the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.
The Hills, Rosbergs and Villeneuves are
also the only families to have won grands
prix across two generations.
Sons of F1 drivers were twice partnered
as teammates, both times at Williams: the
younger Hill and Villeneuve dueled over the
1996 crown in their gorgeous FW18s,
while Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima
– son of Lotus and Tyrrell peddler Satoru
– shared a garage from 2007 to ’09.
The original second-gen driver was
Hans-Joachim Stuck in 1974, a year that
also gave us perhaps the most obscure
example: Andre Pilette made nine F1 starts
between 1951 and ’ 64, and son Teddy’s
sole appearance came at the ’ 74 Belgian
GP, making just 10 appearances combined.
Only Markus Winkelhock comes close, with
Manfred’s son replacing Christijan Albers
for Spyker at the Nurburgring in 2007.
Replaced by Sakon Yamamoto next time
out, Markus made his only F1 start count.
He remains the only F1 driver to start from
last, yet lead on his debut (helped by an
inspired tire choice in changing conditions).
Plus, thanks to a red flag and restart, he’s
the only driver to start from both last and
first in the same grand prix.
Michael Andretti arrived
in F1 in 1993 with 29
CART wins and the ’ 91
title to his name.
Joining Ayrton Senna at
McLaren, his team boss
Ron Dennis declared
Andretti a future F1
battle to overcome
levels of technical
resulted in Mario’s son
leaving the team – and
F1 – before his debut
season was over.
s there really any such thing as a racing
gene? Here’s one data set to suggest that
the answer veers toward the negative:
Since 1950, 760 drivers have started at
least one race that counted toward the
Formula 1 World Championship.
Of those, just 13 have sired offspring
who also found their way onto a grand prix
grid. And from that tiny club, only twice
has a father, then his son, won an F1
championship – first Graham Hill (1962
and ’ 68) and son Damon (1996), and now
Keke Rosberg (1982) and Nico (2016).
What about the others? Jack Brabham,
Mario Andretti and Nelson Piquet join the
senior Hill and Rosberg as F1 champs
who raised F1 driver sons, even if David,
Michael and Nelson Jr., respectively, didn’t
quite match their father’s achievements.
Jacques Villeneuve flipped that statistic
around: the closest that Gilles came to
matching Jacques’ 1997 crown was
finishing second to Jody Scheckter in ’ 79.
Will Red Bull Racing’s rising star, Max
Verstappen, repeat Villeneuve’s feat?
Max’s dad, Jos, earned two podium
finishes in his 1994 rookie campaign with
Benetton, but Max has already eclipsed
that with a win in his first start for RBR,
David Brabham hadn’t been born when father
Jack won the 1959 and ’ 60 F1 titles, but he was
on hand to enjoy his ’ 66 success (ABOVE).
Nelson Piquet put an extra twist on the “F1
fathers with F1 sons” angle by winning his
1981 and ’ 83 titles with the Brabham team.
first raced on the
named after father
Gilles in 1996 (LEFT),
although it was as
much a distraction as
an honor. “[People]
see me as a son who
should make the
come alive again,”
he wrote at the time.
“When I say I’m my
own person, they
think it is negative
and I have little regard
for my father. This is
WHAT CROSS-GENERATIONAL RACERS WHERE FORMULA 1 WHEN SINCE 1974