Formula 1: Top seven drivers with most wins in 1950s
Legends such as Juan Manuel Fangio and Alberto Ascari raced during this golden period in F1 history.
The 1950s were a golden era for Formula 1 racing, producing a remarkable roster of drivers who etched their names into history with their exceptional skill, daring courage, and record-breaking victories. Now, let’s take a closer look at the top seven drivers with most wins in the 1950s.
7. Peter Collins – 3 wins
Racing for Ferrari, Peter Collins played an integral role in the team’s dominance in the late 50s, where he won three races, including the 1956 Belgian GP, the 1956 French GP and the 1958 British Grand Prix. However, all this came to an end when he tragically lost his life in a crash during the 1958 German Grand Prix.
6. Tony Brooks – 5 wins
Although the British racing sensation, Tony Brooks, never clinched the world championship, his undeniable talent shone through with five career victories. From his inaugural win at the 1955 Syracuse Grand Prix to his final triumph at the 1959 German Grand Prix, Brooks showcased his adaptability by racing for Vanwall, Ferrari, and BRM, leaving an indelible mark on the tracks.
5. Mike Hawthorn – 5 wins
Mike Hawthorn, the British racing driver and 1958 world champion, claimed five victories during his career. With wins for both Ferrari and Maserati, his triumphs in races such as the 1953 French Grand Prix and the harrowing 1958 French Grand Prix, where he survived a fatal crash, secured his enduring legacy in Formula One history.
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4. Giuseppe Farina – 5 wins
Racing in the glory days of Alfa Romeo and being the first-ever world champion, Giuseppe Farina’s name is forever etched in F1 history. Winning five races in his career, all for Alfa Romeo, Farina’s victories included notable moments such as the 1950 British Grand Prix, the first-ever F1 race, and the 1950 Italian Grand Prix, where he secured his championship title.
3. Alberto Ascari – 13 wins
Alberto Ascari is no stranger to Formula 1, having won two world championships in 1952 and 1953, both earned while driving for Ferrari. His 13 wins out of 32 races, including a remarkable streak of nine consecutive victories, cemented his place in history. Beyond the wins, Ascari notched 14 pole positions and 12 fastest laps, showcasing his comprehensive mastery.
Additionally, his talents extended beyond Formula One, with victories in motorcycle and sports car racing, including the prestigious Mille Miglia. Tragically, his life was cut short by a testing accident at Monza in 1955.
2. Stirling Moss – 16 wins
Regarded as one of the finest drivers never to clinch a world championship, Stirling Moss’ career sparkled with 16 wins out of 66 Formula One races spanning from 1951 to 1961. With a peak of four wins in a single season, Moss’ brilliance extended to diverse motorsport competitions such as the Sebring 12 Hours, the Mille Miglia, and the Tourist Trophy.
1. Juan Manuel Fangio – 24 wins
Unarguably one of the greatest drivers in the sport’s history, Juan Manuel Fangio dominated the 1950s with five Formula 1 world championships and an astounding 24 wins out of 52 races. The Argentinian driver’s prowess extended to qualifying, securing a remarkable 29 pole position from his 52 entries and setting a pole percentage record of 55.77%.
Additionally, his exceptional versatility was evident as he secured victories with four different teams: Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, and Maserati.