9) Longest Wait for Maiden Pole and Win
There should be a movie called “I Wanna Be Mark Webber”, considering his patience until he became a force to be reckoned with. Now we remember and talk about ‘Aussie Grit’ as a GP winner, title contender and even endurance world champion. After debuting with Minardi (scoring points on the home debut, which is a feat in itself), he went to Jaguar and Williams as the next big thing, even showed some promise, but never was a real win and title candidate.
Even in the early Red Bull years, Webber suffered from unreliability. Finally, on race start number 130 (Germany Grand Prix 2009), not only did he start on pole on the first time, but he also won for the first time. Until now, he is the only F1 driver that has waited more to do both. Patience, one might say, is a man’s synonym of strength..
10) GP With the Least Starters
The 2005 season became famous, among other things, for the fierce rivalry between the then two tyre suppliers, Michelin and Bridgestone. The French had the biggest fleet (and would help Fernando Alonso to conquer the world title). The Japanese were lead by Ferrari and Michael Schumacher, no less.
So, teams and drivers went to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the USA Grand Prix, a circuit everyone was familiar with. But in practice, it became clear that the Michelin-shod cars were suffering on the banking before the main straight. Pictures and TV images confirmed an abnormal rate of degradation and deformation. Pole position was won by Jarno Trulli and his Toyota (Michelin). But, when the cars were asked to go to the grid, all Michelin runners boycotted the race, due to tire degradation and safety concerns. When the red lights were turned off, there were only two Ferraris, two Jordans and two Minardis on the track. That was how they remained until the chequered flag, booed by the thousands of people on the grandstands. It was more a farce than a race, but Bridgestone was an innocent party.