F1 Winter Break
Has Formula 1 ever produced a Leicester City type success story?
Posted By: Alex Kalinauckas  |  03 May 2016   |  2:04 pm GMT  |  82 comments

Unquestionably the biggest story in world sport right now is Leicester City’s championship victory in the English Premier League – a result that was almost unthinkable at the beginning of the season. It is being billed as the greatest David and Goliath story in the history of British football.

The new champions were given odds of 5,000-1 to win the title in August 2015, so we thought (with a little encouragement from a JA on F1 reader) we’d take a look back at the most unlikely Formula 1 race wins and championship victories from the history of the category to seek parallels.

So, in no particular order, here are six of F1’s best surprise stories:

Brawn GP’s 2009 triumphs

Brawn GP Brazil 2009

We start with the only one where a championship was won by a minnow.

The obvious caveat here is that Honda, which had owned the Brackley-based squad in 2008 before pulling out at the end of that year, had invested heavily in the development of this car, even sacrificed most of the 2007 season to produce what would become the BGP 001, but the Japanese manufacturer’s exit rocked F1 and the team was run on a shoestring with only two chassis built.

Ross Brawn himself travelled on Easyjet to European GPs (albeit with Speedy Boarding the only luxury).

Brawn had stepped into rescue the team at the final hour and despite only taking part in the final one of the pre-season tests, the team turned up in Australia and duly delivered a one-two win, with Jenson Button the victor over Rubens Barrichello.

Button won six from the first seven races and the British driver and his team survived a heavily funded Red Bull development fight back to win both world titles, despite Brawn being forced to cut back severely in headcount over the course of the season.

Spain 2012

Pastor Maldonado Spain 2012

Renault may have rather unceremoniously dumped Pastor Maldonado out F1 at the start of this season (the irony of his many crashes is not lost on us here), but his win at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix will live long in the memory.

Maldonado inherited pole position due to Lewis Hamilton’s disqualification from qualifying, but the Venezuelan was forced to chase Fernando Alonso hard as he lost out to the Ferrari driver off the line.

After passing Alonso at the second round of pitstops, Maldonado held on for a famous win and gave Williams it’s first win since the end of 2004.

Japan 2005

Kimi Raikkonen Japan 2005

Again, bear with us here as a driver who would finish second in the championship with arguably the quickest car of the year winning a race would not ordinarily be a fairy-tale story, but the sheer unlikeness of Kimi Raikkonen’s win at Suzuka means it merits its inclusion on this list.

Raikkonen, Alonso and Michael Schumacher were all forced to start towards the back of the grid because of rain in qualifying, but they came through the pack in probably the greatest demonstration of reverse grid races as we’re ever going to get – although this is not the time or place for that argument…

The 2007 world champion, then driving for McLaren, caught and passed Giancarlo Fisichella on the last lap of the race to steal a sensational victory, which the former Renault driver will still be wondering how he lost.

James Hunt vs Niki Lauda 1976

The Rush movie has immortalised the James Hunt and Niki Lauda’s titanic tussle for the 1976 crown, which ended with the Briton’s first, and only F1 world title.

Hunt had sealed a move to McLaren after spending the early part of his career at Hesketh and won in his fourth race for the British team. But the stewards took away that victory, which came in Spain, as they deemed the McLaren to be too wide.

Lauda was clear at the top of the standings before a shocking crash in the German Grand Prix, which Hunt won, nearly killed him. The Austrian driver miraculously recovered and only missed two races before returning to action.

Hunt’s Spain win was reinstated and his wins in the Netherlands, Canada and the USA meant the championship went down to the wire in Fuji, a race that took place in atrocious weather. Lauda ultimately stopped his Ferrari due to the conditions and Hunt did just enough to seal the crown with third place.

Lauda would go on to win the 1984 title for McLaren and in doing so he claimed his third F1 championship and succeeded in a career comeback after he had briefly retired in 1980.

Jordan GP – Spa 1998

Was this the F1 race that had it all? The first lap featured a 13-car pile up and lengthy red flag, and then Mika Hakkinen was eliminated at the first corner of the restart.

His title rival Michael Schumacher raced through to the front and looked to be heading to a dominant win when he slammed into the back of Hakkinen’s McLaren teammate, David Coulthard.

As Schumacher sought retribution from the Scot in the pitlane, Damon Hill and Ralf Schumacher were busy sealing a one-two win for Jordan – the team’s first ever race win.

Toro Rosso – Monza 2008

Sebastian Vettel Monza 2008

To date, Sebastian Vettel’s win in the 2008 Italian Grand Prix remains Toro Rosso’s only visit to the F1 podium.

The German driver, who had scored points on his debut for BMW-Sauber as a 19-year-old in 2007, seized pole and won in soaking conditions across the Monza weekend.

That season’s championship challengers’ were forced to race through from lowly grid spots but Vettel, by then 21, was peerless in taking the first F1 win of his own career and the first ever for the former Minardi team.

Sebastian Vettel Monza 2008

As there were plenty of splendid races and championships that didn’t make the cut, what do you think we have missed? Would you have picked any other F1 races for this list? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below or head over to the JAonF1 Facebook page for more discussion.

Featured News
Editor's Picks
Share This:
Posted by:

Add comment

E-mail is already registered on the site. Please use the login form or enter another.

You entered an incorrect username or password

Sorry, you must be logged in to post a comment.


by Oldest
by Best by Newest by Oldest

Didn't end in a win of course, but Hungary '97 has to be in with a shout. Also Monaco '96 - can't imagine Panis had much better odds than Leicester!


I think I remember at the time they said he was a 200/1 outsider. Even that was short odds for a reliable but unfancied Ligier!


Olivier Panis in Monaco 1996 was rather unlikely too. Great story


How about Olivier Panis in Monaco '96? 🙂


Jonny Herbert, winning for Stewart at the euro GP in 99, with Rubens in 3rd place as well! A great day that I will always remember, all the big team's drivers seemed intent on not winning, and the Stewarts came through to take 1st and 3rd with Trulli getting second for Prost.

Andrew Halliday

I agree, I was also going to suggest this race. It's interesting to remember that Stewart Ford had only entered the sport in 1997; therefore, by winning the 1999 European Grand Prix they actually won their 47th race. That's a decent result very early on. It's also worth remembering that the team (which is now the Red Bull team) started in 1997 as a brand new team as opposed to a lot of the 'new' teams of recent years that previously existed in other forms. When you look at it this way, the Milton Keynes team that began in 1997 only took 13 years to win a world championship, and then won 4 in a row!


Wasn't that the race that Eddie Irvine made a comedy pit stop where the Maranello Boys didn't have all the tyres ready for him? A Krusty the Klown firing Sideshow Bob out of a cannon moment if you ask me!

On the issue of David slaying Goliath, assuming that is the general tone, then Jenson Button winning his 1st GP in Hungary 10 years ago in a good but not great Honda has to rank up there with an outsiders bet. His wet weather car control got him the win, not the [usual] car superiority.

Any giant killing performance was when a young mullet haired Gerhard Berger was victorious at the 1986 Mexican GP in his unfancied Benetton-BMW, beating the more established Williams-Hondas and McLaren-TAGS. It was Cheese Berger's and Benetton's first victory - it made the Formula 1 paddock sit up and take notice of these young upstarts.

Alan Jones (Austria 1977), John Watson (Detroit 1982 and Long Beach 1983), Elio De Angelis (Austria 1982), Michele Alboreto (Vegas 1982), Keke Rosberg (Monaco 1983), Ayrton Senna (Monaco 1984), Ivan Capelli (France 1990), Senna again (Donington 1993), Olivier Panis (Monaco 1996), Damon Hill (Hungary 1997), Rubens (Hockenhiem 2000), Fisi (Brazil 2003), Trulli Train (Monaco 2004) and even Jenson Button again (Canada 2011) were all a cases of "where did that come from???"


Button Canada 2011 where he pushed Lewis into the wall then survived the Red Bull charge of Vettel in changeable conditions-- has to be the cat of nine lives moment in F1


That, plus I think Button occupied just about every single position on the lap chart at some point during the race.


There are some good examples there Gaz Boy (I especially remember the Button race in Canada, from last to first with 5 pit stops) but the reason why all of these fall short of the Leicester example is that they were one off races... Where as Leicester have some how managed to string together a whole season of great results in more matches than there are races in a season. The only slightly comparable result is Button winning in the Brawn 100/1 odds (still 50 times shorter than 5000/1) mainly because Honda nearly going bust is the closest you can get to being relegated in F1 and they managed to do it over a whole season! But as James mentioned Honda had ploughed loads of money into the team before pulling the plug


That is one of my favourite F1 races of all time! Correct me if I'm wrong but it went something like this... Frentzen on pole in a Jordan, a car barrel rolls at the first corner (Wurz?), it rains, Coulthard bins it, Frentzen retires, Hakkinen has a strategy blunder, Ferrari down tools and have a committee meeting about tyres during Irvine's pit stop, Ralf crashes out of the lead, then Fisichella crashes out of the lead, Badoer retires from 4th in a Minardi and bursts into tears, Herbert wins with team mate Barrichello 3rd and Trulli in a Prost 2nd. From a championship point of view it was a shame that Frentzen and Coulthard retired as if they finished where they were they would have both been in serious contention for the title with only a few races left.


Sounds about right except for Ralf Schumacher. He held his own comfortably against the McLarens (and Frentzen's Jordan) and actually had a puncture just after the Turn 1 while leading, which cost him. He recovered to finish 4th but he was unlucky not to win (taking nothing away from Johnny Herbert). Also don't forget the 2nd Minardi of Marc Gene holding off a recovering Irvine to take the final point in 6th!

Richard Groves

First race I ever went to. Not really worth going to any more as I've seen it all now.


Darren, yep I think that's everything! Some hilarious blunders in that race.

Sean Craddock

*Vettel made his race debut in 2007, not 2006


Ah, I'm getting my USGPs mixed up! Thanks.

Jonathan Kelk

Probably not on the scale of Leicester, and some of these had an element of luck about them, but some of the magical moments for me:
- Panis winning Monoco
- Wurz barrel-rolling in Canada then jumping into the spare Benetton and getting 4th.
- Winklehock in 2007 going from last to 22 seconds in the lead in 2 laps.
- Hulkenburgs Brazil pole (year?)
- Fisichella qualifying the Force India at the front in Spa.

and finally, from feel good factor
- Barrichello winning at Hockenheim after a dreadful qualifying at 18th


How about Canada in 2011? Jenson Button snatches the victory half way round the last lap having been last earlier in the race?


rubens barrichello staying in f1 so long 🙂 :p


Monaco 1982 could go on the list for being equally amazing.

However, I don't think F1 has anything close to the Leicester story. It's as ridiculous as Minardi wining a championship, let alone a race.

Fairy tales don't happen in F1 anymore, budgets decide most of it plus the teams are just too good at doing what they do.


Monaco 82 was nuts, got to be good when they're not sure who was leading and who won the race over the last lap with smashes, spins, fuel outs in the tunnel etc and of course Murray Walker!

Here he is on Monaco 82: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/22405767


Some betting details on the above list.
1. Button was 100/1 before pre-testing began. By the time he lined up on the Melbourne grid he was 8/1.
2. Maldonado was 33/1 before Hamilton got kicked off pole position and the Venezuelan inherited the front of the grid.
3. I can’t remember Kimi’s odds for Japan 2005 possibly because I had backed Fisichella at 16/1 and had to endure the slow torture of watching Raikkonen reeling him in at the death. Painfull.
4. I have no odds for Hunt to win the 1976 title but he wouldn’t have been a huge price driving a McLaren.
5. Damon Hill was a 66/1 shot before practice started for Spa ’98. Happy days as I had a nifty fifty on him to win. That made up for the ’97 Hungarian GP when I backed him at 150/1 to win....only for him to be caught at the end by Villeneuve.
6. Vettel was a 100/1 shot for the 2005 Monza GP. He was also 100/1 to get pole which given the weather forecast was a great bet (yes, I certainly did). Even post qualifying he was silly odds to win the race (40/1 rings a bell) as the forecast was for a dry race. The rain stayed put and the rest is history.
Perhaps the two biggest ‘shocks’ in terms of betting odds was Panis to win the Monaco GP 1996 and the 2005 USGP.
Panis won a wet Monaco GP as only four cars were running at the end of the race and only three were on the same lap. His odds to win?.......300/1.
The 2005 USGP was the famous race were the Michelin runners completed the formation lap (counted as the 1st lap of the race for betting purposes) but then pulled into the pits to retire on masse. Some the shrewder punters had used the old internet forums (remember them?) There was no twitter etc. in those days) to get wind of the story that this was exactly what would happen. The bookies were not so diligent and we had the situation were you could back the two Minardi drivers, Friesacher and Albers, to finish in the top 6 @ 250/1 each and Monteiro (and Karthikeyan) at 300/1 to finish on the podium. All they had to do was complete the race, which they all did.
Safe to say that was my best days betting ever and there were a lot of very sore bookmakers after that. Accounts were closed down and some tried their best not to pay out...but the damage was done.


Brilliant comment. I'm assuming you remembered the odds because you bet on all of them?

I do remember looking at the odds a few days before the 2005 USGP, it may have been for the podium, either that or the win but I think Tiago Monteiro was 750/1.


Yes it has. 2007.


Ivan Capelli in a March Leyton House grabbed 2nd in France 90


1999 french grand prix. All these movie stars watching because of a planed movie about racing. They wanted to see wheel by wheel racing and had it all, rain, fighting, ...
But the winner was Frenzen in a slow Jordan full of fuel with a single box stop and it wasn't before close to the end when the single stop was obvious.

Frank Oosterhuis

I will always remember Webber scoring a point in the Minardi on his debut by getting 6th!


That's funny, because I remember his debut being memorable for getting 5th 🙂


That was a corker, however it was 5th (even better from the cockpit of a Minardi which had a differential problem from the early laps)! Toyota scored a point on debut with Salo in 6th.

Alejandro Delvasto

Well, don't forget the 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix won by Giancarlo fisichella a week later, that was a great random performance. I can remember as well minardi topping the charts with Jos Verstappen for the 2003 French Grand Prix on pre-qualifying Friday due to the weather, as I can recall as well the people jumping and celebrating the final session results in the box of minardi


I'm a bit amazed no-one mentioned Fisico's win earlier. My favourite driver at the time, and in a Jordan ! What more could you want ?


Some good memories there. you can't compare the odds to football though as betting on F1 is met with notoriously frustrating odds. Like Lewis being 1.11 to finish on the podium, after qualifying for last weekend's Russian GP.


Stirling Moss winning Monaco in 1961 by beating a three car team of Ferrari's.


Monaco 96, Barrichellos first win, Hungary 97


F1 had plenty of underdog triumphs in the past, but we have not had one recently. A wet race will always make this more likely, but I suspect that part of the problem now is that most lower teams are less willing to take a risk on strategy due to the money involved. They would rather bank a safe 3rd than gamble all or nothing for a win. I remember being quite sad when hearing Kubica talking about how BMW bosses told him not to win the race because it would cause "too much expectation at board level".

Everything now is controlled to death and us fans are so much worse off for it. And then the media asks why the figures have fallen and why all the fans are over 40!!!??


Wolf winning its very first race in 1977 and Jody Scheckter ending up 2nd in the WDC that year.


Sato scoring points for Aguri in 2007 Canadian Grand prix after passing Alonso is really Leicester like

Richard Piers

As a one off Giancarlo Baghetti's win in the French Grand Prix at Rheims 1961 has to be amongst the more astonishing but the only F1 situation that compares at all with Leicester City can only be Brawn and Button. The money and work that Honda put in have to be completely nullified by the last minute change of power unit and the redesign that that entailed, the tiny budget (relative), the substantially reduced staffing and the sheer consistency until the big bucks finally won through but too late.


On prior form to that time, BRM's 1962 championships must make the cut. Ditto Peter Gethin's famous win at Monza.


Probably unrelated; But I wonder what the odds were of McLaren-Honda turning out to be as disastrous as it did last year.


Not really .
Nor will there ever be a Leicester type F1 Racing winning the WDC title or WCC title.
The big car manufacturers are too clued in with the finite car developmental rules of F1.
They can put tons of money into.
Brawn was lucky without the Mercedes engine even with the double diffuser they would be a mid range team.


I will always remember Jo Siffert, driving a Lotus for Rob Walker at the 1968 British Grand Prix - Mainly because it was the first GP I ever attended. But what really sticks in my memory, as I sat in the grandstand alongside the starting grid, was the wonderful sight of Dan Gurney's Eagle. Probably the most beautiful F1 car of all time, although I know others will have different opinions!


No, this is not possible in F1.

We need to get down to desperate level of GP success being listed - which is on par with match win, not a Championship. This is Manor winning a WCC/WCC equivalent. This will never happen in F1 as F1 is too engine and funding dependant. Deck is stacked - results predetermined from a select few possible scenarios.

If that recent piece of Team/Car being 85% and driver at most making a 15% contribution is to be believed, than budget is 75% of that Team/Car - as without it nothing happens.

I actually think that Red Bull is such a story. They don't make engines. They don't make cars. They make sugar water that looks like urine. Yet they came into F1 and whipped the car makers 4 year straight. Sure, Renault helped, but it's as close as you will get. Brawn counts too as noted I guess. But none are like Leicester, not even close.


How could Red Bull be such a story? They poured in billions to win in F1. You're the one saying it's all down to budget, then you try to nominate the biggest spenders as a Leicester?!?! If anything RBR is like Blackburn in 1994-95, or Man City since the start of this decade ... former outsider clubs with new owners that threw humongous amounts of cash in to ensure championships.


On an aside if your urine looks like red bull, you have bigger problems than you know. Cheers!


Is there a Cherry Red Bull?

Carlos Marques

And of course we have to remember Senna and his Toleman in Monaco '84. He came in second and would have won if the race had not been "interrupted".

The rookie in his Toleman against great ones like Michele Alboreto, Keke Rosberg, Martin Brundle, Prost, Lauda and Mansell...


"Unquestionably the biggest story in world sport right now is Leicester City’s championship victory in the English Premier League"
What a sweeping statement.
Literally no one this side of the pond understands or really cares why this is a big deal. Which isn't to say that it isn't, I just have a sensitivity toward English navel gazing.


A ridiculous statement. This is big news over here as well. I believe the 5000/1 odds were compared with other outlandish bets, and you could have got better odds backing any Kardashian to be the next President!

All sports channels over here (Canada) have run extended montage pieces about the Leicester story, on their flagship sports news/highlights shows.


It's a big world out there. I suggest you take a look outside. A quick visit to any of Leicester's media feeds will show you exactly how this has been greeted all over the world. It may not be news in your country but it is elsewhere.


Likewise on our side of the Pond. Nobody bothers gets Grid Iron Baseball etcetera.
Meanwhile Football, Leicester City are a huge story around the globe.
So it's a bit more of a Naval gazing situation on your side of the pond. Enjoy!


Jack Brabham pushing his car over the line in the 1957 Monaco GP to finish 6th, then in 1959 again pushing his car over the line in the US GP to win the WDC. Of course he went on to stun F! by winning the WDC in a car he effectively built himself in Australia (with some help from Repco with the engine).


Slightly pre-F1, but what about the 1935 German Grand Prix? Mercedes Benz and Auto Union at their peaks, the nazi propaganda machine ready to report another German victory, and along comes Tazio Nuvolari in an obsolete Alfa to beat them all, despite losing two minutes to a fumbled pit stop. I did once read that the organisers only had German flags, and a copy of the German anthem, as they were so confident of a German win. The legend has it that Nuvolari had the Italian flag and a record of the Italian anthem in his own road car, which he gladly lent them.

Bet they loved him!


How does that gag go from Frasier....

That super powerful telescope that is so powerful it can see planets in other galaxies billions of miles away.... Well trust me no matter how hard it tried it would not find any interest in this topic from me.....


Almost in 2007 with Hamilton???


Nah - not with that car and that much testing. Had a similar level of opportunity to the other Ferrari and McLaren drivers


It's not Leicester-like, but it was a feat not likely to ever be repeated ... rookie beats his reigning champion teammate, and almost becomes the only rookie to win the F1 title.

Will. Never. Happen. Again.


Oh, it's not about football.....

Actually there have been a few - big ones RedBulls rise to power and Mercs too when you think about it.

Massive spend is no guarantee.


I know Hakkinen had a good car but there was no way to overtake Schumacher at Spa in 2000. This is how Hakkinen did it:


Lauda would for sure go on to win the 1984 title, but before that he would also have won in '77...


Olivier Panis in Monaco


I had a minor regurgitative moment when I saw that 2012 Renault. That is one ugly nose that only a designer could love.


Yes. It looks like a putty knife on wheels.


Poor Fisichella what a lovely guy he is, but I think he was always totally in awe of Kimi. I mean in 2001 he literally followed Kimi off track and into the wall at Magny Cors in 2001, 2005 Juancarlo was just stunned bumy Kimi's pace and went into defence mode 3 laps too soon - crazy, he lost that race .!. 2009 At SPA Kimi ruins FI's strongest chance of a win again in the last lap & surely this is another one for here!.

After he finished F1 Fisi always spoke extremely well of Kimi- I think he could see something in him that did not exist in others.


I did not see a single comment for Kimi's 2007 title... I don't remember the odds, but he was 17 points (the equivalent of 43 points from todays points system) behind the championship leader. Right now people are saying that Lewis cannot come back from the same deficit with 17 races to go and Kimi did it in just 2. That was a major underdog win scenario.


I have one that didn't happen ... but almost did.
Hill - Arrows - 1997 - Hungary


I'm going back a few years but Nuvolari in his underpowered Alfa at the 1935 German Grand Prix and Tony Brooks in a Connaught at the 1955 Syracuse Grand Prix spring to mind.


In comparison to a relative minnow challenging - and beating - the establishment, then Hesketh Racing deserves a mention. Hunt's win in the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix was the stand-out moment, but the team's overall hooray stick-it-to-em attitude is what is most fondly remembered.


Just as a side note, the '05 car looks fantastic compared to the '12 model. Looks obviously aren't the most important thing in F1, but it does add that little something special.


you forgot the best team ever, shame on you..

Tyrrell!!! Good old uncle Ken! (RIP)

Started designing their own cars at the end of 1970 and won the 1971 constructors title!


Race wins are not comparable to me to Leicester winning the title. Too often race wins can be down to chaos and luck such as Panis winning Monaco in 96.

Brawn is the only thing comparable.


No... F1 has never achieved anything remotely similar to what Football and the Premier League has done...F1 would need Minardi or Sauber becoming the Constructors Champions - which would never happen in a gazillion years.

F1 is dysfunctional and not a true sport...you have 'World Champions' such as Alonso and Button just trundling around the midfield - it would be like Messi and Ronaldo just scrapping around in the lower divisions of a football league.

F1 is currently dull and predictable...even Bernie wouldn't waste his money on the ticket prices!


The premiership is more competitive because of the way it has shared income from TV deals. For example, the new 2016 deal sees the winner getting 146m, going down gradually to 96m for the bottom team - so the bottom team gets only about a third less than the winner. Of course the 'bigger' teams get more from ticket sales, merchandising and sponsorship to top that up, but even so, the bottom teams get more than enough to run a competitive setup, and this is why there are no easy games in the premiership. Any team can beat any other. That said, what Leicester have done is still quite astounding when you consider their spending compared to the 'big' teams.


Brawn are an example of proof to Ronald McHonda, that customer engine teams can win championships. To make it doubly embarrassing for Ronald, Mercedes were then tied up with Merc....and Brawn beat them!

Stephen Kellett

This is an F1 website. Maybe trying sticking with F1 stories and stopping with football analogies? Would make for more interesting reading.

Your site, run it how you wish. But please don't make the mistake that all people interested in F1 think football is interesting. I'd rather watch paint dry.


The thing about Leicester's success is that it's lasted an entire season, rather than a one-off. So maybe Brawn are the closest comparison. Others? The guy who referenced Tyrrell in 1971 has a point; ditto Williams' rise out of nowhere in 1979-80. More recently, Jordan and Stewart in 1999 are the closest I can think of (though neither won titles). And did anyone genuinely see Benetton being drivers' champions in 1994 before the start of the season, whatever caveats we may have about legality? So there are some examples, maybe not quite as dramatic as Leicester but not far off!

Regarding one-off underdog victories, Olivier Panis and Monaco 1996 is the main one for me. Lots of good examples here, and I agree about Maldonado in Spain 2012. Two other ones I had were Brazil 2003 and Fisichella (as some have already mentioned); and Jean-Pierre Beltoise in Monaco 1972 (think that was BRM's final F1 win).


Has to be Jordan Spa 98 for me.

I'd love to say Brawn, it was a fairy tale after all, but because it was a team that rose from the ashes rather than achieved so much with relatively little.

Jordan on the other hand won primarily because everyone else expected to win crashed out whilst they ran a near flawless race.

Just like Leicester.


No mention of Button's first ever win from 14th in a car that was not a Mclaren or a Ferrari.


Lewis Hamilton coming second equal to Fernando in 2007. i dont think anyone especially Alonso expected Lewis to be so competitive. And if it wasnt for the pitlane accident he would have won the championship in his debut season paired with a double world champion.


Brawn is proof to Ronald Dennis and McHonda that customer engines can win championships.

Kenny Carwash

I don't think any single race can compare to what Leicester have achieved. Brawn are the obvious comparison, but I knew some mechanics at Honda back then and they knew the 2009 car was going to be something special.


1977 Walter Wolf racing. 1st GP entered and won, Argentine GP. Jody Scheckter goes on to win Monaco and Canada. finishes second in wdc to Lauda. Wolf Racing 4th constructors. Thanks to Dr Harvey Postlethwaite I am sure.

Top Tags
JA ON F1 In association with...
Multi award winning Formula One photographer
Multi award winning Formula One photographer

Sign up to receive the latest F1 News & Updates direct to your inbox

You have Successfully Subscribed!