5. Pastor Maldonado (Spain 2012)
We’re talking of unexpected F1 winners and we miss Pastor Maldonoado’s spectacular victory in 2012? Not by any chance. Hands up anyone who bet a dime on Pastor Maldonado winning a GP, let alone with a scrabbling Williams. But that was his weekend, he qualified a strong second. He inherited pole after Lewis Hamilton was disqualified. Hamilton did not enough fuel on the tank, which was against the rules. He showed, throughout the race, that no one would beat him. Venezuela was one happy country.
When Fernando Alonso had the better of the blue and white car at the start, it looked as the Maracay-born brigthest moment was already over. But the work at the pits helped Pastor’s case. Williams undercut the Spaniard with a perfect stop, handing his driver the lead.
Tried as they might, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen found no hole on Pastor’s defence, and kept his pace until the chequered flag. Not bad for someone whose best result until then was an eightieth place. And he never came anywhere close again. For the Grove squad, the end of an 8-year drought.