@sigman1998 There you go, there’s the winner.
Niki Lauda scored nearly 66% of his wins not starting from pole. I did not check it, but I think that has to be one of highest among the drivers with the most race wins of all time in F1.
The most interesting thing is that he actually haven’t scored a win from pole after his near-fatal crash on the Ring in 1976. Before that pole-to-win was his habit, he scored a lot of wins from pole. After that – none.
I think it’s very strange how he seemingly lost some edge after that. Nevertheless, we must not forget, after 1976 he scored his wins in arguably the next-best package almost exclusively. In 1977, the Lotus was already very quick, though unreliable. In 1982-1984/1985, the McLaren was not the quickest car either on one lap. This title belonged to the Renault then the Brabham in 1983, and to the Brabham exclusively in 1984.
I think this underlines how he was one of the most successful and cleverest driver in the pack – to use a NASCAR terminology. Wonderful.
the_sigman, you are the next.