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The Formula One World Drivers' Championship (WDC) is awarded by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) to the most successful Formula One race car driver over a season, as determined by a points system based on Grand Prix results. The Drivers' Championship was first awarded in 1950, to Nino Farina. The first driver to win multiple Championships was Alberto Ascari, in 1952 and 1953.

The FIA do not officially declare the Champion until the end of the season, but a driver is said to have "clinched" the Championship after it is no longer possible for another to obtain more points than them, even if the former driver were to not compete in the remaining races of the season, and the latter to score the maximum number of points possible. The Drivers' Championship has been clinched in the final race of the season 23 times in the 58 seasons it has been awarded. The earliest in a season that the Drivers' Championship has been clinched was in 2002, when Michael Schumacher secured the title with six races remaining.

Overall, twenty-nine different drivers have won the Championship, with German Michael Schumacher holding the record for most titles, at seven. Schumacher also holds the record for most consecutive Drivers' Championships, winning five from 2000 to 2004. The current Drivers' Champion is Jenson Button, who won his first World Championship in 2009.

By season

Season Driver Team Engine Tyres Poles Wins Podiums Fastest Laps Points Clinched Pt. Margin
1950 Template:Country flagicon Nino Farina Template:Country flagicon Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Template:Pirelli 2 3 3 3 30 Race 7 of 7 3
1951 Template:Country flagicon Juan Manuel Fangio Template:Country flagicon Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Template:Pirelli 4 3{{#if:1|1|[1]}} 5 5 31 Race 8 of 8 6
1952 Template:Country flagicon Alberto Ascari Template:Country flagicon Ferrari Ferrari
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5 6 6 6 36 Race 6 of 8 12
1953 Template:Country flagicon Alberto Ascari Template:Country flagicon Ferrari Ferrari Template:Pirelli 6 5 5 4 34.5 Race 8 of 9 6.5
1954 Template:Country flagicon Juan Manuel Fangio Template:Country flagicon Maserati
Template:Country flagicon Mercedes{{#if:2|2|[2]}}
Maserati
Mercedes
Template:PirelliTemplate:ContinentalTires 5 6 7 3 42 Race 7 of 9 16.86
1955 Template:Country flagicon Juan Manuel Fangio Template:Country flagicon Mercedes Mercedes Template:ContinentalTires 3 4 5 3 40 Race 6 of 7 16.5
1956 Template:Country flagicon Juan Manuel Fangio Template:Country flagicon Ferrari Ferrari Template:Englebert 6 3{{#if:3|3|[3]}} 5{{#if:4|4|[4]}} 4 30 Race 8 of 8 3
1957 Template:Country flagicon Juan Manuel Fangio Template:Country flagicon Maserati Maserati Template:Pirelli 4 4 6 2 40 Race 6 of 8 15
1958 Template:Country flagicon Mike Hawthorn Template:Country flagicon Ferrari Ferrari Template:Englebert 4 1 7 5 42 Race 11 of 11 1
1959 Template:Country flagicon Jack Brabham Template:Country flagicon Cooper* Climax Template:Dunlop 1 2 5 1 31 Race 9 of 9 4
1960 Template:Country flagicon Jack Brabham Template:Country flagicon Cooper* Climax Template:Dunlop 3 5 5 3 43 Race 8 of 10 9
1961 Template:Country flagicon Phil Hill Template:Country flagicon Ferrari* Ferrari Template:Dunlop 5 2 6 2 34 Race 7{{#if:5|5|[5]}} of 8 1
1962 Template:Country flagicon Graham Hill Template:Country flagicon BRM* BRM Template:Dunlop 1 4 6 3 42 Race 9 of 9 12
1963 Template:Country flagicon Jim Clark Template:Country flagicon Lotus* Climax Template:Dunlop 7 7 9 6 54 Race 7 of 10 21
1964 Template:Country flagicon John Surtees{{#if:6|6|[6]}} Template:Country flagicon Ferrari* Ferrari Template:Dunlop 2 2 6 2 40 Race 10 of 10 1
1965 Template:Country flagicon Jim Clark Template:Country flagicon Lotus* Climax Template:Dunlop 6 6 6 6 54 Race 7 of 10 14
1966 Template:Country flagicon Jack Brabham Template:Country flagicon Brabham* Repco G 3 4 5 1 42 Race 7 of 9 14
1967 Template:Country flagicon Denny Hulme Template:Country flagicon Brabham* Repco G 0 2 8 2 51 Race 11 of 11 5
1968 Template:Country flagicon Graham Hill Template:Country flagicon Lotus* Ford
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2 3 6 0 48 Race 12 of 12 12
1969 Template:Country flagicon Jackie Stewart Template:Country flagicon Matra* Ford Template:Dunlop 2 6 7 5 63 Race 8 of 11 26
1970 Template:Country flagicon Jochen Rindt Template:Country flagicon Lotus* Ford
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3 5 5 1 45 Race 12{{#if:7|7|[7]}} of 13 5
1971 Template:Country flagicon Jackie Stewart Template:Country flagicon Tyrrell* Ford G 6 6 7 3 62 Race 8 of 11 29
1972 Template:Country flagicon Emerson Fittipaldi Template:Country flagicon Lotus* Ford
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3 5 8 0 61 Race 10 of 12 16
1973 Template:Country flagicon Jackie Stewart Template:Country flagicon Tyrrell Ford G 3 5 8 1 71 Race 13 of 15 16
1974 Template:Country flagicon Emerson Fittipaldi Template:Country flagicon McLaren* Ford G 2 3 7 0 55 Race 15 of 15 3
1975 Template:Country flagicon Niki Lauda Template:Country flagicon Ferrari* Ferrari G 9 5 8 2 64.5 Race 13 of 14 19.5
1976 Template:Country flagicon James Hunt Template:Country flagicon McLaren Ford G 8 6 8 2 69 Race 16 of 16 1
1977 Template:Country flagicon Niki Lauda Template:Country flagicon Ferrari* Ferrari G 2 3 10 3 72 Race 15 of 17 17
1978 Template:Country flagicon Mario Andretti Template:Country flagicon Lotus* Ford G 8 6 7 3 64 Race 14{{#if:8|8|[8]}} of 16 13
1979 Template:Country flagicon Jody Scheckter Template:Country flagicon Ferrari* Ferrari M 1 3 6 0 51 Race 13 of 15 4
1980 Template:Country flagicon Alan Jones Template:Country flagicon Williams* Ford G 3 5 10 5 67 Race 13 of 14 13
1981 Template:Country flagicon Nelson Piquet Template:Country flagicon Brabham Ford M 4 3 7 1 50 Race 15 of 15 1
1982 Template:Country flagicon Keke Rosberg Template:Country flagicon Williams Ford G 1 1 6 0 44 Race 16 of 16 5
1983 Template:Country flagicon Nelson Piquet Template:Country flagicon Brabham BMW M 1 3 8 4 59 Race 15 of 15 2
1984 Template:Country flagicon Niki Lauda Template:Country flagicon McLaren* TAG M 0 5 9 5 72 Race 16 of 16 0.5{{#if:9|9|[9]}}
1985 Template:Country flagicon Alain Prost Template:Country flagicon McLaren* TAG G 2 5 11 5 73 Race 14 of 16 20
1986 Template:Country flagicon Alain Prost Template:Country flagicon McLaren TAG G 1 4 11 2 72 Race 16 of 16 2
1987 Template:Country flagicon Nelson Piquet Template:Country flagicon Williams* Honda G 4 3 11 4 73 Race 15 of 16 12
1988 Template:Country flagicon Ayrton Senna Template:Country flagicon McLaren* Honda G 13 8 11 3 90 Race 15 of 16 3
1989 Template:Country flagicon Alain Prost Template:Country flagicon McLaren* Honda G 2 4 11 5 76 Race 15{{#if:10|10|[10]}} of 16 16
1990 Template:Country flagicon Ayrton Senna Template:Country flagicon McLaren* Honda G 10 6 11 2 78 Race 15 of 16 7
1991 Template:Country flagicon Ayrton Senna Template:Country flagicon McLaren* Honda G 8 7 12 2 96 Race 15 of 16 24
1992 Template:Country flagicon Nigel Mansell Template:Country flagicon Williams* Renault G 14 9 12 8 108 Race 11 of 16 52
1993 Template:Country flagicon Alain Prost Template:Country flagicon Williams* Renault G 13 7 12 6 99 Race 14 of 16 26
1994 Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher Template:Country flagicon Benetton Ford G 6 8 10 8 92 Race 16 of 16 1
1995 Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher Template:Country flagicon Benetton* Renault G 4 9 11 8 102 Race 15 of 17 33
1996 Template:Country flagicon Damon Hill Template:Country flagicon Williams* Renault G 9 8 10 5 97 Race 16 of 16 19
1997 Template:Country flagicon Jacques Villeneuve Template:Country flagicon Williams* Renault G 10 7 8 3 81 Race 17 of 17 39{{#if:12|12|[11]}}
1998 Template:Country flagicon Mika Häkkinen Template:Country flagicon McLaren* Mercedes B 9 8 11 6 100 Race 16 of 16 14
1999 Template:Country flagicon Mika Häkkinen Template:Country flagicon McLaren Mercedes B 11 5 10 6 76 Race 16 of 16 2
2000 Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher Template:Country flagicon Ferrari* Ferrari B 9 9 12 2 108 Race 16 of 17 19
2001 Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher Template:Country flagicon Ferrari* Ferrari B 11 9 14 3 123 Race 13 of 17 58
2002 Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher Template:Country flagicon Ferrari* Ferrari B 7 11 17 7 144 Race 11 of 17 67
2003 Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher Template:Country flagicon Ferrari* Ferrari B 5 6 8 5 93 Race 16 of 16 2
2004 Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher Template:Country flagicon Ferrari* Ferrari B 8 13 15 10 148 Race 14 of 18 34
2005 Template:Country flagicon Fernando Alonso Template:Country flagicon Renault* Renault M 6 7 15 2 133 Race 17 of 19 21
2006 Template:Country flagicon Fernando Alonso Template:Country flagicon Renault* Renault M 6 7 14 5 134 Race 18 of 18 13
2007 Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Template:Country flagicon Ferrari* Ferrari B 3 6 12 6 110 Race 17 of 17 1{{#if:13|13|[12]}}
2008 Template:Country flagicon Lewis Hamilton Template:Country flagicon McLaren Mercedes B 7 5 10 1 98 Race 18 of 18 1
2009 Template:Country flagicon Jenson Button Template:Country flagicon Brawn GP* Mercedes B 4 6 9 2 95 Race 16 of 17 11

Notes

* Indicates the team also won the Constructors' Championship (awarded since 1958).
  1.   Fangio shared the win of the 1951 French Grand Prix with Luigi Fagioli.
  2.   Fangio competed in the 1954 Argentine and Belgian Grands Prix with Maserati, then completed the season with Mercedes.
  3.   Fangio shared the win of the 1956 Argentine Grand Prix with Luigi Musso.
  4.   Fangio shared 2nd position in the 1956 Monaco and Italian Grands Prix with Peter Collins.
  5.   Hill won the Championship at the 1961 Italian Grand Prix, where teammate Wolfgang von Trips died after an accident in the race.
  6.   Surtees became the first person to win World Championships on motorcycles and cars, having previously won seven titles in both 350cc and 500cc.
  7.   Rindt died during practice for the 1970 Italian Grand Prix, but his Championship was not confirmed until two rounds later, making him Formula One's first (and only) posthumous World Drivers' Champion.
  8.   Andretti became Champion after teammate Ronnie Peterson died following an operation due to a collision at the 1978 Italian Grand Prix.
  9.   Narrowest margin of victory ever, after half points were awarded at Monaco due to early finish because of bad weather.
  10.   Ayrton Senna won the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix, but was disqualified for cutting the chicane after receiving a push-start from track-side marshalls. McLaren appealed the decision but lost, handing Prost the title.
  11.   Damon Hill is the son of Graham Hill, who won the Drivers' Championship in 1962 and 1968, making them the first father-son pair to both win Drivers' Championships.
  12.   Michael Schumacher scored 78 points during the 1997 season, only 3 points behind Villeneuve. However, Schumacher was disqualified from the championship, leaving Villeneuve with a 39 point margin over Heinz-Harald Frentzen with 42 points.
  13.   Kimi Räikkönen won by 1 point over both Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

By driver

Driver Total Seasons
Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher 7 1994-1995, 2000-2004
Template:Country flagicon Juan Manuel Fangio 5 1951, 1954-1957
Template:Country flagicon Alain Prost 4 1985-1986, 1989, 1993
Template:Country flagicon Jack Brabham 3 1959-1960, 1966
Template:Country flagicon Jackie Stewart 3 1969, 1971, 1973
Template:Country flagicon Niki Lauda 3 1975, 1977, 1984
Template:Country flagicon Nelson Piquet 3 1981, 1983, 1987
Template:Country flagicon Ayrton Senna 3 1988, 1990-1991
Template:Country flagicon Alberto Ascari 2 1952-1953
Template:Country flagicon Jim Clark 2 1963, 1965
Template:Country flagicon Graham Hill 2 1962, 1968
Template:Country flagicon Emerson Fittipaldi 2 1972, 1974
Template:Country flagicon Mika Häkkinen 2 1998-1999
Template:Country flagicon Fernando Alonso 2 2005-2006
Template:Country flagicon Nino Farina 1 1950
Template:Country flagicon Mike Hawthorn 1 1958
Template:Country flagicon Phil Hill 1 1961
Template:Country flagicon John Surtees 1 1964
Template:Country flagicon Denny Hulme 1 1967
Template:Country flagicon Jochen Rindt 1 1970
Template:Country flagicon James Hunt 1 1976
Template:Country flagicon Mario Andretti 1 1978
Template:Country flagicon Jody Scheckter 1 1979
Template:Country flagicon Alan Jones 1 1980
Template:Country flagicon Keke Rosberg 1 1982
Template:Country flagicon Nigel Mansell 1 1992
Template:Country flagicon Damon Hill 1 1996
Template:Country flagicon Jacques Villeneuve 1 1997
Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen 1 2007
Template:Country flagicon Lewis Hamilton 1 2008
Template:Country flagicon Jenson Button 1 2009

By nationality

Country Drivers Total
Template:Flagcountry 10 14
Template:Flagcountry 3 8
Template:Flagcountry 1 7
Template:Flagcountry 1 5
Template:Flagcountry 1 4
Template:Flagcountry 2 4
Template:Flagcountry 2 4
Template:Flagcountry 3 4
Template:Flagcountry 2 3
Template:Flagcountry 2 2
Template:Flagcountry 1 2
Template:Flagcountry 1 1
Template:Flagcountry 1 1
Template:Flagcountry 1 1

By constructor

Constructor Total
Template:Country flagicon Ferrari 15
Template:Country flagicon McLaren 11
Template:Country flagicon Williams 7
Template:Country flagicon Lotus 6
Template:Country flagicon Brabham 4
Template:Country flagicon Cooper 2
Template:Country flagicon Renault
Template:Country flagicon Benetton
Template:Country flagicon Mercedes
Template:Country flagicon Alfa Romeo
Template:Country flagicon Tyrrell
Template:Country flagicon Maserati
Template:Country flagicon BRM 1
Template:Country flagicon Matra

Constructors in bold are still competing in the World Championship.

By engine

Engine Total
Ferrari 15
Ford 13
Renault 7
Mercedes-Benz 6
Honda 5
Climax 4
TAG 3
Alfa Romeo 2
Maserati
Repco
BMW 1
BRM

Engine manufacturers in bold are still competing in the World Championship.

By tyre manufacturer

Pos Manufacturer Country Total Seasons
1 G Goodyear Template:Country flagicon United States 24 1966-1967, 1971, 1973-1978, 1980, 1982, 1985-1997
2| B Bridgestone Template:Country flagicon Japan 10 1998-2004, 2007-2010
3 Template:Dunlop Dunlop Template:Country flagicon Great Britain 8 1959-1965, 1969
4 Template:Pirelli Pirelli Template:Country flagicon Italy 6 1950-1954<ref name="Fangio1954">Fangio competed in the 1954 Argentine and Belgian Grands Prix on Pirelli with Maserati, then completed the season on Continental with Mercedes</ref><ref name="Ascari1952"/>, 1957
M Michelin Template:Country flagicon France 6 1979, 1981, 1983-1984, 2005-2006
6
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Firestone Template:Country flagicon United States 4 1952<ref name="Ascari1952">Ascari competed in the 1952 Indianapolis 500 on Firestone tyres, then completed the season on Pirelli</ref>, 1968, 1970, 1972
7 Template:Continental AG Continental Template:Country flagicon Germany 2 1954<ref name="Fangio1954"/>-1955
Template:Englebert Englebert Template:Country flagicon Belgium 2 1956, 1958

Records

Youngest Drivers' Champion

Driver Age Season
1 Template:Country flagicon Lewis Hamilton 23 years, 300 days 2008 season
2 Template:Country flagicon Fernando Alonso* 24 years, 58 days 2005 season
3 Template:Country flagicon Emerson Fittipaldi 25 years, 273 days 1972 season
4 Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher 25 years, 314 days 1994 season
5 Template:Country flagicon Niki Lauda 26 years, 197 days 1975 season
6 Template:Country flagicon Jacques Villeneuve 26 years, 200 days 1997 season
7 Template:Country flagicon Jim Clark 27 years, 188 days 1963 season
8 Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen 28 years, 4 days 2007 season
9 Template:Country flagicon Jochen Rindt 28 years, 140 days 1970 season (posthumously)
10 Template:Country flagicon Ayrton Senna 28 years, 223 days 1988 season
11 Template:Country flagicon James Hunt 29 years, 56 days 1976 season
12 Template:Country flagicon Nelson Piquet 29 years, 190 days 1981 season
13 Template:Country flagicon Mike Hawthorn 29 years, 192 days 1958 season
14 Template:Country flagicon Jody Scheckter 29 years, 223 days 1979 season
* Fernando Alonso is also the youngest ever double world champion (25 years, 85 days).

Oldest Drivers' Champion

Driver Age Season
1 Template:Country flagicon Juan Manuel Fangio 46 years, 41 days 1957 season
2 Template:Country flagicon Nino Farina 43 years, 308 days 1950 season
3 Template:Country flagicon Jack Brabham 40 years, 155 days 1966 season
4 Template:Country flagicon Graham Hill 39 years, 262 days 1968 season
5 Template:Country flagicon Nigel Mansell 39 years, 8 days 1992 season
6 Template:Country flagicon Alain Prost 38 years, 214 days 1993 season
7 Template:Country flagicon Mario Andretti 38 years, 193 days 1978 season
8 Template:Country flagicon Damon Hill 36 years, 26 days 1996 season
9 Template:Country flagicon Niki Lauda 35 years, 242 days 1984 season
10 Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher 35 years, 239 days 2004 season
11 Template:Country flagicon Alberto Ascari 35 years, 89 days 1953 season
12 Template:Country flagicon Phil Hill 34 years, 143 days 1961 season
13 Template:Country flagicon Jackie Stewart 34 years, 90 days 1973 season

Most consecutive Drivers' Championships

Eight drivers have achieved consecutive wins in the Formula One Drivers' Championship.

Championships Driver Seasons
5 Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher 2000-2004
4 Template:Country flagicon Juan Manuel Fangio 1954-1957
2 Template:Country flagicon Alberto Ascari 1952-1953
Template:Country flagicon Jack Brabham 1959-1960
Template:Country flagicon Alain Prost 1985-1986
Template:Country flagicon Ayrton Senna 1990-1991
Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher 1994-1995
Template:Country flagicon Mika Häkkinen 1998-1999
Template:Country flagicon Fernando Alonso 2005-2006

See also

References

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