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!

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One response to “British Grand Prix stats and facts

  1. Peter G July 12, 2010 at 21:20

    ” This was Sebastian Vettel’s 10th pole positions of his career, which is as much as Jochen Rindt ”

    Lets not compare Vettel with Jochen Rindt. He was a RACER, and a MAN, not like the spoilt child we have now at RED BULL.

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