Leading the WDC

Following on from the WCC leaders post, these are the number of times drivers have led the WDC.
These are the leaders in the table after each event - 807 distinct events. The nunbers in brackets
are those events where the lead was shared on points (35 occasions). In about half of the 35
instances the current tie break system using finishing positions would have given a 'true'
leader, but that isn't really relevant mid-season anyway.

M Schumacher     120 [3]
A Prost 81 [4]
A Senna 46 [3]
N Lauda 42 [1]
F Alonso 37 [3]
J Stewart 33
JM Fangio 32 [4]
E Fittipaldi 27 [2]
G Hill 26 [3]
L Hamilton 26 [3]
N Mansell 25
M Häkkinen 25 [2]
J Brabham 23 [1]
J Clark 21 [1]
N Piquet 19 [4]
D Hill 17
J Scheckter 16 [2]
M Andretti 16 [1]
A Ascari 14 [2]
C Reutemann 14 [3]
D Hulme 13 [2]
K Räikkönen 13 [2]
A Jones 10 [1]
J Rindt 8
B McLaren 7 [1]
G Regazzoni 7 [1]
S Moss 6 [3]
M Hawthorn 6 [1]
M Alboreto 6 [1]
J Villeneuve 6 [1]
E Irvine 6 [1]
G Farina 5 [2]
P Hill 5 [1]
D Pironi 4
J Button 4
J Behra 3
W von Trips 3 [1]
J Watson 3
J Laffite 3 [1]
K Rosberg 3
D Coulthard 3 [2]
P Taruffi 2 [1]
M Trintignant 2
B Vukovich 2 [2]
P Collins 2 [1]
E de Angelis 2
P Depailler 2 [1]
R Arnoux 2 [1]
F Massa 2 [1]
J Parsons 1 [1]
L Wallard 1 [1]
L Musso 1
J Surtees 1
P Rodriguez 1
L Bandini 1
J Hunt 1
G Villeneuve 1 [1]
G Fisichella 1
R Kubica 1
Another way of presenting the same data is to look at the number of days that each driver spent
as the WDC leader. This depends on the vagaries of the F1 calendar and so isn't all that relevant.
Hopefully though it might be of some interest.

1 M Schumacher   1603 [35]    229 weeks
2 A Prost 1176 [63] 168
3 JM Fangio 949 [52] 136
4 N Lauda 665 [35] 95
5 A Senna 661 [56] 94
6 J Clark 651 [21] 93
7 J Stewart 595 85
8 J Brabham 540 [13] 77
9 G Hill 517 [49] 74
10 E Fittipaldi 503 [27] 72
11 F Alonso 441 [49] 63
12 N Mansell 399 57

13 M Häkkinen 350 [28] 50
14 L Hamilton 329 [56] 47
15 A Ascari 307 [22] 44
16 M Andretti 295 [35] 42
17 N Piquet 273 [77] 39
18 D Hulme 254 [27] 36
19 J Scheckter 246 [49] 35
20 C Reutemann 243 [63] 35
21 D Hill 231 33
22 K Räikkönen 196 [42] 28
23 S Moss 196 [68] 28
24 B McLaren 174 [13] 25
25 G Regazzoni 168 [14] 24
26 A Jones 146 [14] 21
27 J Behra 133 19
28 P Rodriguez 125 18
29 J Rindt 112 16
30 E Irvine 112 [14] 16
31 M Hawthorn 105 [13] 15
32 W von Trips 84 [27] 12
33 M Alboreto 77 [7] 11
J Villeneuve 77 [14] 11
35 J Laffite 77 [14] 11
36 P Hill 69 [14] 10
37 G Farina 50 [14] 7
38 J Button 49 7
39 D Coulthard 49 [28] 7
40 R Arnoux 43 [35] 6
41 D Pironi 42 6
42 J Watson 42 6
43 E de Angelis 42 6
44 P Taruffi 35 [14] 5
P Collins 35 [28] 5
46 B Vukovich 28 [28] 4
P Depailler 28 [14] 4
F Massa 28 [14] 4
49 K Rosberg 27 4
50 L Bandini 21 3
G Villeneuve 21 [14] 3
52 L Wallard 18 [18] 3
53 M Trintignant 14 2
54 G Fisichella 14 2
R Kubica 14 2
56 L Musso 8 1
57 J Parsons 5 [5] 1
58 J Surtees 0 0
J Hunt 0 0
The number of weeks is rounded to the nearest week (not all races have been on Sunday).

Interesting that John Surtees (1964) and James Hunt (1976) never led the WDC before the
final event of their championship year, and neither led it again.
 

teabagyokel

#dejavu
Valued Member
I think that Lewis Hamilton has led the Championship for a ridiculous amount of time considering he his in his third season of F1! How many drivers have led the F1 World Championship when no longer active in the sport á la Rindt 1970 or Pironi 1982?
 

cider_and_toast

Exulted Lord High Moderator of the Apex
Staff Member
Premium Contributor
Absolutely fanstastic stats Brian.

As you say the "Days leading the championship" table is affected by the race calender somewhat. If you look at the 1960's for example, on several occasions the South African GP was run in January (I think in 1968 it was run on new years day) and the next "Championship" GP wasn't until mid April. This is especially sad in the case of Jim Clark who won the 1968 GP but was killed by the time of the next Championship round 4 months later.

Keep up the good work, it's fascinating stuff. :ok:
 
teabagyokel -

Jim Clark in 1968

Stewart in 1973 - retired before the final race

Another category could be drivers who continued to lead while absent for several races.

Lauda in 1976 & 1977

I'm sure there are others.
 
bogaTYR said:
brian,

up to when are these statistics?
In the case of Button his number of days leading includes the 14 days since Bahrain -
up to Sunday. In fact, he will still be leading after the Spanish GP as well, regardless
of the result.
 
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