Over the 62 seasons in Formula 1 history, there have been fiercely fought championships, dead years and complete runaways which could be very fun if your driver/team was the runner. But beneath those championships, there were times drivers completely dominated, even if the scoreboard didn’t say so.
In my book, focused on deleting luck from Formula 1 history as much as possible, I went to find the most powerful seasons by a driver. This idea of looking at the best seasons was given to me after I compared Sebastian Vettel’s first three years (2008-2010) to Ayrton Senna’s first three years (1984-1986), and saw that they were very similar.
I’m writing the book to hopefully get a better glimpse than I or anyone can at this point, to find out who the greatest driver of all-time really was, and answer questions about why Clark and Senna are believed to be better than Schumacher and Prost by experts, even if Clark and Senna’s plain statistics don’t say they are.
In this slideshow, you will get a glimpse into what I am doing with the book. You will see "Fair Starts" versus "Starts," by which the wins, podiums and points will be averaged by. I've gone through all the seasons and read through the occurrences of every race to come up with this stat.
For example, for Sebastian Vettel's 2011 season, you will see 18 starts versus 19, since he never got the chance to get a win/podium/points at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. You will see a similar situation on poles and fastest laps. I came up with the positioning of the 15 years through a massive equation that puts many factors together at varying degrees.
This article will feature two aspects that you wouldn’t have expected initially. I will only say right now that they involve Jim Clark and Alberto Ascari.