Most Formula 1 Wins On Home Soil

Alain Prost and Lewis Hamilton share the record for the most wins at their national Grand Prix – but neither hold the overall record for most wins on home soil. We take a look at the drivers who have celebrated home success most frequently in Formula 1.


🇩🇪 Michael Schumacher, 9 wins in Germany

Rather than Prost or Hamilton, it is actually Michael Schumacher who has celebrated winning on home turf more regularly than any other driver. He won in Germany nine times in his career – though the Grands Prix at which he won had varying titles.

Schumacher’s first two home wins both came in 1995, when he was driving for Benetton. That year, he won the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim and the European Grand Prix at Nurburgring. Schumacher then took another seven wins at home in his Ferrari career, winning three times at Hockenheim and four times at the Nurburgring.

🇬🇧 Lewis Hamilton, 7 wins in Britain

In 2019, Lewis Hamilton set a new record for most British Grand Prix wins and the most wins at Silverstone with his sixth victory at his home event. Not even a puncture could stop him from taking a seventh home win at the 2020 British Grand Prix, as he crossed the line with a punctured front left wheel. With the victory, Hamilton set a new record for most national Grand Prix wins, though he’s still one short of Schumacher’s overall record of nine wins at home.

Hamilton first won at Silverstone in 2008 with what is perhaps the finest win of his career. On a wet afternoon, Hamilton produced a masterclass from fourth on the grid and won by over a minute. Since 2014, the 2018 British Grand Prix is the only Silverstone race which Hamilton has failed to win.

🇫🇷 Alain Prost, 6 wins in France

Alain Prost was the first driver to reach six wins at his home Grand Prix. Those six victories came with four different teams at three different tracks. His first home win – and the first victory of his career – was at Dijon with Renault in 1981. He then won again with Renault at Circuit Paul Ricard in 1983. His next two home victories were also at Paul Ricard, this time driving for McLaren in 1988 and 1989. He’d win at the track once more in 1990 during his time at Ferrari. Prost’s final French Grand Prix victory was in 1993 at the Circuit de Nevers Magny Cours, in his last season in the sport with Williams. Impressively, from his thirteen home race appearances, 1980 and 1984 are the only years in which Prost failed to finish on the podium at the event.

Fans invaded the track after Mansell’s victory at the 1992 British Grand Prix. (Image: Steve Gregory, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0)

🇬🇧 Jim Clark, 5 wins in Britain

Jim Clark won in Britain five times during his career at three different circuits. Of those three, the track closest to his native Scotland is where he took his first home victory. Aintree, located just outside of Liverpool, played host to Clark’s first British Grand Prix win in 1962. He went on to win at Silverstone in his first title-winning year in 1963, before being victorious at Brands Hatch one year later. Clark’s final two British Grand Prix wins came at Silverstone in 1965 and 1967. All of Clark’s home victories were taken from pole position.

🇬🇧 Nigel Mansell, 5 wins in Britain

Like Clark, Nigel Mansell also won on British soil five times in his career. His first two home wins came at the 1985 European Grand Prix and the 1986 British Grand Prix, both held at Brands Hatch. Mansell’s victory at Brands Hatch in 1985 was the first of his Formula 1 career. He then went on to win at the British Grand Prix, held at Silverstone, in 1987, 1991 and 1992. His 1987 victory is memorable for his pass on team-mate Nelson Piquet two laps from the end of the race, while 1991 is remembered for Mansell giving rival Ayrton Senna a lift back to the pits at the end of the race.


The Full List of Formula 1 Home Wins

Below is a list of every occasion on which a driver has won a round of the Drivers’ Championship on home soil. The list includes American drivers who won the Indianapolis 500 when it was a round of the F1 Drivers’ Championship between 1950 and 1960.

RaceTrackWinner
1950 Italian Grand PrixMonzaGiuseppe Farina
1951 Indianapolis 500Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayLee Wallard
1951 Italian Grand PrixMonzaAlberto Ascari
1952 Indianapolis 500Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayTroy Ruttman
1952 Italian Grand PrixMonzaAlberto Ascari
1953 Indianapolis 500Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayBill Vukovich
1954 Argentine Grand PrixAutódromo Juan y Oscar GálvezJuan Manuel Fangio
1954 Indianapolis 500Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayBill Vukovich
1955 Argentine Grand PrixAutódromo Juan y Oscar GálvezJuan Manuel Fangio
1955 Indianapolis 500Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayBob Sweikert
1955 British Grand PrixAintreeStirling Moss
1956 Argentine Grand PrixAutódromo Juan y Oscar GálvezLuigi Musso / Juan Manuel Fangio
1956 Indianapolis 500Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayPat Flaherty
1957 Argentine Grand PrixAutódromo Juan y Oscar GálvezJuan Manuel Fangio
1957 Indianapolis 500Indianapolis Motor SpeedwaySam Hanks
1957 British Grand PrixAintreeStirling Moss / Tony Brooks
1958 Indianapolis 500Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayJimmy Bryan
1958 British Grand PrixSilverstonePeter Collins
1959 Indianapolis 500Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayRodger Ward
1960 Indianapolis 500Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayJim Rathmann
1962 British Grand PrixAintreeJim Clark
1963 British Grand PrixSilverstoneJim Clark
1964 British Grand PrixBrands HatchJim Clark
1965 British Grand PrixSilverstoneJim Clark
1966 Italian Grand PrixMonzaLudovico Scarfiotti
1967 British Grand PrixSilverstoneJim Clark
1969 British Grand PrixSilverstoneJackie Stewart
1971 British Grand PrixSilverstoneJackie Stewart
1973 Brazilian Grand PrixInterlagosEmerson Fittipaldi
1974 Brazilian Grand PrixInterlagosEmerson Fittipaldi
1975 Brazilian Grand PrixInterlagosCarlos Pace
1975 South African Grand PrixKyalamiJody Scheckter
1977 United States Grand Prix WestLong BeachMario Andretti
1977 British Grand PrixSilverstoneJames Hunt
1978 Canadian Grand PrixCircuit Gilles VilleneuveGilles Villeneuve
1979 French Grand PrixDijonJean-Pierre Jabouille
1981 French Grand PrixDijonAlain Prost
1981 British Grand PrixSilverstoneJohn Watson
1982 French Grand PrixCircuit Paul RicardRené Arnoux
1983 Brazilian Grand PrixJacarepaguáNelson Piquet
1983 French Grand PrixCircuit Paul RicardAlain Prost
1984 Austrian Grand PrixÖsterreichringNiki Lauda
1985 San Marino Grand PrixImolaElio de Angelis
1985 European Grand PrixBrands HatchNigel Mansell
1986 Brazilian Grand PrixJacarepaguáNelson Piquet
1986 British Grand PrixBrands HatchNigel Mansell
1987 British Grand PrixSilverstoneNigel Mansell
1988 French Grand PrixCircuit Paul RicardAlain Prost
1989 French Grand PrixCircuit Paul RicardAlain Prost
1990 San Marino Grand PrixImolaRiccardo Patrese
1990 French Grand PrixCircuit Paul RicardAlain Prost
1991 Brazilian Grand PrixInterlagosAyrton Senna
1991 British Grand PrixSilverstoneNigel Mansell
1992 British Grand PrixSilverstoneNigel Mansell
1993 Brazilian Grand PrixInterlagosAyrton Senna
1993 French Grand PrixMagny CoursAlain Prost
1994 British Grand PrixSilverstoneDamon Hill
1995 British Grand PrixSilverstoneJohnny Herbert
1995 German Grand PrixHockenehimMichael Schumacher
1995 European Grand PrixNurburgringMichael Schumacher
1999 British Grand PrixSilverstoneDavid Coulthard
2000 British Grand PrixSilverstoneDavid Coulthard
2000 European Grand PrixNurburgringMichael Schumacher
2001 European Grand PrixNurburgringMichael Schumacher
2001 German Grand PrixHockenehimRalf Schumacher
2002 German Grand PrixHockenehimMichael Schumacher
2003 European Grand PrixNurburgringRalf Schumacher
2004 European Grand PrixNurburgringMichael Schumacher
2004 German Grand PrixHockenehimMichael Schumacher
2006 European Grand PrixNurburgringMichael Schumacher
2006 Spanish Grand PrixCircuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaFernando Alonso
2006 German Grand PrixHockenehimMichael Schumacher
2006 Brazilian Grand PrixInterlagosFelipe Massa
2008 British Grand PrixSilverstoneLewis Hamilton
2008 Brazilian Grand PrixInterlagosFelipe Massa
2012 European Grand PrixValencia Street CircuitFernando Alonso
2013 Spanish Grand PrixCircuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaFernando Alonso
2013 German Grand PrixNurburgringSebastian Vettel
2014 British Grand PrixSilverstoneLewis Hamilton
2014 German Grand PrixHockenehimNico Rosberg
2015 British Grand PrixSilverstoneLewis Hamilton
2016 British Grand PrixSilverstoneLewis Hamilton
2017 British Grand PrixSilverstoneLewis Hamilton
2019 British Grand PrixSilverstoneLewis Hamilton

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