Hamilton’s home win ties him with Stewart

2014 British Grand Prix stats and facts

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Lewis Hamilton claimed the 27th win of his career in the British Grand Prix, which was also the second time he has won his home race.

His latest victory moves him level with Jackie Stewart’s tally of 27 world championship wins. Only six drivers – including Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso – have won more.

Stewart’s 27 F1 wins stood as the record for 14 years until it was beaten by Alain Prost in 1987.

Hamilton lined up sixth on the grid, the lowest position he has ever started a race he went on to win. His previous best was also at achieved at Silverstone, from fourth in 2008, which he repeated in Hungary the following year.

Nico Rosberg gave Mercedes their 25th pole position. It was also the eighth of his career, giving him as many as Jenson Button, John Surtees and Ricciardo Patrese.

However in the race he posted his first retirement of the season, bringing his run of eighth consecutive podium finishes to an end. He had also scored points in the last 17 races – a streak bettered only Kimi Raikkonen (the record holder with 27), Michael Schumacher, Alonso and Vettel have bettered.

Alonso is now the only driver to have completed all 561 racing laps so far this year. He also kept up his record of scoring in every race this year, as did Nico Hulkenberg.

Several drivers were caught out by the rain in Q1 including the Ferrari pair. Their starting positions of 16th and 18th were the team’s worst since Malaysia 2010, where in similar circumstances Alonso and team mate Felipe Massa lined up 19th and 21st respectively.

Jules Bianchi took advantage of the rain to claim his and Marussia’s best-ever starting position with 12th.

Massa marked his 200th race start at Silverstone, though his race was spoiled by Raikkonen’s crash on the first lap. In case anyone’s wondering why this milestone was celebrated 51 races after Ferrari acknowledged his ‘150th start’ in South Korea three years ago, it’s because Ferrari miscounted on the previous occasion.

Button’s hopes of scoring a first podium finish in his home race were dashed once more on his 15th appearance at Silverstone. As in 2004 and 2010 he could only manage fourth, albeit less than a second behind Daniel Ricciardo.

Two drivers made their first ever appearances in F1 practice sessions on Friday – Daniel Juncadella for Force India and Susie Wolff for Williams. The latter became the first woman to participate in an official F1 session since qualifying for the 1992 Brazilian Grand Prix – 8,126 days ago – when Giovanna Amati failed to make the cut in her Brabham.

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54 comments on “Hamilton’s home win ties him with Stewart”

  1. It’s the first race since India 2013 to feature 3 drivers from 3 different teams on the podiums.

  2. None of the first 3 drivers on the grid were on the podium. it has not happened since the Spanish GP 2013 (23 races)

    No German driver in the top 4. it has not happened since the Brazilian GP 2012 (27 races)

    Adrian Sutil finished the last 3 races in 13th place

    Alonso became the highest scorer in the British GP (95 points)

    The 6th place on the grid was the worst starting position of the winner of the British Grand Prix since 1978

    The British GP became the most performed GP(65 times) in F1 history

    1. given Nico’s bad luck, Lewis would have won this race even starting from the very last; which would have made a very unique and interesting statistic.. ;)

    2. Paul (@frankjaeger)
      8th July 2014, 12:00

      Where do you get these facts?! They’re awesome

  3. Woop, best time of the week!

    1. I like when @andae23 and @erivaldonin get in on the action too.

  4. When a Mercedes retires, Jenson Button crosses the line as 4th (he was promoted to 3rd in Australia, after Ricciardo’s DSQ)

  5. Every race this season, when both finished, the Mercedes-driver first through T1 has gone on to win the race. Streak continues.

    Has it been since 2011 China, Webber, a driver who was out in Q3 finished on the podium?

    1. @xtw , Perez was out in Q3 (started in 15º) and finished 3rd at Canadian GP 2012

    2. The only one I can think of was Vettel at Abu Dhabi in 2012?
      He started from the pitlane, but cannot remember if he was in Q3 or not?

      1. yes, he was in 3rd place

    3. @xtwl did you mean Q1, in reference to Bottas?

    4. Grosjean finished third in India last year from 17th on the grid. He went out in Q1

    5. Although he made it to Q3, Hamilton’s disqualification in Spain in 2012 was tantamount to having all his times removed.

  6. Bottas continued his streak of most positions gained so far this season?

  7. Interesting to see that the only two drivers to have scored in every race, Hulk and Alonso, are my two favorite drivers! I think that says a lot about the kind of drivers I’m naturally drawn to…

    1. hulk is not in the same league as Alonso but.

      1. Maybe not yet, but he might be in the future!

    2. It says a lot about the reliability of the Ferrari. In fact Alonso has not suffered a retirement from mechanical causes since Malaysia 2010, 82 races ago. That must be approaching a record if it isn’t one already.

  8. Jelle van der Meer (@)
    7th July 2014, 13:44

    Not since the start of this century did a podium consist of drivers not starting in top 5, last time was 1999 GP of Europe at the Nürburgring

    1. whoa, awesome

  9. First retirement for a Ferrari driver this season. Jenson Button’s equal best result at the British Grand Prix. Perez finished in his favourite position, 11th. Toro Rosso finished with both drivers in the points for the second time this season, and Daniil Kvyat equalled his best result with 9th. Hamilton and Rosberg now have four poles each, but Hamilton is ahead in the FIA Pole Position trophy due to his higher number of second places (3-1). First time a race was stopped after the first lap since the traffic jam at Monaco in 2000.

  10. I wonder if someone call work out what the highest aggregate starting positions of the 3 drivers on the podium is, because this trace must be close with 31 (Hamilton 6th, Bottas 17th and Ricciardo 8th). I”m assuming that Long Beach 1983 will be a contender as Watson and Lauda started P22 and 23.

    1. If you count Vettel as having started from position 24 in Abu Dhabi 2012, the total at that race was 34 (RAI 4th, ALO 6th, VET 24th).

      Still far off US West 1983, as you mention with a podium sum of grid positions equal to 47.


    2. in Belgian GP 1995, the total at that race was 37 (Schumacher 16th, , Hill 8th , Brundle 13th.

    3. It just so happens I’ve compiled this stat. The average for this race was 9.33 (Bottas started 14th, not 17th, due to grid penalties for others), which is not very unusual as 41 races have had this average or higher. The last time there was an average this high was indeed Abu Dhabi 2012 (11.33). In addition, Europe 2012 had an average of 9.33. The highest average is 20, from the 1957 Indy 500. Excluding the Indy 500 races, the highest is USA West 1983 with an average of 15.67, followed by Spain 1975 (14) and Australia 1985 (13.67).

      1. this is a great stat!

    4. Keep in mind that there were two starts in this race. In the second start. which realistically was the “real” start, the three eventual podium finishers lined up in 4th, 9th, and 7th.

      1. The standing start was the official race start, and while the cars sat on the grid for an hour it was effectively just 1 safety car lap. Unlike previous Lap 1 red flags the first start wasn’t annulled.

  11. Vettel has spent the most laps of anybody in last place this season with 23.

    1. Last place being 22nd, not last of those who are running

    2. @olliekart Wow! That has really turned around for him now!

  12. Hamilton has won every race this year so far with post-race testing (bahrain, Spain, Britain)

  13. Nico Rosberg has lead 9 more laps than Lewis Hamilton this season, who on the flip side, has lead 195 more kilometers.

  14. There’s a typo on Riccardo Patrese @keithcollantine

    1. Yes, I spotted that too :)

  15. In case anyone’s wondering why this milestone was celebrated 51 races after Ferrari acknowledged his ’150th start’ in South Korea three years ago, it’s because Ferrari miscounted on the previous occasion.

    A problem with correlation between the statistics and publicity departments, perhaps.

  16. Lot of statistics but none about pitstops of Lewis and Nico this year? Humn

  17. Is this really hamiltons lowest grid position for a race win?

    Also what is the lowest grid position lewis has had and made the podium?

    1. 17th at the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix (he finished 3rd)

  18. The top 3 cars travelled a total of 73 miles, or 20 laps, to get to Silverstone: a Mercedes (from 8 miles away), a Williams (40 miles) and a Red Bull (25 miles).
    I’m sure there’ve been more local results than this (2 Mercs and a Force India would be, for sure) but not by much…

  19. Both of Hamilton’s Silverstone wins (of which this one was the closer) have come on 6 July (the same day that Roger Federer lost a 5-set thriller in the Wimbledon final). Both have come a year after he scored pole in Britain (2007 and 2013 are his only 2 poles).

    Pole-sitter and winner were the reverse of last year’s race (last year Hamilton was on pole but Rosberg won). The same happened at Silverstone in 2011-12 (Alonso and Webber), as well as Monaco 2000-01 (Coulthard and M Schumacher), and probably others as well.

    Hamilton’s 5th win of the season – equalling 2008 as his personal record.

    First time this year that anyone other than Rosberg, Hamilton, or Ricciardo has crossed the finish line in the top 2.

    And some from magnetimarelli.com:

    Biggest gap between 1st and 2nd on the grid since Australia 1997 – another race where the pole-sitter failed to finish and one team had both its cars outside 107%.

    9th consecutive Mercedes-powered pole – equals the start of 1998.

    4th race in a row that Hamilton has been outqualified by his team-mate – first time this has happened.

    First time since Bahrain 2013 that both Force Indias reached Q3.

    First time Alonso missed Q3 since Europe 2012 (a race he went on to win).

    First time Alonso missed Q2 since Malaysia 2010 (on that occasion as well, both Ferraris missed Q2).

    No Ferrari-powered car qualified in the top 10 – first time since Singapore 2009.

    Alonso’s longest win drought since he started winning.

    First Mercedes DNF at Silverstone.

    First Ferrari DNF at Silverstone since Barrichello in 2000.

    McLaren’s longest winless streak since their 1993-1997 one.

    1. Alonso’s longest win drought since he started winning.

      Actually.. There were 576 days between Hungary 2003 and Malaysia 2005 and 420 days Spain 2013 and 2014 British GP. There were 22 races in between his first and second, though, while we’re at 23 now. It’s been the most races since his last win, but not the longest time period.

      (All hails to the google and wikipedia overlords.)

    2. First time this year that anyone other than Rosberg, Hamilton, or Ricciardo has crossed the finish line in the top 2.

      Did’nt Kevin Magnussen finished second in Australia?

      1. Yes, Magnussen was classified 2nd due to Ricciardo’s exclusion, but he crossed the finish line in 3rd.

    3. @paulgilb

      Both of Hamilton’s Silverstone wins (of which this one was the closer) have come on 6 July (the same day that Roger Federer lost a 5-set thriller in the Wimbledon final).

      – well spotted! As someone supporting both Rosberg and Federer, Sunday was not a good day for me… but the epicness of the tennis match made up for it ;)

      First time since Bahrain 2013 that both Force Indias reached Q3.

      – this one surprises me a bit. The FIs have seemed quite competitive this year but i guess their race pace is a lot better than qualy. Maybe a lot owed to the efficiency of the Mercedes engine and a relatively low downforce + low drag car.

  20. OmarR-Pepper (@)
    8th July 2014, 2:52

    hHas there been a race where Hulk got points AND was lapped as well?

  21. Had it not been for Hamilton’s reliability issues in Canada forcing a retirement, Vettel would have suffered his longest consecutive race streak without a podium since his first win.

    1. And he has indeed tied with his longest winless streak since his maiden victory.

  22. Here’s my interesting little observation of a pattern…
    Hamilton is yet to win a race with laps >= 70, and Nico only won <= 70 lap race when Hamilton retired [Australia]. Othewise, if this pattern is relavent to their driving styles, then Hamilton will have good times and will be way ahead of Nico in races to come [as most are = 70 laps. So Nico may win those. [Note: Unless one of them retires]
    Fortunately, Abu Dhabi is < 70 laps [i.e. 55], so double point win for Hamilton [as long as his car finishes].

    Some fun thoughts… LOL :D

  23. Hamilton has already tied his personal record for most wins in a season- 5, shared with 2008.

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