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FIRST WINNER AT ‘HOME’ CIRCUIT
Olympic gold at your home Stadium. Is there any better sporting dream? Willed on to greater heights by one’s fellow countrymen, victory can turn muted appreciation into fanatical adulation, a near-hysterical ‘love-in’ between athlete and spectators. Formula 1’s equivalent, a home GP win, has created similar unforgettable displays of high passion. Here are the 19 drivers from eleven countries who blazed the trail by being the first to be victorious on a home circuit. Of the current crop of F1 drivers and circuits, just three can further extend this role of honour: Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), Daniil Kvyat (RUS) and Sergio Pérez or Esteban Gutiérrez (MEX).
7 Monza (ITA): The first champion’s dream victory
33 Buenos Aires (ARG): The Maestro’s first of four
47 Aintree (GBR): First win in his legendary career
71 Silverstone (GBR): Two weeks later he was killed
126 Brands Hatch (GBR): Third of five British GP wins
222 Interlagos (BRA): Home hero at first Brazilian GP
253 Kyalami (RSA): A hard-fought home triumph
284 Long Beach (USA): Sweet if fortuitous
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321 Dijon-Prenois (FRA): Home victory perfection?
368 Paul Ricard (FRA): Not just a win, a home 1-2-3-4
374 Rio de Janeiro (BRA): Winning start to title year
400 Österreichring (AUT): The sound of music?
407 Imola (ITA): This home winner never led a lap
540 Magny-Cours (FRA): Last of six home triumphs
573 Hockenheim (GER): First of four at this circuit…
578 Nürburgring (GER): …and five more at this one
756 Cataluña (SPA): Trophy presented by his King
866 Valencia (SPA): Winner partied with his people