In a new book, “The Top 100 Formula One Drivers of All Time,” Autocar Formula One correspondent Alan Henry names Stirling Moss as the greatest F1 driver of all time, followed closely by Jim Clark.
“Moss’s versatility was astonishing, separated from the dynamic Clark by only a thin margin, but in the end it is Stirling who gets the nod; perhaps the nature of Jimmy’s exclusive relationship with Lotus counts subconsciously against him,” warranted Alan Henry as he revealed his top 100.
While sure to draw heated debate among enthusiasts, the entire list will do the same – just wait until you see the driver Henry lists as the 10th best of all time. (See below). According to the publisher, Icon Books, skills behind the wheel and the resulting success were obviously notable factors in the ratings, though Henry also factors the qualities of dignity, tenacity and the ability of a driver to inspire the team around him. This rating system alone will surely inspire more debate.
Michael Schumacher doesn’t appear on the list until 11th place because Henry says that his contract conditions, i.e. making his team mate do as he was told, left him out of the top 10.
Finally, Henry notes: “One must also consider F1’s man of the moment, Lewis Hamilton. If we revamp this volume in a few years’ time, Lewis should be able to make the top 10.”
With no further ado, Alan Henry’s top 10 F1 drivers:
1. Stirling Moss
2. Jim Clark
3. Ayrton Senna
4. Alain Prost
5. Alberto Ascari
6. Juan-Manuel Fangio
7. Bernd Rosemeyer
8. Jackie Stewart
9. Tazio Nuvolari
10. Mika Häkkinen