Great Formula One drivers

Formula One racing has become a sport that has captured the imagination of millions of people around the world. One of the reasons for this is the excitement of the sport itself. However, Formula One has been the home to some of the most legendary drivers in the history of auto racing. These great drivers built up huge followings of fans who would make a point of watching every televised race they participated in. The Internet has made the current crop of drivers even more famous than their predecessors. This is due to social media and the fact that most drivers have their own websites. Here is a look at some of the most notable Formula One drivers.

Ayrton Senna

This three-time Formula One champion from Brazil is considered to be one of the all-time greats. His life was cut tragically short in a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix on May 1, 1994. Senna was only 34 years old at the time of his death. It was largely his death that caused FIA president Max Mosley to implement many changes in terms of safety regulations.

Michael Schumacher

Originally from Germany, Michael Schumacher took home the Formula One championship an amazing seven times. This cemented him as one of the greatest drivers in the history of motorsports, let alone Formula One. During his brilliant career, he captured about every award that an athlete can receive, including winning the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year two times in 2002, and again in 2004.

Mario Andretti

The name Mario Andretti is synonymous with racing. This man’s career helped to make auto racing popular on a global scale. He won both the Indianapolis 500 on the INDYCAR circuit in 1969, as well as the Formula One championship in 1978. He is a true icon and a racing legend.

Sebastian Vettel

Also hailing from Germany, Sebastian Vettel is often compared to Schumacher, his fellow countryman. Vettel captured the Formula One crown four consecutive years, from 2010 to 2013. Since Schumacher’s retirement, Vettel is widely regarded as the best Formula One driver who is currently still active in the sport. Vettel’s success would seem to back up that statement.

Alain Prost

Winner of four Formula One championships in 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1993, this Frenchman is not only one of the most talented drivers of his generation, he is also one of the most respected among his colleagues.