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* ''Michael Schumacher'', German, holds most of the sport's records including most wins (91 versus 51 from Prost, the previous record holder), pole positions (68, three more than Senna, although this was recently broken by Lewis Hamilton at Canada 2017) and titles (7-1994, 1995 and 2000-2004), breaking Fangio's five-title record after getting his sixth in '03), making him the world's wealthiest athlete at the time with an estimated net worth of 800M USD. Notorious for several incidents, the major ones being on the 1994 (where he ''very aggressively'' defended his position against Damon Hill, after Schumi had hit the wall, causing Hill to crash into him and for both of them to retire, giving him his first title) and 1997 (when he turned deliberately into title-rival Jacques Villeneuve when the latter tried to overtake him, but failed to get him out of the race - later he was excluded from that years Driver's Championship as punishment) season-ending races. Retired in 2006. Had planned a comeback to cover for the injured Felipe Massa, but was forced to call it off due to his own injuries. Then came back for newly rebranded Mercedes MGP in 2010 after recovering from a neck injury that kept him out the year before. Then, he was an upper midfielder at best, but for someone off the track for 4 years practically driving for the first time again, its a solid performance, albeit slightly disappointing to most fans due to his legend... finally retired for good after 2012(the same year he achieved his final podium, becoming the oldest driver to do so). In 2014 he was critically injured in a skiing accident leaving him with life altering injuries rendering any plans to compete in other motorsports moot. His condition is practically unknown, much to the dismay of millions of fans worldwide.

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* ''Michael Schumacher'', German, holds most of the sport's records including most wins (91 versus 51 from Prost, the previous record holder), pole positions (68, three more than Senna, although this was recently broken by Lewis Hamilton at Canada 2017) and titles (7-1994, 1995 and 2000-2004), breaking Fangio's five-title record after getting his sixth in '03), making him the world's wealthiest athlete at the time with an estimated net worth of 800M USD. Notorious for several incidents, the major ones being on the 1994 (where he ''very aggressively'' defended his position against Damon Hill, after Schumi had hit the wall, causing Hill to crash into him and for both of them to retire, giving him his first title) and 1997 (when he turned deliberately into title-rival Jacques Villeneuve when the latter tried to overtake him, but failed to get him out of the race - later he was excluded from that years Driver's Championship as punishment) season-ending races. Retired in 2006. Had planned a comeback to cover for the injured Felipe Massa, but was forced to call it off due to his own injuries. Then came back for newly rebranded Mercedes MGP in 2010 after recovering from a neck injury that kept him out the year before. Then, he was an upper midfielder at best, but for someone off the track for 4 years practically driving for the first time again, its a solid performance, albeit slightly disappointing to most fans due to his legend... finally retired for good after 2012(the 2012 (the same year he achieved his final podium, becoming the oldest driver to do so). so, at the age of 43). In 2014 he was critically injured in a skiing accident leaving him with life altering life-altering injuries rendering any plans to compete in other motorsports moot. His condition is kept ''extremely'' private, and thus is practically unknown, much to the dismay of millions of fans worldwide.


* ''Nigel Mansell'', English driver most associated with Williams, with which he was champion in 1992. Crossed over to CART [=IndyCar=] for its 1993 season and won the championship (and nearly the Indy 500 as well) which lead Mansell to become the only driver so far to hold both of open-wheel racing's top series titles simotaeneously.

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* ''Nigel Mansell'', English driver most associated with Williams, with which he was champion in 1992. Crossed over to CART [=IndyCar=] for its 1993 season and won the championship (and nearly the Indy 500 as well) which lead Mansell to become the only driver so far to hold both of open-wheel racing's top series titles simotaeneously.simultaneously.


* ''Alain Prost'', French, fourth (only behind Vettel, Hamilton and Schumacher) in total wins, and third in title count, with four wins (1985, 1986, 1989, and 1993). He became known for his clinical but highly effective style of racing, and his careful planning of race weekends earned him the nickname of "The Professor". Currently works as a special advisor for Renault's F1 division and team principal of Renault e.dams in Formula E.

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* ''Alain Prost'', French, fourth (only behind Vettel, Hamilton and Schumacher) in total wins, and third fourth also in title count, with four wins (1985, 1986, 1989, and 1993). He became known for his clinical but highly effective style of racing, and his careful planning of race weekends earned him the nickname of "The Professor". Currently works as a special advisor for Renault's F1 division and team principal of Renault e.dams in Formula E.


* There have been a large number of officially licensed games, some of them endorsed by F1 drivers (most being Japan-only games, and even the majority of them endorsed by Satoru Nakajima).
** FIA themselves are currently licensing the Formula One brand to Creator/{{Codemasters}} (who are a household name in auto racing games since the ''[[VideoGame/ColinMcRaeRally Colin MacRae]]'' series, maybe even as far back as [[VideoGame/GRiD TOCA Touring Cars]]. [[OlderThanTheyThink They also released several loosely based F1 games during the days of the Commodore C64 back in the late '80s/early 90's]]). They now release an annual game based on the current season [though said game always comes towards the end of the season, which is explained as the time the teams and drivers' characteristics are better sorted out (not so for F1 2019, the most recent entry, released on June 28)
* The highly successful ''[[VideoGame/MonacoGP Super Monaco GP]]'' series on [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Genesis]], which weren't FIA officially licensed games and thus made use of [[{{Expy}} Expies]] for both cars and drivers; the second game however had Ayrton Senna's supervision and thus he was the only real-life driver featured there.

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* There have been a large number of officially licensed games, some of them endorsed by F1 drivers (most being Japan-only games, and even the majority of them endorsed by Satoru Nakajima).
Nakajima, who was the country's main driver during the 8- and early-16-bit era).
** FIA themselves are currently licensing the Formula One brand to Creator/{{Codemasters}} (who are a household name in auto racing games since thanks to the ''[[VideoGame/ColinMcRaeRally Colin MacRae]]'' series, maybe even as far back as [[VideoGame/GRiD TOCA Touring Cars]]. ''VideoGame/{{Colin McRae|Rally}}'' and ''VideoGame/GRiD'' series) [[OlderThanTheyThink They also released several loosely based F1 games during the days of the Commodore C64 back in the late '80s/early 90's]]). They now release an annual game based on the current season [though said game always comes towards the end of the season, which is explained as the time the teams and drivers' characteristics are better sorted out (not so for F1 2019, the most recent entry, released on June 28)
** Also well-known to fans is Creator/MicroProse's ''Grand Prix'' series, which to this day has an active modding community recreating seasons of old and new, despite the last game having been released in 2002.
* The highly successful ''[[VideoGame/MonacoGP Super Monaco GP]]'' series on [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Genesis]], which weren't FIA officially licensed games and thus made use of [[{{Expy}} Expies]] for both cars and drivers; the second game however had Ayrton Senna's supervision and thus he was the only real-life driver featured there. Not surprisingly, beating him is one of the game's biggest challenges.



* ''Nigel Mansell's World Championship'' for the SNES and Game Boy. Licensed by the man himself, and containing all 16 races and the team lead drivers from his winning season (besides Mansell, only Ayrton Senna, Gerhard Berger and Michael Schumacher appear). The SNES version got a good critical reception.
* ''F1 Race Stars'', released by Codemasters in late 2012 (featuring drivers and cars from that season, just like the year's official game, F1 2012) is esentially [[JustForFun/XMeetsY Formula One meets Mario Kart]].

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* ''Nigel Mansell's World Championship'' for the SNES and Game Boy. Licensed by the man Lion himself, and containing all 16 races and the team lead drivers from his winning season (besides Mansell, only Ayrton Senna, Gerhard Berger and Michael Schumacher appear). The SNES version got a good critical reception.
* ''F1 Race Stars'', released by Codemasters in late 2012 (featuring drivers and cars from that season, just like the year's official game, F1 2012) is esentially [[JustForFun/XMeetsY Formula One meets Mario Kart]].meets]] ''VideoGame/MarioKart''.


The current champion is Mercedes AMG Petronas lead driver Lewis Hamilton, who won his fifth title with 408 points, ahead of his main rival, Scuderia Ferrari lead Sebastian Vettel. Mercedes also took home their fifth consecutive constructors' title with 655 points.

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The current champion is Mercedes AMG Petronas lead driver Lewis Hamilton, who won his fifth sixth title with 408 413 points, ahead of his main rival, Scuderia Ferrari lead Sebastian Vettel. teammate, Valtteri Bottas. Mercedes also took home their fifth sixth consecutive constructors' title with 655 739 points.


* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' is about the Cyber Formula, a futuristic racing league, similair in nature to modern day Formula One. Notable for having one character named after Michael Schumacher (though granted, when the character was first introduced, Schumacher was still in Formula Three at the time.)

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* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' is about the Cyber Formula, a futuristic racing league, similair similar in nature to modern day Formula One. Notable for having one character named after Michael Schumacher (though granted, when the character was first introduced, Schumacher was still in Formula Three at the time.)


* ''Lewis Hamilton'': The English champion of the 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 seasons, and the second driver of all time in total wins. currently driving for [=Mercedes=]. The second youngest man to win the title;in only his second year in the sport with [=McLaren=] (after finishing one point behind winner Kimi Räikkönen the season prior, his debut). Even then, he won by a single point from Ferrari's Felipe Massa, [[DownToTheLastPlay on the last corner of the last lap of the last race]]. Hamilton won his second title in more convincing fashion with Mercedes to see off the challenge of teammate and childhood friend Nico Rosberg with a win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the only double points race in F1 history. The third title came with three races remaining, and the fourth and fifth with two after losing to Rosberg (who retired of his own accord afterwards) in 2016. By all accounts (and if Mercedes continues to give him an excellent car), by the end of his career he will have beaten practically every single record Schumacher had, with the exception of most fastest laps in a race.

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* ''Lewis Hamilton'': The English champion of the 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017 2017, 2018, and 2018 2019 seasons, and the second driver of all time in total wins. wins and Driver's championships (only beaten by Schumacher at 7,) currently driving for [=Mercedes=]. The second youngest man to win the title;in only his second year in the sport with [=McLaren=] (after finishing one point behind winner Kimi Räikkönen the season prior, his debut). Even then, he won by a single point from Ferrari's Felipe Massa, [[DownToTheLastPlay on the last corner of the last lap of the last race]]. Hamilton won his second title in more convincing fashion with Mercedes to see off the challenge of teammate and childhood friend Nico Rosberg with a win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the only double points race in F1 history. The third title came with three races remaining, and the fourth and fifth with two after losing to Rosberg (who retired of his own accord afterwards) in 2016. By all accounts (and if Mercedes continues to give him an excellent car), by the end of his career he will have beaten practically every single record Schumacher had, with the exception of most fastest laps in a race.


* ''Senna'', a documentary of Ayrton Senna's life and career. It premiered in Japan during the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix weekend, and was a competitor in the 27th Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Cinema Audience Award for Documentary Film.

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* ''Senna'', ''Film/{{Senna}}'', a documentary of Ayrton Senna's life and career. It premiered in Japan during the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix weekend, and was a competitor in the 27th Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Cinema Audience Award for Documentary Film.

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** The vehicles are modified Formula One cars.
** The Paw Patrol built an entire circuit.
** It has slightly modified the rules of Formula one.


Another relatively successful team is Benetton/Renault, who entered the sport as Benetton F1 in 1989 and won the odd race here and there, until they hit the jackpot in 1991 and signed a young German named ''Michael Schumacher'' under the nose of Jordan, a few days after he participated on his first race for the latter team. ''Schumi'' managed to win the 1994 Drivers Championship, in perhaps the ''most controversial 'ship in history'': it was tainted not only from Ayrton Senna's untimely death and the title-deciding decision in Adelaide, but there were also widespread allegations of Benetton using illegal driver aids - indeed, Launch Control (named ''Option 13'') was found in the engine's software, and to this day the debate rages on about whether they actually used it or not. Benetton also won both titles next year in much less controversial circumstances, but in 1996 Schumacher (and the majority of the engineers) left for Ferrari, and the team faded into obscurity...
** ...until in 2003 Renault bought the team and signed a young, charismatic driver named ''Fernando Alonso'' who won back to back titles in 2005-06.

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Another relatively successful team is Benetton/Renault, who entered the sport as Benetton F1 in 1989 and won the odd race here and there, until they hit the jackpot in 1991 and signed a young German named ''Michael Schumacher'' under the nose of Jordan, a few days after he participated on his first race for the latter team. ''Schumi'' managed to win the 1994 Drivers Championship, in perhaps the ''most controversial 'ship in history'': it was tainted not only from Ayrton Senna's untimely death and the title-deciding decision collision in Adelaide, but there were also widespread allegations of Benetton using illegal driver aids - indeed, Launch Control (named ''Option 13'') was found in the engine's software, and to this day the debate rages on about whether they actually used it or not. Benetton also won both titles next year in much less controversial circumstances, but in 1996 Schumacher (and the majority of the engineers) left for Ferrari, and the team faded into obscurity...
** ...*...until in 2003 Renault bought the team and signed a young, charismatic driver named ''Fernando Alonso'' who won back to back titles in 2005-06.


* ''Michael Schumacher'', German, holds most of the sport's records including most wins (91 versus 51 from Prost, the previous record holder), pole positions (68, three more than Senna, although this was recently broken by Lewis Hamilton at Canada 2017) and titles (7-1994, 1995 and 2000-2004), breaking Fangio's five-title record after getting his sixth in '03), making him the world's wealthiest athlete at the time with an estimated net worth of 800M USD. Notorious for several incidents, the major ones being on the 1994 (where he ''very aggresively'' defended his position against Damon Hill, after he had hit the wall, causing Hill to crash into him and for both of them to retire, giving him his first title) and 1997 (when he turned deliberately into title-rival Jacques Villeneuve when the latter tried to overtake him, but failed to get him out of the race - later he was excluded from that years Driver's Championship as punishment) season-ending races. Retired in 2006. Had planned a comeback to cover for the injured Felipe Massa, but was forced to call it off due to his own injuries. Then came back for newly rebranded Mercedes MGP in 2010 after recovering from a neck injury that kept him out the year before. Then, he was an upper midfielder at best, but for someone off the track for 4 years practically driving for the first time again, its a solid performance, albeit slightly disappointing to most fans due to his legend... finally retired for good after 2012(the same year he achieved his final podium, becoming the oldest driver to do so). In 2014 he was critically injured in a skiing accident leaving him with life altering injuries rendering any plans to compete in other motorsports moot. His condition is practically unknown, much to the dismay of millions of fans worldwide.

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* ''Michael Schumacher'', German, holds most of the sport's records including most wins (91 versus 51 from Prost, the previous record holder), pole positions (68, three more than Senna, although this was recently broken by Lewis Hamilton at Canada 2017) and titles (7-1994, 1995 and 2000-2004), breaking Fangio's five-title record after getting his sixth in '03), making him the world's wealthiest athlete at the time with an estimated net worth of 800M USD. Notorious for several incidents, the major ones being on the 1994 (where he ''very aggresively'' aggressively'' defended his position against Damon Hill, after he Schumi had hit the wall, causing Hill to crash into him and for both of them to retire, giving him his first title) and 1997 (when he turned deliberately into title-rival Jacques Villeneuve when the latter tried to overtake him, but failed to get him out of the race - later he was excluded from that years Driver's Championship as punishment) season-ending races. Retired in 2006. Had planned a comeback to cover for the injured Felipe Massa, but was forced to call it off due to his own injuries. Then came back for newly rebranded Mercedes MGP in 2010 after recovering from a neck injury that kept him out the year before. Then, he was an upper midfielder at best, but for someone off the track for 4 years practically driving for the first time again, its a solid performance, albeit slightly disappointing to most fans due to his legend... finally retired for good after 2012(the same year he achieved his final podium, becoming the oldest driver to do so). In 2014 he was critically injured in a skiing accident leaving him with life altering injuries rendering any plans to compete in other motorsports moot. His condition is practically unknown, much to the dismay of millions of fans worldwide.



The most famous team is Italy's ''Scuderia Ferrari'', who have participated in every season and almost every race since the sport's inception in 1950 - they did miss the very first World Championship race in 1950 and the odd race since, but have taken part in every single race weekend since the 1976 season. As such, they have won the most races (400+) and championships (16). Ferrari fell into a slump in the 1980s but slowly climbed back to the front starting in 1988, and were finally rejuvenated by the signing of Michael Schumacher in 1996 who after four barren years dominated the early-mid 2000s. Their last constructors' title came about in 2008, but after multiple seasons of playing second fiddle to Red Bull and later on Mercedes, they appeared to be genuinely fighting for both titles in 2018. Second in popularity is the British ''[=McLaren=]'' team, founded by the late New Zealander Bruce [=McLaren=]. Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost dominated in the late 1980s driving for [=McLaren=]. Their last constructors' title came in 1999 - but after a string of podium finishes in almost all successive seasons (excluding the highly controversial 2007 where they saw themselves stripped of all their constructors' championship points due to the "Spygate" scandal), they were reduced to backmarkers from 2015-2017 after switching their engine supplier to Honda. They switched again to Renault in 2018 and are now nestled in the midfield, although beating their "parent" Renault works team. The British ''Williams'' team were frontrunners in the 90s, thanks partly to a strong design department spearheaded by Sir Patrick Head and Adrian Newey, but have slipped to the midfield in recent years and to the back in 2018. Sportscar manufacturer ''Lotus'' is the next most successful but it started slipping down the order after technical genius and founder Colin Chapman's death. Having a driver nearly die himself (Martin Donnelly at 1990 Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying) and running low on funds, they withdrew from F1 in 1994 and didn't return until 2010 when a Malaysian backed company used the name; in 2012 they bought out Renault's team and used the Lotus name, causing the original Lotus to be rebranded as Caterham, another British car manufacturer who gave some financial backing. The 'Big Four' of F1 are generally considered to be Benetton/Renault, Williams, [=McLaren=] and Ferrari, as they've dominated the drivers and constructors championships since the 80s, the majority of titles going to [=McLaren=] and Ferrari; the two most successful teams in the sport. However the status quo was upset in 2009 with the major bodywork, tyre, and technicality rule changes, which resulted in the success of Brawn GP and, from 2010 through 2013, Red Bull.[[note]]Note, however, that despite the changing names of teams it's still pretty much the same ''[[LongRunner twenty-year]]'' rivalry between two chief designers: Ross Brawn was a top crew member at Benetton and Ferrari before [[StartMyOwn buying out the failing Honda team (which was rebranded as Brawn GP)]] and later selling it to Mercedes, while Adrian Newey headed the Williams and [=McLaren=] design departments before moving to ''Red Bull'', where he remains today.[[/note]]

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The most famous team is Italy's ''Scuderia Ferrari'', who have participated in every season and almost every race since the sport's inception in 1950 - they did miss the very first World Championship race in 1950 and the odd race since, but have taken part in every single race weekend since the 1976 season. As such, they have won the most races (400+) and championships (16). Ferrari fell into a slump in the 1980s but slowly climbed back to the front starting in 1988, and were finally rejuvenated by the signing of Michael Schumacher in 1996 who after four barren years dominated the early-mid 2000s. Their last constructors' title came about in 2008, but after multiple seasons of playing second fiddle to Red Bull and later on Mercedes, they appeared to be genuinely fighting for both titles in 2018. Second in popularity is the British ''[=McLaren=]'' team, founded by the late New Zealander Bruce [=McLaren=]. Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost dominated in the late 1980s driving for [=McLaren=]. Their last constructors' title came in 1999 - but after a string of podium finishes in almost all successive seasons (excluding the highly controversial 2007 where they saw themselves stripped of all their constructors' championship points due to the "Spygate" scandal), they were reduced to backmarkers from 2015-2017 after switching their engine supplier to Honda. They switched again to Renault in 2018 and are now nestled in the midfield, although beating their "parent" Renault works team. The British ''Williams'' team were frontrunners in the 90s, thanks partly to a strong design department spearheaded by Sir Patrick Head and Adrian Newey, but have slipped to the midfield in recent years and to the back in 2018. Sportscar manufacturer ''Lotus'' is the next most successful but it started slipping down the order after technical genius and founder Colin Chapman's death. Having a driver nearly die himself (Martin Donnelly at 1990 Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying) and running low on funds, they withdrew from F1 in 1994 and didn't return until 2010 when a Malaysian backed company used the name; in 2012 they bought out Renault's team and used the Lotus name, causing the original Lotus to be rebranded as Caterham, another British car manufacturer who gave some financial backing.backing.
Another relatively successful team is Benetton/Renault, who entered the sport as Benetton F1 in 1989 and won the odd race here and there, until they hit the jackpot in 1991 and signed a young German named ''Michael Schumacher'' under the nose of Jordan, a few days after he participated on his first race for the latter team. ''Schumi'' managed to win the 1994 Drivers Championship, in perhaps the ''most controversial 'ship in history'': it was tainted not only from Ayrton Senna's untimely death and the title-deciding decision in Adelaide, but there were also widespread allegations of Benetton using illegal driver aids - indeed, Launch Control (named ''Option 13'') was found in the engine's software, and to this day the debate rages on about whether they actually used it or not. Benetton also won both titles next year in much less controversial circumstances, but in 1996 Schumacher (and the majority of the engineers) left for Ferrari, and the team faded into obscurity...
** ...until in 2003 Renault bought the team and signed a young, charismatic driver named ''Fernando Alonso'' who won back to back titles in 2005-06.
The 'Big Four' of F1 are generally considered to be Benetton/Renault, Williams, [=McLaren=] and Ferrari, as they've dominated the drivers and constructors championships since the 80s, the majority of titles going to [=McLaren=] and Ferrari; the two most successful teams in the sport. However the status quo was upset in 2009 with the major bodywork, tyre, and technicality rule changes, which resulted in the success of Brawn GP and, from 2010 through 2013, Red Bull.[[note]]Note, however, that despite the changing names of teams it's still pretty much the same ''[[LongRunner twenty-year]]'' rivalry between two chief designers: Ross Brawn was a top crew member at Benetton and Ferrari before [[StartMyOwn buying out the failing Honda team (which was rebranded as Brawn GP)]] and later selling it to Mercedes, while Adrian Newey headed the Williams and [=McLaren=] design departments before moving to ''Red Bull'', where he remains today.[[/note]]


* ''Michael Schumacher'', German, holds most of the sport's records including most wins (91 versus 51 from Prost, the previous record holder), pole positions (68, three more than Senna, although this was recently broken by Lewis Hamilton at Canada 2017) and titles (7-1994, 1995 and 2000-2004), breaking Fangio's five-title record after getting his sixth in '03), making him the world's wealthiest athlete at the time with an estimated net worth of 800M USD. Retired in 2006. Had planned a comeback to cover for the injured Felipe Massa, but was forced to call it off due to his own injuries. Then came back for newly rebranded Mercedes MGP in 2010 after recovering from a neck injury that kept him out the year before. Then, he was an upper midfielder at best, but for someone off the track for 4 years practically driving for the first time again, its a solid performance, albeit slightly disappointing to most fans due to his legend... finally retired for good after 2012(the same year he achieved his final podium, becoming the oldest driver to do so). In 2014 he was critically injured in a skiing accident leaving him with life altering injuries rendering any plans to compete in other motorsports moot. His condition is practically unknown, much to the dismay of millions of fans worldwide.

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* ''Michael Schumacher'', German, holds most of the sport's records including most wins (91 versus 51 from Prost, the previous record holder), pole positions (68, three more than Senna, although this was recently broken by Lewis Hamilton at Canada 2017) and titles (7-1994, 1995 and 2000-2004), breaking Fangio's five-title record after getting his sixth in '03), making him the world's wealthiest athlete at the time with an estimated net worth of 800M USD. Notorious for several incidents, the major ones being on the 1994 (where he ''very aggresively'' defended his position against Damon Hill, after he had hit the wall, causing Hill to crash into him and for both of them to retire, giving him his first title) and 1997 (when he turned deliberately into title-rival Jacques Villeneuve when the latter tried to overtake him, but failed to get him out of the race - later he was excluded from that years Driver's Championship as punishment) season-ending races. Retired in 2006. Had planned a comeback to cover for the injured Felipe Massa, but was forced to call it off due to his own injuries. Then came back for newly rebranded Mercedes MGP in 2010 after recovering from a neck injury that kept him out the year before. Then, he was an upper midfielder at best, but for someone off the track for 4 years practically driving for the first time again, its a solid performance, albeit slightly disappointing to most fans due to his legend... finally retired for good after 2012(the same year he achieved his final podium, becoming the oldest driver to do so). In 2014 he was critically injured in a skiing accident leaving him with life altering injuries rendering any plans to compete in other motorsports moot. His condition is practically unknown, much to the dismay of millions of fans worldwide.


* ''Alain Prost'', French, third to Hamilton and Schumacher in total wins, and third in title count, with four wins (1985, 1986, 1989, and 1993). He became known for his clinical but highly effective style of racing, and his careful planning of race weekends earned him the nickname of "The Professor". Currently works as a special advisor for Renault's F1 division and team principal of Renault e.dams in Formula E.
* ''Ayrton Senna'', Brazilian, known for his intensity and ruthlessness, feuded with Alain Prost in the late 1980s. A polarizing figure, adored in Brazil, he may have been the fastest and most daring driver in F1 history. Won three titles, in 1988, 1990 and 1991, all of which were clinched at the Japanese Grand Prix. Killed in a crash on May 1, 1994 at that year's San Marino Grand Prix, often considered the darkest weekend in the history of F1 due to Rubens Barrichello's practice injury and Roland Ratzenberger's qualifying crash, spurring a raft of new safety rules.

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* ''Alain Prost'', French, third to fourth (only behind Vettel, Hamilton and Schumacher Schumacher) in total wins, and third in title count, with four wins (1985, 1986, 1989, and 1993). He became known for his clinical but highly effective style of racing, and his careful planning of race weekends earned him the nickname of "The Professor". Currently works as a special advisor for Renault's F1 division and team principal of Renault e.dams in Formula E.
* ''Ayrton Senna'', Brazilian, known for his intensity and ruthlessness, feuded with Alain Prost in the late 1980s. A polarizing figure, figure (accused by many for bringing "kart culture" involving crashes and close combat with other drivers into F1), adored in Brazil, he may have been the fastest and most daring driver in F1 history. Won three titles, in 1988, 1990 and 1991, all of which were clinched at the Japanese Grand Prix. Killed in a crash on May 1, 1994 at that year's San Marino Grand Prix, often considered the darkest weekend in the history of F1 due to Rubens Barrichello's practice injury and Roland Ratzenberger's qualifying crash, spurring a raft of new safety rules.rules.
** On a tragic note,on the morning of his last day he did several meetings with other drivers, talking about implementing those very rules...



* ''Mika Häkkinen'', Finnish, 1998 and 1999 World Champion. Considered to be Michael Schumacher's only real rival (even though the 1999 win came only through lack of competition, considering this rivalry, since Schumacher sustained an injury which sidelined for most of the season).
* ''Michael Schumacher'', German, holds most of the sport's records including most wins (91 versus 51 from Prost, the previous record holder), pole positions (68, three more than Senna, although this was recently broken by Lewis Hamilton at Canada 2017) and titles (7-1994, 1995 and 2000-2004), breaking Fangio's five-title record after getting his sixth in '03), making him the world's wealthiest athlete at the time with an estimated net worth of 800M USD. Retired in 2006. Had planned a comeback to cover for the injured Felipe Massa, but was forced to call it off due to his own injuries. Then came back for newly rebranded Mercedes MGP in 2010 after recovering from a neck injury that kept him out the year before. Then, he was an upper midfielder at best, but for someone off the track for 4 years practically driving for the first time again, its a solid performance, albeit slightly disappointing to most fans due to his legend... finally retired for good after 2012(the same year he achieved his final podium, becoming the oldest driver to do so). In 2014 he was critically injured in a skiing accident leaving him with life altering injuries rendering any plans to compete in other motorsports moot.

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* ''Mika Häkkinen'', Finnish, 1998 and 1999 World Champion. Considered to be Michael Schumacher's only real rival (even though the 1999 win came only through lack of competition, considering this rivalry, since Schumacher sustained an injury which sidelined for most of the season).
season, he was a late bloomer, winning his first race 7 years into his career (Jerez 1997), but winning the next two years in a row on an increasingly competitive McLaren Mercedes. After another close battle with Schumacher in 2000 and a problem-filled 2001, he announced his sabbatical for the 2002 season, which later turned into a full-blown retirement.
* ''Michael Schumacher'', German, holds most of the sport's records including most wins (91 versus 51 from Prost, the previous record holder), pole positions (68, three more than Senna, although this was recently broken by Lewis Hamilton at Canada 2017) and titles (7-1994, 1995 and 2000-2004), breaking Fangio's five-title record after getting his sixth in '03), making him the world's wealthiest athlete at the time with an estimated net worth of 800M USD. Retired in 2006. Had planned a comeback to cover for the injured Felipe Massa, but was forced to call it off due to his own injuries. Then came back for newly rebranded Mercedes MGP in 2010 after recovering from a neck injury that kept him out the year before. Then, he was an upper midfielder at best, but for someone off the track for 4 years practically driving for the first time again, its a solid performance, albeit slightly disappointing to most fans due to his legend... finally retired for good after 2012(the same year he achieved his final podium, becoming the oldest driver to do so). In 2014 he was critically injured in a skiing accident leaving him with life altering injuries rendering any plans to compete in other motorsports moot. His condition is practically unknown, much to the dismay of millions of fans worldwide.



* ''Lewis Hamilton'': The English champion of the 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 seasons, and the second driver of all time in total wins. currently driving for [=Mercedes=]. The second youngest man to win the title;in only his second year in the sport with [=McLaren=] (after finishing one point behind winner Kimi Räikkönen the season prior, his debut). Even then, he won by a single point from Ferrari's Felipe Massa, [[DownToTheLastPlay on the last corner of the last lap of the last race]]. Hamilton won his second title in more convincing fashion with Mercedes to see off the challenge of teammate and childhood friend Nico Rosberg with a win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the only double points race in F1 history. The third title came with three races remaining, and the fourth and fifth with two after losing to Rosberg (who retired of his own accord afterwards) in 2016.

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* ''Lewis Hamilton'': The English champion of the 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 seasons, and the second driver of all time in total wins. currently driving for [=Mercedes=]. The second youngest man to win the title;in only his second year in the sport with [=McLaren=] (after finishing one point behind winner Kimi Räikkönen the season prior, his debut). Even then, he won by a single point from Ferrari's Felipe Massa, [[DownToTheLastPlay on the last corner of the last lap of the last race]]. Hamilton won his second title in more convincing fashion with Mercedes to see off the challenge of teammate and childhood friend Nico Rosberg with a win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the only double points race in F1 history. The third title came with three races remaining, and the fourth and fifth with two after losing to Rosberg (who retired of his own accord afterwards) in 2016. By all accounts (and if Mercedes continues to give him an excellent car), by the end of his career he will have beaten practically every single record Schumacher had, with the exception of most fastest laps in a race.



The most famous team is Italy's ''Scuderia Ferrari'', who have participated in every season and almost every race since the sport's inception in 1950 - they did miss the very first World Championship race in 1950 and the odd race since, but have taken part in every single race weekend since the 1976 season. As such, they have won the most races (400+) and championships (16). Ferrari fell into a slump in the 1980s but slowly climbed back to the front starting in 1988, and were finally rejuvenated by the signing of Michael Schumacher in 1996 who dominated the early-mid 2000s. Their last constructors' title came about in 2008, but after multiple seasons of playing second fiddle to Red Bull and later on Mercedes, they appeared to be genuinely fighting for both titles in 2018. Second in popularity is the British ''[=McLaren=]'' team, founded by the late New Zealander Bruce [=McLaren=]. Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost dominated in the late 1980s driving for [=McLaren=]. Their last constructors' title came in 1999 - but after a string of podium finishes in almost all successive seasons (excluding the highly controversial 2007 where they saw themselves stripped of all their constructors' championship points due to the "Spygate" scandal), they were reduced to backmarkers from 2015-2017 after switching their engine supplier to Honda. They switched again to Renault in 2018 and are now nestled in the midfield. The British ''Williams'' team were frontrunners in the 90s, thanks partly to a strong design department, but have slipped to the midfield in recent years and to the back in 2018. Sportscar manufacturer ''Lotus'' is the next most successful but it started slipping down the order after technical genius and founder Colin Chapman's death. Having a driver nearly die himself (Martin Donnelly at 1990 Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying) and running low on funds, they withdrew from F1 in 1994 and didn't return until 2010 when a Malaysian backed company used the name; in 2012 they bought out Renault's team and used the Lotus name, causing the original Lotus to be rebranded as Caterham, another British car manufacturer who gave some financial backing. The 'Big Four' of F1 are generally considered to be Benetton/Renault, Williams, [=McLaren=] and Ferrari, as they've dominated the drivers and constructors championships since the 80s, the majority of titles going to [=McLaren=] and Ferrari; the two most successful teams in the sport. However the status quo was upset in 2009 with the major bodywork, tyre, and technicality rule changes, which resulted in the success of Brawn GP and, from 2010 through 2013, Red Bull.[[note]]Note, however, that despite the changing names of teams it's still pretty much the same ''[[LongRunner twenty-year]]'' rivalry between two chief designers: Ross Brawn was a top crew member at Benetton and Ferrari before [[StartMyOwn buying out the failing Honda team (which was rebranded as Brawn GP)]] and later selling it to Mercedes, while Adrian Newey headed the Williams and [=McLaren=] design departments before moving to ''Red Bull'', where he remains today.[[/note]]

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The most famous team is Italy's ''Scuderia Ferrari'', who have participated in every season and almost every race since the sport's inception in 1950 - they did miss the very first World Championship race in 1950 and the odd race since, but have taken part in every single race weekend since the 1976 season. As such, they have won the most races (400+) and championships (16). Ferrari fell into a slump in the 1980s but slowly climbed back to the front starting in 1988, and were finally rejuvenated by the signing of Michael Schumacher in 1996 who after four barren years dominated the early-mid 2000s. Their last constructors' title came about in 2008, but after multiple seasons of playing second fiddle to Red Bull and later on Mercedes, they appeared to be genuinely fighting for both titles in 2018. Second in popularity is the British ''[=McLaren=]'' team, founded by the late New Zealander Bruce [=McLaren=]. Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost dominated in the late 1980s driving for [=McLaren=]. Their last constructors' title came in 1999 - but after a string of podium finishes in almost all successive seasons (excluding the highly controversial 2007 where they saw themselves stripped of all their constructors' championship points due to the "Spygate" scandal), they were reduced to backmarkers from 2015-2017 after switching their engine supplier to Honda. They switched again to Renault in 2018 and are now nestled in the midfield. midfield, although beating their "parent" Renault works team. The British ''Williams'' team were frontrunners in the 90s, thanks partly to a strong design department, department spearheaded by Sir Patrick Head and Adrian Newey, but have slipped to the midfield in recent years and to the back in 2018. Sportscar manufacturer ''Lotus'' is the next most successful but it started slipping down the order after technical genius and founder Colin Chapman's death. Having a driver nearly die himself (Martin Donnelly at 1990 Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying) and running low on funds, they withdrew from F1 in 1994 and didn't return until 2010 when a Malaysian backed company used the name; in 2012 they bought out Renault's team and used the Lotus name, causing the original Lotus to be rebranded as Caterham, another British car manufacturer who gave some financial backing. The 'Big Four' of F1 are generally considered to be Benetton/Renault, Williams, [=McLaren=] and Ferrari, as they've dominated the drivers and constructors championships since the 80s, the majority of titles going to [=McLaren=] and Ferrari; the two most successful teams in the sport. However the status quo was upset in 2009 with the major bodywork, tyre, and technicality rule changes, which resulted in the success of Brawn GP and, from 2010 through 2013, Red Bull.[[note]]Note, however, that despite the changing names of teams it's still pretty much the same ''[[LongRunner twenty-year]]'' rivalry between two chief designers: Ross Brawn was a top crew member at Benetton and Ferrari before [[StartMyOwn buying out the failing Honda team (which was rebranded as Brawn GP)]] and later selling it to Mercedes, while Adrian Newey headed the Williams and [=McLaren=] design departments before moving to ''Red Bull'', where he remains today.[[/note]]


* ''Jos Verstappen'', Dutch, had 2 podium finishes until he slipped off the radar after being Michael Schumacher's teammate at Benetton in 1994. He later on won races in the [=A1=] Grand Prix and the [=LMP2=] class at the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans. He has also famously survived a massive pit fire in the 1994 German Grand Prix, coming out with third degree burns.

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* ''Jos Verstappen'', Dutch, had 2 podium finishes until he slipped off the radar after being Michael Schumacher's teammate at Benetton in 1994. He later on won races in the [=A1=] Grand Prix and the [=LMP2=] class at the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans. He has also famously survived a massive pit fire in the 1994 German Grand Prix, coming out with third degree burns.mild burns under his eyes.


** ''Max Verstappen'', his son, who is currently enjoying a far more successful career in F1 than his father. Despite being born and spending most of his childhood in Belgium, he races with a Dutch license as he lived with other Dutch people while growing up around the border between the two countries. He is the current holder of various 'youngest driver' records, such as fastest race lap, points scorer, podium finisher, and race winner. He's also known for his aggressive driving, for better or for worse.

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** ''Max Verstappen'', his son, who is currently enjoying a far more successful career in F1 than his father. Despite being born and spending most of his childhood in Belgium, he races with a Dutch license as he lived with other Dutch people while growing up around the border between the two countries. He is the current holder of various 'youngest driver' records, such as fastest race lap, points scorer, podium finisher, and race winner. He's also known for his aggressive driving, cutthroat driving style, for better or for worse.

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