If becoming a Formula 1 driver is complicated, it is even more difficult to win a race in the highest category of motorsports, something that 112 have done in the more than 72 years of history. However, very few can claim to have risen to the top from various starting positions, as the easiest thing to do is win from first position.
Coming back in a Grand Circus test is very complicated, since the rest of the rivals have similar cars or even better ones in terms of pace because they showed their speed in the qualifying session. However, the more than 300 kilometers that make up the races today are an opportunity for those who best manage their tires, physical condition and strategy.
Someone who adds all these characteristics to perfection is Fernando Alonso, who, in addition to being the driver on the current grid who has won a Grand Prix starting from the furthest back, when in Singapore in 2008 he did so from 15th, and even is Counting his second best performance in Valencia in 2012 after starting 11th, he is the one who has won the most times from different starting positions.
In total, the man from Oviedo has won Formula 1 races from nine different starting places, from first to sixth place uninterruptedly, and occupying ninth, eleventh and fifteenth position on one occasion.
No one else in history has done it, and his performances stand out, in addition to those already mentioned at Marina Bay and in the city of Turia, the 2005 European Grand Prix, where he finished sixth, and the race in Malaysia in 2012, when he started ninth.
The next most wins from different positions is Niki Lauda , tied for eight with other great names in Formula 1, such as Nelson Piquet , Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and David Coulthard.
At present, only the seven-time British Mercedes champion can equal the Asturian’s mark, but for this he will need, at least, to win from seventh place without counting tenth and fourteenth places, since in his 103 victories he has never done so since there.
Behind this curious list are other historic Formula 1 drivers, with victories from seven different starting positions, including Jackie Stewart , Emerson Fittipaldi , Ronnie Peterson , Alain Prost , Nigel Mansell and Jenson Button.
|Position||pilots||Different starting positions in which they won a race|
|2nd||Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet , Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and David Coulthard||8|
|3rd||Jackie Stewart , Emerson Fittipaldi , Ronnie Peterson , Alain Prost , Nigel Mansell and Jenson Button||7|