2nd – Nigel Mansell, 176 races (Hungarian GP 1992)
‘Our Nige’ bravely wrung the neck of various Lotus machines for five years in the early 1980s before landing a Williams seat for 1985. He came close to the title in 1986 and ’87, but in 1989 defected to Ferrari after a lacklustre Judd V8-powered ’88. Three wins for Maranello couldn’t keep him out of an Adrian Newey-penned Williams-Renault FW14 for 1991. It took the dominant FW14B of ’92 to finally give the Briton his crown, with 14 poles positions and nine wins to show for his efforts.
1st – Nico Rosberg, 206 races
Keke’s lad took the GP2 title in 2005 and found himself with an F1 seat at Williams, the team that had run his old man to championship glory in 1982, the following year. After four ultimately frustrating seasons with Cosworth- and Toyota-motivated FWs, he joined Mercedes as it took over Ross Brawn’s title-winning squad for 2010. Ranged against a returning Michael Schumacher, Nico got the better of the seven-time champ in their three seasons together, finally taking his maiden GP win in China in 2012. And then along came Lewis Hamilton, who mostly outclassed his German team-mate across 2013-2014-2015. This year, however, Rosberg took the fight to Hamilton with improved speed and racecraft and better consistency (he started all bar one race from the front row and finished all but one of the 21 races) and joined Keke – and Graham and Damon Hill – in a special club for dad-and-lad-champions.
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