Champion of Champions
As well as being multiple champions, Juan Manuel Fangio and Jackie Stewart are both drivers whose successes were concentrated into a relatively brief period of time.
Between them they started less than half the number of races Rubens Barrichello has.
Fangio won four world titles on the trot from 1954-7. Factor out the 1952 season he lost to injury and he picked up all five of his titles within six years of competition.
Stewart won three titles in five years and might have had more: he missed the 1968 title by four points and in 1972 was hit by an illness which kept him out of the cockpit.
Both drivers also understood the importance of choosing the right time to stop. Fangio did not stay long after winning his fifth championship. Stewart planned to retire after the final race of 1973, an arrangement that was hastened by the death of his team mate Francois Cevert.
The Nurburgring was the scene of some of their greatest drives. In 1957 Fangio recovered a minute to catch and pass the Ferraris of Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins. He did so by daring to take the Nordschleife’s corners in one gear higher than he’d been using before.
The same daunting and dangerous circuit was the target of Stewart’s forward-thinking safety campaign. But he mastered it as a driver as well, winning there three times. In 1968, in pouring rain and thick fog, he came home four minutes ahead of second-placed Graham Hill.
Between them they won eight world championships and over a third of their 150 race starts.
But 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.
|Juan Manuel Fangio||Jackie Stewart|
|Titles||1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957||1969, 1971, 1973|
|Second in title year/s||Alberto Ascari, Jose Froilan Gonzalez, Stirling Moss, Stirling Moss, Stirling Moss||Jacky Ickx, Ronnie Peterson, Emerson Fittipaldi|
|Teams||Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Mercedes, Ferrari||BRM, Matra, Tyrrell|
|Notable team mates||Giuseppe Farina, Peter Collins, Stirling Moss||Graham Hill, Johnny Servoz-Gavin, Francois Cevert|
|Wins||24 (47.06%)||27 (27.27%)|
|Poles||29 (56.86%)||17 (17.17%)|
|Modern points per start1||17.12||11.20|
|% car failures2||17.65||32.32|
|Modern points per finish3||20.79||16.55|
|Notes||Missed 1952 season due to injury||Finished his first six races in the points and won his eighth start|
|Handed 1956 title by team mate Peter Collins||Runner-up to Graham Hill in 1968 before winning three titles in five years|
|Record haul of five titles unequalled until 2002||Retired on the eve of what would have been his 100th start after team mate Cevert was killed|
|Bio||Juan Manuel Fangio||Jackie Stewart|
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?
- Juan Manuel Fangio (65%)
- Jackie Stewart (35%)
Total Voters: 586
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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Champion of Champions
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- Champion of Champions Final: Senna vs Schumacher
- 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
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