List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions


List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions

The Formula One World Drivers' Championship (WDC) is awarded by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile ("FIA") to the most successful Formula One 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.

The FIA do not officially declare the Champion until the end of the season, but a driver is said to have "clinched" the Championship after it is no longer possible for another to obtain more points than them, even if the former driver were to not compete in the remaining races of the season, and the latter to score the maximum number of points possible. The Drivers' Championship has been clinched in the final race of the season 23 times in the 58 seasons it has been awarded. The earliest in a season that the Drivers' Championship has been clinched was in 2002, when Michael Schumacher secured the title with six races remaining.

Overall, twenty-nine 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 Kimi Räikkönen, who won his first World Championship in 2007.

By season

By constructor

Records

Youngest Drivers' Champion

ee also

* List of Formula One World Drivers' Runners-up
* List of Formula One World Constructors' Champions
** List of Formula One World Constructors' Runners-up
* List of Formula One World Championship pointscoring systems
* List of Formula One drivers
* History of Formula One

References

* [http://www.grandprix.com/gpemain.html GrandPrix.com - Grand Prix Encyclopedia]
* [http://www.formula1.com/archive/halloffame/ Formula1.com - Hall of Fame]
* [http://chicanef1.dyndns.org/alldchmps.pl ChicaneF1 - Drivers' Championships]
* [http://www.4mula1.ro/history/champion Formula 1 Championships]
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