What was the best underdog F1 win? Watch the videos and cast your vote…

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Keke Rosberg won one of the hottest F1 races ever at Dallas
Keke Rosberg won one of the hottest F1 races ever at Dallas

Dozens of drivers were named by F1 Fanatic readers in the quest to find F1’s greatest underdog winner. Here’s the final ten to make your choice from – with videos of each race below to help you make up your mind…

What was the greatest underdog F1 win?

  • Stirling Moss - 1961 Monaco Grand Prix (8%)
  • Jody Scheckter - 1977 Argentinean Grand Prix (2%)
  • Gilles Villeneuve - 1981 Spanish Grand Prix (16%)
  • Michele Alboreto - 1982 United States Grand Prix (Las Vegas) (1%)
  • John Watson - 1983 United States Grand Prix (Long Beach) (4%)
  • Keke Rosberg - 1984 United States Grand Prix (Dallas) (4%)
  • Michael Schumacher - 1992 Belgian Grand Prix (11%)
  • Olivier Panis - 1996 Monaco Grand Prix (9%)
  • Johnny Herbert - 1999 European Grand Prix (8%)
  • Sebastian Vettel - 2008 Italian Grand Prix (37%)

Total Voters: 676

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Stirling Moss – 1961 Monaco Grand Prix

Vintage performance by Moss, holding off the chasing Ferraris of Richie Ginther and Phil Hill for lap after lap.

Jody Scheckter – 1977 Argentinean Grand Prix

A rare victory for a new constructor in its first Grand Prix.

Gilles Villeneuve – 1981 Spanish Grand Prix

Gilles Villeneuve using every ounce of his talent to keep a train of four cars behind him to the flag.

Read more about the 1981 Spanish Grand Prix

Michele Alboreto – 1982 United States Grand Prix (Las Vegas)

Michele Alboreto scoops a surprise win for Tyrrell while Keke Rosberg and John Watson duke it out for the title.

John Watson – 1983 United States Grand Prix (Long Beach)

John Watson sets the record for scoring a win from the worst starting position – 22nd – which remains unbeaten. (See here for more Grands Prix won from the back of the grid).

Keke Rosberg – 1984 United States Grand Prix (Dallas)

Rosberg shrugs off fearsome heat and a disintegrating track to win at Dallas in the unfancied Williams FW09.

Michael Schumacher – 1992 Belgian Grand Prix

Surprisingly not nominated by anyone last week, but Schumacher’s opportunistic win at a damp Spa up against the might of Nigel Mansell’s Williams FW14B definitely deserves a place in the top ten.

Olivier Panis – 1996 Monaco Grand Prix

A popular pick in the nominations, Panis profited from attrition to win at Monaco in 1996.

Johnny Herbert – 1999 European Grand Prix

Front runners Mika Hakkinen and Eddie Irvine took themselves out of the running with tactical blunders, and Johnny Herbert rose from the midfield to give Stewart their only win.

Sebastian Vettel – 2008 Italian Grand Prix

At an unprecedented soaked weekend at Monza, Sebastian Vettel in his Toro Rosso gave his rivals a masterclass in wet weather driving.

Read more: Sebastian Vettel brushes title rivals aside to win (2008 Italian GP review)