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Top 10 most successful Formula One drivers with Scuderia Ferrari

By a long way, Ferrari is without a doubt the most successful team in Formula One. More than any other team, it has won races, driver championships, and constructors’ championships. The team is also referred to as “The Prancing Horse” in honor of their emblem. With participation in every world championship since the 1950 Formula One season, it is the oldest and most successful Formula One team. Since Kimi Raikkonen won the championship in 2007, the team has come close to winning the drivers’ championships with Felipe Massa in 2008 and Fernando Alonso in 2010 and 2012.

Ferrari has won a record 16 Constructors’ Championships in Formula One, the most recent of which was in 2008. With 243 victories, Ferrari is also the most successful F1 engine manufacturer (having achieved a single non-Ferrari victory with Scuderia Toro Rosso at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix, as well as one Ferrari privateer win at the 1961 French Grand Prix). A record 15 Drivers’ Championships have been won by the team thanks to Alberto Ascari, Juan Manuel Fangio, Mike Hawthorn, Phil Hill, John Surtees, Niki Lauda, Jody Scheckter, Michael Schumacher, and Kimi Raikkonen. Here are the top ten Formula One drivers who have ever driven for Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher

In 1996, Michael Schumacher joined Ferrari, which had last won the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships in 1979 and 1983, respectively. In 1996, Schumacher helped Ferrari place second in the Constructors’ Championship and finished third in the Drivers’ Championship. He did, however, win three races that year, which was more than the team had achieved from 1991 to 1995 combined. At the Spanish Grand Prix, where he lapped the entire field and finished third in the slick conditions, he captured his first victory for Ferrari. With five victories, Schumacher took the championship lead in 1997 and carried that lead into the season’s penultimate Grand Prix at Jerez. His then-rival for the championship, Jacques Villeneuve, continued and scored four points to win.

After a year-long battle with Hakkinen, Schumacher won his third World Drivers’ Championship in 2000 and his first with Ferrari. Schumacher won his fourth Drivers’ championship in 2001. Four additional drivers claimed victories, but none persisted in a season-long championship challenge. With four races remaining, Schumacher finished with a record-tying nine victories and secured the world championship. Schumacher kept his Drivers’ Championship in 2002. He tied Juan Manuel Fangio’s record of five World Championships by winning the Drivers’ Championship. Schumacher won the championship with six races left in the season, which is still the earliest point in the season for a driver to be named World Champion. Ferrari won 15 of the 17 races.

By winning the drivers’ championship for a sixth time in 2003, Schumacher broke Fangio’s record of five World Drivers’ Championships. He finished the season two points ahead of Räikkönen. In 2004, Schumacher finished first in all but one of the season’s first 13 races—12 of them—winning only Monaco after colliding with Montoya in a safety car period. At the Belgian Grand Prix, Schumacher won the Drivers’ title for a record-breaking seventh time. He broke his previous record of 11 victories from the 2002 season and finished the season with a record 148 points, 34 points ahead of the runner-up Barrichello. He also set a new record of 13 race victories out of a possible 18.

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Niki Lauda

Andreas Nikolaus “Niki” Lauda was the only driver in F1 history to have won championships for both Ferrari and McLaren, two of the most successful constructors in the sport. He won the title in 1975, 1977, and 1984. The team’s early confidence in the unknown Niki Lauda was rewarded with a second-place finish in his 1974 season-opening Argentine Grand Prix debut race. It took just three races for him to win his first Grand Prix (GP), which was also Ferrari’s first since 1972. After finishing no better than fifth in the first four races of the 1975 Formula One season, Lauda went on to win four of the following five races while piloting the brand-new Ferrari 312T.

He dominated the 1976 Formula One season’s opening race. By the time of his fifth victory of the year, he had more than twice as many points as his closest rivals, James Hunt and Jody Scheckter. Despite having a challenging 1977 season, he easily won the championship by being consistent rather than being fast. This was his final year with Ferrari, and he left the team because Carlos Reutemann was on the roster despite Lauda’s dislike for him.

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Alberto Ascari

Italian racing driver Alberto Ascari won the Formula One World Championship twice. Ascari is Ferrari’s lone Italian champion and the only driver to win back-to-back World Championships, along with Michael Schumacher. He was the first driver to win multiple World Championship titles, and from 1952 to 1954, he held the record for the most World Championship victories, making him one of only four drivers to have done so. Michael Schumacher has held the record since 2002, though Schumacher now also shares it with Lewis Hamilton. Juan Manuel Fangio held the record from 1954 to 2002 (jointly with Ascari in 1954). He was the first World Champion for the group and the final Italian to do so.

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John Surtees

British Formula One driver and Grand Prix motorcycle road racer John Surtees. John Surtees will be the final British Ferrari World Champion as of 2022. At the 1966 BRDC International Trophy at Silverstone, Surtees made his F1 debut in the new Ferrari, qualifying and placing second to Jack Brabham’s 3-liter Brabham BT19. Later that year, Surtees won the Belgian Grand Prix despite being caught in a rainstorm on the first lap that eliminated half the field. Surtees came in second place to Jack Brabham in the Drivers’ Championship, while Ferrari came in second place to Brabham-Repco in the Constructors’ Championship.

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Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso signed a deal in the middle of 2009 to start driving for Ferrari in 2011. However, the start date was changed to 2010 when Räikkönen was fired from the team and Renault was under investigation for race-fixing in Singapore. In 2010, he triumphed in his first race for Ferrari, the Bahrain Grand Prix. He amassed a 40-point lead in the Drivers’ Championship during the 2012 campaign thanks to victories in Malaysia, Valencia, and Germany as well as consistent finishes that resulted in points. Alonso was able to consistently score points and win races in China and Spain in 2013 thanks to the aggressive design of his vehicle. Alonso finished second for the third time in his career with 242 points. During his time with Ferrari, he won 11 races in total.

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Gilles Villeneuve

Six races were won by Gilles Villeneuve during his six years of Grand Prix racing with Ferrari, and he received high praise for his efforts. In addition to the entire 1978 season, Villeneuve agreed to drive for Ferrari in the final two races of 1977. Niki Lauda’s departure from the Ferrari team at the halfway point of the 1977 season served as the impetus for Villeneuve’s hiring. Villeneuve won his first Grand Prix at the 1978 Canadian Grand Prix. To date, he remains the only Canadian to win the Canadian Grand Prix. He won three races during the year and even briefly led the championship. By defying team orders to finish ahead of Scheckter at the Italian Grand Prix, Villeneuve may have won the World Championship.

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Juan Manuel Fangio

Racing car driver Juan Manuel Fangio was from Argentina. He was the World Drivers’ Champion five times during the first ten years of Formula One racing. Fangio joined Ferrari in 1956 and won his fourth championship there. despite their joint success with the extremely challenging-to-drive Lancia vehicle that Ferrari developed. a question about the upcoming year’s class and the crowded field. Fangio won the British and German Grand Prix at Silverstone and the Nürburgring in addition to the victory in Argentina. With only 15 laps remaining in the season-ending Italian Grand Prix, Fangio’s Ferrari teammate Peter Collins, who had a chance to win the World Championship, turned over his car to Fangio.

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Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen became a member of Ferrari in 2007, won his first Grand Prix with the team in Australia, set the fastest lap, and became the first driver since Nigel Mansell in 1989 to do so. His 10 grand prix victories with Ferrari included six in 2007. He didn’t exactly award them medals and podiums after the team won the 2007 World Championship, and he also underperformed his teammate. However, he played a significant role in being the ideal backup for the Scuderia, winning 10 races with the team and earning over 1000 points in the process.

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John Michael Hawthorn

The British racing driver John Hawthorn. He won the 1958 Formula One World Championship, becoming the first driver from the United Kingdom to do so. Two months earlier, at the 1958 German Grand Prix, his teammate and friend Peter Collins had passed away, leaving him deeply affected. He then announced his retirement. Hawthorn debuted for Scuderia Ferrari in the 1953 season, winning the French Grand Prix at Reims on his ninth attempt by outdistancing Juan Manuel Fangio in what was later dubbed “the race of the century,” in which the top four drivers finished within five seconds of one another after 60 laps. He finished fourth overall for the season thanks to this and two other podium finishes.

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Alain Prost

From 1987 to 2001, Alain Prost won the Formula One Drivers’ Championship four times. After the passing of team founder Enzo Ferrari in 1988, Prost was the first driver to sign with Ferrari in 1990. At Ferrari, he took the place of Gerhard Berger, and for 1990, he raced alongside Nigel Mansell of Great Britain. Prost assumed the role of the team’s lead driver and is alleged to have capitalised on his status as the current world champion. In Brazil, Mexico, France, Britain, and Spain that year, he took home five victories for Ferrari. Among them was the Mexican Grand Prix, which he won after qualifying in thirteenth place. He drove Mansell and Ferrari to victories in the races in Mexico and Spain.

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Ferrari World Champions

Drivers ChampionsYears Won 
Alberto Ascari1952, 1953
Juan Manuel Fangio1956
Mike Hawthorn1958
Phil Hill1961
John Surtees1964
Niki Lauda1975, 1977
Jody Scheckter 1979
Michael Schumacher2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Kimi Räikkönen2007