Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Monza, 2015

How F1’s 32 champions compare at the beginning of 2016

2016 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine


Alain Prost, Williams-Renault FW15C, Hockenheimring, 1993
Prost’s 51 wins is Hamilton’s next target
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel passed the same major milestone last year as they reached and exceeded Ayrton Senna’s haul of 41 race victories.

That leaves just two others – Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost – with more races wins than today’s two most prolific winners. It’s also a bitter pill for Fernando Alonso, who began winning before either of them and once looked as though he would be the next driver to scale such heights.

But Alonso, like fellow world champion Jenson Button, endured what has to be one of the worst wastes of title-winning talent ever seen in F1. A fifth, a sixth, two eights, a ninth and a tenth was all the points-scoring finishes the pair counted thanks to the slow and unreliable McLaren-Honda MP4-30.

Hamilton and Vettel also gained on Senna in terms of their adjusted average points per available race finish – Vettel posted a slight rise from 14.43 points per race 12 months ago, while Hamilton gained more ground having previously been on 13.23. This year he overtook Jochen Rindt and Mike Hawthorn and is poised to move ahead of Schumacher if he has a strong 2016.

Pos Name % Wins (#) % Poles (#) % Fastest laps (#) % Car failures Points/finish*
1 Juan Manuel Fangio 47.06% (24) 56.86% (29) 45.10% (23) 17.65 20.79
2 Alberto Ascari 40.63% (13) 43.75% (14) 37.50% (12) 18.75 17.15
3 Jackie Stewart 27.27% (27) 17.17% (17) 15.15% (15) 32.32 16.55
4 Jim Clark 34.72% (25) 45.83% (33) 38.89% (28) 29.17 16.45
5 Giuseppe Farina 15.15% (5) 15.15% (5) 15.15% (5) 15.15 15.96
6 Alain Prost 25.63% (51) 16.58% (33) 20.60% (41) 16.58 14.96
7 Ayrton Senna 25.47% (41) 40.37% (65) 11.80% (19) 20.50 14.70
8 Sebastian Vettel 26.58% (42) 29.11% (46) 09.49% (15) 08.86 14.46
9 Michael Schumacher 29.74% (91) 22.22% (68) 25.16% (77) 10.78 14.25
10 Mike Hawthorn 06.67% (3) 08.89% (4) 13.33% (6) 22.22 13.37
11 Jochen Rindt 10.00% (6) 16.67% (10) 05.00% (3) 55.00 13.26
12 Lewis Hamilton 25.75% (43) 29.34% (49) 16.77% (28) 05.99 14.14
13 Fernando Alonso 12.70% (32) 08.73% (22) 08.33% (21) 09.92 11.54
14 Niki Lauda 14.62% (25) 14.04% (24) 14.04% (24) 34.50 11.99
15 Nigel Mansell 16.58% (31) 17.11% (32) 16.04% (30) 32.62 11.98
16 Jack Brabham 11.38% (14) 10.57% (13) 09.76% (12) 34.96 11.74
17 Mika Hakkinen 12.42% (20) 16.15% (26) 15.53% (25) 24.22 11.33
18 Denny Hulme 07.14% (8) 00.89% (1) 08.04% (9) 25.89 11.33
19 Damon Hill 19.13% (22) 17.39% (20) 16.52% (19) 14.78 11.13
20 Nelson Piquet 11.27% (23) 11.76% (24) 11.27% (23) 24.51 10.96
21 Phil Hill 06.38% (3) 12.77% (6) 12.77% (6) 27.66 10.74
22 Kimi Raikkonen 08.70% (20) 06.96% (16) 18.26% (42) 13.48 10.51
23 John Surtees 05.41% (6) 07.21% (8) 09.91% (11) 44.14 10.58
24 Jody Scheckter 08.93% (10) 02.68% (3) 04.46% (5) 18.75 09.85
25 James Hunt 10.87% (10) 15.22% (14) 08.70% (8) 29.35 09.68
26 Emerson Fittipaldi 09.72% (14) 04.17% (6) 04.17% (6) 25.69 09.29
27 Graham Hill 08.00% (14) 07.43% (13) 05.71% (10) 33.14 09.00
28 Mario Andretti 09.38% (12) 14.06% (18) 07.81% (10) 39.84 08.71
29 Alan Jones 10.34% (12) 05.17% (6) 11.21% (13) 28.45 08.52
30 Keke Rosberg 04.39% (5) 04.39% (5) 02.63% (3) 38.60 08.50
31 Jenson Button 05.28% (15) 02.82% (8) 02.82% (8) 10.56 07.20
32 Jacques Villeneuve 06.75% (11) 07.98% (13) 05.52% (9) 22.70 06.77

*How many points each driver scored, adjusted to the current points system, as an average of the number of races where technical failure did not prevent them finishing.

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And what about the others?

The graph shows how many wins, pole positions and fastest laps were taken by each of the world champions – and how many were scored by non-champions.

The most successful non-champion in terms of race wins remains Stirling Moss on 16. However Nico Rosberg moved up to 14 last year and could take that unwanted record from him.

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