Lotus take 80th Grand Prix win after 25 years

2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix stats and facts

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Kimi Raikkonen became a Grand Prix winner again in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The inaugural race at the track was the scene of his first ‘retirement’ from the sport in 2009.

This was Raikkonen’s 19th career win, which puts him one short of Mika Hakkinen, the most successful F1 driver Finland has produced. It was also his 15th consecutive points finish.

Raikkonen has only started 23 races since his last victory, at Spa-Francorchamps in 2009, but three years and 66 days have passed since then.

This is the 13th-longest interval between consecutive wins for a Grand Prix driver, the longest being Riccardo Patrese’s six-and-a-half years between winning the 1983 South African Grand Prix and 1990 San Marino Grand Prix.

This was the 80th Grand Prix win for Lotus, and the first not scored by the original Lotus team. Their last win was over 25 years ago, when Ayrton Senna won the 1987 Detroit Grand Prix (pictured) in a Lotus-Honda 99T.

The current Lotus team has had several identities, beginning with Toleman and later Benetton. Its last win came in the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji, when it was branded Renault.

Six different teams have now won races in 2012: McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull, Williams and Lotus. The last time this happened was in 1983, when Ferrari, McLaren and Williams were also winners, along with Brabham, Renault and Tyrrell.

Vettel’s recovery drive

Sebastian Vettel’s climb from starting in the pits to finishing on the podium was a remarkable feat.

Exactly how many places he gained is open to debate. The FIA’s official grid lists 23 cars with Vettel’s starting from the pit lane, hence 24th. But Pedro de la Rosa was pushed into the pits when the formation lap began after his team failed to get him away in time.

If we consider Vettel’s original starting place of 24th as his official grid position, his third-place finish equals the best anyone has achieved from there. Emerson Fittipaldi started 24th and finished third in the 1980 United States Grand Prix West at Long Beach, thanks in part to 14 of his rivals retiring.

Curiously three years later the same track saw a one-two for McLaren’s drivers, both of which made up 21 places. John Watson won from 22nd ahead of Niki Lauda, who started 23rd.

A gain of 21 positions is among the highest seen in a world championship race. The highest was Jim Rathmann’s second-placed finish in the 1957 Indianapolis 500 from 32nd on the grid, gaining 30 places. Ignoring the Indianapolis 500 (which was never run to F1 rules), the next-highest gain of places was 26.

This was achieved by Roberto Mieres in the 1954 British Grand Prix, climbing from 32nd on the grid to sixth in his Maserati. In the same race Onofre Marimon, also in a Maserati, climbed 25 places to finish third. Mieres’ feat would be impossible to repeat even if F1 grids returned to their current maximum of 26.

Vettel’s damage limitation means he can win his third world championship in his 100th start in the United States Grand Prix next week.

He also chalked up his 14th fastest lap, which gives him as many as Felipe Massa and Mark Webber. He is now certain to end the year with more fastest laps than any other driver.

McLaren milestones

Lewis Hamilton claimed the 25th pole position of his F1 career. Only eight drivers in F1 history have managed more.

This was also the 75th pole position McLaren have scored with Mercedes power, accounting for almost half of their 154 poles to date.

McLaren have now led over 50,000km of all laps raced in F1. Unsurprisingly, the only team they are behind is Ferrari, who have logged 70,549km in the lead compared to McLaren’s 50,051km.

However McLaren finally passed Ferrari’s record for finishing in the points for 55 consecutive races. This was their 56th in a row.

McLaren’s current run began at the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix: the first race with their current driver line-up of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, and also the first race at which points were available down to tenth place. Ferrari’s 55-race streak lasted from the 1999 to 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix, and therefore mostly came in races where points were scored down to sixth place.

Prior to this race Button had finished third in every Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He came within four laps of doing so again.

Britain’s 156th F1 driver

Max Chilton made his debut in an F1 race weekend when he drove for Marussia in the first practice session. By doing so he became the 156th British driver to participate in an event which counted towards the world championship. Only the USA has more, with 157.

A large number of those only made starts in the Indianapolis 500 during the years when it counted towards the world championship. One exception was John Fitch, who raced in the 1953 and 1955 Italian Grands Prix, and passed away earlier this week at the age of 95.

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134 comments on “Lotus take 80th Grand Prix win after 25 years”

  1. Six different teams have now won races in 2012: McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull, Williams and Lotus. The last time this happened was in 1983, when Ferrari, McLaren and Williams were also winners, along with Brabham, Renault and Tyrrell.

    One could argue that the 2012 Grand Prix winner Mercedes was the 1983 winner Tyrrell, in a way. ;)

    Oh, and Wikipedia has the 1958-1994 Team Lotus wins as a seperate entry on the all-time winning constructors’ list — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Formula_One_Grand_Prix_winners_(constructors) — which doesn’t correspond with the way they handled Sauber/BMW Sauber’s single win, though.

    1. @lustigson You mean to say Wikipedia has glaring errors and massive contradictions?

      Dog bites man, film at eleven.

      1. I do prefer that way of looking at it though. I like Team Enstone, but hate the silly branding exercise they’ve become embroiled in, so thinking of this as Lotus’ 80th win feels wrong.

        1. I think the name of the entrant is important, as you rightly say. But what about Caterham who entered last year as Team Lotus? Does it count as a seaon by the erstwhile Team Lotus.

          1. Yes; Tony Fernandes bought the right to use the Team Lotus name from david Hunt, and they were based just 10 mins from the old Lotus f1 team location.

          2. @xjr15jaaag Somehow wikipedia doesn’t seem to agree.

          3. But Wikipedia isn’t exactly a reputable source of information; anyone can ho and edit any page, no matter how infactual.

      2. Yeah, yeah. ;-p

      3. @keithcollantine – The contradiction (if it can be called that) came about because the editors could not make the case for crediting Lotus F1’s results to Team Lotus. The implication was that Lotus F1 could somehow claim credit for results achieved by a team that they had no direct connection to outside the name, and it was felt that this was misleading.

    2. Well, you can always correct it, @lustigson.

      1. @aseixas That’s actually a great idea!

      2. @aseixas – Actually, the decision to split them up was made consciously and intentionally. If you want to change it, you will need to seek consensus from the other editors first.

        1. Yes, one should always check the talk pages.

    3. Claire Turner
      5th November 2012, 14:32

      The chassis of the E20 car is LOTUS. So I say well done to Kimi xx and to Lotus!

      1. This is totally wrong to add this win to the wins of the original Lotus team. Otherwise you might as well just add all the Beneton and Renault wins to those of Lotus and they’d be up there with McLaren, Ferrari and Williams as the highest winning teams of all time.

        The name of the team has nothing to do with it – its all to do with the DNA of the team – its base, its personnel, its ownership.

        1. In the world of capitalism, only ownership counted.

          1. Well if only ownership counted then this Lotus definitely has nothing to do with the original Lotus.

            If only the name of the team counted we’d have stupid things like a team calling itself Tyrrell or BRM or whatever and claiming all their previous results for themselves.

    4. I think this Lotus situation is a case of:

  2. I find it ironic that McLaren beats Ferrari’s record of consecutive finishes – a record of consistency – in a race where they retire from the lead. It would be a fitting end to the Hamilton – Button partnership if they managed to extend that streak with exactly two more races.

    1. Prediction: Button and Perez retire from 2013 Australian Grand Prix ;)

  3. Teammate Rivalry: With 2 races remaining this season, Button is leading Hamilton by 5 points, 637 to 632 in the three years they spent as team mates. Hamilton has 3 wins each season, while Button has done 2 less (2-3-2).

    1. Hamilton should be miles ahead like Vettel is with Webber (who i think is better then button). but hamilton has proved to not have consitency like Vettel. mechanical retirements aside this year, he has not made the best of a fast car in the way Vettel has, and each year goes throught a patch of driver errors. In the past few years, Hamilton has often been the first on the radio saying “tyres are gone”, he is not anywhere near as fast as Vettel over a race distance – i think a lot down to his non understanding of how to make tyres last, hence why button, a “slower” driver is equal to hamilton in points scored. Hamilton is the next Villeneuve when he moves to Mercedes, especially with their record of tyre wear… he will fit right in!

      1. Well, you say “mechanical failures aside”, but they do account for a lot of points. Hamilton has suffered more with these than Button, especially this year and in 2010, which has skewed the point stats against him. I also don’t think he’s made many errors himself this season, though over the last 2 years, I’m not sure he’s consistently maximised his car as much as Alonso or Vettel.

        Finally, Hamilton is too good to be the next Jacques Villeneuve. I’m sure he’ll make it work and preserve his image as a top racer, even if the car isn’t up to scratch.

      2. @Canberra – Your comment is a load of nonsense. It is not an exaggeration to say that this season Hamilton has lost at a conservative estimate at least 100 points through no fault of his own.

        1. Retirement Count Since 2010:
          Hamilton-2010 Spain, 2010 Italy, 2010 Singapore, 2011 Canada,
          2011 Belgium, 2011 Brazil, 2012 Germany, 2012 Belgium, 2012 Singapore,
          2012 Abu Dhabi = 10 retirements
          Button-2010 Monaco, 2010 Belgium, 2011 Britain, 2011 Germany,
          2012 Bahrain, 2012 Italy, 2012 Korea = 7 retirements

          1. Yes, but not a single one of Button’s retirements was his fault. You could argue Hamilton’s retirements in Spain 2010, Italy 2010, Singapore 2010, Canada 2011 and Belgium 2011 were due to driver error, which means means Hamilton has had less overall forced retirements, but more this year.

  4. This is again going to raise the ridulousness of Lotus vs Lotus through no fault of Keith’s. As I understand it now, the team currently called Lotus are now branding themselves as “Team Enstone”, and their website says as much in the history section. Keith correctly points this out in the second last paragraph of the frist section as well.

    But this still doesn’t help the fact that the use of the Lotus name still confuses a lot of people who think that the current team is claiming two sets of heritage (Team Lotus 1958 – 1994 and Toleman/Benetton/Renault/Lotus Renault GP 1981-2011).

    1. I’ve probably been among the most vocal about this, but actually Keith’s article above is quite balanced (headline aside) in pointing out that the win is not by the original Lotus team, and that if you trace the lineage of the Enstone team back, then their last win was in 2008 as Renault.

      I tend to go with the Enstone history, as it makes more sense to me and that appears to be how the team identify themselves, but there’s not really a right or wrong answer, and no matter how you choose to interpret it, someone is going to disagree with you.

      What it does highlight is that team names shouldn’t just be badges you can buy up and slap on your car. It makes a mockery of the history of the sport.

      1. I agree and I’d much rather teams came up with their own names and tried to create their own history, although I appreciate that buying or adopting the name of a former team does make an awful lot of sense from a marketing perspective as many casual fans just see the name and don’t know about the history.

        I’d bet that few people (other than F1fanatics) would know who or what HRT was or would think it was a reference to hormone replacement therapy rather than an F1 team.

      2. Claire Turner
        5th November 2012, 14:35

        The chassis of the E20 car is LOTUS. So I say well done to Kimi xx and to Lotus!

      3. Agreed…. Keith has phrased it in a very helpful way that highlights the issue but reflects the different ways of looking at it.

    2. @geemac

      the team currently called Lotus are now branding themselves as “Team Enstone”, and their website says as much in the history section

      Indeed, but where it counts they’re still using the name ‘Lotus’:


      1. Ah yes, but “Lotus F1 Team” and Chapman’s “Team Lotus” are very different as has been discussed ad nauseam! ;)

        They have handled this issue much better this year, probably because they don’t have another Lotus at the back of the grid. They seem to be very proudle Team Enstone and I hope the madness of Lotus v Lotus will eventually be forgotten.

        1. Yes they are, but they are both constructors called Lotus. The modern Mercedes (née BAR) are a very different team to the original Silver Arrows, but they didn’t win for the first time in 2012.

          1. Oh dear, this is the sort of debate I really didn’t want to start! It’s all so tedious!

          2. Mercedes have a manufacturer link from the old team to the new though, current Lotus has nothing to do with old Lotus, they’re not even involved with the company any more.

          3. There is a direct line between the current Mercedes team and the original silver arrows. They are both works teams for the same motor company…. in that case the link is the direct lineage of the teams ownership.

            That doesn’t apply to the team currently called Lotus.

          4. ..and how about Lotus motor company? Lol

  5. Still no Alo-Ham-Vet podium….Should be on for the Americas though….

    1. And for the sake of a close championship, the order you put them in would be nice.

      1. yup…will be evens going to Interlagos, how awesome that would be!!!

  6. Kimi Raikkonen joins quite an exclusive club consisting of Mansell, Prost, Lauda, Andretti and Fangio, as drivers to win a race in Formula 1 before and after a sabbatical.

    Kimi Raikkonen:
    2001-2009, 18 wins;
    2012-presant, 1 win.

    Nigel Mansell:
    1980-1992, 30 wins;
    1994-1995, 1 win.

    Alain Prost:
    1980-1991; 44 wins;
    1993; 7 wins.

    Niki Lauda:
    1971-1979, 17 wins;
    1982-1985, 8 wins.

    Mario Andretti:
    1968-1972, 1 win;
    1974-1982, 11 wins.

    Juan Manuel Fangio:
    1950-1951, 6 wins;
    1953-1958, 18 wins.

    1. @Calum Nice one.

    2. Happy to be corrected here, but I thought Fangio in 1952 was injury rather than a sabbatical.
      Much of a muchness probably…

      1. Yes, he crashed and rolled a race car and suffered a broken neck.
        These guys all missed a season or two for various reasons, Fangio with that injury, Prost waiting on the Williams seat, ect – sabbatical just seemed the best word to use though to cover all the reasons! :)

    3. Ah, Mansell winning in Adelaide… the definition of an open goal :)

    4. Sorry to be pedantic. But how do you define a ‘sabbatical’? Kimi, Nigel, Alain, Niki were fairly straight-forward as they were absent from the entire season and not contracted to any team during their ‘sabbatical’ period.

      But Mario Andretti was racing in few races here and there till 1972. Do we consider every missed race as a sabbatical?
      And Fangio raced non-championship races in 1952 as well.

    5. Bob (@bobthevulcan)
      5th November 2012, 15:15

      Just realised that Lauda and Raikkonen both raced for 9 years of a decade (Kimi raced through the 2000s, Lauda through the 1970s) before taking a sabbatical, and returning 2 years later. If their careers continue to mirror each other, I see a comeback championship in the cards for Kimi… (wishful thinking is a wonderful thing)

  7. Here are some statistics about Räikkönen’s victory:

    – Räikkönen has now won with three different teams (McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus). Of the current drivers, only Alonso (Renault, McLaren, Ferrari) and Button (Honda, Brawn, McLaren) have managed to do the same (even though Honda and Brawn were basically the same team). Before them, the last driver with the same achievement was Gerhard Berger, who last raced in 1997.

    – Räikkönen has now won on 7 different seasons. Of the current drivers, only Schumacher (15) and Alonso (8) have won on more seasons.

    – Räikkönen’s last victory was in Spa in 2009, 61 Grands Prix ago (however, he only started 23 of those). Last driver to have as many races between their two victories, was Rubens Barrichello between China 2004 and Europe 2009. There were 85 Grands Prix between those victories and he started every of them.

    – Räikkönen has now 19 victories and he’s only one victory away of reaching Mika Häkkinen (20) and becoming the Finn with most victories. It took Häkkinen 165 races to reach 20 victories, whereas Räikkönen has already attended 175 Grands Prix.

    – Räikkönen is the 6th Grand Prix winner to take a sabbatical (one or more seasons) and come back to win a Grand Prix. The others are Prost, Lauda, Fangio, Andretti and Mansell, of whom only Niki Lauda had two or more seasons long sabbatical.

    1. I personally wouldn’t count Button in this for the reason you have given.

      I also notice that Berger’s wins came with Benetton, Ferrari and McLaren which are essentially the same three teams as both Räikkönen and Alonso. Schumacher won with Benetton and Ferrari so clearly should have been negotiating a seat at McLaren for 2010 which would likely have given him the same statistic.

    2. This is actually a fairly rare occurence, I can only think of Prost (Renault, Mclaren, Ferrari, Williams), Piquet (Brabham, Williams, Benetton) and Lauda (Ferrari, Brabham, Mclaren) in the last 25 or so years to have done this apart from the ones you mentioned. Going back a bit further Fangio won with 4 teams, and Moss is the driver with the most wins for different teams I can think of with 5 (Mercedes, Maserati, Vanwall, Cooper and Lotus)

      1. Moss never drove for either the works Cooper or Lotus teams. He won races for the five different constructors you list (except he didn’t, because the constructors’ championship didn’t exist until 1958 so strictly he only really won races for Vanwall, Cooper and Lotus), but only for four different teams – Mercedes, Maserati, Vanwall and Rob Walker Racing.

  8. It’s a shame that those Indianapolis 500 events from the 1950’s blight the record books when really they were pretty much nothing to do with F1.

    1. @ajokay Worry not! This here is a spreadsheet with quite a few lists of records (wins, podiums, points converted to three different systems, Top 5/8/10, finishes, starts and retirements) that does not include Indy 500 drivers. :P

      1. Hm… that’s clearly not how it’s supposed to look. Let me try again.

        1. Nice stats. There is a mistake with Perez’s 15th place totals though.

  9. It was the 18th win ever achieved by car No. 9. Räikkönen scored the last 8 of them, since in 2005 he also drove the No. 9 car at McLaren.

    It’s the first time Alonso scored two 2nd places in a row since the 2006 Brazilian and the 2007 Australian GP.

    With 1 hour 45 minutes and 58.677 seconds, it was the longest race Raikkonen has ever won. It was 43 seconds longer than the Monaco GP in 2005, also won by the finn.

    No podium for McLaren for the 4th race in a row. It’s the longest absence for them since the first part of 2009.

    It was the 6th time Hamilton retired after getting pole. Also this season he has 4 retirements, more than in any of his previous seasons.

  10. Got this one from twitter: “Sebastian Vettel is the first person to ever suffer from a lack of fuel in the UAE”

    On the more serious note, it’s quite sad that now the magical number of 79 Lotus victories is erased from the history books :(

    1. and for the second week in a row I failed to find the time to look for genuine statistics

      1. @andae23 I’ve just been hunting through all these comments just to find your contribution to the stats :( how very rude!

        I look forward to your additions after every race, you should be Keith’s co-statistician

        1. @mcgregski yeah, sorry about that. Next race I will post a way too long list of stats again :)

    2. @andae23 hehe, that’s brilliant!

  11. In three of the four Abu Dhabi Grands Prix the driver starting from pole position retired after a technical issue.

  12. It’s the 3rd time this season where the drivers starting on the front row failed to reach the chequered flag. Interestingly, all three involve Lewis Hamilton.

    Trying to find out the last time that statistic happened ;)

    1. 2000 – It happened three times in Australia, Britain and Monaco. Brazil probably won’t count as Coulthard was disqualified having reached the chequered flag.

    2. Thrice? Lewis has had two – Singapore and Abu Dhabi. He started on the front row in Valencia, crashed but was classified.

      1. Classified =/= “reach the chequered flag” ;)

      2. Hence @brickles probably said “failed to reach the chequered flag”, not “was classified” :)

        1. Quite right @kaiie

          Hamilton was classified but not actually running at the end having had that collision with Maldonado.

  13. RIP John Fitch. I had no idea he’d passed away. I know little of his career unfortunately, but knew of him from his appearance on at least one BBC documentry (I believe it was the one about the 1955 Le Mans disaster).

    1. @matt90 That’s right – Fitch was due to take over the Mercedes of the ill-fated Pierre Levegh.

  14. all triple world championship occurred in years with different ending
    end 1-(1991) Senna
    end 2-(2012) Vettel or Alonso
    end 3 (1973) Stewart
    end 4 (1984) Lauda
    end 5 (1955) Fangio
    end 6 (1966) Brabham
    end 7 (1987) Piquet
    end 8 (2018) ?
    end 9 (1989) Prost

    1. What a fantastically bizarre stat.

    2. That’s a remarkable coincidence!

    3. Add 2000 for Michael Schumacher!

      And this means that we can have only one more triple champion :)

      1. sumedh yés
        i forgotten him

    4. end 8 (2018) ?

      Sergio Perez?

      1. Lewisham Milton
        5th November 2012, 16:15

        Or a very frustrated Alonso!

        1. Ouch! : )

        2. im a HUGE alonso fan but that is very funny. Comment of the day hands down!

    5. You forgot: End 0-(2000) Schumacher

    6. Very good!

    7. Holy mother land!! This is sooo bizarre it blows my mind!!!
      Now let me compile the whole thing just to be able to look at it.

      end 1 – (1991) Senna
      end 2 – (2012) Vettel or Alonso
      end 3 – (1973) Stewart
      end 4 – (1984) Lauda
      end 5 – (1955) Fangio
      end 6 – (1966) Brabham
      end 7 – (1987) Piquet
      end 8 – (2018) ?
      end 9 – (1989) Prost
      end 0 – (2000) Schumacher

      1. Reminds a lot of the moment when Ferrari had won ten WDCs

        2000 Schumacher
        1961 Hill
        1952 Ascari
        1953 Ascari
        1964 Surtees
        1975 Lauda
        1956 Fangio
        1977 Lauda
        1958 Hawthorn
        1979 Scheckter

        1. Maybe once you get the whole set you can start again:

          2001 Schumacher
          2002 Schumacher
          2003 Schumacher
          2004 Schumacher

          In which case Alonso would have to wait until at least 2015 to win another title for Ferrari or 2018 to complete the original system.

    8. Wow! That’s quite something.

  15. Τhe last win for the name ”Lotus” was two weeks before Vettel was born.

    1. That’s an amazing stat. Clearly the winning spirit in the team left and transferred into young Seb.

  16. Claire Turner
    5th November 2012, 14:41

    Kimi Raikkonen has finished every single lap of the 2012 season so far. Is he the only driver with this record?

    1. Claire Turner
      no driver has finished every single lap of the 2012 season so far.
      because no driver completed the last two laps in singapore

      1. Claire Turner
        5th November 2012, 16:05

        Erivaldo: Why not? What happened on the first two laps in Singapore. The only crash i recall was later in the race when Michael Schumacher ran into the back of one of the Toro Rosso cars. ??

        1. It depends how you define it. Singapore was scheduled to be 61 laps but the race was ended after 59 laps due to the 2 hour limit. Kimi finished all of the 59 laps but clearly no-one could complete all 61 laps since 2 of them never happened.

      2. @erivaldonin Well, several drivers did. In fact, I’m sure Vettel took the Victory on lap 59.

  17. Since his announcement Hamilton had several mechanical problems. That’s as interesting fact. I’m not saying it was on purpose.
    Whitmarsh must be smilling about the prospect that his boy might end the championship ahead of Lewis.

    1. No way would it be on purpose. Mclaren competed to win. They have a reputation to maintain and roadcars to sell, they wouldnt deliberately sabotage their own driver.

      However, it is a strange run of failures/poor luck. Simiarly, Perez hasnt scored since Singapore.

  18. I really thought Hamilton would’ve been able to achieve a Grand Chelem this weekend. He had pole, he said he was cruising yet still pulling a gap so most likely he wouldn’t have pitted first to lose the lead and i was really looking forward to see his pace on the hard tires, the car was absolutely the fastest on those during friday. Of course there were the safety cars but still I think he would’ve finished ahead by quite some margin and the potential was there for a first (?) Grand Chelem.

    1. Quite likely. Given that Kimi emerged ahead of Vettel, so would have Hamilton.

    2. @andrewf1 – I think Vettel may have spoiled it anyway; he set the fastest lap as soon as he was in clear air ahead of Button. I guess we’ll never know though…

  19. Vettel’s already won the DHL fastest lap championship, now can he win the drivers championship? I know which one he’d rather win anyway!

    1. Clearly the DHL fastest lap championship means much more to him.

    2. Vettel is 21st in the all-time fastest lap record list… he’s really not that great at fastest laps.

      He is equal with Webber and Massa, and still has a way to go to overtake the likes of even Coulthard, Barrichello, Damon Hill, Alonso, Raikkonen (who has 37 to Vettel’s 14)…

      Many of them have a higher hit rate than Vettel as well despite him having been in a dominant car.

      1. @malarkey – Even Senna only managed 19.

        1. Yep… his fastest lap hit rate was pretty low…

          RAI has a big advantage over ALO and VET in the fastest lap records…. a high hit rate for fastest laps… and he shows every sign of increasing his fastest lap total.

  20. I don’t know if this is a stat but Vettel finished third as well, the last time Kimi won a race.

    1. And the driver in 2nd was Kimi’s teammate 2 weeks later.

      1. so what u saying alonso’s going back to renault(lotus) or kimi to ferrari ;)

        1. I guess so! :)

  21. If it was not for the total mess ups of Mclaren this year, for the car they had and for the motivation/momentum of Lewis, He should have been champion by Abudhabi. Poor guy. Last year it was those bizarre incidents with Massa et all. This year he was all set and the team let him down. I mean the team really let him down.

    If Perez does not deliver for Mclaren they will enter a vacuum zone. Jenson is not their long term prospect given his age. They need a young champion winner who can be their poster boy. I truly hope Perez proves Luca wrong otherwise he will just fade out like Heikki kovelinen.

  22. 5 consecutive victories for Renault engines, what’s the last time that happened?

    1. For Renault specifically – probably during the 90s heyday with Williams.

      For all engines Ferarri would have done so quite a few times in 2000-2004

    2. @enigma

      1996 between Canada and Hungary when they were supplying Williams. They also scored five in a row at the beginning between Australia and San Marino.

      1. The five in a row at the beginning was actually the continuation of 11 from the previous season, so that’ll be 16 consecutive wins for Renault engines.

      2. Thanks – it’s been a long time since they’ve had two teams capable of winning!

  23. I heard that Pastor Maldonado avoided becoming the first ever Grand Prix winner in history to win a race and not have another top-five finish to his name in the same season.

    1. I believe Fisichella did this in 2003.

      1. Jean Pierre Jabouille scored one victory and no other points in 1979 and 1980

  24. 3rd time this year that a traditionally rubbish track has produced a good race (after the 2 in Spain).

    Vettel’s climb is the biggest climb since Christian Danner went from 26th to 4th in USA 1989.

    The last 2 Hamilton poles have seen him lead 19 laps before breaking down.

    3 penalties in 1 weekend for Perez (pit lane speeding in practice, reprimand for blocking in qualifying, stop-go in race).

    Red Bull’s first non-mechanical DNF this season – only Caterham and Marussia haven’t had one in 2012.

    Webber’s first non-classified finish since Italy 2011.

    And 2012 really seems to be becoming 2009 in reverse – in 2009 one driver (in this case Button) started the season with 1-1-3-1-1-1-1, then the rest of the season was more evenly matched with no driver scoring back-to-back wins. In 2012 the season was quite closely fought (with no driver scoring back-to-back wins) until the final 7 races, in which it looks as though Vettel will manage 1-1-1-1-3-1-1.

    1. That last stat… if it turns out to be truns my mind will be blown. Although I think Hami will put the spanner in the works for Seb and win the last 2.

    2. That would be something. Several said, myself included, that if Button won 6 of the last 7 races of the seasion it would be one of the greatest title wins in history. Let’s see what happens, but I hope Alonso has something to say about this!

  25. This article shows one of the most convincing arguments of what’s wrong with current F1 cars: look at that Marussia!

    1. @verstappen Yeah I hate the disparity between the front and rear wing widths at the moment, it looks so ugly. They are going to make the front wings a bit narrower but they need to do something about the rear wings too.

  26. Not sure about this one, but is not it the first race of 2012 where every classified driver finished in the lead lap?

    1. @nirupam
      the last time it happened was in Monaco 2010

  27. Hey, we all missed the most important stat of the weekend:

    First time in HRT’s history when their car finished in the same lap with the winner, thanks to de la Rosa (and the Safety Cars).

  28. This was the sweariest podium since James Hunt retired.

    1. Absolutely right!:D

  29. I would be interested to know how many F1 fans actually class the Lotus F1/Team Enstone as Classic Team Lotus and if anyone includes Caterham in with them.

    For me Team Lotus finished in 1994, what has happened in recent years with Caterham and Team Enstone is just a mess all round.

    The current Lotus F1 team seem to identify themselves with Enstone, for example the three stars on the car for the three WDC, rather than with Team Lotus and I think if they could change their name with no penalty they probably would.

  30. I’ve just noticed that even though Kimi has been a strong championship contender in recent races, ironically now he is now out of the race as a contender for the championship on the weekend of his long awaited first win since his comeback.

  31. first time since 2003 we’ve had 8 different drivers winning races.

    2003: coulthard, raikkonen, fisichella, m schumacher, montoya, r schumacher, barrichello, alonso
    2012: button, alonso, rosberg, vettel, maldonado, webber, hamilton, raikkonen

    the record stands at 11 in 1982 and cannot be broken this year since there are only two races left!

  32. the last 8 years were 8 different vice champions that will not happen this year.

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