Champion of Champions
As we head into the first quarter-final match-up the remaining drivers belong to that select few who were widely acknowledged as the best of their day. That is certainly true of Michael Schumacher and Jim Clark.
They spent much of their careers with the same team: Clark never drove for anyone other than Lotus.
Schumacher set a record by starting 180 races for Ferrari, having already won the championship twice with Benetton
In this time both drivers often had the best equipment available to them and little effective opposition from their team mates.
That changed for Clark in 1967 when he was joined by Graham Hill. Clark tended to have the upper hand but their cars were plagued by unreliability that year, and Clark was killed the following season.
Schumacher was beaten by a team mate for the first time in his career last year. Nico Rosberg held sway as Schumacher returned from a three-year break to drive for Mercedes.
By the end of this season Schumacher will have started exactly four times as many races as Clark did. But which of the drivers was the greater world champion?
Vote for which you think was best below and explain who you voted for and why in the comments.
|Michael Schumacher||Jim Clark|
|Titles||1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004||1963, 1965|
|Second in title year/s||Damon Hill, Damon Hill, Mika Hakkinen, David Coulthard, Rubens Barrichello, Kimi Räikkönen, Rubens Barrichello||Graham Hill, Graham Hill|
|Teams||Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari, Mercedes||Lotus|
|Notable team mates||Nelson Piquet, Eddie Irvine, Rubens Barrichello||Trevor Taylor, Mike Spence, Graham Hill|
|Wins||91 (33.96%)||25 (34.72%)|
|Poles||68 (25.37%)||33 (45.83%)|
|Modern points per start1||14.05||11.65|
|% car failures2||8.21||29.17|
|Modern points per finish3||15.30||16.45|
|Notes||Missed several races in 1999 after breaking his leg at Silverstone||An oil leak in the final race of 1962 cost him his first title|
|Retired in 2006 after 11 seasons with Ferrari||Finished on the podium in every race where his car didn’t break down over the next three seasons|
|Returned with Mercedes in 2010||Killed in a Formula Two race during the 1968 season having won the first race of the year|
|Bio||Michael Schumacher||Jim Clark|
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 (51%)
- Jim Clark (49%)
Total Voters: 817
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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- Ayrton Senna vs Juan Manuel Fangio
- Michael Schumacher vs Alain Prost
- Ayrton Senna vs Jack Brabham
- Juan Manuel Fangio vs Jackie Stewart
- Alain Prost vs Niki Lauda
- Jim Clark vs Michael Schumacher
- Jack Brabham vs Lewis Hamilton
Images © Mercedes GP (Schumacher), Ford.com (Clark)