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Race winner Kimi Raikkonen (C) of Finland celebrates on the podium with Fernando Alonso (L) of Spain and British rookie Lewis Hamilton (R) following the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, 18 March 2007. Raikkonen won the Australian Grand Prix driving a Ferrari, with defending world champion Alonso second in his McLaren and Hamilton in third in another McLaren. GRANDPRIX247 Photo: McLaren

The longest World Champion winless streaks in Formula 1 history

Race winner Kimi Raikkonen (C) of Finland celebrates on the podium with Fernando Alonso (L) of Spain and British rookie Lewis Hamilton (R) following the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, 18 March 2007. Raikkonen won the Australian Grand Prix driving a Ferrari, with defending world champion Alonso second in his McLaren and Hamilton in third in another McLaren. GRANDPRIX247 Photo: McLaren

The Formula 1 headlines in recent years have been dominated by the incredible Max Verstappen who has won three World Championships in a row, while smashing an abundance of records including the highest-ever points recorded in a season in 2023.

Verstappen has written some of the most glamorous pieces of Formula 1 history since becoming the latest maiden world champion in 2021.  However, for some preceding world champions, the records they set in their time at the top level were not always positive.

The last few decades of the sport have seen several former Formula 1 champions embark on winless droughts which have spanned many years.

Here we will look at the longest periods that have passed by without a former world champion adding to their Grand Prix triumphs. Their titles certainly did not give them a sense of invincibility like the current high-flying Dutchman.

Fernando Alonso

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Fernando Alonso is the unfortunate owner of the longest-win drought of any world champion in F1 history which he is seeking to put to an end in the 2024 season. In race betting for the remainder of the current season, he is offered at 7/4 to win at least one GP and at least stop his record from growing further.


The Spaniard won back-to-back Formula 1 titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006, and he added to that with three world championship runner-up finishes with Ferrari between 2010 and 2013. However, since winning his home GP in 2013 he has not achieved a single race win.

Alonso’s winless record has now almost reached 11 calendar years and in terms of races he has featured in without topping the podium, the figure reached 182 ahead of the Australian GP in March.

The Spanish icon will be desperate to finally end the streak in 2024 as otherwise he could reach more than 200 races without a victory ahead of the 2025 season.

Jacques Villeneuve

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Alonso’s growing winless streak is comfortably the biggest in Formula 1 history, and Jacques Villeneuve’s then holds second place by a considerable margin.


The Canadian won his first and only Formula 1 title in 1997 and his drought got underway in that crowning season. Following a victory in the Luxembourg GP, he was disqualified in Japan and then finished third in the European GP season-closer.

The failure to win in the final two races did not implicate the 1997 Drivers’ Championship but it did serve as the foundation for a record winless streak for Villeneuve. In the following nine seasons, he did not manage to win a single race which left his tally at retirement at 130 races without victory.

Villenueve’s rapid decline after becoming a Formula 1 world champion was perhaps the most devastating fall-off that the sport has borne witness to.

Kimi Raikkonen

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The 2007 Formula 1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen’s streak is the shortest of three past world champions who surpassed a century of consecutive winless races. The Finnish driver endured 112 straight races without winning between 2013 and 2018.

After winning the opening race of 2013 in Australia he had to wait deep into 2018 to finally close his drought in the United States three races from the end.

Ultimately winning titles in Formula 1 does not guarantee career-long success and some world champions have gone through huge periods in which they have aimed and failed to build on prior victories.

Alonso’s is officially the longest streak and it continues to grow, however, with context Villeneuve’s was arguably the most disappointing as it began during a F1 world title-winning season.