Drivers of the Noughties Marathon


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There were 71 drivers in Formula One in the noughties (2000-09). And this quiz is going to cover all of them in order of races completed in that time! So strap in for the long haul, and here we go:

1. Markus Winklehock famously led 6 laps of his only Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in 2007. How many drivers led laps in the 2000-09 era?

27. (Half point 25-30 inclusive)

2. Kamui Kobayashi raced the final two Grands Prix of the decade. Which team was he with?


3. Luca Badoer replaced Felipe Massa for two poor races in 2009. He has started the most Grands Prix without a single point, but how many times has he finished in the Top Ten?

11. Once in 7th (at Imola in 1993), 3 times in 8th, once in 9th and 6 times in 10th.

4. Tomas Enge was in Formula One with Prost for 3 races at the end of 2001. Who was his only F1 team-mate?

Heinz-Harald Frentzen

5. Yuji Ide finished only one race out of the first four of 2006 before getting his superlicence revoked. Where?

In Australia, where he finished last. 3 laps down.

6. Nicolas Kiesa finished all of his 5 Grands Prix for Minardi. In which year?


7. Romain Grosjean's 7 races in 2009 saw his team-mate Alonso score how many points?


8. Franck Montagny finished 16th on two occasions for Super Aguri. Where?

France and Monaco for half a point each

9. What has Jaime Alguersuari never done that Alessandro Zanardi, Pedro Lamy, Luis Perez-Sala and Renzo Zorzi have?

Finished 6th or above in a World Championship race

10. What was odd about Robert Doornbos' last six F1 races?

They're palindromic. They were in Brazil, Japan, China, China, Japan and Brazil respectively (for Minardi in 2005 and Red Bull in 2006)

11. Of Patrick Friesacher's 11 races, how many did he finish?

Only 5, thankfully including his points opportunity at Indy in 2005!

12. Name Tarso Marques two Formula One team-mates in the 1990s.

Pedro Lamy and Ukyo Katayama

13. How many races has Sakon Yamamoto bought raced in each of his 3 Formula One seasons?

7. For Super Aguri in 2006, Spyker in 2007 and HRT in 2010. Expect to see him for Marussia sometime this year!

14. Which team did 2008 GP2 winner Giorgio Pantano race for in F1?


15. Where did Ralph Firman score a point in the exorable 2003 Jordan?


16. When Alex Yoong finished 7th in the 2002 Australian Grand Prix, how many finishers were there?

8. Somehow, Pedro de la Rosa's Jag was 2 laps behind Yoong.

17. Luciano Burti raced 14 times in 2001. But which race did he replace Eddie Irvine for in 2000?


18. Justin Wilson raced 16 times for 2 constructors. For half a point each name them.

Minardi and Jaguar

19. In which two years did Allan McNish win the 24 Heures du Mans?

1998 for Porsche and 2008 for Audi

20. How many finishes did Pedro Diniz complete in 1999?

4. Impressively 3 points finishes, but numerous Accidents/Collisions

21. Sebastian Buemi scored on his debut in 2009, finishing 7th. How did his team-mate do?

Finished 8th. (Well, 9th but someone was disqualified for lying.)

22. Johnny Herbert drove the last race for which team?

Stewart. Not Lotus.

23. Gianmaria Bruni finished how many laps down in his first race?

15 laps.

24. Narain Karthikeyan is the only person to finish 24th in an F1 race; who else has finished 23rd?

Vitantonio Liuzzi for (guess who?) HRT in both Japan and Valencia in 2011

25. Antonio Pizzonia finished four of his first five Williams Grands Prix where?

7th. The other he retired from.

26. How many laps down was Zsolt Baumgartner when he scored his F1 point?

3. He was the last finisher.

27. Marc Gene finished 5th at the 2003 Italian GP. Where did team-mate Juan-Pablo Montoya finish?

2nd, splitting the Scuderia!

28. Out of his 21 Grands Prix, how many times did Gaston Mazzacane qualify 22nd and last?


29. Name the two teams other than Super Aguri that Anthony Davidson raced for in F1?

Minardi and BAR

30. Which year was Ricardo Zonta's only full season?


31. What was Sebastien Bourdais' best qualifying position in F1?

4th at Monza in 2008; he stalled on the grid.

32. How many races did Nelsinho Piquet's father win when employed at Enstone?


33. Who was the previous American driver in F1 before Scott Speed?

Michael Andretti back in 1993

34. Cristiano da Matta led 17 laps of the 2003 British Grand Prix. Who was the next Toyota driver to lead a lap of a Grand Prix?

Jarno Trulli at Sepang in 2005

35. Enrique Bernoldi was part of the Arrows near no-show at the 2002 French GP when they trundled round the back because they hadn't payed their way. Which other driver did not start that race?

Giancarlo Fisichella was injured during Saturday free practice

36. Mika Salo had three consecutive points scoring finishes at the same circuit, between which he did not score another point. Which circuit?

Monaco in 1996, 1997 and 1998 for Tyrrell, Tyrrell and Arrows.

37. Who scored his 50th podium on the day of Mika Hakkinen's last win at Indianapolis in 2001?

David Coulthard

38. Which of Alex Wurz' team-mates has at one stage become a World Champion?

Kimi Raikkonen, team-mate for the 2005 San Marino GP

39. Jean Alesi did not score points in 2000 for Prost. Who was his team-mate?

Nick Heidfeld

40. What was Kazuki Nakajima's best qualifying position in F1?

5th, at the 2009 British GP

41. What is Timo Glock's best World Championship position?

10th in 2008/09

42. At which circuit did Tiago Monterio score his non-Indy point?


43. Who finished on the same number of points as Sebastian Vettel in 2007?

Jenson Button. 6 points. (They've been one and two in the Championship twice since - so fortunes do change!)

44. How many points did Vitantonio Liuzzi's team-mate at Red Bull (DC) score to his one in his 4 races in 2005?


45. What was Christian Albers' second best F1 result?

10th for MF1 at the Hungaroring in 2006

46. Where was Christian Klien's career best 5th place in 2005?


47. Who was the previous Dutch F1 driver before Jos Verstappen?

Jan Lammers

48. Other than in 2000, what did Eddie Irvine do in every year of his career?

Improved his championship position.... 22 > 16 > 12 > 10 > 7 > 4 > 2, 13 > 12 > 9

49. Has Lewis Hamilton got more pole positions or wins?

Pole positions. 19-17. But wins have caught up quickly over the last couple of years!

50. Where did Heikki Kovalainen start when he finished 4th at the 2007 Canadian GP?

22nd and last. Flav was apparently all set to sack him. :p

51. Adrian Sutil started 2nd on the grid for the only time at Monza in 2009, but where did he start 3rd?

Interlagos that year, where he got too close to Jarno Trulli

52. How many seasons have been taken in by Pedro de la Rosa's last 23 races?

4 - 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2011.

53. Where did Robert Kubica secure his only pole position?

Sakhir in 2010

54. Heinz-Harald Frentzen secured 2 pole positions. How many times did he start 2nd?

10 (Half point 8-12 inclusive). 7 times in 1997!

55. Which is the constructor Olivier Panis drove for as a Friday driver?

Toyota. He was Friday driver in the 2005 French GP.

56. How many podiums has Nico Rosberg had in F1?

5 (Half point 4-6 inc.)

57. Takuma Sato had two consecutive races at which circuit?

Suzuka. The last race of 2002 and his only race of 2003. Scored points in both!

58. In which years did Juan Pablo Montoya finish 3rd in the Championship?

2002 and 2003 - half a point each

59. How many podiums did Jacques Villeneuve score in the 2000s

2 out of his 23 F1 podiums - 2001 Spain & 2001 Germany

60. At which circuit did Felipe Massa first lead a race?

Interlagos in 2004, he led laps 6 & 7

61. How many of Michael Schumacher's 11 F1 team-mates have won F1 races?

6 - Piquet, Patrese, Herbert, Irvine, Barrichello and Massa vs De Cesaris, Brundle, Verstappen, Lehto and Rosberg

62. Which of Ralf Schumacher's 6 team-mates [who he was actually starting a race alongside] didn't win an F1 race?

Alessandro Zanardi. The others were Fisichella, Hill, Button, Montoya and Trulli

63. Mark Webber's debut for Minardi saw him finish 5th in an accident-scarred Australian GP. In which season did he next finish 5th or higher?

2005, in Melbourne again for Williams!

64. How many of Fernando Alonso's 20 pole positions were secured driving for Renault?

16! He has two poles for McLaren (Monaco, Monza 2007) and two for Ferrari (Monza, Singapore 2010). (14-18 inc. - half point)

65. How many times did Kimi Raikkonen start on pole in his winless 2006 season?

3 - in Germany, Hungary and Turkey

66. What was odd about the 2005 United States Grand Prix in the context of David Coulthard's career?

It was DC's only non-start; the only race he entered but did not start in his career

67. Nick Heidfeld has the most podiums without a win in F1 history, with 13. For half a point each name the other two drivers with more than 10.

Stefan Johansson and, of course, Chris Amon

68. Why was Jenson Button's BAR team disqualified from the 2005 San Marino Grand Prix?

a) Because they had spied on McLaren
b) Because they used fuel as ballast
c) Because their rear wing was too large
d) Because they used the wrong tyres
e) Because his dad pissed in Bernie's motorhome

It was e. No, of course it wasn't. It was actually b.

So on to the three drivers who all started 172 races in the 2000s, only missing two each...

69. Of Giancarlo Fisichella's 14 Monaco appearances, how many did he score points in?


70. Which team-mate spent the most races alongside Jarno Trulli?

Ralf Schumacher

71. Which was the only year in his long F1 career that Rubens Barrichello did not score any points?

2007. All hail the Earth car!

If you were mad enough, well done for completing this quiz!

Btw, Doornbos

My answer was simply two races in each of three circuits, not noting that theme in the answer
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