Rankings

Racing Years Ranking

Pos Driver Points
1 Ayrton Senna 184.34
2 Alberto Ascari 170.14
3 Juan Manuel Fangio 169.06
4 Jackie Stewart 168.39
5 Jim Clark 162.54
6 Alain Prost 160.96
7 Jochen Rindt 158.79
8 Stirling Moss 157.32
9 Michael Schumacher 156.35
10 Jean-Pierre Wimille 155.19
11 Lewis Hamilton 151.89
12 Tazio Nuvolari 149.89
13 Rudolf Caracciola 147.22
14 Nelson Piquet 144.38
15 Jean Behra 144.33
16 Sebastian Vettel 144.25
17 Bobby Unser 142.70
18 Mike Hawthorn 142.29
19 John Surtees 141.60
20 Jack Brabham 141.09
21 Giuseppe Farina 138.74
22 José Froilán González 133.98
23 Peter Collins 133.95
24 Achille Varzi 133.78
25 James Hunt 132.76
26 A.J.Foyt 132.64
27 Phil Hill 131.51
28 Bruce McLaren 131.35
29 Dan Gurney 131.17
30 Gérard Larrousse 131.14
31 Niki Lauda 131.08
32 Jacky Ickx 130.62
33 Hans Stuck 130.30
34 Tony Brooks 130.28
35 Fernando Alonso 130.21
36 Luigi Villoresi 129.52
37 Kurt Ahrens Jr. 129.20
38 Piers Courage 129.07
39 Nigel Mansell 127.95
40 Rodger Ward 127.94
41 Max Verstappen 127.78
42 Mark Donohue 127.43
43 Ronnie Peterson 126.43
44 Carlos Reutemann 125.85
45 Mika Häkkinen 125.81
46 Tony Bettenhausen 124.88
47 Gerhard Berger 124.40
48 Denny Hulme 124.35
49 Graham Hill 124.15
50 Rick Mears 124.13
51 Raymond Sommer 123.88
52 José Maria López 122.93
53 Emerson Fittipaldi 122.64
54 Gordon Johncock 121.91
55 Kimi Räikkönen 121.85
56 Mario Andretti 121.84
57 Chris Amon 121.67
58 Derek Bell 121.33
59 Pedro Rodríguez 121.10
60 Robert Manzon 120.56
61 Roy Salvadori 120.20
62 Damon Hill 119.82
63 Klaus Ludwig 119.75
64 André Simon 118.89
65 René Dreyfus 118.82
66 Riccardo Patrese 118.75
67 Michael Andretti 118.43
68 Lando Norris 118.36
69 Tommy Byrne 118.28
70 Greg Moore 118.13
71 Valtteri Bottas 118.07
72 Jody Scheckter 117.78
73 Philippe Etançelin 117.72
74 Vic Elford 117.66
75 Elliot Forbes-Robinson 117.49
76 Bernd Schneider 116.89
77 Luigi Musso 115.95
78 Piero Taruffi 115.54
79 Charles Leclerc 114.97
80 Al Unser 114.87
81 Geoff Lees 114.23
82 Tom Sneva 114.17
83 Maurice Trintignant 114.14
84 Nico Rosberg 113.98
85 Patrick Tambay 113.53
86 Emanuele Pirro 112.70
87 Olivier Gendebien 113.20
88 Tom Kristensen 112.87
89 Don Branson 112.64
90 Mark Webber 111.69
91 Hans Herrmann 111.34
92 Emmanuel de Graffenried 110.94
93 Mike Thackwell 110.79
94 Dave Scott 110.67
95 Patrick Depailler 110.66
96 Elio de Angelis 110.64
97 Daniel Ricciardo 110.42
98 Marvin Kirchhöfer 110.26
99 Jean-Pierre Beltoise 110.22
100 Eddie Irvine 109.91

Racing Years World Ranking

The Racing Years World Ranking is the result of our collection of enormous amounts of information from race results throughout the history of motor racing and the application of a computer model developed by us.

The World Ranking is intended to be an at a glance measure of a drivers standing in the history.

The most important thing to understand about how the ratings system works is that it is 100% objective. The algorythm just takes into account the facts.

Sometimes it can be difficult to choose between several options. There are many criteria to consider. No option is perfect. There is no obvious winner.

  • More races more accurate

    Generally, the more races that are raced the more accurate the rankings. We have a limit of a minimum of 85 races for a driver to be ranked. 85 races are like 5-6 championships or years (even more depending of the championship) and that's a large period of time to see if a driver is fast or not.
  • Quality wins

    The algorythm utilizes the huge number of race results stored in our database. Generally, the more a driver wins or finish in top positions, the higher the ranking, so the system takes into account quality final results and strength of the championship.

    This is the relative weight (aprox.) of each championship based in our criteria.

    Formula 1

    Prewar races (European Championship)

    Indycar/AAA/USAC/CART

    GP2/Formula 3000/European Formula 2

    World Series by Renault/Formula Nippon/World Series by Nissan/Rest of Prewar races

    World Endurance/World Sport Prototypes

    GP3

    DTM

    European Formula 3/Tasman Series

    Non Championship Races & Sports

    American Le Mans Series/IMSA/FIA GT/United Sportscar/Blancpain

    World/European Touring Car

    Indy Lights/Can-Am

    Rest of Championships

  • Driver mistakes hurt the ranking

    A driver's ranking is hurt more if the driver has an accident,collision or spin, because all of them count as driver mistakes. The ranking has a problem here because it is not always possible to find out the reasons of all the DNF(Did not finish) but the margin of error in the final ranking is very small, because the abandons for accident,collision or spin have not too weight into the algorythm.
  • Team mates comparison

    The ranking gives more points based in the percentage that the driver is better than his/her team mates. We are taking qualifying and race results for this criteria.
  • Points system

    The driver gets points if he finishes in the first six positions of the race
  • Other criterias

    The final result is divided by the total of finished races of the driver, we don't get into account races where the driver had mechanical problems

    Sadly we don't have all the races of all the drivers (mainly in lower formula championships), so the ranking is not 100% accurate.

    We have limited the ranking to show only 100 drivers. You can see the ranking position of every driver in their driver's profiles.

    Finally, the most important thing, don't take this ranking seriously as the definitive of all times, it only gives us a slight measure of how good are the drivers.

Points per Finished Races

Pos Driver Points
1 Juan Manuel Fangio 7.56
2 Rudolf Caracciola 7.30
3 Alberto Ascari 7.06
4 Ayrton Senna 6.87
5 Jean-Pierre Wimille 6.81
6 Jim Clark 6.69
7 Jackie Stewart 6.50
8 Stirling Moss 6.41
9 Jochen Rindt 6.38
10 Tazio Nuvolari 6.25
11 Achille Varzi 6.14
12 Alain Prost 6.13
13 Luigi Villoresi 5.84
14 Kurt Ahrens Jr. 5.78
15 Giuseppe Farina 5.72
16 Michael Schumacher 5.67
17 Lewis Hamilton 5.66
18 José Froilán González 5.60
19 Mike Hawthorn 5.49
20 Peter Arundell 5.29
21 Jacky Ickx 5.14
22 Gerhard Mitter 5.14
23 Jean Behra 5.10
24 Jack Brabham 5.08
25 Rinaldo Capello 5.07
26 Tony Bettenhausen 5.07
27 Peter Collins 5.06
28 Sebastian Vettel 5.03
29 Franck Montagny 5.02
30 Marcel Lehoux 4.88
31 Rodger Ward 4.87
32 Olivier Gendebien 4.81
33 Nelson Piquet 4.80
34 A.J.Foyt 4.78
35 Raymond Sommer 4.77
36 Bobby Unser 4.76
37 Tom Kristensen 4.73
38 Kazuyoshi Hoshino 4.71
39 Brian Redman 4.69
40 John Surtees 4.67
41 Phil Hill 4.66
42 Allan McNish 4.64
43 Denny Hulme 4.62
44 Niki Lauda 4.55
45 Louis Chiron 4.53
46 Tony Brooks 4.50
47 Piero Taruffi 4.50
48 Philippe Etançelin 4.49
49 Bernd Schneider 4.47
50 Gérard Larrousse 4.47
51 Giacomo Russo 4.45
52 Reg Parnell 4.45
53 Luigi Musso 4.44
54 Max Verstappen 4.41
55 Danilo Dirani 4.36
56 Hans Stuck 4.35
57 Al Holbert 4.29
58 Jochen Mass 4.27
59 Lando Norris 4.25
60 Bruce McLaren 4.25
61 Mark Donohue 4.25
62 Ricardo Zonta 4.25
63 Nigel Mansell 4.24
64 Klaus Ludwig 4.22
65 Mike Thackwell 4.22
66 James Courtney 4.20
67 Michel Leclère 4.20
68 Luigi Fagioli 4.20
69 Dan Gurney 4.19
70 Al Unser 4.17
71 Jonathan Williams 4.16
72 José Maria López 4.15
73 Emerson Fittipaldi 4.15
74 Mario Andretti 4.13
75 Marco Werner 4.12
76 Ronnie Peterson 4.12
77 Chico Serra 4.12
78 Reine Wisell 4.11
79 Roy Salvadori 4.10
80 Sam Hornish Jr. 4.09
81 Greg Moore 4.09
82 Tim Schenken 4.08
83 Prince Bira 4.07
84 Thiago Medeiros 4.06
85 Frank Biela 4.05
86 Nino Vaccarella 4.04
87 Derek Bell 4.03
88 Rick Mears 4.03
89 Gilles Villeneuve 4.02
90 Hans Herrmann 4.02
91 Brian Henton 4.02
92 Damon Hill 4.02
93 René Dreyfus 4.01
94 Marvin Kirchhöfer 4.00
95 Norberto Fontana 4.00
96 Tommy Byrne 3.99
97 Mauro Baldi 3.99
98 Steve Soper 3.98
99 Vincenzo Sospiri 3.95
100 Nyck de Vries 3.93

Points per Finished Races (PFR)

  • This ranking does not take into account the weight of the championships, just the raw results.
  • The points are based in the old Formula 1 scoring system (yes, we are a little nostalgic),only the first six drivers get points:
    • 1st position = 10 points
    • 2nd position = 6 points
    • 3rd position = 4 points
    • 4th position = 3 points
    • 5th position = 2 points
    • 6th position = 1 point
  • The PFR Ranking needs at least 80 races for a driver to be ranked.
  • This ranking only takes into account races where the driver has finished the race, so it removes all incidents like driver mistakes or car failures.

Users Ratings

Pos Driver Rating Total Ratings
1 Juan Manuel Fangio 9.82 17
2 Ayrton Senna 9.78 23
3 Jim Clark 9.75 16
4 Alberto Ascari 9.64 11
5 Stirling Moss 9.55 20
6 Tazio Nuvolari 9.53 19
7 Jochen Rindt 9.53 15
8 Jackie Stewart 9.50 18
9 Fernando Alonso 9.44 34
10 Michael Schumacher 9.42 24
11 Achille Varzi 9.33 9
12 Mario Andretti 9.29 17
13 Lando Norris 9.00 10
14 Jacky Ickx 9.00 16
15 Charles Leclerc 9.00 16
16 Juan Pablo Montoya 8.93 14
17 Bernd Schneider 8.92 12
18 Jack Brabham 8.92 13
19 Jules Bianchi 8.90 10
20 Tom Kristensen 8.90 10
21 Nelson Piquet 8.77 13
22 Lewis Hamilton 8.76 25
23 Ronnie Peterson 8.71 14
24 Sébastien Bourdais 8.70 10
25 Alain Prost 8.69 16
26 Rudolf Caracciola 8.62 13
27 Niki Lauda 8.57 14
28 Nico Rosberg 8.57 21
29 Joao Paulo de Oliveira 8.56 9
30 Michael Andretti 8.50 10
31 Stoffel Vandoorne 8.47 15
32 Sebastian Vettel 8.46 24
33 Graham Hill 8.45 11
34 Mika Häkkinen 8.44 9
35 André Lotterer 8.42 12
36 Felix Rosenqvist 8.42 12
37 Max Verstappen 8.41 22
38 Daniel Ricciardo 8.33 15
39 Yvan Muller 8.33 9
40 Esteban Ocon 8.31 13
41 Scott Dixon 8.23 13
42 Mattias Ekström 8.22 9
43 John Surtees 8.20 10
44 Jenson Button 8.17 18
45 Mark Webber 8.14 14
46 Sébastien Buemi 8.12 17
47 François Cevert 8.10 10
48 Nico Hülkenberg 8.05 22
49 Emerson Fittipaldi 8.00 13
50 Pascal Wehrlein 8.00 9
51 Gilles Villeneuve 8.00 11
52 Nigel Mansell 8.00 10
53 Jean Behra 8.00 10
54 Luca Ghiotto 8.00 9
55 Louis Chiron 8.00 9
56 Daniil Kvyat 7.90 10
57 Rubens Barrichello 7.90 10
58 Simon Pagenaud 7.90 10
59 Giorgio Pantano 7.89 9
60 Antonio Giovinazzi 7.82 11
61 Robert Wickens 7.82 11
62 Edoardo Mortara 7.80 10
63 Valtteri Bottas 7.71 17
64 Daniel Juncadella 7.70 10
65 Takuma Sato 7.67 9
66 Jan Magnussen 7.64 11
67 Tom Coronel 7.56 9
68 Roberto Merhi 7.54 13
69 Brendon Hartley 7.50 16
70 Carlos Sáinz Jr. 7.45 22
71 Kimi Räikkönen 7.38 16
72 Jo Bonnier 7.33 9
73 Anthony Davidson 7.22 9
74 Patrick Depailler 7.00 9
75 Felipe Massa 6.85 13
76 Clay Regazzoni 6.67 9
77 Pastor Maldonado 6.20 10
78 Vitaly Petrov 5.10 10