By News Team
24th February 2021
The question of what is the best Formula 1 team of all time remains a tricky one to answer. Review the statistics to find out who came out on top at William Hill.
With the likes of Ferrari, McLaren and Williams all undoubtedly in the equation, we look to give you the answer by diving through the best Formula 1 team records.
Total race starts:
Ferrari are Formula 1. Having competed in the sport since just its fourth season in 1950, it’s virtually impossible to imagine an F1 starting grid without the famous red of the Scuderia.
They celebrated their 1,000th Grand Prix with a special anniversary race at their home circuit of Mugello during the 2020 season and have started a remarkable 124 races more than their nearest rivals McLaren.
Most consecutive race starts:
|Ferrari||664||1982 Italian 2020 Abu Dhabi (ongoing)|
|Williams||441||1978 Argentine 2005 Canadian|
|Brabham||392||1962 German 1992 South African|
|McLaren||361||1983 Belgian 2005 Canadian|
|McLaren||295||2005 French 2020 Abu Dhabi (ongoing)|
As one of the iconic Formula 1 teams of their era, Jack Brabham’s Brabham team racked up an impressive 392 consecutive race starts between 1962 and 1992, winning two constructors’ titles in 1966 and 1967.
Ferrari, perhaps expectedly, have racked up a considerably higher number of consecutive starts than their nearest rival Williams. Although Williams have returned to the grid since their 441 consecutive starts came to an end in 2005, Ferrari’s ever-presence means they continue to add to their mind-blowing 664 consecutive race starts.
Most race wins:
Although Ferrari are once again way out in front of race victories, Mercedes’ recent dominance of the sport will certainly have the Scuderia looking over their shoulder. Incredibly the Silver Arrows have won more than 50% of all Grand Prix they have started, including 10 consecutive wins on three occasions during this time.
As one of the longest-serving teams in F1, McLaren occupy second place in this list, but without a win since Brazil 2012, they will have to rediscover their race-winning potential to hold off a charge from Mercedes.
Most podium finishes:
|Constructor||Podium Finishes||Podium races||Seasons|
Many fans will remember Ferrari’s period of total dominance under Michael Schumacher, during which they racked up an incredible 53 consecutive podium finishes between 1999 and 2002. The Scuderia have had 285 more podium finishes than nearest rivals McLaren and are more than 500 podiums ahead of contemporary rivals Mercedes, who have had more podium finishes than starts in Formula 1.
Most pole positions:
Perhaps Ferrari’s most impressive feat, especially considering the number of races they have entered, is the fact they have qualified as the fastest car in more than a fifth of these races.
Again, Mercedes’ dominance in the turbo-hybrid era means they are climbing this list quickly too, but remain 102 poles behind the Scuderia.
Most constructors’ championships:
|1961,1964,1975,1976,1977,1979 1982, 1983, 1999,2000,2001, 2002,2003,2004,2007,2008|
In terms of who holds the most records in Formula 1, the answer is clear. With seven more constructors’ titles than their nearest rivals, as well as most race starts, most race wins, most podiums and most pole positions, Ferrari have dominated the sport for decades and have been Formula 1 champions more times than any other.
Despite having not won a constructors’ crown for over a decade, they remain the only team to have won more than 10 titles in total.