Top 20 Best F1 Drivers of all time: Part IV
Before starting to write this list I could feel this might be controversial, this list is very much opinionated and every F1 fan has their own order of who was the best.
These 20 drivers that I am going to highlight over four articles demonstrate what it takes to make it at the pinnacle of motorsport.
They are what makes F1 great, winning world championships, being respected among fellow racing drivers and teams within the sport and of course is a favourite among the many fans that travel around the world to follow the sport.
This is my list in terms of the 20 best drivers in F1 history.
This is the fourth and final article highlighting the drivers from fifth to first:
#5 Alain Prost
At fifth place on the list is Alain Prost, a driver who made winning look so effortless with the Frenchman winning 51 races in his time in the sport.
He had rivalries with some of the greatest in the sport and gave F1 great battles and controversy, his feud with Ayrton Senna, being one of the biggest.
He signed for McLaren in 1980 and finished in the point scoring positions four times in his first season.
He did suffer a few injuries and accidents which were down to mechanical failure and with that and a few disagreements with how the team was run he decided to leave McLaren and join Renault.
He won his first F1 race at the French GP in Dijon in 1981, which saw a French driver win in a French car at the French GP.
Once again, however, he felt unloved by his team after a few seasons battling his teammate Rene Arnoux and decided to re-join McLaren in 1984.
In the next six years at McLaren, he won 30 races and three of his four world driver titles. In 1985 he became the first French world champion and in 1986 he became the first back-to-back world champion since Jack Brabham in 1960.
In 1988 Prost began his rivalry with teammate Ayrton Senna which saw both drivers push each other to the very limit. Prost left the team after the 1989 season after winning his third title at Suzuka, where he deliberately shut the door on Senna at the chicane, he moved to Ferrari for the 1980 season.
Senna got his own back the year after at Suzuka taking the Ferrari man straight out at the first turn in Japan meaning the Brazilian won his second world title.
After a poor 1991 season, he was fired after publically slating the team and decided to take a year off from racing. He returned in 1993 for Williams-Renault and won seven races that year and went on to win his fourth drivers title.
He won four drivers titles in his F1 career and definitely stands as one of the greats of the sport.
World Championships – 4 (1985, 1986, 1989, 1993)
GP Entries - 202
GP Wins – 51
Podiums – 106
Last Win – 1993 German GP
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