McLaren driver Lando Norris is about to interrupt a type of data that no Grand Prix driver needs. And there’s plenty of it within the Premier class, as our examples present.
After the Italian Grand Prix, everybody was speaking about Max Verstappen’s good victory and the good debut of Nyck de Vries of the Netherlands – ninth within the Williams. Virtually unnoticed, McLaren driver Lando Norris is closing in on the Formula 1 record. And the Englishman shouldn’t be very keen on it.
Norris, who completed seventh, now has 394 World Championship factors and has overtaken Geneva’s Romain Grosjean – within the rating of GP drivers with probably the most factors who didn’t win a Grand Prix!
Grosjean has completed on the rostrum ten occasions in Formula 1 (twice second, eight occasions third), Norris six occasions (as soon as second, 5 occasions third).
Because Norris can solely be anticipated to win within the occasion of a loopy race in 2022 and since from right this moment’s perspective there isn’t any indication why McLaren ought to recurrently struggle for victory in 2023: Nico Hulkenberg’s record might fall subsequent 12 months. The German has amassed 521 factors with out ever profitable. Worse nonetheless ¬– Amerikar by no means stepped on the rostrum in 181 appearances (additionally a record).
This shouldn’t be the one record that no Formula 1 driver needs. So we current: Other Grand Prix drivers with implausible data.
Andrea De Cesaris (Italy)
Roman drove 214 Formula 1 World Championship races from Canada in 1980 to Jerez in 1994. It was by no means sufficient to win. It was not pace. “De Crasherys” nearly had plenty of it. Andrea earned an obscure nickname within the first a part of his profession with many accidents, however within the second half he developed right into a extremely dependable pilot. He was additionally a tourer: 1980 Alfa Romeo, 1981 McLaren, 1982 and 1983 again at Alfa, 1984/85 in service to Ligier, 1986 Minardi, 1987 Brabham, 1988 Rial, 1989/90, ara219, BMS, 1989/90, ara91 93 Tyrrell, Jordan once more in 1994, then lastly Sauber. No pilot has pushed for extra GP racing groups (at the very least none that I can consider). Andrea De Cesaris died in a bike accident in his hometown of Rome in early October 2014.
Chris Ammon (New Zealand)
God gave Chris Ammon loads of expertise within the cradle. The quiet New Zealander gained every thing with 4 wheels: Le Mans, World Sports Car Championship, Formula 2, Tasman Series, Formula 5000, Touring Car – besides the Formula 1 World Championship. No pilot has accomplished extra laps with out profitable a world championship spherical. In races that weren’t a part of the World Championship, Chris gained – akin to with March at Silverstone in 1970 or with Matra in Argentina in 1971. Ammon, who died of most cancers on August 3, 2016, led 183 laps within the Formula 1 World Championship. Unsuccessful. Something all the time went fallacious. Sometimes at Monza he ripped all the visor off his helmet as an alternative of the tear-off movie after which could not see something within the headwind. Sometimes he obtained a flat tire, as soon as extra superior. Sometimes the engine went on strike, then the gearbox. The saying of his rival on the time, Mario Andretti, is famous: “Chris could be very unfortunate – if he was an undertaker, individuals would cease dying.”
Luca Badoer (Italy)
From South Africa 1993 to Belgium 2009, long-time Ferrari check driver Luca Bador competed in a complete of 51 World Championship races. Guess what number of factors he was capable of accumulate. Exactly – none. We want to remind that Luca began in an period when the highest ten didn’t but obtain factors. Especially painful: on the Nürburgring in 1999, his Minardi’s gearbox went on strike, Luca was a sensational fourth! The Italian collapsed beside his automobile, sobbing. In 2009 he sat alongside Kimi Raikkonen as an alternative to the injured Felipe Massa at Ferrari in Valencia and Belgium. And nonetheless couldn’t rating. It simply wasn’t speculated to be.
Hanoch Nisani (Israel)
Chanoch Nissan appeared out of nowhere to drive a Minardi in Friday observe for the 2005 Hungarian GP. Then quickest in coaching: Alexander Wurz in McLaren, with 1:21.411 min. Second from final: Nicolas Kisa in Jordan, with 1:28.230 min. Nissan got here up with out shifting the automobile a meter earlier than, we’ve got to be an inexpensive 1:34.319 minutes. Of course there was plenty of scorn and mock, particularly after crusing into the gravel lure. But what’s most forgotten: Nissani made his debut on Friday after precisely three years in motorsport and on the age of 41!
Claudio Langes (Italy)
Some think about him the worst Formula 1 driver ever, however we dare to doubt it. However, the statistics are forgiving – 14 makes an attempt to qualify with Eurobrunn, from the USA to Spain 1990, not a single begin. Ouch.
Miguel Angel Guerra (Argentina)
Guerra holds the very creditable record for shortest GP profession with Italian Marco Apicella (Italian GP at Monza 1993, collision at first nook). Guerra competed in 4 GP weekends with Ocella in 1981, however didn’t qualify for the races in Long Beach, Brazil and Argentina. Finally he labored in Imola, however then the younger South American barely went half a kilometer: the Chilean hit the march of Eliseo Salazar, Osella Von Guerra hit the wall and crushed the entrance axle a lot that Miguel Angel broke his ankle. Went in twice. “Unfortunately, I by no means obtained one other probability in Formula 1,” the Argentine later stated. “A monetary disaster broke out in my nation and it was now not attainable to seek out new sponsors for GP sports activities.”
Al Pease (Canada)
You nonetheless have the Chanoch Nisani current, sure? Fortunately, with the checkered flag in free observe, the frenzy surrounding the Israelis was over. Canadian ale pies have come a good distance since then. The native hero began the 1969 Mosport GP with a qualifying time of 11.1 seconds behind Jackie Ickx’s pole lap. One purpose for the depressing efficiency was his automobile – a four-year-old Eagle with an asthmatic Climax engine.
On the primary lap, Pease collided with the privately fielded Brabham of Ticino’s Silvio Moser, 4 laps later Al was lapped for the primary time. Some of the quicker males breathed a sigh of reduction because the age of 47 handed. Because Pease made his automobile too large.
After 22 laps (of 90), race management realized and despatched Pease off the monitor. To date, he’s the one Formula 1 driver to have been disqualified from a race for driving too slowly. By the time Pease was on his twenty second lap, the chief was already within the forty fifth…
It was Pease’s third and final try to enter the classification at his house race: in 1967 he was unclassified with 43 laps to go, quite a few technical issues that stored him within the pits extra typically than on monitor. After the spin, the automobile wouldn’t begin as a result of the battery was useless. Pease returned to the pits, obtained a brand new one, put in it, and fortunately drove off. In 1968 he was unable to begin the race resulting from engine issues. So says the consequence record. In truth, he disassembled his engine to double verify all of the elements. Unfortunately, he ran out of time whereas placing it collectively.