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Poll: Who is the best single WDC (365 member(s) have cast votes)

Who is the best single WDC

  1. Giuseppe Farina (2 votes [0.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.55%

  2. Mike Hawthorn (1 votes [0.27%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.27%

  3. Phil Hill (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. John Surtees (6 votes [1.64%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.64%

  5. Denny Hulme (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. Jochen Rindt (51 votes [13.97%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.97%

  7. James Hunt (7 votes [1.92%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.92%

  8. Mario Andretti (32 votes [8.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.77%

  9. Jody Scheckter (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  10. Alan Jones (2 votes [0.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.55%

  11. Keke Rosberg (10 votes [2.74%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.74%

  12. Nigel Mansell (41 votes [11.23%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.23%

  13. Damon Hill (6 votes [1.64%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.64%

  14. Jacques Villeneuve (10 votes [2.74%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.74%

  15. Kimi Räikkönen (90 votes [24.66%])

    Percentage of vote: 24.66%

  16. Lewis Hamilton (102 votes [27.95%])

    Percentage of vote: 27.95%

  17. Jenson Button (5 votes [1.37%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.37%

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#1 jrg19

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 20:38

Who in your opinion is the best of the one time WDC?

Please give reasons why you feel they are the best single champion.

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#2 gm914

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 20:43

Andretti.
For mostly everybody else on the list, 'Formula 1 World Champion' is probably at the top of their resume. for Andretti, it's probably 6th.

#3 Victor_RO

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 20:44

If you consider not just F1, but their whole careers in terms of longevity and success, by a large margin it would have to be Mario. It just has to be.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 20:54

Jochen Rindt.

He was the fastest of all when in 1967 most F1 drivers (Clark, Hill, Stewart, Hulme, Brabham, Surtees you name 'em) mixed it with the upcoming talents in the new F2 formula in almost equal material. When he finally got a really good F1 car he was peerless.

#5 Jovanotti

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:01

Rindt - Andretti - Räikkönen - Hamilton for me.

#6 MP422

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:02

Hamilton but i have to give mention to Raikkkonen.

#7 Disgrace

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:02

It's a waste of time including current one time champions, or hypothetical multiple time champions if you will.

#8 gm914

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:03

Is hamilton as good as the poll results suggest or have we gone and confused best with favorite again?

All these votes, yet silence...
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#9 Alx09

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:03

Hamilton. With a bit more luck he would now already be a 3x WDC. 2007, 2008, 2012. Heck, even 2010 would've been possible.

#10 MrMontecarlo

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:04

Rindt.

#11 tommi34

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:05

Lewis won his only championship on a season when Felipe Massa was his greatest rival after Kimi Räikkönen underperforming (and suffer from team policy), Heikki Kovalainen was his team mate and the other teams weren't even close to him. 2008 was a year no one really deserved it, too many mistakes from everyone - and Hamilton's championship drive at Brazil was a joke. I wouldn't say him and I'm afraid that'll also be his only championship.

Edited by tommi34, 19 November 2012 - 21:08.


#12 Afterburner

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:06

Andretti.
For mostly everybody else on the list, 'Formula 1 World Champion' is probably at the top of their resume. For Andretti, it's probably 6th.

:lol: :up:

#13 Disgrace

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:10

Lewis won his only championship on a season when Felipe Massa was his greatest rival after Kimi Räikkönen underperforming (and suffer from team policy), Heikki Kovalainen was his team mate and the other teams weren't even close to him. I wouldn't say him and I'm afraid that'll also be his only championship.


This is not a poll comparing the individual years these champions won their respective titles. The most recent four in that list, Villeneuve/Hamilton/Button/Raikkonen (have) had better years than their championship years in my opinion.

#14 garoidb

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:10

Andretti.
For mostly everybody else on the list, 'Formula 1 World Champion' is probably at the top of their resume. for Andretti, it's probably 6th.


I voted Andretti too. He was probably even past his absolute peak when he won his WDC - think what he could have achieved if he joined the Lotus F1 team full time in the late 60s.

#15 Tsarwash

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:10

In terms of F1 only then I would say Lewis or Kimi. In the wider terms of motorsport then it has to be Andretti.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:13

This is not a poll comparing the individual years these champions won their respective titles. The most recent four in that list, Villeneuve/Hamilton/Button/Raikkonen (have) had better years than their championship years in my opinion.


Well yeah, that's true - actually Kimi & Lewis both have had 2-3 better years than their championship years.

#17 ConsiderAndGo

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:14

Hamilton - By a mile.

#18 LiJu914

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:17

Hamilton. With a bit more luck....


Yeah you´re right, Rindt had probably much more luck than Hamilton in his career.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:18

Mansell, Hami, and Kimi. Mansell could be mega fast, beating Prost in qualifiyng in 1990 for exemple, and beating Piquet in 1986. Hamilton will win more than one, for sure, co's he's got hunger and the speed. Kimi is an unique talent and also very fast specily in races.

Damon and jenson have similar precise styles, but not the ultimate speed. Andretti of course was very good but not that fast and Rosberg clearly lucked into is championship a bit like Villeneuve. They were good, no doubt, but not at the top level.

Can't judge the others, but I have the feeling Rindt was pretty awesome.

Edited by Taxi, 19 November 2012 - 21:20.


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#20 engel

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:21

in terms of pure talent, Rindt. By a country mile.

#21 study

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:21

I voted Mansell, I don't think still driving WDC should be in the poll

#22 LiJu914

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:23

Mansell, Hami, and Kimi. Mansell could be mega fast, beating Prost in qualifiyng in 1990 for exemple, and beating Piquet in 1986.


I would rather vote for Damon Hill as best 1x WDC than for Mansell - and yes i´m serious.
Mansell is for me the most overhyped british driver of all time.
I still liked to see him racing though. He was spectcular to watch (but so was JP Montoya e.g. ....).

#23 hello86

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:26

Hamilton. With a bit more luck he would now already be a 3x WDC. 2007, 2008, 2012. Heck, even 2010 would've been possible.


Same with Kimi! With a bit more luck he would have won in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Both were actually "lucky" (but still deserved it) when they won their WDC. ... but you know that Macca/Mercedes knows how to **** up at title!

Then again I think that this thread is misleading as Ham just won the last race (you´re only as good as your last race) and peeps tend to vote for the guys they saw driving (the current drivers)

#24 garoidb

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:26

Damon and jenson have similar precise styles, but not the ultimate speed. Andretti of course was very good but not that fast and Rosberg clearly lucked into is championship a bit like Villeneuve. They were good, no doubt, but not at the top level.


Pole for his first GP (and his penultimate one).

#25 FigJam

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:32

Andretti...Villeneuve...Mansell...Raikkonen...Hamilton

Andretti and JV not only won F1 titles but cleaned up IndyCar/Indy 500 wins when CART was an F1 rival...and better in so many ways.
Also...and this is VERY significant...they both went from US to Europe, not the other way.

All a poll like this shows is most here dont care for history, only for favourites and what happened yesterday.

#26 Rob

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:36

Probably Rindt, although it's not easy to say.

#27 senna da silva

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:36

Jochen Rindt.

He was the fastest of all when in 1967 most F1 drivers (Clark, Hill, Stewart, Hulme, Brabham, Surtees you name 'em) mixed it with the upcoming talents in the new F2 formula in almost equal material. When he finally got a really good F1 car he was peerless.


This. :up:



#28 sniper80

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:40

Damon is so underrated, he was in the same league as Prost, great development skills, good speed and could go the extra mile when necessary.
Should have one title more and Schumacher one less :)

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:41

Damon is so underrated, he was in the same league as Prost, great development skills, good speed and could go the extra mile when necessary.
Should have one title more and Schumacher one less :)

Same league as Prost? No way. Same league as Hakkinen, maybe, nut not more.




#30 FigJam

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:46

There are quite a few underrated drivers on this list. Rosberg...Alan Jones...

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:47

Rindt without any doubt. He was still young when he died. With more luck he could have been around until early eighties and be a multiple WDC by that time. His 1970 was highly impressive, won each time when was able to finish the race. But in his earlier career has shown some extraordinary speed as well. I believe there was an enormous potential in him and he could be considered today at the level of Fangio, Senna, Prost and Schumacher if his career was as long as it could have been. :(

#32 mnmracer

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:50

Which troll voted for a Canadian NASCAR driver/singer? :lol:

#33 mnmracer

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:53

This is so incredibly hard...
But I think I'm gonna have to go with Jochen Rindt, but very, very close.

I'd say (rating to eachother, not trying to give percentages over a lap):
Jochen Rindt 100
Lewis Hamilton 99.7
Kimi Räikkonen 98.5
Nigel Mansell 97.5
Damon Hill 96 ( :cool: )

I agree that Damon is underrated, though I wouldn't put him near Prost ;)

Edited by mnmracer, 19 November 2012 - 21:54.


#34 hello86

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:55

I think JV is a member of this forum!

#35 Risil

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:55

Surtees or Mario, based on Gm914's Law.

Quite a few talented drivers in that bunch though. :cool:

Edited by Risil, 19 November 2012 - 21:57.


#36 Rob

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:56

Damon is so underrated, he was in the same league as Prost, great development skills, good speed and could go the extra mile when necessary.
Should have one title more and Schumacher one less :)

Is Damon underrated? Yes, massively so. Is he the best on this list? Nope, but then that's nothing to be ashamed of.

#37 FigJam

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:57

Clearly Jenson and Jody arent. :lol:

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:57

Rindt without any doubt. He was still young when he died. With more luck he could have been around until early eighties and be a multiple WDC by that time. His 1970 was highly impressive, won each time when was able to finish the race. But in his earlier career has shown some extraordinary speed as well. I believe there was an enormous potential in him and he could be considered today at the level of Fangio, Senna, Prost and Schumacher if his career was as long as it could have been. :(


I voted for Mario but I can also see the case for Rindt. He was, in fact, younger than Mario and so could have had another decade at least in F1. However, I understand that he was considering retirement on winning the WDC because of the safety circumstances of the time.

#39 senna da silva

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 21:59

This is so incredibly hard...
But I think I'm gonna have to go with Jochen Rindt, but very, very close.

I'd say (rating to eachother, not trying to give percentages over a lap):
Jochen Rindt 100
Lewis Hamilton 99.7
Kimi Räikkonen 98.5
Nigel Mansell 97.5
Damon Hill 96 ( :cool: )

I agree that Damon is underrated, though I wouldn't put him near Prost ;)


I'm not sure how you can rate DH and trash JV. 1996 suggests that JV had more potential.

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#40 Crazy Ninja

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 22:01

I voted Mansell, I don't think still driving WDC should be in the poll

+1. On both counts.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 22:02

Lewis Hamilton [ 38 ] [39.18%]

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#42 garoidb

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 22:02

I voted Mansell, I don't think still driving WDC should be in the poll


Nigel never announced his retirement! :rotfl:

#43 Rob

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 22:03

Surtees or Mario, based on Gm914's Law.

Quite a few talented drivers in that bunch though. :cool:

I'd love to meet John Surtees. I was reading Mick Walker's biography of him and it said that he hit a cow on the Isle of Man. I had to reread that line as I was convinced that I'd misread. How on earth anyone could survive that I have no idea.

#44 FigJam

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 22:05

I'm not sure how you can rate DH and trash JV. 1996 suggests that JV had more potential.


But Damon isnt a NASCAR singer. :lol:

#45 gm914

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 22:05

Surtees or Mario, based on Gm914's Law.

Quite a few talented drivers in that bunch though. :cool:

I was waiting for a Surtees mention. Two wheels and four.
Only 1 vote.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 22:08

I was waiting for a Surtees mention. Two wheels and four.
Only 1 vote.


Ah yes, so he is not a 1xWDC in truth.

#47 LiJu914

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 22:11

I'm not sure how you can rate DH and trash JV. 1996 suggests that JV had more potential.


But in that regard he might have been similar to Hamilton - meaning, that he didn´t improve all too much after his rookie year mainly because he started in F1 perfectly prepared.

Edited by LiJu914, 19 November 2012 - 22:11.


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Posted 19 November 2012 - 22:13

Mario Andretti

#49 FigJam

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 22:14

But in that regard he might have been similar to Hamilton - meaning, that he didn´t improve all too much after his rookie year mainly because he started in F1 perfectly prepared.


His rookie year, as great as it was, is his 4th best season by my reckoning.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 22:18

I was waiting for a Surtees mention. Two wheels and four.
Only 1 vote.


I think with Surtees and Rindt, its more that most here wouldnt have seen them. I personally only vote on what I've actually seen, reputation however is different.

How else would Hamilton and Raikkonen have so many votes...and others so little.