Champion of Champions
Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost won more races than anyone else. That’s 142 Grand Prix victories between the two of them.
Of the 839 races that have counted towards the world championship since 1950, one in six were won by one of these two drivers.
While even Prost falls well short of Schumacher’s record total wins, it will be remembered that he drove alongside world championship-winning team mates in five season. Schumacher did so in just five races.
Similarly Schumacher’s tally of titles seven out-strips Alain Prost’s four, but it bears remembering how close Prost came to three more: two points away in 1983, half a point in 1984, and in 1988 he amassed more points than champion Ayrton Senna, but had to discard more under the ‘best 11 results count’ rule.
But it would be wrong to overlook that Schumacher was championship runner-up in 1998 and 2006 (and in 1997, prior to his disqualification).
The pair are almost unequalled in having spent over a decade at the sharp end of Formula 1, challenging for wins and championships.
But that success was sometimes accompanied by controversy: Prost’s collision with Senna in 1989 which sealed his third championship had much in common with Schumacher’s notorious collision with Damon Hill just five years later (and with Jacques Villeneuve three years after that).
Their careers overlapped for little more than a season. Their most interesting encounter came in the 1993 Portuguese Grand Prix, where Schumacher’s tenacity on old tyres allowed him to snatch his second F1 victory. Prost settled for second place behind the Benetton, enough to secure his fourth and final world championship.
It’s down to you to pick which of these drivers belongs in the Champion of Champions final.
Vote for which you think was best below and explain who you voted for and why in the comments.
|Michael Schumacher||Alain Prost|
|Titles||1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004||1985, 1986, 1989, 1993|
|Second in title year/s||Damon Hill, Damon Hill, Mika Hakkinen, David Coulthard, Rubens Barrichello, Kimi Räikkönen, Rubens Barrichello||Michele Alboreto, Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, Ayrton Senna|
|Teams||Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari, Mercedes||McLaren, Renault, Ferrari, Williams|
|Notable team mates||Nelson Piquet, Eddie Irvine, Rubens Barrichello||Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell|
|Wins||91 (33.96%)||51 (25.63%)|
|Poles||68 (25.37%)||33 (16.58%)|
|Modern points per start1||14.05||12.48|
|% car failures2||8.21||16.58|
|Modern points per finish3||15.30||14.96|
|Notes||Missed several races in 1999 after breaking his leg at Silverstone||Lost ’83 title by two points and ’84 title by half a point|
|Retired in 2006 after 11 seasons with Ferrari||Controversial clash with Senna sealed third title|
|Returned with Mercedes in 2010||Returned from sabbatical to clinch fourth title with Williams|
|Bio||Michael Schumacher||Alain Prost|
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 (53%)
- Alain Prost (47%)
Total Voters: 754
This poll remains open until February 4th.
Read the F1 Fanatic Champion of Champions introduction for more information and remember to check back tomorrow for the next round.
Have you voted in the previous rounds of Champion of Champions yet? Find them all here:
Champion of Champions
- Ayrton Senna voted Champion of Champions by F1 Fanatic readers
- Champion of Champions in stats
- 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
Images © Ferrari spa (Schumacher), Williams/Sutton (Prost)