Hamilton on course to equal Prost this year

2016 German Grand Prix stats and facts

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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.

Four wins in one month for 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.

Ricciardo celebrated his 100th race
Daniel Ricciardo made his 100th grand prix start. He follows Jack Brabham, Alan Jones and Mark Webber as the fourth Australian driver to reach a century, and all of them were race winners.

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:

Have you spotted any other interesting stats and facts from the German Grand Prix? Share them in the comments.

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99 comments on “Hamilton on course to equal Prost this year”

  1. “Finally, Esteban Gutierrez’s frustrating wait for a point continues.” he will get points but in his license at this rate :) He will probably brake records for gaining more points in his license then in his championship career! :)

    1. Pastor would be proud.

    2. A little harsh… in my opinion, Gutiérrez has been outperforming Grosjean my quite a distance in the last few races. I’m not sure if this is down to Romain having issues, but I have to say I’ve been quite impressed by Gutiérrez having been sure that Grosjean would wipe the floor with him, which has not been the case since the first two races.

      Of course, he could be dealing with the “blue flags, blue flags” (Vettel’s catchphrase) a little better, but frankly, he’s racing for his own victory which is a point or two, so of course he’s not going to park it every time a Mercedes/Red Bull/Ferrari appears 500m behind.

      1. Agreed. It seems to have gone unnoticed that Gutierrez has had the edge on Grosjean the last few rounds and up against a strong team-mate he is faring a lot better than many thought.

        He gets quite a bit of flak but I hope he scores some points.

        1. Grosjean has had problems. Certainly during the last race. But I also believe when push comes to shove and there is à real chance of points, Grosjean is the one upping it enough to score them.I m not sure he does it when there are no chances.

    3. Lest see how many points your great Button makes in the great MacLaren team ….. By the way how many points have the great MacLaren team made in the last three years?
      Think ….! Not easy but try to think how far can a driver go with a non premium Car ….

  2. A driver who wins 4 races in a row always goes to win the championship in the same year. Either Rosberg or Hamilton will break this one now.

    1. Might even become 7 in a row and lost…

    2. Andre Furtado
      1st August 2016, 19:52

      I am personally a fan of Rosberg. For years I hoped he would win one championship. But like Webber it seems when push comes to shove they underperform. Webber I always felt that if he had a weaker team mate did have the machine to win championships. Same I guess it applies to Rosberg. Not taking away from Hamilton or vettel

      1. Rosberg is closer to Hamilton than Webber ever was to Vettel. Not because Webber was that bad, I still feel people rate him low because they don’t want to rate Vettel high. But even in 2012 Webber had the upper hand before the summer break. In the end the bigger talent will pull through and in both cases that’s Vettel and Hamilton.

        1. Agreed. Except Vettel’s stats were well earned. Not handed to him by a car that was clear of the rest of the field – without competition – for years. Lewis’s stats for me are severely diluted.

          1. Vettel did have a superior car! He’s also been out qualified/raced by a team mate. This has never happened to Hamilton.

          2. Spare me rushfan. Never to this extent. And what teammate has outperformed Vettel again? Go check your stats and get back to me.

          3. @sjzelli


          4. not hardly, The Bull had a massive advantage in 2011, Pirelli kept playing with the tires trying to make them slower and slower to slow down RBR, because they could load their tires in the corners more. The second half of 2013 is what happened when the pirelli’s became less weak, and Vettel went on to win every race. Also Webber was the clear #2 at RBR, ROS is not a #2 at Merc, if anything he gets at least equal status and has received much better reliability over the last 3.5 years. I still remember Webber running out of fuel and watching his KERS break right and left until he was soundly out of the hunt. I also remember RBR having to push it and Webber actually having a shot (maybe because RBR were actually worried about losing.) I also remember Vettel’s Renault engine out powering Lewis’ Merc powered Macca down the straight at COTA.

          5. BWAHAHAHAHA. If you don’t understand the reasonings behind that ONE year, then I can’t help u.

          6. Martin Powell
            2nd August 2016, 7:46

            RBR won the WCC 4 years in a row, doesn’t that mean Vettel who won all his WDC’s in the best car, aren’t all of his titles diluted to?

          7. I still remember Webber running out of fuel and watching his KERS break right and left until he was soundly out of the hunt.

            Funny that Vettel could have as many car issues and still win, @xsavior


        2. ^^^ that was for paulguitar.

          Re: @xsavior – There zero point arguing any point with you on a Hamilton-centric site. This article is about his stats. I believe there was greater competition through the Vettel years than there is now – hands down. Regardless, let’s see who ends up with more accolades. You can quote me.

          1. “You can quote me”

            Thanks! @sjzelli There you go. I couldn’t find anything else worth quoting.

          2. Martin Powell
            2nd August 2016, 7:54

            Stats and beliefs are opposites, that you believe requires no stats, but stats require facts.

          3. @sjzelli

            Well, they are both great drivers, but claiming that Vettel’s stats were not partly down to a car advantage just as Hamilton’s are is laughable. Also Vettel was convincingly beaten by Ricciardo in 2014, even if he was ‘tired’ and on his way to Ferrari, it did still legitimately happen, you can’t just bury your head in the sand and make that go away!

          4. Lewis is a great driver who happens to be in the best car. Seb is a great driver who happens to drive a not so great car, but it happens in F1. You do not need to diminish Lewis achievements to remind us how good Seb is.

            Lewis is in his 10th season, he has driven race winnings cars, championship caliber cars and not so good cars. He has had terrible seasons but most were noteworthy, he has actually won races in every single season since he entered the sport in 2007 (I’m not sure it’s a record) so imply that all those numbers are due to his superior machine does not tell the whole truth. Plus, not noticing RBR superiority during Seb’s dominant 4-peat years is quite strange @sjzelli

          5. @jcost Red Bull did not have the fastest car in 2012, and hardly had a big advantage in 2010. In 2011 and 2013 Vettel just operated on a whole new level that at that time wasn’t even available for Hamilton I believe, he has grown massively since 2013. That’s why I believe even Alonso is no longer the top man in F1. Vettel vs. Hamilton, that would draw crowds from everywhere.

            Also Ricciardo has beaten Vettel in 2014 but hardly by the margin the points gap shows, and as many will now agree Ricciardo isn’t just some random bloke, many see him as a proper contender for a championship some day. I’d rather have Ricciardo beating me than Button beating me on my CV…

            @psynrg, @paulguitar It is a fact Vettel faced a much bigger opposition through 2010-2013. We had Button, Alonso, Hamilton, Webber all winning races regularly and even in 2012 we had 7 in the first 7 races. Hamilton his talent really only has to make sure he covers Rosberg, the car will go from there, Vettel his car bar 2011 was never that good that he only had to look at what Webber was doing. Here is then where Vettel was more fortunate, to have a teammate on whom he had the measure on most weekends. Hamilton onoccasion still has some actual work with Rosberg. You’re also right Vettel and Hamilton both had the luck/talent to drive these cars to this extent to win so much. I have pointed out on many times drivers their legacy isn’t build in the good years, those are just good for their stats.

            @xsavior Oh can you please stop saying ‘Rosberg received better reliability’! That’s just plain nonsense, you don’t receive it, it happens to every single driver in whatever category. That is motorracing, sometimes your car breaks down. On top of that (and I’m the biggest Webber fan on this site, so I have no interest in denying it but putting out the actual truth) Webber did not have worse reliability than Vettel. That has been documented on many occasions.

        3. Speculation and more speculation, qualy and race settings make it superhard to know anything for shure.what we do know is Ham gets paid the most! I think he’s contract says it all. Not Sebs, not Ros newer contract but Hams. And please pretend that you no more then the least bright f1 insider because you don’t. The no Nr 1 status should be the ultimate decider in how you rate yourself! Confidence in your ability to surpass your adversary. Otherwise your just another Trump.

    3. Maybe a tie? Is that possible?

      1. @drycrust They just count back and tot up the 2nds, 3rds, 4ths… etc. If it’s still a draw they would determine who achieved it first. In other words if it’s decided on 2nds, who had the most 2nd places first, and so forth.

        Then they also have pole positions, fastest laps, most followers on social media…

        1. Ha ha “… most followers on social media”. Very good.

  3. Mid-season drivers ranking coming up?

    1. It’s likely to be a more difficult ranking than most years I think. Personally the Red Bull trio of Ricciardo, Verstappen and Sainz would be in my top 5, probably with Hamilton and Perez. Putting them in any kind of order is tough though!

      1. Force India would have a consistent top 7 finisher if they managed to merge Saturday’s Hulkenberg with Sunday’s Perez.

    2. @dam00r @ben-n Yep, probably in the second half of August.

  4. Mark Webber was not a race winner when he got his century but he went on to be a race winner ofcourse….

    1. Correct, of all the Australians to hit a century Webber was the least succesfull at his 100th GP, one should also add most likely the most unlucky. Ricciardo has many more races to go untill he matches Webber but only 6 more wins. Going completely bias here, Webber is still the coolest chap to have ever raced in the sport.

  5. 1 Hamilton
    2 Ricardo
    3 verstappen
    4 perez
    5 sainz
    top five

    1. Manas,
      Those are drivers in the best cars. For me Alonso and Grosjean are doing a fantastic job as well but don’t get noticed as much.

    2. My driver rankings:

      1: Verstappen
      2: Hamilton
      3: Ricciardo
      4: Perez
      5: Sainz
      6: Grosjean
      7: Raikkonen
      8: Rosberg
      9: Vettel
      10: Wehrlein
      11: Bottas
      12: Hulkenburg
      13: Gutierrez
      14: Kvyat (I would rank him lower but he did finish 3rd in China)
      15: Magnussen
      16: Massa
      17: Nasr
      18: Ericsson
      19: Palmer
      20: Haryanto

      Now I can admit this list I just made was certainly not easy. The quality of the F1 field this year has made it quite hard to give the drivers their deserved rankings.

      1. I know the McHonda sucks but you forgot button and alonso!!!

        1. @rick1984 thanks! I knew I was forgetting something! Whoops. Well I’d put Alonso between Bottas and Hulkenburg and Button between Wehrlein and Bottas

  6. Points earned during the first 4 races of the season:

    Rosberg: 100
    Hamilton: 57

    Points earned during the 4 most recent races of the season:

    Hamilton: 100
    Rosberg: 57

    1. Nice stat!

      1. Yeah I love the symmetry. Im a sucker for symmetical stats. Someone posted earlier in the year that after Monaco every driver had the same number of wins as their teammate had pole positions (and obviously vice versa) My favourite stat ever I think

        Also along similar lines:

        Wins in the 7 races following the Hamilton’s and Rosberg’s collision at Spa 2014
        Hamilton: 6
        Rosberg: 1

        Wins in the 7 races following the Hamilton’s and Rosberg’s collision at Spa(in) 2016
        Hamilton: 6
        Rosberg: 1

        1. ROFL it was yours truly posting the teammates wins & poles stat after monaco! Like minds obviously! Let’s keep hunting those symmetry stats!

          1. *edit – it was after Canada, not Monaco ;)

          2. Was it? Haha brilliant :D

        2. ColdFly F1 (@)
          1st August 2016, 15:48

          good one Martin

        3. The most amazing stat there is that we’ve had 7 races since Spain. I can’t quite believe that!

  7. OmarRoncal - Go Seb!!! (@)
    1st August 2016, 15:05

    Nice stat Martin. So what about the other 4 races in the middle?
    Spain: both crashed together and got DNFs
    Monaco: Nico decided not to get into more trouble and let Lewis pass easily.
    Canada: while defending from Seb, Lewis took Nico out of the track. Race incident.
    Baku: Lewis crashed in quali, making an easy one to win for Nico.
    So we can say that the current difference in points is because of a bad Monaco race for Nico, a crash and bad luck for him, and some points recovered in Baku.
    Obviously, Nico is the big loser here. He was not able to maintain the healthy gap he built in the first 4 races. And worst of it is, he just doesn’t learn from his mistakes. When I saw his move on Max yesterday, it was as if Austria came back to haunt him. Silly move. He hasn’t learned the correct way to close the door to the outside driver.

    1. What is interesting about the other 4 races is that in 3 of them Hamilton and Rosberg scored the same amount of points (35 each across Spain, Canada and Baku) and since in the first 4 and last 4 races they scored the same amount of points too you can* attribute the entirety of the points difference between them after 12 races to one race: Monaco.

      *When I say you can I don’t mean that is a logical conclusion, just that you can make the statistics fit nicely that way ;)

    2. I don’t know if it silly, but a mistake none the less; just like Austria; when you brake late, you run out of braking space before the corner so you need those extra 4-5 meters which you normally have if there is no one parallel to you on the outside. If you turn you spin, if you push the brake harder, you lock-up and you need even more space to brake.

      Silly or not, the mistake was made where-ever he started braking, not in the corner.

  8. I think the title picture is prematurely counting chickens for Hamilton. Though it doesn’t look like there is anyone really who is able to stop him right now.

    Even if/when Hamilton ties Prost in wins, he would still need as many wins as Ayrton Senna had in total to catch Schumacher. Not a “stat,” just a very sobering thought and reminder of Schumacher’s legacy. Hamilton would have to have his very meteoric career over again. If next year’s car is any good, he will probably catch Schumacher for poles, though.

    All 8 drivers with more poles than Rosberg is a WDC, often more than once. This is not a new stat of course; you can go down to 15th on list and find a WDC. When you look at who those 8 drivers are, though, it’s pretty rarified air. If he stays paired with Hamilton it looks like he may go down as one of the “quickest” drivers by far never to win a title.

    1. 2015 Hamilton surpassed Senna in wins, and equalled in titles
      2016 Hamilton surpasses Prost in wins and equals in titles (most likely)

      Perhaps a bit farfetched but will Hamilton be the first driver to both equal the win tally of another driver in a season and his championship tally in that season, and that in consecutive seasons.

    2. @dmw Comment above has nothing to do with yours, was an accident.

      However, in my opinion Rosberg is already the best driver to have never won a title. At least he is the most succesful to have never won a title, that is fact. It’s really weird to think but the only other who might go down that route is Ricciardo, I believe when the car is there it will be Verstappen taking the title.

      1. @xtwl What about Stirling Moss? In my opinion he is the best driver never to have won the title. 16 wins, and he achieved that in only 66 starts. Finished second in the WDC four times and third three times. And I also predict that Verstappen will cause a lot of crashes if he has the chance to fight for the championship. Ricciardo is the cleaner and faster racer.

        1. Max is young and aggressive but we dont know what he will do if he had a clear winning car. We may all argue like we did with Vettel and Hamilton… It is more important when he does it with a crap car (i mean not too bad, but very unreliable and botched car that is not too slow, and win on his own and not at the mercy of a leading cars crashing… etc)

          Currently, Ham i think is the only driver to have won a GP in every season he attended on his own without a drama of leaders crashing out!

          1. Then again Hamilton is the only driver to have had a GP winning from race one of his career.

          2. @xtwl

            “Then again Hamilton is the only driver to have had a GP winning from race one of his career”

            Well that just isn’t true! For instance if you take full seasons in F1, as a comment below does, Vettel has had a race winning car every season and doesn’t have a win every season to show for it.

            Even if you rule out the “every season” part drivers still fall short of winning a race in a season driving a GP winning car: Schumacher for example, or Raikkonen

          3. @xtwl, As Martin notes, it depends on whether or not you consider a full season, as you could therefore make a case that there were some historical figures who had the fortune to drive the best cars throughout their career. Fangio would be one such example – he certainly enjoyed the best cars in the field from 1950 to 1957, with the two races he did in 1958 being more for publicity and fun than being serious efforts.

          4. “Then again Hamilton is the only driver to have had a GP winning from race one of his career”

            Well, Jacques Villeneuve had one too @xtwl.

    3. To quickly catch Schumacher in wins Hamilton would be greatly helped by a number 2 driver. But knowing Lewis he won’t ask for one. At the rate he is going at now, I can see him make it to 84 or so wins if he is in the fastest car for the next three seasons. The other 7 or so wins he needs, he is going to have to scrape up over the next 3 years before he reaches the F1 retirement age of 37. If he extends his career past that I can see him making it to maybe age 40 and maybe a couple more wins if the cars are good. He has some young genes, so who knows. The record is definitely within reach.

      1. @david-beau Or Mercedes completely ruin their 2017 challenger and all of a sudden we get Red Bull on P1-2 every weekend. You can’t know. It’s not that likely but there is no guarantee if they open the regs a dominant team will remain dominant. You musn’t forget Mercedes their advantage has been much protected by the rules in the past three years.

        1. it’s being protected by the wider tires and increased drag profile of the chassis too.

          The only way Merc lose is if they dump the boost (limit it) and drop the fuel limit (100/105kg). Adding more drag to the drive train or the chassis will only help Mercedes, it will not hurt them at all, unless they choose to lose. Their motor/power train is in a different class to the rest of the field. & Ferrari won’t catch them, and RBR, well, heh, it’s not happening, I wouldn’t be surprised if Renault leaves F1 in the next couple years, right after Sauber, and maybe even Manor, if Toto loses interest in the team. Funny how Williams suck after Toto had to sell his shares in the team.

          1. What you describe was the case in 14 & 15, now in 2016 it is the total Merc package that is ahead, however Red Bull are back to having a competitive car with very effective Aero and are less hamstrung by the engine as was the case in 14 & 15. I expect Red Bull will step much closer to Merc in 2017.

            Ferrari as usual for the last 5-6 years are in a mess, with the view coming from the inside the sport that the Ferrari PU is equal to Mercedes but the rest of the car is lacking downforce and not working harmoniously.

            With the PU development restrictions removed for 2017 the performance of the PU’s will start to even out. If McLaren can persuade Honda to spend their remaining tokens on this seasons engine and not abandon efforts completely to focus on 2017 they could step past the Merc customer teams of Force India and Williams.

            McLaren need credit, they are developing their car at a fast rate, it’s wrong to view them this year by the disaster of 2015.

  9. This was first race where there were exactly two retirements, with both representing same country. Incidentally, they have same first name too.

  10. RIC last four races: 5, 4, 3, 2 – anyone fancy a dabble on a Ricciardo win in Belgium..?

    Since Max Verstappen’s debut win at Barcelona, both Red Bull drivers have scored two 2nd place finishes, one 3rd, 4th, and 5th

    VES only driver to have finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th this year (just missing a 7th and 9th for all 10 points scoring positions!)

    1. If HAM starts from the Pit Lane due to taking a new PU, then RIC would have a good chance to do just that, although ROS & VES might have something to say about that. Sorry Ferrari fans, but I can’t really see either of their drivers doing well in the remaining races (unless both Red Bull and Mercedes) have a bad day.

      1. We’ve already seen HAM and ROS tangle at Spa in the past (’14), and have seen them crash into each other numerous times so far this year, so i’m DEFINITELY not ruling it out again next race!
        Agreed, Ferrari are too far behind RB

      2. @ijw1 if Lewis starts from pit lane in Belgium I’d put my money on ROS, unless it rains…

        1. It’s Spa, so of course it’s going to rain! :-)

  11. Has Rosberg gathered more penalties this season alone than in the rest of his entire career?

    1. Has he got more penalties in this month alone than in the rest of his entire career?

      1. And by this month I obviously mean last month (July). Damn you August where did you spring from?

      2. Probably indicative of just how desperate he is getting.

        I fear for what may happen going forward, if he continues in this form.

        1. It is not hard to guess what will happen: he will be like a swiss cheese :) lots of holes in his hopes/dreams…

          1. You mean he’ll be holy?

            He already thinks he is!

  12. The start statistic is very interesting. I thought of it as well this morning and it’s been bugging me a bit since. Can anybody find some sort of explanation for that? Is this a common thing or is it in fact really rare?

    1. If you play f1 games, do you find it easier starting on pole rather than starting 2nd? I think it’s just pressure.. especially that both mercedes are somehow slow starting off the line….

      1. Unfortunately we haven’t seen anyone other than Merc take a standing start from pole this season but it does seem like Merc has problems.

        Of the 6 poles Hamilton has taken and the 5 poles Rosberg has both drivers have only managed to convert pole to a first lap lead twice.

        Merc did say at the start of the season that they have a hardware issue with the clutch. It could be that that is causing issues for the drivers. If it is exasperated by sitting on the grid longer (like the pole sitter does) that would go some way to explaining the stat. That would also correlate with info reported from the drivers (most recently Rosberg in Germany) that their formation lap starts are better than their actual race starts.

        I don’t think it is driver pressure. There has been just as much pressure during the previous 2 seasons and (apart from a blip in mid 2015 when they messed with their procedure in preparation for the rule change) Mercedes starts generally haven’t been much of a problem before this season.

        1. That’s another thing. If I had noticed, Nico was lining up on the grid too early in comparison to other cars. Once I saw him did that, I knew that he could be in a bit of trouble. He should have bunched the pack because you want to avoid sitting there for as long as possible…

          1. @krichelle, haven’t they been explicitly told not to do that (and complained about that exactly because it means they’ll be stationary for a long time)?

          2. Well… that’s not our problem, if Nico wants to do that, which has cost him already… then fine for me…. But the more stationary, the more problems it can create.

      2. @krichelle I do sim race (albeit not on F1) however I don’t qualify up the grid far enough to know! There is the pressure yes but even then, pole is supposed to be an advantage.

        1. I play f1 the game and I have bought it every year since it’s come out. In the 2016 version I prefer starting on pole however:) But then again the real Lewis isn’t starting P2 so it’s like racing against about 21 drivers with the skill of Nico…no problemo

  13. Not new by any means, but are there any other drivers like HAM who have had at least one win in every single F1 season they’ve raced in?

    1. Nope. He is the only one. I wonder if in the future when he is gone over the hill, if he would rather retire with the statistic or jump into a non-winning car to keep racing?

    2. No, Hamilton is the only one. Michael Schumacher did it in his first career from 1992-2006 if you only count full seasons (discounting his partial debut year in ’91.) Although that of course includes the debacle that was Indy ’05.

      Vettel was the same until 2014 (again only counting full seasons.) Hamilton has now won races in 10 consecutive seasons. Schumacher has the record with 15. Prost also managed 10 (81-90), and won races in 11 different seasons in total. Senna won races in 9 consecutive seasons. Alonso has also won races in 9 different (non-consecutive) seasons. This is actually pretty interesting, wish I had more time to delve into it.

  14. 3rd race in a row that Ericsson has started dead last – first driver to do so since, erm, Ericsson managed it in Belgium-Italy-Singapore 2014, driving for Caterham.

    No driver has finished 3rd more than twice this year (the same is true for 5th and 10th).

    Massa’s DNF due to collision damage means that every team has had at least 1 non-mechanical DNF this year.

    Hamilton has passed both Prost and Vettel in terms of number of laps led – he trails only M Schumacher and Senna.

    111th podium for an Australian driver, and 111th podium for Mercedes.

    Exactly half of Ricciardo’s 100 GPs have been for Red Bull.

    Hamilton and Vettel combined have equalled M Schumacher’s 91 wins.

    Ericsson has started 22nd and finished 18th in both his German GPs.

    Hulkenberg and Perez finished 7th and 10th, just as they did 2 years ago.

    3rd consecutive German DNF for Massa.

    3rd consecutive race in which Mercedes have locked out the front row and Red Bull have locked out the second row.

    (thanks to magnetimarelli.com for some of the above)

    1. @paulgilb Hamilton and Vettel combined have equalled M Schumacher’s 91 wins.


      1. ColdFly F1 (@)
        2nd August 2016, 20:26

        Hamilton and Vettel combined have equalled M Schumacher’s 91 wins.

        …. and combined are equal to M Schumacher’s at 7 WDC titles.
        @paulgilb, @xtwl

  15. Not really a race specific one but:

    This is the second consecutive season not to feature a driver using number 1 as their car number. It is looking more likely at this point than any other in 2016 that Hamilton will retain the drivers championship, the logical conclusion of which would be that 2017 would be the 3rd straight season to not feature a driver with number 1 on his car.

    Is that a record? I know there have been seasons where number 1 hasn’t featured but I’m not sure about consecutive seasons.

    1. Martin, you are right that this would be the first time that there have been consecutive seasons where no driver has used No.1.

      I believe that, with the exception of 1955 (and discounting the Indianapolis 500, which formed part of the WDC but ran to completely different regulations), every season has seen at least one driver use No.1 at one point during the season. However, it wasn’t until 1973 that the defending champion was compelled to use No.1 (before that, I believe that the race organisers had the right to allocate race numbers), so sometimes the numbering could be extremely arbitrary – for example, in 1972 the organisers of the Belgian GP decided, for some reason, to start numbering everybody from No.5 (which was given to Chris Amon) upwards.

      1. There’s a whole lot of people doing a whole lot of shouting and people with such knowlegde post anon, what a shame.

    2. 1993 and 1994 season featured no number 1 car. This was because both champions from the previous season retired. So currently, we are matching this statistic.

      1. In both these seasons, it was Damon Hill who took the number 0 on his car

        1. Oh so there is a chance for a new record next year? Nice :)

    3. the logical conclusion of which would be that 2017 would be the 3rd straight season to not feature a driver with number 1 on his car.

      Is that a record?

      Yes, it would be. The only previous seasons which never featured a car number one were 1993 and 1994 as @djdaveyp87 notes. More on that here:


  16. Here’s a quick one I overlooked: Hamilton can no longer equal Senna’s pole positions tally this year.

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