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Formula 1: Top five drivers with most World Championships in F1 history

Published at :April 11, 2023 at 5:06 AM
Modified at :April 11, 2023 at 5:06 AM
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Anurag Kanjani

Unsurprisingly, Lewis Hamilton is tied for most title wins.

Formula 1 (F1) is widely considered to be the pinnacle of motorsport, and winning the Driver's World Championships is one of the highest honours a driver can achieve. Over the years, there have been many great drivers who have won the World Championships multiple times but certain greats have ensured multiple championships to create history. The top five drivers with the most World Championships in Formula 1 history are as follows:

5. Sebastian Vettel (4 championships)

Sebastian Vettel burst onto the scene in 2010, winning his first Driver's World Championship with Red Bull Racing and therefore becoming the youngest in history to do so. Vettel went on to win three more World Championships with Red Bull Racing in 2011, 2012, and 2013, again, becoming the youngest driver in F1 history to win four World Championships.

Vettel's driving style was characterised by his speed and his ability to extract maximum performance from his car, and he is considered one of the most talented drivers of his generation.

In conclusion, these five drivers are widely regarded as some of the greatest drivers in Formula 1 history, and their achievements on the track speak for themselves. Their multiple Driver's World Championships are a testament to their talent and skill, and their names will forever be associated with the history and legacy of F1. 

4. Alain Prost (4 championships)

Alain Prost is considered one of the all-time greats in F1 history, having won four Driver's World Championships during his career. Prost won his championships driving for McLaren and Williams, and he was known for his precise driving style and his ability to manage and optimise his tires and fuel during a race.

Prost won his first championship in 1985 and his last in 1993, and he retired as one of the most successful drivers in the 90s era of Formula 1 racing.

    3. Juan Manuel Fangio (5 championships)

    Juan Manuel Fangio is widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers of all time, having won five Driver's World Championships between 1951 and 1957. Fangio won his championships with four different teams: Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, and Ferrari. Fangio was known for his smooth driving style and his ability to read a race, and he set many records during his career that stood for decades.

    2. Lewis Hamilton (7 championships)

    Lewis Hamilton is currently tied with Michael Schumacher for the most World Championships in Formula 1 history, having won his seventh championship in 2020. Hamilton won his first championship in 2008, driving for McLaren, and since then he has won six more championships driving for AMG Mercedes-Benz.

    Hamilton is known for his speed and his ability to perform under pressure, and he holds many records in F1, including the most pole positions (103) also in a season (13) and the most wins at a single Grand Prix (8). As he is still on the grid, one can expect him to break more of the Schumacher records.

      1. Michael Schumacher (7 championships)

      Michael Schumacher, widely regarded as the most sensational driver in F1 history, having won a record seven Driver's World Championships. Schumacher's first championship came in 1994, driving for Benetton, and he followed that up with another championship the following year. After a brief stint at Ferrari, Schumacher went on to win five consecutive championships from 2000 to 2004, cementing his place as one of the all-time greats.

      He held many records in Formula 1, including the most race wins (91) and the most pole positions (68) till the time the next generation came in and took over.