Six races, six winners, doesn’t happen often in F1

Keke Rosberg, winner of 1982 Swiss GP

Keke Rosberg, winner of 1982 Swiss GP

The last six races this season had six different winners – Button, Vettel, Webber, Hamilton, Barrichello and Raikkonen. I scanned the results of the F1 past to see how often something like this happens. Not that often …

There were several recent seasons with 5 different winners in 5 consecutive races:


2003
France – Ralf Schumacher
Great Britain – Rubens Barrichello
Germany – Juan Pablo Montoya
Hungary – Fernando Alonso
Italy – Michael Schumacher

1999
Germany – Eddie Irvine
Hungary – Mika Hakkinen
Belgium – David Coulthard
Italy – Heinz-Harald Frenzten
Europe – Johnny Herbert

1992
Belgium – Michael Schumacher
Italy – Ayrton Senna
Portugal – Nigel Mansell
Japan – Riccardo Patrese
Australia – Gerhard Berger

1989
Italy – Alain Prost
Portugal – Gerhard Berger
Spain – Ayrton Senna
Japan – Alessandro Nannini
Australia – Thierry Boutsen

But for six winners in a row we have to go back to 1985 Formula One season.

Portugal – Ayrton Senna
San Marino – Elio de Angelis
Monaco – Alain Prost
Canada – Michele Alboreto
USA East – Keke Rosberg
France – Nelson Piquet

I went further back in F1 history and this is what 1982 F1 season offered:

Monaco – Riccardo Patrese
USA East – John Watson
Canada – Nelson Piquet
Netherlands – Didier Pironi
Great Britain – Niki Lauda
France – Rene Arnoux
Germany – Patrick Tambay
Austria – Elio de Angelis
Switzerland – Keke Rosberg

Nine different winnners in nine consecutive races… No wonder Keke Rosberg could win the title with only one race win…

The only other F1 seasons featuring 6 or more different winners in as many consecutive races I could find are:

1977 – seven different winners in seven consecutive races
Monaco – Jody Scheckter
Belgium – Gunnar Nilsson
Sweden – Jacques Laffite
Switzerland – Mario Andretti
Great Britain – James Hunt
Germany – Niki Lauda
Austria – Alan Jones

1975 – six different winners in six consecutive races
Netherlands – James Hunt
France – Niki Lauda
Great Britain – Emerson Fittipaldi
Germany – Carlos Reutemann
Austria – Vittorio Brambilla
Italy – Clay Regazzoni

1958 – six different winners in six consecutive races (although this is also thanks to inclusion of Indy 500 in the championship)
Monaco – Maurice Trintignant
Netherlands – Stirling Moss
Indianapolis 500 – Jimmy Bryan
Belgium – Tony Brooks
France – Mike Hawthorn
Great Britain – Peter Collins

And that seems to be it. Obviously, what we are seeing this season is rather rare in the world of Formula One.

Photo: Williams/LAT

6 Comments Post a Comment
  1. [...] The last time that happened in F1 was 1985. [...]

  2. nieuweNo Gravatar says:

    Old johny herbert, was that in the jaguar?…. did they even score points? or was that before when they were stewart racing with a then young barrichello as teammate?

  3. Alex`No Gravatar says:

    In 1999, M. Schumacher won some race before his accident in Silverstone !
    It made 6 different winner in 1999 !

  4. Sebastian (Birmingham, UK)No Gravatar says:

    Obviously, you specified different consecutive winners within a season but there are a few runs of six different winners across two seasons.
    1966/1967:
    1966 Mexico – John Surtees
    1967 South Africa – Pedro Rodriguez
    1967 Monaco – Denny Hulme
    1967 Netherlands – Jim Clark
    1967 Belgium – Dan Gurney
    1967 France – Jack Brabham
    1973/1974:
    1973 Canada – Peter Revson
    1973 USA – Ronnie Peterson
    1974 Argentina – Denny Hulme
    1974 Brazil – Emerson Fittipauldi
    1974 South Africa – Carlos Reuterman
    1974 Spain – Niki Lauda
    1974/1975:
    1974 USA – Carlos Reuterman
    1975 Argentina – Emerson Fittipauldi
    1975 Brazil – Carlos Pace
    1975 South Africa – Jody Scheckter
    1975 Spain – Jochen Mass
    1975 Monaco – Nicki Lauda
    1978/1979:
    1978 Austria – Ronnie Peterson
    1978 Netherlands – Mario Andretti
    1978 Italy – Niki Lauda
    1978 USA East – Carlos Reuterman
    1978 Canada – Gilles Villeneuve
    1979 Argentina – Jacques Laffite
    1992/1993:
    1992 Belgium – Michael Schumacher
    1992 Italy – Ayrton Senna
    1992 Portugal – Nigel Mansell
    1992 Japan – Ricardo Patrese
    1992 Australia – Gerhard Berger
    1993 South Africa – Alain Prost
    Also a sequence giving two overlapping sevens depending on if starting with the first or second result.
    1982 Switzerland – Keke Rosberg
    1982 Italy – Rene Arnoux
    1982 Las Vegas – Michele Alboreto
    1983 Brazil – Nelson Piquet
    1983 USA West – John Watson
    1983 France – Alain Prost
    1983 San Marino – Patrick Tambey
    1983 Monaco – Keke Roseberg
    Obviously, runs of different winners are less notable if over two seasons because of teams running new cars and drivers changing teams but one sequence in particular stood out.
    1962 France – Giancarlo Baghetti
    1962 Great Britain – Wolfgang von Trips
    1962 Germany – Stirling Moss
    1962 Italy – Phil Hill
    1962 USA – Innes Ireland
    1963 Netherlands – Graham Hill
    1963 Monaco – Bruce McLaren
    1963 Belgium – Jim Clark
    1963 France – Dan Gurney
    Not only nine different winners in a row but with the French Grands Prix being held on the 2nd July, 1961, and the 8th July, 1962, it was over a year of different winners.
    Incidentally, these wins in 1982 were the only time three races in a row were won by first time winners:
    1982 Germany – Patrick Tambay
    1982 Austria – Elio de Angelis
    1982 Switzerland – Keke Rosberg
    You mentioned Rosberg winning the title in 1982 with only one win. He almost did not win that race. Prost suffered car problems towards the end of the race eventually submitting the lead to a charging Rosberg on the penultimate lap. The French official responsible for the chequered flag, seeing Prost being reeled in, first changed the lap indicator from three laps to go to one, and had to be intercepted to stop him waving the chequered flag two laps early. (Indeed, he then refused to wave it after the correct 80 laps so they ran 81 but the result was taken at the correct distance.) Had Rosberg finished second, he still would have won the World Championship by two points with no wins.

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