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.

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