The Formulation 1 Driver Who Was Handed the Most in a Single Season

Marussia’s Charles Pic during qualifying for the 2012 Australian Grand Prix.

Marussia’s Charles Pic throughout qualifying for the 2012 Australian Grand Prix.
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Not all Formulation 1 data are precisely equal on the extent of status. Max Verstappen being the youngest driver to ever win a Grand Prix? That’s fairly cool. Being the driving force who set an all-time report for being handed probably the most in a single season? That’s admittedly much less cool, however that’s a distinction Charles Pic should bear.

French driver Charles Pic was by no means precisely a star in F1. His two-year stint as a driver begined off with Marussia in 2012 and ended with Caterham the next yr, throughout which era he failed to attain a single level and recorded a greatest end of Twelfth place on the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Twelfth-place excessive got here on the finish of a troubled season for Pic. Throughout that yr, he was handed by different vehicles a whopping 70 instances, which made historical past. Till another poor driver is overtaken on a extra common foundation, that is the report that shall be perpetually related to Pic’s title. In a 20-race season, that meant Pic was handed 3.5 instances per race.

However that largely got here all the way down to the automotive. It not solely failed obligatory FIA crash assessments, however a mid-season testing accident finally killed Maria de Villota, who was behind the wheel on the time. When it wasn’t being an lively menace, the Marussia was painfully gradual; solely HRT carried out worse that yr.

It was an unlucky scenario for Pic, who had been a fairly strong driver in feeder sequence like Formulation Renault and GP2 and had scored wins at tracks like Monaco, Silverstone, and the Nürburgring. In 2014, he misplaced his seat in F1 and have become a check driver for Lotus earlier than competing in a handful of Formulation E races. Since then, he’s considerably dropped off the grid. It appears his unlucky report isn’t a straightforward one to dwell down.

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