Barrichello joins back of the grid greats

Rubens Barrichello's victory in the German Grand Prix from 18th on the grid means the Brazilian holds the record for the second lowest grid spot for any winner in a Grand Prix.

Barrichello joins back of the grid greats

He would have needed to start on the back of today's grid in order to match the record, held by John Watson, when the Ulsterman won from 22nd at the Long Beach Grand Prix in 1983. Watson proved the expert of winning from down the grid as he also holds the third lowest start for a GP winner with 17th at the US Grand Prix the previous year, this time at Detroit.

Barrichello eclipses the lowest winning grid placings of both his former team boss and mentor Jackie Stewart, and his current team-mate Michael Schumacher. The former world champions both won races from 16th on the grid; the Scot triumphed at the South African Grand Prix in 1973, while Schumacher fought his way to victory over Damon Hill in the 1995 Belgian event.

GP WINS FROM LOW GRID POSITIONS

Driver Qual Race Date
22nd Long Beach GP 3/27/83
18th German GP 7/30/00
17th Detroit GP 6/06/82
16th South African GP 3/03/73
16th Belgian GP 8/27/95
14th Austrian GP 8/14/77
14th European GP 9/26/99
14th Monaco GP 5/19/96
13th Mexican GP 6/24/90
13th Argentinian GP 2/07/60

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