Over the years there have been some truly inspirational drivers in the world of motor sport, and in particular Formula 1. Here at SORN we have compiled a list of who we believe are the greatest five drivers of all time. Enjoy…
No.5 – Jim Clark
Jim Clark was a versatile driver who competed in several different forms of motor racing. He won 25 of the 73 races he started and became world champion on two occasions – in 1963 and 1965. He began racing in 1960 with team Lotus and continued up until his untimely death in 1968 when he was killed in a Formula Two accident in Germany. One of his greatest performances came at the 1963 Belgian Grand Prix where he optimised tyre performance and won in extremely wet and foggy conditions, and he is well worthy of his place in Formula One’s top five.
No.4 – Sebastian Vettel
At just 25 years of age, there is no doubting that Sebastian Vettel has to make the top five for his achievements in Formula One. Since 2009 he has been a part of Austria’s Red Bull Racing team, and in just his first season he became the youngest ever runner-up in the World Drivers’ Championship. The following year he went one better and became the youngest ever World Champion. He retained this title in 2011 and again in 2012, becoming the youngest double, consecutive and triple World Champion in the history of the sport. There’s a good chance we may have to revise this list in a few years if the young German keeps it up.
No.3 – Juan Manuel Fangio
The famous Argentinian, Juan Manuel Fangio, was one of the pioneers of Formula One who dominated the first decade of the sport. He began racing in 1934 in Argentina and entered Formula One from 1950; he went on to win 24 of the 51 races he started, with his first World Championship coming in 1951. He drove for Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Mercedes and Ferrari, winning further World Championships in 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1957. His record of five World Drivers’ Championships stood for 46 years, and a statue to commemorate him stands in Buenos Aires.
No.2 – Ayrton Senna
A top five in Formula One wouldn’t be a top five without the great Ayrton Senna. The Brazilian began racing in 1984 and won 41 of the 161 races he started. He became known as a prolific front runner and also received critical acclaim for his performances in wet weather, most notably at the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, the 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix and the 1993 European Grand Prix. World Drivers’ Championship victories came in 1988, 1990 and 1991. There may well have been more to follow, had it not been for the tragic accident at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix which saw him killed. Senna is a true legend and a Formula One icon.
No.1 – Michael Schumacher
It was a difficult task at first to decide which drivers would make our top 5, when there are so many great ones to choose from, and it was harder still to rank them. However, after much deliberation down at the SORN headquarters, we decided that there was only one man we could put at number 1. He began his career with Jordan but it was at Benetton where he made his name, winning back to back World Championships in 1994 and 1995. The following year he moved to Ferrari and went on to win five consecutive World Championships between 2000 and 2004. He holds numerous Formula One records including most race wins at 91, and most World Championships at 7. These achievements alone mean that, in our opinion, there can be no one else at the top of the tree.
Join us at SORN as we journey back through the past and deliver an official count down of the best five racing games to ever grace our consoles.
No.5 – Sonic & All Stars Racing
We couldn’t possibly deliberate over the best ever racing games without slipping Sonic and his pals in somewhere, and this one comes in at number 5. However young or old, this game will undoubtedly provide you with endless hours of fun through its many tracks and playable characters. Race against your friends online and use the array of weapons at your disposal to throw their cars off course. Practice your favourite tracks on time trial and cross the finish line first in career mode. The sheer driveability puts Sonic & All Stars Racing right up there with the best of them.
No.4 – Burnout Paradise
Burnout Paradise makes the number 4 spot on our list down to originality and the quality of the game play. The beauty of it is the level of freedom you get as a player – unlike most other racing games it is set in an open world environment which allows you to progress at your own pace. Moreover, it isn’t just about crossing the finish line first – modes like “Showtime” (which can be initiated at any time and place in the game) give you the opportunity to score points for the biggest possible traffic accident that you can create. You’re gonna need that BMW 3 Series serviced!
No.3 – Mario Kart
Mario Kart is undeniably, unquestionably one of the true great racing games and it would be a travesty had it not been included in our top 5. Ever since it graced our Nintendo N64s all those years ago, Mario and co. have had us on the edge of our seats battling to spin, whiz and crash our way over the finish line first. Anyone old enough to operate a controller could have fun playing it – the driveability has been a constant in all versions over the years – and there are few better options for sheer fun with your friends. It’s more enjoyable than driving a Ferrari 599 across an ice lake! Ok, maybe not.
No.2 – Crash Team Racing
At SORN we’re huge fans of the legend that is Crash Bandicoot – a game that was light years ahead of its time and one of the most enthralling experiences you could have on a PlayStation One. Consequently Crash Team Racing had a lot to live up to, and thankfully it doesn’t disappoint. It brings the superb playability from the original and adds a superb multiplayer dimension to the mix up. Grab yourself 3 friends and play four way on one screen for a hilarious battle to the black and white line, while hitting speed boosters and dodging missiles from other racers.
No.1 – Need For Speed
There was no arguing in the SORN headquarters over which game was going to top the list. Need for Speed has everything – a killer soundtrack, all different kinds of race format, open world freedom, police chases and endless customisation options. Buy car parts and paint jobs for your motor. No other game can touch it when you’re scoring points on a drift race in a souped up Nissan Skyline whilst listening to Snoop Dogg and The Doors. It can be a load of fun to play with friends but the single player mode is where you’ll get most enjoyment. Race through the streets and unlock new areas as well as customisation options until you become king of the road.