F1’s most unusual records – WTF1

F1’s most unusual records

Stats fans will have enjoyed the Canadian Grand Prix, the race broke a number of F1 race records including the longest F1 race in history and the highest number of safety car periods.

Now we all know who’s won the most titles but what about the most bizarre records? Click below for a selection of F1’s most unusual statistics.

Shortest Formula One career – 800 meters, Marco Apicella

In 1993, Marco Apicella raced his first and only Grand Prix for Jordan at Monza. After Qualifying 23rd he was involved in a first corner collision which in turn ended his F1 career after just 800 metres of racing.

Most retirements (percentage) – 85.7 %, 1996 Monaco Grand Prix

A chaotic Monaco Grand Prix saw 18 out of 21 starters fail to finish. As the race reached the two hour mark just three cars were still running which led to the unusual situation where everyone who finished ended up on the podium.

Most consecutive days as Champion – 1,813 days, Michael Schumacher

We all know Michael Schumacher dominated the early noughties but just how long was he champion for? 1,813 days is your answer. He became champion on the 8th October 2000 and was champion until a young Fernando Alonso took it from him on 25th September 2005.

Most consecutive DNF’s from first race of season – 11, Jacques Villeneuve

Moving from an uncompetitive Williams to a rich BAR team, 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve was hoping to challenge for the title once again. This wasn’t the case. Not only was he unable to challenge for race wins it wasn’t till the 12th race of the season he finished his first race for the team.

Longest time between successive wins – 2,402 days, Riccardo Patrese

Many think Michael Schumacher is overdue a race victory but after his 1983 South African Grand Prix win, Riccardo Patrese had to wait a massive 2,402 days before winning again, at San Marino in 1990.

Shortest time before earning a penalty – 6 seconds, Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel made his debut for BMW Sauber after Robert Kubica was recovering from his high speed crash in Montreal. Pulling out the garage for his first F1 session he sped in the pitlane and in turn was penalised for speeding in the pit lane just six seconds into his career as a Formula One driver.

Most entries without starting – 14, Claudio Langes

If you thought Luca Badoer is bad you’ve clearly never heard of Claudio Langes before. He failed to pre-qualify for all 14 Grand Prix he entered making him the most unsuccesful driver in F1 history. Before you blame an uncompetitive car, his lap times were often around 15 seconds slower than team-mate Roberto Moreno, who was hardly Ayrton Senna.

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