Formula One News » Vettel’s Place In History: The Top 5 F1 Drivers Posted on 18/12/2013
By now we’ve all had some time to absorb and consider Sebastian Vettel’s dominating performance in 2013. Of course, the German maestro captured yet another world title, making his supremacy appear evident. But the lull between seasons is a good time to think about what we’ve just seen, what’s to come next season, and how it all factors into history. And now seems like as good a time as any to discuss Vettel’s place among the all-time greats, as he’s certainly earned himself a spot in this conversation.
As things stand now, there’s an argument to be made that Sebastian Vettel is one of the greatest F1 drivers in history. So just for fun, here’s one writer’s opinion of exactly where Vettel fits into a ranking of the top five F1 drivers of all time.
5. Jim Clark
The best driver ever to come out of the UK, Clark won a remarkable percentage of his races and captured two world titles before perishing in a 1968 crash. Like a handful of other remarkable drivers, including #2 on our list, Clark would certainly have had an even more impressive resume were it not for his untimely death.
4. Sebastian Vettel
Vettel is piling up records these days, and with no one in modern racing seemingly able to stop him, there’s real reason to suspect he may top this list one day. In fact, Betfair, a popular sports betting site that’s already listing odds for the 2014 F1 championship, has Vettel as the runaway favourite to win again. Indeed, the odds certainly seem to be in Vettel’s favour for a fifth straight title in 2014. And with this particular site offering up-to-date odds throughout the year, we’d expect them only to get stronger in his direction. He may end up the best of all time.
3. Juan Manuel Fangio
Fangio held the record for most world titles (with five) for nearly half a century, but the truly impressive factor of his career is that he did it with four different teams, showing his raw racing talent.
2. Ayrton Senna
Getting back to betting odds, it’s hard not to imagine they would have continued to favour Ayrton Senna had he not passed away in a tragic accident while still racing. Nevertheless, Senna’s career is worthy of the #2 spot, and if you’re unfamiliar with the details of it, you should take a look at the fabulous documentary titled “Senna.”
1. Michael Schumacher
As of now, Schumacher still has a fair grip on the best of all time spot, thanks to raw statistics as well as incredible racing talent. Schumacher holds most of the sport’s biggest records, including most world titles (7) and most consecutive world titles (5)—though, once again, Vettel is breathing down his neck. In fact, it would be fascinating to see someone lay out odds on which driver will end up with the most world titles!