Formula Fans F1 Rankings

Who is the best* Formula One driver of all time? Senna? Schumacher? Fangio? 

It's a question that is often discussed, sometimes fairly heatedly, in pubs, circuit stands, and living rooms wherever Formula One Fans gather. There is no easy answer.

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Part of the problem is due to the fact that Formula One points system has changed a number of times since the start of the Championships. This makes comparing the relative performance of Formula 1 drivers and teams over the years tricky. In an effort to somehow "balance the scales" here at Formula Fans, in addition to recording the official points scored for each F1 Grand Prix, we also allocate Formula Fans Ranking Points for each race.

We apply a standard points system to the top 10 finishers (20 - 15 - 10 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 points) which is weighted in favour of the 3 podium finishers. We have done this for every F1 Grand Prix since the very first one in an effort to equalize the points scored table across the ages.

Not wanting to over-complicate the situation, our simple standardised point system doesn't factor in things like ratio of starts to wins, number points scored versus races entered, length and number of F1 seasons contested. It doesn't give bonus points for qualifying results, for pole positions, for podium finishes, or for Championship standings. That would take far too much effort, but if anyone wants to give it a bash feel free to use the stats on Formula Fans and let us know your results.

While we all wait for that to happen though, here are the Official Formula Fans F1 Ranking Tables for Drivers, Teams and Engine Manufacturers:

Formula Fans F1 Drivers Rankings

DriverRaces1st2nd3rdPodiumsPolesFastestPointsRank
1Germany Michael Schumacher30791432115567771566891.3
2France Alain Prost1995135201063341798.5491.5
3Germany Sebastian Vettel1454015167145231716392.8
4Brazil Ayrton Senna161412316806519614370
5United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton1543621197643221612344.3
6Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio5824101352924277.64285.5
7Spain Fernando Alonso2403237289722201767256
8United Kingdom Jackie Stewart10027115431715360232.5
9United Kingdom Jim Clark722516323328274225
10United Kingdom Nigel Mansell188311711593230482189.5
11United Kingdom Damon Hill11522155422019360160.7
12Austria Niki Lauda17325218542424420.5149.7
13Brazil Nelson Piquet204232017602422485.5139.7
14Finland Kimi Räikkönen2182030287816411084135.3
15Finland Mika Häkkinen161201417512625420125.8
16Italy Alberto Ascari361340171412140.14125.7
17United Kingdom Stirling Moss721653241618186.64108.4
18Australia Jack Brabham1271410731131026177.2
19Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi14514138356628171.4
20United Kingdom Jenson Button2711515205088120270.5
21Argentina Carlos Reutemann146121320456631067.6
22United Kingdom David Coulthard24613262362121853566.4
23United Kingdom Graham Hill1771415736131028963.6
24South Africa Jody Scheckter11210149333525559.5
25Australia Alan Jones11612752461320654.4
26Brazil Felipe Massa21611131539161598953.9
27United Kingdom James Hunt9210672314817950.5
28Germany Nico Rosberg172101573216101003.548.4
29Austria Gerhard Berger21010172148122138547.8
30New Zealand Denny Hulme1128916331824847.6
31Italy Nino Farina365962054127.3347.4
32Brazil Rubens Barrichello32211292868141765846.9
33United States Mario Andretti128122519181018045.4
34Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya94715830131230744.9
35Sweden Ronnie Peterson123101062614920644.6
36Canada Jacques Villeneuve16411572313923541.5
37Australia Mark Webber215916174213171047.540.8
38Belgium Jacky Ickx115871025131318134.9
39United Kingdom Tony Brooks4162210337530.9
40Canada Gilles Villeneuve67652132810727.2
41United Kingdom John Surtees11161082481118027.1
42Austria Jochen Rindt606341310310926.8
43Germany Ralf Schumacher1806615276832924.8
44France René Arnoux14979622181218124.3
45Switzerland Clay Regazzoni131513102851521222.7
46France Jacques Laffite17661017337622822.5
47New Zealand Bruce McLaren101411122703196.521.5
48United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn483961846127.6421.3
49Italy Riccardo Patrese256617143781328118.9
50Finland Keke Rosberg1145841753159.518.8
51United States Dan Gurney86487193613317.2
52United Kingdom John Watson152569202516917.1
53United States Phil Hill5135816669815.9
54Argentina José Froilán González29276153677.6415.7
55United Kingdom Eddie Irvine1474616260119114.9
56Italy Michele Alboreto1945992325186.514.3
57United Kingdom Peter Collins363339004714.3
58France Didier Pironi70337133510112.6
59Germany Wolfgang von Trips272226105612.2
60United Kingdom Peter Revson302248106110.8
61Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen1573312182617410
62Italy Giancarlo Fisichella23037919422758.5
63France Patrick Depailler95210719141418.4
64Belgium Thierry Boutsen163321015111328.2
65Australia Daniel Ricciardo753058023038.2
66Mexico Pedro Rodríguez47222601587.7
67United Kingdom Johnny Herbert161313700986.7
68Italy Elio de Angelis1092259301226.7
69France Maurice Trintignant86235100172.336.4
70Italy Piero Taruffi18131501416.3
71United States Richie Ginther5218514031075.9
72France Patrick Tambay11624511521035.7
73Italy Luigi Musso25151701445.7
74France François Cevert4711021302895.3
75Switzerland Jo Siffert97222624685.2
76Italy Luigi Villoresi33026801494.5
77Poland Robert Kubica7615612112734.4
78Italy Felice Bonetto1600220017.54.1
79Italy Lorenzo Bandini44125812584
80Belgium Olivier Gendebien16011200183.8
81France Jean Alesi2011161532242413.6
82South Africa Tony Maggs26021300263.6
83Italy Eugenio Castellotti1802131019.53.4
84Finland Valtteri Bottas430246012323.4
85Sweden Stefan Johansson790481200883.3
86France Jean Behra5702790151.143.3
87United Kingdom Cliff Allison16010100113.3
88France Jean-Pierre Beltoise85134804773.1
89New Zealand Chris Amon970381153832.9
90United Kingdom Innes Ireland52121401472.8
91United Kingdom Mike Spence36001100272.8
92Argentina Roberto Mieres17000001132.8
93United Kingdom Richard Attwood17010101112.8
94Germany Nick Heidfeld18308513122592.8
95United Kingdom Piers Courage27020200202.7
96Sweden Gunnar Nilsson31103401312.7
97France Louis Rosier39002200182.6
98Germany Jochen Mass105116802712.6
99Brazil Carlos Pace72132615582.6
100Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried2200000092.5

Formula Fans F1 Constructor Teams Rankings

TeamRaces1st2nd3rdPodiumsPolesFastestPointsRank
1Italy Ferrari8972232522235122052316894.273361.2
2United Kingdom McLaren7701821591443911551515335.52348.5
3United Kingdom Williams6401141128123812813331621154.6
4United Kingdom Lotus596815362176107752158652.1
5Austria Red Bull1915030368357422917.5645.3
6Germany Mercedes1143424175041291963.14498.1
7France Renault3033534318851311318280.9
8United Kingdom Brabham4023541481063939983251.9
9Italy Benetton260273243941536861.5245.3
10United Kingdom Cooper-Climax129161825411114488.5201.7
11United Kingdom Brawn178431154172156.2
12Italy Maserati7391021281017313.42148.9
13United Kingdom BRM208172717531115537.5133.4
14United Kingdom Tyrrell433233321661420711119.2
15United Kingdom Vanwall2910221176108104.8
16France Matra629481741218481.3
17Italy Alfa Romeo112118918121421461.8
18France Ligier33091427459938837.3
19Ireland Jordan2504411172229115.6
20United Kingdom Wolf4834613127912.5
21Japan Honda8831592215611.9
22United Kingdom March2073108205718510.7
23Germany Porsche34131510506
24Switzerland BMW Sauber108110616123965.8
25France Gordini3300220125.145.2
26United Kingdom BAR118041115202274.7
27Japan Toyota1400581323278.54.2
28Switzerland Sauber28202810033993.4
29United Kingdom Stewart49113410473
30United Kingdom Connaught18001100172.8
31United Kingdom Shadow11210672268.52.6
32India Force India1370112135082.6
33United Kingdom Hesketh60133701482.6
34United Kingdom Arrows2960538101422.6
35United States Penske41102300232.4
36United Kingdom Jaguar85002200492.4
37France Prost83021300352.3
38United Kingdom Surtees119011203542.3
39United States Eagle25101202172.2
40United Kingdom HWM1600000021.9
41United Kingdom Footwork97001100251.9
42United Kingdom Leyton House3201010081.8
43United States Parnelli1600000161.7
44United Kingdom Toleman70012312261.6
45France Larrousse114001100221.6
46Italy Dallara80002200151.6
47United Kingdom Lola88020210271.5
48United Kingdom Iso Marlboro3000000061.5
49Brazil Fittipaldi119012300411.5
50Italy Toro Rosso1721001102141.4

Formula Fans F1 Engine Supplier Rankings

EngineRaces1st2nd3rdPodiumsPolesFastestPointsRank
1Ford52517616619128813716046244786.9
2Ferrari8982232492225052062337124.273443.6
3Renault5471681461363102131666654.52969.9
4Mercedes3861211211002451241226655.142377.7
5Climax98402738634444866.51085.3
6Honda34772564612377571593.5809.6
7TAG6825151444718405.5370.2
8BRM200182819551114607.5174.7
9BMW203192624603230713164.9
10Maserati109111323331119396.42152.8
11Repco338981774175105.9
12Vanwall2910221176108104.8
13Alfa Romeo22313141530152033058.9
14Mugen-Honda147448151018219
15Matra1263615244517513.5
16Mecachrome16003300388.2
17BMW Sauber70110616123088
18Toyota140061117243845.7
19Playlife49042611695.5
20Porsche41131510505
21Gordini4000220130.145
22Judd76044803864.8
23Megatron32001100354.8
24Supertec33012301424.6
25Bristol17001100154.2
26Peugeot11505913011284
27Petronas1530044001423.8
28Alta28001100142.5
29Lamborghini80001100202.2
30Cosworth2010123211892.2
31Weslake17101202132
32Acer1700000042
33Hart158014522631.9
34Yamaha129011200361.6
35Ilmor49000000121.4
36Asiatech3400000031.1
37Arrows3200000071.1
38Fondmetal1700000000.8
39Zakspeed5800000020.7
40European1700000000.3
41Motori Moderni4500000000.2
42Osella1600000000.1

* Note that I use "best" in the context of most successful purely in terms of Formula 1 race results. Determining who the "greatest" F1 driver ever is/was is an entirely different debate. (The correct answer to that question is Schumi, naturally.)

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