When you think of a Formula 1 champion, the names of 'Hakkinen, Hill, Schumacher, Senna' come into mind. But who remembers to old F1 champions like 'Ascari, Brabham, Fangio'? Well here is a full list of all of them with some history about each driver. See if you can remember them or if you have even heard of them.
1950: G.Farina(It), Alfa Romeo.
Emilio Giuseppe Farina, born October 30th 1906 in Turin, Italy - died June 30th 1966. Farina stands out in the history of motor racing for his much copied and admired straight arm driving style, and his status as the first F1 world champion.
Nicknamed 'Nino' he awas a qualified medical doctor. Driving for the dominate Alfa Romeo team in the invincible 158 Alfetta car. Farina took 3 wins from the 7 races in the 1950 season, this securing him the first ever F1 world championship. Farina joined the Ferrari team in 1952 of which he only won one race in 1953. In 1954 he was badly burn't in a startline crash at 'Monza'. He returned for the 1955 championship but conceded defeat and retired from F1 racing at the end of the 1955 season.
Farina was involved in a car crash which he lost his life whilst driving to spectate at the 1966 French Grand Prix.
1951: J.Fangio(Arg), Alfa Romeo.
Jaun Manuel Fangio, born June 24th 1911 in Balcarce, Argentina - died July 17th 1995. He won the F1 championship five times. In 1951 with Alfa Romeo and in 1954 - 1957. In 1954 he was racing with Maserati and then Mercedes, winning six out eight races in the championship. In 1956 Fangio moved to Ferrari, he finished first in three races and second in all the other championship races. In 1957 he returned to Maserati to win his fifth title. Fangio retired from F1 in 1958 having won 24 Grand Prix in 51 starts.
1952: A.Ascari(It), Ferrari.
Alberto Ascari, born July 13th 1918 in Milan, Italy - died May 26th 1955. He was one of the first stars in F1 and the first great Ferrari driver. Ascari first joined F1 in 1950. Ascari's Ferrari dominated 1952 winning al 6 races in Europe that season and recording the fastest lap in each race. He nearly scored maximum points a driver could earn, but drivers were given points for fastest lap times and he had to share a half point with another driver in one race.
He won 3 more consecutive races in the start of the 1953 championship, but is winning streak was to end. Later in that season he won 2 more races giving him his second championship. He could not keep up his dominance in 1954. 1955 started the same as in 1954. In 1955 at Monaco, Ascari was in a spectacular incident when he crashed into the harbour after missing a chicane. A week later on the 26th of May whilst test driving a Ferrari he crashed hard on a tight corner. He would be killed in the accident, a death which is still somewhat mysterious. That corner at Monza now bears his name, the 'Variante Ascari'.
1953: A.Ascari(It), Ferrari.
1954: J.Fangio(Arg), Maserati & Mercedes.
1955: J.Fangio(Arg), Mercedes.
1956: J.Fangio(Arg), Ferrari - Lancia.
1957: J.Fangio(Arg), Maserati.
1958: M.Hawthorn(UK), Ferrari.
John Michael Hawthorn, born April 10th 1929 in Hexborough, Yorkshire, England - died January 22nd 1959. The winner of the 1958 F1 championship he only won one race. With a controversial second place in Portugal for pushing his car over the finish line, he won the championship by just one point. He immediately announced his retirement from F1. On January 22nd 1959, Hawthorn died in an automobile accident on the A3 Guildford by-pass.
1959: J.Brabham(Aust), Cooper - Climax.
Sir Jack Brabham, OBE, born April 2nd 1926 in Hurstville, Australia. Brabham won the F1 championship three times in 1959, 1960 and 1966. He made his Grand Prix debut in 1955 with Maserati but soon joined the Cooper car company team. With Cooper he won the 1959 and 1960 chamionship.
In 1961 he moved onto his own team, but the team was not to win a race until 1964. In 1966 Brabham won his third championship in a Brabham - Repco. In 1971 after the Mexican Grand Prix, Brabham retired selling his interest in the team. He was knighted in 1979.
1960: J.Brabham(Aust), Cooper - Climax.
1961: P.Hill(USA), Ferrari.
Philip Toll Hill jr., born April 20th 1927 in Miami, Florida. The only American born driver to the F1 championship. He made his debut in 1958 driving Maserati, but it was with Ferrari that he won the 1961 championship. Leaving Ferrari in 1962 he raced a few more years in F1 before leaving to switch to sports car racing.
1962: G.Hill(UK), BRM.
(Norman) Graham Hill, born February 17th 1929 in Hampstead, London - died November 29th 1975. He joined BRM as a racing driver and won the F1 championship in 1962. His second championship came after joining Lotus in 1968. He survived several serious crashes before he ritred to set up his own racing team, Embassy Hill. Shortly afterwards, he was killed in a aeroplane crash in 1975 in Hertfordshire.
1963: J.Clark(UK), Lotus - Climax.
James Clark jr. Better known as Jim Clark, born March 4th 1936 in Kilmary, Scotland - died April 7th 1968. Clark was regarded as one of the best drivers of all times. Jim Clark's F1 career was with the Lotus team from 1960 to 1968. His major sucess came in 1963 when he won 7 out of the 10 races, this giving Lotus its first world championship. He won the championship again in 1965. In his F1 career, Clark won 25 races and gained 33 pole positions. On April 7th 1968, Clark was driving in a F2 race at the Hockenheim circuit, his car had a rear tyre fail at 175mph, his car verred off the race course and crashed into some trees killing him instantly. This was a major blow to both the Lotus team and to F1 racing.
1964: J.Surtees(UK), Ferrari.
John Surtees, born February 11th 1934 at Tatsfield, Surrey. He began his F1 career in 1960 with the Lotus team. He later moved to Ferrari and won the championship in 1964. Surtees parted compant with Ferrari in 1966, citing excessive pressure as a factor. He later formed his own race team 'Surtees Racing Organization', which raced in F1 during the 1970's.
1965: J.Clark(UK), Lotus - Climax.
1966: J.Brabham(Aust), Brabham - Repco.
1967: D.Hulme(NZ), Brabham - Repco.
Denis Clive Hulme, born June 18th 1936 in New Zealand - died October 4th 1992. He won the 1967 F1 championship driving for the Brabham team. He then moved to McLaren until he retired from F1 racing in 1974. Hulme died whilst he was racing, but not from racing. In 1992 he suffered a fatal heart attack while at the wheel of a BMW M3 during the Bathurst 1000 in Australia at the age of 56.
1968: G.Hill(UK), Lotus - Ford.
1969: J.Stewart(UK), Matra - Ford.
Sir. John Young Stewart, OBE, born June 11th 1939 in Dumbartonshire, Scotland. Better known as Jackie Stewart, he won the F1 championship three times. Stewart began his F1 career with the BRM team, He then moved to team Tyrrell where he drove Matra during the 1968 and 1969 seasons. In 1969 he became F1 world champion driving a 'Matra MS80', the one and only French car to have won the championship. Stewart won the 1971 and 1973 championship's with team Tyrrell. In 1973 Jackie Stewart retired from driving in F1. In 1997 he returned to F1 racing with his own team 'Stewart Grand Prix'. The team later became Jaguar Racing in 2000. He received a knighthood in 2001.
1970: J.Rindt(Aus), Lotus - Ford.
Jochen Rindt, born April 18th 1942 in Germany - died September 5th 1970. Even that Rindt was born in Germany, he lived and grew up in Austria and this is where he started his motor racing career. In 1969 he moved to the Lotus teamand won his first Grand Prix. In 1970, Rindt won several races and the F1 world championship, in spite of his fatal accident on a practise lap the Grand Prix at Monza. He became motor racing's first posthumous world champion.
1971: J.Stewart(UK), Tyrrell - Ford.
1972: E.Fittipaldi(Braz), J.P.S - Ford.
Emerson Fittipaldi, born December 12th 1946 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He began his F1 career with Lotus in 1970. In 1972 Fittipaldi won 5 of 11 races and won the drivers championship at the age of 25. In 1974 he moved to the McLaren team and won his second world championship. He retired from F1 in 1980.
1973: J.Stewawrt(UK), Tyrrell - Ford.
1974: E.Fittipaldi(Braz), McLaren - Ford.
1975: N.Lauda(Aus), Ferrari.
Andreas Nikolaus 'Niki' Lauda, born February 22nd 1949 in Vienna, Austria. He began racing in F1 in 1973 with the March team. Joining Ferrari in 1974 he won his first Grand Prix, and in 1975 he won his first of three world championship's. In 1976, Lauda was nearly killed in the German Grand Prix where he suffered horrific burn's. But only six weeks later he was back driving his Ferrari. He won the championship again with Ferrari in 1977 and with McLaren in 1984. He retired as a F1 driver in 1985, but he managed the Jaguar team in 2001 - 2002.
1976: J.Hunt(UK), McLaren - Ford.
James Hunt, born August 29th 1947 in Belmont - died June 15th 1993. Hunt made his debut in F1 with the Hesketh team in1973. His first win came in 1975. The next season in 1976 Hunt was driving for McLaren and this would be the year he would became the F1 world champion. He retired from racing in 1979. James Hunt died of a heart attack on June 15th 1993 aged 45.
1977: N.Lauda(Aus), Ferrari.
1978: M.Andretti(USA), Lotus.
Mario Gabriele Andretti, born February 28th 1940 in Montona on the Istrian Peninsula (today, Motovun, Croatia). He started racing in F1 in 1968 and won his first race with Ferrari in 1971. Driving for team Lotus in 1977, he became the only American driver to win the U.S Grand Prix. Andretti won 6 races in 1978 and thus the world championship.
1979: J.Scheckter(S.Af), Ferrari.
Jody David Scheckter, born January 19th 1950 in East London, South Africa. He began F1 racing in 1972 with McLaren and soon made a name for himself as the man to watch. In 1979 he joined the Ferrari team in which year he won the world championship. Scheckter would be the last driver to win the championship for Ferrari until the year 2000.
1980: A.Jones(Aust), Williams.
Alan Jones, born November 2nd 1946 in Melbourne, Australia. He first came into F1 in 1974, with a little known team which only raced in four Grand Prix, after this he became the spare driver for a short time on Graham Hill's race team. His first full seat was in 1976. In 1978 he joined Williams and helped to put the team on the F1 map in 1979. In 1980 Jones won 4 races to help him claim the F1 world championship in that year. He retired from F1 in 1981.
1981: N.Piquet(Braz), Brabham.
Nelson Soutomaior, born August 17th 1952 in Rio-de-Janeiro, Brazil. More commonly known as Nelson Piquet was F1 world champion three times in 1981, 1983 and 1987. The son of a Brazilian goverment minister. He started to use his mother's maiden name, 'Piquet', in his motor racing career to hide his identity. He won both the 1981 and 1983 championships with Brabham team and the 1987 championship with Williams.
1982: K.Rosberg(Fin), Williams.
Keijo 'Keke' Rosberg, born December 6th 1948 in Stockholm, Sweden. Despite being born in Sweden, he was the first regular driver from Finland. He started late in his F1 career at the age of 29. Making his debut with the underpowered Theodore team in 1978. In 1982 Rosberg was a driver for the Williams team, with a competitive car he was a revelation that year. Rosberg won the world championship due to him finishing constantly in 1982, even though no driver won more than 2 races in this season of F1. He stayed with Williams until 1985 when he moved to McLaren before retiring in 1986.
1983: N.Piquet(Braz), Brabham.
1984: N.Lauda(Aus), McLaren - Porsche.
1985: A.Prost(Fr), McLaren - Porsche.
Alain Marie Pascal Prost, born February 24th 1955 in Saint-Chamond, Loire, France. Prost, one of the most successful drivers of all time won 51 Grand Prix (a record until 2001) and was F1 world champion four times. His F1 career from 1980 to 1993, he was the driver with McLaren for most of his career, but later driving for the Williams team. He was honoured with the OBE in 1993. He owned and managed the Prost Grand Prix racing team from 1997 to 2001, but the team went bankrupt in early 2002.
1986: A.Prost(Fr), McLaren - Porsche.
1987: N.Piquet(Braz), Williams - Honda.
1988: A.Senna(Braz), McLaren.
Ayrton Senna da Silva, born March 21st 1960 in Sao Paulo, Brazil - died May 1st 1994. Known as Ayrton Senna, he won the F1 championship title three times. He began his F1 career in 1984 with the Toleman - Hart team. In 1985 he joined the Lotus team and won his first Grand Prix in Portugal that year. In 1988 Senna joined McLaren, he won then his first F1 world championship in this year. Senna won the remaining two championships of his career with the McLaren team. In 1994 Senna joined the Williams team. It was only his third race with Williams at the San Marino Grand Prix, a race he would never finish after crashing in to the concrete wall at Tamburello curve, he did not survive the injures sustained in the accident. He was 34.
1989: A.Prost(Braz), McLaren.
1990: A.Senna(Braz), McLaren.
1991: A.Senna(Braz), McLaren.
1992: N.Mansell(UK), Williams - Renault.
Nigel Mansell, born August 8th 1953 in Upton-on-Severn, Worcestershire. He first began in F1 in 1980 with the Lotus team, driving in only 2 races that season. In 1981 he became a full-time Lotus driver, he would stay with Lotus until 1984. In 1985 he joined the Williams team driving the 'RED 5' car which he drove throughout his career with Williams. In 1989 he went to drive for the Ferrari team, this would last until 1991 when he returned to the Williams team. The 1992 season would see Mansell become world champion in his 'RED 5' car. In 1995 whilst driving only in 2 races for McLaren he retired from F1.
1993: A.Prost(Braz), Williams - Renault.
1994: M.Schumacher(Ger), Benetton - Ford.
Micheal Schumacher, born January 3rd 1969 in Hurth, Germany. He is the most statistically successful driver ever, with the most career wins and a record six championships. He began his F1 racing career with Jordan team in 1991 as a fill-in driver. By his second race he was driving for Benetton. Whilst with Benetton he won the 1994 and 1995 F1 world championships. Moving to Ferrari in 1996 he was to win the 2000 seasons drivers title for the first time since 1979. He would be world champion again in 2001, 2002 and 2003 with Ferrari. He is still driving with the Ferrari team and shows no sign of losing his winning ways.
1995: M.Schumacher(Ger), Benetton - Renault.
1996: D.Hill(UK), Williams - Renault.
Damon Graham Devereux Hill, born September 17th 1960 in London. Damon Hill came late to F1 racing in 1992, with the struggling Brabham team. In 1993 he began to drive for the Williams team. After coming second in the 1994 world championship over a controversial collision in the last race and second again in 1995. Hill would win the 1996 world championship. This making him the first champion of a champion in F1 racing. Dropped by Williams the next season he moved to the Arrows team. Then to Jordan for the followwing two seasons. There he would give Jordan their first win. He retired from F1 racing in 1999.
1997: J.Villeneuve(Can), Williams - Renault.
Jacques Joseph Charles Villenenuve, born April 9th 1971 in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. He began his career in 1996 at Williams and was runner-up in that year. In 1997 he would go one better and win the F1 world championship. In 1999 he would join BAR. Villeneuve remained at BAR for the next five years, until he was replaced in the final race of the 2003 season.
1998: M.Hakkinen(Fin), McLaren - Mercedes.
Mika Pauli Hakkinen, born September 28th 1968 in Vantaa, Finland. Twice F1 world champion, he joined the Lotus team in 1991. Moving to McLaren in 1993. It would not be until 1998 that he would take his first world championship, and then again in 1999 with McLaren. He retired From F1 racing in 2002.
1999: M.Hakkinen(Fin), McLaren - Mercedes.
2000: M.Schumacher(Ger), Ferrari.
2001: M.Schumacher(Ger), Ferrari.
2002: M.Schumacher(Ger), Ferrari.
2003: M.Schumacher(Ger), Ferrari.
2004: M.Schumacher(Ger), Ferrari.