Most of the time, the best drivers in the best cars will be the ones fighting for victory in Formula 1. But there are rare occurrences when an underdog punches above their weight to compete at the top of the field, only to heartbreakingly fall short. We’ve gone through the archives and found some of those moments where racers came so close - but so far.
There are some moments where the underdog has mist out after suffering the narrowest of losses, such as Giancarlo Fisichella, in the Force India, being narrowly edged out by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen at Spa in 2009. There's also Jean Alesi, in his Tyrell, losing out in a tight battle to the McLaren of Ayrton Senna at the United States GP in 1990.
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Also featuring in this list are the likes of Damon Hill and Ivan Capelli, with both drivers having famously lost out on unlikely victories due to mechanical issues. While they still finished their respective races, they were overtaken for the lead in the dying stages of the Grands Prix.
We also see the times that a wet track cost a driver victory. Who could forget Lando Norris and McLaren’s decision not to pit for the wet tyres that not only cost them the win, but also a place on the podium?
Similar to Norris, Senna and his Toleman team also lost out on a maiden victory in F1 due to wet weather conditions, when the the 1984 Monaco GP was stopped due to the conditions being too dangerous, while the Brazilian was in second place.
For all of these moments, and much more, click on the video player above to relive the 13 times an underdog nearly made it to the top step of the podium.