Michael Schumacher vs Giuseppe Farina

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
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Istanbul, 2010 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 R??ikk??nen, 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
Starts 268 33
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

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140 comments on Michael Schumacher vs Giuseppe Farina

  1. Burnout (@burnout) said on 2nd January 2011, 15:23

    Schumi’s stat of only 8.21% mechanical failures is incredibly low. I haven’t done the math, but I guess only Hamilton has any chance of getting a smaller percentage. The Brawn/Byrne cars were supremely reliable machines.

  2. Cristian (@cristian) said on 2nd January 2011, 19:57

    I agree this is an unfair match. We have to choose between Schumacher, the man that holds every record in F1, and Farina, a driver that was destroyed by Farina in the years at Ferrari.

  3. Cristian (@cristian) said on 2nd January 2011, 19:57

    ^^ Sorry, destroyed by Ascari.

  4. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 2nd January 2011, 20:21

    Even if I wasn’t an alltime Schumi fan, I would’ve voted for him. You’ll have a hard job convincing me there should be someone else Champion of Champions.

    But we will see, maybe some of Keith’s awesome statistics will make it clear that this title belongs to someone else.

  5. Ramin said on 3rd January 2011, 4:31

    ther is just a big gap between these two drivers.
    how they were developed into drivers- Schumy had a go cart when a kid, bit Farina didn’t drive until much later.
    Saftey, Farina must have been braver for risking too much without very little saftey.
    Schumy must be rated better for just getting the job done. And i’m biased.

  6. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 3rd January 2011, 8:03

    You have to go with Schumacher, he wins by career length if nothing else.

  7. DanielPT (@danielpt) said on 3rd January 2011, 11:30

    Sorry Farina, but I am going with Big Shu… Despite a lack of decent opposition at times, he, in the peak of his powers, was a tought nut to crack!

  8. MacLeod (@macleod) said on 3rd January 2011, 13:32

    I am sorry but they aren’t compairable at all the nr. 1 of the start of F1 against one of the lastest champion. I vote for neither or Both in this case.

  9. Dianna said on 3rd January 2011, 15:39

    Great photo of Schumacher,nice to see him relaxed and happy.
    Nearly forgot.Happy Birthday Michael :) 42yrs now and still trying for the next title!! Puts the rest to shame.Unless you have Seb Vettel tryng at 55 ;)

  10. Paul A said on 3rd January 2011, 16:15

    I obviously “have an account” here… so why can’t I vote?

    Comparing drivers half a century or more apart is always going to be difficult. They were both absolutely great drivers (particularly if you consider Farina’s career before F1 was “invented”) but in the world of motor *sport* two facts stand out:
    a) Schumacher’s attitude, capped by his parking at Monte Carlo and his move on Barrichello at Hungary;
    b) Given equal cars and equal team favours (as far as I can tell) Rosberg is showing Schumacher in his true light.

    Therefore please add my vote for Farina.

    Happy 2011 to all – Paul

  11. i don’t really see how we judge drivers of the 50s-60s since we never saw them race.

    Schumacher though is the most overrated champion of all times

  12. perveze7 (@) said on 4th January 2011, 8:20

    schumi is by far the most successful f1 driver of all time.

  13. Leftie (@leftie) said on 4th January 2011, 15:40

    Michael! The choice is based not on stats, but on the fact that Farina was just as good as any driver of his era and Schumacher in his days set the standarts for all the field of his opponents and most of the succesfull drivers that came into sport after him and as pointed out by Pat Symmonds once “brought an awful lot the sport”.
    The level of commitment, dedication, determination and his “completiness” as a driver and a team member is still unmatched in my view. I see only Alonso being barely on the same level.

  14. kcrossle (@kcrossle) said on 5th January 2011, 4:16

    Sorry. Could not vote for Schumacher for anything. Champion is more than numbers. Pity.

  15. pseudohendrix (@pseudohendrix) said on 6th January 2011, 7:53

    Easy, this one. They both had (have) a reputation for overly robust and aggressive driving but as far as I know, Schumacher hasn’t actually killed another competitor by running them off the road as Farina did in Deauville. Farina wasn’t as fast as his more illustrious contemporaries nor was he faster than many less well known drivers of the inter-war era.
    Schumacher is the greatest of all time for me (not my favourite though!) so no real contest here.

  16. Mr. T (@mr-t) said on 6th January 2011, 12:38

    Schumi’s successes over the length of his career win this for me.

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