As far as I'm concerned Prost is número UNO.
Yep. At least if we consider the drivers of 1980-2012.
Murray Walker wrote a nice article this time, but ranking him #5 (and below Senna, a guy that never had to face a really great teammate except Prost, and then was beaten by Prost twice in points, and who seriously lacked sportsmanship), is not fair at all.
For me the Tier 1 of greatest of all times are (in no order) Clark, Fangio, Stewart, Lauda, and Prost. Those have achieved even more than the other greats. Unbelievable things.
Clark, for his amazing supremacy over competition
Fangio, for winning so many percentages of the races he competed in, with different teams, and even being very old.
Stewart started the "thinking" approach to races, one of the more influential racers
Lauda needs no explanation, perhaps the most intelligent racer ever (and the most silly nowadays when declaring to the press)
Prost almost wins 7 WDCs, all of them beating some of the most respected drivers ever.
After that tier come the others, and i'd say this list would have Senna and Schumacher in #1 followed by Piquet, Jack Brabham, Graham Hill, Emmo Fitipaldi, Mario Andretti and many other greats.
Edited by flavio81, 09 October 2012 - 23:06.