Champion of Champions in stats

Champion of Champions

The Champion of Champions series has concluded today. Here is the full data on the 32 world champions that featured in the series:

Race wins

Champion of Champions: Wins as a % of starts

Champion of Champions: Wins as a % of starts

Michael Schumacher has the largest haul of wins (91) and a remarkable hit-rate of one in three over a lengthy career.

Of the current drivers, Lewis Hamilton also appears surprisingly high in this list.

Car failures

Champion of Champions: Car failures as a % of starts

Champion of Champions: Car failures as a % of starts

While some might consider this an unusual statistic to include, a driver can’t achieve anything with a car that’s broken down, no matter how good they are.

Drivers of the sixties and seventies tend to fare worst here – particularly those who drove for Lotus.

At the opposite end of the scale Hamilton has benefitted from very reliable McLarens – his first DNF due to a car failure was at Abu Dhabi in 2009!

Schumacher’s reliability is just as remarkable for the fact that in the second-longest career of all time he’s had enviably reliable cars.

Points scored

Champion of Champions: Modern points scored % of starts (excluding car failures)

Champion of Champions: Modern points scored % of starts (excluding car failures)

Comparing drivers points totals is meaningless due to the changes in points systems over the years: a win in 1950 was worth the same as sixth place 60 years later.

So for the purposes of Champion of Champions all 32 drivers had their total points hauls re-calculated based on the modern points system. Then car failures were factored out.

What you get is not a perfect picture of which drivers had the best result: a long time spent in uncompetitive but reliable cars results in a low score (see Jacques Villeneuve and Jenson Button, for example). But it is nonetheless useful for some comparisons.

Formula One World Champions: Stats

Full stats for each driver (ordered by % of wins):

Name Wins (%) Poles (%) F’laps (%) Failures (%) Points / finish
Juan Manuel Fangio 24 (47.06%) 29 (56.86%) 23 (45.10%) 17.65 20.79
Alberto Ascari 13 (40.63%) 14 (43.75%) 12 (37.50%) 18.75 17.15
Jim Clark 25 (34.72%) 33 (45.83%) 28 (38.89%) 29.17 16.45
Michael Schumacher 91 (33.96%) 68 (25.37%) 76 (28.36%) 8.21 15.30
Jackie Stewart 27 (27.27%) 17 (17.17%) 15 (15.15%) 32.32 16.55
Alain Prost 51 (25.63%) 33 (16.58%) 41 (20.60%) 16.58 14.96
Ayrton Senna 41 (25.47%) 65 (40.37%) 19 (11.80%) 20.50 14.70
Lewis Hamilton 14 (19.72%) 18 (25.35%) 8 (11.27%) 2.82 12.67
Damon Hill 22 (19.13%) 20 (17.39%) 19 (16.52%) 14.78 11.13
Nigel Mansell 31 (16.58%) 32 (17.11%) 30 (16.04%) 32.62 11.98
Fernando Alonso 26 (16.46%) 20 (12.66%) 18 (11.39%) 10.76 11.86
Sebastian Vettel 10 (16.13%) 15 (24.19%) 6 (9.68%) 12.90 10.57
Giuseppe Farina 5 (15.15%) 5 (15.15%) 5 (15.15%) 15.15 15.96
Niki Lauda 25 (14.62%) 24 (14.04%) 24 (14.04%) 34.50 11.99
Mika Hakkinen 20 (12.42%) 26 (16.15%) 25 (15.53%) 24.22 11.33
Kimi R??ikk??nen 18 (11.54%) 16 (10.26%) 35 (22.44%) 19.23 11.89
Jack Brabham 14 (11.38%) 13 (10.57%) 12 (9.76%) 34.96 11.74
Nelson Piquet 23 (11.27%) 24 (11.76%) 23 (11.27%) 24.51 10.96
James Hunt 10 (10.87%) 14 (15.22%) 8 (8.70%) 29.35 9.68
Alan Jones 12 (10.34%) 6 (5.17%) 13 (11.21%) 28.45 8.52
Jochen Rindt 6 (10.00%) 10 (16.67%) 3 (5.00%) 55.00 13.26
Emerson Fittipaldi 14 (9.72%) 6 (4.17%) 6 (4.17%) 25.69 9.29
Mario Andretti 12 (9.38%) 18 (14.06%) 10 (7.81%) 39.84 8.71
Jody Scheckter 10 (8.93%) 3 (2.68%) 5 (4.46%) 18.75 9.85
Graham Hill 14 (8.00%) 13 (7.43%) 10 (5.71%) 33.14 9.00
Denny Hulme 8 (7.14%) 1 (0.89%) 9 (8.04%) 25.89 11.33
Jacques Villeneuve 11 (6.75%) 13 (7.98%) 9 (5.52%) 22.70 6.77
Mike Hawthorn 3 (6.67%) 4 (8.89%) 6 (13.33%) 22.22 13.37
Phil Hill 3 (6.38%) 6 (12.77%) 6 (12.77%) 27.66 10.74
John Surtees 6 (5.41%) 8 (7.21%) 11 (9.91%) 44.14 10.58
Jenson Button 9 (4.76%) 7 (3.70%) 3 (1.59%) 13.76 7.15
Keke Rosberg 5 (4.39%) 5 (4.39%) 3 (2.63%) 38.60 8.50

Wins: total number of wins, wins as a % of starts
Poles: total number of pole positions, pole positions as a % of starts
Fastest laps: total number of fastest laps, fastest laps as a % of starts
Failures: % of race starts that resulted in a car failure
Points / finish: number of points (under the current points system) scored per start (excluding DNFs due to car failure)

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71 comments on Champion of Champions in stats

  1. Sterling Mindenhall said on 15th February 2011, 4:49

    It’d be impossible for a German to win a popular vote on a site whose largest voting bloc is British.

  2. Toro Stevo said on 15th February 2011, 5:50

    Does the car failures list include just mechanical car failures or car failure due to driver error as well?
    If you look at race wins as a proportion of non-car failure races then Rindt, Andretti and Surtees all come out looking a lot better.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 15th February 2011, 8:31

      If the car broke down, that’s classed as a car failure.

      If a driver crashed their car and it broke, that’s not.

      The grey area is drivers damaging their cars by being too hard on the equipment – over-revving engines for example.

  3. nosajm9bys (@nosajm9bys) said on 15th February 2011, 10:00

    Schumacher is still my champion of champions.

  4. Look at the car failures: apart Kimi all the champs from 2000 to now are in the bottom; today cars reliability is much higher respect to Fangio, Clark or Lauda years.
    Electronic engine control, semi-automatic gear shift etc. saved a lot of drivers from being too hard on the car.
    Fangio looks greater from this point of view.

  5. Adysseus (@adysseus) said on 19th June 2012, 5:59

    Hi, great work to compare all those drivers from very different eras with differerent rules and point systems. One can really see the consistent drivers, the lucky ones (with less mechanical failures) and the unlucky ones; but it’s a pity that there aren’t the likes of a Peterson, a Reutemann, a G. Villeneuve just to mention a few of those outstanding drivers who never became champion…
    My question: Will there be an update after M. Schumachers final exit of the sport? His standings would change signigificantly comparing wins per race for example.
    And will there be another poll for the champ of champs?

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