Carlos Sainz Jr. quietly broke an unfortunate record
Carlos Sainz Jr. quietly broke an ill-fated record during a chaotic Formula 1 racing weekend on the Jeddah Corniche circuit for the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Carlos Sainz Jr.’s performance
Sainz, despite a disappointing qualifying session that left him 15th on the grid ahead of Sunday’s 50-lap race around the temporary 27-turn, 6.175-kilometer street circuit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, managed to climb seven places in the hour when the checkered flag flew, although overtaking turns out to be a challenge.
His eighth place marked his 14th consecutive ranking in points dating back to the Styrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring at the end of June, the best in Formula 1.
His most recent arrival outside the top 10 came a week earlier during the French Grand Prix at Circuit Paul Ricard.
The next closest driver to Sainz on this back-to-back points list is former McLaren teammate Lando Norris, who has scored nine in a row.
But despite all of Sainz’s successes, which also includes the fact that his worst result of the year (11th place) is the best worst result among all drivers, he is still winless in 139 career starts.
And he now holds the undesirable record of having the most points in Formula 1 history without a race win.
With the four points he scored in Sunday’s race, his point total for the 2021 season stands at 149.5 and his career total (2015-present) at 521.5.
Before Sunday’s race, that record belonged to Nico Hulkenberg, who scored 521 points in 179 starts from 2010 to 2020. Hulkenberg, however, has never recorded a podium (Sainz has five in total), so he still holds the record for the greatest number. races without a podium.
Naturally, Hulkenberg still holds the record for most points without a podium as well.
With one race remaining on the 2021 Formula 1 schedule, Sainz occupies seventh place in the drivers’ standings, and he can climb to fifth place at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which ends at the Yas Marina circuit this Sunday. December 12. This race is scheduled to air live on ESPN2 starting at 7:55 a.m. ET. Start your FuboTV free trial now and don’t miss out on the action!