A Formula One (F1) driver wins the race by completing each lap of the track faster than any of his or her competitors. And in order to become the F1 world champion, drivers must win multiple races and accumulate enough points to top the standings at the season’s end. Some of history’s greatest racing drivers are those who have managed to turn their cars around faster than anyone else, winning multiple times over the course of their careers and earning titles that maybe nobody will ever take away from them. Here are the top 5 F1 drivers with the most wins in history.
1. Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton is one of the most successful Formula 1 drivers in history. With a total of 103 career wins, he is the undisputed leader in the all-time F1 win list.
Born in Stevenage, England, in 1985, Hamilton began his F1 career in 2007. Since then, he has achieved numerous accolades, including seven F1 World Drivers’ Championships.
Hamilton’s driving style has been described as aggressive and fast. His consistent ability to get the most out of his car and his natural talent has earned him the title of the fastest man on four wheels. His skillful performances have won him numerous Grand Prix victories and propelled him to the top of the all-time F1 win list.
No other driver has made such an impact on the sport, and with every race win, Lewis Hamilton continues to write his name into the history books. He is unquestionably one of the greatest F1 drivers ever and will likely remain so for many years to come.
2. Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher is one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time and holds the record for the second most F1 race wins in history. The German driver won 91 races during his career, a feat that may never be surpassed by anyone other than Lewis Hamilton.
In addition to his 91 race wins, Schumacher also holds the records for 2nd most consecutive championship titles with seven, the most fastest laps at 77, 2nd most podiums at 155, and pole positions at 68. His first Formula One win was in 1992 at the Belgian Grand Prix and his last in 2006 at the Chinese Grand Prix.
Throughout his career, Schumacher earned numerous accolades such as being inducted into the FIA Hall of Fame, receiving several awards from motorsport organizations, and being named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year in 2002.
Schumacher’s commitment to excellence made him one of the most successful and beloved drivers in F1 history. His 91 wins still stand today as the 2nd most in F1 history, and It is highly unlikely that anyone other than Lewis Hamilton will come close to matching that total.
3. Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel is a four-time Formula One World Champion, making him the third most successful driver in history. He has won 53 F1 Grand Prix races and currently holds the third-highest win record behind Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton.
The German driver began his F1 career in 2007, driving for BMW Sauber. In 2009, he joined Red Bull Racing and it was there that he would take his first championship in 2010. He then went on to win three consecutive titles in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
In 2015, Vettel moved to Ferrari, where he has been ever since. Although he has yet to win the championship with the Italian team, Vettel has come close on several occasions. He came second in 2017, 2018, and 2019 and looks set to be one of the contenders for the next title.
With 53 wins, Vettel has established himself as one of the greatest drivers in F1 history. His consistency over his career and ability to challenge for victories regularly make him a true F1 great.
4. Alain Prost
Alain Prost is widely considered to be one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. His impressive record speaks for itself, as he currently holds the record for 4th most F1 wins in history with 51 victories over his 15-year career.
Prost’s success can be attributed to his incredible talent and competitive spirit. He was renowned for his precision and impeccable racecraft, often outdriving his rivals despite being underpowered. He was also known for his consistency, finishing in the top 3 in 80% of the races he entered throughout his illustrious career.
Prost won four F1 World Championships during his career, winning titles in 1985, 1986, 1989, and 1993. He drove for several teams during his F1 tenure, including McLaren, Renault, Ferrari, and Williams. During his time at McLaren, he forged a memorable partnership with Ayrton Senna, and the two men dominated Formula One racing during the late 80s and early 90s.
It’s no wonder that Alain Prost is remembered as one of the greatest drivers in F1 history, and it’s not surprising that he holds the record for 4th most wins. His name will forever be linked with excellence and greatness in Formula One racing.
5. Ayrton Senna
Ayrton Senna was also one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. A three-time world champion, Senna raced for McLaren from 1988 to 1993 and won an impressive 41 Grand Prix races. In the 1991 season, he won an incredible eight races, a record that stood at that time.
Senna was known for his uncompromising driving style which often saw him take daring chances on the track. His passing at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994 was one of the darkest days in F1 history and his death left a void that has never been filled.
Despite his untimely death, Ayrton Senna’s legacy continues to live on in the hearts of millions of fans around the world. His name is now synonymous with excellence and courage and he will always remain one of the greatest drivers to ever grace a Formula One track.