The Most Famous Driver: A Ranking of Elite Motorsport Icons

Choose the driver you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Jun 16, 2023 10:18 (Updated on Nov 23, 2023 10:56)
Welcome to StrawPoll, where your opinion drives the conversation! We've got an electrifying new ranking revving its engines and we need your input to determine "Who is the most famous driver?" of all time. From the legendary speedsters of Formula 1 to the daring drifters of the rally world, our list features the most iconic and influential names in motorsport history. So, buckle up and put the pedal to the metal by casting your vote for your favorite driver, or take the wheel and suggest a missing option if you think we've overlooked a deserving contender. Don't just ride shotgun—join us on this thrilling race down memory lane and let's see who takes the checkered flag as the undisputed champion of the tarmac!

Who Is the Most Famous Driver?

  1. 1
    Considered one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One, Schumacher won seven World Championships and set numerous records during his career.
  2. 2
    Another legendary Formula One driver, Senna won three World Championships before his tragic death during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
    Ayrton Senna in other rankings
  3. 3
    The current reigning World Champion in Formula One, Hamilton has won seven World Championships and is considered one of the greatest drivers of his generation.
    Lewis Hamilton in other rankings
  4. 4
    A two-time World Champion in the 1960s, Clark is considered one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One.
    Jim Clark in other rankings
  5. 5
    Juan Manuel Fangio
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    A five-time World Champion in the 1950s, Fangio is widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One.
  6. 6
    A three-time World Champion, Lauda's career was marked by his incredible comeback from a near-fatal accident in 1976.
    Niki Lauda in other rankings
  7. 7
    A four-time World Champion, Vettel has won numerous races and is considered one of the top drivers in Formula One today.
    Sebastian Vettel in other rankings
  8. 8
    A legendary NASCAR driver, Earnhardt won seven Cup Series Championships and was known as "The Intimidator."
    Dale Earnhardt Sr. in other rankings
  9. 9
    Richard Petty
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    Another NASCAR legend, Petty won seven Cup Series Championships and is considered one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport.
    Richard Petty in other rankings
  10. 10
    A versatile driver who has won races in multiple series, Andretti won the Formula One World Championship in 1978 and is considered one of the greatest drivers of all time.
    Mario Andretti in other rankings

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Ranking factors for famous driver

  1. Career Achievements
    The number of wins, championships, and other accomplishments in a driver’s career is a key factor in determining their fame.
  2. Popularity
    The level of fan following a driver enjoys is another important factor to consider. This could be due to a driver’s personality, style of racing, or other factors that appeal to fans.
  3. Cultural Impact
    A driver’s impact on the culture of racing could also be an important factor. Some drivers become synonymous with a particular era or racing style and leave a lasting impact on the sport.
  4. Media Attention
    The amount of media attention a driver receives could also impact their fame. This could be due to their on-track performance, off-track activities, or other factors.
  5. Sponsorship
    A driver’s ability to attract and retain top-level sponsors could also be a factor in determining their fame.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous driver. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or driver is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


  • 168 votes
  • 10 ranked items

Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each driver once every 24 hours. The rank of each driver is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous driver

In the world of motorsports, there are many drivers who have become household names. From the high-speed thrills of Formula One to the rough and tumble world of NASCAR, these drivers have captured the hearts and imaginations of fans around the globe. But who is the most famous driver of them all? Is it the legendary Ayrton Senna, who dominated Formula One in the 1980s and 1990s? Or perhaps it's the charismatic Dale Earnhardt, who won seven NASCAR championships before his tragic death in 2001? With so many great drivers to choose from, the answer is far from clear. However, one thing is certain: the debate over who is the most famous driver will continue for years to come.

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