Brazilian GP stats and facts

The 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix saw the newest addition to the pole position club, as well as a return to form for Williams. Here are the stats and facts from Interlagos:

Red Bull are the first constructor outside of Italy, France or Britain to take the constructor's title

Red Bull are the first constructor outside of Italy, France or Britain to take the constructor's title

  • First things first, Nico Hulkenberg became Formula 1’s 94th driver to take pole position (103rd if you include the Indy 500). He is also the 6th youngest person to do so.
  • Red Bull took their first ever constructor’s championship, and they are the first team outside of the Big Three (Italy, France, Britain) to do this. It was also their 14th win.
  • Sebastian Vettel took his 9th career victory, as many as Jenson Button. It was the 21st time he has started from the front row in 61 race starts, a 34.42% rate.
  • Williams took their first pole position since Nick Heidfeld back in 2005, although it was still their 126th.
  • Lewis Hamilton got the fastest lap, and with 6 he has as many as title rivals Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.
  • The last time a Cosworth engine took pole was with Rubens Barrichello at France in 1999. Not since the 1983 Brazilian GP though has a Williams – Cosworth taken pole.
  • This may not seem like an odd achievement, but it is the first time since 1963 that the constructor’s title has been won by two different teams 2 years in a row.
  • Red Bull now have 8 1-2 finishes, as many as Tyrrell, Lotus, and Brabham.
  • Once again, the leader of the driver’s championship failed to win the race, continuing the record from the 2009 Turkish GP.
  • The all-time record for most classified finishes in one race was levelled yesterday, as 22 cars were classified. This equals the record from the the 1952 British Grand Prix (though drivers didn’t need to get within 90% of race distance to be classified back then. If the 90% rule was to be implemented into that race, then the 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix would be a record breaker in that respect.)
  • This is the first time in Formula 1 history that 4 drivers have entered the final race with a chance of becoming champion.
  • The front row of the grid was the youngest ever, with an average age of 23 years and 104 days.
  • The last 2 Brazilian Grands Prix have seen the polesitter fall to 8th in the race.

If you have spotted any others, let me know in the comments.

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