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Niki Lauda, is one of the most inspirational drivers, who didn’t quit even after a fatal crash. He went on to have 25 race wins and three World Titles under his name. He entered the Formula 1 as a pay driver but his talent retained him and he joined Ferrari in 1974 season and won twice during his first season with them. His Nurburging Grand Prix crash was his most infamous one during the 1976 season. But he was a born fighter and he returned back to the tracks again, winning his second title in 1977. Although he will always be known for his skills on the tracks, but his business sense also earned him the business tycoon title.
The Brazilian driver, Ayrton Senna, born in 1960, was a only non-European driver to win three Formula One World Drivers championships. Till date, he is considered one of the most compelling personalities because of his hypnotic effect and his commanding voice. With over 41 wins, Ayrton Senna was no ordinary driver. His overall charisma with his dazzling intellect stormed the entire Formula 1 driving scenario.
Alain Prost, born on 24 February 1955, is hands down one of the most popular and successful racers in the history. Well, there are very less racers, who have 51 wins to their names at the time of their retirement even now. He is also the only French World Champion among his rivals like Nelson piquet, Niki Lauda and many others. During the 1979 United State Grand Prix at Watkins Glen got an offer to race for Mclaren but he declined and sticked with Ferrari team. He retired from Formula 1 racing in 1993, but made a comeback with Mclaren Formula 1 team in 1996 season, he continued testing Formula 1 cars for them in the following years.
Sebastian Vettel, the face of Aston Martin’s Formula 1 revival, the poster boy of achievement and the youngest racer to have 4 titles is one of the most successful Formula 1 drivers. He also is the crown prince of Formula 1 with over 50 pole positions starts and victories making him a top rank holder in the history. Not only within the sport, but even outside, he has a lot of relevancies when it comes to matters of urgency. From protesting against anti – LGBTQ laws to breaking FIA protocols, he has been a significant voice.
Juan Manuel Fangio, the very first legendary Formula 1 drivers won the World Champion five times with four different teams and ended as runner-up twice. Well, very few drivers could have pulled something like this!! Juan Manuel Fangio started off his racing days when the Formula 1 sport was at its infancy stage. Most of his rivals came from privileged backgrounds, however Fangio was a hard-working son of the immigrants and it can be completely credited to his parents for his commitment, honesty and integrity.
Michael Schumacher, will remain one of the greatest F1 drivers with 7 world championships to his name with 91 wins and 68 pole starts. He has this sheer confidence with ambition, motivation and determination and holds nearly every scoring record in the book by a considerable margin. Sometimes, the committee did talk to him about retiring due to his questionable ethics. An extraordinary driver with the humblest background won his first kart championship at the age of 6.
Lewis Hamilton is definitely a most successful Formula 1 driver of recent times, with over 103 pole starts and 103 race wins. Lewis Hamilton has dominated the sport from 2014 to 2021, during this period he won 6 championship titles with Mercedes F1 team. Some of his rookies’ performances are still talked about when he won his first title with McLaren team in a bitter rivalry with two-times championship winner, Fernando Alonso.
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