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Steven LynchMay 12, 2014
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Max Chilton has now taken part in 24 grands prix and never scored a point. Is he close to the record? asked Edward Powell

The Spanish GP was the 24th for both Max Chilton and his equally pointless Marussia team-mate Jules Bianchi, but they have quite a way to go to break this particular record: the unfortunate Italian Luca Badoer started 50 GPs in a career that started in 1993, and never scored a point, even when - as a long-standing test driver for Ferrari - he got a late chance as a stand-in for them after Felipe Massa's nasty facial injury in 2009.

Charles Pic, one of the drivers replaced by Chilton at Marussia, took part in 39 GPs - 20 for Marussia in 2012 and 19 for Caterham in 2013 - without troubling the scorers.

Another Italian, Nicola Larini, took part in 43 races before finally collecting some points when he finished second in the 1994 San Marino GP at Imola, in a race weekend overshadowed by the fatal accidents to Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger. In that tragic race Larini was driving a Ferrari as a stand-in for the injured Jean Alesi. Jonathan Palmer, another Briton, picked up his first points in his 42nd race, in Monaco in 1987.

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