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List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions

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Michael Schumacher won the championship a record seven times during his career.

The Formula One World Drivers' Championship (WDC) is awarded by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) to the most successful Formula One racing car driver over a season, as determined by a points system based on individual Grand Prix results.

The Drivers' Championship was first awarded in 1950, to Giuseppe Farina. The first driver to win multiple Championships was Alberto Ascari, in 1952 and 1953. The current Drivers' Champion is Lewis Hamilton who won his sixth title in 2019.

A driver secures the World Championship each season when it is no longer mathematically possible for another driver to beat them no matter the outcome of the remaining races, although it is not officially awarded until the end of the season. The Drivers' Championship has been won in the final race of the season 29 times in the 69 seasons it has been awarded. The earliest in a season that the Drivers' Championship has been clinched was in 2002, when Michael Schumacher secured the title with six races remaining.

Overall, thirty-three different drivers have won the Championship, with German Michael Schumacher holding the record for most titles, at seven. He also holds the record for most consecutive Drivers' Championships, winning five from 2000 to 2004. The United Kingdom has produced the most Champions with ten; Brazil, Germany and Finland are next with three each. Of the 33 drivers to win the World Championship, nineteen are still alive. The most recently deceased is Niki Lauda (1949-2019). Among teams, Scuderia Ferrari has produced the most winning drivers with 15.

By season

Season Driver Age Constructor Engine Tyres Poles Wins Podiums F. Laps Points % Points Clinched Margin % Margin
1950 Italy Giuseppe Farina [1] 44 Italy Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo P 2 3 3 3 30 83.333 (47.619) Race 7 of 7 3 10.000
1951 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio [2] 40 Italy Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo P 4 3 5 5 31 86.111 (51.389) Race 8 of 8 6 19.355
19521 Italy Alberto Ascari [3] 34 Italy Ferrari Ferrari F P 5 6 6 6 36 100.000 (74.306) Race 6 of 8 12 33.333
19531 Italy Alberto Ascari [3] 35 Italy Ferrari Ferrari P 6 5 5 4 34.5 95.833 (57.764) Race 8 of 9 6.5 18.841
1954 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio [2] 43 Italy Maserati2 Maserati P 5 6 7 3 42 93.333 (70.547) Race 7 of 9 16.857 40.136
West Germany Mercedes2 Mercedes C
1955 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio [2] 44 West Germany Mercedes Mercedes C 3 4 5 3 40 88.889 (65.079) Race 6 of 7 16.5 41.250
1956 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio [2] 45 Italy Ferrari Ferrari E 6 3 5 4 30 66.667 (45.833) Race 8 of 8 3 10.000
1957 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio [2] 46 Italy Maserati Maserati P 4 4 6 2 40 88.889 (63.889) Race 6 of 8 15 37.500
1958 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn [4] 29 Italy Ferrari Ferrari E 4 1 7 5 42 77.778 (49.495) Race 11 of 11 1 2.381
1959 Australia Jack Brabham [5] 33 United Kingdom Cooper Climax D 1 2 5 1 31 68.889 (41.975) Race 9 of 9 4 12.903
1960 Australia Jack Brabham [5] 34 United Kingdom Cooper Climax D 3 5 5 3 43 89.583 (53.750) Race 8 of 10 9 20.930
1961 United States Phil Hill [6] 34 Italy Ferrari Ferrari D 5 2 6 2 34 75.556 (52.778) Race 7 of 8 1 2.941
1962 United Kingdom Graham Hill [7] 33 United Kingdom BRM BRM D 1 4 6 3 42 93.333 (64.198) Race 9 of 9 12 28.571
1963 United Kingdom Jim Clark [8] 27 United Kingdom Lotus Climax D 7 7 9 6 54 100.000 (81.111) Race 7 of 10 21 38.889
1964 United Kingdom John Surtees [9] 30 Italy Ferrari Ferrari D 2 2 6 2 40 74.074 (44.444) Race 10 of 10 1 2.500
1965 United Kingdom Jim Clark [8] 29 United Kingdom Lotus Climax D 6 6 6 6 54 100.000 (60.000) Race 7 of 10 14 25.926
1966 Australia Jack Brabham [5] 40 United Kingdom Brabham Repco G 3 4 5 1 42 93.333 (55.556) Race 7 of 9 14 33.333
1967 New Zealand Denny Hulme [10] 31 United Kingdom Brabham Repco G 0 2 8 2 51 62.963 (51.515) Race 11 of 11 5 9.804
1968 United Kingdom Graham Hill [7] 39 United Kingdom Lotus Ford F 2 3 6 0 48 53.333 (44.444) Race 12 of 12 12 25.000
1969 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart [11] 30 France Matra Ford D 2 6 7 5 63 77.778 (63.636) Race 8 of 11 26 41.270
1970 Austria Jochen Rindt [12] 28 United Kingdom Lotus Ford F 3 5 5 1 45 45.455 (38.462) Race 12 of 133 5 11.111
1971 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart [11] 32 United Kingdom Tyrrell Ford G 6 6 7 3 62 76.543 (62.626) Race 8 of 11 29 46.774
1972 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi [13] 25 United Kingdom Lotus Ford F 3 5 8 0 61 67.778 (56.481) Race 10 of 12 16 26.230
1973 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart [11] 34 United Kingdom Tyrrell Ford G 3 5 8 1 71 60.684 (52.593) Race 13 of 15 16 22.535
1974 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi [13] 27 United Kingdom McLaren Ford G 2 3 7 0 55 47.009 (40.741) Race 15 of 15 3 5.455
1975 Austria Niki Lauda [14] 26 Italy Ferrari Ferrari G 9 5 8 2 64.5 59.722 (51.190) Race 13 of 14 19.5 30.233
1976 United Kingdom James Hunt [15] 29 United Kingdom McLaren Ford G 8 6 8 2 69 54.762 (47.917) Race 16 of 16 1 1.449
1977 Austria Niki Lauda [14] 28 Italy Ferrari Ferrari G 2 3 10 3 72 53.333 (47.059) Race 15 of 17 17 23.611
1978 United States Mario Andretti [16] 38 United Kingdom Lotus Ford G 8 6 7 3 64 50.794 (44.444) Race 14 of 16 13 20.313
1979 South Africa Jody Scheckter [17] 29 Italy Ferrari Ferrari M 1 3 6 0 51 70.833 (44.444) Race 13 of 15 4 7.843
1980 Australia Alan Jones [18] 34 United Kingdom Williams Ford G 3 5 10 5 67 74.444 (56.349) Race 13 of 14 13 19.403
1981 Brazil Nelson Piquet [19] 29 United Kingdom Brabham Ford M G 4 3 7 1 50 50.505 (37.037) Race 15 of 15 1 2.000
1982 Finland Keke Rosberg [20] 34 United Kingdom Williams Ford G 1 1 6 0 44 44.444 (30.556) Race 16 of 16 5 11.364
1983 Brazil Nelson Piquet [19] 31 United Kingdom Brabham BMW M 1 3 8 4 59 59.596 (43.704) Race 15 of 15 2 3.390
1984 Austria Niki Lauda [14] 35 United Kingdom McLaren TAG M 0 5 9 5 72 72.727 (50.000) Race 16 of 16 0.5 0.694
1985 France Alain Prost [21] 30 United Kingdom McLaren TAG G 2 5 11 5 73 73.737 (52.778) Race 14 of 16 20 27.397
1986 France Alain Prost [21] 31 United Kingdom McLaren TAG G 1 4 11 2 72 72.727 (51.389) Race 16 of 16 2 2.778
1987 Brazil Nelson Piquet [19] 35 United Kingdom Williams Honda G 4 3 11 4 73 73.737 (52.778) Race 15 of 16 12 16.438
1988 Brazil Ayrton Senna [22] 28 United Kingdom McLaren Honda G 13 8 11 3 90 90.909 (65.278) Race 15 of 16 3 3.333
1989 France Alain Prost [21] 34 United Kingdom McLaren Honda G 2 4 11 5 76 76.768 (56.250) Race 15 of 16 16 21.053
1990 Brazil Ayrton Senna [22] 30 United Kingdom McLaren Honda G 10 6 11 2 78 78.788 (54.167) Race 15 of 16 7 8.974
1991 Brazil Ayrton Senna [22] 31 United Kingdom McLaren Honda G 8 7 12 2 96 56.875 Race 15 of 16 24 25.000
1992 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell [23] 39 United Kingdom Williams Renault G 14 9 12 8 108 67.500 Race 11 of 16 52 48.148
1993 France Alain Prost [21] 38 United Kingdom Williams Renault G 13 7 12 6 99 61.875 Race 14 of 16 26 26.263
1994 Germany Michael Schumacher [24] 25 United Kingdom Benetton Ford G 6 8 10 8 92 57.500 Race 16 of 16 1 1.087
1995 Germany Michael Schumacher [24] 26 United Kingdom Benetton Renault G 4 9 11 8 102 63.750 Race 15 of 17 33 32.353
1996 United Kingdom Damon Hill [25] 36 United Kingdom Williams Renault G 9 8 10 5 97 60.625 Race 16 of 16 19 19.588
1997 Canada Jacques Villeneuve [26] 26 United Kingdom Williams Renault G 10 7 8 3 81 47.647 Race 17 of 17 39 4 48.1484
1998 Finland Mika Häkkinen [27] 30 United Kingdom McLaren Mercedes B 9 8 11 6 100 62.500 Race 16 of 16 14 14.000
1999 Finland Mika Häkkinen [27] 31 United Kingdom McLaren Mercedes B 11 5 10 6 76 47.500 Race 16 of 16 2 2.632
2000 Germany Michael Schumacher [24] 31 Italy Ferrari Ferrari B 9 9 12 2 108 63.529 Race 16 of 17 19 17.593
2001 Germany Michael Schumacher [24] 32 Italy Ferrari Ferrari B 11 9 14 3 123 72.353 Race 13 of 17 58 47.154
2002 Germany Michael Schumacher [24] 33 Italy Ferrari Ferrari B 7 11 17 7 144 84.706 Race 11 of 17 67 46.528
2003 Germany Michael Schumacher [24] 34 Italy Ferrari Ferrari B 5 6 8 5 93 58.125 Race 16 of 16 2 2.151
2004 Germany Michael Schumacher [24] 35 Italy Ferrari Ferrari B 8 13 15 10 148 82.222 Race 14 of 18 34 22.973
2005 Spain Fernando Alonso [28] 24 France Renault Renault M 6 7 15 2 133 70.000 Race 17 of 19 21 15.789
2006 Spain Fernando Alonso [28] 25 France Renault Renault M 6 7 14 5 134 74.444 Race 18 of 18 13 9.701
2007 Finland Kimi Räikkönen [29] 28 Italy Ferrari Ferrari B 3 6 12 6 110 64.706 Race 17 of 17 1 0.909
2008 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton [30] 23 United Kingdom McLaren Mercedes B 7 5 10 1 98 54.444 Race 18 of 18 1 1.020
2009 United Kingdom Jenson Button [31] 29 United Kingdom Brawn Mercedes B 4 6 9 2 95 55.882 Race 16 of 17 11 11.579
2010 Germany Sebastian Vettel [32] 23 Austria Red Bull Renault B 10 5 10 3 256 53.895 Race 19 of 19 4 1.563
2011 Germany Sebastian Vettel [32] 24 Austria Red Bull Renault P 15 11 17 3 392 82.526 Race 15 of 19 122 31.122
2012 Germany Sebastian Vettel [32] 25 Austria Red Bull Renault P 6 5 10 6 281 56.200 Race 20 of 20 3 1.068
2013 Germany Sebastian Vettel [32] 26 Austria Red Bull Renault P 9 13 16 7 397 83.579 Race 16 of 19 155 39.043
2014 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton [30] 29 Germany Mercedes Mercedes P 7 11 16 7 384 76.800 Race 19 of 19 67 17.448
2015 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton [30] 30 Germany Mercedes Mercedes P 11 10 17 8 381 80.211 Race 16 of 19 59 15.486
2016 Germany Nico Rosberg [33] 31 Germany Mercedes Mercedes P 8 9 16 6 385 73.333 Race 21 of 21 5 1.299
2017 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton [30] 32 Germany Mercedes Mercedes P 11 9 13 7 363 72.600 Race 18 of 20 46 12.672
2018 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton [30] 33 Germany Mercedes Mercedes P 11 11 17 3 408 77.714 Race 19 of 21 88 21.569
2019 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton [30] 34 Germany Mercedes Mercedes P 5 11 17 6 413 75.641 Race 19 of 21 87 21.065
Season Driver Age Team Engine Tyres Poles Wins Podiums Fastest laps Points % Points Clinched Margin % Margin

Notes

Bold indicates the team also won the Constructors' Championship (awarded since 1958).

  1. ^ The 1952 and 1953 championships were run to Formula Two regulations.
  2. ^ Fangio competed in the 1954 Argentine and Belgian Grands Prix with Maserati, then completed the season with Mercedes.
  3. ^ Rindt's championship was confirmed two rounds after he had been killed in an accident during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.
  4. ^ Michael Schumacher scored 78 points during the 1997 season, 3 points behind Villeneuve, but was disqualified from the championship for deliberately colliding with Villeneuve in the final race of the season, the European Grand Prix. This left Villeneuve with a 39-point margin over Heinz-Harald Frentzen with 42 points.

By driver

Michael Schumacher has won the World Drivers' Championship a record seven times - twice with Benetton and five times with Ferrari. Five titles with a single team is also a record, which is shared with Lewis Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton currently has six titles to his name, winning one with McLaren and five with Mercedes.
Juan Manuel Fangio won the World Drivers' Championship five times with Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Mercedes and Ferrari. He held the record from 1955 until 2003.
Alain Prost has four titles, three for McLaren and one for Williams. He also came close to winning the title for Renault and for Ferrari.
Sebastian Vettel currently has four titles to his name, all of which he won consecutively with Red Bull Racing.

Drivers in bold are entered in the 2020 World Championship.

By nationality

Drivers in bold are entered in the 2020 World Championship.

By constructor

Constructors in bold are entered in the 2020 World Championship.

  1. ^ Fangio competed in the 1954 Argentine and Belgian Grands Prix with Maserati, then completed the season with Mercedes. This shared championship is counted for each of these constructors.

By constructor nationality

Nationality Titles Constructors Constructor name (titles)
 United Kingdom 37 9 Cooper (2)
BRM (1)
Lotus (6)
Brabham (4)
Tyrrell (2)
McLaren (12)
Williams (7)
Benetton (2)
Brawn (1)
 Italy 19 3 Alfa Romeo (2)
Ferrari (15)
Maserati (2)
 Germany 8 1 Mercedes (8)
 Austria 4 1 Red Bull (4)
 France 3 2 Renault (2)
Matra (1)

By engine

Engine Titles
Ferrari 15
Ford1 13
Mercedes 12 2
Renault 11
Honda 5
Climax 4
TAG3 3
Alfa Romeo 2
Maserati
Repco
BMW 1
BRM

Engine manufacturers in bold are entered in the 2020 World Championship.
Notes:

  1. ^ Built by Cosworth.
  2. ^ In 1998 and 1999 built by Ilmor.
  3. ^ Built by Porsche.

By tyre manufacturer

Rank Manufacturer Titles Seasons
1 G Goodyear 24 (7) 1 1966-1967, 1971, 1973-1978, 1980, 1982, 1985-1997
2 P Pirelli 15 (9) 2 1950-195445, 1957, 2011-2019
3 B Bridgestone 11 (6) 3 1998-2004, 2007-2010
4 D Dunlop 8 1959-1965, 1969
5 M Michelin 6 1979, 1981, 1983-1984, 2005-2006
6 F Firestone 4 19525, 1968, 1970, 1972
7 C Continental 2 19544-1955
E Englebert 1956, 1958

Tyre manufacturers in bold are entered in the 2020 World Championship.
Numbers in parentheses indicate championships won as the sole tyre supplier.

Notes

  1. ^ Goodyear was the sole tyre supplier for the 1987, 1988 & 1992-1996 seasons
  2. ^ Pirelli was the sole tyre supplier for the 2011-2019 seasons
  3. ^ Bridgestone was the sole tyre supplier for the 1999, 2000 & 2007-2010 seasons
  4. ^ Fangio competed in the 1954 Argentine and Belgian Grands Prix on Pirelli with Maserati, then completed the season on Continental with Mercedes
  5. ^ Ascari competed in the 1952 Indianapolis 500 on Firestone tyres, then completed the season on Pirelli

Records

Youngest Drivers' Champion

Driver Age Season
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel 23 years, 134 days 2010
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 23 years, 300 days 2008
3 Spain Fernando Alonso 24 years, 58 days 2005
4 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 25 years, 273 days 1972
5 Germany Michael Schumacher 25 years, 314 days 1994
6 Austria Niki Lauda 26 years, 197 days 1975
7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 26 years, 200 days 1997
8 United Kingdom Jim Clark 27 years, 188 days 1963
9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 28 years, 4 days 2007
10 Austria Jochen Rindt 28 years, 140 days 1 1970

Drivers in bold are entered in the 2020 World Championship.

  1. ^ Measured at the day of his death

Oldest Drivers' Champion

Driver Age Season
1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 46 years, 41 days 1957
2 Italy Giuseppe Farina 43 years, 308 days 1950
3 Australia Jack Brabham 40 years, 155 days 1966
4 United Kingdom Graham Hill 39 years, 262 days 1968
5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 39 years, 8 days 1992
6 France Alain Prost 38 years, 214 days 1993
7 United States Mario Andretti 38 years, 193 days 1978
8 United Kingdom Damon Hill 36 years, 26 days 1996
9 Austria Niki Lauda 35 years, 242 days 1984
10 Germany Michael Schumacher 35 years, 239 days 2004

Consecutive Drivers' Championships

Ten drivers have achieved consecutive wins in the World Drivers' Championship. Of those, only Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton have won two sets of consecutive Formula One Drivers' Championships.

Drivers in bold are entered in the 2020 World Championship.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Nino Farina". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Juan Manuel Fangio". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Alberto Ascari". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Mike Hawthorn". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Jack Brabham". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Phil Hill". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Graham Hill". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Jim Clark". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ "John Surtees". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "Denny Hulme". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ a b c "Jackie Stewart". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ "Jochen Rindt". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ a b "Emerson Fittipaldi". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ a b c "Niki Lauda". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ "James Hunt". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ "Mario Andretti". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ "Jody Scheckter". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  18. ^ "Alan Jones". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  19. ^ a b c "Nelson Piquet". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  20. ^ "Keke Rosberg". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  21. ^ a b c d "Alain Prost". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  22. ^ a b c "Ayrton Senna". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  23. ^ "Nigel Mansell". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  24. ^ a b c d e f g "Michael Schumacher". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  25. ^ "Damon Hill". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  26. ^ "Jacques Villeneuve". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  27. ^ a b "Mika Häkkinen". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  28. ^ a b "Fernando Alonso". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  29. ^ "Kimi Räikkönen". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  30. ^ a b c d e f "Lewis Hamilton". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  31. ^ "Jenson Button". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  32. ^ a b c d "Sebastian Vettel". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  33. ^ "Nico Rosberg". formula1.com. Retrieved 2016.


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