As many say, finding the podium on a regular basis eventually guarantees you a race win at some point in time. That ideology holds true in most of the cases, but the pinnacle of motorsport racing has seen otherwise.
There are teams that have been consistent for a good period of time and even managed to secure podiums on a regular basis. However, they could never go that extra mile and secure the top step on the podium. It is quite unfortunate for these teams as they have performed so well on numerous occasions but none of those valiant efforts was sufficient to claim a memorable Formula One race victory, and in this article, let us take a trip down the memory lane, and look closer at the five teams that secured the most podiums but failed to secure a race win.
#5 Force India – 6 podiums
The Force India team takes the fifth spot on the list with six podiums. The team was formed in 2007 and had a very rocky start to its career. Force India secured its first points on the board and first podium after going 29 races without a single point. Giancarlo Fisichella’s podium at the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix recorded the team’s first podium finish. The Italian driver started the race on pole and crossed the chequered flag second, less than a second behind Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.
The team had to wait for another three years to secure a podium place. Third-place finishes at the 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix and the 2015 Russian Grand Prix ensured Force India’s two other podiums.
The year 2016 was the most successful one for the team as it claimed two podiums in the same calendar year, one at the Monaco Grand Prix and the other at the Baku Street Circuit. Force Indian repeated the third-place finish at the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Interestingly, all the podiums since 2014 were secured by Sergio Perez.