2015: The Monaco Grand Prix in Numbers

Statistics from the Monaco GP weekend

Total number of laps completed (by driver)

Carlos Sainz 200
Lewis Hamilton 198
Nico Rosberg 197
Daniil Kvyat 181
Felipe Massa 178
Sergio Perez 178
Romain Grosjean 175
Sebastian Vettel 174
Nico Hulkenberg 173
Daniel Ricciardo 172
Max Verstappen 168
Valtteri Bottas 167
Felipe Nasr 161
Kimi Raikkonen 158
Will Stevens 157
Roberto Merhi 156
Jenson Button 155
Marcus Ericsson 151
Fernando Alonso 124
Pastor Maldonado 111

Total number of laps completed (by team)

Mercedes 395
Toro Rosso 368
Red Bull 353
Force India 351
Williams 345
Ferrari 332
Manor 313
Sauber 312
Lotus 286
McLaren 279

Total number of laps completed (by engine supplier)

Mercedes (4 teams) 1377
Ferrari (3 teams) 957
Renault (2 teams) 721
Honda (1 team) 279

Number of race laps: 78
Number of safety cars: 1
Number of race starters: 20
Number of times race lead changed hands (includes pole sitter): 1
Number of different race leaders (excludes pole sitter if lead changes off the line): 2
Number of classified drivers: 17
Number of retirements: 3
Number of drivers on lead lap at chequered flag: 14
Number of teams scoring points: 7
Most places gained: Carlos Sainz 10 (Pit-lane (20) – 10)
Number of visits to pit-lane: 33
…of which were pit-stops: 32
Stop/go penalties (added to pit-stop): 1
Drive through penalties: 0
Retirements in pit-lane: 1
Fastest lap: Daniel Ricciardo 1:18.063

Strategy blunder costs Hamilton victory as Rosberg notches up third Monaco win

Nico Rosberg won the Monaco Grand Prix for the third year in a row following a costly mistake from his Mercedes team.

Lewis Hamilton secured pole position on Saturday and looked set for a lights to flag victory around the streets of Monte Carlo before a pit-stop error put paid to that. He ended up in third place behind Rosberg and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

When the lights went out signalling the start of the race, Hamilton and Rosberg maintained their positions of first and second, while Vettel remained third. Daniil Kvyat locked up as he moved ahead of his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo and came close to making contact with Vettel, but all emerged out of the first corner unscathed. There was contact further down the field between Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg at Mirabeau, the former of which picked up a five second stop/go penalty as the Force India ended up in the barrier. Hulkenberg was able to pit for a new nose and continued in the race but ultimately was on the back-foot and finished outside the points. Felipe Massa was another driver needing to pit after the first lap and he sounded desolate as he came over the team radio and said “it’s over”. He – as was the case with Hulkenberg – continued after his pit-stop but failed to score any points.

Pastor Maldonado may be ruing the day he selected ’13’ as his permanent driver number after the Lotus driver suffered more bad luck. He retired from the race after just six laps due to a brake-by-wire issue, which the team had initially tried to manage by asking him to lift and coast. He was joined on the sidelines by Alonso, who had already endured a difficult weekend when his car suffered electrical issues during qualifying. His issues on Sunday appeared to be gearbox related as his car overheated.

Following 64 laps of what was very much a procession there was drama after a close battle between Max Verstappen and Romain Grosjean. Grosjean led the pair and Verstappen closed the gap to him, trying to find a way to overtake. The Toro Rosso driver had already encountered a long pit-stop earlier in the race and it looked like he may be able to salvage a point. As the pair approached Ste Devote Verstappen made heavy contact with the rear of the Lotus and was sent as a passenger into the barriers. It was a big impact but thankfully Verstappen was OK, reporting he was “a bit stiff” as he completed his post-race media interviews. He suggested that Grosjean had braked early, causing him to make the mistake, but the stewards ruled that Verstappen was at fault and he carries a five place grid drop to Canada as well as two penalty points on his licence.

The Virtual Safety Car was initially used to cover the incident however the real safety car was soon deployed and Hamilton’s race started to unravel. He had built up a lead of nearly 20 seconds to his team-mate, but a miscalculation from the team saw him brought into the pits for a new set of tyres. They didn’t have quite as much time in hand as they imagined and Rosberg and Vettel continued on past the pits. Vettel was ahead as they crossed the safety car line meaning Hamilton had to settle for third, primed for an overtake once racing was resumed. Vettel suggested to his team it was like “swimming with weights on my feet” in relation to his soft compound tyres – while Hamilton had taken on fresh super-softs – as they would struggle to get heat back into them after the safety car period.

When racing was resumed, Hamilton failed to find a way past Vettel, allowing Rosberg to build up a gap and cross the line to take his third Monaco victory in a row. In the championship, he now lies just ten points behind his team-mate. Behind the top three, Kvyat finished a career best fourth after Red Bull employed team orders to try and get on the podium. Ricciardo had been released to try and get amongst the top three, and he got close to Hamilton in third but was unable to pass. As had been agreed, he allowed Kvyat back past him at the final corner. Kimi Raikkonen finished in sixth, not happy with a move he described as being “not very nice” from Ricciardo who pushed him wide. The move was investigated but no further action was warranted. Sergio Perez finished an impressive seventh for Force India while Jenson Button finally secured McLaren’s first points of the season – four for finishing eighth. Rounding out the top ten were Felipe Nasr for Sauber and Carlos Sainz, who started from the pit-lane having been disqualified from qualifying for missing the weighbridge.

The next race is the Canadian Grand Prix in a fortnight’s time.

2015: The Spanish Grand Prix in Numbers

Statistics from the Spanish Grand Prix weekend

Total number of laps completed (by driver)

Nico Rosberg 166
Max Verstappen 158
Felipe Massa 158
Carlos Sainz 157
Sebastian Vettel 153
Felipe Nasr 153
Kimi Raikkonen 148
Jenson Button 147
Lewis Hamilton 146
Nico Hulkenberg 142
Sergio Perez 140
Valtteri Bottas 140
Will Stevens 137
Roberto Merhi 126
Marcus Ericsson 125
Daniil Kvyat 120
Pastor Maldonado 117
Daniel Ricciardo 113
Romain Grosjean 109
Fernando Alonso 104
Susie Wolff 22
Jolyon Palmer 21
Raffaele Marciello 15

Total number of laps completed (by team)

Williams 320
Toro Rosso 315
Mercedes 312
Ferrari 301
Sauber 293
Force India 282
Manor 263
McLaren 251
Lotus 247
Red Bull 233

Total number of laps completed (by engine supplier)

Mercedes (4 teams) 1161
Ferrari (3 teams) 857
Renault (2 teams) 548
Honda (1 team) 251

Number of race laps: 66
Number of safety cars: 0
Number of race starters: 20
Number of times race lead changed hands (includes pole sitter): 4
Number of different race leaders (excludes pole sitter if lead changes off the line): 3
Number of classified drivers: 18
Number of retirements: 2
Number of drivers on lead lap at chequered flag: 6
Number of teams scoring points: 6
Most places gained: Sergio Perez 5 (18th – 13th)
Number of visits to pit-lane: 48
…of which were pit-stops: 46
Stop/go penalties (added to pit-stop): 0
Drive through penalties: 0
Retirements in pit-lane: 2
Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton 1:28.270

Spanish Grand Prix victory for Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg has won the Spanish Grand Prix, beating team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

The Mercedes duo joined by a Ferrari driver image is fast becoming very familiar as it has been the result at all five races so far. It was Rosberg’s first visit to the top step of the podium in 2015 as he convincingly beat Hamilton by 17.5 seconds. Vettel was a distant third for Ferrari.

The Circuit de Catalunya is notoriously difficult for overtaking so it was not much of a surprise that the top four on the grid were in the same order come the chequered flag. A slightly longer than usual pit-stop for Hamilton cost him some time and he also lost out at the start when he was passed by Vettel. He nearly lost out to Valtteri Bottas as well but he was eventually able to keep the Williams driver at bay. Hamilton used a three stop strategy while Rosberg and Vettel went for two stops. Bottas finished fourth also on a two stop, keeping Kimi Raikkonen at bay in the closing laps of the race. Felipe Massa ended up the last unlapped driver in seventh, with the rest of the top ten being passed by the leaders.

Pastor Maldonado enjoyed a feisty start to his race, passing a number of cars. He made early contact with his team-mate Romain Grosjean and after running wide across bollard, one of his rear wing endplates became dislodged. At one of his pit-stops the team removed the broken part, leaving him circulating with his rear wing attached by just one mount. He managed to run faster than the cars around him but the team eventually retired his car. There was some drama in the pit-lane when Grosjean missed his marks in the pit-lane and caused the front jackman who be lifted airborne on the jack. He was later spotted being wheeled through the paddock on a trolley with his foot in a bandage. That wasn’t the only pit-lane drama as Fernando Alonso dramatically had rear brake failure and was not able to stop in his pit-box. The front jackman had time to react and moved out of the way as Alonso came to an eventual smoking stop. He had already encountered brake issues on the previous lap, struggling to stop for the first corner and it was the brake issues which ended his race.

Daniel Ricciardo picked up his fifth points finish of the year in seventh place ahead of Grosjean, Carlos Sainz, and Daniil Kvyat. The latter two made contact on the last lap and Sainz used the run off area to get ahead. Max Verstappen missed out on points by just a second. Felipe Nasr, Sergio Perez, Marcus Ericsson, Nico Hulkenberg, Jenson Button, Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi were the rest of the finishers. Button endured a difficult race from start to finish as he struggled with throttle issues and wheelspin.

It was Mercedes’ fourth 1-2 finish of the season. The next race of the season is the Monaco Grand Prix, where generally anything can happen. Can Ferrari or someone else halt the Mercedes duo once again?

2015: The Bahrain Grand Prix in Numbers

Statistics from the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend

Total number of laps completed (by driver)

Valtteri Bottas 150
Felipe Massa 143
Nico Rosberg 143
Lewis Hamilton 141
Marcus Ericsson 137
Pastor Maldonado 134
Nico Hulkenberg 134
Sergio Perez 130
Kimi Raikkonen 128
Felipe Nasr 127
Romain Grosjean 125
Daniel Ricciardo 124
Sebastian Vettel 121
Fernando Alonso 117
Roberto Merhi 115
Daniil Kvyat 109
Carlos Sainz 107
Max Verstappen 107
Will Stevens 106
Jenson Button 32
Jolyon Palmer 31

Total number of laps completed (by team)

Williams 293
Lotus 290
Mercedes 284
Sauber 264
Force India 264
Ferrari 245
Red Bull 233
Manor 221
Toro Rosso 214
McLaren 149

Total number of laps completed (by engine manufacturer)

Mercedes (4 teams) 1131
Ferrari (3 teams) 730
Renault (2 teams) 447
Honda (1 team) 149

Number of race laps: 57
Number of safety cars: 0
Number of race starters: 19
Number of times race lead changed hands (includes pole sitter): 5
Number of different race leaders (excludes pole sitter if lead changes off the line): 3
Number of classified drivers: 17
Number of retirements: 2
Number of drivers on lead lap at chequered flag: 7
Number of teams scoring points: 6
Most places gained: Felipe Massa 9 (19th – 10th)
Number of visits to pit-lane: 44
…of which were pit-stops: 43
Stop/go penalties (added to pit-stop): 2
Drive through penalties: 0
Retirements in pit-lane: 1
Fastest lap: Kimi Raikkonen 1:36.311

Lewis Hamilton holds on to win Bahrain Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton notched up his third win of the year by taking the chequered flag first at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

It was a nervy final 20 laps for the team as Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen mounted a charge and eventually passed Nico Rosberg. Both Silver Arrows cars limped across the line with brake issues and, had the race been a few laps longer, it could have been Raikkonen on the top step of the podium.

Hamilton started the race on pole position ahead of Sebastian Vettel while Rosberg and Raikkonen lined up on the second row. Before the race McLaren confirmed that Jenson Button would not be taking part due to an ERS problem. He had already endured a difficult weekend, completing minimal laps in practice and breaking down on his out lap in qualifying. He instead took to live tweeting during the race. Felipe Massa nearly failed to make the start after stalling on the grid but the team were able to get him fired up in the pit-lane and as a result he started at the back of the pack.

Prior to the race even starting Carlos Sainz was handed a five second stop/go penalty for exceeding the time limit for his reconnaissance lap. Pastor Maldonado also picked up the same penalty for being out of position on the grid. When the lights went out Raikkonen moved up to third ahead of Rosberg. It did not take long for the Mercedes driver to move back ahead, however, and he soon set off on pursuit of Vettel. He overtook his fellow countryman but throughout the race he had to pass him twice more. Vettel pitted twice attempting to make the undercut work – which it did – but Rosberg found a way through each time. It was an uncharacteristically scruffy race for the four time world champion who locked up and ran deep a number of times. On one occasion he ran wide and picked up some damage to his front wing meaning he had to add an extra pit-stop. His advantage, however, was enough that he was able to hold on to fifth position.

While most of the front runners took on the soft tyres again – leaving a stint on the medium tyres on the end – while Raikkonen went in the opposite direction. He pitted for the final time on lap 40 and started reeling the leaders in at a rate of about two seconds a lap. He continued to put the pressure on and Rosberg ran wide at Turn 1 allowing him through. It later transpired that Rosberg had brake issues as did race leader Hamilton but Raikkonen ran out of laps to catch him. It was Raikkonen’s first visit to the podium since the latter half of 2013.

Elsewhere it was an eventful end to the race for Daniel Ricciardo whose engine gave up at the final corner. He limped across the line giving Red Bull a double points finish. In total contrast both Toro Rosso drivers failed to finish – Sainz at the side of the track and Max Verstappen retiring in the garage. Maldonado nearly became a third retirement as he suffered with engine problems during his pit-stop but he managed to keep going. Also in the points were Valterri Bottas in fourth for Williams, Romain Grosjean in seventh for Lotus, Sergio Perez eighth, Daniil Kvyat ninth and Felipe Massa in tenth. Massa’s tyres started to go off towards the end of the race and Fernando Alonso started closing the gap rapidly. When they crossed the line at the end of the race Alonso was just around four seconds behind the Williams driver while he had been 15 seconds back. Alonso had had a battle with the front runners earlier in the race – unlapping himself when they started to catch him.

The next race signals the start of the European season with the Spanish Grand Prix.

2015: The Chinese Grand Prix in Numbers

Statistics from the Chinese Grand Prix weekend

Total number of laps completed (by driver)

Kimi Raikkonen 151
Max Verstappen 145
Marcus Ericsson 145
Nico Rosberg 140
Sebastian Vettel 138
Carlos Sainz 137
Valtteri Bottas 136
Lewis Hamilton 135
Felipe Nasr 135
Pastor Maldonado 131
Sergio Perez 128
Daniel Ricciardo 127
Jenson Button 125
Romain Grosjean 122
Roberto Merhi 118
Felipe Massa 112
Fernando Alonso 111
Will Stevens 101
Daniil Kvyat 76
Nico Hulkenberg 76
Jolyon Palmer 25

Total number of laps completed (by team)

Ferrari 289
Toro Rosso 282
Sauber 280
Lotus 278
Mercedes 275
Williams 248
McLaren 236
Manor 219
Force India 204
Red Bull 203

Total number of laps completed (by engine manufacturer)

Mercedes (4 teams) 1005
Ferrari (3 teams) 788
Renault (2 teams) 485
Honda (1 team) 236

Number of race laps: 56
Number of safety cars: 1
Number of race starters: 20
Number of times race lead changed hands (includes pole sitter): 4
Number of different race leaders (excludes pole sitter if lead changes off the line): 3
Number of classified drivers: 17
Number of retirements: 4
Number of drivers on lead lap at chequered flag: 9
Number of teams scoring points: 6
Most places gained: Fernando Alonso 6 (18th – 12th)
Number of visits to pit-lane: 39
…of which were pit-stops: 38
Stop/go penalties (added to pit-stop): 0
Drive through penalties: 0
Retirements in pit-lane: 1
Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton 1:42.208