The Top 100 F1 Drivers of All Time – Alan Henry, 2008

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It’s a book called “The Top 100 Formula 1 Drivers of All Time”, it’s written by a British journalist, and Michael Schumacher isn’t in the top ten. This is going to go down well.

Alan Henry makes some interesting arguments and unusual choices: so we have Juan Manuel Fangio behind not one but two of his contemporaries.

Lewis Hamilton isn’t just one the cover – he’s in the list as well, along with Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. And he’s ahead of one of them…

Some people find lists like this tedious and pointless exercises – to the rest of us it’s a harmless bit of fun that lets us argue the case for out favourite drivers.

I was expecting this to be one of those enormous coffee table jobs with glossy photographs and microscopic text but this is actually a ‘proper’ book compiled of 500-odd word biographies of the drivers Henry counts among the top 100.

A few thing struck me as odd about this book. First, for most of the time unless you read the cover you wouldn’t know this was a ‘top 100′ – there’s little argument about why one driver appears above another.

Most of the passages are straight biographies but occasional ones focus almost entirely on a single season of a driver’s career (like Jenson Button’s) and others miss out recent years. Several drivers from the pre-Formula 1 era are included as well.

But if you take the book for what it is – brief biographies of some of F1’s greatest drivers – you’ll probably enjoy it. Not a bad gift idea for a new F1 fan. Those who already know their Rosemeyers from their Raikkonens may find it a bit lightweight.

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20 comments on The Top 100 F1 Drivers of All Time – Alan Henry, 2008

  1. andae23 (@andae23) said on 2nd January 2013, 12:04

    Apart from Michael Schumacher not in the top 10, it is very weird that Fangio is behind both Moss and Ascari. I believe Stirling Moss even admitted himself that Fangio was in a different league. He only managed to beat him fair ans square once, at Silverstone in … 1955 or so?

  2. Trevor Davies said on 24th December 2013, 1:58

    Other sites rate Moss as Number 1!

  3. Trevor Davies said on 28th December 2013, 8:13

    Why isn’t Moss at the top of the list?

  4. Trevor Davies said on 20th January 2014, 11:28

    25 Devonshire Lane

  5. Trevor Davies said on 20th January 2014, 11:31

    You might like to consider the staggeringly versatility of Sir Stirling Crauford Moss – Mille Miglia, F1 and Rallies …

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