Lewis Hamilton has the record for the most wins at his national Grand Prix – but he does not yet 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 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, 8 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.
In 2021, he took his eighth victory at Silverstone, equalling the record for most wins at a single circuit. Another win in 2023 would see him equal 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 and 2022 British Grands Prix are two of only three Silverstone races which Hamilton has failed to win. He also failed to win the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, which was held at the circuit in 2020 and was won by Max Verstappen.
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.
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.
Clark went on to win at Silverstone in his first title-winning year in 1963, before being victorious at Brands Hatch one year later. His 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.
Mansell 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.
|1950 Italian Grand Prix||Monza||Giuseppe Farina|
|1951 Indianapolis 500||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Lee Wallard|
|1951 Italian Grand Prix||Monza||Alberto Ascari|
|1952 Indianapolis 500||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Troy Ruttman|
|1952 Italian Grand Prix||Monza||Alberto Ascari|
|1953 Indianapolis 500||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Bill Vukovich|
|1954 Argentine Grand Prix||Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez||Juan Manuel Fangio|
|1954 Indianapolis 500||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Bill Vukovich|
|1955 Argentine Grand Prix||Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez||Juan Manuel Fangio|
|1955 Indianapolis 500||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Bob Sweikert|
|1955 British Grand Prix||Aintree||Stirling Moss|
|1956 Argentine Grand Prix||Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez||Luigi Musso / Juan Manuel Fangio|
|1956 Indianapolis 500||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Pat Flaherty|
|1957 Argentine Grand Prix||Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez||Juan Manuel Fangio|
|1957 Indianapolis 500||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Sam Hanks|
|1957 British Grand Prix||Aintree||Stirling Moss / Tony Brooks|
|1958 Indianapolis 500||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Jimmy Bryan|
|1958 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Peter Collins|
|1959 Indianapolis 500||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Rodger Ward|
|1960 Indianapolis 500||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Jim Rathmann|
|1962 British Grand Prix||Aintree||Jim Clark|
|1963 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Jim Clark|
|1964 British Grand Prix||Brands Hatch||Jim Clark|
|1965 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Jim Clark|
|1966 Italian Grand Prix||Monza||Ludovico Scarfiotti|
|1967 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Jim Clark|
|1969 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Jackie Stewart|
|1971 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Jackie Stewart|
|1973 Brazilian Grand Prix||Interlagos||Emerson Fittipaldi|
|1974 Brazilian Grand Prix||Interlagos||Emerson Fittipaldi|
|1975 Brazilian Grand Prix||Interlagos||Carlos Pace|
|1975 South African Grand Prix||Kyalami||Jody Scheckter|
|1977 United States Grand Prix West||Long Beach||Mario Andretti|
|1977 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||James Hunt|
|1978 Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve||Gilles Villeneuve|
|1979 French Grand Prix||Dijon||Jean-Pierre Jabouille|
|1981 French Grand Prix||Dijon||Alain Prost|
|1981 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||John Watson|
|1982 French Grand Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard||René Arnoux|
|1983 Brazilian Grand Prix||Jacarepaguá||Nelson Piquet|
|1983 French Grand Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard||Alain Prost|
|1984 Austrian Grand Prix||Österreichring||Niki Lauda|
|1985 San Marino Grand Prix||Imola||Elio de Angelis|
|1985 European Grand Prix||Brands Hatch||Nigel Mansell|
|1986 Brazilian Grand Prix||Jacarepaguá||Nelson Piquet|
|1986 British Grand Prix||Brands Hatch||Nigel Mansell|
|1987 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Nigel Mansell|
|1988 French Grand Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard||Alain Prost|
|1989 French Grand Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard||Alain Prost|
|1990 San Marino Grand Prix||Imola||Riccardo Patrese|
|1990 French Grand Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard||Alain Prost|
|1991 Brazilian Grand Prix||Interlagos||Ayrton Senna|
|1991 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Nigel Mansell|
|1992 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Nigel Mansell|
|1993 Brazilian Grand Prix||Interlagos||Ayrton Senna|
|1993 French Grand Prix||Magny Cours||Alain Prost|
|1994 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Damon Hill|
|1995 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Johnny Herbert|
|1995 German Grand Prix||Hockenehim||Michael Schumacher|
|1995 European Grand Prix||Nurburgring||Michael Schumacher|
|1999 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||David Coulthard|
|2000 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||David Coulthard|
|2000 European Grand Prix||Nurburgring||Michael Schumacher|
|2001 European Grand Prix||Nurburgring||Michael Schumacher|
|2001 German Grand Prix||Hockenehim||Ralf Schumacher|
|2002 German Grand Prix||Hockenehim||Michael Schumacher|
|2003 European Grand Prix||Nurburgring||Ralf Schumacher|
|2004 European Grand Prix||Nurburgring||Michael Schumacher|
|2004 German Grand Prix||Hockenehim||Michael Schumacher|
|2006 European Grand Prix||Nurburgring||Michael Schumacher|
|2006 Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya||Fernando Alonso|
|2006 German Grand Prix||Hockenehim||Michael Schumacher|
|2006 Brazilian Grand Prix||Interlagos||Felipe Massa|
|2008 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Lewis Hamilton|
|2008 Brazilian Grand Prix||Interlagos||Felipe Massa|
|2012 European Grand Prix||Valencia Street Circuit||Fernando Alonso|
|2013 Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya||Fernando Alonso|
|2013 German Grand Prix||Nurburgring||Sebastian Vettel|
|2014 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Lewis Hamilton|
|2014 German Grand Prix||Hockenehim||Nico Rosberg|
|2015 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Lewis Hamilton|
|2016 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Lewis Hamilton|
|2017 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Lewis Hamilton|
|2019 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Lewis Hamilton|
|2020 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Lewis Hamilton|
|2021 British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Lewis Hamilton|
|2021 Dutch Grand Prix||Zandvoort||Max Verstappen|
|2022 Dutch Grand Prix||Zandvoort||Max Verstappen|
Header image: Martin Lee, Flickr , CC BY-SA 2.0
This article was originally published in July 2020 and has since been updated.
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