Korean Grand Prix stats and facts

The Korean Grand Prix was a fantastic race to watch, although the suspension of the start resulted in it being the longest Formula 1 race since 1960. Read on for more Korean GP stats and facts:

  • Fernando Alonso took his 26th Grand Prix victory this weekend, 1 more than Jim Clark and 1 less than Jackie Stewart. It was also his 18th fastest lap (and his 5th of 2010), putting him equal with David Coulthard. He took his 62nd podium, as many as Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen.
  • Amazingly, the Korean GP continues the 2010 tradition of not a single win from a driver which was leading the championship at that time. The last time the championship leader won a race was Jenson Button in Turkey in 2009.
  • Sebastian Vettel took his 14th pole position, and the 9th of the season. He now has the same amount as Rubens Barrichello, James Hunt, Ronnie Peterson and Alberto Ascari.
  • On the other hand, it is the 7th time this season he has failed to win from pole position, and the 11th in total for Red Bull (out of only 17 races). If one Red Bull driver took pole position and the other won, this figure is reduced to 8.
  • Out of the top 4 teams, Red Bull has become the first to have a double retirement this year.
  • This was Ferrari’s 810th race entry, and their 215th race win. Massa’s and Alonso’s podiums mean their podium total is 470.
  • Michael Schumacher’s 4th position was the best of the year so far, and the 201st time he has finished in the points.
  • Unbelievably, last Sunday was exactly 7,000 days since he made his F1 debut in Spa in 1991.
  • Here’s an odd one – Some of Fernando Alonso’s career statistics now perfectly match up with Kimi Raikkonen’s: 157 race appearances, 155 race starts, resulting in 62 podiums.
  • Jenson Button’s 12th place is his worst race finish since Brazil 2008.
  • With Red Bull’s double retirement, only McLaren have scored points in every race this year.
  • The first ever Korean GP was the longest Formula 1 race since the 1960 Indianapolis 500. Last Sunday’s race took 2 hours, 48 mins, 20.810 seconds. The 1960 Indy 500 took 3 hours, 36 mins, 11.36 seconds.
  • However, the Indy 500 of 1960 was not run to F1 regulations, so to find an official F1 race longer than last week’s one, you would have to go back to the 1960 Monaco GP, which took 2 hours, 53 mins, 45.5 seconds.

If you can spot any other interesting stats, let me know in the comments.

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