Category Driver Rankings

2014 model-based driver rankings

2014 was a year completely dominated by the Mercedes team, with the barest sniff of the title for Ricciardo. But who would have won the title if all cars had been equal? Were the Mercedes drivers the year’s best performers, or would other drivers have looked even better behind the wheel of a Mercedes? That’s […]

Who was the greatest F1 driver?

Arguments over whether Schumacher was greater than Fangio are not new. I’m going to present something that is new: the results of a mathematical model designed to answer who was the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time. You may disagree with any attempt to answer this question on principle, and that’s okay by me. […]

Who was the best wet-weather driver?

The ability to shine in wet-weather conditions is highly prized in Formula 1. This is partly because of the increased difficulty for drivers in slippery conditions with poor visibility, and partly because wet weather is considered a leveler of mechanical differences (although there are of course some chassis that are much better suited to wet-weather […]

The safest hands in the business

Success in Formula 1 is as much about consistency as outright speed. It is easy to point to historical examples of drivers being outscored by their teammates across a year despite being the much stronger driver over a single lap. In 1984, Prost outqualified his champion teammate Lauda 15-1, but was narrowly beaten by Lauda […]

It’s a long way to the top…

Formula 1 is the ultimate aspiration of any promising young driver. For most, reaching Formula 1 involves an arduous journey from karts up through progressively more powerful single-seaters, beating increasingly talented competitors and, just as importantly, attracting and securing sponsorship along the way. The path is not always a simple linear progression through the tiers […]