Fernando Alonso’s Spanish Grand Prix win was his third victory on home ground.
He previously won the 2006 Spanish Grand Prix at the same track and the 2012 European Grand Prix in Valencia.
Only five drivers have scored more home victories than Alonso has. Here’s a complete list of the 43 drivers who won a round of the world championship at home:
|Nigel Mansell||Great Britain||5|
|Jim Clark||Great Britain||5|
|Juan Manuel Fangio||Argentina||4|
|Jackie Stewart||Great Britain||2|
|Stirling Moss||Great Britain||2|
|David Coulthard||Great Britain||2|
|Bill Vukovich||United States||2|
|Damon Hill||Great Britain||1|
|Lewis Hamilton||Great Britain||1|
|Mario Andretti||United States||1|
|James Hunt||Great Britain||1|
|Jody Scheckter||South Africa||1|
|Tony Brooks||Great Britain||1|
|John Watson||Great Britain||1|
|Peter Collins||Great Britain||1|
|Johnny Herbert||Great Britain||1|
|Rodger Ward||United States||1|
|Jim Rathmann||United States||1|
|Elio de Angelis||Italy||1|
|Johnnie Parsons||United States||1|
|Lee Wallard||United States||1|
|Troy Ruttman||United States||1|
|Bob Sweikert||United States||1|
|Pat Flaherty||United States||1|
|San Hanks||United States||1|
|Jimmy Bryan||United States||1|
Of the other drivers on the grid today Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg and Pastor Maldonado have all won races but not at home.
Vettel and Button are also among the group of world champions who have never won their home races. They include Mika Hakkinen, Kimi Raikkonen, Graham Hill, Jack Brabham, Alan Jones, Jacques Villeneuve, John Surtees, Jochen Rindt and Keke Rosberg. Some of those – notably the three Finnish champions – never had a home race to win.
Britain has had the most home race winners. The United States is next with 12, though 11 of those came when the Indianapolis 500 counted towards the world championship from 1950 to 1960:
|Country||Home race wins|
Alonso also became the first driver to win the Spanish Grand Prix without starting on the front row since Schumacher in the rain-hit 1996 race.
Alonso scored his 32nd career win in yesterday’s race. This means he has scored more F1 victories than any driver bar Schumacher, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. See here for more:
Nico Rosberg scored the third pole position of his career. That gives him as many as Jose Froilan Gonzalez, Tony Brooks, Dan Gurney, Jean-Pierre Jarier, Jody Scheckter, Elio de Angelis and Teo Fabi. It was also the sixth time Mercedes occupied the first two places on the grid.
Esteban Gutierrez led a race for the first time in his career. He is the third Mexican driver to do so, joining Pedro Rodriguez and Sergio Perez.
He is the 12th different driver to lead a lap this year. There were 13 different leaders during the whole of last season.
Gutierrez also went on to set fastest lap for the first time in his career. He is the 125th different driver to do so and, again, Rodriguez and Perez the only other Mexican drivers to have done so.
The only other driver to have set fastest lap in an F1 race without having scored a point is Brian Henton, who set the fastest lap in the 1982 British Grand Prix for Tyrrell at Brands Hatch. Henton finished the race eighth but points were only awarded to the top six.
Kimi Raikkonen finished in the points for the 22nd race in a row, which puts him within striking range of the all-time record.
The record for most consecutive points finishes stands at 24. It was set by Michael Schumacher between the 2001 Hungarian and 2003 Malaysian Grands Prix. For most of this time points were only awarded to the top six.
Last year Fernando Alonso’s run of 23 consecutive points finishes ended when he was eliminated in a first-corner crash at the Belgian Grand Prix.
McLaren also extended their streak of points-scoring results to 63, which is already a record.
Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean failed to score for the first time this year, leaving Vettel and Raikkonen as the only drivers to have scored in every race.
Review the year so far in statistics here:
- 2013 F1 championship points
- 2013 F1 season records
- 2013 F1 race data
- 2013 F1 qualifying data
- 2013 F1 retirements and penalties
- 2013 F1 strategy and pit stops
- 2013 F1 driver form guides
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