The world of sports has really taken a liking to the word "GOAT" recently and even in F1, many drivers have laid the claim to be the best in their generation and to be the best ever as well. But the bigger question is usually to find who are the Mount Rushmore of Formula One?
Who were the greatest ever, the best of the best that ever raced and of course where they rank amongst them. I tried to break it down taking into account different factors like their achievements, their speed, their racecraft, their impact, their standing among their peers, their popularity and an important aspect, their ability to build a championship winning team.
So without waiting any further on this let's begin the countdown of the Top 5 Drivers of all time.
#5 Ayrton Senna
World Championships: 3
In the eyes of many Senna was the driver that put F1 on the world map. He was breathtakingly fast, maybe the fastest ever on a single lap. He drove with no fear, was emotional, was charismatic and in the eyes of many, one of the best(if not the best) drivers on the grid during his time but most importantly there haven't been many as popular as him. Some of his races in the wet were almost hard to fathom when you saw the gap he was able to have on the rest of the grid and his following in Brazil was almost mythical.
As he showed in Suzuka in 1990, he could go to any lengths to win and that was something that typified him. One blot on his career if there ever was any was when he did lose the championship to Alain Prost in 1988(who was at the end of his career while Senna was still in his prime). Maybe he could have ended up with more titles if it wasn't for the fatal crash he suffered but those are still speculations. Senna makes an entry into our list at No.4.