Category Archives: Statistics

German Grand Prix stats and facts

Once you look behind the headlines, you can find the fact that this is Williams 100th race since their last win. Here are more stats and facts from the German Grand Prix:

  • Fernando Alonso’s win means that he is now in the top 10 of Grand Prix winning drivers, with 23 to his name, as many as Nelson Piquet Sr. On the other hand, if Massa had won, then he would have had 12 wins, 1 less than Lewis Hamilton.
  • Sebastian Vettel’s 5th fastest lap of his career means he has as many as Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton.
  • Also, Vettel’s  11th pole position means he is in 30th place overall.
  • This is only the second time this year that Red Bull have not led a lap in a Grand Prix. The other time was in China, when Sebastian Vettel again lost his lead at the start, although Fernando Alonso jump started into the lead.
  • This was the 3rd pole position in a row for Vettel, although he has bottled the last 2 in a row at the first corner.
  • The qualifying gap to Alonso (0.002 seconds) was the smallest pole position margin since the Italian GP in 2006, when Kimi Raikkonen took pole.
  • This is Williams’ 100th race entry since their last win. However, taking Indianapolis 2005 into account, they have actually only competed in 99 races since their last win.
  • This is Red Bull’s 100th race entry, but again, only 99th race start, thanks to Indy 2005.
  • Robert Kubica has now out-qualified his team-mate 11 times in a row this year (every race), the only driver to do so.
  • Felipe Massa has completed the most laps, with 666. 3 drivers are one lap behind on 665 (Rosberg, Hamilton and Alonso) as they retired with one lap to go.
  • I could be wrong, but I think it is the first ever time in Formula 1 history that 3 different teams have scored 2 1-2 victories in a single season.
  • Many people are claiming that Nico Hulkenberg’s pit stop was 2.9 seconds, and therefore the fastest pit stop in F1 history. Unfortunately, I had a look at the replays, and there was a huge timing error, as the stop was actually around 4.5 seconds.
  • Not exactly a historical stat, but I’m guessing it’s the first time that a driver tried to adjust his brake bias, and hit the engine fire switch instead, cutting out the engine and forcing him into retirement. Three cheers for Sakon Yamamoto!

If you know of any more, let us know in the comments.

British Grand Prix stats and facts

The British Grand Prix was Mark Webber’s 5th win of his career, and the 11th for Red Bull. Here are the stats and facts from the British Grand Prix:

  • This was Sebastian Vettel’s 10th pole positions of his career, which is as much as Jochen Rindt.
  • Mark Webber’s 5th career win puts him level with Michele Alboreto, Keke Rosberg, John Watson, Clay Regazzoni and Nino Farina. It was also his 150th Grand Prix.
  • Fernando Alonso took the 15th fastest lap of his career, putting him in 16th place overall. He now has as many as Clay Regazzoni and Jackie Stewart.
  • This was Red Bull’s 11th constructors’ win, putting them 1 ahead of Alfa Romeo, but well behind Cooper (16).
  • Ferrari’s 14th and 15th places were the worst for the team since the 1978 French Grand Prix, when Gilles Villeneuve and Carlos Reutemann finished 12th and 18th respectively.
  • In the lead-up to this race, there were rumours that the average lap speed record, currently held at Monza, could be broken. However, because the track turned out to be 10 metres shorter than planned, the average lap speed was actually higher than last year, leaving it 3rd overall in tracks with highest lap speed, behind Monza and Spa. The pole position speed in Silverstone this year was set by Sebastian Vettel, and it was 236.52kph, compared to 236.92kph last year.
  • Robert Kubica retired yesterday, meaning that no driver has completed every single lap this year now. However, Kubica is now the only driver to have out-qualified his team-mate in every race so far.
  • Red Bull have now led 433 of the 600 laps this year.
  • Mark Webber has become the first driver this year to score 3 wins.
  • Red Bull topped every single session this weekend, meaning Friday Practice 1 and 2, Saturday Morning practice (aka FP3), qualifying, and led every single lap of the race. Unfortunately there is no record of whether this has happened before in Formula 1 history.
  • This is the first ever time that Red Bull have won twice at any track.
  • Every single time that an Australian has won the British Grand Prix, they have gone on to win the world championship that year. This has happened in 1959, 1960, 1966 and 1980 previously.
  • Bernd Maylander has now been deployed in the safety car 100 times, since he was hired in 2000. He deserves a present, surely Mercedes could afford him a road-legal SLS?

As usual, if you have spotted any more, do leave a comment!

European Grand Prix stats and facts

Sebastian Vettel took his 7th Grand Prix win of his career in the European Grand Prix today. Here are more stats and facts from today’s race:

  • His 7th Grand Prix win puts Vettel in joint 34th place overall, alongside Juan Pablo Montoya and Rene Arnoux, and ahead of drivers like Ralf Schumacher and Gilles Villeneuve.
  • This was Red Bull’s 10th constructor’s win, putting them level with Alfa Romeo, and ahead of Mercedes, although they have only been competing in F1 for 3 years total.
  • Also, it was Vettel’s 10th pole position, ahead of John Surtees and Ricardo Patrese.
  • Vettel became only the third driver to win from pole this year, alongside Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton.
  • Amazingly, this is only Jenson Button’s 3rd fastest lap of his career. The other two were in Malaysia and Turkey 2009. This puts him only 1 behind Sebastian Vettel.
  • This is the 13th race that Red Bull have had a car on the front row after qualifying.
  • I found this one out today – Jenson Button hasn’t started on the front row since Turkey 2009.
  • If you believe in it, this would be Lotus’ 500th race, although you could argue it was only their 9th.
  • With their 1993-2005, 2006-2009 seasons included, Kamui Kobayashi got Sauber above the 500 points mark today. They now have 501.
  • This is the first time that the safety car has been deployed in Valencia.
  • Michael Schumacher’s finish of 15th is the worst of his entire career. Amazingly though, it is only the 9th time in his entire career that he has been classified in a race outside the points.
  • After Mark Webber’s retirement, now no driver has scored points in every race this year.
  • Robert Kubica is now the only driver in the field to have completed every single lap this year.

If you know any more, leave a comment.

Stats and facts from the Canadian Grand Prix

This was McLaren's first back-to-back 1-2 finish since 2000

This was McLaren's first back-to-back 1-2 finish since 2000

Lewis Hamilton took the 13th win of his career here in Montreal yesterday. Here are somemore stats and facts from this weekend’s brilliant race:

  • This was Lewis Hamilton’s 18th pole position, putting him in 11th place overall alongside Rene Arnoux, Mario Andretti and Fernando Alonso.
  • It was his 13th career victory, which puts him in 18th place, level with Alberto Ascari and David Coulthard.
  • Rubens Barrichello has now clocked over 15,000 laps of racing in Formula 1, a new record. He will make his 300th Grand Prix appearance in 8 races time.
  • This is McLaren’s 11th victory at the Canadian Grand Prix, which is the highest of any team.
  • Also, this is Mclaren’s first back-to-back 1-2 finishes since 2000, when they won the the French and Austrian Grands Prix.
  • As you probably aleady know, this was the first time this year that a Red Bull was not on pole position.
  • This was the first all-champion podium since Phoenix in 1991, when Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Nelson Piquet took the podium.
  • Kamui Kobayashi is the 9th driver in 11 years to crash into the Wall of Champions. He joins Jacques Villeneuve, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, Ricardo Zonta, Juan Pablo Montoya, Takuma Sato (spin), Vitantonio Liuzzi and Jenson Button.
  • Amazingly, this is the first ever fastest lap of Robert Kubica’s career. However, this is considering the fact that he pitted quite late for an extra set of super-soft tyres.
  • Since Felipe Massa failed to score points, Mark Webber is now the only driver who has scored points in every single race this year.
  • Lewis Hamilton is the 5th driver this year (already!) to lead the driver’s championship, something which has never happened before.
  • Sebastien Buemi is the 160th driver in Formula 1 to lead a lap.
  • Ferrari have now gone 25 races without recording a pole position. Their last was at the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix.
  • This is the first time this year that all of the cars have actually made it to the grid (ie. nobody starting from the pit lane)
  • Sebastien Buemi was the first Swiss driver to lead a Grand Prix since Clay Regazzoni.

If you have any more to share, leave a comment.

Monaco Grand Prix stats and facts

The Monaco Grand Prix was Mark Webber’s 4th of his career. See more stats and facts from the Monaco Grand Prix here:

  • This was Red Bull’s sixth 1-2 finish in their history, their second this year.
  • This was Mark Webber’s fourth pole position of his career, which puts him level with Jarno Trulli, Giancarlo Fisichella, Didier Pironi and Mike Hawthorn.
  • This was also Webber’s fourth win of his career which puts him level with Eddie Irvine, Bruce McLaren and Dan Gurney.
  • This was also Sebastian Vettel’s fourth fastest lap of his career, which puts him level with Jean Alesi, Jo Siffert, Partick Depallier and Jean-Pierre Beltoise.
  • This is the first ever time that both Force India cars have finished in the points together.
  • There are now only two drivers who have scored points in all the 2010 races so far: Mark Webber and Felipe Massa.
  • This was the first time in 51 years that an Australian has won the Monaco Grand Prix, the last time was in 1959 by Sir Jack Brabham.

More stats and facts will be added soon.

Stats and facts from the Spanish Grand Prix

Mark Webber took his third Grand Prix victory this weekend at the Spanish Grand Prix. Here are some more stats and facts from this weekend’s racing:

  • As you already know, this is Red Bull’s fifth pole position of the year, all of the races so far. The record for most pole positions in a season goes to McLaren in 1988, where they took pole in 15 of the 16 races (94%) that year.
  • Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap, the 138th for a McLaren driver.
  • Mark Webber took his third career victory. This puts him alongside Mike Hawthorn, Giancarlo Fisichella, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Didier Pironi and Johnny Herbert.
  • This was Red Bull’s 8th win of their history, which puts them only 1 behind Brawn GP.
  • This was the tenth year in a row, at the Spanish Grand Prix, that the pole sitter has won the race. On the other hand, this is the first time in 2010 that the pole sitter has won.
  • This was the first time in 2010 that Kamui Kobayashi and Timo Glock made it to the chequered flag.
  • Mark Webber got incredibly close to the Grand Schlem (pole, fastest lap, and lead the race from start to finish), but Lewis Hamilton took the fastest lap near the end of the race.
  • For the first time in 12 races, there was no Mercedes-powered car on the podium.
  • This was the 40th race of the Spanish Grand Prix.

Chinese Grand Prix facts and stats

McLaren recorded their first 1-2 finish since Italy 2007

McLaren recorded their first 1-2 finish since Italy 2007

The Chinese Grand Prix saw the seventh different winner of the Chinese GP in a row. Here are some of the other stats and facts from the weekend:

  • McLaren’s 1-2 finish was their first since the Italian Grand Prix in 2007. This was McLaren’s 45th 1-2 finish in their history. It was also the first British 1-2 finish since the 1999 Austrian GP, with Eddie Irvine leading David Coulthard.
  • Vitaly Petrov scored his first ever points in F1, and Russia’s first ever as well. It is now the 33rd country to produce a points-scoring driver.
  • The Chinese Grand Prix has not yet been won twice by the same driver. So far, it has been won by Rubens Barrichello, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, and Jenson Button.
  • There has only been one race so far this year where a constructor has not recorded a 1-2 finish, in Australia.
  • Sebastian Vettel recorded his 8th pole position of his career. This puts him in 31st place overall, alongside Ricardo Patrese and John Surtees.
  • Jenson Button has now won 9 races in his Formula 1 career. This puts him in 31st position overall, ahead of Denny Hulme and behind James Hunt and Gerhard Berger.
  • Lewis Hamilton set only his fourth fastest lap of his career. He lies 51st overall, tied with Patrick Depallier, Jean Alesi, Jean-Pierre Beltoise and Jo Siffert. It was the 137th fastest lap for a McLaren driver.
  • So far this year, no driver has won a race from pole position. The last person to do so was Sebastian Vettel in Suzuka 2009.
  • Mercedes power locked out the entire podium, the first time that this has happened since 1955 at Aintree, when Stirling Moss lead Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling to the chequered flag at the British Grand Prix.
  • Both Virgin and Sauber only have one classified finish each. Neither Kamui Kobayashi or Timo Glock have finished a race yet.

If you have any more to contribute, let me know.

Australian Friday practice analysis

Today in Australia we saw Robert Kubica and Lewis Hamilton top the two Friday Practice sessions. However, one of these was heavily hampered by rain, which makes the data more difficult to read. Here is what we have learned from today.

Mercedes vs McLaren

Mercedes vs McLaren - Friday Practice 1

Mercedes vs McLaren - Friday Practice 1

In Friday Practice 1, apart from two slips from Hamilton, both drivers from both teams had the same pattern of pace. All of these drivers started with lower fuel, filled up, then burned up the fuel as the session went on. Rosberg’s and Schumacher’s times do appear quicker than the McLaren’s on the first graph. Also, Jenson Button has hinted that they were running quite low on fuel, which may distort this chart, as we don’t know how much fuel the Mercedes cars were carrying.

Mercedes vs McLaren - Friday Practice 2

Mercedes vs McLaren - Friday Practice 2

In FP2, the rain obviously slowed the cars down considerably, especiallyin the middle of people’s stints. The fastest laps set in this session were much closer, so it can be assumed that the Mercedes drivers were running slightly heavier.


The 3 new teams

Lotus, Virgin and HRT - FP1

Lotus, Virgin and HRT - FP1

The Fp1 chart is a good indicator of how the cars get faster along the weekend, as the track rubbers in. Lotus appear to have got ahead of their rivals, as Kovalainen’s and Trulli’s stints were consistently faster than the drivers for Virgin and HRT. Timo Glock was out often in FP1, but only set one proper fast lap, so the analysis for Virgin was left to Lucas di Grassi, who was consistently slower than Senna or Chandhok throughout the session. From this, we can see that Lotus are clearly ahead, while HRT are beginning to catch up with Virgin.

Lotus, Virgin and HRT - FP2

Lotus, Virgin and HRT - FP2

Unfortunately, not as much can be learned in FP2. This is because Chandok, Senna and Di Grassi all failed to get a fast lap in. Also, the changeable conditions affected the runnings as well. Still, throughout this session, the Lotus drivers of Trulli and Kovalainen were quite a bit quicker than Timo Glock.

The Lotus is certainly ahead, but the main question is when will HRT catch up with and overtake Virgin. It is much easier to do in these practice sessions, but HRT need to transform these improvements into better race pace to have a chance of catching up to Virgin. Reliability will be key in the next few races.

More graphs and analysis will be added soon.

Bahrain Friday practice analysis

The first 2 practice sessions of the 2010 F1 season concluded today, and we have much to learn from it. Without further ado, here are the main points we have learned:

Massa’s consistency

In FP1, it was apparent that Ferrari had a very good long-distance package in their car. Here, my graph shows the consistency of his lap times (certain laps have been omitted because of stoppages in pits etc):

Apart from a few slips, Massa's laps were very solid

Apart from a few slips, Massa's laps were very solid

If you leave out the slower laps, you will see that all of Massa’s other laps are nearly exactly the same all the time. Here, we can see how Ferrari are more geared towards full-race setup, rather than McLaren and Red Bull’s qualifying setup.

Lotus vs Virgin

The battle of the new teams has begun, and it appears that Lotus is currently in the lead. Here, we compare the times of Trulli, Kovalainen, Glock and Di Grassi across both sessions:

Lotus vs Virgin - Friday Practice 1

Lotus vs Virgin - Friday Practice 1

Lotus vs Virgin - Friday Practice 2

Lotus vs Virgin - Friday Practice 2

The first graph doesn’t show much difference between the two, bar Glock’s last lap. However, FP2 is where the gap between the two teams begin to show. While Kovalainen and Trulli got quicker and quicker, di Grassi was going nowhere, and Glock was unable to set enough laps to properly count.

Hamilton vs Button

This time, it’s a battle inside the team, as Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button fight for the top spot in the team. Here are their times from FP1 and FP2:

Button vs Hamilton - Friday Practice 1

Button vs Hamilton - Friday Practice 1

Button vs Hamilton - Friday Practice 2

Button vs Hamilton - Friday Practice 2

Near perfect symmetry. That is what anyone would use to describe the two session performances, especially FP2. Bar the one slip, which both had, the times are incredibly close, with Hamilton just edging Button in more laps.

Clearly, there is going to be no whitewash in McLaren this year. If these statistics carry on into the rest of the year, get ready for an extremely close battle between the two Brits.

Jerez test 2 statistics

Over the last 4 days in Jerez we have seen 16,534 km of F1 cars being tested in the dry, wet, and windy conditions. Here I have compiled all of the statistics that I could find and put it into  simple charts.

Driver combined times (Jerez test 2):


Driver Team Car Fastest lap Difference
# of laps
1.

2.

J. Button

R. Kubica

McLaren

Renault

MP4-25

R30

1.18.871

1.19.114

0.000

+0.243

209

217

3.

4.

K. Kobayashi

M. Webber

Sauber

Red Bull

C29

RB6

1.19.188

1.19.299

+0.317

+0.428

145

202

5.

6.

V. Liuzzi

N. Rosberg

F. India

Mercedes

VJM03

W01

1.19.650

1.20.061

+0.779

+1.190

151

187

7.

8.

F. Alonso

J. Alguersuari

Ferrari

T. Rosso

F10

STR5

1.20.115

1.21.053

+1.244

+2.182

269

259

9.

10.

N. Hulkenberg

M. Schumacher

Williams

Mercedes

FW32

W01

1.21.432

1.21.437

+2.561

+2.566

275

190

11.

12.

A. Sutil

T. Glock

F. India

Virgin

VJM03

VR-01

1.21.939

1.22.433

+3.068

+3.562

97

136

13.

14.

S. Vettel

L. Hamilton

Red Bull

McLaren

RB6

MP4-25

1.22.593

1.23.017

+3.722

+4.146

191

144

15.

16.

17.

18.

19.

20.

21.

22.

23.

24.

F. Massa

S. Buemi

P. de la Rosa

J. Trulli

L. di Grassi

Kovalainen

P. di Resta

V. Petrov

R. Barrichello

F. Fauzy

Ferrari

T. Rosso

Sauber

Lotus

Virgin

Lotus

F. India

Renault

Williams

Lotus

F10

STR5

C29

T127

VR-01

T127

VJM03

R30

FW32

T127

1.23.204

1.23.322

1.23.367

1.23.470

1.23.504

1.23.521

1.25.088

1.26.237

1.27.145

1.31.848

+4.333

+4.451

+4.496

+4.599

+4.633

+4.650

+6.271

+7.366

+8.274

+12.977

80

103

109

141

34

98

130

112

179

76

Driver mileage (Jerez test 2):


Driver Distance covered (km)
1. N. Hulkenberg 1217.700
2. F. Alonso 1191.132
3. J. Alguersuari 1146.852
4. R. Kubica 960.876
5. J. Button 925.452
6. R. Barrichello 916.596
7. M. Webber 894.456
8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

14.

15.

16.

17.

18.

19.

20.

21.

22.

23.

24.

N. Rosberg

M. Schumacher

S. Vettel

F. Massa

K. Kobayashi

J. Trulli

S. Buemi

L. Hamilton

V. Petrov

T. Glock

P. di Resta

V. Liuzzi

H. Kovalainen

A. Sutil

P. de la Rosa

F. Fauzy

L. di Grassi

890.028

841.320

748.332

726.192

642.060

624.348

602.208

571.212

491.508

487.080

473.796

460.512

433.944

429.516

371.952

336.528

150.552

Driver mileage- Total (3 days at Valencia and 8 at Jerez):


Driver # of laps Distance covered (km)
1. F. Alonso 613 2660.643
2. F. Massa 622 2658.618
3. R. Barrichello 594 2555.361
4. R. Kubica 593 2546.28
5. N. Hulkenberg 586 2541.510
6. J. Alguersuari 530 2305.809
7. M. Schumacher 520 2250.954
8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

14.

15.

16.

17.

18.

19.

20.

21.

22.

23.

24.

25.

S. Buemi

N. Rosberg

J. Button

L. Hamilton

K. Kobayashi

P. de la Rosa

M. Webber

S. Vettel

V. Petrov

V. Liuzzi

A. Sutil

J. Trulli

T. Glock

P. di Resta

L. di Grassi

H. Kovalainen

G. Paffett

F. Fauzy

466

469

442

418

399

391

351

318

281

255

229

141

121

107

105

98

86

76

2010.573

2009.898

1922.490

1805.220

1726.164

1666.206

1554.228

1408.104

1212.543

1129.140

1014.012

624.348

535.788

473.796

464.940

433.944

344.430

336.528

Mileage per chassis (Total):


Chassis # of laps Distance covered (km)

1. F10 1235 5319.261
2. FW32 1180 5096.871
3. STR5 996 4316.382
4. W01 989 4260.852
5. MP4-25 946 4072.14
6. R30 874 3758.823
7. C29 790 3392.37
8.

9.

10.

11.

RB6

VJM03

T127

VR-01

669

591

315

226

2962.332

2616.948

1394.82

1000.728

Mileage per engine (Total):


Engine Name Distance covered (km)
1. Ferrari Type 056 13028.013
2. Mercedes FO108v 10949.94
3. Cosworth CA2010 7492.419
4. Renault RS27 6721.155
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