Fernando Alonso’s German Grand Prix victory made him the fifth driver in F1 history to reach 30 race wins.
Here are the other four drivers who have done so, and how many races it took them to reach the milestone:
|Michael Schumacher||1998 French Grand Prix||110|
|Ayrton Senna||1991 Monaco Grand Prix||115|
|Alain Prost||1988 Monaco Grand Prix||126|
|Nigel Mansell||1992 Portuguese Grand Prix||183|
|Fernando Alonso||2012 German Grand Prix||188|
Alonso also started from the 22nd pole position of his career, giving him one more than Lewis Hamilton.
He continues to edge closer to Schumacher’s record for consecutive points finishes, needing just two more to tie on 24. More on that here.
It was Alonso’s third win at the Hockenheimring, adding to his 2005 and 2010 victories. Only Schumacher has won more times at this track, with four victories in 1995, 2002, 2004 and 2006. The first of those was on the track’s previous high-speed configuration.
Lewis Hamilton’s 100th race
Hamilton did not get the result he was hoping for in his 100th race start. For only the 12th time in his career he was not classified, having pulled off with deteriorating handling, a legacy of his puncture on lap two.
Hamilton has claimed pole position in over a fifth of the races he has started (21), set 11 fastest laps and won 18 times. Here are his top ten placings in his first 100 races:
It was Heikki Kovalainen’s 100th appearance at an F1 race weekend but not his 100th start: he failed to start the Spanish Grand Prix in 2010 due to a gearbox problem on his Lotus.
Schumacher’s first fastest lap since comeback
Michael Schumacher set the fastest lap of the race. This was the first time he had done so since his return to the sport – his last came in his final race for Ferrari at Interlagos in 2006.
He already holds the record for most fastest laps. This was his 77th, increasing his lead over Prost to 36.
Schumacher is the oldest driver to set the fastest lap in a race since Jack Brabham 42 years ago. Only six drivers have set fastest lap at an older age than Schumacher:
|Juan Manuel Fangio||1958 Argentinian Grand Prix||46 years, 209 days|
|Piero Taruffi||1952 Swiss Grand Prix||45 years, 219 days|
|Giuseppe Farina||1951 Italian Grand Prix||44 years, 321 days|
|Jack Brabham||1970 British Grand Prix||44 years, 107 days|
|Luigi Villoresi||1953 Dutch Grand Prix||44 years, 22 days|
|Karl Kling||1954 German Grand Prix||43 years, 319 days|
|Michael Schumacher||2012 German Grand Prix||43 years, 201 days|
More German Grand Prix stats and facts
Kamui Kobayashi inherited his best career finish to date following Sebastian Vettel’s penalty, which moved the Sauber driver up to fourth.
Team mate Sergio Perez scored points for the third time in the last four races despite not having started any of them higher than 15th.
It was Mark Webber’s 100th race with Red Bull, who he joined in 2007. He also started 34 races for the team in 2003 and 2004 when they were Jaguar. Webber has made 186 starts so far and should pass his 200th next year with Red Bull, who he recently signed a contract extension with.
Jenson Button qualified ahead of Lewis Hamilton for the first time this year. He had started in front of him in previous races due to penalties.
McLaren were the fastest team in the pits for the third race in a row. They changed Button’s tyres in 2.31 seconds during his final stop, a new record.
Romain Grosjean equalled his worst starting position with 19th. He started their twice during his first F1 races with Renault, at Spa-Francorchamps and Yas Marina during the 2009 season.
Review the year so far in statistics here:
- 2012 F1 championship points
- 2012 F1 season records
- 2012 F1 race data
- 2012 F1 qualifying data
- 2012 F1 retirements and penalties
- 2012 F1 strategy and pit stops
- 2012 F1 driver form guides
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