A Sneak Preview into Formula One Hall of Fame

The 2015 F1 starting grid is chocking with talent. Add to that the fact that Mercedes has a superior car on the track, and it is virtually impossible to guess who between Hamilton, Alonso, Vettel, Rosberg, Massa and Button will emerge tops.

Proper racing, since the pre-war period, has produced amazing talent, and while these racing greats will one day have their imprint in the history books of F1, let’s take a look at who is already in this hallowed circle. Here is a sneak preview of past legends:

FangioJuan Manuel Fangio: If you know your Grand Prix well then this icon must be an inspiration to you too. His record of five championships, most of them at an old age, and a record of 47% of wins in all races he entered, underlines his genius.

Ayrton Senna: To say he was a daredevil on the track is an understatement because he set out to win every race. His personality might have been on the dark side at times, but his 3 championship titles, 65 pole positions, 41 wins and a 25% rate of wins in all races made him a legend. His death in a 190mph crash at Imola at the age of 34 years still shocks the racing fraternity.

jim-clarkJim Clark: When you think of gentleman behaviour in sport, golf comes to mind, but Clark in his racing days had proven that indeed one can be fast and courteous. He had a 34% rate of wins in all races and won two world championships and multiple records before his death in a crash in 1968.

Alberto Ascari: The Italian racing driver won two world titles in a Ferrari, but his style of winning almost every race made him an icon. He died in 1955 not in a race but while trying out a Ferrari with a friend at Monza.

LaudaNikiNiki Lauda: Even after almost burning to death while racing in 1976, Niki showed what endurance is all about. Under his belt he has 3 world championship titles and 25 wins in all. His return from near death to continue racing shows his spirit of fighting and is a defining moment in F1 history.

Alain Prost:  Four championships clearly speak of a legend and this is exactly what Prost was. His record 51 victories were only surpassed in 2001 by another great, Schumacher. His World Sports Awards of the Century proves his impact on the sport and the reason he is adored to date.

Other greats include Michael Schumacher, James Hunt the playboy, Graham Hill the King of Monaco, Stirling Moss and Jack Brabham the genius, who raced in his own cars, among others.

The question is, does the current crop of F1 drivers possess the almost mythical character these earlier drivers had? Sit back and let time decide.

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