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The first 900 world championship races in stats

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Yesterday’s Bahrain Grand Prix was the 900th round of the world championship. Here’s some of the data from the first 900 races and a look back on the nine milestone centenary races.

The first 900 races

Drivers who won ten races or more

The first 900 round of the world championship have been won by 104 different drivers from 41 different countries. Only 32 have taken ten or more race wins.

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Teams who won more than five races

The 900 victories are shared between an even smaller number of teams – just 34. And four of those – Ferrari, McLaren, Williams and Lotus – have won almost two-thirds of all world championship races.

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Where the races were held

Formula One crosses the globe like few other sports. To the 30 countries which have held rounds of the world championship already another, Russia, will join them later this year.

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The milestone races

100: 1961 German Grand Prix

Nurburgring Nordschleife

Stirling Moss’s last win in an F1 car and surely one of his greatest. On a wet surface which made the fearsome Nurburging even more treacherous, he defeated Ferrari’s superior cars with an astute tyre choice in his Lotus.

200: 1971 Monaco Grand Prix


Ten years later, Jackie Stewart motored towards his second world championship victory with a crushing lights-to-flag victory for Tyrrell in Monaco. Meanwhile Ronnie Peterson put on a dazzling display in his March, taking his first podium finish with second place.

300: 1978 South African Grand Prix


Peterson won the 300th round of the world championship in South Africa shortly after returning to Lotus. But cast in a second driver role alongside Mario Andretti, he as was usually required to finish behind his team mate when the dominant Lotus 79s led the field. Andretti claimed the title 11 races later, but Peterson was fatally injured in the same event at Monza.

400: 1984 Austrian Grand Prix


The 400th round of the world championship was the 16th to be held in Austria – and the first of those to be won by a local driver. Niki Lauda nursed a gearbox fault in the closing stages in his McLaren, anxious to keep the pursuing Nelson Piquet from learning of his problems. That kind of subterfuge would be hard to pull off 30 years later when revealing team radio messages are immediately relayed via television.

500: 1990 Australian Grand Prix


The events of race number 499 dominated the build-up to the 1990 season finale. Ayrton Senna had sensationally driven into Alain Prost at the start of the Japanese Grand Prix, taking his rival out in order to win the title. There was to be no rematch on the streets of Adelaide – Senna skidded off while leading late in the race. That left Piquet, who had been the benefactor in Suzuka, to fend off a late charge from Prost’s team mate Nigel Mansell, who mas driving his last race for Ferrari.

600: 1997 Argentinian Grand Prix

Buenos Aires

The 600th race also ended with a Ferrari driver chasing the winner home. This time it was a sickly Eddie Irvine pursuing Jacques Villeneuve, but the Williams driver held on for his second win in a row en route to the world championship.

700: 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix


Mark Webber, Jaguar, Interlagos, 2003The last early-season Brazilian Grand Prix was a race of carnage and chaos. Pouring rain and poor drainage saw car after car spin into retirement at turn three. Local hero Rubens Barrichello claimed the lead of the race then retired moments later due to a lack of fuel. The race was abandoned when Mark Webber crashed in the ultra-fast left-hander before the pits and an unsighted Fernando Alonso piled into the debris.

Alonso, third, was unable to make it to the podium while second-placed Giancarlo Fisichella’s Jordan then caught fire. In a final twist, ten days later the FIA took the winner’s trophy from Kimi Raikkonen and gave it to Fisichella after discovering they’d applied their own rules incorrectly.

800: 2008 Singapore Grand Prix

Marina Bay

It should have been remembered as Formula One’s successful and ambitious first night race at a new venue which proved an instant hit with the sport. But the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix became infamous 12 months after it was held, when it was revealed Renault had ordered Nelson Piquet Jnr to crash on purpose in order to bring out the Safety Car to team mate help Fernando Alonso win the race.

900: 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix

Bahrain International Circuit

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014The new-look Formula One has some outspoken detractors in the shape of Bernie Ecclestone and Luca di Montezemolo, who whipped up the media with critical comments about the series on the morning of Bahrain’s first night race. But Formula One served up a thriller for the 900th round of the world championship. While the dominant Mercedes duo went at it hammer-and-tongs for the lead, four teams scrapped furiously for the remaining points positions behind them.

Here’s hoping for 900 more races like that one.

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    57 comments on “The first 900 world championship races in stats”

    1. Nice article, good to have a look at the facts and figures for once!

    2. My first Formula One memory is of race 499. I can’t believe that I’ve seen — certainly most, if not all of — the 500 races that followed.

      1. You mean 400 I presume?

        1. @vettel1 HE’S SEEN THE FUTURE !!!

        2. He did say most….

          1. Actually if his first race was 499th and his latest race is the 900th then he has seen 401 races if he has seen them all. His first race was the 499th race and his second was the 500th. Then there are 400 races from 500 to 900 which makes the total sum 402.

            1. 402! Mean to say 402! Typos!

            2. Then there are 400 races from 500 to 900

              501st to 900th.

    3. Schumacher has won 10% of all Grand Prix ever held…..that’s quite amazing

      1. When he won the 91st race in 2006 this percentage was much higher

        1. When Fangio retired, his percentage must have been immense..

    4. Rubens Barrichello participated in more than a 1/3rd of all those races.

    5. With all the talk you hear about the historic ‘Silver Arrows,’ I expected Mercedes to have a lot more than 16 wins.

      1. Considering they didn’t race for 0ver 50 years, one does wonder what they could have achieved.

      2. It was tougher to win much with only a handful of races a year @stretch

      3. In the 50’s there were no more than 11 F1 races per year (they lasted more than 3 hours each!). In fact therr were only 9 races in 1954 and 7 races in 1955.

        Stattistics are nice but they doesn’t give us the whole picture as F1 has changed constantly over the years in many aspects.

      4. They were dominant, but only for 2 years, and as others have said they were short seasons compared to today- the same reason that Fangio sits so low in number of wins compared to the other greats. The silver arrows’ pedigree also goes back to pre-war, pre-F1 times.

      5. They had a lot of Grand Prix history before Formula 1. State supported in the 1930s…

    6. In the picture of Interlagos in 2003, it almost looks as if Webber’s Jaguar has DRS ;)

      1. @craig-o Which brings me to an interesting thing. Had we told anyone in 2008 that there would be a device which will open the letterbox behind after clicking a switch to give a massive advantage to the guys in front , they would have laughed at us !

        1. *to the guys behind *. sorry

        2. I laugh at us for having it now.

          1. Genuinely laughed out loud at this! :D

        3. @Akshay I think DRS definitely works better (for mysterious reasons) this year. I thought almost every pass in Bahrain/Malaysia was hard-fought; and it’s difficult to fathom how non-Merc-powered cars can now pass Merc-powered cars (even on shabby tyres) without DRS. So if I had a choice whether to keep it for the remainder of this year, or scrap it immediately, I’d keep it.

          1. Me2 it works well, the follow my leader f1 has all but gone due to drs

          2. Haha well that’s because the slimmer rear wing for this year essentially makes it less effective! Funny how things work out isn’t it?

    7. And the 1000th race (!) will be around late 2018 / early 2019 season…

      1. Alexander F1
        7th April 2014, 14:16

        someone was talking in another f1 fanatic article about how every race which is 100th or 200th or whatever was a classic(or exciting) and it looks like the 900th gp followed that brilliantly :)

    8. So we’ve probably got just over five years to wait for the Big One, the 1,000th race. My prediction now is that it will be won by Nyck de Vries in a Marussia with a Cosworth engine!

      1. This would be a fun thing if you could go back to your prediction in 5 years time. I’ll go for a win for Hulkenberg in a Ferrari, with Danil Kvyat in a Redbull also on the podium ;)

        1. Red bull will have gone, it’d just publicity for a drink

      2. Well let’s go for a complete Dutch podium in 2019
        1st Robin Frijns in a Williams
        2nd Max Verstappen in a Ferrari
        3rd Nyck de Vries in a McLaren
        Oh and Beitske Visser in the points as well in a Lotus haha

        1. I wasn’t thinking we’d hear much more from her after faltering a bit last year and being dropped by Red Bull, but I’ve just seen that she’ll compete in FR 3.5 which is cool.

    9. In the first pie chart , are both the colours in 5 % and 21 % representative of Alain Prost or are my eyes deceiving me ?

      1. LotsOfControl (@for-unlawful-carnal-knowledge)
        7th April 2014, 14:21

        You’re eyes are not deceiving you. Though, those 22%are the races he would have won if he had a more reliable car.

      2. Yeah, it confused me at first, but if you scroll down to the 2nd part of the list, you’ll see that big 20% chunk is for “others” all totalled up. I knew Prost was a great, but 22% of all the wins ever would be astonishing.

        1. Or you can just hover over the segment.

    10. How many wins for Toleman-Benneton-Renault-Lotus?

      1. Toleman – 0
        Benetton – 27
        Renault – 20
        Lotus – 2

        49 wins.

    11. by my reckoning i have seen the last 335 races (from the start of 1995 to now). if an average race is 90 minutes long then i’ve spent over 20 days solid watching grand prix racing (not counting qualifying or other sessions).

    12. In 14 races from now (this year’s US GP) it’ll be 300 races since I started watching. I’m sure I’ve missed somewhere between 10 and 20 since, but it’s insane to think 1/3rd of F1’s races have happened within a year or me starting to watch and now..

    13. So counting the intervals between each milestone, it took
      11 years, 2 months, 25 days for F1 to hit its 100th race,
      9 years, 9 months and 18 days to go from 100 to 200,
      6 years, 9 months, 10 days to get to 300,
      6 years, 5 months, 16 days to 400,
      6 years, 2 months, 17 days to 500,
      6 years, 5 months 10 days to 600 (first time the time between 100 races grew),
      5 years, 11 months, 25 days to 700 at Brazil 2003,
      5 years, 5 months, 23 days to 800,
      5 years, 6 months, 10 days to get to 900.

      So a general downward trend due to the increasing number of races in a season. Only roughly half a decade to go until the 1000th gp, which should happen around October 2019!

      1. I’d have thought the gaps would have become even smaller, but the change from six and half to five and a half years is quite gradual and slow.

    14. Famously of course ultimately the 2003 Brazilian podium had nobody standing on the right step.

    15. Excellent job! The graphics are superb!
      Good to see Portugal in the list for hosting 16 GPs.

    16. Brazil 2003 was the 700th race in F1 history
      Singapore 2008 was the 800th race in F1 history

      They time these milestones really well.

      1. Let’s just hope they aren’t at Abu Dhabi for any of them.

      2. Ah……….Alonso!

    17. Surprised to see the USA so high, and Japan relatively low in the list of races held. The double races in the USA that F1 had for a while must have done wonders for their total.

      1. Plus Indy.

        1. In the ’50s I mean.

        2. The Indy races in that era weren’t Formula one but they were World Championship.

          Other races that are presumably in this total weren’t Formula 1 either. The 1952 and 1953 World Driver’s Championships were run under Formula 2. Formula 1 was only used for non-championship races.

          I wonder how many Formula 1 races there have been, including non-championship races.

          1. And we’re counting world Championship races, not Formula 1 races, as far as I know.

    18. @keithcollantine what about a pie showing multiple generations of a team (i.e. Jordan, Stewart, Toleman, Tyrrell perhaps, etc) as 1 team?

    19. You know, Red Bull’s certainly managed more than 10% of what Ferrari has…..

    20. Once again F1 Fanatic rules the roost when it comes to F1 stats. However: please don’t use 3D pie charts. Showing the sides of half the slices but not the other exaggerates the visual impact of those slices, making the chart misleading. If your pie MUST be 3D, please put it in a neutrally-coloured tin ;)

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