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Constructors Who Have Won in F1 - 8 To 10

Discussion in 'Formula One Discussion' started by teabagyokel, May 11, 2011.

  1. teabagyokel

    teabagyokel #bringbackmaldo Valued Member

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    No-one has won just 5,6 or 7 F1 races (save for Indy500's Kurtis Kraft). So the next set of teams has won 8, 9 or 10!

    Brawn GP (8)

    From the Ashes of Honda, a management buyout produced Brawn GP, which continued with Honda's 2009 chassis (badged the BGP 001), and drivers Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button. They, however, took the Mercedes engines and elected not to run KERS. Most importantly, they, like Toyota and Williams, skirted the new rules to produce a Double-Deck Diffuser, which meant only Red Bull could keep up with the three teams in question.
    Brawn were the fastest of those teams, and despite Barrichello struggles in the race, a collision between Seb Vettel's Red Bull and Robert Kubica's BMW Sauber handed the new boys a début 1-2. Button won a rain-halted Malaysian Grand Prix, came third in China and then took the next four on the spin in Sakhir, Barcelona, Monaco and Istanbul. His lead was sufficient to win the title.
    Button did not lead a lap until the end of the season, but the inconsistency of title rivals Seb Vettel, Mark Webber and Rubens Barrichello, coupled with a McLaren/Ferrari resurgence which took some of the top points from Red Bull and Brawn, meant his title was secure.
    Despite Brawn's loss of form, at the two engine circuits left, Valencia and Monza, Rubens Barrichello was able to win, beating McLaren's formidable challenges there. Brawn was sold at the end of the season to...

    Mercedes (9)

    In 1954, Juan Manuel Fangio had a contract with Mercedes for when they produced their Grand Prix car. He won the first two races for Maserati before the streamlined W196 blew away the field at Reims, Fangio taking a 1-2 with Karl Kling. Their failure at the engine circuit meant an open wheeled version was produced, winning the German, Swiss and Italian Grands Prix to give Fangio the title before their podium in Pedralbes.
    The open-wheeled version moved into 1955, winning the opening GP for Fangio in Buenos Aires. Despite not winning in Monte Carlo, Fangio took two more wins in Spa and Zandvoort.
    However, the crash of Pierre Levegh's Mercedes at Le Mans led to the neutralisation of much of the Championship and Mercedes' withdrawal from motorsport at the end of the year. Stirling Moss won his first GP for the marque in Aintree, before the streamlined version won the Italian GP with Fangio onboard. Until they brought Brawn in 2010, Mercedes would not enter another chassis in a Formula One race. Thus they directly replaced Juan Manuel Fangio with Michael Schumacher!

    Maserati (9)

    Maserati participated in the first decade of the World Championship. In 1950, the 50-year-old Louis Chiron scored their first podium at home in Monaco. After Alfa Romeo's withdrawal, they signed up Juan Manuel Fangio, who could not compete in 1952. In 1953, however, he was to win the Italian Grand Prix for them.
    Fangio was to leave for Mercedes in 1954, but won the Argentine and Belgian races for Maserati. As Mercedes dominated, they would have to wait for their withdrawal in 1955 for success. By this point, Maserati were entering up to 11 cars in races, but their two wins that year came from Stirling Moss in Monaco and Monza. For 1957, they resigned Fangio, who won the last 4 of their wins in Buenos Aires, Monaco, Rouen and of course his epoch-defining victory at the Nordschliefe.
    Fangio sat on pole at the 1958 Argentine Grand Prix and finished fourth, but the great man retired soon after. They never scored another podium.

    Vanwall (9)

    Vanwall had started in Formula One in 1954, but on a part-time basis. Their cars did not usually finish races in the first few years, and their first points were scored by Harry Schell in 4th in the 1956 French Grand Prix.
    However, their VW5 was to change the team. Vanwall #20, shared by Tony Brooks and Stirling Moss, won the 1957 British Grand Prix at Aintree, and Moss would win twice in Italy, at Monza and at Pescara, later that year. They started with a triple-retirement in 1958, but Moss won the Dutch GP second time out. Brooks won at Spa, and three races later at the Nurburgring. Vanwall won the last four races of the season, Moss winning at Porto and Ain-Daib, Brooks taking Monza in addition to the Nurburgring.
    Thus despite Ferrari's Mike Hawthorn stealing the Drivers Title by one point from Moss, Vanwall took the inaugral Constructors crown. They would then disappear with one retirement for Tony Brooks in each of 1959 and 1960 the sum total of their subsequent effort.

    Matra (9)

    Though Matra chassis won 9 Grand Prix, their successes came courtesy of two men: Ken Tyrell and Jackie Stewart. After three races in 1967, Matra's cars came to F1 for good in 1968. Stewart missed the second and third races of the season, but won the fifth at Zandvoort in the MS10, ahead of Jean-Pierre Beltoise in the MS11. Stewart had a Ford Cosworth DFV engine, while Beltoise had a Matra engine instead.
    Stewart continued to score consistently in the points, winning at the Nurburgring and at Watkins Glen. He finished 2nd in the Championship behind Graham Hill, while Matra-Ford finished 3rd in the WCC with Matra-Matra in 9th!
    1969 saw both Stewart and Beltoise with the Cosworths, and Stewart won 6 of the first 8 races in Kyalami, Barcelona, Zandvoort, Clermont, Silverstone and Monza with a second place at the Nurburgring. Beltose scored a third of Stewart's points that year, as the Scot took the Championship. Tyrell and Stewart moved to March, and Matra became a lower-midfield constructor, finishing 7th, 7th and 8th in the Constructors' Championship before they left at the end of 1972.

    Ligier (9)

    In 1976, Ligier entered F1 as a one-car team for Jacques Laffite. He scored pole and finished on the podium at Monza. Soon, Laffite was to win the 1977 Swedish GP, which served as a highlight of the campaign in which they also finished 2nd in Zandvoort. There were to be no further wins in 1978, until they entered a second car in 1979 for Patrick Depailler.
    Laffite took pole and win in the first two races in South America in 1979, with Depailler sharing the front row in both and finishing 2nd in Brazil. Qualifying further down in the next two races, they suffered 3 retirements. However, they qualified 1-2 in Spain and Belgium, Depailler winning in Jarama after Laffite's retirement, and both leading before Scheckter took the honours at Zolder. Laffite shared the Championship lead with the South African.
    Depailler was injured in a hang-gliding accident after Monaco, and replaced by Jacky Ickx. Ferrari and Williams had overhauled them though, and a couple of podiums was a scant return for the second half of the season.
    With Didier Pironi installed in the team for 1980, Ligier continued to be a major force. Pironi won the Belgian GP, Ligiers sat on pole at home in France and at 'home' at Monaco, as well as a double retirement from 1-2 at Brands Hatch. Laffite won at Hockenheim but their run of form had ended, although Pironi crossed the line first in Montreal having jumped the start, incurring a 1 minute penalty and finishing 3rd.
    An unreliable season in 1981 saw wins for Laffite in Austria and Canada, as he continued to be paired with almost every French driver around (Jarier, Jabouille & Tambay in 1981). But 4 podiums in 1982 were to be their last until 1985, as they became just about the only top team not to win that year! Laffite's podium in Detroit in 1986 ended Ligier's form for good!
    In 1987-91, they scored 2 points with plenty of dnqs! Their next podiums came in 1993 with Brundle and Blundell at the wheel, as they became a midfield team rather than a backmarker. Their last big day came in 1996 when Olivier Panis was the head of the three finishers to a wet and gruelling Monaco Grand Prix, holding off David Coulthard's McLaren Mercedes. It was their 50th and last podium before Alain Prost (just about the only French driver of the early 80s not to drive for Ligier) brought the team and renamed it after himself.

    Alfa Romeo (10)

    To describe Alfa Romeo's win total as 10 is probably unfair, and a symptom of the arbitrary cutoff point of 1950 as the start of the World Championship. They were motorsport's dominant force before cars #1,2,3 and 4 lined up in the front four positions at Silverstone in 1950.
    They finished 1-2-3 with Juan Manuel Fangio missing out, and Guiseppe Farina winning the race. A wave eliminated two of their three cars in the first lap at Monaco with Farina and Luigi Fagioli missing out, thus Juan Manuel Fangio was able to lap the field to finish a lap infront of Alberto Ascari making Ferrari's Championship début.
    Ignoring the Indy500, the next race was at Bremgarten where Fangio retired and Farina/Fagioli took a one-two. Fangio was to win at Spa ahead of Fagioli with Farina in 4th behind Louis Rosier's Maserati. Farina's retirement ensured a similar result at Reims. At Monza Fangio's retirement gave Farina the win ahead of Dorino Serafini & Alberto Ascari's shared Ferrari, while Farina won the Championship by his fourth place at Spa!
    The next year started at Bremgarten with Fangio winning. Farina won at Spa and Fangio jumped in to Fagioli's car at Reims to deliver a shared win. So they had won the first 9 World Championship Grand Prix not in Indiana! José Frolian Gonzalez won the British GP to stop them for the first time, with Fangio second. Ascari won the next two races to require Fangio to win the final Spanish GP. This he did, winning the race and the Championship. Alfa pulled out at this point.
    Their return in the eighties never produced the same success, with a brace of Andrea de Cesaris second places their best. But we should not forget Alfa's glory days as they dominated the first one-and-a-half World Championship seasons.
     
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  3. tooncheese

    tooncheese Hans Heyer Contributor

    Great read :thumbsup:

    As a lancia fan I consider all Ferrari's 1956 wins lancia wins as it was their car after all, but I'm just picky :p
     
  4. siffert_fan

    siffert_fan Too old to watch the Asian races live. Contributor

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    The biggest disappointment for me in all of that was the French GP of 1972. Chris Amon (one of my favourite drivers and one of the unluckiest drivers of all time) led from the start in his Matra. Then he had a puncture from one of the stone chippings which abounded on the Charade circuit and had to pit for a new tyre. He then had one of his best drives and managed to fight his way back into third by th finish. He surely would have won without that puncture.
     
  5. teabagyokel

    teabagyokel #bringbackmaldo Valued Member

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    It is ironic and sad that Lancia built the 1956 title winning car and couldn't get it working and winning in 1954-5. I suppose Mercedes had something to do with that though!

    And, siffert_fan, I don't know if Chris Amon had upset a witch doctor somewhere, but I'm going to assume so...!
     
  6. siffert_fan

    siffert_fan Too old to watch the Asian races live. Contributor

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    TBY

    I had never thought of that. An annoyed witch doctor would, indeed explain a lot about Amon's career!

    By the way, a fascinating read.
     
  7. Pyrope

    Pyrope Podium Finisher Supporter

    Nice work tby!

    I've always thought that Alfa was a grand old F1 name that we need to see back in the saddle. Not much chance of that happening while it is part of the FIAT empire, of course, but there has been much rumbling here and there about VW possibly putting a bid in for the company. I was wondering just the other day whether VAG's reluctance to enter F1 wasn't so much to do with their indecision surrounding Porsche, but may be due to their long-term aim of snaffling Alfa? Ruminations only, but one to ponder perhaps.
     

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