Rosberg becomes F1’s third second-generation race winner

2012 Chinese Grand Prix stats and facts

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Nico Rosberg scored his first Formula 1 race victory at his 111th attempt in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Rosberg is the third son of a former world championship race winner to win a race himself: the others being Damon Hill (son of Graham Hill) and Jacques Villeneuve (son of Gilles Villeneuve).

However Keke Rosberg is the first Grand Prix winner to see his son win a race – Graham Hill and Gilles Villeneuve died before their sons followed in their footsteps.

Of the three father-and-son teams, the Hills have three world championships and 36 race wins between them, the Villeneuves one world championship and 17 race wins, and the Rosbergs one world championship and six race wins – so far.

Only four drivers took longer to achieve their first wins than Nico Rosberg did:

DriverFirst winStarts
Mark Webber2009 German Grand Prix130
Rubens Barrichello2000 German Grand Prix124
Jarno Trulli2004 Monaco Grand Prix117
Jenson Button2006 Hungarian Grand Prix113
Nico Rosberg2012 Chinese Grand Prix111

One other driver took more than 100 starts to score his first win: Giancarlo Fisichella (110).

Rosberg’s father was also a comparatively late bloomer, scoring his first F1 win at his 63rd attempt in his fifth season. He scored his last F1 win in the 1985 Australian Grand Prix (pictured) when Nico was four months old.

The younger Rosberg became the 103rd driver to win a race. The last new winner was Mark Webber in the 2009 German Grand Prix.

Rosberg also became the 95th driver to start a race from pole position. His last win and pole position in any discipline came in his final GP2 appearance at Bahrain in 2005, when he won the championship.

Mercedes scored their first win since their return to the sport as a full constructor two years ago.

Their last race win and pole position came in their final appearance in their previous incarnation, when Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1955 Italian Grand Prix from pole position (pictured). They now have ten Grand Prix wins, giving them as many as Alfa Romeo.

The Chinese Grand Prix continues to produce different winners. In nine races he have seen eighth different victors: Rubens Barrichello, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton – the latter driver the only one to have won more than once.

In a weekend of firsts, Kamui Kobayashi set the fastest lap of the race, becoming the 120th driver to do so. This was also the first fastest lap for Sauber as an independent constructor (they scored two as BMW-Sauber).

Third on the grid was Kobayashi’s best qualifying position to date. Michael Schumacher started second, his highest starting position since his comeback, and the 116th front row start for the driver who has made more than anyone else.

The first three races of the season have all seen Lewis Hamilton finish third and Webber finish fourth.

Sixth for Romain Grosjean gave him the first points of his F1 career, and Pastor Maldonado got his first points of the year with eighth.

That means Felipe Massa is the only driver outside of the ‘small three’ teams who is yet to score this year.

Williams had both cars in the points for the first time since the 2010 Korean Grand Prix.

Daniel Ricciardo has been more than half-a-second quicker than team mate Jean-Eric Vergne in qualifying this year. But Vergne has spent 142 out of 170 laps ahead of his team mate.

As last year, the race had 23 finishers. Only one race has seen more finishers – last year’s European Grand Prix, where all 24 runners were classified. The only other race with 23 finishers was also last year, in Japan.

The high number of finishers is a worry for Caterham, who need at least a 14th and 15th place to move ahead of Marussia into the lucrative top ten in the constructors’ championship.

Review the year so far in statistics here:

Spotted any other interesting stats and facts from the Chinese Grand Prix? Share them in the comments.

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88 comments on “Rosberg becomes F1’s third second-generation race winner”

  1. Kyle (@hammerheadgb)
    16th April 2012, 15:22

    “Only three drivers took longer to achieve their first wins than Nico Rosberg did:”

    Presumably a typo, Keith? Given that you then go on to list the four drivers with more starts before 1st win than Nico.

    1. @hammerheadgb Fixed, thanks.

      1. FlyingLobster27
        16th April 2012, 16:40

        Speaking of that stat, could we have a number of seasons before the first victory?
        As you say, Keke was a late winner aswell, but 81 GPs in the late 70s-early 80s seems comparable, in terms of actual time, to his sons 111. That makes the parallel quite interesting.

        1. Also, with more and more races every year, it’s ever easier to win a race. Rosberg has 20 opportunities a year, Moss (who also got his first win with Mercedes) only had 8 or 10 a year.

  2. First podium sweep by an engine supplier since Renault in Monaco in 2010, despite there only being four engine suppliers.

    First podium sweep by Mercedes since the 2010 Chinese GP – where the top three were the same as yesterday.

  3. Some stats&facts I noticed:
    – The podium is the same as it was here two years ago, albeit in a different order
    – Charles Pic is now the only current driver without a point in F1
    – Since Barrichello’s win in Monza 2009, all race victories were shared between 5 drivers – Alonso, Hamilton, Webber, Button and Vettel. Until yesterday, that is.
    – The last 6 races have had different winners
    – This is the first time Vettel failed to make Q3 since late 2009 (not 100% sure which race)

    And one a bit off topic: 5 teams have drivers that have both been on the podium – the big 4 and one that’s yet to score points.

    1. Nice ones. 6 consecutive winners. Wow.

      1. The same happened in 2009, with 6 different winners in a row – right after Button’s domination!

    2. Vettel failed to make it to Q3 in 2009 Brazil

      1. Right – thanks for reminding me :)

    3. First time since 1990 that 3 different constructors have won the fist 3 races. Unless I’ve missed something, this has only happened a few times, and the record was 5 different constructors in the first 5 races of 1983 (although I got bored and didn’t look before the mid-60’s).

      1. 2010 managed it as well (although Vettel could easily have won all 3 races).

        1. Crap. Don’t know how I missed that. In that case it’s the SECOND time since 1990 (assuming I haven’t missed any others), but has virtually no chance of matching the record unless Red Bull and Lotus (or perhaps a lucky Sauber) have a great couple of races.

  4. Let’s hope Mercedes is there to stay. Good on Saturdays and good on Sundays. Let’s hope expected high temperatures in Bahrain don’t burn their tyres.

    1. Or the petrol bombs.

  5. The now have ten Grand Prix wins, giving them as many as Alfa Romeo.

    I’m assuming “The” is meant to be “They”.

    1. @hydrouk Fixed, thanks.

  6. Adam Cooper (on twitter @adamcooperf1) noted

    Chinese GP trivia – eight different drivers held second place at some point in yesterday’s race!

  7. Three most recent GP winners (Vettel, Webber, Rosberg) won the race after taking their first pole position a day earlier. In the middle though, Nico Hülkenberg didn’t convert his first pole (which was a huge surprise) to victory.

    1. presumably you mean ‘won their first race after taking their first pole position’

  8. Is there a list somewhere stating all the new winners in chronological order? Three years seems like a pretty long time between occasions, but I bet there’s been longer. Wasn’t it something like ’86 (Berger) to ’92, all races won by the same 5 or 6 drivers (combo broken by Schumacher) ? I might be wildly mistaken though.

    1. Nevermind, I found out you can sort the table at by first win!

    2. You’re mistaken, but not wildly – between Berger’s first in ’86 and Schumacher’s first in 1992 the wins were shared between eight drivers: Senna, Prost, Berger, Mansell, Piquet, Patrese, Boutsen and Nannini.

      1. Thanks, yes, I realized I missed Boutsen and Nannini’s wins. The stretch from late ’82 to Boutsen’s first win in ’89 is impressive in that sense as well.

    3. I posted this on another site, but to answers your question:

      It is 1007 days since Mark Webber won the German Grand Prix in 2009. This is the second longest interval between maiden race wins in F1; the only person whose first victory ended a longer drought is actually Rosberg’s team-mate. Michael Schumacher’s victory in the 1992 Belgian Grand Prix was the first maiden victory since Alessandro Nannini’s win in the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix, 1095 days previously.

      Conversely, there were no seasons between 1957 and 1983 which didn’t contain somebody’s first grand prix victory. In 1982 five drivers (Patrese, Tambay, Alboreto, Keke Rosberg, and de Angelis) won their first races, and Tambay, de Angelis, and daddy Rosberg made up F1’s only ever three races in a row won by drivers who had not won a Grand Prix before. This might explain why there were no new winners in ’83.

      The mean length of time between first Grand Prix wins is 248 days and the standard deviation is 246 days. This makes it look suspiciously like drivers achieving their maiden Grand Prix victory follows a Poisson distribution, but I am not writing for Aaron Schatz any more, so I won’t go further and make an article about it.

      1. In both 2003 and 2008 I believe three drivers won their first race:

        2003: Raikkonen, Fisichella, Alonso
        2008: Kubica, Kovalainen, Vettel

        And in 2006 there were consecutive debut wins for Button and Massa in Hungary and Turkey. This also happened in 2003 with Raikkonen and Fischella, but I can´t think of any other instances of this happening off the top of my head

        1. Overall new winners have become much less frequent since the resolution of the FISA-FOCA war finally came to an end during the 1982 season. From 1950 to 1982, there were only two seasons which didn’t have new race winners – 1954 and 1957 (dominated by Moss and Fangio). Since then, races have only been won by drivers who had already won races in 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2010 and 2011.

        2. As my other comment suggests, this sort of thing used to be a lot more common. There were three new race winners in 1959, 1961, 1962, 1971, four in 1974 and 1975, three again in 1977, 1980, and 1995, and consecutive new race winners in 1950 (obviously), 1951, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1968, 1973, 1974 (twice!), 1977, 1980, 1982’s 3-in-a-row, and the two you mentioned.

          My guess is that the change in the frequency of new winners that seems to have happened abruptly in the early 1980s was caused in part by the influence of turbocharged engines limited race-winning opportunities to just a few teams and in part by the greater influx of money into F1 beginning around that point making team management more conservative. Similarly, the mid-1970s were a much more wide-open era due to the wide availability of the Cosworth DFV and the poor understanding of aerodynamics which was just beginning to have a major effect.

          1. There’s also higher Reliability leaving little space for slower cars to perform. As alpha dog drivers tend to be in a better cars, young aspiring cubs could build on fast car failure by emerging from the pack.

          2. Maybe another part of the reason why this changed is the fact that nowadays (top-)drivers last much longer, as they do not tend to die that often anymore (fortunately safety was hugely improved).

      2. I think you actually meant that there were no years without new race winners between ’54 and ’83, not ’57 and ’83. There were first time race winners in ’55, ’56, & ’57, but not in ’54. At least according to that Wikipedia table…

  9. The last three guys to record their maiden wins have all done it from pole – Vettel in Monza 2008, Webber in Nurburgring 2009 and Rosberg in Shanghai 2012.

    The last time Red Bull or Mclaren didn’t win two consecutive races was in 2010 Monza and 2010 Singapore. And before that it was 2009 Spa and 2009 Monza.

    This is the first time since the third race of the 2010 season – Malaysian GP – that the championship is led by a driver who is yet to win a race. Felipe led the standings then and Lewis leads the standings now.

    Red Bull have now not featured on podium in two races this season. This phenomenon occurred only once in 2011 – at the Abu Dhabi GP. Before that, it happened in 2010 – at the Korean GP.

    This is only the second time in Schumi’s career that his team-mate has a won a race before him in the season. This happened in 1999 last.

    1. The last three guys to record their maiden wins have all done it from pole – Vettel in Monza 2008, Webber in Nurburgring 2009 and Rosberg in Shanghai 2012.

      The three maiden race winners maiden to that all started from the front row to, if my memory serves me right:

      Heikki Kovalainen, 2nd Hungary 2008
      Robert Kubica, 2nd Canada 2008
      Felipe Massa, 1st Turkey 2006

      The last new winner to start anywhere other than the front row was Jenson Button at the 2006 Hungarian GP, who started just a tad further back in 14th!

      1. Taking the pole to win stat further – we have now had 5 consecutive races where the pole sitter hasn’t won the race. The last time this streak was 5 or more races was in 2009-2010 (2009 Brazil – 2010 China, 6 races) when the pole sitter didn’t win the race. And before that it was way back in 2002 the Austrian GP to the 2002 French GP, 6 races. The 2009-10 sequence happened mainly due to freak weather and the Red Bull’s unreliability. The 2002 streak happened partly because Williams and Montoya produced a qualifying car and partly because of what happened at 2002 Austrian GP.

        1. Oops! I got my numbers wrong. Nico won from pole!! So, this streak was only 4 races long..

  10. F1 is being devalued by having sons racing. How can you call F1 the pinnacle of motorsport when it’s a father and son business?

    1. Who cares who’s in Formula One? As long as they are the best drivers in the world. Having sons or relatives from older drivers has absolutely no effect and should be ignored. Certainly we don’t refer to Nico as “Keke’s son” anymore, do we? Nico has build his own reputation.

      1. Indeed, just look at Piquet Jr :D

    2. Racing and F1 have long been a family affair. This is nothing new. I don’t think it brings the sport into disrepute at all.

    3. I wouldn’t be surprised if more sons of famous race car drivers have failed at it than have succeeded. Just because a guy is the son of a driver doesn’t mean he is going to love it and go on to succeed at it like his dad did. A person has to start off by loving it first and foremost in order to get that good at it. So sure, it helps when as a kid you have an ‘in’…but that by no means is a guarantee of anything. If it was, NR wouldn’t have needed this long for his first win. Nor DH, and JV wouldn’t have needed to ‘pay his dues’ in CART before going to F1.

      1. I don’t like to use the word ‘failed’ in this context – partly because some never really tried to make it in F1, and some are still young, but looking down the list of race winners we have sons and daughters who have raced in professional motorsport but haven’t won a GP:
        Greg/Leo Mansell, Paul Stewart, Matias Lauda, Piquet Jr, Geoff/Gary Brabham, Michael/Jeff Andretti, Christian Jones, Tomas/Toby Scheckter, Vanina Ickx, Alex Gurney, Derek Hill and sadly of course Henry Surtees (RIP)
        Henry Surtees

        1. And Nicolas Prost as well.
          And Christian Fittipaldi , Juan Fangio II , John Andretti, and Bruno Senna (for now…) if including nephews.

        2. David Brabham.

        3. I had to do a double take there, for a split second I thought that said Vanilla Ice, not Vanina Ickx…

    4. It’s hardly that. Name sakes havent really given new drivers a yellow brick road to get into motorsport, it’s because motorsport is in their blood. The kid sees his dad do it, he/she wants to do it. Blame learnt behaviour rather than a right of passage.

      1. Exactly, Having a dad in the business does make it easier for sure, however it’s not a free ride. Look at Hamilton’s brother for instance, he can easily get into racing cars. But his chance on making it anywhere near F1 is purely down to talent, experience and results.

    5. Nothing new under the sun about that. Sport, TV, movies, music… all must be at least 25% made up of people who’s parents were big successes in the same business (Hill, Villeneuve, Rosberg). And another percentage who’s parents were amateur enthusiasts willing to support their sons (Button), and then the ones who’s parents had the means to pay their kids way to get a start in that business (Senna). Sure, it’s ‘unfair’ but that’s the way it is. Doesn’t guarantee success later on… otherwise all the Beatles kids would’ve had pretty amazing music careers by now.

    6. Considering two out of the three have gone on to win world championships I think you can class them as all being there on merit.

      Formula 1 won’t do you any favours based on your relatives. They’re more interested in your sponsorship money.

  11. I am much more intimate with JV’s career than I am with NR’s and DH’s. I know in JV’s case, once he started racing in his teens, while some would criticise him and the likes of famous drivers’ sons for ‘only being there because of their name’ and not their talent, JV was also expected to win. His career was immediately under the microscope much moreso than his peers at the time. So that added a huge amount of pressure that many don’t experience early on, but JV turned it into a positive. It made him able to handle pressure when it is at it’s greatest. There was an element that made him want to prove to himself and the world that he was not just there because he was connected. And after all, it wasn’t his fault that he was connected or that he had the Villeneuve name. That’s just the way it was. I hope NR too has learned to handle pressure when it is at it’s greatest and that he too goes on to be a WDC.

  12. As last year, the race had 23 finishers.

    And, same as last year, the only retirement was someone whose tyre wasn’t fitted properly at a pit stop.

    1. Nice one!

      Also, is it actually possible to crash in China? :-P I can’t remember anyone hitting a wall in dry conditions since Karthikeyan in the Jordan…

      1. Hm, that is a bit strange – possibly someone going into the wall in turn 1 at some race between 06 and 08?

      2. @damonsmedley Buemi managed it in practice for the 2010 race when his Torro Rosso shed it’s front wheels at the end of the back straight.

        My favourite part of that video has to be the bit where he tries to steer away from the wall. You can almost see the moment where it dawns on him that the car won’t turn without front wheels.

        1. @enigma @davea86 Oops, I just remembered Heidfeld binning it in FP1 and FP2 last year! But both accidents only bent the front wing a little bit.

          And I think Buemi’s crash was a bit unavoidable!

        2. @davea86 @damonsmedley Well we had Glock crash this Friday as well – I thought you were referring to crashes actually in the race!

  13. That means Felipe Massa is the only driver outside of the ‘small three’ teams who is yet to score this year.

    Says everything you need to about Felipe this year. I’m sorry Ferrari / Massa fans but Felipe of 2008 is no longer. Time to move aside and let someone else step in.

    1. I am in no way a Massa fan- he’s one of the few drivers I actually dislike- but this weekend I don’t think he did too bad. He wasn’t that far from Alonso, but because the midfield is so tight he actually finished several places back.

      1. @matt90 Why do you dislike him? I’ve always found him to be one of the nicest people on the grid.

        1. I find him often whiney and unwlling to take responsibility when he’s made a mistake, yet is very critical of other drivers who have been racing fair. Also, his complete lack of pace for the majority of the last 2 years is frustrating as I think he’s taking up a seat which could be put to better use.

  14. further back into grand prix history, there was the father/son winning combo of Antonio and Alberto Ascari

  15. Was Kobayashi’s 3rd on the grid the highest sauber have qualified as just sauber?

    1. @mike-the-bike-schumacher No – Jean Alesi started from second for them in 1998 (Austria) and 1999 (France).

  16. “Rosberg’s father was also a comparatively late bloomer, scoring his first F1 win at his 81st attempt in his fifth season.”
    Typo or what? Even if you count DN(P)Qs, Keke’s first GP win came in his 65th start.

    1. isn’t it somewhere around 70 races before he won, if you count all attempts in an F1 car?

      1. And then there’s a handfull of non championship F1 races, but if we go by those, he would have won his first race in the Theodore in ’78!

  17. 103 winners in F1 just 21 in rallying

  18. Ross Brawn has won with 4 different teams as a senior manager: Benetton, Ferrari, Brawn, Mercedes
    2010: drag-racing between Hamilton & Vettel on pitlane; 2012: drag racing between Hamilton & Raikkonen
    Hamilton leads championship after 3 GPs, but he hasn’t won yet, in 2010 Massa leads after first 3 GPs with no wins

  19. Gilles Suberville
    16th April 2012, 20:08

    Sorry guys, Gilles Villeneuve was never a World Champ which means Nico is only the second son of a WC to win a GP.

    1. I think you misread the sentence. It says “World championship race winners”, not “World champions”

  20. sorry guys am off topic…have been looking at Bahrain figures..pre 2010 and sees that race was 49 laps
    now hows is the 2012 race going to be 57 laps?
    what were the pole times for 2008/2009/2010?

    1. In 2010 the circuit increased its total length to 6,3 Km. Now the track has return back to the original length with 5,4 Km.

      So if you want timing references, use times before 2010.

    2. As @IDR mentionned, 2010 was the year of the tiny-fiddly bits in sector 2.
      There was that incredibly tedious and slow part of the circuit introduced in the middle of sector 2. It was supposed to be stripped for 2011, but the whole GP was stripped in fact…

  21. Hi. Call me a boring old fart if you like but the picture at the top of the article is not of Keke Rosberg, it is Nigel Mansell in ‘Red 5’ FW10. If it is the 1985 Australian GP from Adelaide, then Mansell, who appeared to have jumped Ayrton Senna’s JPS Lotus off the start, retired with transmission failure after completing just one lap and Rosberg went on to win, but in car No 6, the third car in the picture.

  22. Rosberg and Hamilton have monopolised 1st and 7th on the grid this season.

    This is the 3rd time in the last 5 years that a driver who has failed to score in the first 2 races has won race 3 – and both Massa in 2008 and Vettel in 2009 finished runner-up to an English driver in the championship.

    Hamilton is leading the championship despite not having finished a race higher than 3rd – has this ever happened before?

    Both HRTs started and finished in the same positions as in Malaysia. The Marussias have started 20th and 21st in all 3 races, and Petrov has started 19th in all 3 races.

    This race occurred on the 11th anniversary of San Marino 2001 – a race in which a German driver (in this case Ralf Schumacher) scored his first win while Michael Schumacher retired with a mechanical problem.

  23. Rosberg’s victory marks the end of the collective domination of Vettel, Webber, Button, Hamilton and Alonso. This quintet had won the last 44 races between them (you have to go back to Italy 2009 to find a different winner, when it was Barrichello for Brawn). This is the second longest period of five drivers winning; Piquet, Senna, Prost, Mansell and Berger won the 53 races between Brazil 1986 and USA 1989.

    This 44-race period was also the third longest in which only three teams (McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari) won races, behind Japan 1990-Britain 1994 (58 races, Benetton, McLaren, Williams) and Malaysia 1999-Malaysia 2003 (55 races, Ferrari, McLaren, Williams). This run was also ended on Sunday.

    The first two rows of the grid featured none of the dominating quintet and their teams for the first time since Belgium 2009, where Fisichella, Trulli, Heidfeld and Barrichello took the honours for Force India, Toyota, BMW and Brawn.

    As has been mentioned, the last six races have been won by different drivers. This trend has not lasted to a seventh race since 1983. The most consecutive races won by different drivers is nine, which happened in 1961-2 and 1982.

    Rosberg’s feat of winning the third race after failing to score in the first two is not unusual. It is the fourth time it has happened in the last decade; by Vettel in 2009, Massa in 2008 and Fisichella in 2003.

    1. very interesting observation from you ..and i suspect vettel has won the most races from the last 50 races to date?
      can someone tabulate the breakdown of this statistic please?

  24. Keith you got the wording of the article exactly right. Cudos. There have been other father and sons to win Grand Prix (e.g. Antonio and Alberto Ascari), but not World Championship Grand Prix.

  25. The Money (@pamphlett31220)
    17th April 2012, 3:04

    Nico has won the same amount of grand prix as his dad did when he won the title in 1982…

  26. Great stats! This is my favorite…

    “Felipe Massa is the only driver outside of the ‘small three’ teams who is yet to score this year.”

    This really speaks volumes for the close competition this year, but also of the disastrous form that Felipe is showing of late.

    1. Absolutely. Quite shocking. Just imagine if he was some young driver at Torro Rosso: he would have been replaced a while ago, a la Bourdais, Alguersuari, Buemi… I can’t believe Ferrari can afford to let so much time go by before replacing him.

  27. Ferrari need to get rid of Massa but I don’t think doing it mid-season is the answer. Just look at what happened with Fisi. He was doing really well with FI, but when he moved to Ferrari, the different car and no in season testing meant he was slower than Raikonnen, although he was much faster than Badoer!

  28. Will we have another new winner in Bahrain? That would be the first such streak since 2006, with Button and Massa.

  29. Nilesh Desai (@reachnilesh)
    17th April 2012, 9:54

    Lots of interesting stats..Cudnt go thru them all..

    When was the last time two first two rows of the starting grid did not have a Ferrari, Mclaren and Red Bull?

    1. Nilesh Desai (@reachnilesh)
      17th April 2012, 9:57

      Sorry, Andrew81 (@andrew81) had answered this, Belgium 2009 it was..

  30. Force India failed to break their China jinx. They have never scored in China

  31. Fernando Cruz
    18th April 2012, 19:24

    Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve, Ralf Schumacher, Nico Rosberg and Bruno Senna all belong to a family of a GP race winner and they also have another thing in common: they all drove (or drive) for Williams. But Nico and Bruno were not so lucky, as they didn’t (or don’t) drive winning Williams. Well, Williams is back in form this year in races, but only in a wet race Bruno can have some chance to win a GP with it…

  32. Fernando Cruz
    18th April 2012, 19:48

    Another thing: Nico’s father was only the second racing driver ever to win his first GP race and the F1 World Championship in the same year (not counting Farina in 1950 for obvious reasons). Denny Hulme was the first to achieve that, in 1967. Let’s see if Nico Rosberg can become the third, doing the same his father did 30 years ago… (In 1982 that was only possible after Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi severely crashed)

  33. lucky number 3 for Mercedes

    from Jon Noble’s twitter (@NobleF1):
    “Nice bit of number symmetry: the three-pointed star in its third year back with the W03 won the third race of the season.”
    @BigPhilT: @NobleF1 or better symmetry is that Nico got his 1st pole, and his 1st 1st on his 111st race””
    @tombeechinor: @NobleF1 Rosberg’s 111th race = 3 ones3rd driver to win for mercedes. 3 merc engines on the podium” < and more!"

    plus, "Rosberg is the third son of a former world championship race winner to win a race himself”
    Rosberg is not only third driver to win for Mercedes, but also he’s the third driver to get pole for Mercedes
    there are three teams in the paddock with Mercedes engines

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