Williams end second-longest F1 victory drought

2012 Spanish Grand Prix stats and facts

Kimi Raikkonen, Juan Pablo Montoya, Rubens Barrichello, Interlagos, 2004Pastor Maldonado became the 104th different driver to win a round of the world championship.

He added Venezuela to the list of countries that have produced race winners, becoming the 21st different nation to do so.

Maldonado also scored his first pole position, something 96 different drivers have achieved. He inherited first on the grid after Lewis Hamilton was penalised, costing McLaren what would have been their 150th pole position.

Williams’ wait for a win

Williams are no strangers to victory in F1 – this was their 114th and Maldonado is the 15th different driver to have won for them.

But it’s been a long time since their last taste of success: Juan Pablo Montoya’s win in the 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix. This was also the last race before F1 Fanatic came into existence!

Williams ended one of the longest victory droughts ever for an F1 team. They failed to win in the intervening 130 races they started. But it falls well short of the record set by Ligier, who went 223 races without a win between Jacques Laffite’s victory in Canada in 1981, and Olivier Panis’s Monaco Grand Prix triumph in 1996.

Here are the five longest victory droughts for F1 constructors:

Team Win Next win Gap
Ligier 1981 Canadian Grand Prix 1996 Monaco Grand Prix 223
Williams 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix 2012 Spanish Grand Prix 130
Tyrrell 1978 Monaco Grand Prix 1982 Las Vegas Grand Prix 70
Renault 1983 Austrian Grand Prix 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix 64
Ferrari 1990 Spanish Grand Prix 1994 German Grand Prix 58

Williams also had a 54-race win-less streak between the 1997 Luxembourg and 2001 San Marino Grands Prix.

Two other teams in F1 today with long gaps between wins are McLaren (49 between Adelaide 1993 and Melbourne 1997, and 44 between Fuji 1977 and Silverstone 1981) and Mercedes (40 between Monza 1955 and Shanghai 2012).

There have been longer win droughts in terms of duration, but these were set by teams who left the sport and returned. Such as Honda, who went 39 years between John Surtees’ win at Monza in 1967 and Jenson Button’s Hungarian Grand Prix win in 2006, though the team did not participate between 1969 and 2005.

Likewise Mercedes ended a 57-year wait for another victory this year, but did not compete as a full constructor between 1956 and 2009.

Most different winners at the start of the season

Maldonado became the fifth different driver for a fifth different team to win a race at the start of the season. The only other season this has ever happened was 1983:

Race 1983 Winner 2012 Winner
1 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Brabham Australia Jenson Button, McLaren
2 USA West John Watson, McLaren Malaysia Fernando Alonso, Ferrari
3 France Alain Prost, Renault China Nico Rosberg, Mercedes
4 San Marino Patrick Tambay, Ferrari Bahrain Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull
5 Monaco Keke Rosberg, Williams Spain Pastor Maldonado, Williams

In 1983 the sixth round was won by Prost. If a different driver or team wins the next race it will set a new record for most consecutive winners at the start of the season. Given Lotus and Sauber’s strong start to the year, it is not out of the question.

We have now had seven different winners in the last seven races, including Lewis Hamilton’s win in Abu Dhabi and Mark Webber’s in Brazil at the end of last season.

The record for most consecutive different winners is nine. Here are the longest streaks:

First race Last race Number Winners
1961 French Grand Prix 1962 French Grand Prix 9 Giancalo Baghetti, Wolfgang von Trips, Stirling Moss, Phil Hill, Innes Ireland, Graham Hill, Bruce McLaren, Jim Clark, Dan Gurney
1982 German Grand Prix 1983 French Grand Prix 8 Patrick Tambay, Elio de Angelis, Keke Rosberg, Rene Arnoux, Michele Alboreto, Nelson Piquet, John Watson, Alain Prost

More Spanish Grand Prix stats and facts

Romain Grosjean set fastest lap for the first time in his career. A different driver has set fastest lap in every race this year including both Lotus drivers, although neither of them have won a race.

His team mate Kimi Raikkonen led a race for the first time since his comeback – the last time he led was at Monza in 2009.

Kamui Kobayashi equalled his best-ever finish with fifth, which he also scored in last year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Mark Webber’s run of four consecutive fourth-place finishes came to an end. He also failed to score for the first time in ten races.

Five drivers have completed all 293 racing laps so far this year: Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen.

Without penalties, Hamilton would have started every race from the front row so far. A gearbox change penalty dropped him to seventh in China, and his exclusion from qualifying this weekend left him last on the grid.

Review the year so far in statistics here:

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112 comments on Williams end second-longest F1 victory drought

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  1. thejudge13+ said on 14th May 2012, 12:40

    Fantastic for Williiams.

    A few more stats to add – for those who think tyres a ruining the racing

    Up to and including Barcelona last year and this year, the pole sitter has (9 races)

    5 wins
    1 2nd
    2 3rds
    1 4th

    • themanwiththechequeredflag said on 14th May 2012, 15:30

      Clearly fast cars qualify well and win races – even with Pirelli’s

  2. tmax (@tmax) said on 14th May 2012, 12:44

    Nice stats… Feel sorry for Lewis who has a nice car and is in good form too….

  3. thatscienceguy said on 14th May 2012, 12:46

    Interesting, who are the 8 drivers to have won races but never scored a pole?
    Olivier Panis would be one, Innes Ireland too, I’m assuming the rest are also people who only won once? I guess the Indianapolis 500 might throw the stats out a bit.

  4. Dougie MacDonald said on 14th May 2012, 12:52

    In this year of really unusual stats I was intrigued to find out that the last time Williams, Ferrari and Lotus were on the podium together was Monaco 1987!

    • Andrew81 (@andrew81) said on 14th May 2012, 13:03

      I was wondering about this stat, but didn’t feel like trawling through every race so thanks for that! It’s actually more recent than I thought it would be.

    • andae23 (@andae23) said on 14th May 2012, 17:32

      The last time Williams, Ferrari and Lotus were on the podium in the same order as the Spanish GP, was the 1984 Dallas GP: Rosberg, Arnoux, de Angelis.

    • Mark (@marlarkey) said on 14th May 2012, 22:07

      Hmmm… yes but is this really “Lotus” ?

      If “Lotus” win a race this season then does it count against Team Lotus results ?

      • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 14th May 2012, 23:41

        Yes. Constructors are listed and recorded in stats by the chassis name, which is Lotus, not Renault, Benneton, Enstone or what have you.

        • Mark (@marlarkey) said on 15th May 2012, 0:09

          But this “Lotus” isn’t anything at all to do with Team Lotus…. my point is that this “Lotus” team stats should not be added to the “Team Lotus” stats from previous years as they are different constructors (not the same constructor returning to racing).

          They can be recorded as “Lotus” but it needs to be clear that it is a different “Lotus”.

          • Polishboy808 (@polishboy808) said on 15th May 2012, 1:44

            Not sure what your getting at here. Yes, its built in Enstone, but it is funded by THE Lotus that builds current Lotus road cars and that also built the old Lotus road cars, which was the same Lotus that funded the old Lotus race team that were built not in Hornsey, like the original Lotus road and race cars, but in another factory built specifically for their race cars in Hethel (which now currently produces Lotus’ road cars). So even though Enstone was not built by Lotus, it is funded by Lotus in the same way that Lotus funded the Team Lotus race team back in the 60’s – 90’s. Thats the way I understood it at least.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 15th May 2012, 9:56

            Ehm, @polishboy808, In general I agree a lot with the what you want to say here, but since LotusGP and Group Lotus informed the world a couple of weeks ago that in fact they ended that sponsorship contract, your argument is not true anymore. And it seems part of the reason was that the money was not forthcoming easily even last year, although probably money from Lotus Cars did finance part of the development of this years’ car.

          • Mark (@marlarkey) said on 16th May 2012, 13:10

            I’m just curious as to what the criteria has to be for it to count as the same team. Is simply carrying the name enough (ie a sponsorship deal) ? Or is it ownership ? Or where the factory is ?

            I’m not sure there is any clear criteria… and it leads to inconsistencies and anomolies.

            1. Case one… Lets say for instance that Ford entered F1 under the Ford name… does that mean that they should inherit the results of Jaguar or that it would count as a new “Ford” set of results.

            2. Case two… If Tata entered F1 under the Tata name, would it be a new team or could they claim the old Jaguar results ?

            3. Case three… what if Tata entered F1 using the Jaguar name (given that they now own Jaguar) would that count as a new team or again could they claim the old Jaguar results ?

            4. If Benneton results count as Benneton, why didn’t Renault inherit the Benneton results when the team became Renault – it was still the same team, only the ownership and funding that changed. OTOH the ex-Benneton Renault team’s results are counted with the Renault Renault results even though the two teams were not physically the same – only the ownership was the same.

            Personally, unless there is some form of continuity then a line should be drawn and it should count as a separate team.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 16th May 2012, 13:18

            I guess there are two parallell views there @markarkey

            One is the view of the official statistics, who go by chassis name (Benneton was ditched when they went to Renault, and now it was exchanged for Lotus, therefore it now gets counted together with the results for the original Team Lotus and the Lotus Racing/Team Lotus of Fernandes )

            Another view is the one used to determine success payments (and past success Bonus) under the Concorde Agreement, this goes by company registration number (with a few provisions limiting changes made to the onwership and chassis name, as far as is known)

  5. Lin1876 (@lin1876) said on 14th May 2012, 12:53

    A quick correction: Williams won the 2001 San Marino GP, not 2003. The figure of 54 races without a win looks right, as the team failed to win at all in 1998, 1999 or 2000.

    Epic once again Keith, still my favourite article of the weekend!

  6. MaroonJack (@maroonjack) said on 14th May 2012, 12:55

    I noticed a typo: “The yfailed” instead of “they failed”.

  7. Deflated Tyre said on 14th May 2012, 12:57

    Am I right in Saying Maldonado is the first person since Emerson Fittipaldi to score their first podium and race win at the same race?

  8. Burnout (@burnout) said on 14th May 2012, 13:01

    Should Renault be on the list as fourth longest gap between wins? They weren’t a constructor for most of the years between 1983 and 2003.

  9. Euro Brun (@eurobrun) said on 14th May 2012, 13:04

    I quite enjoyed the fact that last time Williams won a race, Kimi was also on the podium!

  10. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 14th May 2012, 13:16

    When was the last time Williams, Ferrari and Lotus were on the podium together?

    • Dougie MacDonald said on 14th May 2012, 14:58

      Monaco 1987!

    • Mark (@marlarkey) said on 14th May 2012, 22:01

      Hmmm… yes but is this really “Lotus” ?

      If “Lotus” win a race this season then does it count against Team Lotus results ?

      • Joao Pitol (@) said on 16th May 2012, 21:00

        If you think not, would you agree that that team’s previous victories shouldn’t count as “Renault” either? And, of course, that the Brackley team isn’t really “Mercedes”?

  11. Picasso 1.9D FTW (@picasso-19d-ftw) said on 14th May 2012, 13:19

    I’m rusty on my lineages, anyone care to say who Brabham sort-of-became now, and who Red Bull sort-of-came from in 1983? Renault, too, for that matter: did the ’83 team go through various generations and turn back into the modern Lotus, or something else?

    • safeeuropeanhome (@debaser91) said on 14th May 2012, 13:26

      Brabham as a team died in 1992. Red Bull bought out Jaguar, which came from Stewart whose first season was 1997, so a long time in the future from 1983.

      The 83′ Renault and 21st century Renault are not the same team originally. The modern incarnation of Lotus comes from Renault, which was formerly Benetton from 1986 to 2001. Before Benetton the team was called Toleman whose first season was 1981. Hope that answers your question.

      • Picasso 1.9D FTW (@picasso-19d-ftw) said on 14th May 2012, 13:33

        that’s perfect, thank you. I’m surprised no-one bought out Brabham, the rest confirms what I thought I knew. Shame though, I was hoping there might be one or two more hidden parallels between the recent run of 5 teams & drivers winning races ;)

        • Picasso 1.9D FTW (@picasso-19d-ftw) said on 14th May 2012, 13:38

          having said I was surprised Brabham wasn’t bought out, clearly they were rubbish in the later years and it looks like there wasn’t a market for team entries as there is now. Not such a surprise then

          • safeeuropeanhome (@debaser91) said on 14th May 2012, 14:31

            Yeah Brabham faded into obscurity in the end, the only noteworthy thing they really did in later years was give Damon Hill his debut before he went to Williams the next year.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 15th May 2012, 10:14

            Wasn’t that about Bernie quitting being a team owner when he became fully engaged with the sports rights, and not wanting to sell to anyone (he probably did not need the money anymore by then)?

            He still owns a lot of the cars from the glory days.

      • Joao Pitol (@) said on 16th May 2012, 21:04

        +1, hence my question about where the ’97-’03 Toleman drought would fall in those rankings.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 14th May 2012, 13:35

      @picasso-19d-ftw – Red Bull can trace its lineage back to Stewart GP, which was founded in 1997. Jackie Stewart didn’t buy out an existing team – he established his own. Stewart became Jaguar in 2000, which in turn became Red Bull in 2005.

      As for Brabham, they were established in 1962, and continued using the name until 1992, when they were sold to a Japanese engineering firm and promptly collapsed. The case was so bad that it was referred to the Serious Fraud Office. There was an attempt to revive the Brabham name for a 2010 grid entry, but the bid never progressed beyond the first round of the selection process.

      Renault is a bit harder to pin down. They started racing in 1997, and continued to 1985, and which point they were shut down. At the same time, they supplied Toleman – the team that gave Senna his start – starting in 1981. Toleman was sold to the Benetton Group, who raced as Benetton until 2002, when they changed their name to Renault (though Renault had actually been funding the team since 2000). They continued competing as Renault until 2009, at which point they withdrew and Genii Captial took control of the team. Genii continued to use the Renault name in 2010 and 2011, before they became Lotus this year.

      • Picasso 1.9D FTW (@picasso-19d-ftw) said on 14th May 2012, 14:46

        thanks PM, it’s fascinating stuff. The merry-go-round of names is almost as frantic and incestuous as the merry-go-round of staff.
        So in short there is a (somewhat slim) case to say that ’83 Renault is an ancestor of the 2012 Lotus. Another reason it would be fun to see Raikonnen or Grosjean make it onto the top step at Monaco.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 15th May 2012, 10:16

        A slight typo there @prisoner-monkeys

        They started racing in 1997, and continued to 1985

        making the dates a bit strange!

      • Joao Pitol (@) said on 16th May 2012, 21:14

        “At the same time, they [Renault] supplied Toleman…starting in 1981″

        I don’t think so. From 1980 (in F2) till the end of ’85, Toleman used Hart engines, switching to BMW as Benetton for ’86, then Ford till the end of ’94. Renault did supply Benetton with engines from ’95, and the team was still using them (under Mecachrome and Playlife branding) until the Renault takeover and the switch to the new wide angle V10.

        If by “supplied”‘ you meant something else than engine supply, I’m not aware of any relationship. What were you thinking of?

  12. Hatebreeder (@hatebreeder) said on 14th May 2012, 13:21

    And I managed to miss such an exciting race. :P
    Good thing I have Internet. :D

  13. bananaramarepublic said on 14th May 2012, 13:29

    2001 Imola,not 2003

  14. alexf1man (@alexf1man) said on 14th May 2012, 13:37

    The last Williams win from pole was by Juan Pablo Montoya in the 2003 German Grand Prix.
    Those teams were last in the top 3 together in the 2005 European Grand Prix (when Lotus was Renault).
    First Williams podium since the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.

  15. Carlitox (@carlitox) said on 14th May 2012, 13:44

    First win for a South American driver since 2009 (Barrichello, Brawn GP, Monza), Also first time an engine manufacturer wins with two different teams since 2009 (McLaren and Brawn GP), that was actually achieved with Rosberg’s win, but it’s the first time for Renault since 1995 (when four different Renault-powered cars won races: Hill, Coulthard, Schumacher and Herbert). Please correct me if I made a boo-boo :)

    • Burnout (@burnout) said on 14th May 2012, 13:51

      You’re right. Four different Renault powered cars won races in 1995, but only two teams (Williams and Benetton). Considering Lotus’s form this season, we might have wins being taken by three different Teams running the same engines.
      I guess we’d have to go back to the DFV era to find the last time three constructors using the same engine won races in one season.

      • Andrew81 (@andrew81) said on 14th May 2012, 14:20

        Force India came close to making it three for Mercedes engines in 2009. Could it be 1982 for the Cosworth engines?

      • Carlitox (@carlitox) said on 14th May 2012, 17:29

        That’s right. After a quick research your answer is 1983: Ford won three races (USA west, east and Monaco) with three different teams (McLaren, Williams and Tyrrell) and three different drivers (Watson, Keke Rosberg and Alboreto)

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