McLaren driver Lando Norris is ready to break one of those records that a Grand Prix driver wants. And there is a lot of that in the first class, as our examples show.
After the Italian Grand Prix, everyone was talking about Max Verstappen’s great race win and Dutchman Nyck de Vries’ brilliant debut – ninth in Williams. Unrecognized, McLaren driver Lando Norris is closing in on the Formula 1 record. And the Englishman doesn’t like it much.
Norris, who finished seventh, now has 394 World Championship points and has overtaken Romain Grosjean from Geneva – in the list of the most points-scoring GP drivers who did not win a Grand Prix!
Grosjean has been on the podium ten times in Formula 1 (two second, eight third), Norris six times so far (one second, five third).
Since the victory of Norris can only be expected in the event of a crazy race in 2022 and because from today’s point of view there is no indication why McLaren should fight for victory repeatedly in 2023: Nico Hülkenberg’s record may fall next year. The German has won 521 points without a win. Worse ¬– Emmericher would never climb the podium in 181 matches (also a record).
That’s not the only record that no Formula 1 driver wants. So we present: some Grand Prix drivers with incredible records.
Andrea de Cesaris (Italy)
Roman drove 214 Formula 1 World Championship races from Canada in 1980 to Jerez in 1994. It wasn’t enough to win. It wasn’t fast. “de Crasheris” had almost too much of it. Andrea got an unpleasant nickname and many accidents in the first half of his career, but in the second half he became a very reliable pilot. He was also a traveler: 1980 Alfa Romeo, 1981 McLaren, 1982 and 1983 back Alfa, 1984/85 in the service of Ligier, 1986 Minardi, 1987 Brabham, 1988 Rial, 1989/90 BMS1991 Jordan, Jordan 1991, Jordan 1991 93 Tyrrell, Jordan again in 1994, then finally Sauber. No pilot has driven for many GP racing teams (at least none that I can think of). Andrea de Cesaris died in a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Rome in early October 2014.
Chris Amon (New Zealand)
God had given Chris Amon many talents in childhood. The quiet New Zealander won everything on four wheels: Le Mans, the World Sports Car Championship, Formula 2, the Tasman Series, Formula 5000, touring cars – except for the Formula 1 World Championship. the pilot who has completed the most rounds without winning a World Championship round. In races that are not part of the World Championship, Chris won – such as Silverstone in 1970 with March or Argentina in 1971 with Matra. Amon, who died of cancer on August 3, 2016, led 183 laps in the Formula 1 World Championship. Unsuccessful. Something always went wrong. Once at Monza he took off his entire helmet instead of the tear film and then saw nothing in the wind. Sometimes he got a flat tire, other times better. Sometimes the engine struck, then the gearbox. The saying of his rival at the time, Mario Andretti, is legendary: “Chris is unlucky – if he were an undertaker, people would stop dying.”
Luca Badoer (Italy)
From South Africa 1993 to Belgium 2009, Ferrari’s long-time test driver Luca Badoer participated in a total of 51 World Championship races. Guess how many points he managed to collect. Exactly – none. We would like to remind that Luca started in an era where the top ten were not yet awarded points. It hurts a lot: At the Nürburgring in 1999, the Minardi gearbox broke, Luca was in an impressive fourth place! The Italian collapsed crying next to his car. In 2009 he stayed at Ferrari in Valencia and Belgium with Kimi Raikkonen as a replacement for the injured Felipe Massa. And still he could not score. It shouldn’t have been.
Hanoki Nissany (Israel)
Chanoch Nissany looked out of place driving the Minardi in Friday’s practice for the 2005 Hungarian GP. Fastest in practice then: Alexander Wurz in McLaren, in 1:21.411 minutes. Second from last: Nicholas Kiesa in Jordan, using 1:28.230 minutes. Nissany came without moving the car one meter before, we must be like that. right min 1:34.319 Of course there was a lot of scorn and ridicule, especially after the trip to the gravel trap. But what was more forgotten: Nissany made his debut on Friday after exactly three years in motorsport and at the age of 41!
Claudio Langes (Italy)
Some consider him the worst Formula 1 driver, but we dare to doubt that. However, the statistics do not forgive – 14 attempts to qualify with EuroBrun, from the USA to Spain 1990, not a single start. Wow.
Miguel Angel Guerra (Argentina)
Along with Italian Marco Apicella (Italian GP at Monza 1993, crash in the first corner) Guerra holds the most unlikely record for a short GP career. Guerra competed in four GP weekends with Osella in 1981, but failed to qualify for the races in Long Beach, Brazil and Argentina. It finally worked in Imola, but the young South American did not get half a kilometer: he collided with the March of Eliseo Salazar of Chile, Osella von Guerra hit the wall and was crushed so hard on the front axle that Miguel Ángel broke his ankle. twice it moved inside. “Unfortunately, I didn’t get another chance in Formula 1,” the Argentine said later. “A financial crisis broke out in my country and it was no longer possible to find new sponsors for the GP sport.”
Al Pease (Canada)
You still have Chanoch Nissany now, yes? Fortunately, with the checkered flag in free practice, the spook around Israel was up. Since Al Pease of Canada came a little ahead. The local hero started the 1969 Mosport GP with a qualifying time of 11.1 seconds behind the pole lap of Jacky Ickx. One reason for the disappointing performance was his car – a four-year-old Eagle with an asthmatic Climax engine.
On the first lap, Pease roared past Silvio Moser’s private Brabham of Ticino, after four laps Al was licked for the first time. Some of the slower men breathed a sigh of relief as soon as they passed the 47-year-old man. Because Pease made his car too wide.
After 22 laps (out of 90) race control compromised and took Pease off the track. To date, he is the only Formula 1 driver to have been disqualified from a race for driving too slowly. By the time Pease was on his 22nd lap, the leader was already on 45…
It was Pease’s third and final attempt to enter the classification in his home race: in 1967 he was not classified with a deficit of 43 laps, due to numerous technical problems he was in the pits more often than on the track. After the cycle, the car would not start because the battery was dead. Pease went back to the pit, found a new one, installed it, and happily drove away. In 1968 he could not start the race due to an engine problem. That’s what the results list says. In fact, he had taken his engine apart to double check all the parts. Unfortunately, he ran away while putting it together.