Graham Caygill | October 24, 2013
Sebastian Vettel can win his fourth Formula One drivers’ title at Sunday’s Indian Grand Prix. He has won both previous races there. We look today at five others with impressive records at a particular race.
1. Ayrton Senna – Monaco: The Brazilian was a master around the streets of Monte Carlo, winning the race six times in seven years between 1987 and 1993. And the one that got away, 1988, he had been leading too, until he crashed late in the race.
2. Michael Schumacher – France: Formula One’s most successful driver excelled at a number of grands prix, but he was particularly imposing at France’s Magny-Cours track. He won there eight times, the first occasion being in 1994 and the last one being in 2006.
3. Nigel Mansell – Britain: The 1992 world champion always claimed he found an extra second per lap when he drove in front of his home fans, and he backed that up by winning the British Grand Prix five times, four at Silverstone, between 1987 and 1992, and at Brands Hatch in 1986.
4. Alain Prost – France: Like Mansell, the four-time world champion produced some of his strongest results on home soil: he won the French Grand Prix five times. Four of those successes were at Le Castellet, with the last one, in 1993, coming at Magny-Cours.
5. Kimi Raikkonen – Belgium: There is something about Spa-Francorchamps that brings out the best in the Finn, above right. He won there four times: in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009. He nearly won in 2008, too, as the 2007 world champion showed his relish for the challenging 7km track.