Waiting to win: When each F1 driver last won a race

2011 F1 season preview

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2010

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2010

Racing drivers live to win. But when they reach the pinnacle of the sport they face the best of their peers in the fastest cars – and the wait between victories can be a long one.

For one driver on the 2011 grid it’s been well over a decade since his last win in a major international race.

Cast your eye on the list below to see who’s been waiting longest for their next taste of success.

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel

2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Red Bull-Renault RB6
10.162s ahead of Lewis Hamilton

Mark Webber

2010 Hungarian Grand Prix
Red Bull-Renault RB6
17.821s ahead of Fernando Alonso

McLaren

Lewis Hamilton

2010 Belgian Grand Prix
McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25
1.571s ahead of Mark Webber

Jenson Button

2010 Chinese Grand Prix
McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25
1.53s ahead of Lewis Hamilton

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso

2010 Korean Grand Prix
Ferrari F10
14.999s ahead of Lewis Hamilton

Felipe Massa

2008 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ferrari F2008
13.298s ahead of Fernando Alonso

Mercedes

Michael Schumacher

2006 Chinese Grand Prix
Ferrari 248 F1
3.121s ahead of Fernando Alonso

Nico Rosberg

2005 GP2 Bahrain Sprint Race
ART GP2 Dallara
8.335s ahead of Ernesto Viso

Renault

Nick Heidfeld

1999 F3000 A1-Ring
West Competition Team Lola B99/50
8.957s ahead of Soheil Ayari

Vitaly Petrov

2009 GP2 Valencia feature race
Barwa Addax Dallara GP2-08
0.396s ahead of Nico H???lkenberg

Robert Kubica

2008 Canadian Grand Prix
BMW F1.08
16.495s ahead of Nick Heidfeld

NB. Not starting the season due to injury

Williams

Rubens Barrichello

2009 Italian Grand Prix
Brawn BGP-001
2.866s ahead of Jenson Button

Pastor Maldonado

2010 GP2 Spa-Francorchamps feature race
Rapax Dallara GP2-08
0.243s ahead of Alvaro Parente

Force India

Adrian Sutil

2006 Japanese F3, Fuji Speedway (fourth race)
TOM?s Dallara F305-Toyota
2.491s ahead of Kazuya Oshima

Paul di Resta

2010 DTM Hockenheimring (second race)
Mercedes C-Klasse 09
10.532s ahead of Timo Scheider

Sauber

Kamui Kobayashi

2008 GP2 Barcelona sprint race
DAMS Dallara GP2-08
1.176s ahead of Sebastien Buemi

Sergio Perez

2010 GP2 Abu Dhabi feature race
Barwa Addax Dallara GP2-08
21.065s ahead of Oliver Turvey

Toro Rosso

Sebastien Buemi

2008 GP2 Hungaroring Sprint Race
Arden GP2 Dallara
7.978s ahead of Andy Soucek

Jaime Alguersuari

2009 Formula Renault 3.5 Portugal (second race)
Carlin Dallara FR35
1.448s ahead of Charles Pic

Lotus

Jarno Trulli

2004 Monaco Grand Prix
Renault
0.497s ahead of Jenson Button

Heikki Kovalainen

2008 Hungarian Grand Prix
McLaren-Mercedes
11.061s ahead of Timo Glock

HRT

Narain Karthikeyan

2010 Superleague Formula Brands Hatch (second race)
PSV Eindhoven Panoz DP09B
12.736s ahead of Davide Rigon

Vitantonio Liuzzi

2008-09 Speedcar Series Bahrain (fourth race)
UP Team Speedcar 6.0 V8
3.453s ahead of Thomas Biagi

Virgin

Timo Glock

2007 GP2 Valencia Ricardo Tormo Sprint Race
iSport GP2 Dallara
5.474s ahead of Javier Villa

Jerome d’Ambrosio

2010 GP2 Monaco sprint race
DAMS Dallara GP2-08
0.351s ahead of Giedo van der Garde

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98 comments on Waiting to win: When each F1 driver last won a race

  1. Eggry (@eggry) said on 17th March 2011, 10:10

    Haha! I knew it! poor Nick. I hope he would win this year. maybe this is his last chance. of course I wish Alonso win the title!

  2. Shimks said on 17th March 2011, 10:19

    Keith, I know you get a lot of fan mail from us – it’s getting ridiculous, really! :O) – but I have to say you have some remarkably good and original ideas for articles. Another fascinating read.

    (Now can I borrow 2 quid?)

  3. Lauro Moura said on 17th March 2011, 10:29

    Wasn’t Kobayashi last win GP2 Asia Series 2008-09 Bahrain Feature race (January 23rd, 2009)?

    • montreal95 said on 17th March 2011, 12:51

      Keith, I think this is correct as I remember Kobayashi winning the 2008-09 GP2 Asia series.

  4. Toro Stevo said on 17th March 2011, 11:22

    Webber must have gone 8 years before winning in 09, so things can happen late in a career if you’re lucky enough to get in the right team and still be competitive.

    Although it doesn’t really count, Heidfeld did get pole somewhere didn’t he, with Williams maybe? In the old one lap wonder or two lap combined qualifying days.

  5. Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 17th March 2011, 11:49

    There’s hope for Heidfeld yet! When Jos Verstappen won the A1GP race in Durban in 2006, it was his first win in a major international race since 1993. So it is definitely possible for a driver to return to winning ways after a long period in the wilderness (especially if that wilderness is the result of a long time in F1 in cars that aren’t really capable of winning).

  6. Ollie (@olz21) said on 17th March 2011, 11:52

    For me, these statistics justify teams opting for young talent over more experienced midfield drivers.
    young drivers who are used to winning in lower formulae are surely much more likely to have the killer instinct and winning mentality than Heidfeld or Rosberg. Especially with the big changes of rules, everyone starts on a level playing field. For these reasons I think the rookies and more recent winners will have a relatively strong year.

    • montreal95 said on 17th March 2011, 12:58

      I disagree. The hunger for winning doesn’t go anywhere and the experience can’t be bought for any amount of money, as Hulkenberg found out last season, for example. And about “killer instinct”, it’s easier to remember something you’ve forgotten than to learn something new(see the case of Button in 2009).

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 18th March 2011, 0:04

      young drivers who are used to winning in lower formulae are surely much more likely to have the killer instinct and winning mentality than Heidfeld or Rosberg.

      Rosberg is a young driver who was used to winning in lower formulae. So what are you on about?

  7. Bobtehblob said on 17th March 2011, 12:13

    Got to feel for old Heidfeld

  8. narain actually won a race! amazing

    • montreal95 said on 17th March 2011, 13:35

      He has won a whole bunch of races in junior formulae before 2005, so how’s that a surprise?

  9. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 17th March 2011, 13:21

    Great list and quite a depressing read for some of them.

  10. Makes you wonder which drivers has made it into, through, and out of F1 with the fewest number of race wins in their career. There must be a fair few drivers with only a handful of career wins to their name.

  11. Icemangrins said on 17th March 2011, 15:24

    I don’t about you guys, but MSC will win atleast one race this year. I guess atleast in one race the car, tyres & the strategy will come together !

  12. I laughed out loud when I saw Heifeld’s…

  13. Robbie said on 17th March 2011, 16:14

    It’s been 12 years for Heidfeld? I feel sad.

  14. MattW said on 18th March 2011, 5:10

    Keith, if you have time putting the number of races since their last win would be interesting too, taking into account things like Schuey’s retirement.

  15. strictly commercial said on 18th March 2011, 9:09

    Hasn’t Schumacher won a couple ROC’s in the recent years? (I do get why one wouldn’t consider them as proper races though.)

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