Following the recent poll conducted amongst Crash.net
readers, the votes have been counted – and Nick Heidfeld has been overwhelmingly chosen as the Formula 1 driver most likely to break his grand prix duck in 2009.
The experienced German has started no fewer than 150 races in the top flight since making his debut with Prost Grand Prix as the reigning International F3000 Champion back in 2000. Since then, the 31-year-old has notched up eleven rostrum finishes, a brace of fastest laps and pole position for the 2005 European Grand Prix on home soil at the Nürburgring with Williams – but he has yet to register his maiden victory.
With his employers BMW-Sauber expecting to challenge for world championship glory this year, however, that unenviable statistic – of being the driver on the current grid with the most starts to his name without a win – could finally be set to change.
Heidfeld received just over 40 per cent of your votes in our poll, and was followed at a distance by countryman Timo Glock, who is hoping to lead Toyota to its breakthrough grand prix success this season in his second full campaign in the uppermost echelon.
Red Bull Racing's perennially luckless Mark Webber placed third on 13 per cent, with the Aussie's former team-mate at Williams Nico Rosberg fourth – and well aware that if he fails to make his mark in 2009, he will likely never do so.
Of the remaining drivers yet to triumph in F1, Scuderia Toro Rosso returnee Sébastien Bourdais led Force India's Adrian Sutil, Renault ace Nelsinho Piquet, STR rookie Sébastien Buemi and Williams sophomore Kazuki Nakajima.
The full results are as follows:
1. Nick Heidfeld
2. Timo Glock
3. Mark Webber
Red Bull Racing 13.1%
4. Nico Rosberg
Williams F1 10.9%
5. Sébastien Bourdais
Toro Rosso 8.3%
6. Adrian Sutil
Force India F1 5.8%
7. Nelson Piquet Jr
8. Sébastien Buemi
Toro Rosso 1.6%
9. Kazuki Nakajima
Williams F1 0.3%