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Formula 1 study ranks Senna ahead of Schumacher and Hamilton

Formula 1 study ranks Senna ahead of Schumacher and Hamilton

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Formula 1 study ranks Senna ahead of Schumacher and Hamilton

Formula 1 study ranks Senna ahead of Schumacher and Hamilton

Formula 1 and Amazon Web Services have released the results of a study that concludes Ayrton Senna is the fastest driver the sport has ever seen with Lewis Hamilton ranked third.

The study was designed to remove "car differential" from the equation and ranks the qualifying pace of drivers from 1983 onwards.

To do this, the differential in lap time between a driver and their respective team-mate has been used. Then, resetting the margin of table topping Ayrton Senna to zero, the results of subsequent drivers reflect the difference between Senna's result and their own.

The list features four 2020 drivers as well as Fernando Alonso, the Spaniard set to return to the sport in 2021 with Renault.

As said, Senna tops the list with Michael Schumacher second by +0.114 seconds. Hamilton is third at +0.275 seconds with Max Verstappen fourth just four milliseconds further back.

Alonso, Nico Rosberg and Charles Leclerc follow with Heikki Kovalainen a surprise entry in seventh.

The Finn only took one victory during his Formula 1 career, the 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix, but these figures suggest he had the pace to have deserved more opportunities than he was granted.

F1 director of data systems Rob Smedley said of the study: “Within the team environment this type of modelling is used to make key decisions on driver choices.

"As drivers are more often than not the most expensive asset of the team it is important that the selection process is as robust as possible. A process such as this therefore would be deployed by the F1 team’s strategists in order to present the most objective and evidence-based selection possible.

"Fastest Driver enables us to build up a picture of how the drivers compare, by analysing the purest indication of raw speed, the qualifying lap – and it’s important to note this pure speed is the only element of the vast driver armoury we are analysing here, to showcase the quickest drivers ever, which is very exciting.”

Ranking Driver Time
1 Ayrton Senna
2 Michael Schumacher +0.114
3 Lewis Hamilton +0.275
4 Max Verstappen +0.280
5 Fernando Alonso +0.309
6 Nico Rosberg +0.374
7 Charles Leclerc +0.376
8 Heikki Kovalainen +0.378
9 Jarno Trulli +0.409
10 Sebastian Vettel +0.435
11 Rubens Barrichello +0.445
12 Nico Hulkenberg +0.456
13 Valtteri Bottas +0.457
14 Carlos Sainz +0.457
15 Lando Norris +0.459
16 Daniel Ricciardo +0.461
17 Jenson Button +0.462
18 Robert Kubica +0.463
19 Giancarlo Fisichella +0.469
20 Alain Prost +0.514

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Mike

Well that's five minutes il never get back

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Well that's five minutes il never get back

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Just proves, data can prove anything..

How can Senna have a +0.5 delta over Prost, when Prost has nearly twice as many Fastest Race laps and arguably both are percieved as being almost equal given the same machinery. Rubbish post. How many race wins has Heikki & Hulk based on those figures. Just Daft!!

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Analytics will never tell the whole story in a comparison that involves humans. To measure driver excellence that spans so many years along with massive differences in machinery is akin to apple to orange differences.

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How can you compare. Tyre management was not taken into consideration since Pirelli became the sole supplier to all the teams. Recall 2012 or 2013 the British GP when tyres were blowing up like balloons. Hamilton was the fist to experience it while having a healthy lead. Alonso had a near miss when parts of a tyre whizzed past his face. It has always been tyre management. Present Drivers can not go fast as they wish to unlike Senna's and Prost's time and that is why they are clamoring for better tyres. The Spanish GP last Sunday was a bore up front due to tyre management. This analysis is rubbish

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