Formula 1 is full of records. They are usually used to measure and highlight people who have done or are doing something that has only been seen once. For example, the record for achieving the most drivers’ world championships is held by Michael Schumacher, with a total of 7 (Lewis Hamilton can tie the record this season). Another example that is very important is the record that Ferrari has since it is the team with the highest number of world constructors' championships. Most of the records that are known are positive, however, there is a side of these that nobody, be it a pilot or a team, likes to be. In this article we will talk about two pilots who have not so positive records, let's say ...
Valtteri Bottas. The Finnish driver made his debut in free practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix of the 2012 season, ranking eleventh. In 2013, Valtteri Bottas was a starting driver with Williams, however, he did not have extraordinary results in that season. By 2014, the performance of his car, and his own, had improved considerably so he managed to finish on the podium in 6 races, in addition to finishing fourth in the drivers' championship, he even beat the two-time champion of the world Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button and the four-time champion Sebastian Vettel. The following season was also very good for the Finnish driver and his team, as he managed to finish fifth with 136 points in total. 2016 was a difficult year, because his car was not up to the challenge of leading cars. After having a not so good year, the champion of the 2016 season, Nico Rosberg, announced his retirement so that a free seat remained in the most successful team of the hybrid era, which would be occupied by Valtteri. So far, Bottas remains as Mercedes driver and has achieved a total of 7 wins, 45 podiums, 11 pole positions and 13 fastest laps. In summarize, these are the general data of Valtteri, but he holds the record for being the most successful driver not to win a drivers’ world championship. In his entire professional career as a Formula 1 driver, Valtteri has achieved a total of 1,289 points; the most for a driver who has not been a world champion. What a surprise, right? Will it take a long time for him to stop having that record?
The other driver is Sergio Pérez. The Mexican driver reached Formula 1 in the 2011 season with the Sauber team. His first season was a good one for a rookie. In 2012 he achieved three podiums with the same team, so many teams took notice of him as he demonstrated what he could do. In 2013 he went to McLaren, but things did not go as he expected, so in 2014 Force India hired him and in the 4 and a half seasons he was with that team, he managed to get 5 more podiums. In mid-2018 Force India changed its name to Racing Point. Checo will continue to be a Racing Point driver until the end of the 2020 season, since, from 2021, Racing Point will cease to exist to be renamed as Aston Martin, Checo will drive with them until at least the 2022 season. However, like Valtteri Bottas, Checo has a record that is not entirely good. Sergio Pérez is the most successful driver in Formula 1 without having won a Grand Prix. Checo has a total of 529 points in his entire history in the highest motorsport category. Many times we have heard that Sergio is the driver who is the most underrated in F1, since, although he does not have a winning car, he has often managed to enter into the podium, including the prestigious podium of the Monaco Grand Prix.
Anyway, which driver do you think will be the first to break that record? Will Valtteri be able to get at least one world championship before his retirement? Or will Checo have a winning car with which he gets his first victory in Formula 1?