Formula 1 is the pinnacle of racing. It is one of the toughest sports in the world, and every racing driver dreams of being a Formula 1 racer. Every year, 10 teams consisting of two drivers each race for the ultimate glory. Only the hardworking and best get to be a part of the teams and start every race. Well, have you wondered which driver has the most starts in F1 history? So, we are here to provide you with the top 10 most starts in F1 history.
Top 10 Most Starts in F1 History
- Fernando Alonso: 373+
- Kimi Raikkonen: 349
- Lewis Hamilton: 328+
- Rubens Barrichello: 322
- Michael Schumacher: 306
- Jenson Button: 306
- Sebastian Vettel: 299
- Felipe Massa: 269
- Riccardo Patrese: 256
- Sergio Perez: 253+
Top 10 Most Starts in F1 History
1. Fernando Alonso: 373+
If you are aware of the quote “Aging like fine wine,” Alonso is a perfect example for you. The two-time Formula 1 champion, Fernando Alonso, has started the most races in F1 history. He began his F1 journey in 2001 and has been a part of it for more than two decades. He had taken retirement from Formula 1 in 2018, but later in 2021, he made his return.
So far, he has represented five different teams, Minardi and Renault from 2001 to 2006, McLaren from 2007 to 2009 and 2015 to 2019, Ferrari from 2010 to 2014, Alpine from 2021 to 2022, and is currently a part of Aston Martin. Not only race starts, but he has 32 race wins, 105 podiums, 22 pole positions, more than 2200 career points, and many more facts.
2. Kimi Raikkonen: 349
The second driver on the list is Kimi Raikkonen, with 349 race starts. The Iceman has represented five different teams in his F1 career and has made 349 starts in F1. He represented Sauber, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus, and Alfa Romeo.
He retired from F1 at the end of the 2021 season, and by then he had 21 wins, 103 podiums, 18 pole positions, 1873 career points, and one Formula 1 championship. Kimi Raikkonen is one of the best drivers that Formula 1 has witnessed.
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3. Lewis Hamilton: 328+
When we talk about the best, how can we forget the drivers who have won seven F1 World Championships? The British driver, Lewis Hamilton, finds his place third on the list with more than 328 starts. Undoubtedly, he is one of the best in F1 history and has ruled F1 over the years.
He started his F1 career in 2007, and it took him only six races to achieve pole position in qualifying and win his first race. Since then, he hasn’t stopped and has won 103 races, which is the most in history. Not only that, he has 104 pole positions, 196 podiums, 4606.5 points, and 64 fastest laps, which are all the highest in F1 history.
4. Rubens Barrichello: 322
The Brazilian driver Ruben Barrichello comes in fourth on the list with 322 race starts. He is the only driver on the list with more than 300 appearances in Formula 1 without winning any championships.
He represented six different teams in his F1 career, i.e., Jordan, Stewart, Ferrari, Honda, Brawn, and Williams. Barrichello was a part of F1 for a total of 19 years and later joined the Stock Car Pro series.
5. Michael Schumacher: 306
The above driver has more than 300 starts but no F1 championships. But this racer has a total of 306 race starts with seven F1 World Championships. No other than the greatest all-time F1 driver, Michael Schumacher.
Whenever we talk about F1 history, the German racing driver has a seat confirmed on the list. The legend has a total of 206 starts in his career, of which he has won 91 races, secured 155 podium finishes, 68 pole positions, and 77 fastest laps. Truly, he is the GOAT in Formula 1 history.
The other driver on the list is British racing driver Jenson Button, with 306 race starts. The four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel with 299 race starts. One of Ferrari’s greatest drivers, Felipe Massa, with 269 race starts. The Italian driver Riccardo Patrese with 256 race starts, and Sergio Perez is the newest entrant on the list with more than 253 race starts.
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