Rankings

Racing Years Ranking

Pos Driver Points
1 Ayrton Senna 172.79
2 Jackie Stewart 160.89
3 Juan Manuel Fangio 159.26
4 Alberto Ascari 158.80
5 Jochen Rindt 157.79
6 Alain Prost 156.94
7 Jim Clark 154.43
8 Michael Schumacher 151.78
9 Rudolf Caracciola 151.25
10 Stirling Moss 148.79
11 Jean Behra 146.52
12 Tazio Nuvolari 146.30
13 Bobby Unser 146.13
14 Lewis Hamilton 145.54
15 Sebastian Vettel 144.96
16 Rodger Ward 144.61
17 Jack Brabham 143.65
18 Fernando Alonso 142.94
19 Mike Hawthorn 142.87
20 Giuseppe Farina 142.74
21 Peter Collins 141.53
22 Achille Varzi 140.67
23 Jean-Pierre Wimille 139.90
24 Nelson Piquet 138.09
25 A.J.Foyt 136.91
26 Tony Brooks 135.90
27 Michael Andretti 135.39
28 Jacky Ickx 134.17
29 Rick Mears 133.47
30 Bruce McLaren 133.39
31 Niki Lauda 132.95
32 John Surtees 132.67
33 Stoffel Vandoorne 132.40
34 Kimi Räikkönen 132.31
35 Phil Hill 131.33
36 Luigi Villoresi 131.27
37 José Maria López 130.26
38 Raymond Sommer 130.15
39 Gordon Johncock 128.57
40 James Hunt 128.42
41 Piero Taruffi 128.34
42 Marcel Lehoux 128.12
43 Gerhard Berger 128.06
44 Pedro Rodríguez 128.01
45 Nigel Mansell 127.77
46 Roy Salvadori 127.34
47 Louis Chiron 126.24
48 Mario Andretti 126.15
49 Al Unser 125.97
50 Emerson Fittipaldi 125.59
51 Rinaldo Capello 124.27
52 Tom Sneva 124.15
53 Luigi Fagioli 123.61
54 Kurt Ahrens Jr. 123.24
55 Carlos Reutemann 122.78
56 Graham Hill 122.77
57 Jody Scheckter 122.60
58 Franco Cortese 121.76
59 Dan Gurney 121.62
60 Oliver Rowland 121.43
61 Bernd Schneider 120.17
62 Ronnie Peterson 120.14
63 Hans Herrmann 119.87
64 Roger McCluskey 119.66
65 Denny Hulme 119.32
66 Mika Häkkinen 119.17
67 Klaus Ludwig 118.92
68 Franck Montagny 118.91
69 Piers Courage 118.39
70 Charles Leclerc 118.39
71 Hans Stuck 118.05
72 René Dreyfus 116.88
73 Philippe Etançelin 116.71
74 Prince Bira 115.93
75 Juan Pablo Montoya 115.78
76 Derek Bell 115.47
77 Robert Manzon 114.84
78 Bobby Rahal 114.39
79 Al Unser Jr. 114.21
80 Mattias Ekström 114.12
81 Elio de Angelis 113.75
82 Max Verstappen 113.66
83 Jochen Mass 113.37
84 Don Branson 113.20
85 Riccardo Patrese 113.14
86 Reg Parnell 113.13
87 Richie Ginther 112.73
88 Lloyd Ruby 112.73
89 Nico Rosberg 112.70
90 Damon Hill 112.30
91 Marcel Fässler 111.96
92 Maurice Trintignant 111.76
93 Chris Amon 111.67
94 Patrick Depailler 111.43
95 Felix Rosenqvist 111.28
96 Louis Rosier 110.90
97 Paul Tracy 110.58
98 Kazuyoshi Hoshino 110.19
99 Tom Kristensen 110.18
100 Yvan Muller 109.94

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 only taking the race results for this criteria, because we have not qualifying results of many races and it could give false results in the ranking.
  • 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 7.46
2 Rudolf Caracciola 7.17
3 Alberto Ascari 6.89
4 Ayrton Senna 6.87
5 Jean-Pierre Wimille 6.68
6 Jim Clark 6.58
7 Jochen Rindt 6.27
8 Jackie Stewart 6.26
9 Achille Varzi 6.21
10 Stirling Moss 6.17
11 Tazio Nuvolari 6.17
12 Alain Prost 6.01
13 Rinaldo Capello 5.81
14 Luigi Villoresi 5.78
15 Giuseppe Farina 5.71
16 Michael Schumacher 5.67
17 Lewis Hamilton 5.38
18 Kurt Ahrens Jr. 5.37
19 Jack Brabham 5.18
20 Jacky Ickx 5.14
21 Mike Hawthorn 5.09
22 Sebastian Vettel 5.08
23 Tony Bettenhausen 5.07
24 Peter Collins 4.96
25 Marcel Lehoux 4.92
26 Luigi Fagioli 4.91
27 Rodger Ward 4.87
28 Nelson Piquet 4.85
29 A.J.Foyt 4.78
30 Bobby Unser 4.76
31 Tom Kristensen 4.73
32 Reg Parnell 4.73
33 Raymond Sommer 4.69
34 John Surtees 4.67
35 Niki Lauda 4.67
36 Louis Chiron 4.67
37 Allan McNish 4.64
38 Phil Hill 4.62
39 Gerhard Mitter 4.53
40 Franck Montagny 4.53
41 Jean Behra 4.51
42 Nyck de Vries 4.49
43 Gérard Larrousse 4.47
44 José Maria López 4.46
45 Max Verstappen 4.45
46 Denny Hulme 4.42
47 Jonathan Williams 4.41
48 Piero Taruffi 4.41
49 Danilo Dirani 4.36
50 Nigel Mansell 4.36
51 Hans Stuck 4.35
52 Bernd Schneider 4.35
53 Philippe Etançelin 4.33
54 Brian Redman 4.31
55 Tony Brooks 4.29
56 Al Holbert 4.29
57 Mike Thackwell 4.27
58 Jochen Mass 4.26
59 Mark Donohue 4.25
60 Ricardo Zonta 4.25
61 Bruce McLaren 4.25
62 Klaus Ludwig 4.22
63 James Courtney 4.20
64 Dan Gurney 4.19
65 Al Unser 4.17
66 Kazuyoshi Hoshino 4.17
67 Mario Andretti 4.13
68 James Hunt 4.13
69 Frank Biela 4.12
70 Chico Serra 4.12
71 Marco Werner 4.12
72 Stoffel Vandoorne 4.11
73 Nino Vaccarella 4.11
74 Carlo van Dam 4.11
75 Sam Hornish Jr. 4.09
76 Greg Moore 4.09
77 Thiago Medeiros 4.06
78 Roy Salvadori 4.06
79 Fabrizio Giovanardi 4.04
80 Rick Mears 4.03
81 Derek Bell 4.03
82 Emanuele Pirro 4.02
83 Damon Hill 4.02
84 Prince Bira 4.01
85 Norberto Fontana 4.00
86 Marvin Kirchhöfer 4.00
87 Jean-Pierre Jaussaud 3.99
88 Emerson Fittipaldi 3.99
89 Anthony Davidson 3.98
90 Steve Soper 3.98
91 René Dreyfus 3.97
92 Charles Leclerc 3.95
93 Hans Herrmann 3.95
94 Ronnie Peterson 3.93
95 Juan Pablo Montoya 3.92
96 Michael Andretti 3.92
97 Benoit Treluyer 3.87
98 Yvan Muller 3.86
99 Felix Rosenqvist 3.86
100 Marcel Fässler 3.85

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 9.80 15
2 Ayrton Senna 9.75 20
3 Michael Schumacher 9.75 20
4 Jim Clark 9.69 13
5 Jackie Stewart 9.57 14
6 Stirling Moss 9.53 17
7 Jochen Rindt 9.46 13
8 Fernando Alonso 9.43 30
9 Tazio Nuvolari 9.40 15
10 Alain Prost 9.21 14
11 Mario Andretti 9.17 12
12 Lewis Hamilton 9.00 22
13 Jacky Ickx 8.93 14
14 Juan Pablo Montoya 8.93 14
15 Jack Brabham 8.91 11
16 Ronnie Peterson 8.90 10
17 Tom Kristensen 8.89 9
18 Charles Leclerc 8.77 13
19 Nelson Piquet 8.75 12
20 Sébastien Bourdais 8.70 10
21 Stoffel Vandoorne 8.69 13
22 André Lotterer 8.60 10
23 Rudolf Caracciola 8.58 12
24 Nico Rosberg 8.57 21
25 Sebastian Vettel 8.50 22
26 Niki Lauda 8.45 11
27 Michael Andretti 8.44 9
28 Felix Rosenqvist 8.44 9
29 Max Verstappen 8.33 21
30 Yvan Muller 8.33 9
31 Scott Dixon 8.33 9
32 Esteban Ocon 8.31 13
33 Sébastien Buemi 8.21 14
34 Jenson Button 8.18 17
35 Daniel Ricciardo 8.17 12
36 John Surtees 8.11 9
37 Nigel Mansell 8.10 10
38 Nico Hülkenberg 8.05 21
39 Mark Webber 8.00 11
40 Jean Behra 8.00 9
41 Emerson Fittipaldi 8.00 10
42 Simon Pagenaud 7.90 10
43 Daniil Kvyat 7.90 10
44 Antonio Giovinazzi 7.89 9
45 Jan Magnussen 7.78 9
46 Valtteri Bottas 7.76 17
47 Kimi Räikkönen 7.53 15
48 Roberto Merhi 7.50 12
49 Brendon Hartley 7.38 13
50 Carlos Sáinz Jr. 7.33 18
51 Felipe Massa 7.22 9
52 Pastor Maldonado 6.20 10
53 Vitaly Petrov 5.22 9