F1 Drivers with the most wins ever (Part 1)
Quite frankly, it's impossible to definitively decide who is the best of all-time when it comes to motorsport disciplines. Different cars, different tracks, different circumstances and different rivals mean that gauging who stands above all the rest when that driver didn't compete and beat everybody else isn't fair when you think about it.
Whoever has won the most races isn't the be-all and end-all, far from it, but it's one of the better ways to rank Formula 1's legends, with a lot of this list still being made up of drivers from the 80s or before.
With that in mind, who has stood on the top step of the podium the most in F1's history? The leader may not be a surprise, but there are some real surprises along the way and there are a few with a real shot of toppling him from his perch in the near future.
#9 - Niki Lauda (25)
There's a tie for 9th place between two multiple world champions, the first being Niki Lauda. The Austrian legend is perhaps best known these days for his direct and no-nonsense comments about the sport we all love but he was absolutely ruthless as a driver too.
After 3 years spent with March and BRM, Lauda was tasked with bringing Ferrari back to the forefront of the sport in 1974, after the Scuderia hadn't won a championship for a decade. Niki's first win came at Spain that year and the seeds of recovery were firmly planted in Maranello. 1975 brought Lauda's first driver's world championship, winning 5 Grands Prix along the way.
1976 could've easily been the end of the road for Lauda, after the Austrian was nearly burned alive in a horrifying accident at the old Nurburgring, the green hell living up to its infamous name.
Niki had led the championship comfortably to that point and was lucky to escape with his life, before he sensationally returned to racing at the Italian Grand Prix, 5 weeks after his near-death experience.
Lauda would miss out on the title that year, but 1977 was his redemption year, with another 3 wins getting him his second driver's title. On a side-note, Lauda is the man with the second-most wins for Ferrari in F1 with 15 in total, no prizes for guessing who beats him to top spot there.