Schumacher is oldest driver on podium since 1970

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Fernando Alonso scored his 29th Grand Prix win in Valencia, consolidating his position as the fifth most successful driver ever in terms of race wins. He needs two more to match Nigel Mansell’s tally.

It was his second win on home ground, the other coming in the 2006 Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Alonso won from 11th on the grid. He has previously won from a lower grid position: 15th at Singapore in 2008, though we all remember the particular circumstances of that race.

20 races in the points for Alonso

Lewis Hamilton’s ejection from the race at the hands of Pastor Maldonado leaves Alonso as the only driver to have scored points in every race this year.

Alonso has now scored in the last 20 races in a row, a streak which began at last year’s European Grand Prix. He is four races away from equalling the record set by Schumacher, who finished in the points for 24 races in a row between the 2001 Hungarian and 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix.

For all bar two of the races in Schumacher’s streak, points were only awarded down to sixth place; for the latter two points were awarded down to eighth. For the duration of Alonso’s streak, points have been awarded down to tenth place. During that time Alonso has had a seventh and a ninth-place finish.

So we’re not really comparing apples with apples here. Nonetheless, Alonso’s consistency is highly impressive, and the cornerstone of his championship bid.

Vettel matches the greats

Sebastian Vettel claimed the 33rd pole position of his career, equalling the tallies of F1 greats Jim Clark and Alain Prost. Clark’s 33 pole positions stood as the record from 1968 to 1989, when Ayrton Senna beat it at that year’s United States Grand Prix.

For comparison, Clark set his 33 poles in a 72-race career, Prost started 199 races, Vettel 89. Vettel’s strike-rate is therefore much closer to Clark’s.

Only Senna (65) and Michael Schumacher (68) have set more pole positions in F1 history than Vettel.

Vettel led the first half of the race comfortably before retiring. He has now led the most laps of anyone this year – 119, followed by Alonso on 108.

Schumacher ends wait for podium

Following the race a stewards’ investigation raised the possibility that Schumacher might be stripped of his first podium finish since his comeback. Fortunately for him, nothing came of it.

He therefore kept the 155th podium finish of his career. His last came in the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix, which he won, 100 races ago. However, Schumacher only started 48 of those.

Schumacher is the 11th different driver to finish on the podium this year – four more than there were in the whole of last season.

At 43 years and 173 days old, Schumacher was the oldest driver to step onto an F1 podium since Jack Brabham finished second in the 1970 British Grand Prix.

Two races prior to that Brabham poked fun at those urging him to retire by showing up on the grid wearing a false beard and resting on a cane. I think we need to see some similar antics from Schumacher…

More European Grand Prix stats and facts

Nico Rosberg set the fastest lap for the third time in his career – the last time he did so was in the 2009 Australian Grand Prix.

He now has as many fastest laps as father Keke, as well as Jochen Rindt, Tony Brooks, Bruce McLaren, Jean-Pierre Jarier, Chris Amon, Richie Ginther and (including the Indianapolis 500) Bill Vukovich.

It was Rosberg’s first fastest lap for Mercedes, and their tenth of all time. This was the first time the modern Mercedes team had set a fastest lap – their last was achieved by Stirling Moss at Monza in 1955.

Nico Hulkenberg scored his best F1 career finish to date with fifth place.

Maldonado collected his fifth penalty of the year. This was his second for a driving infringement, the other three were for gearbox changes. He’s already had as many penalties as last year, and just one fewer than the record of six set by Hamilton last season.

McLaren were the quickest team in the pits for the first time this year – and, not for the first time, one of the slowest.

Alonso, Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen are now the only drivers to have completed all 498 racing laps this year. The other Lotus of Romain Grosjean has covered the least: 293.

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99 comments on “Schumacher is oldest driver on podium since 1970”

  1. Between them, the three men on the podium had on every world championship beyween the years of 2000 and 2007

    1. And this was the fifth time when Alonso, Raikkonen and Schumacher shared the podium and the second time when they finished in this order. The first time it happened was at the 2005 French Grand Prix.

      1. And all 5 times they shared the podium, Alonso was the winner. Also interesting how, on this podium, the Ferrari driver is the only one yet to win a title with Ferrari.

        1. And one driver engineer to rule them all ;)

          That was actually a lovely scene, before they were heading onto the podium. It just looked like genuine respect between the drivers and the engineer.

          1. @ral Yeah that was great, seeing Stella there with 3 drivers he’s been sucessful with. Fantastic podium.

        1. is that Jonathan Wheatley?

          1. Isn’t the guy on the far right now at Red Bull?

          2. Yes, team manager at RBR.

    2. And all three of them have driven for Ferrari and for the Enstone squad, and all of them have had Renault, Ferrari and Mercedes powerplants in their careers!

    3. They finished in order from the most recent to have driven for Ferrari (Alonso: 2010-12, Raikkonen: 2007-09, Schumacher: 1996-2006). Also, All three have been Massa’s team mates at Ferrari, and actually Schumacher was replaced by Raikkonen who was replaced by Alonso at Ferrari. They also finished in order from the youngest to the oldest (Alonso: 1981, Raikkonen: 1979, Schumacher: 1969).

      Stupid statistics start here
      Their car numbers were 5, 9 and 7. Ferrari has had all these numbers on their cars during these three drivers’ period with the team. Raikkonen was no. 5 in 2007, Schumacher in 1997 and 2006, and Massa had no. 7 in 2010 with Alonso as team mate.
      This podium also featured all the “regular” drivers that drove for Ferrari from 2006 apart from Massa. They are also the last three world champions to have driven for Ferrari. They are also all of the world champions who drove for Ferrari since 1992.

      1. When did Ferrari have number 9? You’re right about Schumacher, Alonso has had number 5 in 2011-2012, but Raikkonen had 6 in 2007 (Massa had 5) as he was new to Ferrari that year.

        As for the Enstone team, Alonso had number 5 in 2005 and Schumacher in 1993-1994 (before the modern numbering system).

        Also, all three drivers won titles when the Enstone team had the WDC the previous year (Schumacher in 1995, Alonso in 2006, Raikkonen in 2007)

        1. Oh, Kimi has number 9 this year – I read it wrong.

          1. No, no, @alexf1man, I got the stat wrong! *facepalm*

      2. I didn’t do any research but I think the 7399 days (or 20 years, 3 months, 2 days) between Schumacher’s first and last podium are a record.

  2. If we leave the first team that the podium finishers drove for (Minardi, Sauber, Jordan), these three have driven for the same teams:
    Alonso: Renault, Mclaren, Ferrari
    Kimi: Mclaren, Ferrari, Lotus/Renault
    Schumi: Benneton/Renault, Ferrari, Mercedez.

    Alonso, Kimi and Michael have shared a podium 6 times. Alonso has won all the 6 races!

    This is the highest number of world titles that we have seen on the podium ever! 10.. if we get a podium of Alonso, Vettel, Schumi, this record will be broken..

    Of the 6 WDCs on the grid, these three are the older ones, the newer WDCs are Hamilton (2008), Button (2009) and Vettel (2011).

    Alonso was screwed over by the SC in the 2010 race. This year, it helped him big time..
    MSC was screwed over by his car’s unreliability in 2012 so far. This race, he benefited from others’ unreliability.


    1. Alonso: Renault, Mclaren, Ferrari
      Kimi: Mclaren, Ferrari, Lotus/Renault
      Schumi: Benneton/Renault, Ferrari, Mercedez.

      Mercedezzz is not the same as McLaren, though at the time McLaren was Mercedes’ main team.

    2. Drop Valencia!
      9th July 2012, 12:19

      We did have a Senna / Prost / Shuie podium, but that was only 6 or 7 WDC at the time…

  3. Not a very interesting fact but still: In 2012, no driver, who has set the best lap time in FP3 on Saturday, has went on to win the race on the next day.

    1. I’d love this to stand for the rest of the year, that way we’d know who to rule out from winning the race. But, it would still be almost impossible to guess who’s going to win…

      1. Aditya Banerjee (@)
        25th June 2012, 18:21

        My thoughts exactly.

  4. Are you sure that Brabham’s “cane and beard” joke happened in 1970? Because according to it was 1966:

    Prior to the 1966 Dutch Grand Prix, his first race after his 40th birthday, ‘Geriatric Jack’ Brabham hobbled onto the starting grid at Zandvoort, wearing a long false beard and leaning on a cane. […] Tossing aside his beard and cane Brabham proceeded to win that race […]

  5. What was the retirement rate yesterday?
    Must be one of the highest for years.

    Certainly in stark contrast to last year where all 24 cars finished.

    1. The temperature does help

      1. “Temperature” is Maldonado’s nickname [seriously]

        1. Maldonado’s nickname involves a swear word.. Maldon Ass Hole

    2. A bit of research would have helped here.
      There were only four classified retirements yesterday.
      There were eight just two races ago in Monaco


  6. – After 7 different winners, Alonso’s now the first driver to repeat victory in 2012. Same goes for 2nd place – Kimi is now the first driver to finish 2nd twice in 2012.
    – Alonso is the only driver to win from outside the front row this year – and he’s done it twice.
    – The 6 world champions have all been on the podium in this year’s Australian and European GPs.
    – The 3 have won the title in 8 consecutive years. They’ve shared the podium for the 5th time, with Alonso always being the winner.

    1. I also find Grosjean’s 2012 record very interesting – 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and four DNFs.

      1. That gets even more interesting when you put them in order, as it shows Grosjean has had a season where he finishes strong and then has a DNF, then goes on to improve, and another DNF!
        Actually by that I predicted this would be another DNF for him (shame I am not a betting man!)

        1. @BasCB It’s proven that it’s quite logical approach. Once I thought it but I chose Grosjean as the winner. Follow your instinct! :D

          1. @BasCB – So… by that theory, he’s going to win Silverstone? ;)

          2. The instinct fed with thorough analyses and experience!

            Yes, @bradley13 that is indeed the expectation, would love to see it happen!

  7. Webber has finished 4th in more than half the races this year (Melbourne, Sepang, Shanghai, Sakhir, Valencia). The winner of any Grand Prix this year has not finished any higher than 5th in the following race.

  8. I believe that McLaren has improved their pitstops considerably. Jenson’s stops were pretty good and Lewis’ were on two extremes. The slowest stop which was 14.xx stationary was due to an equipement failure (front jack) which can happen to any team. Since McLaren’s equipment failure comes on the back of a few dreadful stops, it is believed that the trend continues at McLaren. Where in reality, I see them having got the better of the problems.

    1. The jack failure was a weird one. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. Hamilton was lucky to get away without any damage to his car.

      1. Sky commentators were saying they’d had the same failure with the front jack in practice and they knew it was on the edge because it was an expiremental jack design.

        I can’t help but think that they could have gone for the .4 or .5 of a second slower but safe jack until they’d gotten the rest of their pit-stops spot on.

        1. Well you never know with equipment mate. Secondly, it is possible that McLaren, after the problems in practice (as reported) might have changed to a spare jack.

          One interesting I noted in BBC forum where they showed the onboard of Lewis’ pitstop error, the second guy with the spare jack looked inexperienced with it. He didn’t lift the jack properly for at least 4-5 seconds till he was signaled to lift higher still. If anybody can view the footage and offer views, I’ll be glad.

          1. Yes it looked like the guy on the right lifted the car up by its front wing in the end! Do teams always have someone ready to step in with a spare jack? Or were McLaren taking extra precautions with their new kit? As PM said, it’s rare to see the jack fail like that – maybe the second guy hadn’t been called on before in a race situation.

          2. Teams generally do have spare jacks. Also I noted that McLaren have changed their jacks after Monaco.

            Also, one guy on the left of the car was trying to lift the car by it’s suspension? What is going on?

      2. @prisoner-monkeys, but nothing to do with “luck” right?

    2. Aditya Banerjee (@)
      25th June 2012, 18:30

      I think it was the fastest stop of the non-refuelling era since the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix(Rosberg’s pitstop)- 2.7s.

  9. I have to admire some of the obscure-but-fascinating statistics the blog members manage to produce every two weeks.

    1. +1. This article and its comments are my favourite parts of every race weekend. Some truly dedicated people out there!

  10. *More like missed records*
    Vettel failed to win 3 successive grand prixs at the same venue repeating his earlier failure at Suzuka last year.
    Vettel also failed to achieve a grand chelem. Had he achieved a grand chelem he would also have been the youngest to do it twice(Think Senna at 31 holds that record)

    1. jim clark achieved his second grand chelem at zandvoort in 1963 when he was 27. Senna was 29 when he did it in spain 1989

  11. I wonder if it’s ” mission accomplished” for Schumacher’s comeback?

    Now that he’s been on the podium, could it change his mind about whether to carry on? He was clearly moved by it on the radio, then hugging all the team members within reach, and with an emotional Alonso too it made an amusing contrast with Kimi…

    1. 2 more retirements ahead and Schumacher could have won the race. First thing Kimi grabbed after the anthems was the champagne but had to wait because the other 2 were interested in a group photo

      1. Aditya Banerjee (@)
        25th June 2012, 18:33

        He raised the champagne bottle like people raise the trophy. :P

    2. Are you serious? He hasn’t made a comeback just to finish in 3rd place and celebrate on the podium. He is back with a clear intention of winning the world championship.

      Whether he would stay in 2013 or not will depend on the performances of the team and his own motivation. One thing I am certain is that he won’t go beyond 2013.

  12. This one isn’t so much a statistic as it is a picture, comparing yesterday’s podium to another one seven years ago.

    Pay particular attention to the facial expressions.

    1. Bit of a shame the Enstone team is not blue, otherwise it would be completely the same!

      1. Well, apart from the Black Lotus overalls and the Grey Mercedes overalls… but don’t let that put you off ;)

        1. wait, stupid… *headbutts desk*

          1. I hope you survived that @optimaximal! I gather you got my point then?

    2. Wonderful comparison picture…. Thanks for posting it.

    3. same poker face, nice montage.

    4. Aditya Banerjee (@)
      26th June 2012, 7:02

      Kimi always has the same expression whether he finishes second or third. If I were to go back in a time machine and show the Valencia photo to anyone following F1 in 2005, he would say:
      1. A grand prix at Valencia? What happened to Catalunya?
      2. Schumacher’s still racing? And he’s in McLaren… hang on, its the SILVER ARROWS!!!
      3. Lotus is back?
      4. Alonso in a Ferrari? Surely Todt’s not in the team anymore…what? He’s replaced MOSLEY?
      5. What happened to Montoya?
      6. Ah, but Stella’s still there…

  13. While equalling Prost’s pole tally, Vettel was just a month and a day older than the Professor was in his first race. And he’s almost 6 months younger than Schumi was when scoring his first pole. Seems that Vettel will brake pole record still in his twenties.
    And it was the oldest podium since Mansell’s last win in 1994 Adelaide where Michael clinched his first title.
    Interestingly on average podium drivers were more than 10 years older than they were 2 weeks ago in Canada.

  14. – The three drivers on the podium have all driven for Ferrari in the past or present. The last time such a podium occurred was the 2008 Brazilian GP (Massa, Räikkönen and Alonso). If you don’t count drivers that hadn’t driven for Ferrari at the time (like Alonso in 2008), the last time an all-Ferrari podium occurred was the 2002 Italian GP (Schumacher, Barrichello and Irvine).

    – The average age of the podium was 35 years and 8 months, making it the oldest podium since the controversial 1994 Australian GP (Mansell, Berger and Brundle), with an average age of 37 years and 3 months.

    – With again 3 world champions on the podium, it doesn’t look like we will see a race without world champions on the podium soon. The last time this happened was 74 races ago, at the 2008 Canadian GP (Kubica, Heidfeld and Coulthard).

    – This is the third race in succession with three different engine suppliers on the podium (Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault). The last time such a streak occurred was in 2009: the Singapore, Japanese and Brazilian GP all saw a mix of Renault, Mercedes, Toyota and BMW on the podium.

    – Continuing on engines, Michael Schumacher has now scored podiums with four different engine suppliers: Ford Cosworth, Renault, Ferrari and Mercedes. He becomes the 18th driver ever to do so, joining the likes of Senna, Prost, Surtees, Fangio, Mansell and Lauda. Barrichello leads this list with podiums for six different engine suppliers (Ferrari, Ford Cosworth, Hart, Honda, Mercedes and Peugeot).

    – Alonso has finished on the podium on home soil for the eighth time. This puts him in third on the all-time list. Michael Schumacher heads this list with 12 podiums in Germany, from Prost with 11 podiums in France.

    – Five years and eight months was the interval between consecutive podiums for Schumacher, his last being the 2006 Chinese GP. Only Alexander Wurz had a larger interval between consecutive podiums: the 1997 British GP and 2005 San Marino GP were separated by almost eight years!

    – The last time a GP was won from 11th or further back was again Alonso at the infamous 2008 Singapore GP: he started 15th. If you wish to disqualify Renault from that event, the last time was Jenson Button at the 2006 Hungarian GP, which he won from 14th. The last time the GP was won from exactly 11th was Coulthard in the 2003 Australian GP

    1. – I just noticed all three drivers on the podium have also race for Benetton/Renault/Lotus in the past. The last time such a podium occurred was the 2006 Chinese GP (Alonso, Schumacher, Fisichella), which is also the race in which Schumacher scored his last podium.

    2. – With again 3 world champions on the podium, it doesn’t look like we will see a race without world champions on the podium soon. The last time this happened was 74 races ago, at the 2008 Canadian GP (Kubica, Heidfeld and Coulthard).

      i’m afraid you’re wrong! the 2010 Monaco GP had Webber, Vettel and Kubica on the podium. none of them were world champions.

      1. Yes at the time Vettel wasn’t a world champion, but was soon to be. I didn’t count this because else this record would look stupid :P

        1. well no it was a podium with no current(at the time) world champions as it was in canada 07

    3. – Five years and eight months was the interval between consecutive podiums for Schumacher, his last being the 2006 Chinese GP. Only Alexander Wurz had a larger interval between consecutive podiums: the 1997 British GP and 2005 San Marino GP were separated by almost eight years!

      Wurz’s podium in San Marino only came after Jenson Button was disqualified – his gap between actual appearances on the podium extends to Canada 2007.

    4. With again 3 world champions on the podium, it doesn’t look like we will see a race without world champions on the podium soon.

      Between them Grosjean,Perez and Webber have been on the podium 6 times so far this season so it could happen any time soon.

    5. – Alonso has finished on the podium on home soil for the eighth time. This puts him in third on the all-time list. Michael Schumacher heads this list with 12 podiums in Germany, from Prost with 11 podiums in France.

      That is a record not everyone can challenge for. There is no race in Finland for instance

  15. I wonder when the last time the top 4 drivers on the grid all failed to score points?

    1. When is the last time that the start positions of the podium finishers totalled as high as 28?

      Also, the average starting position of the top 5 finishers was 11th!

      1. Hungary 2006 had a podium where the driver’s start positions equalled 28 (Button 14th, de la Rosa 4th and Heidfeld 10th.

    2. yes it the grid seemed to completely reverse…

    3. That would be the 2005 USA GP, the Bridgestone GP: Trulli on pole, from Raikkonen, Button, Fisichella and then Schumacher in fifth.

    4. In the infamous 2005 United States Grand Prix, top 4 of the grid was along the drivers who didn’t start. Schumacher qualified 5th, Barrichello 7th while the Jordans and the Minardis were filling positions from 17th to 20th. Before that the previous such race was Monaco 1996, where Schumacher, Hill, Alesi and Berger all retired in different parts of the race.

      1. Something related to that: the drivers who were running in the top 4 in the early laps (Vettel, Grosjean, Hamilton, Kobayashi) all failed to finish (although Hamilton was still classified). I’m pretty sure the last time that something like this happened was Canada 2005 (when Fisichella, Alonso, Button and Montoya were the early top 4, with eventual winner Raikkonen in 5th). Similar things must have happened in eras of lesser reliability.

  16. none of the points scorers lost a position over the race. they all gained at least one position (apart from Rosberg who started and finished in 6th.)

    someone tell me when the last time this happened?

  17. It was first time since 2008 Brazilian GP since the driver won his home race. The longest such streak is between 1958 (won by Peter Collins) and 1962 British GPs (won by Jim Clark). Besides these two, the other time as there has been three years between two wins, is gap between 1995 European GP (Nürburgring, won by Schumacher) and 1999 British GP (won by Coulthard).

    But then, nowadays we have a lot more races with no driver having home race. Since that Brazilian race, all Malaysian, Chinese, Bahrain, Monaco, Turkish, Canadian, Hungarian, Belgian, Singapore, Korean and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix’s have been held without a local driver with the exception of last year’s Belgian GP where Jerome d’Ambrosio was driving (and no one was believing that he would win).

  18. Geat result on a Sunday to be honest after Canada 2011…. Weber was mean though. He was trying to gain a position.

    Gotta love Kimi when he went for the Champagne rightaway… he doesn’t miss a beat

    1. @icemangrins I think Webber was just alert. It’s natural to assume that one driver is going faster than you when he shouldn’t be if his DRS is open.

  19. So we’re not really comparing apples with apples here. Nonetheless, Alonso’s consistency is highly impressive, and the cornerstone of his championship bid.

    Most definitely, considering the dominance of the F2001/F2002/F2003 GA compared to its competitors; the 150° Italia was only the 3rd fastest car last year and the balance in this year’s performances shift the most merit to Alonso, in my opinion.

    1. @fixy I think you’re right. Alonso has more to work against certainly, though Ferrari are improving quite well.

  20. Now how’s that for a stat:
    Never before have the podium finishers alone generated as much stats as in this race!!!!

    1. Aditya Banerjee (@)
      26th June 2012, 7:06

      LOL +1

  21. I believe the last time that 2 drivers who started the race outside the top 10 both ended up on the podium was Japan 2005 (Raikkonen went 17th to 1st, Alonso went 16th to 3rd).

    Schumacher’s span of podium finishes is now over 20 years (easily a record), and indeed 2 of the drivers on the podium (Schumacher and Raikkonen) both scored their first podium over 10 years ago (I’m guessing some of the Schumacher-Barrichello podiums would be the previous instances of this).

  22. 6 different winners in the last six races, first time that’s happened since 2012…we’re still on a good run.

    Also, I wonder how many front wings Williams have broken this season? Must be near a record now.

    1. Umm that’d be 7 winners in 8 races, future boy…

      1. I think you’ll find bullfrog’s statistic simple enough to check Gridl0k, it is indeed 6 winners in 6 races which is probably a rather overlooked fact! If Grosjean (or Perez etc) can win at Silverstone we’re back on a 7 in 7 winning streak (though that’s not as special since the previous 7 in 7 was a record for the first 7 races of a season, not for an overall run of races).

        I think the most important point is that, as @bullfrog say’s

        we’re still on a good run

  23. It’s now getting weird that we still haven’t ever had Alonso, Vettel and Hamilton together on the podium.

    1. is that true?

      1. Wow. I think so.

      2. It is true.

  24. I love Schumacher’s pic being framed in the champagne

  25. themagicofspeed (@)
    25th June 2012, 22:41

    On Schumacher being the oldest podium finisher –
    You know what, good for him. It goes some way to shutting up his doubters, indeed on here in the past i have heard some folks say he should be moved aside for a younger driver etc etc. Congratulations to him. I think we can all agree he is no longer the lean mean championship winning machine he used to be in his prime but for a 44 year old to be as fit as he is, still able to drive a Formula One car and stick it on pole (a la Monaco, let’s not forget he was technically the pole sitter) and mix it with the best drivers of a generation, i feel is something to celebrate. From the moment i saw him promoted to third with only a few laps left, and with my favourite driver set for victory, I started celebrating early :)

    1. Drop Valencia!
      9th July 2012, 15:05

      He’s not the oldest podium getter, but I like your sentiments.

  26. Not sure if anyone’s mentioned it yet but by finishing on the podium Schumacher pushes up the record for number of podium finishes to 156. It’s testament to Schumacher’s first career that almost anything he achieves in this comeback breaks the highest records in the entire history of F1.

  27. The driver who finished 3rd is, at Ferrari, the predecessor of the winner’s predecessor, who finished 2nd! And there’s another team that all 3 podium finishers has driven for: Toleman(well, sort of)!

  28. I thought the fact schumacher made a comeback was both ballsy and a testament to his love of competition as he could have easily rested on his laurels, but he took the chance knowing it would likely mess up his stats and he still wanted to do it. Good on him for getting back up there this year, i think hes the best of all time and in his current form theres no reason why he couldnt go another few years. With a little luck on his side I could see him winning an eighth wdc

  29. Vettel,Alonso and Hamilton
    everytime one of them started from 5º,
    wiom the race

  30. I don’t think I’ve seen this one anywhere: Schumacher has now had podium finishes in world championship events in three different decades (1990s, 2000s, and 2010s). The only other drivers I’ve found who have accomplished this feat are Riccardo Patrese (1970s, 1980s, and 1990s), Jack Brabham (1950s, 1960s, and 1970s), and Bruce McLaren (1950s, 1960s, and 1970s).

    Nelson Piquet almost made the list with podium finishes in the 1980s and 1990s, but his only podium finish in the 1970s was at the 1979 Race of Champions, a non-championship event.

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