Drivers are indispensable for a Formula 1 team to perform in the sport and a good driver is an addition. How about the situation when a team has two good drivers in their line up? Well, that team will not only pick up the Constructor’s Championship but also see one of it’s driver picking up driver’s Championships. Any team of such stature will not only be unstoppable but also will be out of everyone’s reach. Ever since the sport started, every team wants to have two best drivers in their line up. Few teams can manage, however majority can’t make it work.
In today’s list we’ll talk about such teams and drivers who managed to do the outstanding and brought in two spectacular drivers in the garage. Today we’ll see the top 10 driver duos in F1. So what are we waiting for? It’s lights out and away we go.
#10. Jim Clark and Graham Hill
In at number 10 we have Jim Clark and Graham Hill. Both Jim Clark and Graham Hill were the British former Formula 1 drivers. Clark had two titles, and Hill had one before they were teammates at Lotus in 1967. Jim was P3 in driver’s standings but a rough year saw Hill in P7. However, they were partnered for just one race in 1968 before Clark lost his life after a crash in a F2 race at the Hockenheimring. Hill went on to take an emotional second title that year.
#9. Juan Manuel Fangio and Sir Stirling Moss
Up next in number 9 we have Juan Manuel Fangio and Sir Stirling Moss. Juan Manuel Fangio was the Argentine former Formula 1 driver while his teammate in Mercedes was Sir Stirling Moss, a British citizen. Fangio had picked up two of his five F1 titles when he was team-mates with Moss in 1955 at Mercedes. Meanwhile Moss, who remains one of the greatest drivers to never win an F1 title, took one victory and finished as runner-up. During their time as teammates, Fangio took four wins and the championship. The duo were team-mates once more, at the 1958 season opener in Argentina for Maserati when Fangio won, Moss ended in P8.
#8. Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button
Next in number 8 we have Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button and yet again we have two same nationality Formula 1 drivers in our list. Both Lewis and Jenson are both British by birth and are two of the successful names in the sport. Hamilton and Button were teammates at McLaren for three seasons between 2010 and 2012. The duo picked up a staggering 18 wins between them during their time. Inspite of not taking titles at McLaren, it was a highly competitive partnership between them. In fact, many were surprised that Button put up such a good fight.
#7. Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost
In at number 7 we have the legendary Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. Ayrton Senna is the former Brazilian formula 1 driver driven for McLaren-Honda back in 1988-1989 with Alain Prost, the Frenchman as his teammate. Senna and Prost combinely won 25 of the 32 races held during the 1988 and 1989 seasons. Ayrton had 14 victories out of the all races in two seasons and 26 pole positions, whilst his teammate Prost had 11 victories and 4 pole positions. In the process the duo picked up 25 podiums 18 podiums respectively.
#6. Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso
Up in number 6 we have Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are two of the most successful names in the Formula 1 history. With the Briton taking in 7 driver’s world championship and the Spaniard taking in 2, their names in F1 and world is very renowned. The duo paired up in McLaren in 2007 which was the first season for Hamilton as a driver and became one of the youngest driver to race in F1. Both Hamilton and Alonso had amassed a staggering 109 points apiece. This was an outstanding feat, however both of them lost the Championship to Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen by just 1 point. In 2008, Alonso won his first F1 world Championship. In two years Lewis amassed 22 podiums and his teammate Alonso took in 14 podiums. Moreover, the Briton took in 9 race wins and the Spaniard picked up 6 wins.
#5. Niki Lauda and Alain Prost
Coming up in number 5 we have Niki Lauda and Alain Prost. Niki Lauda was the Austrian former driver who paired up with Frenchman Alain Prost in 1984. It was the 12th season Lauda had competed in and his penultimate year in F1. However, Niki was still as quick the quickest as he proved it by taking the F1 driver’s title. Meanwhile Alain had proved himself as one to watch at Renault before moving to McLaren and they spent two seasons as team-mates. Alain Prost shone the next year when he took the 1985 championship.
#4. Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello
In at number 4 we have none other than Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. Michael Schumacher is certainly the very popular name in the sport. The German was teammates with the Brazilian Rubens Barrichello in Ferrari. Schumacher and Barrichello’s partnership at the Italian giants from 2000 to 2005 was incredibly dominant. The duo were crucial to the team’s success that includes five drivers’ titles and five constructors’ titles. The duo wrapped up a staggering 58 wins in 5 seasons.
#3. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg
In the podium place we have Nico Rosberg amd Lewis Hamilton. Lewis and Nico were teammates at Mercedes from 2013–2016, a period in which the two drivers dominated the sport. Mercedes were absolutely unstoppable and in doing so the pair’s relationship became strained and, at times, led to volatile confrontations on and off the track. The situation was so bad that the authority had to be threatened with suspension at the height of their rivalry. As teammates, Hamilton and Rosberg won 54 of 78 races over four seasons. Hamilton had 32 victories, 55 podium finishes meanwhile Rosberg had 22 victories, 50 podium finishes. During this period, Hamilton won the Formula One World Championship title twice, and Rosberg won the title once.
#2. Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber
In the runner’s up place we have Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Germany’s Sebastian Vettel was teammate with Australian Mark Webber in the Red Bull for quite some time, but their main dominant seasons were from 2010-2013. In these four seasons, Red Bull picked up all four Constructor’s Championship ahead of every other teams. And the two drivers Vettel and Webber absolutely thumped their opposition and Vettel became the youngest ever driver to win F1 Championship. During their reign of supremacy, Vettel took in 34 race wins while Webber took in 5. Apart from this Sebastian registered 52 podium finishes as compared to Webber’s 31 podiums. This duo is considered as one of the greatest driver duos of all time.
#1. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
Finally the best driver duo of all time as of now. It’s none other than Lewis Hamilton and Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas in their Mercedes. The duo has paired up in 2017 season after Nico Rosberg left Mercedes at the end of 2016. Ever since to till date, Mercedes has absolutely been dominant force in the sport and thumped the opposition like never before. During their four year carnage Lewis picked up 42 race wins while his teammate Valtteri picked up 9 wins. Apart from the wins the duo raked in 60 and 47 podium finishes respectively. The duo from Mercedes are still paired up the same and are competing in 2021 season.
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