The 2016 season opened with four consecutive wins for Nico Rosberg and heads into the summer break on the back of four consecutive wins for Lewis Hamilton.
This is the first time two different drivers have won four consecutive races in the same season. Hamilton also became the first driver to win four races in the same calendar month.
That’s partly because this was only the second time in F1 history we’ve had four races in the same month. The previous occasion, in July 2005, saw three different winners: Fernando Alonso in France and Germany, Juan Pablo Montoya in Britain and Kimi Raikkonen in Hungary.
The packed 21-race 2016 calendar means we will have another run of four races in one month later this year: the Malaysian, Japanese, United States and Mexican Grands Prix all take place in October.
Hamilton’s 49th career victory yesterday means when the season resumes he has a strong chance to both overhaul Alain Prost tally of 51 wins, making him the second most successful driver by that count, and of course matching Prost’s four world championship titles.
This also meant Alonso, Juan Manuel Fangio, Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna and Jackie Stewart as three-time winners of the German Grand Prix. As noted last week only one driver has won this race more times: Michael Schumacher, with four victories.
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Rosberg notched up the 27th pole position of his career which moved him ahead of Mika Hakkinen and means there are now only eight drivers in F1 history with more pole positions. At the same track 30 years ago Rosberg’s father Keke took the fifth and final pole position of his career.
A poor start for Rosberg meant that the pole sitter did not lead at the end of lap one for the seventh time out of twelve races this year, ten of which were standing starts.
He celebrated the milestone with a podium finish. With Max Verstappen joining him on the rostrum, it was the first double podium for Red Bull since last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
Ricciardo also set the fastest lap of the race. This was the sixth of his career, putting him level with Jose Froilan Gonzalez, Mike Hawthorn, Phil Hill, Dan Gurney, Emerson Fittipaldi, Carlos Reutemann and Heinz-Harald Frentzen.
Finally, Esteban Gutierrez’s frustrating wait for a point continues. He finished 11th for the fourth time this year on Sunday.
Review the year so far in statistics here:
- 2016 F1 championship points
- 2016 F1 season records
- 2016 F1 race data
- 2016 F1 qualifying data
- 2016 F1 retirements and penalties
- 2016 F1 strategy and pit stops
Have you spotted any other interesting stats and facts from the German Grand Prix? Share them in the comments.
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