5) Most laps led without a win
New Zealander Chris Amon was a heck of a driver, winning, among others, Le Mans 24h. But he was also touted as one of the most unluckiest drivers ever, all series considered. What to say about a guy that led 183 laps in seven Grand Prix only to never cross the line first? On one occasion, (Italian GP 1971, won by Peter Gethin), Amon was agonisingly close to that maiden win, until the visor of his helmet fell.
But the late Amon made good faith of that, remembering that he stayed alive in a dangerous era that claimed the likes of Jochen Rindt, Jim Clark and François Cevert. “I must consider myself lucky, specially doing what I liked more”, he once said. And is hard to disagree, winless streak aside…
6) Most starts without a point
In 2010, former FIA president Max Mosley promised that three new teams would join the fray spending no more than US$ 50million/season. The sum was barely 10% of the top teams expenditure. As a result, HRT, Virgin and Lotus (that became later Caterham after a lenghty judicial battle) were on the grid on Australian Grand Prix. And soon it became clear that they would only fight between themselves – the abyss to the traditional mid-grid squads was too big to jump. Cars were heavy and simple, development virtually none. Although the likes of Bruno Senna, Pedro de La Rosa, Jarno Trulli and Lucas di Grassi were in the teams, they could only do what the equipment allowed (and that was little).
Virgin later became Marussia, then Manor Marussia, and finally, Manor. With the effort from the late Jules Bianchi, they finally opened their account on 2014. Caterham started 55 GPs without a point (plus 38 as Lotus), so, considering the official stats, the Spanish outfit, HRT became the team with the most GP starts without scoring a point, a total of 56.