Formula 1

The Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

The Formula 1 World Drivers Championship


A Brief History Of The Formula 1 World Drivers Championship
The Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship (WDC) is awarded by the FIA to the most successful Formula 1 race car driver over a season, as determined by a points system based on Grand Prix results. The Drivers Championship was first awarded in 1950, to Nino Farina. The first driver to win multiple Championships was Alberto Ascari, in 1952 and 1953.

Overall, twenty-eight different drivers have won the Championship, with German Michael Schumacher holding the record for most titles, at seven. Schumacher also holds the record for most consecutive Drivers' Championships, winning five from 2000 to 2004. The current Drivers' Champion is Fernando Alonso, who won his second World Championship in 2006.
Previous Winners Of The Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

Year
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996
1995
1994
1993
1992
1991
1990
1989
1988
1987
1986
1985
1984
1983
1982
1981
1980
1979
1978
1977
1976
1975
1974
1973
1972
1971
1970
1969
1968
1967
1966
1965
1964
1963
1962
1961
1960
1959
1958
1957
1956
1955
1954
1953
1952
1951
1950
Driver
Lewis Hamilton
Kimi Räikkönen
Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher
Mika Häkkinen
Mika Häkkinen
Jacques Villeneuve
Damon Hill
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher
Alain Prost
Nigel Mansell
Ayrton Senna
Ayrton Senna
Alain Prost
Ayrton Senna
Nelson Piquet
Alain Prost
Alain Prost
Niki Lauda
Nelson Piquet
Keke Rosberg
Nelson Piquet
Alan Jones
Jody Scheckter
Mario Andretti
Niki Lauda
James Hunt
Niki Lauda
Emerson Fittipaldi
Jackie Stewart
Emerson Fittipaldi
Jackie Stewart
Jochen Rindt
Jackie Stewart
Graham Hill
Denny Hulme
Jack Brabham
Jim Clark
John Surtees
Jim Clark
Graham Hill
Phil Hill
Jack Brabham
Jack Brabham
Mike Hawthorn
Juan Manuel Fangio
Juan Manuel Fangio
Juan Manuel Fangio
Juan Manuel Fangio
Alberto Ascari
Alberto Ascari
Juan Manuel Fangio
Nino Farina
Team
McLaren
Ferrari
Renault
Renault
Ferrari
Ferrari
Ferrari
Ferrari
Ferrari
McLaren
McLaren
Williams
Williams
Benetton
Benetton
Williams
Williams
McLaren
McLaren
McLaren
McLaren
Williams
McLaren
McLaren
McLaren
Brabham
Williams
Brabham
Williams
Ferrari
Lotus
Ferrari
McLaren
Ferrari
McLaren
Tyrrell
Lotus
Tyrrell
Lotus
Matra
Lotus
Brabham
Brabham
Lotus
Ferrari
Lotus
BRM
Ferrari
Cooper
Cooper
Ferrari
Maserati
Ferrari
Mercedes
Maserati, Mercedes
Ferrari
Ferrari
Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo
Wins
5
6
7
7
13
6
11
9
9
5
8
7
8
9
8
7
9
7
6
4
8
3
4
5
5
3
1
3
5
3
6
3
6
5
3
5
5
6
5
6
3
2
4
6
2
7
4
2
5
2
1
4
3
4
6
5
6
3
3
Poles
7
3
6
6
8
5
7
11
9
11
9
10
9
4
6
13
14
8
10
2
13
4
1
2
0
1
1
4
3
1
8
2
8
9
2
3
3
6
3
2
2
0
3
6
2
7
1
5
3
1
4
4
6
3
5
6
5
4
2
Points
98
110
134
133
148
93
144
123
108
76
100
81
97
102
92
99
108
96
78
76
90
73
72
73
72
59
44
50
67
51
64
72
69
64.5
55
71
61
62
45
63
48
51
42
54
40
54
42
34
43
31
42
40
30
40
42
34.5
36
31
30