Perennial No. 2 drivers; the unluckiest of the lot. Those bound by team orders for most of their careers or hampered by cars that were not good enough to challenge the other top guns of the sport. We take a look at these rather unlucky drivers from the past decade in Formula One.
The parameters for this selection include: a minimum of 100 races, and the driver should have raced for one of the elite teams in F1.
Race Starts – 243
Wins – 15
Some people might be surprised to see the former World Champion from Brawn on this list. But the fact of the matter is that Button has one of the worst wins-to-races-started records. winning only 15 of the 245 races that he has started.
Button started driving in F1 in 2000 with the BMW-powered Williams. He impressed in his debut season. However, he was thrown into the wilderness the next year when he joined Benetton. His time with Benetton (renamed Renault the next year) was a miserable one and he was often to blame. His bad results led to him being a branded a ‘Lazy Playboy’ by Flavio Briatore, his team boss. His move to BAR at the end of 2003 did not work out that well.
However, when Honda took control of the team in 2006, the team started to show improvement and Button finally made it to the top step of the podium in his 113th start in Hungary. The next two years saw yet another decline in form for the Brit. In 2009, it seemed that he would be out of a job as Honda pulled out of F1. However, team Ross Brawn bought the team and secured an engine deal with Mercedes. The new Brawn car helped Button to 6 wins in that immortal season of 2009 when everything seemed to go right for him and Brawn.
However, he still hasn’t been able to replicate that season’s wining form despite being handed one one of the best aerodynamic packages in F1 McLaren. In the four season that he has been racing with McLaren, he has only managed to win 8 races (he still hasn’t won this season – courtesy a rather bad car).