The longest waits for a first win in F1 history - Perez, Barrichello, Button and more

A future World Champion and a current Red Bull driver, Planet Sport takes a look at the longest barren runs before a first F1 victory.

For Carlos Sainz, it has been a case of forever the bridesmaid. In his 146 race starts, not one has seen him cross the finish line first. But fear not Carlos, for you are in good company.

Granted, only one race winner participated more times than Sainz has but no one remembers second place, right?

Jenson Button (113th race) - 2006 Hungarian GP

It is one thing to win your first race, it's another thing entirely to do so from 14th place.

For Jenson Button, that was the task ahead of him as he sat waiting for the red lights on a soaking wet Hungaroring track in 2006.

With a mix of excellent driving in wet conditions, most notably an overtake on Michael Schumacher that had the Honda garage jumping with joy, and capitalising on others' misfortune such as Fernando Alonso's loose tyre nut, Button would go on to win.

It had been six years since he first entered the sport but after what would be the first of his 15 races wins, Button said he "I couldn't have done it in a better way."

Jarno Trulli (119th race) - 2004 Monaco GP

Picture the scene. You are a Formula 1 racing driver and a reporter asks you "If you could only win one race in your career, where would it be?"

The answer? Monaco.

As George Russell is today, Jarno Trulli was known as an extremely good qualifier, able to regularly start higher up than his opponents in superior cars, but even he must have been surprised by his qualifying lap in 2004.

He beat Schumacher, who had qualified on pole in four of the last five Monaco races, by setting the then-quickest lap around the streets of Monte Carlo to start at the front of the grid for Sunday's race.

During the race itself, Trulli must have thought it was his lucky day when both Schumacher and Renault team-mate Alonso crashed out during the race, setting up a late battle between himself and Button.

The tightness of the circuit meant Button had little chance for an overtake and having lost his voice in the week leading up to the race, Trulli was left literally speechless following his first win.

Rubens Barrichello (123rd race) - 2000 German GP

Mika Hakkinen and Rubens Barrichello at the German GP

Like Button, Rubens Barrichello's maiden win came from the back half of the grid but for the Brazilian, it was an even tougher task.

Having qualified 18th in his team-mate Schumacher's car due to an oil leak in his own, Barrichello's talent allowed him to rise to 10th before the end of the first lap.

The speed of the Ferrari combined with Barrichello's driving saw him break the top five by the sixth lap but it was a strategy call late on that enabled him to take the race win.

As rain began to fall on to the circuit, the Ferrari team headed by Ross Brawn determined that the outer ring of the track was dry enough for slicks and gambled that Barrichello could lap faster than the cars who had pitted for wet tyres.

The gamble paid off with Barrichello able to overtake both the McLarens for the win and become the first Brazilian since Ayrton Senna in 1993 to achieve victory.

Mark Webber (130th race) - 2009 German GP

15 times. That's the number of times Mark Webber shouted "YES" after he crossed the finish line in 2009.

It was a weekend of firsts for Webber who also secured the first pole position of his career but it all looked to be going up in smoke when he was handed a penalty for colliding with Barrichello at the race start.

But, seven years on from his debut, Webber was a man on a mission. He fought his way back into the lead and once he was there, he didn't look back.

The Red Bull driver would go on to finish 9.252 seconds ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel and became the first Australian to win a race for more than 30 years.

Sergio Perez (190th race) - 2020 Sakhir GP

If Button and Barrichello's efforts are to be applauded, they pale into significance when compared to that of Sergio Perez.

At the wheel of his Racing Point, he started fifth in the Sakhir Grand Prix but soon found himself at the back of the pack when he was clipped by Charles Leclerc during the first lap.

Leclerc, alongside Verstappen who swerved to avoid the crash but instead found the wall, retired but Perez was able to salvage his car and nurse it back to the pits.

P18 and the idea of a maiden race win looked farcical for the Mexican. But by lap 20 of the 87-lap race, he was up into 10th.

As he continued to make his way up the grid, he was handed a huge slice of fortune in the form of Mercedes fumbling at their pit stop.

Race leader Russell, who was in to replace the Covid-hit Hamilton, was given a set of his team-mate Valtteri Bottas' tyres and as a result was forced to box again just a lap later.

Bottas himself also endured a pit stop nightmare with the wrong tyre compound being fixed onto his front left.

All of this resulted in Perez becoming the race leader having been dead last 60 laps ago but with 10 laps remaining, it looked as if the charging Russell was going to catch him.

Then it was heartbreak for the Brit. A puncture stripped him of his first points in F1 and what looked like a more than decent chance of a win.

Perez didn't care though. He crossed the line to win for the first time in 190 races and, having been told he was being replaced by Vettel in the following season, it just may have earned him his Red Bull spot.

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