One of the most controversial lists to make is the list of best racecar drivers of all time. It is impossible to come up with one that everyone could agree with especially among the league of the most technologically advanced sporting contest in the world. Statistics, accolades, passion, skill and a lot of things should be carefully considered.
5. Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentina
The legendary Argentinian race car driver has won 24 out of the 52 F1 races he ever joined and still holds the top spot for the highest lifetime winning percentage in racecar history with 46.15% to boot. Fangio has swept five Formula One championships with a record that stood resolutely for 46 years.
Although Fangio had been second best next to Alberto Ascari and only gained more popularity after the latter retired from the racing scene, he still managed to clinch titles for Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Mercedez Benz.
His record speaks volumes about his professionalism, discipline, skill, and his occasional daredevil stunts when it comes to pushing his cars to the limit.
4. Jim Clark, United Kingdom
Racing came so easy for Jim Clark (or so that’s what he made it seem to be). Clark was groomed to become a farmer like his father until the motorsport bug bit him while on boarding school. He was a natural on the track winning titles after titles like a true champ does. His first appearance on Formula One’s scene in 1960 by beating Colin Chapman on track was the start of his wildly successful career. His best trait is his brazened attitude and his ability to not overthink things in whatever racing condition as fast as it went.
He scored the most hat-tricks in history by posting the fastest time in almost all races he’s been in. His unmatched natural skill in racecar driving has been a beacon of hope for other aspiring drivers who wish to bring out the ‘Jim Clark’ in them.
3. Michael Schumacher, Germany
He was a lightning in the dry and skillful in the wet, Michael Schumacher is the only race car driver to ever smash Fangio’s legendary record of five championships. His work ethic, drive, and ability to go beyond conventions are what catapulted his career to the top, earning himself seven world titles.
He’s undoubtedly one of the best drivers the world has ever seen, with 68 records.
2. Alberto Ascari, Italy
Italian racer Albert Ascari has been a two-time world champion two years in a row (three, if Ferrari didn’t make a mistake in choosing the rim and tire). He’s’ considered to be the quickest man alive who is even quicker even than Fangio by Mike Hawthorn, a racecar driver champ.
1. Ayrton Senna, Brazil
The Brazilian phenom is the most unquestionable racecar driver to ever grace a best of the best list. His tragic fatal crash during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix was something the world will never forget.
During his 10-year career in the race car scene, he held the record for the most pole positions from 1989 to 2006. Known for being a daredevil during wet weather conditions and his knowledge an ability to push a car beyond its capacity— this brazen legend as lovingly remembered by his champion attitude— was undoubtedly ‘designed to win’.