Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, Shanghai, 2006

Schumacher’s 91 wins record looks safe for now

F1 StatisticsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, Shanghai, 2006Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel’s wins this year have raised them higher up among the most successful F1 drivers of all time.

Alonso is now tied with Nigel Mansell as the four most-successful driver ever in terms of race wins. At the last round Vettel surpassed Jackie Stewart’s tally of 27 race wins, which stood as the record for 14 years.

But even if you took Alonso and Vettel’s win totals and threw in Lewis Hamilton’s for good measure, you’d still be well short of the ultimate record.

Michael Schumacher’s 91 race wins is 60 more than the next best driver currently racing in F1.

Most wins by an F1 driver: 1950-2013

Here’s how the record for most Grand Prix victories has grown since the beginning of the world championship in 1950:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/winsrecord.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 364 365 366 367 368 369 370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 388 389 390 391 392 393 394 395 396 397 398 399 400 401 402 403 404 405 406 407 408 409 410 411 412 413 414 415 416 417 418 419 420 421 422 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 431 432 433 434 435 436 437 438 439 440 441 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 451 452 453 454 455 456 457 458 459 460 461 462 463 464 465 466 467 468 469 470 471 472 473 474 475 476 477 478 479 480 481 482 483 484 485 486 487 488 489 490 491 492 493 494 495 496 497 498 499 500 501 502 503 504 505 506 507 508 509 510 511 512 513 514 515 516 517 518 519 520 521 522 523 524 525 526 527 528 529 530 531 532 533 534 535 536 537 538 539 540 541 542 543 544 545 546 547 548 549 550 551 552 553 554 555 556 557 558 559 560 561 562 563 564 565 566 567 568 569 570 571 572 573 574 575 576 577 578 579 580 581 582 583 584 585 586 587 588 589 590 591 592 593 594 595 596 597 598 599 600 601 602 603 604 605 606 607 608 609 610 611 612 613 614 615 616 617 618 619 620 621 622 623 624 625 626 627 628 629 630 631 632 633 634 635 636 637 638 639 640 641 642 643 644 645 646 647 648 649 650 651 652 653 654 655 656 657 658 659 660 661 662 663 664 665 666 667 668 669 670 671 672 673 674 675 676 677 678 679 680 681 682 683 684 685 686 687 688 689 690 691 692 693 694 695 696 697 698 699 700 701 702 703 704 705 706 707 708 709 710 711 712 713 714 715 716 717 718 719 720 721 722 723 724 725 726 727 728 729 730 731 732 733 734 735 736 737 738 739 740 741 742 743 744 745 746 747 748 749 750 751 752 753 754 755 756 757 758 759 760 761 762 763 764 765 766 767 768 769 770 771 772 773 774 775 776 777 778 779 780 781 782 783 784 785 786 787 788 789 790 791 792 793 794 795 796 797 798 799 800 801 802 803 804 805 806 807 808 809 810 811 812 813 814 815 816 817 818 819 820 821 822 823 824 825 826 827 828 829 830 831 832 833 834 835 836 837 838 839 840 841 842 843 844 845 846 847 848 849 850 851 852 853 854 855 856 857 858 859 860 861 862 863 864 865 866 867 868 869 870 871 872 873 874 875 876 877 878 879 880 881 882
Giuseppe Farina 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Juan Manuel Fangio 0 1 1 1 2 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 8 8 9 10 10 11 12 13 13 14 14 14 15 16 16 17 18 18 18 18 18 19 20 20 21 22 22 23 23 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24
Johnnie Parsons 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Alberto Ascari 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 9 10 11 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13
Jim Clark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 5 6 7 7 8 8 9 10 10 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 13 14 14 15 16 17 18 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 21 21 21 22 22 22 22 23 24 25
Jackie Stewart 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 6 7 7 8 9 10 10 11 11 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 13 14 14 15 16 17 17 17 18 18 19 19 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 21 22 22 22 23 23 24 25 25 25 25 26 27 27 27 27 27
Alain Prost 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 2 3 3 3 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 7 7 7 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 14 14 15 16 17 17 17 18 18 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 22 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 24 24 24 24 25 26 26 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 28 28 28 28 28 29 29 30 31 31 31 32 32 32 32 32 32 33 34 34 35 35 35 35 35 36 36 37 38 38 38 38 39 39 39 39 39 39 40 40 40 40 41 42 43 43 43 43 43 43 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 45 45 45 46 47 47 48 49 50 51 51 51 51 51 51 51
Michael Schumacher 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 4 5 6 6 7 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 11 11 11 12 13 13 14 14 15 15 16 16 16 17 18 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 21 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 23 23 24 25 25 25 25 26 26 26 26 27 27 27 27 28 28 28 28 29 30 31 31 31 32 32 33 33 33 33 33 34 35 35 35 35 35 35 35 35 35 35 35 35 35 36 37 38 38 38 39 39 40 40 40 40 40 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 46 46 47 47 48 48 49 50 50 50 51 52 52 52 53 54 54 55 56 57 58 58 59 59 60 61 62 62 63 63 63 64 64 64 64 65 66 67 67 68 68 68 68 68 68 69 70 70 71 72 73 74 75 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 82 82 82 83 83 83 83 83 83 83 83 83 83 84 84 84 84 84 84 84 84 84 84 84 84 84 84 85 86 86 86 86 86 87 88 89 89 89 90 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91 91
Jenson Button 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 3 4 5 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 15 15
Kimi Raikkonen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 6 7 7 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 14 15 15 16 16 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 19 19 19 20 20 20 20
Fernando Alonso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 9 9 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 16 16 16 17 17 17 17 17 18 18 18 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 20 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 23 23 23 24 25 25 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 28 28 28 28 28 28 29 29 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 31 31
Lewis Hamilton 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 13 13 13 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 18 18 18 18 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 21 21 21 21 21 21
Sebastian Vettel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 9 10 11 12 12 13 14 15 15 16 16 16 16 17 18 19 19 20 21 21 21 21 21 21 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 23 24 25 26 26 26 26 26 27 27 28
Record: Fangio to Clark 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24
Record: Clark to Stewart 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25
Record: Stewart to Prost 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27
Record: Prost to Schumacher 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 51
Record: Schumacher to ? 91 91 91 91

Giuseppe Farina won the first ever world championship race but Juan Manuel Fangio and Alberto Ascari quickly outstripped his wins tally. The latter lost his life in 1955, leaving Fangio to set the benchmark at 24 wins when he retired from racing in 1958. Two of those were shared victories with other drivers.

Armed with the Lotus 49, Jim Clark would probably moved the tally further than he did had he not been killed in 1968. Fellow Scotsman Jackie Stewart picked up the baton and his 27 wins stood as the record from 1973 to 1987.

Niki Lauda came closest to Stewart’s record in the meantime, winning 25 times. But it was his former McLaren team mate Alain Prost who finally beat it.

Prost already had 17 victories to his name when Ayrton Senna became a winner in 1985. Senna never surpassed the wins tally of his great rival. He came closest following his victory in the 1993 European Grand Prix at Donington Park, with 38 wins to Prost’s 45, but by the end of his final season Prost had raised the bar to 51. Three races later Senna lost his life at Imola.

In the absence of Prost and Senna plus Nelson Piquet and, later, Nigel Mansell, the way was clear for Michael Schumacher to begin his assault on the record books. The combination of his supreme talent and an often dominant Ferrari allowed him to push the record to extraordinary new heights.

Will Schumacher ever be caught?

Lee Wallard, Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser, Indianapolis 500, 1951Just as impressive as Schumacher’s total number of wins is the high rate of wins he enjoyed across 19 seasons of Formula One. Despite a winless three-year comeback with Mercedes he departed the sport having won almost 30% of all the races he started.

That’s more than Vettel and any of the other drivers enjoy at the moment. For Vettel to reach Schumacher’s tally at his current rate he would need to start a further 237 races which would probably take until 2027.

It’s not inconceivable the 25-year-old Vettel will carry on racing into his 21st season. But it’s doubtful Alonso, 31, will hang around until 2032 to amass the 591 starts he requires to match Schumacher’s win tally at his current rate.

It’s a statistical oddity that the driver who enjoys the highest win rate for world championship races is Lee Wallard, winner of the 1951 Indianapolis 500. The race countes towards the championship that year and it, along with the previous year’s race, were the only two championship events Wallard started.

Among regular grand prix drivers Fangio has the highest win rate. But Schumacher’s is especially impressive given it spanned a career of over 300 races.

Here are the top ten race winners in terms of total wins and their winning rate:

Driver Starts Most wins rank Wins Win rate rank Win rate (%)
Michael Schumacher 306 1 91 6 29.64
Alain Prost 199 2 51 9 25.63
Ayrton Senna 161 3 41 10 25.47
Nigel Mansell 187 4 31 16 16.58
Fernando Alonso 200 4 31 18 15.42
Sebastian Vettel 105 6 28 8 26.67
Jackie Stewart 99 7 27 7 27.27
Jim Clark 72 8 25 5 34.72
Niki Lauda 171 8 25 20 14.62
Juan Manuel Fangio 51 10 24 2 47.06
Lee Wallard 2 72 1 1 50.0
Alberto Ascari 32 21 13 3 40.63
Bill Vukovich 5 61 2 4 40.0

Over to you

The increasing number of races on the F1 calendar and improvements in driver safety go a long way towards explaining why the record for most wins has continued to grow.

But can it go much further? Will we ever see a driver hit 100 wins? And will someone on the grid today be the person to do it?

Have your say in the comments.

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