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List of Formula One World Drivers' Championship runners-up

This is a list of drivers who finished runner-up in the Formula One World Drivers' Championship.

Alain Prost and Stirling Moss have each finished as runner-up four times, Prost in 1983 for Renault, 1984 and 1988 for McLaren and 1990 for Ferrari, and Moss in 1955 for Mercedes, 1956 and 1957 for Maserati and 1958 for Vanwall. This also makes Moss the driver with the most runners up spots without ever taking the title.

The United Kingdom has taken the most runners-up spots among the countries, with 21. These were Moss's between 1955 and 1958, Tony Brooks for Ferrari in 1959, Jim Clark for Lotus in 1962, Graham Hill for BRM in 1963, 1964 and 1965, John Surtees for Ferrari in 1966, Jackie Stewart for Matra in 1968 and Tyrrell in 1972, Nigel Mansell for Williams in 1986, 1987 and 1991, Damon Hill for Williams in 1994 and 1995, Eddie Irvine for Ferrari in 1999, David Coulthard for McLaren in 2001, Lewis Hamilton for McLaren in 2007 and Jenson Button for McLaren in 2011.

Ferrari has had the most drivers in the runners-up spot over the years, also with 21. These were Alberto Ascari in 1951, Giuseppe Farina in 1952, José Froilán González in 1954, Tony Brooks in 1959, Wolfgang von Trips in 1961, John Surtees in 1966, Jacky Ickx in 1970, Clay Regazzoni in 1974, Niki Lauda in 1976, Gilles Villeneuve in 1979, Didier Pironi in 1982, Michele Alboreto in 1985, Alain Prost in 1990, Michael Schumacher in 1998 and 2006, Eddie Irvine in 1999, Rubens Barrichello in 2002 and 2004, Felipe Massa in 2008 and Fernando Alonso in 2010 and 2012.

The smallest ever margin between 1st and 2nd was in 1984, when just 0.5 points separated McLaren team mates Alain Prost and champion Niki Lauda. The largest margin was in 2011, when (under a new scoring system) 122 points separated McLaren driver Jenson Button and Red Bull's champion Sebastian Vettel.

The most ever wins by a runner-up is 7, by Alain Prost for McLaren in 1984 and 1988, Kimi Räikkönen for McLaren in 2005 and Michael Schumacher for Ferrari in 2006. Two drivers have become runner-up without winning any races - Giuseppe Farina for Ferrari in 1952 and Ronnie Peterson for March in 1971.

Fernando Alonso, driving for Ferrari in 2012, holds the record for the most points scored by a runner-up, with 278. Stirling Moss, driving for Mercedes in 1955, has the least, with 23.

Two drivers have claimed the runners-up spot posthumously - Wolfgang von Trips for Ferrari in 1961 and Ronnie Peterson for Lotus in 1978.


By season



Season Driver Team Engine Poles Wins Podiums Points Margin of defeat
1950 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 4 3 3 27 3
1951 Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari Ferrari 2 2 3 25 6
1952 Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Ferrari Ferrari 2 0 4 24 12
1953 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Maserati Maserati 1 1 4 28 6.5
1954 Argentina José Froilán González Italy Ferrari Ferrari 1 1 4 25.14 16.86
1955 United Kingdom Stirling Moss West Germany Mercedes Mercedes 1 1 3 23 17
1956 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Italy Maserati Maserati 1 2 3 27 3
1957 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Italy Maserati
United Kingdom Vanwall
Maserati
Vanwall
1 3 3 25 15
1958 United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Cooper
United Kingdom Vanwall
Climax
Vanwall
3 4 5 41 1
1959 United Kingdom Tony Brooks Italy Ferrari Ferrari 2 2 4 27 4
1960 New Zealand Bruce McLaren United Kingdom Cooper Climax 0 1 6 34 9
1961 West Germany Wolfgang von Trips Italy Ferrari Ferrari 1 2 4 33 1
1962 United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Lotus Climax 5 3 3 30 12
1963 United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom BRM BRM 2 2 5 29 25
1964 United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom BRM BRM 1 2 5 39 1
1965 United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom BRM BRM 4 2 6 40 14
1966 United Kingdom John Surtees Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Cooper
Ferrari
Maserati
2 2 4 28 14
1967 Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Brabham Repco 2 2 6 46 5
1968 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart France Matra Ford 0 3 4 36 12
1969 Belgium Jacky Ickx United Kingdom Brabham Ford 2 2 5 37 26
1970 Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy Ferrari Ferrari 4 3 5 40 5
1971 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom March Ford 0 0 5 33 29
1972 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell Ford 2 4 5 45 16
1973 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus Ford 1 3 8 55 16
1974 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Italy Ferrari Ferrari 1 1 7 52 3
1975 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom McLaren Ford 0 2 6 45 19.5
1976 Austria Niki Lauda Italy Ferrari Ferrari 3 5 9 68 1
1977 South Africa Jody Scheckter Canada Wolf Ford 1 3 9 55 17
1978 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom Lotus Ford 3 2 7 51 14
1979 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari Ferrari 1 3 7 47 4
1980 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham Ford 2 3 6 54 13
1981 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Williams Ford 2 2 7 49 1
1982 France Didier Pironi Italy Ferrari Ferrari 2 2 6 39 5
1983 France Alain Prost France Renault Renault 3 4 7 57 2
1984 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren TAG 3 7 9 71.5 0.5
1985 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari Ferrari 1 2 8 53 20
1986 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams Honda 2 5 9 70 2
1987 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams Honda 8 6 7 61 15
1988 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren Honda 2 7 14 87 3
1989 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren Honda 13 6 7 60 16
1990 France Alain Prost Italy Ferrari Ferrari 0 5 9 71 7
1991 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams Renault 2 5 9 72 24
1992 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams Renault 1 1 9 56 52
1993 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren Ford 1 5 9 73 26
1994 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams Renault 2 6 11 91 1
1995 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams Renault 7 4 9 69 33
1996 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams Renault 3 4 11 78 19
1997 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen* United Kingdom Williams Renault 1 1 7 42 39
1998 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Ferrari 3 6 11 86 14
1999 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari Ferrari 0 4 9 74 2
2000 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren Mercedes 5 4 11 89 19
2001 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren Mercedes 2 2 10 65 58
2002 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari Ferrari 3 4 10 77 67
2003 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren Mercedes 2 1 10 91 2
2004 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari Ferrari 4 2 14 114 34
2005 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren Mercedes 6 7 12 112 21
2006 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Ferrari 4 7 12 121 13
2007 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren Mercedes 6 4 12 109 1
2008 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Ferrari 6 6 10 97 1
2009 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull Renault 4 4 8 84 11
2010 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari Ferrari 2 5 10 252 4
2011 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren Mercedes 0 3 12 270 122
2012 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari Ferrari 2 3 13 278 3

† Von Trips died after a crash at the 1961 Italian Grand Prix; the accident also killed 14 spectators. Peterson similarly died after a crash at the 1978 Italian Grand Prix. These two fatal incidents mark their runners-up statuses in the championship as posthumous awards.
* In 1997, Michael Schumacher initially finished second in the Championship, three points behind Jacques Villeneuve, but was subsequently disqualified from the Championship, as punishment for causing an avoidable accident with Villeneuve at the season's final race.[1]

By driver

Below is a list of the drivers that have finished runners-up on multiple seasons. Added are the numbers of championships that the driver won, if any.

Driver Runner-up Titles
United Kingdom Stirling Moss 4 0
France Alain Prost 4 4
United Kingdom Graham Hill 3 2
United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 3 1
Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 2 5
Belgium Jacky Ickx 2 0
United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 2 3
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 2 2
Sweden Ronnie Peterson 2 0
Brazil Ayrton Senna 2 3
United Kingdom Damon Hill 2 1
Brazil Rubens Barrichello 2 0
Finland Kimi Räikkönen 2 1
Germany Michael Schumacher 2 7
Spain Fernando Alonso 2 2

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