It’s fair to say that the Amazon Web Services (AWS) tyre graphics haven’t really been all that popular with F1 fans, and this year they’ve ramped things up with car performance scores and more.

Turns out though they are NOTHING compared to the latest AWS project, one that has supposedly found the ‘Fastest Driver’ since 1983 by providing a “data-driven ranking of all drivers from 1983 through present day” and “removing the F1 car differential from the equation”.

All the qualifyings lap in F1’s data archive were used to give us F1’s ‘Fastest Driver’ rankings.

So without further ado, here’s the list which includes gap to leader.

F1’s ‘Fastest Driver’ Ranking

  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

Finally, we can stop all the arguments about who is better and who would win in equal cars as it’s all here in front of us. Sorry Lewis Hamilton fans but Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher really are the quicker drivers, but it’s even worse for Sebastian Vettel fans, who have to live with the fact that Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli were quicker than a four-time world champion.

Needless to say it’s not been a good week for algorithms.