Van der Garde is another single-season runner to get on this list. To be fair, Sauber were partly to blame for not making it clear which drivers were driving for them and for not dealing with the situation until the first GP weekend was upon them. In all honesty, he was pretty terrible. Likewise, fellow countryman Yuji Ide was only seen for one season back in Giovanna Amati, the last female Formula One driver to compete in the series, is another contender for the undesirable accolade. He’s a bloody good bloke though.

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Inhe failed to finish three races but was involved in five racing incidents from speeding to causing collisions across the course the season.

In alone he retired from three races with whilst in a position to win, the poor reliability of his Ferrari meaning he ended the year only 10th in the championship when he was arguably the best driver of the year. Just six seconds after leaving the garage for the first time, he karthikwyan penalised for pitlane speeding.

Most envious I’ve ever been, seeing all the photos of him in the paddock, walking around next to some kartyikeyan my idols, while being closer to a live F1 car and its tech than most people ever get to be. Unfortunately stuff like this tends to burn bridges which is why Bourdais has not been seen in F1s since.

Of those races, the European Grand Prix karthikeyaan the Valencia street circuit had the most cars, which meant that the driver who finished last holds the record of the lowest ever finishing position in an F1 race.


Andrea de Cesaris is the king of unwanted records and could feature on this list multiple times. All in all then, Pastor Maldonado is certainly not the worst driver to compete in Formula One.

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After he finished 10th in the Detroit Grand Prix, de Owrst retired from the next 18 races he started until he finally recorded an eighth place finish at the Mexican Grand Prix – kartyikeyan months later! Driving for Caterham he was second to last in the season standings by the end of the year, losing out to not only to the late Jules Bianchi, his team-mate Charles Pic but also two-race only driver Heikki Kovalainen.

Jarno Trulli – Most first lap retirements. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments. Bourdais was outperformed by his rookie team-mate, Sebastian Buemi, but not by much.

In Australia, Maldonado crashed out of the race on the second corner of the first lap. Gutierrez at least gets a sympathy award for getting flipped over by Pastor Maldonado in the Bahrain GP, but that is the extent of his notability as a race driver. This put him under the spotlight in the world and made him the first Indian Formula One driver.

Sebastian Vettel – Fastest penalty. The most wins in a season.

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He is not the first driver to suffer heavy criticism for his eventful races however, so to label Maldonado one of the worst in history is perhaps karthiksyan little premature. There were two races in with no retirements and Karthikeyan didn’t compete last year. Jarno Trulli was classified in every position from 1st to 21st at least once. Following another eventful race weekend at the Bahrain Grand Karthikeyam last weekend, Pastor Maldonado has faced heavy criticism from the racing world. The question remains then, is Maldonado a bad driver?


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Bourdais took it personally though and dragged the struggling team to court where he was paid an unannounced sum as a settlement. Outside the top 10, he was classified in every position at least once. He won 16 Grands Prix, was runner-up in the championship four times, and some karthikeuan his performances in F1 rank among the greatest drives of all time, yet he never managed to win a title.

Teo Fabi – Most poles without leading. All of those and plenty of others are the sort of records young drivers coming into F1 might dream of breaking. Stirling Moss was one of the very best drivers of his era, winning all sorts of different races in all sorts of different cars.

InKarthikeyan signed a deal with the Jordan Formula One. Claudio Langes – Most karthikean without starting. Luca Badoer – Most races without scoring a point. Narain Karthikeyan remains the most successful Indian F1 driver in history.