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Formula One World Drivers' Championship trophy.

The Formula One World Drivers' Championship (WDC) is awarded by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) to the most successful Formula One racing 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. The latest Drivers' Champion is Nico Rosberg, who won his first World Championship in 2016.

Overall, thirty-three 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. Great Britain has produced the most World Championship winning drivers with ten; Brazil and Finland are next with three each.

Of the 32 drivers to win the World Championship, 21 are still alive. The most recently deceased is Sir Jack Brabham (1926–2014).

By seasonEdit

Season Driver Age Team Engine Tyres Poles Wins Podiums Fastest Laps Points Clinched Point Margin
1950 Italy Giuseppe Farina 44 Italy Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo P 2 3 3 3 30 Race 7 of 7 3
1951 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 40 Italy Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo P 4 3 5 5 31 Race 8 of 8 6
19521 Italy Alberto Ascari 34 Italy Ferrari Ferrari P F 5 6 6 6 36 Race 6 of 8 12
19531 Italy Alberto Ascari 35 Italy Ferrari Ferrari P 6 5 5 4 34.5 Race 8 of 9 6.5
1954 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 43 Italy Maserati2 Maserati P 5 6 7 3 42 Race 7 of 9 16.86
Germany Mercedes2 Mercedes C
1955 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 44 Germany Mercedes Mercedes C 3 4 5 3 40 Race 6 of 7 16.5
1956 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 45 Italy Ferrari Ferrari E 6 3 5 4 30 Race 8 of 8 3
1957 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 46 Italy Maserati Maserati P 4 4 6 2 40 Race 6 of 8 15
1958 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn 29 Italy Ferrari Ferrari E 4 1 7 5 42 Race 11 of 11 1
1959 Australia Jack Brabham 33 United Kingdom Cooper Climax D 1 2 5 1 31 Race 9 of 9 4
1960 Australia Jack Brabham 34 United Kingdom Cooper Climax D 3 5 5 3 43 Race 8 of 10 9
19611 United States Phil Hill 34 Italy Ferrari Ferrari D 5 2 6 2 34 Race 7 of 8 1
19621 United Kingdom Graham Hill 33 United Kingdom BRM BRM D 1 4 6 3 42 Race 9 of 9 12
19631 United Kingdom Jim Clark 27 United Kingdom Lotus Climax D 7 7 9 6 54 Race 7 of 10 21
19641 United Kingdom John Surtees 30 Italy Ferrari Ferrari D 2 2 6 2 40 Race 10 of 10 1
19651 United Kingdom Jim Clark 29 United Kingdom Lotus Climax D 6 6 6 6 54 Race 7 of 10 14
1966 Australia Jack Brabham 40 United Kingdom Brabham Repco G 3 4 5 1 42 Race 7 of 9 14
1967 New Zealand Denny Hulme 31 United Kingdom Brabham Repco G 0 2 8 2 51 Race 11 of 11 5
1968 United Kingdom Graham Hill 39 United Kingdom Lotus Ford F 2 3 6 0 48 Race 12 of 12 12
1969 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 30 France Matra Ford D 2 6 7 5 63 Race 8 of 11 26
1970 Austria Jochen Rindt 28 United Kingdom Lotus Ford F 3 5 5 1 45 Race 12 of 133 5
1971 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 32 United Kingdom Tyrrell Ford G 6 6 7 3 62 Race 8 of 11 29
1972 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 25 United Kingdom Lotus Ford F 3 5 8 0 61 Race 10 of 12 16
1973 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 34 United Kingdom Tyrrell Ford G 3 5 8 1 71 Race 13 of 15 16
1974 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 27 United Kingdom McLaren Ford G 2 3 7 0 55 Race 15 of 15 3
1975 Austria Niki Lauda 26 Italy Ferrari Ferrari G 9 5 8 2 64.5 Race 13 of 14 19.5
1976 United Kingdom James Hunt 29 United Kingdom McLaren Ford G 8 6 8 2 69 Race 16 of 16 1
1977 Austria Niki Lauda 28 Italy Ferrari Ferrari G 2 3 10 3 72 Race 15 of 17 17
1978 United States Mario Andretti 38 United Kingdom Lotus Ford G 8 6 7 3 64 Race 14 of 16 13
1979 South Africa Jody Scheckter 29 Italy Ferrari Ferrari M 1 3 6 0 51 Race 13 of 15 4
1980 Australia Alan Jones 34 United Kingdom Williams Ford G 3 5 10 5 67 Race 13 of 14 13
1981 Brazil Nelson Piquet 29 United Kingdom Brabham Ford M G 4 3 7 1 50 Race 15 of 15 1
1982 Finland Keke Rosberg 34 United Kingdom Williams Ford G 1 1 6 0 44 Race 16 of 16 5
1983 Brazil Nelson Piquet 31 United Kingdom Brabham BMW M 1 3 8 4 59 Race 15 of 15 2
1984 Austria Niki Lauda 35 United Kingdom McLaren TAG M 0 5 9 5 72 Race 16 of 16 0.5
1985 France Alain Prost 30 United Kingdom McLaren TAG G 2 5 11 5 73 Race 14 of 16 20
1986 France Alain Prost 31 United Kingdom McLaren TAG G 1 4 11 2 72 Race 16 of 16 2
1987 Brazil Nelson Piquet 35 United Kingdom Williams Honda G 4 3 11 4 73 Race 15 of 16 12
1988 Brazil Ayrton Senna 28 United Kingdom McLaren Honda G 13 8 11 3 90 Race 15 of 16 3
1989 France Alain Prost 34 United Kingdom McLaren Honda G 2 4 11 5 76 Race 15 of 16 16
1990 Brazil Ayrton Senna 30 United Kingdom McLaren Honda G 10 6 11 2 78 Race 15 of 16 7
1991 Brazil Ayrton Senna 31 United Kingdom McLaren Honda G 8 7 12 2 96 Race 15 of 16 24
1992 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 39 United Kingdom Williams Renault G 14 9 12 8 108 Race 11 of 16 52
1993 France Alain Prost 38 United Kingdom Williams Renault G 13 7 12 6 99 Race 14 of 16 26
1994 Germany Michael Schumacher 25 United Kingdom Benetton Ford G 6 8 10 8 92 Race 16 of 16 1
1995 Germany Michael Schumacher 26 United Kingdom Benetton Renault G 4 9 11 8 102 Race 15 of 17 33
1996 United Kingdom Damon Hill 36 United Kingdom Williams Renault G 9 8 10 5 97 Race 16 of 16 19
1997 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 26 United Kingdom Williams Renault G 10 7 8 3 81 Race 17 of 17 39 (3)4
1998 Finland Mika Häkkinen 30 United Kingdom McLaren Mercedes B 9 8 11 6 100 Race 16 of 16 14
1999 Finland Mika Häkkinen 31 United Kingdom McLaren Mercedes B 11 5 10 6 76 Race 16 of 16 2
2000 Germany Michael Schumacher 31 Italy Ferrari Ferrari B 9 9 12 2 108 Race 16 of 17 19
2001 Germany Michael Schumacher 32 Italy Ferrari Ferrari B 11 9 14 3 123 Race 13 of 17 58
2002 Germany Michael Schumacher 33 Italy Ferrari Ferrari B 7 11 17 7 144 Race 11 of 17 67
2003 Germany Michael Schumacher 34 Italy Ferrari Ferrari B 5 6 8 5 93 Race 16 of 16 2
2004 Germany Michael Schumacher 35 Italy Ferrari Ferrari B 8 13 15 10 148 Race 14 of 18 34
2005 Spain Fernando Alonso 24 France Renault Renault M 6 7 15 2 133 Race 17 of 19 21
2006 Spain Fernando Alonso 25 France Renault Renault M 6 7 14 5 134 Race 18 of 18 13
2007 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 28 Italy Ferrari Ferrari B 3 6 12 6 110 Race 17 of 17 1
2008 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 23 United Kingdom McLaren Mercedes B 7 5 10 1 98 Race 18 of 18 1
2009 United Kingdom Jenson Button 29 United Kingdom Brawn Mercedes B 4 6 9 2 95 Race 16 of 17 11
2010 Germany Sebastian Vettel 23 Austria Red Bull Renault B 10 5 10 3 256 Race 19 of 19 4
2011 Germany Sebastian Vettel 24 Austria Red Bull Renault P 15 11 17 3 392 Race 15 of 19 122
2012 Germany Sebastian Vettel 25 Austria Red Bull Renault P 6 5 10 6 281 Race 20 of 20 3
2013 Germany Sebastian Vettel 26 Austria Red Bull Renault P 9 13 16 7 397 Race 16 of 19 155
2014 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 29 Germany Mercedes Mercedes P 7 11 16 7 384 Race 19 of 19 67
2015 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 30 Germany Mercedes Mercedes P 11 10 17 8 381 Race 16 of 19 59
2016 Germany Nico Rosberg 31 Germany Mercedes Mercedes P 8 9 16 6 385 Race 21 of 21 5

Notes Edit

Bold indicates the team also won the Constructors' Championship (awarded since 1958).

  1. ^ The 1952 and 1953 championships were run to Formula Two regulations. The 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 championships were run with former Formula Two regulations.
  2. ^ Fangio competed in the 1954 Argentine and Belgian Grands Prix with Maserati, then completed the season with Mercedes.
  3. ^ Rindt died during practice for the 1970 Italian Grand Prix (the tenth round of the season) but his Championship was not confirmed until two rounds later.
  4. ^ Michael Schumacher scored 78 points during the 1997 season, only 3 points behind Villeneuve. However, Schumacher was disqualified from the championship for colliding with Villeneuve at the final race of the season, the European Grand Prix. This left Villeneuve with a 39-point margin over Heinz-Harald Frentzen with 42 points.

By DriverEdit

Schumacher2002

Michael Schumacher has won the World Drivers' Championship a record seven times

Driver Total Season(s) Championship Winner
Germany Michael Schumacher 7 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 24th
Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 5 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957 2nd
France Alain Prost 4 1985, 1986, 1989, 1993 21st
Germany Sebastian Vettel 4 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 32nd
Australia Jack Brabham 3 1959, 1960, 1966 5th
United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 3 1969, 1971, 1973 11th
Austria Niki Lauda 3 1975, 1977, 1984 14th
Brazil Nelson Piquet 3 1981, 1983, 1987 19th
Brazil Ayrton Senna 3 1988, 1990, 1991 22nd
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 3 2008, 2014, 2015 30th
Italy Alberto Ascari 2 1952, 1953 3rd
United Kingdom Jim Clark 2 1963, 1965 8th
United Kingdom Graham Hill 2 1962, 1968 7th
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 2 1972, 1974 13th
Finland Mika Häkkinen 2 1998, 1999 27th
Spain Fernando Alonso 2 2005, 2006 28th
Italy Giuseppe Farina 1 1950 1st
United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn 1 1958 4th
United States Phil Hill 1 1961 6th
United Kingdom John Surtees 1 1964 9th
New Zealand Denny Hulme 1 1967 10th
Austria Jochen Rindt 1 1970 12th
United Kingdom James Hunt 1 1976 15th
United States Mario Andretti 1 1978 16th
South Africa Jody Scheckter 1 1979 17th
Australia Alan Jones 1 1980 18th
Finland Keke Rosberg 1 1982 20th
United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 1 1992 23rd
United Kingdom Damon Hill 1 1996 25th
Canada Jacques Villeneuve 1 1997 26th
Finland Kimi Räikkönen 1 2007 29th
United Kingdom Jenson Button 1 2009 31st
Germany Nico Rosberg 1 2016 33rd

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Formula_One_World_Drivers'_Champions

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