Grand Slam

Today sees the beginning of the Tennis US Open which along with the Australian Open, Wimbeldon and the French Open, form the Tennis Grand Slam.

Formula One itself also has a Grand Slam of its own which consists of claiming pole position, fastest lap and claiming the win whilst leading every lap. It is also sometimes called a Grand Chelem.

With that in mind, you would assume that many drivers have achieved the Grand Slam, especially the likes of Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and currently Lewis Hamilton with all three having been in dominant cars over the years. yet despite this only two of those have actually gained the achievement, and only eleven drivers in the history of the sport have achieved the feat.

The most successful of these eleven drivers is Jim Clark who has eight Grand Slams to his name. The majority of which were achieved in his two championship winning years, claiming three in 1963 (his first title) and three in 1965 (his second title. He also achieved one in 1962 and another in 1964.

Joint second is Italian, Alberto Ascari and Germany’s Michael Schumacher who both claimed five Grand Slams. Ascari claimed three in 1952 and a further two in 1953, both of which were years that Ascari won the title. Surprisingly, Schumacher claimed only three Grand Slams during his dominant Ferrari period from 2000 to 2004, the other two he achieved in his first title year of 1994.

Of the current racing drivers, Sebastian Vettel is the only to have achieved the feat, having achieved four Grand Slams, which makes him level with Jackie Stewart, Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell.

The other drivers to have claimed Grand Slams are Nelson Piquet (3), Juan Manuel Fangio (2), Jack Brabham (2), Mika Hakkinen (2), Fernando Alonso (1) and Lewis Hamilton (1).

Only Ascari, Clark and Vettel have ever achieved consecutive Grand Slams with Ascari in 1952, Clark in 1963 and Vettel in 2013.

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