Senna vs. Schumacher
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Unfortunately, people tend to stray away from statistics
when they matter most. One cannot put statistics to one side. Schumacher
is undoubtedly is a much better driver than Senna was. Schumacher can not
be criticised for what most people believe he has always had a better car.
That is not how it has always been for Schumacher. Its fair to say that of
recent years he has, but is he to be criticised for that. He has made
Ferrari what they are today. His insight and technical ability has created
a winning formula for not only himself but for Ferrari in general. Most
people think that he is a proven world champion because of his teammates.
How many times have his teammates pulled to one side to allow Schumacher
to win and notwithstanding this it has not had any influence on him
winning the world championship. I hesitate to think that either Irvine or
Barrichello would have won a single championship. Neither of them are as
good as Schumacher. No other driver in formula one has the technical
ability/know how to put beneath him an almost unbeatable car. Schumacher's
endurance is second to none. He unlike many of the other formula one
drivers finishes races, and in most cases it is because of his skill when
to push his car, when to back off and when to take risks on the race
Unlike Schumi, Ayrton had a team mate who was also racing, not giving way all the time! They were taking wins and points off each other all season. If Ayrton had lived, how many World Chamionships would he have by now? Ayrton was the Best! - Steve W - England
Senna without a shadow of a doubt. He performed miracles in inferior cars. Most of Schumacher's career he has had the best car most of his career. He has never performed some of the incredible maneuveres Senna has (remember Donington). I think Senna's greatness was best displayed in his last full season 1993. In a dismal McLaren which at some tracks was 2 seconds slower than the Williams he still pulled off five victories and drove magnificently - Senna is without doubt the greatest and I only got to see him properly for one season (I only got properly into F1 in 93, now I barely watch it as all races are boring) - Get rid of re-fuelling and encourage on track overtaking again! - Wayne - England
I think Senna is a totally overrated driver in the
present. Everyone talks about MS would not been able to fight Senna and
the other old drivers in the 90s but forgot that he is in business since
1991!. In the same era as all the other great drivers (Prost, Senna,
Mansell). Senna got beaten by MS several times with a car that was not
really competitive. Just remember first 3 races 1994 MS won them all!
Senna did not even catch 1 point. Senna just got the crowd in his back
because he died so tragically.
Schumacher and Senna are both amazing drivers. But they have different quality's - Shuan - England
After a bad season in 2003, Schumacher has proved himself this season don't you think? - Debbie - England
Michael M from the USA, you must be kidding!!
I think Michael's Record Speaks for itself. During Senna's
years, I found him to be rash and absolutely rubbish as a Formula1 driver.
Alain Prost suffered because his idiosyncrasy and his weird ideals about
Formula One and left the team. The Cold Fact is that though he was a good
driver, but Alain was far better. Alain and Senna are compared for a
Qualifying where Senna timed 1.3 secs better than Alain, which apparently
wasn't the result of Senna's Greatness. On the contrary the HONDA had Car
setup for him.
I want to make some comments about the opinions of Bare (usa),
Rodney (usa) and some other guys.
No Doubt Senna was the best F1 driver to date, I believe
if Senna was still around there would be no comparison as Michael probably
wouldn't have won as many championships if any, there's one guy that comes
along sometimes once in a lifetime and it was truly a waste of a great
life what happened to Senna.
They are almost equal but with different weaks and
strengths. Senna was driving very fast and exactly. I regard Sennas lack
of condition as a big disadvantage. But I've never seen another driver
being that predominant on wet ground. Remember Donington 1993. Compared
with Damon Hill (on the same car) he sometimes went faster than 1.5
seconds per lap - even on dry ground. I don't know who'd be better on the
Senna: undoubtedly superior to Schumacher, and probably
the greatest of all time, bar Fangio.
Remember the first race of the season 1994 in Brazil.
Until now, I can't explain how a young man aged 23 won against Senna and
Williams Renault, it's just unbelievable... and more..
He was wayyyyyyyyy better than Schumacher!!!!!!! - Neven - USA
Twice it was quite obvious that Barrichello had to slow
down and let his teammate, Schumacher, win the race. Schumacher took both
those opportunities. Read "obvious"!
Professional Driver, I have 2 many comments to say about
this issue, so I will keep it as simple as I can.
Although I think Michael Schumacher is the best driver at
the moment I think Ayrton Senna is on a different level, while Schumacher
was closely challenged by Damon Hill in 1994, 1995 and 1996, Ayrton Senna
lapped Damon Hill at the Brazilian grand Prix in 1994 in an equal car and
Schumacher never got his first pole position until Monaco 1994, after
Though I believe that Senna was one of the greatest
drivers in F1, Schumacher is better.
Senna is the best driver. The situation is quite simple because Senna had to compete against very good drivers such Nigel Mansell, Alan Prost, Ricardo Patrese and the same Schumacher. Today F1 has lost its charm because there are so many drivers with huge talent but there are not any longer monsters - Alex P - Mexico
I am rating Schumacher Higher than Senna, Despite the fact
that I love Senna and his legacy that he left behind because of the Risks
he took while racing. He was willing to give his life to win a GP. He had
Run-Ins with Alain Prost (who was most error-free ever!), but later seem
to mellow a little bit on him (strange though! considering what they have
No doubt Senna is the best driver of all time based on the all comments I've read - jondale - Philippines
The machinery Schumacher has is far superior to the rest of the field. Senna had no clear advantage over the rest of the field and had to mix it up with others to win races unlike Schumacher - George R - Australia
It isn't feasible to consider a driver for greatness when
he has been allowed to "win" a race in the pits, without
crossing the finish line and when he still prefers to "maximise the
effects" of refuelling strategies by running fast laps with an empty
view ahead, rather than overtake on the track. Motor racing is exactly
that - A RACE! - to win you must overtake those in front of you cross the
Based of what I've read in all comments especially George
from Greece and Mathew from Australia there is no doubt in my mind that
Ayrton is the greatest driver in the history of Formula 1. I've seen the
video before he died I cant see error on his driver in corner, straight
anything. Remember Fangio said Senna is a great driver I can't see
anything weak of Senna in straight in a corner. Remember Senna said that
he drive in a corner and my mind is already thinking of the next one. I
believe that Ayrton prove that already
Senna changed Formula 1 in much more ways than Schumacher
ever did. Did Schumacher himself not mention at the beginning of his
career that the only driver who's skills he really respected was
Senna was the greatest and fastest F1 race driver ever. No one could compete to him in terms of driver technic. Much more accurate than Schumacher, more perfectionist and better in overall. A real champion with great rivals. Nowadays Schumacher is the best cause he hasn't no one able to face him. But if Senna was alive he wouldn't have won so many titles - Floyd G - Portugal
There was only one Ayrton Senna and only one master of his game. Schumacher can go smoke his socks. He races in a different era where the car does most of the winning and working for you but in Senna's day it was driver talent above all, which he had in abundance and Schumacher will never be in the same league - Brenda J - South Africa
Maybe, in the history, Schummy will be remembered like "the best driver ever". But for us, who had the pleasure to see the Senna´s career, he will always be the meaning of perfection - Alan - Brazil
LIKE TINA TURNER ONCE SAID, SENNA IS SIMPLY THE BEST... – SONG DEDICATED TO AYRTON SENNA BY TINA TURNER... SAN - Brazil
There is no doubt that Schumi is better than Senna ever was. In all the races that Schumi competed against Senna, Senna had the better car, and Schumi beat Senna in the championship in his first full season of F1, 1992. In a Benneton. Look at Schumi's teammates, they didn't do close to what he did in the Benneton - Ge - South Africa
Ayrton Senna é incomparavel, ele sempre esteve acima dos demais pilotos, Schumacher é um grande piloto, pode continuar quebrando recordes, mas não é e nunca será melhor do que AYRTON SENNA! - Marcelo - Brasil
Senna Simply The Best , thanks for inspiring me...
I don't really think people are fooled by the success of Michael he has no rivals in machinery that can win. Mika, Daemon, Jacques all beat him with maybe slightly better cars, but no team mate to assist. Their team mates fought for every point! And Eddie Irvine crap until team mate suffers broken limbs, only to look like the best thing since sliced bread the very next race. Ferrari add some sport to your team get a couple of racers, or we will all start watching golf! - Graham W - UK
Although Schumacher has undoubtedly the best statistics, a large part of it has been done from 2000, which was his 10th season. Senna has driven only 10 seasons and was 3 times world champion after only his 8th season, so statistics cannot be compared I just personally think Senna was a better driver than Schumacher and that his death has just unbalanced the statistics sheets - Quatrix - France
Senna is the best driver. Schumy isn't a bad driver, don't
get me wrong, but how much of his driving ability is aided by the modern
F1 car? Senna however had to drive a more basic car without all the modern
tech loaded into it it, and still has a fantastic record.
I've watched Senna from his first race, I forget who he
sat in for... I think they are both monster people , driven by a killer
sense of winning. People hate them both...
Ayrton Senna came onto the scene when drivers like Prost,
Piquet, and Mansell were around. For a driver to come onto the scene now
and beat Schumacher would be the same as Senna showing up in the 80's and
beating Prost. By far Senna was more talented and a faster driver. Oh
yeah, and if Schumacher had to deal with race cars that were fully loaded
with fuel at the beginning of the race and having to deal with a car that
was changing handling the entire race, we might see Schumacher not doing
quite as well. Now all Schumacher has to do is run 15 lap sprints with a
brilliant technical director to help him with fuel strategy. Senna was
better when it came to shear speed and racing talent. Remember Senna
killing Schumacher at Donington in 1993!
There are several facts to be consider to understand that
Senna is better than Schumacher.
The only driver that comes anywhere near Schumacher in
terms of winning races and percentages is Fangio. Fangio, at his peak,
couldn't have even have driven a modern Formula One car, he wasn't in
shape to take the Gs. But as a racer, he totally eclipsed the opposition
of his time. Does that mean Moss, Hawthorne, Collins, and the like were
bad drivers? No, it only means that Fangio was one of those people who has
extraordinary talent in their field and uses it to his best ability. He
was faster than every one else. Jimmy was quite fast, too, but really
didn't have exceptional talent that Fangio or Schumacher did/do. Clark
did, however, outperform Senna. Senna was fast, but like Montoya, fast
qualifying don't necessarily equate to race wins. Senna was in his 11th
year of Formula One racing and ran 161 races. He only won 41 races. And,
more telling, only three World Championships. Prost won four while racing
Senna. I believe Schumacher would have won the Championship in '94 even if
Senna hadn't been killed. It was just his death that vaulted him to the
Superstar category, much like Gilles Villeneuve.
There is no question in my mind that Senna was the better driver. I boils down to the simple fact that the competition Senna faced was so much greater than the drivers Michael is facing & yet Senna was still superior. It would have been a little boring watching Senna totally dominate today's lack of talent. Well, it plays out good for M. S. but he knows he's not the best... just the luckiest! - gr4senna - USA
No comparison is possible, in my heart Ayrton is the n°1
& in my reason too... The other day, I found a magazine with 50
(journalist, ex-pilotes) who voted for the 100 best drivers of all
times... Guess who came first ? Ayrton of course...
Schumacher would kick Senna's butt. I am sick of everyone downing Schumacher. He is clearly the best driver to walk on this planet. Senna was a good driver, but he is not even in the same league as Schumacher. Other drivers feared Senna and what he would do off the track if he did not get his way in a race. He was a bully on and off the track. I only wish that he were still alive so Schumacher could prove once and for all who the best really is - Rodney B - USA
Schumacher by far is the most talented and brilliant driver ever, Yes, even Ayrton Senna stays behind. The Brazilian may have number of Qualifying records to his name, but how many times have he converted them to Wins? I feel that winning a Race proves the worthiness of a driver much more than qualifying. The most compelling two reasons being, you require less of the Fuel and the mechanical/aerodynamic setup required for the qualifying and the other being the race conditions. The race conditions can play havoc on the strategies, mechanical components which have to last at least 300KMs. So the talent is not only to drive the Car fast enough but also to nurse the car so that the parts don't get fryed up - Manjunath K - India
Senna, beat his team mates fair and square and even lost to his team mate. but Schumacher's team mates are not good enough or asked to move over when Schumacher is racing. See the last 2 gps Barrichello supposed to win, some misfortune happens are made to happen. unless it is clearer than his team mates are "allowed" or fight for championship. He will never get proper respect from F1 fans or even his team mates - sriki - India
Schumacher is a fantastic driver, and he does have a better win average than Senna, but you have to take into account that he's had virtually no competition for most of his career. If he'd had an Alain Prost to compete with, I doubt he would have won quite so much. Senna raced alongside some of the sport's all-time greats and beat them. Also, it's not true to say that Senna always had the best car - in 1993 he won five GPs in a car that had no business winning anything. Not taking anything away from Schumacher because he too is one of the sport's all-time greats, but he's been competing in an era where there just haven't been any other drivers of his own calibre to give him a proper challenge - babak - UK
Using a great car does not make Michael the best pilot ever. Senna did much things using a Lotus and McLaren (and when Williams was a good car) - Shun W - Brazil
Schumacher has won 4 consecutive world championship and
even though he has not won more pole position he has won more races than
Ayrton Senna would have been racing for. Schumacher is all a team could want. A perfect driver (or the closest we have ever come) - Matt T - Australia
Schumacher is good but Senna has more flair and talent. Also Schumacher is selfish and sometimes reckless on the track - S Lee - Malaysia
On the statistics Michael dominates except qualifying.
Senna was a great qualifier.
If we look at the hard facts, Schumacher is obviously the better driver. However, driving a Formula 1 car cannot always be on the hard facts. Also, we will never know how much longer Ayrton Senna would have been racing for. Schumacher is all a team could want. A perfect driver (or the closest we have ever come)- Matt T - Australia
Senna could will his way to the "pole position"
any time. He was still incredibly fast when he perished. Had things not
gone wrong in San Marino, Ayrton would have won the championship in '94,
95, and 96. Senna would then be the 6 time Word Champ.
Schumacher is the greatest formula one driver of all time!. He has more championships and almost double the wins and the only reason consider Senna better is for the simple fact that he died on the racetrack which is horrible in itself but does not make him the better driver - Jeremy J - USA
I don't understand why some people think MS is the most
complete driver... Senna had much more knowledge about mechanics,
technical details. Senna was jogging 20 km per day to keep his body on
shape. He was more dedicated and helped so much the mechanics to make fine
adjustments and tunning.
both senna and schumacher are hero but they cannot be compared - Zang Z - China
very close together but ayrton was more talent driver, in a close battle between them (unless brazil 94 which was an adjusting period for ayrton and against an illegal car with traction control) schumacher would break down!!!! - Kostas - Greece
Well. My point... Senna is (was) better than Schumacher in
almost every way... technique, intelligence, style and fairness. When he
died I was a little child (14yrs) and though.. I cried 2 days when he
died... You would say.. what does a little child know... Well. I knew that
every 2 weekends I stared at the biggest champion ever... And I would
gladly like to remind you 2 small stories about Senna. Both are related to
the Monaco GP (why do you think that was his favorite???.. the hardest
Senna had much more knowledge about mechanics, details, etc. He was complete - Andre - Japan
Schumacher's title run would not have happened in that era. it was a different time in racing. there was a lot more talent when Senna was racing. and equal teams. plus Senna would have thoroughly dominated with Williams and set the bar too high for anybody - Asad Y - USA
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