Ferrari’s 2020 year was a difficult one. Very difficult. The traditional Maranello team won a mere three podiums – two with Charles Leclerc and one with Sebastian Vettel – and bittered sixth in the Constructors’ World Championship.
The scenario for this year is also not favourable and we will hardly see one of their drivers finish in the first position. Things may change in 2022, but, since there is still time until there, we prepared an article with the most successful drivers with Ferrari.
Before we continue, let’s give a special thanks to expert Evelyn Balyton, who helped with the creation of this content.
So… Let’s see these drivers.
The Brazilian, runner-up in the world in 2008, won 11 races for Ferrari. Massa’s first victory for the team came in 2006, at the Turkish Grand Prix. In that season, he would also win his first victory at Interlagos, in the race that also marked Michael Schumacher’s first farewell to Formula 1.
Massa’s most successful year for Ferrari would be precisely that of the runner-up. The Brazilian won six races and would win at Interlagos for the second time. Unfortunately, he lost the title to Lewis Hamilton. Felipe Massa would remain at Ferrari until 2013, but he was no longer at the top of the podium.
The two-time world champion arrived at Ferrari in 2010. For the team, Alonso was runner-up on three occasions. Despite extracting a bit more from the cars, the Spaniard was unable to prevent the dominance of Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel at the beginning of the last decade.
Alonso won 11 races for the Maranello team. The first victory came on his debut for the team, at the 2010 Bahrain GP. The Spaniard’s last triumph with the team – and in the category – was at home, in Spain, in 2013.
Alberto Ascari is considered a legend. A two-time champion in 1952 and 1953, he was the first to win the driver’s title for Ferrari and the last Italian to win the world championship.
Ascari won 13 races for Ferrari. The Italian’s first victory came at the Nürburgring in 1951. In the same year, the pilot would also triumph at Monza. Between 1952 and 1953, he won an incredible seven consecutive races. This feat would only be matched years later by Michael Schumacher and later beaten by Sebastian Vettel, who ended the competition and won the last nine stages of the 2013 season.
Of Seb’s 53 F1 victories, 14 came with the red car. The first came in 201, in Malaysia. That season there were two more victories. After 2016 with no triumph, Vettel won five races in 2017 and equaled the number in 2018. In these two years, the German took the runner-up behind Lewis Hamilton.
The years 2019 and 2020, however, were even more difficult for the four-time world champion. His solitary victory the year before came in Singapore. Last season, Vettel didn’t go so well. So much so that Ferrari chose not to renew its contract.
Niki Lauda won three world titles in Formula 1 – two of them by Ferrari, in 1975 and 1977. There were 15 victories for the Italian team. The Austrian’s first victory with them came at the 1974 Spanish GP, with the 312B3, a model with which he would win another victory that year. Lauda, however, would be much more successful in guiding successors based on the car developed by the iconic Mauro Forghieri.
At the wheel of 312T and 312T2, the three-time world champion would win 13 races. The last one was in Holland, in Zandvoort, in 1977. The following year, Niki would move to Brabham. He retired at the end of 1979 but returned to the category in 1982 to race for McLaren. There, he won the 1984 title.
The German’s numbers for Ferrari are staggering. There were 180 GPs played by the Maranello team. Schumacher scored:
- 58 poles
- 53 fastest laps
- 3,934 laps led
Apart from that he climbed the podium 116 times, and won five of his seven world titles. Number of wins? An incredible 72!
Michael Schumacher rejuvenated Ferrari in the early 2000s. His numbers prove it. On rare occasions in history, Ferrari was so dominant and this is due to the seven-time champion.
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