Past Formula One world champions include Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain, Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher of Germany, and Mario Andretti of the United States. In all, 32 different drivers representing 14 countries and 16 manufacturers have won a Formula One World Drivers' Championship.Continue Reading
Giuseppe "Nino" Farina of Italy won the first World Drivers' Championship in 1950, but Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina was the decade's most dominant driver, winning five titles in total, including four straight from 1954 to 1957. Phil Hill became the first American to win an F1 title in 1961, but the rest of the decade was dominated by British and Australian drivers including Jim Clark and Graham Hill with two titles each and Jack Brabham with three titles total, including two in the 1960s. The 1970s saw eight different champions, including Andretti and Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi, as well as the only African champion, Jody Scheckter of South Africa.
The 1980s and early 1990s saw the rise of Brazilian drivers Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna with three titles each, as well as of Frenchman Alain Prost, who won four titles. Schumacher then won consecutive titles in 1994 and 1995 before winning a record five consecutive World Drivers' Championships between 2000 and 2004. His fellow countryman Vettel almost matched the feat by winning four straight titles from 2010 to 2013. As of 2015, Lewis Hamilton has won the last two F1 World Driver Championships. European drivers have won the last 18 titles.
Schumacher holds the record for most World Driver Championships with seven, followed by Fangio with five. Prost and Vettel each have four. From a manufacturer standpoint, Ferrari has the most titles with 15, while McLaren has 12 and Williams has seven.Learn more about Pro Auto Racing