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Brazilian Grand Prix stats and facts

Sebastian Vettel took several more records during the final race of the 2011 F1 season. Here are the stats from this weekend:

  • Vettel’s 15th pole position breaks the record of most poles in a season, previously set by Nigel Mansell in 1992 (14 poles out of 16).
  • Red Bull took their 26th victory, 1 less than the Benneton team. Their 38th pole position is one less than Brabham.
  • With 18 poles out of 19, Red Bull have smashed the record for most pole positions in a year for a constructor – a 94.7% success rate.
  • Red Bull also have scored the highest amount of points in a season ever, with 650 points.
  • Rubens Barrichello took his 326th – and possibly last – Grand Prix entry. Jenson Button equalled Gerhard Berger’s amount of race entries with 210.
  • Nico Rosberg continues to extend his lead in the “Most points without a win” record, with 300.5.
  • Sebastian Vettel took his 30th pole position, 37% of his total race entries.
  • Vettel’s 17th podium finish this year puts him level with Michael Schumacher’s record from 2002 – when he was on the podium at every single race.
  • Force India have equalled their best ever result with 6th and 8th places.
  • An interesting fact from Pirelli – 1111 pit stops were made this year!
  • Felipe Massa’s disappointing season was reflected by the Brazilian equalling his best finish of the year – 5th. It is the first time since 1981 (Didier Pironi) that a Ferrari driver has not been on the podium once in a season.
  • Despite this, Massa made his 100th race start for the Scuderia this weekend.
  • Being transformed into Marussia for next year, Virgin have extended the record of “Most starts without a point” to 38.
  • Mark Webber took his 7th career victory, as many as Juan Pablo Montoya and Rene Arnoux. His 13th fastest lap – set on the final lap in Vettel style – is as many as Ricardo Patrese, Jacky Ickx and Alan Jones. Despite his poor season, he has set the most fastest laps this season – 7.

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!

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.

Hungarian Grand Prix stats and facts

Jenson Button’s 200th Grand Prix was most certainly a successful one, granting him his 2nd victory of the season. Here are the statistics from last weekend:

  • The Hungarian Grand Prix saw 88 pit stops in total – a new F1 record.
  • After Nick Heidfeld’s exhaust failure and Vitaly Petrov’s slow pit stop, Renault failed to score a single point in a race for the first time since the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix, where both cars retired within several laps of the start.
  • Paul di Resta took his best career result finish with 7th place.
  • Button has become the 11th driver in F1 history to participate in 200 races or more. Currently Rubens Barrichello is the only driver above 300.
  • Jenson’s 11th Grand Prix win is as many as Jacques Villeneuve, Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa.
  • Massa took his 14th fastest lap, his first since Australia this year.
  • It was the 100th Grand Prix event for Toro Rosso, the current V8 engine formula, and Nico Rosberg.
  • With Felipe Massa losing 2 places at the first corner, the only driver who has never lost a place on the first lap at any race in 2011 is Narain Karthikeyan.
  • Sebastian Vettel’s 23rd pole position is only one off Niki Lauda and Nelson Piquet. However, his starts-to-win ratio is nearly 3 times higher than either of these two drivers.
  • Red Bull have taken their 13th podium finish in a row, a feat which only 5 teams have ever beaten. The record is 53 by Ferrari, from Malaysia 1999 to Japan 2002. The team have also taken the last 12 pole positions in a row.

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.

British Grand Prix stats and facts

The most notable record from yesterday’s British Grand Prix was that Fernando Alonso has equalled Jackie Stewart’s 27 Formula 1 victories. Here’s more stats from this weekend:

  • Alonso also set the fastest lap, his 19th of his career, as many as Ayrton Senna, Damon Hill and Stirling Moss. It is the 225th fastest lap by a Ferrari driver.
  • Pirelli have claimed that 585 overtaking moves have been completed so far this season (not including undercutting in pit stops, or any move on the first lap). 547 overtakes were made in the whole of the 2010 season.
  • Interestingly, Vettel’s domination of 2011 almost exactly matches Alonso’s start to the 2006 season. In both cases, both drivers took 6 wins and 3 2nd places in the first 9 races.
  • This was Sebastian Vettel’s 14th front row start in a row. He has 32 in total (22 from pole) out of 71 race entries, a rate of 45% – which is the 4th highest in F1 history. Only Clark, Fangio and Senna have higher percentages.
  • Vettel has also secured 11 podium positions in a row – a record only beaten by Alonso and Schumacher.
  • 9 of those podiums were from the start of this season, as many as Lewis Hamilton (2007) and Fernando Alonso (2006). Only Michael Schumacher has more podiums in a row from the start of a season, taking 17 in a row in 2002.
  • Renault suffered their worst qualifying this year – with 14th and 16th places for Petrov and Heidfeld.
  • In terms of most career points without becoming world champion, Mark Webber has moved into 2nd place, 0.5 points ahead of David Coulthard.
  • Sergio Perez equalled his best result with 7th place.
  • Daniel Ricciardo’s debut means that there are two Australian F1 drivers for the first time in 34 years.

European Grand Prix stats and facts

The 2011 European Grand Prix set a new Formula 1 record for most finishers in a race – 24. It is also the first time that every car has finished a race since Monza 2005. Here are more stats and facts from this weekend:

  • Sebastian Vettel has now set a new record for the best start to an F1 season, with 6 wins and 2 second places in the first 8 races.
  • This was Vettel’s 13th front row start in a row, which has run from Singapore 2010 to the present. This is one more than Michael Schumacher (1994 Europe – 1995 Germany). The current record holder is Ayrton Senna with 24 front row starts in a row (1988 Germany – 1989 Australia).
  • Similarly, this was Vettel’s 10th consecutive podium finish, one more than Jim Clark, Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet, Michael Schumacher (twice) or Lewis Hamilton ever achieved.
  • If Sebastian gets a likely podium in Silverstone, then he will match Lewis Hamilton (2007) for 9 podiums in a row from the start of the season.
  • Jenson Button has now finished 101 races in the points out of 197 starts, the 6th highest in F1 history.
  • Vettel has scored 93% of his possible points so far this season. The record for an entire season is 84.71% by Michael Schumacher in 2004.
  • Oddly enough, this is only the second “triple” (pole, win, fastest lap) that Vettel has achieved. The previous feat was Silverstone 2009. He was one lap away from a Grand Slam (lead every race from pole with fastest lap), but Felipe Massa led for one lap during the pit stops. Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso are the only two drivers on the grid to have achieved a Grand Slam.
  • Out of 459 racing laps, Vettel has led 368 of them. The safety car has driven 40 laps (all of which can be added to Vettel’s and the total’s tallies), with the closest rival, Jenson Button, having only led 31 laps. Teammate Mark Webber has yet to lead a lap this year.
  • While Jaime Alguersuari has been knocked out of Q1 in the last 2 races, he has bounced back to finish 8th on both occasions.
  • With the record amount of finishers in a race, Narain Karthikeyan has the unenviable record of being the only F1 driver to have finished 24th.
  • Only Fernando Alonso and Vitantonio Liuzzi have outqualified their team-mates at every race so far this year.
  • This was the 50th points-scoring finish in a row for Renault engines – a record that spans back to the inaugral Valencia GP in 2008.

Canadian Grand Prix stats and facts

Despite yesterday's win, Button has not won for McLaren in a dry race

Despite yesterday's win, Button has not won for McLaren in a dry race

The action-packed Canadian Grand Prix saw Jenson Button take his tenth career win. Here are more stats from this weekend:

  • After breaking the 10,000 miles led barrier in Monaco, McLaren are set to break the 4,000 constructor’s points barrier in Valencia, currently on a total of 3,996.5.
  • The safety car was deployed 6 times on race day – a new F1 record.
  • Similarly, the race was the longest in Formula 1 history, at 4 hours, 4 minutes and 39.537 seconds. The previous record was the 1951 Indy 500, at just under 4 hours.
  • Sebastian Vettel took his 21st pole position in his career. Only 9 drivers have more, with Michael Schumacher on top with 68.
  • While Button has now won 3 races with McLaren, all of them have come in wet conditions.
  • Along with both Lotus, HRT and Virgin drivers, Pastor Maldonado has not finished a single race distance this year.
  • This race was the first ever that both Red Bulls and Toro Rossos were in the points. It is the first time in more than 2 years that both Toro Rossos have finished in the points.
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi’s 13th place has given HRT their best ever result. While Lotus got 12th in last year’s Japanese Grand Prix, Virgin have never finished higher than 14th. The result pushes HRT alongside Lotus in the constructor’s championship – the first time they have not been in last place.
  • The last time the lead of a race changed on the last lap was the 2005 Japanese Grand Prix. However, since Kimi Raikkonen had led that race earlier, the previous record for a race win having only led one lap stretches back to the 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Chinese Grand Prix stats and facts

The Chinese Grand Prix saw Sebastian Vettel’s hopes for 5 wins in a row shattered. Here are some stats and facts from this weekend:

  • Vettel’s 18th pole position means he has as many as Lewis Hamilton, Rene Arnoux and Mario Andretti. It is also his 4th consecutive pole position.
  • Sebastian has now started exactly 40% of his career races from the front row, compared to Lewis Hamilton’s 41.89% and Michael Schumacher’s 42.28%.
  • Mark Webber’s 8th fastest lap was more than a seconds faster than any of his opponents. He now has the same amount as Gilles Villeneuve, Lewis Hamilton, James Hunt and Ralf Schumacher.
  • Hamilton’s 15th race win is one less than Stirling Moss.
  • Michael Schumacher’s 7th place means he has finished exactly 75% of his career races in the points (204 out 0f 272).
  • Felipe Massa, driving car number 6, has finished in 6th place in every single official session (FP1, FP2, Sat Practice, Qualifying, Race) this weekend, and is seated 6th place in the title standings.
  • Each driver on the grid has now finished at least one race. Unsurprisingly, the lowest classified finish so far goes to the HRT drivers, but Pastor Maldonado is next, with one 18th place to his name.
  • Vettel is the only driver who has been on the podium every race so far this year. Lewis Hamilton is the only driver to have taken a podium finish twice in 2011.
  • Sebastian has also led 74% of the laps so far this year – while his teammate has led none. Narain Karthikeyan has not gone higher than 20th at any time.
  • Paul di Resta, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Heikki Kovalainen, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg are the only drivers to have out-qualified their drivers in all 3 races so far.
  • Only the drivers from the top 3 teams have scored points in Australia, Malaysia and China.
  • With 23 classified drivers, the 2011 Chinese GP now holds the all-time record for most classified cars in a Grand Prix. The only retirement was Jaime Alguersuari.
  • Despie Rubens Barrichello’s 13th place finish, Williams have suffered their worst start to a season in their history.

Malaysian Grand Prix stats and facts

Sebastian Vettel’s second win of the season means he now has 4 wins in a row, including last year’s Brazil and Abu Dhabi successes. Also from the Malaysian Grand Prix:

  • A 3rd place finish from Nick Heidfeld was the 100th podium position for a Renault driver.
  • It was also the 13th podium for Heidfeld without a win, beating Stefan Johansson to a certainly unenviable record.
  • Vettel has led 109 out of the 114 laps so far this season. He also has a 24-point lead in the championship, the largest gap to seconds place since Singapore 2009, when Jenson Button led by 25 points.
  • Sebastian has never slipped below 4th place in any race so far this year. Compare that to Pastor Maldonado, whose highest position has been 15th at any point.
  • His 12th career win is as many as Mario Andretti, Alan Jones and Carlos Reutemann. His 17th pole position is the same as Jackie Stewart.
  • Heidfeld also holds the records for most points without a win, and is behind Andrea de Cesaris in “most races without a win”. Nick has 240 points so far in his career, ahead of second-placed Nico Rosberg with 217.5.
  • Lewis Hamilton’s 2nd place on the grid means he has started 42.47% of his races on the front row. This puts him ahead of Michael Schumacher, who has 42.44%.
  • Vettel’s 9th pole position and victory matches him alongside Lewis Hamilton, Niki Lauda and Alberto Ascari.