As with any sport there are plenty of records to be held and broken in Formula 1 – but not all of them are the sort of accolades you want your name to be next to in the history books.

Huge names like Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Michael Schumacher have cemented their places in those record books thanks to their extraordinary achievements on the track.

But the pages are also filled by the nearly-men and the desperately unfortunate – those who achieved unique things in the sport not necessarily related to race victories and world championship successes. Here are some of those records that no-one really wants to hold:

Martin Brundle – Most F1 Grands Prix without leading a single lap

Known to most modern F1 fans as a key member of the Sky Sports presenting team, Martin Brundle had a modest career in his own right. But he never won a race and even more remarkable, failed to lead a race for a single lap throughout his entire time racing in the sport.

He scored nine podiums and finished second twice, but the top step of the podium – and the top of the race timesheets – always eluded the Brit. But he remains a font of F1 knowledge and is able to draw on his experience of starting 158 Grands Prix.

Sebastian Vettel – Quickest penalty in an F1 career

It took literally seconds for Sebastian Vettel to incur the wrath of the Formula 1 stewards. His first race weekend appearance came at the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix as a fresh-faced 19-year-old, a few years before he would dominate the sport for four years with Red Bull.

As he headed out of the garage to take part in his first practice session, driving for BMW Sauber, Vettel was found speeding in the pit lane. He was given a £1,000 fine for the offence, which took place officially just six seconds into his F1 career. Remarkable.

Sir Stirling Moss – Most second-place finishes in the championship without winning the title

As a British racing legend, it's very easy to forget that Sir Stirling Moss was never actually an F1 world champion. Not that he didn't come close – the Scot is the ultimate nearly-man in the sport's history, finishing as runner-up on four separate occasions.

Juan Manuel Fangio beat him to the title three times, while he also lost out to Mike Hawthorn. If you're putting a positive spin on it, then Moss was ultra-consistent – a statement backed up by the fact he won at least one race every single year between 1955 and 1961.

Nico Hulkenberg – Most F1 starts without a podium

The only current F1 racer on this list, Nico Hulkenberg's talent was never questioned. But he has always been unable to take that next step in his career and, despite having plenty of experience, has never finished on the podium.

The Bahrain Grand Prix marked his 182nd F1 start and that number will only rise now that he's back in the sport, racing for Haas. Hulk would make team boss Guenther Steiner the happiest man in the paddock if he could finally break his podium duck this year.

Luca Badoer – Most F1 starts without a point

Poor Luca Badoer kept trying and trying, but could never quite manage to finish in the points. He took part in 50 F1 races in total but still couldn't achieve it.

He rarely even came close, other than one seventh-placed finish in the 1993 San Marino Grand Prix – back when points were only awarded to the top six finishers. He even had two races driving for Ferrari in 2009, in the absence of the injured Felipe Massa, but still couldn't break his duck.

Pastor Maldonado – Most driving penalties in one F1 season

Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado is a cult F1 hero for his unlikely victory at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix, behind the wheel of a Williams. But he also has a less desirable reason to be in the history books – his penchant for irritating the race stewards.

In 2014, he was given a total of 10 driving penalties over the course of the season. Safe to say the stewards might have been glad to see the back of Maldonado when he lost his place on the F1 grid.

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