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Michael Schumacher not the greatest in F1; he is not even third, according to research

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Michael Schumacher is not the greatest Formula One driver of all time and doesn’t even make the top 3. Juan Manuel Fangio has been stated as the best of all-time F1 racer. Fangio is followed by Alain Prost with Fernando Alonso, two-time world champion finishing the top 3.

University of Sheffield’s Methods Institute has researched over several stats available to them and have come up with a list of drivers concentrating solely on their talent. The University has ignored how crucially a driver’s team impacts his performance.

According to Andrew Bell of the Institute, a driver’s team impacts massively on his performance and they have hence decided to eliminate that impact, as reported by news.com.au.

Fangio leading the pile may not create as much controversy as some of the few other names released by the university. Schumacher’s name doesn’t even make the top 5 as  the seven-time world champion’s name comes in at ninth.

Schumacher, who is considered as the greatest by many F1 experts have been affected by his return from retirement performances in 2010-2012. During this time, he was regularly outperformed by his teammate in Mercedes, Nico Rosberg.

If Schumacher decided not to make a return, then the 47-year-old would have finished third. Another surprising name that has even failed to make the list is Austrian legend and three-time world champion Niki Lauda. Christian Fittipaldi, who is relatively unknown in comparison to Lauda have made the Top 20.

Among the current drivers, Alonso is the highest ranked driver and he leads both Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton in the rankings.

“Had these drivers raced for different teams, their legacies might have been rather different.” Bell said.

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