At the 2022 British Grand Prix, Alfa Romeo became the latest team to record a double retirement. But when was the last double DNF for every F1 team on the current grid?
Aston Martin: 2022 Italian Grand Prix
At the 2022 Italian Grand Prix, Aston Martin recorded their first double DNF since their championship debut at the 1959 Dutch Grand Prix, when both Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby failed to finish.
Prior to becoming Aston Martin, the Silverstone-based team’s most recent double retirement came at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, when both Racing Point drivers failed to cross the finish line. Lance Stroll’s car was flipped over on the third lap of the race, while Sergio Perez retired with power unit issues when running in the podium positions in the closing stages of the race.
Alfa Romeo: 2022 British Grand Prix
Alfa Romeo recorded their most recent double DNF at the 2022 British Grand Prix. Zhou Guanyu was eliminated from the race in a scary crash at the very start of the Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas retired from the race before the halfway point, pulling into the pits on Lap 21 with gearbox issues.
Before the 2022 British Grand Prix, the team’s last double retirement came at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Pdrix, when both Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi retired on their final Formula 1 appearances. Raikkonen, in his 349th and final race, became the first retirement of the Grand Prix on Lap 26 after encountering a brake failure. Eight laps later, team-mate Giovinazzi joined him on the sidelines following a hydraulic issue.
Ferrari: 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Ferrari last recorded a double DNF at the 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Carlos Sainz retired just nine laps into the race, pulling to the side of the track with a hydraulic leak. 13 laps later, Charles Leclerc retired while leading with a power unit issue.
Before that, Ferrari’s last double retirement occurred at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix. It’s probably a good job the Tifosi were not present at Monza to witness a nightmare afternoon for the Scuderia. Sebastian Vettel was out with brake failure at the start of Lap 7, while Charles Leclerc crashed out at the final corner on Lap 24.
Haas: 2022 Monaco Grand Prix
Haas became the latest team to record a double DNF at the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix. Kevin Magnussen pulled into the pits on Lap 21 of the race. Six laps later, Mick Schumacher suffered a heavy crash, bringing out the red flags.
Before that, their previous double DNF was at the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Their race was over within the first 15 laps of the inaugural race at Jeddah Corniche Circuit. Mick Schumacher became the first retirement of the race with a heavy crash on Lap 8 which brought out the red flags. At the restart, Nikita Mazepin collided with George Russell – in an incident which brought out the red flags for a second time – ending the Haas team’s race.
Williams: 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Williams recorded their last double retirement at the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Having crashed in qualifying, Nicholas Latifi crashed again in the race, becoming the first retirement on Lap 15. Three laps from the end, team-mate Alex Albon collided with former Williams driver Lance Stroll, ending Williams’ race prematurely. This was Williams’ second double DNF in the space of three races. It’s the first time they recorded double retirements at such a frequent rate since the beginning of the 2011 season.
Red Bull: 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix
It was a nightmare start to the 2022 season for Red Bull. Both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez were running in the top four until the closing stages of the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix. Verstappen challenged Charles Leclerc for the victory, but the reigning World Champion pulled into the pit lane with three laps to go. Similar fuel pressure issues halted Perez at the start of the final lap, meaning Red Bull left the first race of the season having scored zero points. This was their first double DNF since 2020’s season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.
Alpine: 2021 United States Grand Prix
The Enstone-based team recorded their first – and so far only – double retirement under their new Alpine branding at the 2021 United States Grand Prix. Both drivers made it well into the race before retiring. Esteban Ocon was first out, retiring on Lap 41. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso retired nine laps later. In the hunt for the final point, Alonso was forced to retire following damage to his rear wing.
AlphaTauri: 2021 Italian Grand Prix*
Can a team record a double retirement at a race which only one car started? The jury is out on that one. If so, AlphaTauri’s last double non-finish came at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix. Yuki Tsunoda failed to start the race due to a braking issue, while Pierre Gasly retired just four laps into the race with suspension damage.
The team’s last double retirement before the 2021 Monza race was under their Toro Rosso guise, when both Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley retired with similar brake issues on Lap 5 of the 2018 Russian Grand Prix.
McLaren: 2019 Belgian Grand Prix
McLaren last recorded a double DNF at the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix, the race being bookended by retirements for the Woking-based team. Carlos Sainz failed to pull away from his grid slot, a power failure meant his race was over before it began. Meanwhile, Lando Norris stopped just after the finish line on the final lap of the race, losing power and dropping out of the points at the last moment.
Mercedes: 2018 Austrian Grand Prix
Mercedes are the team who have gone longest without a double retirement. Their latest came at the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix, when both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas retired with technical troubles. A hydraulic issue eliminated Bottas from proceedings early on in the race, while Hamilton retired less than ten laps from the end with a fuel pressure issue.
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