Formula One (also Formula 1 or F1) is the highest class of single-seat auto racing that is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). The FIA Formula One World Championship has been the premier form of racing since the inaugural season in 1950, although other Formula One races were regularly held until 1983. The “formula”, designated in the name, refers to a set of rules, to which all participants’ cars must conform.The F1 season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix (from French, originally meaning great prizes), held throughout the world on purpose-built F1 circuits and public roads.
1. Michael Schumacher Seven Formula One World Championships won.
He holds many of Formula One’s driver records, including most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions and most races won in a single season – 13 in 2004 (the last of these records was equalled by fellow German Sebastian Vettel nine years later). In 2002, he became the only driver in Formula One history to finish in the top three in every race of a season and then also broke the record for most consecutive podium finishes. According to the official Formula One website, he is “statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen”.
A lot of people are missing his first F1 team and that would be the Benetton Renault.
2. Juan Manuel Fangio Déramo Five Formula One World Championships won.
From childhood, he abandoned his studies to pursue auto mechanics. In 1938, he debuted in Turismo Carretera, competing in a Ford V8. In 1940, he competed with Chevrolet, winning the Grand Prix International Championship and devoted his time to the Argentine Turismo Carretera becoming its champion, a title he successfully defended a year later. Fangio then competed in Europe between 1947 to 1949 where he achieved further success.
3. Alain Marie Pascal Prost Four Formula One World Championships won.
Alain Marie Pascal Prost, OBE, Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur (born 24 February 1955) is a French former racing driver. A four-time Formula One Drivers’ Champion, only Sebastian Vettel (four championships), Juan Manuel Fangio (five championships), and Michael Schumacher (seven championships) have equaled or surpassed his number of titles. From 1987 until 2001 Prost held the record for most Grand Prix victories. Schumacher surpassed Prost’s total of 51 victories at the 2001 Belgian Grand Prix. In 1999, Prost received the World Sports Awards of the Century in the motor sport category.
4. Sebastian Vettel Four Formula One World Championships won.
Sebastian Vettel is a German racing driver, currently driving in Formula One for Scuderia Ferrari. He is contracted to remain in that role until at least the end of 2017.He is a four-time Formula One World Champion, having won the championship in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 with Red Bull Racing.He is among the most successful F1 drivers of all time. He is one of only four drivers to have won four or more drivers’ titles.
5. Sir John Arthur “Jack” Brabham, Sir John Young “Jackie” Stewart, Andreas Nikolaus “Niki” Lauda, Nelson Piquet Souto Maior, Ayrton Senna da Silva, Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton Three Formula One World Championships won.
Sir John Arthur “Jack” Brabham, was an Australian racing driver who was Formula One champion in 1959, 1960, and 1966. He was a founder of the Brabham racing team and race car constructor that bore his name.
Sir John Young “Jackie” Stewart,is a British former Formula One racing driver from Scotland. Nicknamed the “Flying Scot”, he competed in Formula One between 1965 and 1973, winning three World Drivers’ Championships, and twice runner-up, over those nine seasons.
Andreas Nikolaus “Niki” Lauda is an Austrian former Formula One driver who was three times F1 World Champion, winning in 1975, 1977 and 1984. He is currently the only driver to have been champion for both Ferrari and McLaren, the sport’s two most successful constructors.
Nelson Piquet Souto Maior, known as Nelson Piquet, is a Brazilian former racing driver and businessman. Since his retirement, Piquet has been ranked among the greatest Formula One drivers in various motorsport polls.
Ayrton Senna da Silva, was a Brazilian racing driver who won three Formula One world championships in 1988, 1990 and 1991. He was killed in an accident while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton, is a British Formula One racing driver from England, currently racing for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team. He is the 2008, 2014 and 2015 Formula One World Champion.
1. Andrea de Cesaris 214 Entries and 208 Starts with 0 Wins
He started 208 Formula One Grands Prix but never won, holding the record for the longest career without a race victory.A string of accidents early in his career earned him the nickname “Andrea de Crasheris”,and he became known for being very fast but also wildly erratic. The nickname stuck, though he went on to become a calmer, more mature driver in his later career.
In 2005 and 2006 he competed in the Grand Prix Masters formula for retired F1 drivers.
He died on 5 October 2014 after losing control of his motorcycle on Rome’s Grande Raccordo Anulare motorway.
2. Nick Heidfeld 185 Entries and 183 Starts with 0 Wins
German professional racing driver.Despite scoring regular podium finishes in 2005 with Williams, and in 2007 and 2008 with BMW Sauber, Heidfeld never won a race after debuting in Formula One in 2000. Heidfeld currently holds three records. He holds the record for the most podium finishes without a Grand Prix win and has the most second-place finishes without a win, with 8. He also holds the record for the most consecutive race classifications with a tally of 41.
3. Martin Brundle 165 Entries and 158 Starts with 0 Wins
Brundle contested the British Formula 3 Championship in 1983, finishing a close second to Ayrton Senna, and the two progressed to Formula One the next year. Brundle failed to score a victory at the top level of single seater racing, but he has been successful in other disciplines. He was the 1988 World Sportscar Champion, with a record points score, and won the 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans race for Jaguar Cars in a Jaguar XJR-12.
4. Derek Warwick 162 Entries and 147 Starts with 0 Wins
British former racing driver from England, who lives in Jersey.He raced for many years in Formula One, but never won a Grand Prix. He did, however, win the 1992 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2005 and 2006 he raced in the inaugural season of the Grand Prix Masters formula for retired Formula One drivers. He has served as the fourth steward for three Grands Prix in 2010 and 2011. He is president of the British Racing Drivers Club, succeeding Damon Hill.
5. Jean-Pierre Jarier 143 Entries and 134 Starts with 0 Wins
Following impressive results in Formula France, Jarier moved up to French Formula Three, finishing 3rd overall in 1970, before moving on to the Shell Arnold European Formula Two team in 1971. He peaked with two 3rd places, and also made his Grand Prix debut at Monza when the team rented a March Engineering 701. However, the team dropped him midway through 1972 for financial reasons.