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The top 10 most unwanted records in Formula 1

The top 10 most unwanted records in Formula 1



The top 10 most unwanted records in Formula 1

The top 10 most unwanted records in Formula 1

While we all like to exalt the best in Formula 1, there are times when we also have to give a passing nod to the worst.

After bringing you the records that will likely never be broken, GPFans now presents F1's hall of shame.

10. Most podiums without a win

Nick Heidfeld and his BMW-Sauber team celebrate a top-three finish but he was never to win in F1

Nick Heidfeld enjoyed a relatively productive F1 career that spanned 12 seasons and 183 grands prix, but he is one of the many who never won a race.

Heidfeld goes down in F1 history for securing 13 podium finishes overall but not once did he stand on the top step, instead claiming third on five occasions, while he was runner-up eight times.

The closest Heidfeld came to savouring the winner's champagne was in Canada in 2007 when he finished just over four seconds adrift of Lewis Hamilton, with the McLaren rookie that year winning in F1 for the first time. It was a race further made memorable by a violent crash involving Heidfeld's BMW Sauber team-mate Robert Kubica.

9. Fastest penalty

Sebastian Vettel rolls out of the pits for the first time in F1 - and straight into the record books for the fastest penalty

Six seconds! That's all it took for Sebastian Vettel to earn his place on this list.

In his first F1 outing in 2006 as a test driver with BMW Sauber during the first practice session for the Turkish GP, Vettel pulled out of the garage and sped in the pitlane en route to the track.

Vettel was naturally fined by the stewards for his infringement, not that it held him back, of course, as he has since gone on to become one of the sport's most successful drivers.

8. Most races before a podium

Carlos Sainz celebrates his belated podium after the 2019 Brazilian GP

It does not matter how they come about, and it does not matter whether you actually get to stand on the podium at the end of the race, you will take one whatever.

That is exactly the situation Carlos Sainz found himself in following last year's final race of the season in Brazil as at the flag he finished behind Max Verstappen, Pierre Gasly and Lewis Hamilton in fourth.

Hamilton, though, was later handed a five-second time penalty, demoting him from third to seventh, so promoting Sainz into the top three, giving the Spaniard his first podium in his 101st race. The previous record had been held by Martin Brundle with 91. Sainz later staged his own impromptu podium with his McLaren team by way of celebration.

7. Most laps led without a win

Chris Amon led 183 laps during his F1 career but never won a race

It is fair to suggest that bad luck hounded Chris Amon, who is widely regarded as one of the finest drivers of his generation, albeit failing to secure the success his talent deserved.

Across his 96 grand prix starts throughout his 14 seasons in F1, that included two and a half seasons with Ferrari, Amon led for 183 laps but never once claimed a victory, although he was second on three occasions, including by just 1.1secs to Pedro Rodriguez in the 1970 Belgian GP.

The New Zealander did enjoy a now much-fabled success away from F1 by winning the 1966 Le Mans.

6. Most races without a pole

Sergio Perez has enjoyed a solid F1 career but he has never started from pole position

It is 176 starts and counting for Sergio Perez, who took up the mantle for this record last season by surpassing the 161 held by Johnny Herbert.

Throughout his time in F1 with Sauber, McLaren and Force India/Racing Point, spending six seasons overall with the latter, Perez's best starting grid slot has only been fourth.

As an aside, Romain Grosjean moved up to second on the list last year, with the Frenchman now on 164 starts, just 12 behind Perez.

5. Most grands prix before first win/pole

Mark Webber celebrates his first victory at the 130th attempt

You wait 130 races and then all of a sudden you end two unwanted records at once. That is the scenario that befell Mark Webber.

In his eighth season in F1, and his third with Red Bull after previously driving for Minardi, Jaguar and Williams, Webber finally shook two monkeys off his back at the 2009 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.

After claiming his first pole position by just 0.127secs from Brawn GP's Rubens Barrichello, having long passed the previous worst of 116 by Jarno Trulli, Webber followed up with a far-from-comfortable win as he had to take a drivethrough penalty en route to finally celebrating a long-overdue victory at the 130th time of asking. Barrichello had previously held the record with 124.

4. Most grands prix without a podium

Nico Hulkenberg en route to fourth in the 2016 Belgian GP

Nico Hulkenberg's career is one of those that should have yielded so much more than it ultimately did.

Hulkenberg enjoyed a stellar junior career, winning titles with A1GP, Formula 3 Euroseries and GP2, but for whatever reason, he fell just short in F1 across his 177 races with Williams, Force India, Sauber and Renault.

The fact he failed to claim a single podium is an astonishing feat given his talent, and he certainly had his opportunities, only to spurn them all and leaving F1 at the end of last season with an ignominious record, and with a best result of fourth on three occasions.

3. Most grands prix without a point

Luca Badoer failed to score a point in 50 races, including two with Ferrari

Luca Badoer is the driver to fall short in this category, competing in 50 races with Lola, Forti and Minardi, and even Ferrari, but without a point to his name.

The two races for the Scuderia were 10 years after he had last driven in F1, stepping in for the European and Belgian GPs in 2009 from his role as test and reserve driver and following the horrific injury sustained to Felipe Massa in Hungary.

They arguably represented his best opportunities of breaking his duck at a time when the top eight drivers scored points, but he could only manage 17th and 14th.

2. Most grands prix without a win (driver)

Andrea de Cesaris suffers a spectacular engine failure during his ill-fated 1987 season with Brabham

Was Andrea de Cesaris unlucky, a bad driver, a combination of the two? Whatever you think of the Italian, he holds his place in the record books for starting an astonishing 208 races without winning.

De Cesaris drove for Alfa Romeo, McLaren, Ligier, Minardi, Brabham, Rial, Dallara, Jordan, Tyrrell and Sauber, and throughout that time was involved in 147 retirements, including another record of 18 in a row across 1985 and 1986.

His 12 successive DNFs in a single season in 1987 while with Brabham is another record, along with the 14 overall that year across a 16-race season campaign. Remarkably, he finished third in Belgium, one of only five podiums to his name.

1. Most grands prix without a win (team)

Damon Hill celebrates his second place on the podium at the 1997 Hungarian GP, but it was oh so close to Arrows' first victory

It is arguably one of those records that is also unlikely to be beaten as Arrows started 382 grands prix during their 25 seasons in F1, from 1978 to 2002, and not once did they win a race.

A host of renowned names drove for the Milton Keynes-based team, including Riccardo Patrese, Gerhard Berger, Michele Alboreto, Jos Verstappen and Damon Hill.

Hill secured the last of Arrows' five second-place finishes in the 1997 Hungarian GP, but it was ultimately a heartbreaking result. The 1996 world champion had led for most of the race, only to suffer a hydraulic failure on the final lap that allowed former Williams team-mate Jacques Villeneuve to pass him late on.


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