Seven drivers without British GP wins

The Formula 1 season continues this weekend with one of the most iconic races on the calendar, the British Grand Prix.

Some of the greatest names in the history of the sport have ruled the roost at the British GP during their careers, but several legendary F1 drivers have failed to register a win in the race.

We have compiled a list of some of the most prominent names without a victory at Silverstone and the other circuits that played host to race over the years.

Graham Hill


The only driver to win the triple crown of motorsport – Le Mans, Indianapolis 500 and the F1 title – failure to win the British GP is arguably the only blemish on Hill’s record. A Drivers Championship winner in 1962 and 1968, Hill managed second at the race in 1964 and 1965 but failed to improve on those performances throughout his glittering career.

Number of attempts: 17

Jenson Button


The 36-year-old Button is in the swansong of his career having won races all over the world since making his F1 debut in 2000. At Silverstone, though, the 2009 World Champion has had a torrid time and has failed to even register a podium.

The closest he came was in 2011, but after a botched pit stop during which his right-front wheel came loose during his exit from the pits, his chances were ruined.

Number of attempts:

Nelson Piquet


The Brazilian was never exactly a popular figure on British shores after being involved in many heated battles with Nigel Mansell, and had to settle for the runner-up spot in Britain on four occasions.

The closest he came to going on better was in 1987, when Mansell claimed the win late on following a memorable overtake before Stowe.

Number of attempts: 13

John Surtees


Still, the only name to win world titles on two and four wheels, Surtees had an impressive second place finish at the British GP in his first attempt, but that was as good as it got for the 1964 World Champion.

He stepped onto the podium on four more occasions but could never manage the win.

Number of attempts: 12

Keke Rosberg


The father of current Mercedes driver Nico, Rosberg Snr’s best finish at the British GP was a paltry 11th. However, the Finn, did post the fastest lap in F1 qualifying for the 1985 race, when he averaged 160mph. That record stood for 17 years.

Number of attempts:

Mario Andretti


Arguably the most famous American racing driver, Andretti’s best finish at the British Grand Prix was just 12th. One of only two drivers to win races in Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship and NASCAR, Andretti retired from the British GP six times.

Number of attempts: 8

Gilles Villeneuve


Possibly the greatest driver never to win the Championship, Villeneuve didn’t even score a point in five attempts. A winner of six races in 67 starts, Villeneuve made his F1 debut at the 1977 British GP, where he finished eighth.

Number of attempts: 5

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