F1 Driver With Highest Win Percentages: Where do Lewis Hamilton & Michael Schumacher rank?

Published 09/30/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
MONTE CARLO, MONACO – MAY 23: Lewis Hamilton (R) of Great Britain and McLaren listens as Michael Schumacher (L) of Germany and Mercedes GP talks at the drivers press conference during previews to the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 23, 2012 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


When people think about Formula One, they always think about Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher, as they are the most decorated personalities in the sport. However, there are some statistics that show Hamilton and Schumacher are lacking behind.

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Most would assume that Hamilton and Schumacher would have a perfect win percentage, as they have the countless number of wins under their belt. However, in regards to the win percentage, an F1 legend leads the table.

Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher are not in the top-two of the highest win percentage

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Hamilton and Schumacher both have seven world titles to their name. However, they are falling behind in terms of win percentage. The list contains world-class drivers that Formula One has ever seen, but Schumacher nor Hamilton make the top two.

According to ESPN Juan Manuel Fangio leads the table with a win percentage of 46%, whereas Alberto Ascari comes in second with 39%. Hamilton finds himself in third place 36%, while Jim Clark has 34%.

Schumacher is in fifth place with 30%, Jackie Stewart is down in sixth with a 27% win percentage. Brazil’s Ayrton Senna with 25& while Alain Prost has the win percentage. Stirling Moss is in ninth place with  24%, and rounding up the top-10 is Nigel Mansell who has a win percentage of 17%.

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Is Hamilton going to set a title record this year?

Last season saw the Knight take his seventh title in Formula One, equaling the record of Germany’s Schumacher. Additionally, Lewis set another record this past race weekend in Sochi, where he claimed his 100th win in F1.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates winning a 7th F1 World Drivers Championship on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

As it stands, Hamilton leads the championship with 246.5 points while his arch-rival, Max Verstappen, has 244.5. The Mercedes driver hopes to extend the lead in the upcoming races this season. With a few more Grand Prixs left this year, Lewis is aiming to be on top of the table, and claim his eighth championship; setting his own record in F1.

What are your expectations from the Brit for the rest of the season? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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