Italian Grand Prix in 2008. In 2010, he became the youngest driver to win the World Championships. He has 53 Grand Prix wins.

Alain Prost

The retired French driver has won four World Championships in 1985, 1986, 1989, and 1993. He held the record of most Grand Prix wins (51) for 14 years before it was broken by Michael Schumacher. He discovered karting when he was 14 during a holiday with family. He raced for McLaren, Renault, Ferrari and Williams. He was called ‘The Professor’ as he approached races with an intellectual bent of mind. He used the brakes and tyres judiciously early in the race in order to conserve them and use them to his advantage in the last part of the competition. 

Photo courtesy: Michael Schumacher's official FB page

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