5th: Fittipaldi, Lola, Prost, Toleman – 3 podiums
1978 – Brazil (Emerson Fittipaldi)
1980 – Argentina (Keke Rosberg); Long Beach (E Fittipaldi)
Four teams share a three-podium haul without a win to their name. Double World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi joined his elder brother’s eponymous team in 1976, replacing the retiring Wilson, and found the going tough after victories with Lotus and McLaren. The Brazilian managed a second at home in the F5A in year three and a third at Long Beach aboard the F7 in 1980, his final season of F1, to add to the third scored by Finnish star of the future Keke Rosberg on his debut with the team in Argentina. The team continued in 1981 with Rosberg and Chico Serra, although neither driver scored a point. Rosberg went off to Williams for 1982, while Serra stayed put for one more year – the team’s last in F1.
1962 – Britain, Germany (John Surtees)
1990 – Japan (Aguri Suzuki)
British multi-class chassis manufacturer Lola had a complex and, arguably, misunderstood F1 vocation. The factory ran the 1.5-litre Climax V8 4 model in 1962, with John Surtees claiming pole first time out at Zandvoort and finishing second at Silverstone and the Nürburgring. Thereafter, via privateer teams, including those run by Reg Parnell, Graham Hill, Carl Haas and Gérard Larrousse, things were less successful. The third and final podium came after a long drought, at Suzuka in 1990, when Japanese racer Aguri Suzuki took a heroic third in the Larrousse-run, Lamborghini V12-powered Lola 90 in his home race.
1997 – Brazil, Spain (Olivier Panis)
1999 – Europe (Jarno Trulli)
Four-time World Champion Alain Prost’s dream to run his own team came true at the end of 1996 when he purchased the Ligier outfit and rebranded it Prost for ’97. Ligier’s Monaco GP winner Olivier Panis was retained and the Frenchman took an encouraging third in the Mugen-Honda-powered JS45 in Brazil and Spain. Things were far less rewarding for both Prost and Panis in ’98 after a move to Peugeot power, but in year two with the French V10, Jarno Trulli led in Austria and finished second in the Nürburgring’s European GP. The team battled on through 2000 and 2001 with a succession of good pedallers, including Jean Alesi, Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, but after five seasons Prost himself had had enough.
1984 – Monaco, Britain, Portugal (Ayrton Senna)
Toleman, run by transport magnate Ted Toleman, graduated to F1 from F2 in 1981 and struggled to get its Hart turbo-powered TG181 to qualify, despite the talents of Brian Henton and Derek Warwick. It managed just once, at Monza, with Henton. Things improved for 1982 with the TG181C, driven by Warwick and Teo Fabi, and ’83, with Bruno Giacomelli joining Warwick in the TG183Bs. People finally took serious notice in ’84 when young F3 king Ayrton Senna joined the team for his maiden F1 season. The Brazilian dragged the TG183B and its replacement, the TG184, up the grid, famously chasing down McLaren’s Alain Prost at Monaco for second place, adding third at Brands Hatch and Estoril to his rookie CV. At the end of the year, unsurprisingly, Senna was gone, joining Lotus to become a GP winner. Toleman endured one more pointless season, although Fabi did get pole in Germany, before Benetton took over and rebranded the team for 1986.
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