Japanese Grand Prix stats and facts

Button took his first win in the dry for McLaren

Button took his first win in the dry for McLaren

Today Sebastian Vettel has become the sport’s youngest ever Formula 1 back-to-back world champion, at the age of 24 years and 98 days. Here are the statistics from this weekend:

  • Jenson Button took the 12th win of his career, as well as his 6th fastest lap. It was the first ever victory he has ever taken in the dry for McLaren.
  • Vettel continued his crushing form, taking his 16th podium finish in 17 races. He is now absolutely certain to break the Formula 1 record for most points scored in a season.
  • He also took his 27th pole position out of 77 races – a better ratio than Michael Schumacher. It is also the second time this year that Sebastian has scored 5 consecutive pole positions.
  • Michael Schumacher led a lap for the first time since the 2006 Japanese Grand Prix, and the 141st time he has done so. He has also become the oldest driver to lead a lap
  • Since this style of article hasn’t been updated recently, there’s one stat I missed a while back – Lewis Hamilton has broken the record for most penalties in a season, with 6 so far.
  • While Red Bull recorded their 35th pole position, McLaren took their 147th fastest lap and 173rd race win.
  • After a string of shocking results, Lewis Hamilton has now gone without a podium finish since the Nurburgring.
  • Vettel is the 9th driver in F1 history to take back-to-back drivers’ championships, following the likes of Juan Manuel Fangio, Jack Brabham, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Mika Hakkinen, Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso.
  • He is only the second world champion from Germany, yet they have 9 titles between them. This is one more than Brazil, and 5 less than Great Britain.
  • Pirelli have now supplied tyres to 6 world champions, the most recent one before Vettel being Juan Manuel Fangio in 1957.
  • Button’s victory ensures McLaren took their 9th victory in 27 races at Suzuka, although they previously hadn’t won here since 2005 with Kimi Raikkonen.
  • The next race in Korea will be contested with 13 world championship titles between the drivers – the highest ever. It will also be the first time since the 1991 Australian Grand Prix that 3 double world champions (Schumacher, Alonso, Vettel) will contest a race together.
  • Finally, to end with a strange stat – In very similar fashion, the pole sitter for the 2000 Japanese Grand Prix (Schumacher) (also the title decider at the time) was also 0.009 seconds ahead of the contesting McLaren (Mika Hakkinen) in 2nd place.
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