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Ranking the Top 25 Constructors in F1 History by Race Wins

Oliver HardenFeatured ColumnistAugust 12, 2014

Ranking the Top 25 Constructors in F1 History by Race Wins

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    In the modern era of Formula One, and sport in general, it is the winning—not the taking part—that counts.

    And it is not just winning alone that matters for teams, individuals, manufacturers and constructors—they have to win well, win often and win in the "proper way."

    The fashionable way, the groovy way, the right way.

    This ever-growing strive for complete, unblemished excellence has allowed a certain snobbery to creep into sporting society, with the rest almost segregated from the very best of the best.

    Yet it is clear that there are no accidental wins in F1.

    Each victory—whether it is achieved by the might of Ferrari, McLaren or Williams, institutions which have stood the test of time, or the relative squeal of Wolf—is hard-earned and deserved.

    With Formula One such a harsh and ferociously competitive business, the act of winning a grand prix is no mean feat, emphasised by the fact that so few teams have actually claimed the top step of a podium.

    Here are the 25 most frequent grand prix-winning constructors in F1 history.

     

    Note: All win tallies in this article were compiled from the Official Formula One Season Review 2013 annual, with additions made to the tallies of the two constructors', Red Bull Racing and Team Brackley, who have gone on to win races in the ongoing 2014 campaign.

The 1-Race Wonders

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    Dan Gurney won the 1962 French Grand Prix at Rouen-Les-Essarts for Porsche, with the American also breaking the Eagle team's duck in the 1967 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps.

    John Watson won the 1976 Austrian Grand Prix at the Osterreichring for the Penske outfit, with Alan Jones winning the same race for Shadow the following year.

    Johnny Herbert, meanwhile, won the 1999 European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring for Stewart.

25. Hesketh (1 Win)

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    Considering that Hesketh were a Formula Three team who almost unconsciously grew into Formula One, winning a grand prix was quite an achievement.

    It was fitting that it was James Hunt, who had grown with the outfit through the minor formulae, who won Hesketh's one and only race at Zandvoort in 1975, a race which saw the British driver—not for the last time—resist the charges of Niki Lauda's Ferrari.

    Hunt's impact on the outfit's fortunes was alarmingly clear, however, with Hesketh failing to even record another point after he departed the team for McLaren in 1976.

24. Scuderia Toro Rosso (1)

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    Despite Red Bull's success over the last four years, it was Toro Rosso, the manufacturer's sister team, who first suggested that the Austrian company's involvement in Formula One was beginning to pay off.

    The Italian team, formerly known as perennial backmarkers Minardi, won the 2008 Italian Grand Prix at Monza with Sebastian Vettel at the wheel in wet conditions.

    Similar conditions plagued the previous day's qualifying session, in which Vettel, literally, stormed to pole.

    Despite being widely expected to succumb to faster cars in the race, the German found himself pulling away from the McLaren of Heikki Kovalainen to win his first, and Toro Rosso's only, grand prix.

    The team haven't looked like adding to its tally since.

23. BMW Sauber (1)

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    BMW Sauber developed into a handy racing team in the latter stages of the last decade and should have had more than one win to their name, having frequently fought among the front-runners.

    In reality, the outfit only triumphed in one race, the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix, with Poland's Robert Kubica taking the chequered flag ahead of teammate Nick Heidfeld.

    Kubica's victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve remains the only win achieved by the Sauber team, who have been ever-present in Formula One since 1993.

22. Honda (2)

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    American driver Richie Ginther won the first race for Honda in the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix, in which he participated in the iconic, Japanese-liveried RA272 chassis.

    Although Honda went on to enjoy great success as an engine supplier and returned to the grid as a team in 2006, the last race won by the original Honda outfit was the 1967 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, where John Surtees triumphed. 

21. Wolf (3)

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    Remarkably, Walter Wolf Racing won their debut race, with Jody Scheckter, signed from Tyrrell, taking the chequered flag in the 1977 Argentine Grand Prix in Buenos Aires.

    It was the first of three victories for the team, with Scheckter also winning in Monaco and Canada, allowing the South African to finish second to Niki Lauda in the drivers' standings.

    Despite recording a further four top-three finishes the following season, a Wolf driver never stood on the top step of the podium again, despite the team employing drivers of the calibre of James Hunt and Keke Rosberg.

20. March (3)

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    The March team won two grands prix as a constructor, with a further win as a customer for Tyrrell.

    Jackie Stewart took the first victory for a March car in the 1970 Spanish Grand Prix at Jarama, with Italy's Vittorio Brambilla securing the first win for the team in the 1975 Austrian Grand Prix at the Osterreichring.

    Ronnie Peterson, the Swedish driver, claimed the team's final victory in the 1976 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, the race which saw Niki Lauda, a former March driver, return to action for the first time since his near-fatal crash at the Nurburgring earlier that season. 

19. Jordan (4)

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    The punchy Jordan team won four of the 250 races they competed in between 1991 and 2005.

    Three of those victories occurred within the space of 13 months, with Damon Hill, the 1996 world champion, breaking the team's duck in the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix.

    Germany's Heinz-Harald Frentzen went on to win the 1999 French and Italian Grands Prix as the team finished a best-ever third in the constructors' standings, although Jordan faced an extended wait for their final victory.

    It proved to be one of the most bizarre triumphs in F1 history, with Giancarlo Fisichella handed the winners' trophy for the 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix two weeks after the chequered flag fell due to confusion surrounding a red-flag stoppage.

18. Vanwall (9)

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    It took Vanwall three years to register their first grand prix victory, but the wins soon began to flow for the Acton-based team.

    Vanwall's first victory was arguably the most memorable, with Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks sharing a car to win the British Grand Prix at Aintree.

    Moss was Vanwall's most frequent victor, succeeding on six occasions over the course of the 1957 and 1958 seasons, which saw the team claim the first-ever constructors' championship.

    Brooks acted as a strong support act to Moss, winning three races—all in his own right—in the team's title-winning season.

17. Mercedes (9)

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    The 2014-spec Mercedes team is following in the footsteps of the 1954-spec outfit in terms of blitzing the opposition.

    Juan Manuel Fangio joined the Silver Arrows from Maserati during the '54 season and picked up where he'd left off, winning four of the final six races in the legendary W196 car on his way to the crown.

    Fangio, in the same car, won the title again the following season with four victories to his name, with Stirling Moss winning the penultimate round of the campaign at Aintree.

16. Matra (9)

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    Jackie Stewart claimed all nine of Matra's Formula One wins in the space of just 16 races over the course of the 1968 and 1969 seasons.

    The Scot opened the team's account in the Netherlands before adding to the tally in Germany and the United States.

    But it was the 1969 season when the partnership came into its own, with Stewart winning six of the first eight races, the last of which at Monza—Matra's final victory—saw both team and driver clinch the world championship. 

15. Maserati (9)

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    Juan Manuel Fangio took seven of Maserati's nine grand prix victories, bookending the team's account with victories in the 1950 Italian Grand Prix at Monza and the 1957 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.

    Stirling Moss claimed the other two victories for the Italian manufacturer, both in 1956 at Monaco and Monza, but this was still not good enough for the title, which was taken by Fangio, who at that point was driving for Ferrari.

14. Ligier (9)

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    Ligier's last Formula One victory was arguably their most famous, with Olivier Panis winning the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix, a race finished by only three cars.

    By that point, the French team was very much on a downward spiral, having failed to win a race since 1981.

    Jacques Laffite won in Canada in the penultimate round of that season and it was the Paris-born driver who removed the monkey from the team's back by winning the team's first race in just their second season in Sweden in 1977.

    Patrick Depailler and Didier Pironi also tasted victory for Ligier.

13. Alfa Romeo (10)

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    Alfa Romeo won the very first Formula One World Championship race in 1950, with Italy's Giuseppe Farina taking the chequered flag at Silverstone.

    Farina would go on to triumph on three further occasions, but it was five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio who quickly emerged as Alfa's star attraction, with the Argentine winning six grands prix.

    Among those victories for Fangio was a shared win with Luigi Fagioli, who was ordered to swap cars after the Argentine had encountered technical problems in the 1951 French Grand Prix.

    It proved to be Alfa Romeo's penultimate win, with Fangio securing the team's last victory at the season-ending Spanish Grand Prix, with financial difficulties preventing the Italian outfit from racking up more triumphs.

12. Renault (15)

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    The original Renault team, the first to compete with a turbocharged engine, won 15 races in their existence between 1977 and 1985.

    Although the team are most commonly associated with four-time world champion Alain Prost, it was his compatriot Jean-Pierre Jabouille who won Renault's first race on home soil at Dijon in 1979, a race best remembered for that battle between Rene Arnoux, Jabouille's teammate, and Gilles Villeneuve.

    Prost's arrival in 1981 led to the Frenchman winning nine races in three years, with his bitter departure for McLaren in 1984 resulting in Renault's permanent absence from the winners' circle.

11. Cooper (16)

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    Stirling Moss claimed the first of Cooper's 16 race wins in the 1958 Argentine Grand Prix in Buenos Aires, the first victory for a rear-engined car.

    Jack Brabham went a step further the following year, taking the world championship with two victories at Monaco and Aintree before repeating the trick the following year with five consecutive victories in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Britain and Portugal.

    Cooper's revolutionary advantage, however, could not be sustained, with the manufacturer taking only three further wins, the last of which came courtesy of Mexico's Pedro Rodriguez in South Africa in 1967. 

10. BRM (17)

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    British Racing Motors won 17 of the 197 races they competed in between 1951 and 1977.

    Sweden's Jo Bonnier won the team's first-ever race at Zandvoort in 1959, but it was Graham Hill who was BRM's most successful driver.

    Hill won 10 grands prix for the team between 1962, when both driver and team won the world championship, and 1965.

    BRM triumphed in the closest finish in F1 history, the 1971 Italian Grand Prix, with the top five—led by British driver Peter Gethin—crossing the Monza finish line within 0.61 seconds of each other, according to the official Formula One website.

    The team's last victory occurred in the 1972 Monaco Grand Prix, with French driver Jean-Pierre Beltoise taking the chequered flag.

9. Team Brackley (Honda, Brawn GP, Mercedes GP) (22)

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    Team Brackley are relative newcomers to the winners' circle, having took their first grand prix victory in the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix. 

    Jenson Button, representing Honda after the Japanese manufacturer had taken over the BAR team at the beginning of that year, broke the team's duck in a wet race at the Hungaroring.

    The team then endured a near-three year winless streak, but it was worth the wait, with Button, in the colours of Brawn GP after Honda pulled out of F1, winning six of the first seven races of 2009 to create the perfect platform for his one and only title.

    Mercedes took control of the team at the end of that fairytale season, but even the might of the Silver Arrows had to wait until the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix to record a win of their own, with Nico Rosberg the victor in Shanghai.

    The team's win tally has rocketed in 2014, with Rosberg and teammate Lewis Hamilton winning nine races between them in the dominant W05 car.

8. Tyrrell (23)

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    In their 30-year existence between 1968 and 1998, Tyrrell won 23 of the 463 grands prix they started.

    The team's first 10 wins, all achieved by three-time world champion Jackie Stewart, were taken with the use of a Matra chassis which took the Scot to the 1969 crown.

    Italy's Michele Alboreto recorded Tyrrell's last grand prix victory at Detroit in 1983, although the team continued to operate until the 1998 Japanese Grand Prix, by which time they had become a shadow of their former self.

7. Brabham (35)

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    Brabham won 35 of the 402 races they participated in between its debut in 1962 and their final race in 1992.

    The team are best known for Jack Brabham, the team's founder, becoming the first driver to win the world championship in a car bearing his own name in 1966—but it was American racer Dan Gurney who took the team's first victory in the French Grand Prix of 1964.

    Brabham himself, in fact, did not win for his own team until his championship year, in which he found a run of four consecutive victories good enough for the title.

    Denny Hulme secured the team's second title the following year with two wins.

    The team suffered a drop in form until Nelson Piquet rose to prominence, with the Brazilian scooping the 1981 and 1983 crowns.

    Brabham then encountered an even sharper decline as the ownership of the team continually changed, dropping from world championship contention before failing to finish the 1992 season.

6. Team Enstone (Toleman, Benetton, Renault, Lotus) (49)

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    Although the name has changed on several occasions, the Enstone-based team have seemingly always had a winning mentality.

    The outfit failed to win a grand prix under their initial Toleman guise, but handed Ayrton Senna his Formula One debut in 1984, with the then-24-year-old Brazilian taking three podium finishes for the team.

    It was left to Gerhard Berger, the Austrian driver, to record Benetton's first victory in Mexico in 1986, but it wasn't until Michael Schumacher arrived at the team that Enstone were elevated to the next level.

    The German took 17 wins on his way to the 1994 and 1995 titles.

    Enstone went without a world championship for a decade until Fernando Alonso claimed the 2005 and 2006 crowns for Renault, adding 14 wins to the team's tally in the process.

    Despite losing their status as front-runners, the team have often remained in contention for wins, taking their last victory, under the Lotus name, with Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel in the 2013 Australian Grand Prix.

5. Red Bull Racing (49)

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    Daniel Ricciardo's victory in the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix took Red Bull Racing to within one win of their half-century.

    It is a remarkable feat, especially when you consider that the team only took their very first victory in the 2009 Chinese Grand Prix.

    Sebastian Vettel was the winner on that April afternoon and it is the German who has led the way for the Milton Keynes-based team, triumphing on 38 occasions for Red Bull, with Ricciardo and predecessor Mark Webber chipping in where possible.

    Those 49 wins have translated into four consecutive drivers' and constructors' crowns.

4. Team Lotus (79)

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    The original Lotus team won a total of 79 races in their existence between 1958 and 1994.

    British driver Innes Ireland got the ball rolling by winning the 1961 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, his only career victory.

    It was, however, the exploits of two fellow Britons that cemented the team's place in Formula One history, with Jim Clark and Graham Hill securing three titles for Lotus between 1963 and 1968.

    Three more titles followed, with Jochen Rindt becoming the first and only posthumous world champion in 1970, Emerson Fittipaldi becoming the then-youngest ever title winner two years later and Mario Andretti clinching the crown in '78. 

    Although no more championships arrived, grand prix wins continued to flow, with Ayrton Senna taking the team's last victory at Detroit in 1987.

    The team continued to operate until the end if 1994, but were by that point restricted to only occasional points finishes. 

3. Williams (114)

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    Switzerland's Clay Regazzoni recorded Williams' first grand prix win in the 1979 British Grand Prix in the team's home race at Silverstone.

    It sparked a "London bus" run of form in the latter stages of the team's third season, with Regazzoni's teammate, Alan Jones, winning each of the following three races in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

    That run of results was a sign of things to come, with Williams sealing nine constructors' and seven drivers' titles over the next two decades.

    Williams' most triumphant run of form occurred at the beginning of the 1990s, when the team were at the forefront of modern technology, winning 20 of the 32 races between 1992 and 1993, scooping drivers' titles with Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost, respectively.

    Williams, however, are without a win since Pastor Maldonado won the Spanish Grand Prix in May 2012. 

2. McLaren (182)

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    Since Bruce McLaren participated in the 1966 Monaco Grand Prix in a car bearing his own name, the New Zealander's team have gone on to win 182 races in 753 starts.

    It was McLaren himself who took the outfit's first victory, winning the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa after starting sixth.

    The team's most successful period was the mid-1980s and early 1990s, a time which saw the team win the world championship on seven occasions with Niki Lauda (1984), Alain Prost (1985, 1986, 1989) and Ayrton Senna (1988, 1990, 1991).

    The 1988 season was the most successful campaign for a single team, with McLaren winning all but one race (Senna's retirement from the lead at Monza prevented a clean sweep). 

    Despite their rich history, McLaren have not added to their tally since Jenson Button won the Brazilian Grand Prix in November 2012. 

1. Ferrari (221)

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    As the only constructor to contest every single season of the Formula One World Championship, it is perhaps no surprise that Ferrari lead the way in terms of grand prix victories.

    The Prancing Horse has racked up 221 wins in its time, with the first achieved by Argentina's Jose Froilan Gonzalez in the 1951 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

    Ferrari's success rate has seen nine drivers secure 15 drivers' titles for the Italian team, with 16 constructors' championships also heading to their Maranello base.

    The team's most successful period occurred between 2000 and 2004, with Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello recording 57 wins

    Ferrari's most recent win was taken by Fernando Alonso at the Spanish Grand Prix in May 2013.

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