Fangio And Schumacher -- A respectful comparison

Originally-From: Stokes <dstokes@irwindalespeedway.com> 45 years have passed since the late Juan Manuel Fangio won his celebrated 5th Formula One World Championship -- On July 21, 2002 Michael Schumacher equaled Fangio's once thought ...

Originally-From: Stokes <dstokes@irwindalespeedway.com>

45 years have passed since the late Juan Manuel Fangio won his celebrated 5th Formula One World Championship -- On July 21, 2002 Michael Schumacher equaled Fangio's once thought unreachable record.

Presented below is a "numbers" snapshot of the two driving greats' careers expressed in numbers and percentages. Titans both, different eras, different times, but both undeniably the best of their eras.

Numbers in (parentheses) indicate % of success against attempts. <pre> Fangio Schumacher <B>Years In F1</B>: 8 11

<B>Formula One Races</B>: 51 171

<B>Wins</B>: 24 (47.05%) 61 (35.6%)

<B>2ND Place</B>: 11 (21.15%) 30 (17.5%)

<B>3RD Place</B>: 1 (9%) 16 (9%) Tie

<B>Poles</B>: 28 (54.9%) 45 (26.3%)

<B>Front Row</B>: 48 (94.11%) 84 (49.1%)

<B>Podiums</B>:* 36 (70.5%) 108 (63.1%)

<B>Total Points</B>:** 227 (5.4 Ppr***) 815 (4.7 Ppr)

* There were no actual podiums in Fangio's time (top three finishes) but -- ** Stats are as of july 21, 2002 *** PPR Points Per Race

We are all very lucky to be seeing Schumacher's great genius behind the wheel -- he is certainly as dominate in this era as Fangio was in his, especially so given the rise of "politics" in motorsport -- something Fangio rarely had to contend with. obviously Fangio was the best of his time and, perhaps, based on the above numbers, the best of all time. Your conclusion?

-doug stokes-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Juan Manuel Fangio