Vettel closes on clean sweep after first home win

2013 German Grand Prix stats and facts

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Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2013Sebastian Vettel, who turned 26 last week, has achieved an awful lot in his F1 career to date.

Before his latest triumph he was already a three-times world champion with the third-highest number of pole positions and the sixth-largest haul of victories.

But there was one especially prized accomplishment left for him to claim: a victory in his home race. On Sunday he finally achieved it, scoring his 30th grand prix victory on home ground at the Nurburgring.

Of Germany’s two F1 tracks, the Nurburgring is the farthest from Vettel’s home town of Heppenheim which lies 200km to the south-east. He only gets to compete at the Hockenheimring, 40km south of Heppenheim, every other year.

There are 43 other drivers who have scored victories on home ground including Fernando Alonso (three including one European Grand Prix), Felipe Massa (two) and Lewis Hamilton (one).

As there are no Hungarian, Belgian, Italian, Singaporean, South Korean, Japanese, Indian, Emirati or American drivers in F1, there won’t be another chance of a home winner until Massa arrives at Interlagos for the last race of the season.

Vettel has now won every Grand Prix on the calendar at least once with the exception of the next round, the Hungarian Grand Prix, and the United States Grand Prix which he has only started twice. Here’s how F1′s other current drivers who have won ten or more races compare, plus Michael Schumacher’s record for reference.

1Australian Grand Prix111234
2Malaysian Grand Prix33213
3Chinese Grand Prix122111
4Bahrain Grand Prix23121
5Spanish Grand Prix122116
6Monaco Grand Prix121115
7Canadian Grand Prix113117
8British Grand Prix12113
9German Grand Prix1324
10Hungarian Grand Prix13124
11Belgian Grand Prix114116
12Italian Grand Prix2215
13Singapore Grand Prix221
14Korean Grand Prix21
15Japanese Grand Prix321116
16Indian Grand Prix2
17Abu Dhabi Grand Prix211
18United States Grand Prix25
19Brazilian Grand Prix11124

It took Vettel 110 starts to rack up 30 wins. Only Michael Schumacher got there more quickly – it took him 109 starts. Ayrton Senna took 114, Alain Prost 124, Nigel Mansell 179 and Alonso 186.

In the all-time winners list, Vettel needs one more to catch Mansell and is two behind Alonso. Vettel also matched Hamilton’s podiums tally of 52.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Nurburgring, 2013Hamilton started from the 29th pole position of his career. That moves him up to seventh on the all-time list, tied with Juan Manuel Fangio.

Hamilton’s pole position time of 1’29.398 was the fastest seen at the current version of the Nurburgring since 2004, when Takuma Sato lapped in 1’27.691.

It was the 15th pole position for Mercedes, meaning they now have as many as Benetton. Seven other teams have scored more pole positions and Mercedes need another 24 to catch the next one: Brabham.

Despite starting from pole Hamilton did not spend a single lap in the lead or second place. It was the first time since the Indian Grand Prix 11 races ago that no Mercedes-engined car led a lap.

Three different drivers have been on pole so far this year – Vettel, Rosberg and Hamilton – and each have done so three times.

Hamilton has not converted any of them into wins, while Nico Rosberg has won twice for Mercedes. But Hamilton leads his team mate by other measures: he’s scored more points, qualified and finished ahead more times and spent 245 laps in front of his team mate compared to Rosberg’s 240.

The race’s fastest lap went to Alonso – the 20th of his career, putting him 11th on the all-time list. One more will move him into the top ten.

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Nurburgring, 2013Romain Grosjean led a race for this first time this year, becoming the 13th different driver to do so, matching last year’s tally. The last season which saw more lap leaders was 2008, when there were 15.

Later on in the race Grosjean was instructed to let team mate Kimi Raikkonen past so the other Lotus could chase down Vettel. They finished in that order, thereby replicating the events and outcome of last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

The drivers who are yet to lead a lap this year are those from Williams, Toro Rosso, Caterham and Marussias – and McLaren’s Sergio Perez.

Vettel has now led more than twice as many laps as any other driver this year with 230. Nico Rosberg is next with 104.

The unlucky Jean-Eric Vergne posted his fourth retirement due to technical problems of the season so far – two more than any other drivers has had. He has completed the least racing laps so far this year: 442 out of a possible 553.

Finally, Raikkonen extended his record streak of points finishes to 26 consecutive starts and counting.

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146 comments on “Vettel closes on clean sweep after first home win”

  1. Vettel is ridiculously good. It’s frightening, really.

    1. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1)
      8th July 2013, 11:35

      I’m gonna get shot down for this *deep breath*

      If he was not at Red Bull he wouldn’t have as many records as what he has. Like Shumacher he is in the right place at the right time.

      1. It’s absolutely true, but at the same time, I can’t see most of the other drivers having the same success as Vettel if they were there instead of him.

      2. @full-throttle-f1
        Of cause not. Noone can deny that.
        But you can say that about every single result in F1.
        F1 is always about being at the right place at the right time.

        1. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1)
          8th July 2013, 11:50

          True, its how every single driver wins a championship.

          its rare that a driver wins in a car that isn’t the fastest.

          1. also if i can remind u, other drivers won 3 world championships while having the best drivers in history around him as rivals with great cars, i’ll let u figure out who on ur own ;)

          2. @ramysennaf1

            Nelson Piquet?

      3. Name me a world champion who wasn’t in the right place at the right time?

        I’m no fan of Vettel’s, but there is no denying he is a special talent who will no doubt go down as one of the all time greats.

      4. Schumacher only ever had the best car on the grid in 01, 02 and 04. He could have stayed at Benetton or go to Williams or McLaren and reel off championship after championship.

        1. he had championship winning cars in 94 (with later found illegal traction control), 95 99,00,03 (especially after Ferrari inflicted rule changes to Michelin tyres), and 05 also. if he stayed at Benetton, he would have won nothing.

          1. If anything, the Williams was the fastest car in 2003, but Montoya blew it when he rammed Barrichello off at Indy. In 2005, Ferrari were absolutely nowhere (after the rule changes). Had Schumacher stayed at Benetton, his guys would have stayed with him, and he would have continued winning.

          2. Do you mean 06 rather than 05?

          3. great comment, i agree with u kpcart

          4. The Williams was much quicker in 94. Even 95 the Williams was the better car.

            1999 is moot since Schumacher missed 6 of 16 races with a broken leg.

            McLaren was quicker in 2000. You can’t just revise history here. Schumacher had an incredible season.

            03 Michelin cheated and like another poster says the Williams was the better car. Schumacher was the class of the field with 6 wins though. Raikkonen only won one race so it would have been almost farcical if he took the championship.

            2005 Ferrari were nowhere. Michelin were dominant. Ferrari were really disadvantaged during those years by being on the Bridgestone.

      5. If ifs and buts were fruit and nuts, we’d have Christmas every day.

        If Alonso had not been at Renault, he’d have zero WDC’s today. If Senna had not moved to McLaren, he’d have won zero WDC’s. And so on.

        1. Don’t forget that if is f1 backwards.

      6. The best drivers usually find themselves in the best cars. Funny that…

    2. And then Lewis Hamilton goes to Mercedes and says “I have no idea how tyres work.”

      1. The same Hamilton that schooled Vettel in the same machinery.

        1. Who? What? Where? When?

        2. I guess you are talking about 2005? F3 Euro?
          Hamilton drove for a better team, which would explain a lot of the difference.
          Anyway, it doesn’t really matter.
          The year later Vettel was beaten to the championship by Di Resta.
          His team mate. And no one could possibly argue that Di Resta is a better driver then Vettel now.

          1. Hah…’N’ thinks he knows about junior formulae? Vettelwas in a Mucke, Hamilton was in an indomitable ASM (now ART), and it was Hamilton’s second year in the series, while Vettel was only a rookie..

  2. Every other year there’s one driver who’s suffering from his team’s lack of reliability more than others. Seems that JEV is being unlucky at the wrong time, as this is costing him dearly in the 2nd RBR seat sweepstakes..

    1. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1)
      8th July 2013, 11:43

      Anyone else think that Daniel will get the seat?

      1. both JEV and Daniel are good and deserves it and I don’t think a Kimi choice is realistic. My personal flavour goes to JEV but those technical problems leaves him no chance to shine at the most important momentum in his carreer… So I must agree with you, even if it is a pity JEV can’t demonstrate like Daniel.

        1. I’m thinking Kimi to RBR, Daniel to stay at STR alongside Antonio Felix Da Costa (despite relatively poor form in FR3.5 this year). Sky mentioned in the pre race build up that Lotus are keen on JEV, so he may just end up there next to RoGro.

        2. Both are good but neither have excelled obviously better than the other. It’s difficult when you’re up against a similarly talented team mate, you don’t look like you’re doing well because somebody is matching you. If either of them had someone like Gutierrez, VDG, or even Massa as a team mate, then they would probably walk into the RBR spot.
          Dan seems to be a much better qualifier, and in my opinion, when tyres aren’t degrading fast he looks quicker. JEV though is better at managing tyres, and is a lot better in the wet. With the middle and lower teams so dependent on drivers bringing sponsorship dough though, I’m worried for Ricciardo if he doesn’t get the RBR spot. That’s why I’m hoping he gets it, because I feel JEV would be more likely to get a spot outside of the Red Bull family, being French rather than Australian.

          1. Apart maybe for Lotus, I believe it won’t help him much to be French, except if Bianchi, Pic and especially Grosjean suddenly disappear from F1.

      2. I think the seat goes to Kimi if he wants it. However, due to new spec cars for next year, there is no guarantee that Red Bull will still have the best cars.

  3. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1)
    8th July 2013, 12:08

    Can I add another fact?

    McLaren are the only team to have both cars have a classified finish in every race so far this year.

    1. great fact, but unfortunately no way near what’s gonna make them score much points or being a contender for top 3 manufacturer..!!!

    2. it’s ridiculous the amount of pace mclaren is lacking at the moment, fighting a force india or toro rosso, it’s wierd!!!!

      1. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1)
        8th July 2013, 12:33

        I know, especially when they had such a fast car last year.

        1. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1)
          8th July 2013, 12:44

          It has to been Mclarens worst ever year in F1, even worse than 2009, and that takes some beating!

          1. 04 was pretty bad

          2. @craig-o
            In 2004 they won a race, Raikkonen in Spa, and the new McLaren MP4-18B which they used in the second half of the year was very fast, regularly able to match Ferrari. 2013 has been much worse than either 2004 or 2009, tbh.

          3. @kingshark Surely you mean the MP4-19B? There was no MP4-18, leave alone an 18B…

  4. let’s get something clear, vettel won’t be among the legends of the sport until he shows that he win starting from a low position,he’s lucky his 3 winning seasons passed by while redbull having an upper hand on all aspects,either the pace, tyre management during races,aerodynamics,reliability and when having a same level performance car with the others!! that’s a fact.

    1. With three titles and a fourth looking quite likely, he already is a firmly on the legends list, no matter with what ridicolous hurdles people come up with just to talk his achievements down.

      1. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1)
        8th July 2013, 12:33

        Agreed with…. Ramy ;-)

      2. he should have won 2, to be honest, everyone agrees that 2011 was alonso’s year if not of major DNF’s handed the title, while clearly vettel’s retirements that year were his own fault ;)

        1. Can you prove us how 2011 was alonso’s year??

        2. Jelle van der Meer (@)
          8th July 2013, 14:05

          2011 Alonso’s year ??? – Vettel was World Champion with 11 wins?

          1. I’m sure he meant 2012

    2. Your ‘facts’ are mere fiction.

      – Do you know how many championships F1 racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio won in the best car? Fact: 5
      – Do you know how many races and championships F1 racing legend Jim Clark won without a decent team-mate? Fact: 5 races and 0 championships.
      – Do you know how few races F1 racing legend Ayrton Senna (yes, the same one as your avatar) won from a low position? Fact: 39 out of 40.

      1. if ur memory is good enough to remember, he was fighting, prost, neslon piquet, mansell, the greatest drivers the sport have ever seen!!!! plus, with cars that has the same pace as him, no tyre degradation, aerodynamics not being compatible with the car, no DRS!!!

        1. Vettel reminds me a bit of Senna, they look like they have very similar driving styles to me. @ramysennaf1

          1. the first thing i may agree with, they have the same aggressiveness in racing, and in late braking, but so does hamilton also.

    3. In order to win starting from a low grid position, (a) he must have a car that is considerably faster than anyone else’s, and/or (b) there must be events like safety cars, rain, etc to shuffle the race. Either situation you would find as an excuse to still not recognize Vettel’s talent. No driver can realistically win starting from, say, 10th on talent alone.

      1. the same way u ignore alonso and raikonnen’s talent or right to be winning the championship by not mentioning that vettel has best fastest reliable car in history of the sport being offered from a perfectly rounded team behind him.

        1. I do recognize their talent, but I think Vettel very much deserves to be leading this championship and to have won the past three. If he has a fast and reliable car, what do you expect him to do? Slow down and crash every now and then, to give others a chance? Formula One, as a motorsport, by definition involves car and driver. If you’re not happy with the car being a deciding factor, maybe you should be watching the 100-meter dash, or something.

        2. @ramysennaf1

          the same way u ignore alonso and raikonnen’s talent or right to be winning the championship by not mentioning that vettel has best fastest reliable car in history of the sport being offered from a perfectly rounded team behind him.

          What basis do you have to judge that the RB9 is the fastest car in the history of the sport? If that was the case it would break all the lap records from 2004. Even in this race, Lotus clearly had the race pace to win. How is it the most reliable in the history of the sport? They had a gearbox failure last week.

          a big laugh at your reasoning, yeah well having close cars in qualifying does make sense since they have the same fuel amount on board lol,

          Equal fuel effectively removes that variable, meaning that the cars nowadays really are that close.

          1. i didn’t say fastest. i said the most reliable !!! read well, fastest yes in all of last 3 seasons but reliable, well nb1 in the history of the sport!!

          2. He’s got the most reliable car eh? Guess you weren’t watching the British GP? Or you’re just trying to shoe-horn your painfully poor ‘logic’ into an abysmal argument.

          3. @ramysennaf1 – Come back when you actually prove the RBR was more reliable then everyone else in the history of the sport (when for example RBR had 8 mechanical DNFs since 2010. Ferrari in that period had just 2), rather than complaining like a child.

            P.S. No, Red Bull did not have the fastest car in 2012.

        3. Vettel’s Red Bull has been far less reliable than Alonso’s Ferrari since 2010. Vettel’s had cruel luck in fact. Alonso’s car has been practically bulletproof and is the only thing that has kept him in the hunt for championships since imo he can’t match Vettel on raw pace.

          1. Vettel’s Red Bull has been far less reliable than Alonso’s Ferrari since 2010. Vettel’s had cruel luck in fact. Alonso’s car has been practically bulletproof

            So you claim that Alonso has a quicker & more reliable car (the 2 facts together because the Ferrari has been more reliable) than Vettel in the last 4 years ???
            Mate where you were in the last 4 years ???

          2. There was no reference to the ultimate performance difference; anyways, it’s true; vettel has actually been extremely unlucky with car failures, particurlarly during 2010

      2. not to mention when senna also was leading many races in other of his championship winning seasons while having a slower car, only to be seen slowing down for a DNF just like hamilton was having during his mclaren days.

        1. LOL !!! this is getting interesting…

          @ramysennaf1 – the more you are suggesting statistics you are getting into greater troubles. Please do a good Homework before quoting such stuff.

          BTW senna never had a slow car. In fact in 1992 when he realized that McLaren’s performance was going down he signed up for Williams with Newey for 1994. In 1993 he did a race by race contract with McLaren based on the situation of the car.

    4. let’s get something clear, vettel won’t be among the legends of the sport until he shows that he win starting from a low position

      Oh dear, your Senna doesn’t fulfil that criteria either, unless 5th is some horribly low position.

      1. @david-a arrrgh, you beat me to it!! :)

    5. vettel won’t be among the legends of the sport until he shows that he win starting from a low position

      @ramysennaf1 Judging by your name I assume you’re a Senna fan? Well, Senna has never won a race from 6th or lower either. So… come again?

      1. vettel has no prost, neslon piquet, mansell, gerhard berger to fight with, drivers who had close cars in performance either in quali or in the race itself, and also, lol, vettel didn’t come from the last position in the rain, to second only to be denied a win after a controversial red flag !!!! keeping prost for 1st.

        1. You’re right, he’s got Alonso, Hamilton, and Raikkonen to fight with instead. Again, the car performances these days are MUCH closer than they were in Senna’s, as evident with three pole positions going to three different drivers this season already, two of which do not drive for Red Bull. And he didn’t need to drive a poor car from last on the grid in pouring rain to the lead. He put it on pole instead.

          1. haha, he put the best car on pole u mean, while senna was driving a Toleman!!!!

          2. Last time I checked, a car which finished 6th in the WCC wasn’t usually considered the best car, and he also won the race 12 seconds in front of a McLaren, the car that actually won the WDC that year.

          3. But monaco is special, u dont need a fast car to win there. Its all about the driver and not about having a fast car

          4. @kakdnF1 – While it is a great circuit, very demanding, you still need a fast car to win there, along with a fast driver. @ramysennaf1 is just talking crap, a Toro Rosso is not the best car, nor was a Toleman.

        2. If you rate “prost, neslon piquet, mansell, gerhard berger” in cars that were 2 – 3 seconds apart in performance, (that much) higher than “alonso, kmii raikkonen, hamilton” in cars that are tenths of seconds apart in performance, you are truly delusional.

          1. don’t talk to me abt qualifying since it has no bearing on the race itself now, get your reasoning to a logical level, as we’ve seen from strategies of teams to keep fresh tyres, and the whole tyre management concept is making the qualifying as something that u should do, but not that u absolutely should be on first or second row!!

          2. @ramysennaf1 – And in that area of race pace, Lotus and Ferrari are the best at looking after the tyres, hence why Lotus and Ferrari were close or faster than RBR.

        3. @ramysennaf1 – Clearly Lotus and Ferrari weren’t far off the win, with at least Raikkonen and Alonso in those cars. And in quali it’s well established that Mercedes are on par or even ahead of RBR.

          1. what did it gain the mercedes??? just tell me, hamilton in 5th, no way near what should be a logical position from someone who got a well hard fought pole position ,and rosberg at the back end of the top 10!!!!

          2. @ramysennaf1 You said “vettel has no prost, neslon piquet, mansell, gerhard berger to fight with, drivers who had close cars in performance either in quali or in the race itself” when here are cars that are close or better in qualifying.

        4. Yes, there is no Prost, Piquet, Mansell or Berger on the grid. There is however Alonso, Raikkonen, Hamilton and Button. Oh, and Webber. And Massa. In any way implying this season’s grid isn’t as strong as it was in the 80’s in laughable.

          As are your attempts to rubbish Vettel and his achievements. I can’t stand him, but he is a fantastic racing driver.

        5. Jelle van der Meer (@)
          8th July 2013, 14:01

          So funny you mention Gerhard Berger as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport, he won 10 races.

          Based on that Vettel is/was up against MSC (91 wins), Alonso (32 wins), Hamilton (21 wins), Raikonnen (20 wins), Button (15 wins) oh and together 12 world championships. Even Massa has more wins than Gerhard Berger.

          Vettel will be classed a legend simply because he is a triple world champion, like it or not that is a fact

          1. Vettel will be classed a legend simply because he is a triple world champion, like it or not that is a fact

            By your logic Nelson Piquet is a Legend of Motor Sport

          2. Jelle van der Meer (@)
            8th July 2013, 18:42

            Yes he is a legend, could not think of a single reason why he would not be a legend of F1.
            More than 200 races, 486 points (old style), 23 wins (more than Hamilton or Raikonnen), 24 poles and 60 podiums.

          3. Well, he is

    6. Protest all you want, but Vettel is and will be seen as a great. Three championships in a row do not come easily, regardless of machinery, and he has shown several times how well he can race wheel to wheel. That win from a low grid position will come eventually, and then people will protest that he isn’t a great driver for another reason.

    7. China 2007?
      He didn’t win, but still, he went from P17 to P4 in a Toro Rosso…

    8. @ramysennaf1 One Quick Clarification. Do you consider Senna an F1 Legend ? The reason Why I am asking you the question is that You mentioned that someone can be called as the F1 Legend only if he starts from a Low position. So Senna’s Statistics are like this. He has 65 Pole Positions and 41 wins. Following are the Split up of his win from his Start Positions.

      1) Starting from Pole – 29 Wins
      2) Starting from 2nd – 5 wins
      3) Starting from 3rd – 5 Wins
      4) Starting from 4th – 1 Win
      5) Starting from 5th – 1 Win

      Average Wins from Front row – 83% , Average wins from Second Row 15% and Average Wins from 3rd Row – 2% . Senna drove a car which won all the races of the year in 2008.

      On the other hand I am having fun watching the frustrations of the Vettel Nay Sayers. the more they complaint he more he is winning and marking his name in the history of the sport. LOL !!!!!

      1. Brilliant stats! I did post something on a season by season analysis of championships in 1988-1993. People either believe a funny myth that Senna could ride a box on wheels with the speed of light, or their hatred of Vettel is so strong that is completely made them delusional.

      2. Vettel actually has more wins from second place, 7, than Senna does.

    9. good news for you – Vettel is 26 so there is plenty of time left to come up with new arguments why he isn’t that good with all the impressive achievements. So no pressure :)

  5. This is Vettel’s first win in the month of July. Also, his first European win in 22 months.

    The Nurburgring was the only track in the current calendar on which Vettel had never beaten Webber. Even at Monaco and Silverstone (Webber’s strongholds), Vettel beat him in 2011 and 2009 respectively.

    1. it comes easier if u are having ur rivals succumb to DNF’s or having lesser pace while u don’t !!!!! i beat u to it huh ;)

      1. Yet you conveniently ignore all the DNFs Vettel had from the lead, and the fact that Lotus knew they had the fastest car.

        1. when did vettel had a dnf from the lead??? just the one time of last weekend in the whole last 3 seasons!!!! well yeah that’s too much!!!!! i can say lool

          1. Abu Dhabi 2011, Valencia 2012?

          2. If only you took the time to click the link ramy.

          3. Well This one Statement Shows when you started watching F1
            Once in 3 seasons?? What about Australia 2010, Korea 2010, Yas 2011, Valencia 2012 and the latest one Silverstone 2013??

          4. in the last 3 seasons, Vettel had 7 retirements from the lead, not counting all the KERS failures, car problems, punctures, etc that caused him to lose the lead (e.g. Bahrain 2010) but weren’t enough to make him retire.

          5. @ramysenna You said

            when did vettel had a dnf from the lead??? just the one time of last weekend in the whole last 3 seasons!!!!

            This was incorrect, so I corrected you.

  6. This is what I noticed:

    – Lewis Hamilton has qualified on the front row in the last five races. Interestingly, he hasn’t won any of those races, which is the first time a driver fails to win five consecutive races from the front row since 2002: Juan-Pablo Montoya didn’t win any of the five races between the Monaco and French Grands Prix.

    – Three drivers already have three pole positions under their belts: Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel. This is the very first time in history the first nine races featured three pole sitters with three pole positions each.

    – Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have now shared the front row 17 times: that’s almost an entire season!

    – The podium was identical to the 2013 and 2012 Bahrain Grands Prix. The last time three identical podiums occurred within 16 months was the Vettel-Button-Alonso podium, seen at the 2011 Italian and Indian Grands Prix and at the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix.

    – This was the fourteenth time Renault scored a 1-2-3, the fourth time in the last four years (the three VET-RAI-GRO podiums and the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix). The first Renault 1-2-3 occurred at the 1995 French Grand Prix: Schumacher-Hill-Coulthard.

    – Paul di Resta ended his streak of six consecutive races in the points. For drivers that have never been on the podium before, that’s a record that he now shares with… Adrian Sutil (2010 Spain – Great Britain).

    – Still no points for Williams…

    – Still no points for any of the rookies either after nine races. The last season in which none of the rookies scored points (and with that the last time all rookies failed to score in the first nine rounds) was the 1998 season: the 1998 rookies, Esteban Tuero and Tora Takagi, failed to finish a race in the top six in their debut year.

    – Just like in 2011, Fernando Alonso didn’t make it back to the pit lane after the race.

    1. what does it gain hamilton being on poll while his car doesn’t finish the race, a major fact, remember how many times in 2012 was hamilton sitting pretty up front, only out of nowhere we see him stopping the car aside from the track, oh sorry: mechanical failure, or this season, having pace in quali, but in the race, no where to be seen!!!

      1. It did finish the race?

    2. Didn’t di resta come 11th?

      1. Ignore me i read your comment as extended rather than ended! Doh!

    3. Wow. 5 front rows into no wins!

      @andae23 : Which driver has the worst ratio of converting front row starts into wins?

      1. That’s a good question for which I haven’t got an efficient way to figure that out. Anyone else?

        1. Man, a myth is broken :D

          1. Awww, sorry :P

        2. Jake Moon (@andwhatisdeletrazdoing)
          10th July 2013, 5:31

          Chris Amon had 19 front row starts, but no wins…

      2. Goes to show that even when you are on pole or front row is not easy to win a race….

      3. That would be 2010 Vettel. Remember the 5 wins and 10 poles and the he can’t convert poles comment.

        1. There is Senna 1989 – 6 wins, 13 poles, and Hakkinen 1999 – 5 wins, 11 poles.

          1. The race shows the cars pace, qualifying shows the drivers pace. All that means is Lewis is outperforming his car, same with Senna. If the car breaks during the race and you don’t get a win from pole how is that a reflection on the drivers? Formula one isn’t a spec series. The Red Bulls have obviously been the easiest cars to drive and the most versatile from track to track. Vettel doesn’t have to apologize for having the best team but it should be taken into account. If you go by the “stats” Schumacher is easily the best ever. But most say Senna. Because we can judge with our eyes, numbers can tell you anything you want them to without proper context.

          2. Saul Dula

            The race shows the cars pace, qualifying shows the drivers pace. All that means is Lewis is outperforming his car, same with Senna.

            Well, same with Vettel, since he’s the one who has had pole 39 times in his short career.

            If the car breaks during the race and you don’t get a win from pole how is that a reflection on the drivers?

            The car has broken when Vettel’s been leading more times than it has for anyone else on the grid.

            Formula one isn’t a spec series. The Red Bulls have obviously been the easiest cars to drive and the most versatile from track to track.

            F1 isn’t a spec series, but it is closer to that now than it has ever been. Same tyres, no aids, various aero loopholes closed every year, minimal difference between engines… and while the cars are still different on performance, the Red Bulls have rarely been significantly ahead of the opposition, which includes three other very strong teams this year.

    4. Jelle van der Meer (@)
      8th July 2013, 16:07

      WELCOME back Andea, we missed you after the British GP, surprising stat on Hamilton and failing to turn front row into win or even podium in most cases

      1. Yeah, sorry about that – exams and stuff

  7. Vettel better buy Torro Rosso and go back to driving for them, then set out after Brabham’s record of 1 title as driver and constructor…

    1. Come to think of it, that may be why he’s accepted such a low payment for a WDC. He receives a pay-cut, signs until 2015 (16?), and is then given Torro Rosso!

  8. This one is a bit silly but meh :-)

    The last 2 races have been won by drivers at the same months as their birthdays with there only being a couple of days difference between their birthday and the race itself.

    Rosbergs birthday was on the 27th June and he won British GP on the 30th June

    Vettels birthday was on the 3rd July and he won the German GP on the 7th July

    The trend can continue if Alonso wins the Hungarian GP which is on the 28th and his birthday is on the 29th.

    1. Jelle van der Meer (@)
      8th July 2013, 16:03

      Nice stat but I so hope it is proven wrong for the Hungarian GP

  9. We should rate the worst driver of the weekend too. It would be interesting to see how many times Massa win it.

  10. Vettel has now won on the three “Vettel Challenge” tracks from Gran Turismo 5 at least once :P

    1. Now that is a great stat! In fact, he has won Suzuka (09, 10, 12), Monza (08, 11) and now the Nürburgring (13), so one three times, one twice and one once.

      1. and 1 in each year! 2008-13

    2. This one is a funny one

  11. Benetton only had 15 pole positions? Whaaaaa?!

    1. @ajokay Well, Williams…

  12. Jelle van der Meer (@)
    8th July 2013, 13:53

    With the German grandprix won Vettel is tied with Prost in 2nd of most wins in different races, 19 each versus 21 from MSC.
    In above I only looked at country as classified by FIA, so Hockenheim and Nurburgring are both German so count as 1, the Europe grandprix regardless of which country is counted as another one.

    Vettel has won Italy, UK, Monaco, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Brazil, Spain, Japan, Australia, Europe, Malaysia, China, Bahrain, Turkey, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Korea and India.

  13. He only gets to compete at the Hockenheimring, 40km north of Heppenheim, every other year.

    there is little fault in the text because the Hockenheimring is 40km SOUTH of Heppenheim. ;-)

  14. With no points at 9 races in, not only is this the worst ever start to a season for Williams, it is among the worst ever starts to a season for a team which had won in the previous year.

    No other team has scored later than the 8th race of the year following a winning season. This particular team was Honda, who scored the first points of 2007 in the 8th race of the year, despite winning in 2006. If Williams score later this year, then they will be the first to do so.

    If they don’t score, they will join the miserable ranks of teams who failed to score in the season following a win. These teams are: Hesketh (won in 1975, 0 points in 1976) and March (won in 1976, 0 points in 1977).

    However, you could argue that the demise of Hesketh and March were down to them losing their race-winning drivers (James Hunt and Ronnie Peterson, respectively). Williams still have their race winner, Maldonado. So in that sense, this is the worst start to a season for a race-winning team/driver combination in history!

    I am of course, not including teams who did not fully compete in the following season, nor am I including those who competed exclusively in the Indy 500, back when it was a World Championship event.

  15. It’s Grosjean’s 5th podium, which, since 2012, Raikkonen has scored 12!

    It’s the first no-score for Toro Rosso since Bahrain, and the first for Force India in which at least one car has finished since Hungary last season! Impressive for the teams which were right at the back of the field back in 2009.

    Rosberg is the only driver to have scored his three pole positions consecutively. No driver has won back-to-back races this season. Every driver except Raikkonen has won 2 out of 3 races, Vettel has done it twice.

    McLaren are still 6th, which if the finish there, excluding 2007 will be their worst WCC position since 1981, where a Brit and a driver who was known for crashing a lot were with the team.

    Pretty similar top 10s!

    1. About the top 10s: in Germany 2013 the six drivers from Red Bull, Lotus and Mercedes finished in the same positions as they did in Bahrain 2013.

    2. I don’t think Perez will ever get such a reputation though. I think Perez has finished more races in 2 seasons and counting than De Cesaris in his entire career..

      1. Perez: 46 starts, 9 DNFs (19.5% DNFs)
        de Cesaris: 208 starts, 146 DNFs (70% DNFs)

        Sure, cars were more unreliable than now, and I know it’s a joke, but de Cesaris is on another planet of crashing than Perez. Heck, Perez needs to finish 25 more races (30 races from now at his current DNF rate, so let’s say at the end of 2014) to have actually finished more races than Andrea, at 74 starts to 208.

  16. The pole time being fastest since Sato’s 2004 lap is very refreshing. I don’t know if this is right but, just going on pole times and excluding all 2004 laps, Hamilton’s lap was the fastest on this lay-out (2002-onwards). It shows how much this generation of cars have been pushed, just before the new engines are introduced that will make the cars quiet a bit slower.

    1. Michael Brown (@)
      8th July 2013, 17:18

      It’s the softer tires.

  17. Anele (@anele-mbethe)
    8th July 2013, 16:06

    Hope fully one day he can add winner of the South African GP to that impressive list

  18. Jelle van der Meer (@)
    8th July 2013, 16:22

    – Sebastian Vettel retired from, or lost, the lead 8 times due to both mechanical and ‘non-mechanical non-driver’ issues
    – Fernando Alonso inherited 10 wins from both competitor’s mechanical and ‘non-mechanical non-driver’ issues

    Always knew that Alonso was the most luckiest driver, by accident or deliberate (team orders Germany, deliberate penalty Massa in US, deliberate crash Piquest in Singapore), Alonso almost always profits from mechanical failure, grid penalties, accidents, safety cars etc to score more points. Yet whenever he has a DNF it is called extreme bad luck.

    I know there are a lot of Vettel haters and Alonso lovers but if anyone has the right to complain about back luck in races it is Vettel and certainly not Alonso.

  19. Rick Lopez (@viscountviktor)
    8th July 2013, 16:26

    Hamilton won 2 Usa

    1. @viscountviktor As it says in the table – or is that not what you were referring to?

  20. @KeithCollantine: Is it correct that Vettel is second on the list of drivers having won races at different tracks. I believe he has now won at 19 different tracks, one more than Alan Prost. I believe the leader here is Michael Schumacher with wins on 22 different tracks.

  21. Sebastian Vettel not only close in having a Clean sweep but he and Fernando Alonso are the Only Drivers to been on Podium in every track. They both have Clean sweep in that.

    1. Alonso did not podium the A1 ring.

  22. I believe this is the first time that Sebastian Vettel has had more wins than poles in the season to date (he has 4 wins but only 3 poles).

    Over half of Grosjean’s podiums have been Vettel-Raikkonen-Grosjean in that order. Whenever Grosjean has finished on the podium a Lotus (either him or Raikkonen) has finished 2nd.

  23. Daniel Ricciardo has finished in a different position in each of the seven races he has completed so far this season. Every other driver has had at least two finishes in the same position. Leading the way with four finishes in the same position are Sebastian Vettel (1st), Kimi Räikkönen (2nd) and Giedo van der Garde (18th).

  24. Michael Brown (@)
    8th July 2013, 23:25

    Both Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher won their first German Grand Prix from 2nd position. They overtook the pole sitter in the first corner. The second placed driver was on a different strategy than the winner.

  25. A few more from

    All teams have seen a car miss Q3 at least once this season.

    Alonso has broken his longest fastest lap drought, and Ferrari’s longest since the early 1990s.

    10 races without a win for Hamilton – equals his longest winless streak (Brazil 2008 – Germany 2009).

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