We take a look at the drivers to have started the most Formula 1 races without ever scoring a point!
51 Luca Badoer
Had Formula 1 awarded points down to tenth place, Luca Badoer would have scored at the 1993 San Marino Grand Prix, on his fourth Grand Prix appearance. He never bettered the seventh place which he scored in the Imola race – but did record eleven top ten finishes in his career. Badoer came agonisingly close to recording a fifth place finish – and two points – at the 1999 European Grand Prix, only for his car to give in thirteen laps from the end.
The Italian set the record for most point-less appearances at the 1999 Australian Grand Prix and extended it to 49 races without a point by the end of the 1999 season – when he left the Minardi team. Ten years later, Badoer returned to F1 with Ferrari after the second longest gap between two Grand Prix appearances. Standing in for the injured Felipe Massa, Badoer had no further luck in his comeback stint. He finished well outside the points in the 2009 European and Belgian Grands Prix and was subsequently dropped from the team in favour of Giancarlo Fisichella.
39 Charles Pic
Charles Pic made 39 appearances in Formula 1 – twenty with the Marussia team and nineteen with Caterham. The Frenchman never finished above twelfth place in any of those races, recording his best result at the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix. Spending his entire F1 career in uncompetitive machinery, Pic holds the unwanted record of most appearances without ever making it out of Q1 in qualifying.
35 Max Chilton
British driver Max Chilton made 35 appearances with Marussia without ever scoring a point. Chilton raced in 2013 and 2014, recording a best result of thirteenth at both the 2014 Australian and Bahrain Grands Prix. Chilton’s career came to an end at the 2014 Russian Grand Prix. The Marrusia team missed the final races of the 2014 season due to financial difficulties.
34 Brett Lunger
Brett Lunger held the record for most races without scoring a point for 31 years almost consecutively, aside from Nicola Larini and Jonathan Palmer – who would each eclipse the record before scoring for the first time. Like Luca Badoer, had the F1 points system awarded points down to tenth place in Lunger’s time of racing, he would not feature on this list. The American finished in the top ten on nine occasions, with a best result of seventh place in the 1978 Belgian Grand Prix.
32 Tora Takagi
Tora Takagi is the only other driver to have started more than thirty races without ever picking up a point. The Japanese driver competed in F1 in 1998 with Tyrrell and in 1999 with Arrows. Takagi recorded four top ten finishes, with a career-best result of seventh at the 1999 Australian Grand Prix – where he finished less than two seconds away from Pedro de la Rosa in sixth, the final points-paying position.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its sixth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and GPDestinations. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.