Button tipped to boost home wins record

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

From Moss to Clark (above) to Mansell: British fans have seen 21 home wins
From Moss to Clark (above) to Mansell: British fans have seen 21 home wins

Britain has had more home winners of its Grand Prix than any other country.

And with Jenson Button favourite to win again this year, that record could grow even further this weekend.

British winners in the British Grand Prix

Of the 59 British Grands Prix to date, 21 have been won by home drivers:

Stirling Moss – 1955
Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks – 1957
Peter Collins – 1958
Jim Clark – 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967
Jackie Stewart – 1969, 1971
James Hunt – 1977
John Watson – 1981
Nigel Mansell – 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992
Damon Hill – 1994
Johnny Herbert – 1995
David Coulthard – 1999, 2000
Lewis Hamilton – 2008

No other country has made it into double figures – not even Italy, the only other nation to have held a Grand Prix in every year of the world championship:

Country Home wins Home winners Home races
Great Britain 21 12 59
Brazil 9 4 36
France 8 3 58
Germany 5 2 55
Argentina 4 1 20
Italy 4 3 59

Other races with home winners: Austria, South Africa, Canada, Spain, USA.

And had James Hunt not been stripped of his win in 1976 the British total would be even higher.

Jenson Button: the 14th winner?

After winning six of the first seven races, it’s no surprise that Jenson Button is the favourite to win again this weekend.

Bookmakers Paddy Power are giving 8/11 odds on Button to win, 9/2 on Sebastian Vettel and 15/2 on Rubens Barrichello. The chances of a repeat win for Lewis Hamilton? A slender 40/1.

But those of you hoping for anything other than another Button win can take heart from this: I’m going to my sixth British Grand Prix this weekend – and I’ve never seen a home win yet.

Whether anyone will get a chance to win the British Grand Prix in 2010 depends on Simon Gillett’s vision of a race at Donington coming true – or Silverstone pulling something spectacular out of the bag. If it doesn’t happen, at least it’ll give the rest a chance to catch up.

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