German Grand Prix stats and facts

Lewis Hamilton took a masterful victory yesterday, despite having never taken a single point from the Nurburgring before. Here are this weekend’s stats and facts:

  • Sebastian Vettel’s poor performance doesn’t mean he can’t still break records. The German’s 4th place now gives Vettel the record of best ever start to an F1 season. The previous record holder, Fernando Alonso, had taken a 5th place at the 10th race of the 2006 season, after 9 1sts and 2nds.
  • Despite some complaints of artificial racing, it has emerged that only 29% of overtakes this season have been due to DRS.
  • Lewis Hamilton took his 10th fastest lap, matching Graham Hill, Mario Andretti, Mark Webber and John Surtees.
  • Mark Webber took the 9th pole position of his career, the 29th for Red Bull. Despite this, he has yet to retain his lead off the start at all this year.
  • However, Webber has finally managed to lead a lap this year. He is the seventh driver to do so in 2011.
  • 4th marks the first time in 15 races that Vettel has finished off the podium.
  • In terms of total driver’s points, Ferrari have now amassed 5,555 points in their 61-year history.
  • Alonso took his 68th podium finish, as many as Rubens Barrichello.
  • Apart from Lotus, Virgin and HRT, Pastor Maldonado is the only driver of the main field to have not completed full race distance so far this year.
  • Fernando Alonso is now the only driver of the pack who has out-qualified his teammate at every event so far. Felipe Massa has not beaten Alonso in qualifying since Spa 2010.
  • Lewis Hamilton has finished on the podium at least once at every F1 circuit he has raced in.
  • Nico Rosberg now has the most points without a win of any F1 driver.

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