Daily Archives: October 17, 2011

Korean Grand Prix stats and facts

Sebastian Vettel continued his assault on the all-time F1 record list, with his 10th victory of the year yesterday in Korea. Also from this weekend:

  • Vettel’s 20th career win puts him level with Mika Hakkinen. He has now won 25.64% of the races he has entered – a higher stat than Ayrton Senna (25.31%).
  • While Sebastian may equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 13 wins in a single season, he will still rank behind his fellow German on this one, as Michael’s 13 wins came in an 18-race season, one less than the Red Bull driver.
  • If he clocks another 44 laps in the lead, Sebastian will also break the record for most laps led in a season. He is currently on 651 laps. The current record holder is Nigel Mansell, set in the 1992 season.
  • Red Bull had their 16-race pole position streak broken this weekend, though it is still 3rd on the all-time list. The last driver to beat a Red Bull to pole was Nico Hulkenberg in Brazil 2010.
  • McLaren’s 700th race was marked with their 147th pole position, and their 376th podium finish – a remarkable 53.7% rate.
  • Lewis Hamilton took his first pole position since the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix. It was the 19th of his career, one less than Damon Hill and Fernando Alonso.
  • Toro Rosso scored their best team result since Australia 2009, with Jaime Alguersuari 7th and Sebastien Buemi 9th.
  • Vettel has also had his 5-race streak of pole positions broken – for the second time this year!
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