Hamilton, Verstappen, Schumacher, Vettel, Alonso: Who has most F1 race wins?

Top 10 F1 Wins Of All Time

Formula One has always been an exhilarating sport, with the globalisation seeing us get more and more races on the calendar each year.

Only a handful of drivers are lucky enough to taste the sweet victory of standing on the top step of the podium, some don’t even get on any step of the top three.

Max Verstappen’s victory at the Canadian Grand Prix saw him cement himself in the top 10, but who else joins him? Let’s find out!

10. Jim Clark – 25 wins – 2 world titles

British Formula One racing driver Jim Clark (1936-1968) celebrates on the podium with two statuettes after finishing in first place in the #4 Team Lotus Lotus 25 Climax V8 to win the 1963 British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, England on 20th July 1963. (Photo by Blackman/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Scottish driver had his career cut short after dying tragically in a Formula Two accident in 1968 in between Formula One races.

Jim Clark had many famous moments in the cockpit, with the 1967 race at Monza being one of his best, although he didn’t win. After being on pole, a puncture saw him drop from first to 16th, a lap behind everyone else.

After going quicker and quicker, even equalling his pole lap, he then retook the lead, only to finish third after being under-fuelled and having to roll home.

10. Niki Lauda – 25 wins – 3 world titles

Niki Lauda of Austria and driver of the #8 Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 lifts the RAC Trophy and celebrates winning the Marlboro British Grand Prix on 18 July 1982 at the Brands Hatch circuit in Fawkham, Great Britain. (Photo by Adrian Murrell/Getty Images)

Niki Lauda scrapes into the top 10 with 25 race wins along with Jim Clark. He also handed Ferrari their first world champion in over a decade in 1975.

His famous crash at the Nurburgring saw him scarred for life after his car went up in flames, taking four drivers and a marshal to dive into the inferno to save him.

In retirement, Lauda became a prominent member of the Mercedes garage, persuading Lewis Hamilton to join the team in 2013 and the rest as they say, is history!

9. Max Verstappen – 26 wins – 1 world title

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JUNE 19: Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing and The Netherlands celebrates first position during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 19, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

The current world champion and world championship leader has jumped into the top 10 after winning his 26th race at the Canadian Grand Prix recently.

After winning a maiden world crown under a cloud, Verstappen is looking to win his second one with no controversy. So it won’t be a surprise to see the Dutchman add more to his tally this season and potentially move up the list.

8. Jackie Stewart – 27 wins – 3 world titles

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Jackie Stewart

Before becoming a Formula One driver, Jackie Stewart won seven consecutive races in Formula Three to start to make a name for himself.

He joined the BRM F1 team and became the most successful driver at the time since Juan Manuel Fangio. Despite leaving a legacy with his three titles, Stewart also made sure he left an impact on the sport, playing a huge role in safety improvements.

7. Nigel Mansell – 31 wins – 1 world title

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Nigel Mansell

Nigel Mansell’s Formula One career was a slow burner, not winning a single race in his first 71 starts, before winning 11 in the next 18 months.

Although winning a bagful of races, Mansell missed out on a couple of world titles narrowly, having to settle for just the one.

6. Fernando Alonso – 32 wins – 2 world titles

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JUNE 18: Second placed qualifier Fernando Alonso of Spain and Alpine F1 celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 18, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso is still competing at the top of his powers, securing an impressive front row start in a tricky qualifying session at the Canadian Grand Prix this season.

The 40-year-old burst onto the scene, usurping Michael Schumacher’s dominance with back-to-back wins for Renault in 2005-06. After qualifying at the weekend, you wouldn’t back against Alonso adding to his tally with a bit of good fortune.

5. Ayrton Senna – 41 wins – 3 world titles

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Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna is deemed as one of the greatest ever drivers, but his career was cut short after his untimely death in 1994, crashing at the Imola circuit. The Brazilian hit a concrete wall at speeds just under 200mph.

The three-time world champion inspired many of the current greats and even scared himself at times. He stated that at the 1988 Monaco Grand Prix he drove slowly back to the pits after being scared at his own pace, claiming he was “well beyond any conscious understanding.”

4. Alain Prost – 51 wins – 4 world titles

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Alain Prost

The first French world champion is the first racer on the list to break the half century mark helping him to his four world titles.

His fierce feud with Senna will be remembered by fans for the intensity of it and entertainment it provided, ultimately forcing Prost to retire. When faced with the prospect of having Senna as a teammate again at Williams after their time at McLaren, he decided to hang up his helmet.

3. Sebastian Vettel – 53 wins – 4 world titles

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Sebastian Vettel won consecutive titles from 2010-13 with Red Bull, dominating the sport until the regulation changes in 2014.

The German continued to rack up race wins with Ferrari, but couldn’t beat Hamilton to add to his world crowns. Currently at a midfield-running Aston Martin team, improvements need to be made if we are to see Vettel add to his 53 wins.

2. Michael Schumacher – 91 wins – 7 world titles

Michael Schumacher
28 Apr 2002: Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher cracks open the champagne on the podium after victory in the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Mandatory Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Just missing out on top spot is Michael Schumacher who takes the second step on the podium despite doing it 91 times during his career.

A significant jump up from third place, the Ferrari icon set basically all the records in the sport (although most have now been broken) to become one of the best drivers of all time.

In December 2013, he was involved in a skiing accident that left him with a serious trauma injury on his brain. Schumacher is still recovering at home with his condition unknown, but his son, Mick Schumacher, has followed in his footsteps and is driving in his second season with Haas in Formula One.

1. Lewis Hamilton – 103 wins – 7 world titles

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 14: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 14, 2021 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

The Stevenage-born speedster is arguably the greatest driver of all time and is the only racer to reach and surpass the century of race wins. The centurion has broken almost every record in the book.

He has the most wins and poles at 103 each and the most podiums at 184 after this weekend’s exploits in Canada. Hamilton has the most points finishes with 252 and has the most average points per race started at 14.36.

No one has led more laps than Hamilton who has led 5396 and no one has led a race from start to finish more times than him with 23. In terms of getting pole and winning at the same race, he holds the record, achieving the feat 61 times.

This season a win looks potentially unlikely, but if he can get his 104th win in 2022, he will continue his streak of being a race winner in every single season he has competed in – no one else can boast that.

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