Hamilton, Verstappen, Schumacher, Alonso, Vettel: F1 drivers quickest to 25 race wins

Hamilton, Verstappen, Schumacher, Alonso, Vettel: F1 drivers quickest to 25 race wins

Throughout the years, there has been a plethora of Formula 1 legends.

The likes of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso are current stalwarts of the sport and there have been some superb drivers before them too.

Jim Clark isn’t a name that would necessarily ring bells as others do for younger fans, say Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost for just a few examples.

Jim Clark OBE was a Scottish driver who solely operated for the Lotus team in his time in F1. It wasn’t just F1 for him, though, as he went back-and-forth between motorsports, also competing in the iconic Indy500.

It was away from F1 that sadly passed away, too, as a prolonged break between F1 races saw him compete in F2 at the Hockenheimring. The cause of his death was never officially released or even identified, but it was in Germany, in a Lotus car, that his life came to a premature end as he crashed at the circuit.

The focus of this is about the positives surrounding Clark’s name, though, and he boasts a very impressive statistic. Still to this day, he is the fastest driver to ever reach 25 race wins, taking just 45 outings to do so.

There is a wider feeling that we didn’t see enough of Clark in action and that is emphasised when you see the names who trail him in this particular stat.

Fellow Brit Jackie Stewart comes next, taking 54 races to reach that same milestone. Schumacher (62), Senna (65), Prost (67) and Vettel (77), all of whom were mentioned previously, are the next names on the list which speaks further to just how exceptional Clark was behind the wheel.

Ninth and 10th on the list are two current heavyweights with Hamilton taking 112 races and his foe from 2021 Max Verstappen following closely behind on 118.

Clark’s record almost puts these two to shame!

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