Juan Manuel Fangio has been crowned as the greatest F1 driver of all time by the Italian publication Autosprint

Italian magazine Autosprint has named Juan Manuel Fangio as the greatest F1 driver of all time, beating out seven times World Champion Michael Schumacher and three-time World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart.

In what is always a highly debated topic, the man who many people often tout as the greatest driver of all time, Ayrton Senna, could only manage fourth, while Jim Clark rounded out the top five.

Given that the top five drivers share an amazing 20 World Championships between them it’s hard to debate the calibre of drivers that make up the top half of the count down, however with Senna only coming in at fourth, some may say the list is slightly off the mark.

In continues with sixth place going to four-time World Champion Alain Prost, followed by Sir Stirling Moss, who is the only driver featured on the list not to have one a World Championship. Alberto Ascari was listed in eighth ahead of Niki Lauda.

The position that is causing the most controversy amongst F1 fans, however, is the inclusion of newly crowned triple World Champion Sebastian Vettel in tenth place. Many fans are arguing that Fernando Alonso, who narrowly missed out on becoming a triple World Champion himself in the 2012 finale, should’ve made the top ten over the likes of the young German.

Given the magazine is an Italian publication, it’s perhaps surprising to see Alonso not included on the list given his popularity in the land of the Tifosi. Other notable absentees such as Sir Jack Brabham, Nelson Piquet and Gilles Villeneuve have also raised some eyebrows.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.
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