Which driver has the most wins in F1 history? Top 10 with the most victories in Formula 1
Since its inaugural season in 1950, 111 different drivers have crossed the checkered flag to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Of these drivers, some have proven to be more successful than others over the course of their careers not only by scoring more race victories but also by amassing more world championships along the way.
The Sporting News examines which driver has won the most victories in F1 history, as well as who has achieved the most pole positions and recorded the fastest laps at a Grand Prix throughout his career .
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Which driver has the most wins in F1 history?
Lewis Hamilton (103)
The most successful driver in F1 history is Lewis Hamilton. The Stevenage man has won 103 Grands Prix in his career and is always looking to add to that tally in future seasons with Mercedes. No other rider has reached triple digits in terms of race wins.
Hamilton is also the most decorated driver in terms of world championship titles, winning seven, with his first return in 2008.
Michael Schumacher (91)
Second on the list of greatest F1 wins in history is German great Michael Schumacher, who has 91 wins. Alongside Hamilton, Schumacher also won seven world titles throughout his illustrious career, including five in a row between 2000 and 2004 as he dominated the sport with the help of his Ferrari team.
Sebastian Vettel (53)
Winner of the Drivers’ Championship four times in a row between 2010 and 2013, Schumacher’s compatriot Sebastian Vettel ranks third for the most F1 victories in history.
Still competing in the 2022 season, this time for Aston Martin, Vettel has already driven for some of the sport’s biggest teams, including Red Bull and Ferrari.
Alain Prost (51)
The most successful French driver in F1 history, Alain Prost won 51 races throughout his career, the first being at the 1981 French Grand Prix. He also managed his own F1 team – Prost Grand Price – between 1997 and 2001.
In a non-executive director role with Renault Sport – now Alpine – until January 2022, Prost is still a regular sight on race days around the world.
Aryton Senna (41)
The late great Ayrton Senna ranks fifth on the all-time list of most F1 race wins thanks to an illustrious career that spanned from 1985 until his untimely death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
Recognized as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport thanks to his three world championship victories in 1988, 1990 and 1991, Senna is also considered the best wet weather driver of all time and is referenced as the idol of many modern pilots.
Max Verstappen (34)
Dutch driver Max Verstappen, the most recent F1 race winner on this list, has won 33 races throughout his career, which began in 2015.
Driving for Red Bull every year, Verstappen controversially became the 2021 world champion, although he won the 2022 world title in much less dramatic fashion after dominating the rest of the field. At the Mexican Grand Prix, he set a new record of 14 race wins in a single F1 season
Fernando Alonso (32)
A two-time world championship winner in 2005 and 2006 with Renault, Spaniard Fernando Alonso ranks sixth on the all-time F1 winning list with 32 victories.
With his last race win at the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix, Alonso is still going strong in the sport at the age of 40 and provided a shock by qualifying second for Alpine at the recent Canadian Grand Prix, where he eventually finished ninth. This season he also became F1’s longest active career driver after making his debut in 2001.
Nigel Mansell (31)
Nicknamed “The Lion” by Ferrari fans because of his committed and aggressive driving style, British driver Nigel Mansell managed to win 31 races during his F1 career between 1980 and 1995.
After becoming F1 world champion in 1992, Mansell decided to pursue a career in the CART IndyCar World Series, winning that competition in 1993. He became the first rookie to win the title and the first person to reign in F1 and National American Open Wheel. champion at a time.
Jackie Stewart (27)
Winner of three World Drivers’ Championships, Jackie Stewart has been aptly nicknamed “The Flying Scot” due to his electric pace on the racetrack.
Claiming 27 victories during his F1 career, Stewart also narrowly missed winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1966. Between 1997 and 1999 he was Team Principal of the Stewart Grand Prix Racing Team.
Jim Clark and Niki Lauda (25)
Two motorsport legends finish in the top 10. Jim Clarke and Niki Lauda both won 25 races during their respective careers.
Complete list of the most successful F1 drivers in history by race wins
|Driver||Victories in F1|
|Jim Clarke and Niki Lauda||25|
*Bold represents current F1 drivers
Who has achieved the most pole positions in F1 history?
Lewis Hamilton also leads the way by winning the most pole positions of any driver in F1 history. Having qualified first on the grid 103 times, he is comfortably clear of former Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher, who managed to sit on pole 68 times during his illustrious career.
Who has recorded the fastest laps in F1 history?
Juan Manuel Fangio, Nelson Piquet & Fernando Alonso
Not to be outdone by Lewis Hamilton at every corner, Michael Schumacher recorded the most fastest laps in F1 history. His tally of 77 is a figure unlikely to be beaten by Hamilton, who sits on 59, given Mercedes’ struggles through the 2022 season so far. Still, never say never when it comes to the seven-time world champion!