Sebastian Vettel replicated his Singapore ‘grand slam’ in Korea: he started from pole position, led every lap, set fastest lap and won the race.
It’s the fourth time he’s achieved the feat. As detailed in the last Stats and Facts, three other drivers have as many ‘grand slams’ – Jackie Stewart, Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell – and only three others have more: Jim Clark, Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher.
Vettel racked up his 34th career win and his third in a row in Korea which, in addition to Singapore, means he has now won three consecutive races at two different venues.
It’s the third time in his career he’s won four races in a row. However he’s yet to win five or more races in a row, something only five F1 drivers have ever done: Alberto Ascari, Michael Schumacher, Jack Brabham, Jim Clark and Nigel Mansell.
Vettel has now led the last 142 laps in a row – ever since Fernando Alonso pitted from the lead during the Italian Grand Prix. His personal best is 205 consecutive laps in the lead which he achieved last year in the Singapore, Japanese, Korean and Indian Grands Prix. That is fifth in the list of most consecutive laps led by a driver, which is headed by Ayrton Senna on 267.
He has also now led 208 of the 220 laps raced in Korea. In 2010 he retired from the lead with engine failure ten laps from home.
Renault draw level with Ferrari
Vettel’s 42nd career pole position was also the 208th for a car powered by a Renault engine. That puts them level with Ferrari as joint holders of the record for most poles by an engine manufacturer:
|1st pole||Jose Froilan Gonzalez|
1951 British Grand Prix, Silverstone
Ferrari 375, 4.5-litre V12
1979 South African Grand Prix, Kyalami
Renault RS01, 1.5-litre V6 turbo
|50th pole||Jacky Ickx|
1970 German Grand Prix, Hockenheimring
Ferrari 312B, 3.0-litre flat-12
1986 Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City
Lotus-Renault 98T, 1.5-litre V6 turbo
|100th pole||Patrick Tambay|
1983 Austrian Grand Prix, Osterreichring
Ferrari 126C3, 1.5-litre V6 turbo
1995 Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal
Benetton-Renault B195, 3.0-litre V10
|150th pole||Michael Schumacher|
2002 Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang
Ferrari F2001, 3.0-litre V10
2006 Spanish Grand Prix, Catalunya
Renault R26, 2.4-litre V8
|200th pole||Kimi Raikkonen|
2008 French Grand Prix, Magny-Cours
Ferrari F2008, 2.4-litre V8
2012 Korean Grand Prix, Korea
Red Bull-Renault RB8, 2.4-litre V8
|208th pole||Fernando Alonso|
2012 German Grand Prix, Hockenheimring
Ferrari F2012, 2.4-litre V8
2013 Korean Grand Prix, Korea
Red Bull-Renault RB9, 2.4-litre V8
This was the 125th pole position for a German driver, meaning they now have as many as Brazilians. Only British drivers have managed more, with 217.
With 272 points, Vettel could surpass his 2011 record total of 392 over a similar 19-race schedule, but he’ll need to win all the remaining races to do it.
For the second race in a row Esteban Gutierrez enjoyed the best starting position of his career so far. He was tenth on the grid in Singapore and eighth in Korea.
Paul di Resta was not running at the end of the race for the fifth event in a row.
It was the busiest weekend for reprimands so far this year with six handed down to four different drivers – all of them from Caterham and Marussia. Jules Bianchi and Charles Pic got two, their team mates had one each.
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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2013 Korean Grand Prix
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