The last time 12 teams and 24 drivers turned up for F1 race …

1995 Australian Grand Prix

1995 Australian Grand Prix

We have been used to see 10 teams and 20 cars on F1 grid for the better part of the last decade – the most teams we had was 11, the biggest number of teams was 22. Twelve teams were on cards twice in the recent past. Once in 2002 when Toyota was to join the other eleven teams but following the demise of Prost it was back to eleven. Then again in 2008 when Prodrive was granted the entry. But Prodrive failed to turn up (the whole customer car fiasco), four races later Honda pulled the plug on the Super Aguri venture and instead of 12 teams F1 was back to ten.


So, the 2010 Bahrain GP should be the first F1 Grand Prix after quite long time to feature 12 teams and 24 cars. When was the last time we had that many cars turning up for F1 race ? Well, it depends on what we mean by turning up …

If we are happy with having 24 cars in qualifying the last time that happened was 1997 season opening Australian Grand Prix. But the uncompetitive Mastercard Lola newcomers failed to qualify for the race and that was the end of their F1 adventure.

The last time 12 teams started the race was also Australian Grand Prix but in 1995. Back then it was the season finale. Benetton, Williams, Ferrari, McLaren, Ligier, Jordan, Sauber, Footwork, Tyrrell, Minardi, Forti and Pacific started the race. (Simtek closed down earlier that season) That made 12 teams but Mika Hakkinen (McLaren) did not start the race following his Friday crash and injury. The race before (Japanese GP) it was Aguri Suzuki’s tyrn to miss the race following an injury. So the last F1 race to feature 24 cars was the 1995 Pacific Grand Prix on October 22, 1995 with these guys on the grid – Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard, Damon Hill, Gerhard Berger, Jean Alesi, Johnny Herbert, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Olivier Panis, Mark Blundell, Jan Magnussen, Eddie Irvine, Mika Salo, Pedro Lamy, Ukyo Katayama, Luca Badoer, Roberto Moreno, Pedro Diniz, Rubens Barrichello, Gianni Morbidelli, Taki Inoue, Andrea Montermini, Aguri Suzuki, Jean-Christophe Boullion, Bertrand Gachot.

Two of them – Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello – will be on start this weekend in Bahrain. They are also the only two current F1 drivers who experienced F1 race featuring 24 cars …

Let’s see if all 24 cars will make it this weekend …

Photo: Williams/LAT

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  1. [...] is time for the round one of 2010 Prediction Game. We have several new drivers, new teams, in fact more teams and drivers than we have had for very long time. We have new team mate rivalries, we also have four world champions on the grid. Predicting the [...]

  2. Kubica fanNo Gravatar says:

    Go Robert Go!!!

  3. I can’t wait, especially with so many world champions on the grid as well. I’m also keen to see how busy the first qualifying session is, particularly with poor old HRT not having run their car yet. I wonder which big names will get caught out??

  4. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    The backmarkers will definately be a problem for the top tier teams. I just hope they don’t interfere too much or worse, cause someone to get hurt.

    We are going to see cars 2-3 sec. slower per lap (or perhaps 4-5 for HRT) with some inexperienced drivers in their first F1 race. Not a good combination.

  5. [...] will have to wait for his F1 debut for another 2 weeks. That also means we still need to wait for another F1 race featuring 24 cars [...]

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