Brazilian national hero, Ayrton Senna, was voted the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time by 217 of his fellow world championship drivers.
Senna topped German Michael Schumacher and third placed Argentinian, Juan Manuel Fangio, in claiming first place in the most comprehensive survey of F1 drivers ever conducted.
The voters were made up of names like, Michael Schumacher, Jose Froilan Gonzalez, the earliest surviving grand prix winner, Paul Pietsch, at 98 the oldest living driver, reigning world champion Jenson Button and much of the current F1 grid. It was organised by Autosport magazine.
Voters were asked to submit their top 10 'greatest' F1 drivers, and the definition of 'greatest' was left open to their interpretation.
"This is an amazing poll that has never been tried before," said Autosport editor Andrew van de Burgt. "Obviously, it has thrown up some interesting and unexpected results, but you can't argue with how the top 10 has worked out, or the integrity of the poll."
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