A bit off-topic, but does anyone know (or tell me where I can find) the number of wins by German F1 drivers since Michael Schumacher burst onto the scene?
Make that since Spa 1991, what % of races have been won by German drivers and how does this compare to other nationalities since?
Just curious about the impact Schumacher M and his success made on the sport and the effect it had on bringing young German drivers like Vettel into F1.
Apart from these two, I imagine guys like HH Frentzen and R Schumacher had a dozen wins between them contributing to the %.....
We have also had quite a few other German drivers....like Sutil, Hulkenberg, Britney, and Glock.
Any idea where German drivers rank in terms of no. of starts compared to other nationalities since Schumacher's first race????
Right, I'll give you the wins since Schumi's debut.
M Schumacher 91
R Schumacher 6
TOTAL 127 (or 126 if you consider Britney a Finn)
I make it 403 races, including Spa 1991 since Schumi's debut. That makes it a 31.5% success rate. When you consider however that all but 10 victories were from Schumacher or Vettel, or only 36 not from Schumi, it doesn't look as impressive. For race starts, I won't bother too much as Britney was probably more influenced by his father and only the current generation are likely to have entered the sport influenced by Michael.
Back to stats, before the Schumi era there were only 12 wins from German born drivers (Rindt 6, von Trips 2, Mass 1), or 3 from German registered drivers. All were from a similar era, same as Ralf, HH and (at a stretch) Nicola Britney. I'm sure Schumi's and Vettel's influences will continue, but discount them and we've had two generations of German GP winners and domination has only come from two drivers.
Thanks for that summary, appreciated.
To me it does appear as if Schumacher's success helped promote the sport in Germany - helping to identify new talent like Vettel, Hulk, Sutil etc. (not saying they would not have been spotted if Schumacher was not successful).
Also - that 31.5% success rate is incredible - especially when considering the bulk of it is by 2 drivers.....