It’s unavoidable – when you think about F1, Ferrari is always top-of-mind. No matter who you are and whether or not you follow motorsport, you’d have heard of the boys in red before. Ferrari is considered to be one of the best teams in the history of Formula 1 racing, and it’s easy to see why. Shell oil has also sponsored the team.
In this post, we uncover the top ten Ferrari drivers of all time. Now, you may be surprised that not all of them have won and that some champions are not even featured on this list. But, by the end of the article you’ll soon agree why these drivers made it to our top ten. Let’s dig in.
1. Michael Schumacher
When Schumacher joined the team, their future looked a bit bleak. He had joined them as a double world champion and of course, the boys in red looked forward to changing their luck on the track. The first four years on the team didn’t mean much to Ferrari, but their luck sure changed.
Schumacher’s first win in 2000 led to 5 consecutive wins – something worth noting in this list. His tenacity and skill far outweigh any others on our list.
2. Niki Lauda
Getting to the podium an impressive 54 times in the lifespan of his motorsport career, Niki Lauda needs no formal introduction. With 15 total wins from 1974-1977, double world champion title in 1975 and 1977, Niki Lauda was a legend to reckon with.
Of his astonishing 54 podium features, 32 was while representing Ferrari. An incredible driver, Lauda won 10 races in four seasons for McLaren.
3. Alberto Ascari
Only F1 fanatics will remember or recognize the name. But, still a legendary member of the Ferrari team. Ascari joined the team in 1950 and had two podium spots in his very first season driving for Ferrari. The fact that Ascari had such huge success on the track places him at number three on our list.
He first got the title two years later in 1952 when he won six of eight races. In 1953 he won the title again after winning five out of nine races.
4. Juan Manuel Fangio
Another icon in Formula 1 racing history, Fangio did the Ferrari team a solid when he won the championship title in 1956. The Argentinian could have won more races for Ferrari if he had decided to stick with the team, which he didn’t.
He remains one of the most talented drivers to ever drive for Ferrari and had huge success in his motorsport career.
5. John Surtees
Which brings us to our final entry, John Surtees. Surtees is another driver who does not need a formal introduction. In fact, he was such a talented driver that he won the world championship in both two and four-wheeled racing. He won the world championship for Ferrari in 1964.
Truly a legend who paved the way for other drivers to join the Ferrari team, Surtees shined in his motorsport career.
Which of our entrees surprised you, if any? If you enjoy historical facts and stats, be sure to visit the F1 Hall of Fame page where you’ll find some more interesting tidbits on motorsport.