Champion of champions
The first round in the Champion of Champions pairs up the sport’s most prolific title winner, Michael Schumacher, with the original world champion, Giuseppe Farina.
On the face of it the pair seem to have little in common. These are both drivers that sometimes drew criticism from their peers for their driving, particularly their defensive moves.
But while Farina claimed the first ever world championship for Alfa Romeo in 1950 the following year his team mate Juan Manuel Fangio turned the tables on him.
That’s something that rarely happened to Schumacher, at least until his 2010 comeback when he partnered Nico Rosberg at Mercedes.
Schumacher is of course best known for his record five consecutive championships while driving for Ferrari. His 180-race stint with the Scuderia is the longest any driver in F1 history has remained with a single team.
Which of these drivers should go through to the next round of the Champion of Champions? Vote for which you think was best below and explain who you voted for and why in the comments.
|Michael Schumacher||Giuseppe Farina|
|Titles||1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004||1950|
|Second in title year/s||Damon Hill, Damon Hill, Mika Hakkinen, David Coulthard, Rubens Barrichello, Kimi Räikkönen, Rubens Barrichello||Juan Manuel Fangio|
|Teams||Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari, Mercedes||Alfa Romeo, Ferrari|
|Notable team mates||Nelson Piquet, Eddie Irvine, Rubens Barrichello||Juan Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari, Mike Hawthorn|
|Wins||91 (33.96%)||5 (15.15%)|
|Poles||68 (25.37%)||5 (15.15%)|
|Modern points per start1||14.05||13.55|
|% car failures2||8.21||15.15|
|Modern points per available finish3||15.30||15.96|
|Notes||Missed several races in 1999 after breaking his leg at Silverstone||Had several non-championship Grand Prix successes before 1950|
|Retired in 2006 after 11 seasons with Ferrari||Badly burned in a crash at Monza in 1954|
|Returned with Mercedes in 2010||Retired the following season, still suffering from his injuries|
|Bio||Michael Schumacher||Giuseppe Farina|
1 How many points they scored in their career, adjusted to the 2010 points system, divided by the number of races they started
2 The percentage of races in which they were not classified due to a mechanical failure
3 How many points they scored in their career, adjusted to the 2010 points system, divided by the number of starts in which they did not suffer a race-ending mechanical failure
Which was the better world champion driver?
- Michael Schumacher (86%)
- Giuseppe Farina (14%)
Total Voters: 711
Read the F1 Fanatic Champion of Champions introduction for more information and remember to check back tomorrow for the next round.
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- Alain Prost vs Niki Lauda
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Images © Mercedes (Schumacher), uncredited (Farina)