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Lewis Hamilton takes victory in rain disrupted Brazilian Grand Prix

Two red flags and several safety cars disrupted the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix, but they didn’t prevent Lewis Hamilton taking his ninth win of the season. His first victory in Brazil couldn’t have come at a better time as he prevented Nico Rosberg from wrapping up the championship.

Treacherous conditions greeted teams and drivers on Sunday and the FIA took the decision to start the race behind the safety car. Romain Grosjean became the first driver to get caught out by aquaplaning as he spun on his reconnaissance lap on the way to the grid. The race start was also delayed by ten minutes.

The race eventually concluded three hours after it started with Hamilton crossing the line 11 seconds clear of Rosberg. Max Verstappen was driver of the day as he recovered from a late spin to climb back up the order to third. Sergio Perez was fourth ahead of another spinner Sebastian Vettel. Carlos Sainz was sixth with Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo seventh and eighth.

Local driver Felipe Nasr started last on the grid but finished in ninth place ahead of Fernando Alonso in tenth. Alonso was another driver who spun during the race but recovered to score a point.

Valtteri Bottas was 11th ahead of Esteban Ocon, Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen and Pascal Wehrlein. Jenson Button struggled throughout the race with the handling of his McLaren and was the last of 16th classified finishers.

Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, and Marcus Ericsson joined Grosjean on the sidelines after getting caught out by the conditions – their cars being sent into spins by aquaplaning and into the barrier. Jolyon Palmer cited poor visibility for his race ending accident when he made contact with Kvyat who continued. Esteban Gutierrez retired with car problems.

It was a disappointing end to his last Grand Prix for Massa who retired during the race. He was clearly emotional as he climbed out of his car after hitting the barrier, raising the Brazilian flag above his head. There were extraordinary scenes in the pit-lane as Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams congregated outside their garages to give him a guard of honour while the race was still happening. Massa was greeted by his family as he walked down the pit-lane. He later described the moment as overwhelming but said the reaction from the fans made him proud.

The championship will conclude in Abu Dhabi.




The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Numbers

Statistics from the season finale in Abu Dhabi

Total number of laps completed (by driver)

Nico Rosberg 154
Sebastian Vettel 154
Esteban Gutierrez 152
Lewis Hamilton 151
Sergio Perez 149
Jean-Eric Vergne 143
Nico Hulkenberg 141
Kevin Magnussen 141
Kimi Raikkonen 140
Daniel Ricciardo 136
Valtteri Bottas 134
Felipe Massa 134
Will Stevens 131
Kamui Kobayashi 127
Adrian Sutil 127
Jenson Button 124
Daniil Kvyat 122
Pastor Maldonado 120
Romain Grosjean 115
Fernando Alonso 106
Esteban Ocon 29
Adderly Fong 29

Total number of laps completed (by team)

Mercedes 305
Sauber 304
Red Bull 290
Force India 290
Lotus 287
Williams 268
Toro Rosso 265
McLaren 265
Ferrari 246
Caterham 127

Number of race laps: 55
Number of safety cars: 0
Number of race starters: 20
Number of times race lead changed hands (includes pole sitter): 6
Number of different race leaders (excludes pole sitter if lead changes off the line): 3
Number of classified drivers: 17
Number of retirements: 3
Number of drivers on lead lap at chequered flag: 12
Number of teams scoring points: 6
Most places gained: 14 (Daniel Ricciardo 20th (pit-lane) – 4th)
Number of visits to pit-lane: 43
…of which were pit-stops: 41
Stop/go penalties (added to pit-stop): 1
Drive through penalties: 1
Retirements in pit-lane: 1
Fastest lap: Daniel Ricciardo 1:44.496 on lap 50

2014: The Japanese Grand Prix in Numbers

Statistics from the Japanese GP weekend

Total number of laps completed (by driver)

Kevin Magnussen 130
Jenson Button 129
Daniil Kvyat 126
Nico Rosberg 125
Valtteri Bottas 125
Romain Grosjean 124
Lewis Hamilton 121
Adrian Sutil 118
Pastor Maldonado 117
Sebastian Vettel 117
Felipe Massa 112
Max Chilton 107
Esteban Gutierrez 106
Daniel Ricciardo 104
Kimi Raikkonen 102
Marcus Ericsson 101
Nico Hulkenberg 97
Jules Bianchi 94
Jean-Eric Vergne 85
Sergio Perez 82
Fernando Alonso 75
Kamui Kobayashi 67
Roberto Mehri 24
Max Verstappen 22

Total number of laps completed (by team)

McLaren 259
Mercedes 246
Lotus 241
Williams 237
Toro Rosso 233
Sauber 224
Red Bull 221
Marussia 201
Caterham 192
Force India 179
Ferrari 177

Number of race laps: 44
Number of safety cars: 3
Number of race starters: 22
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: 21
Number of retirements: 1
Number of drivers on lead lap at chequered flag (/red flag): 9
Number of teams scoring points: 6
Most places gained: 11 (Jean-Eric Vergne 20th – 9th)
Number of visits to pit-lane: 79
…of which were pit-stops: 57
Stop/go penalties: 0
Drive through penalties: 0
Retirements in pit-lane: 0
Brought in by safety car: 22
Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton 1:51.600 on lap 39

F1 2014: The Season So Far in Numbers

With eleven races having already been completed just eight stand between 22 drivers and the end of the 2014 Formula One season. Mercedes have dominated so far and the team are leading the constructors championship by a considerable margin while Nico Rosberg is on top of the drivers championship. We have already looked at the winners and losers of 2014 (part one & part two) but here is an overall look at the season so far in numbers.

The Basics

Unsurprisingly, Mercedes top most of the basic statistics. Nico Rosberg has most pole positions (6), Lewis Hamilton has most wins (5), and Rosberg also has most podiums (9). Mercedes have the most pole positions overall (10) – Williams are the only other team to have a 2014 pole – while they also lead the wins tally (9), with Daniel Ricciardo winning the other two for Red Bull. Mercedes have 16 podiums in total (from a possible 22) compared with Red Bull’s 7.

It’s Fernando Alonso who has most points finishes – a 100% record for the year – but Mercedes have most points finishes as a team. You will also find the Silver Arrows at the top of the fastest laps total as well as the team have 7 – that’s six more than any other team. While Mercedes may be dominating every other statistic one area they falter is finishes.

Jenson Button and Alonso have most classified finishes – another 100% record – with McLaren and Ferrari also leading the way with 21 each. Mercedes have 19 classified finishes from 22 so far. Alonso is the only driver to finish every race in 2014 and Ferrari lead the actual finishes tally as well.


Not one driver in 2014 has a clean sweep in qualifying. The driver with the best record over their team-mate is Romain Grosjean who currently leads Pastor Maldonado 10 – 1. Nico Hulkenberg leads Sergio Perez 9-2 as does Kamui Kobayashi over Marcus Ericsson. Other biggish gaps are 8-3, with Valtteri Bottas leading Felipe Massa and Jules Bianchi leading Max Chilton.

The most evenly matched team-mates in qualifying can be found at McLaren, Toro Rosso, and Red Bull where one driver is beating the other 6-5. Jenson Button, Jean-Eric Vergne, and Daniel Ricciardo are the drivers ahead.

There have been 17 grid drops so far in 2014 with drivers losing a combined total of 94 places between them (not including when drivers are excluded from qualifying/made to start from the pit-lane).

A total of 12 drivers have received grid penalties in 2014 of either 3, 5 or 10 places. Esteban Gutierrez has dropped the most places in total – 23 – from four grid penalties. Three of these were as a result of car problems (gearbox) and one was for a driver error (causing a collision). Other drivers with grid penalties this year are as follows:

  • Valtteri Bottas: 1 car (5 places, gearbox), 1 driver (5 places, impeding)
  • Max Chilton: 1 car (5 places, gearbox), 1 driver (3 places, causing a collision)
  • Daniel Ricciardo: 1 car (10 places, unsafe release)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne: 1 car (10 places, loose wheel in practice)
  • Sebastian Vettel: 1 car (5 places, gearbox)
  • Jules Bianchi: 1 car (5 places, gearbox)
  • Kamui Kobayashi: 1 car (5 places, gearbox)
  • Lewis Hamilton: 1 car (5 places, gearbox)
  • Adrian Sutil: 1 driver (5 places, impeding)
  • Pastor Maldonado: 1 driver (5 places causing a collision)
  • Sergio Perez: 1 driver (5 places, causing a collision)

The top ten in terms of average starting position is as follows:

  1. Nico Rosberg 1.90
  2. Daniel Ricciardo 5.09
  3. Lewis Hamilton 6.09
  4. Sebastian Vettel 6.45
  5. Fernando Alonso 6.72
  6. Valtteri Bottas 7.72
  7. Felipe Massa 8.18
  8. Nico Hulkenberg 8.18
  9. Jenson Button 9
  10. Kevin Magnussen 9.54

In terms of starting positions the biggest gap between team-mates is 4.18 between the Mercedes duo while the smallest gap between team-mates is 0.45 between the Toro Rosso and Williams pairing.


Monaco, Canada, and Hungary have been the races so far with most safety cars – 2 – while Malaysia, China, Spain, and Austria all had 0 safety cars.

All but two of the eleven races so far have seen all 22 cars start the race. Sergio Perez failed to start in Malaysia due to a gearbox problem while Pastor Maldonado failed to start in Monaco thanks to a faulty fuel pump. The races with most classified finishes were China and Spain – both with 20 – while Australia had the fewest classified finishers (13). The race with most retirements was the Canadian Grand Prix which saw 9 drivers retire from the race while China and Spain had fewest retirements – 2 each.

The race with the most lead changes was Hungary (8) which also had the most different race leaders (5). Bahrain saw 15 drivers finish on the lead lap while only four managed that feat in Monaco. Eight teams scored points in Monaco – including Marussia’s first ever Formula 1 points – while only 5 scored in Bahrain and Austria. The most positions gained in one race was achieved by Lewis Hamilton last time out when he climbed 19 spots from 22nd and starting in the pit-lane.

The Malaysian and Bahrain Grand Prix both saw 60 visits to the pit-lane while the British Grand Prix saw fewest visits (25). The Bahrain Grand Prix saw 57 pit-stops with the British Grand Prix only featuring 23.

The race with most retirements in the pit-lane was Canada (5) while Spain and Germany saw none. There were most penalties in the pit-lane (stop/go or drive through) in Monaco (4) and fewest in China, Spain, Canada and Hungary (0).


Eight drivers have led a race in 2014: Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Jenson Button, Sergio Perez and Valtteri Bottas. Of the eight drivers Rosberg has led most laps (342) while Button has led fewest (1).


Fernando Alonso is the only driver in 2014 to complete every racing lap. So far this season there have been 698. Next up are Jenson Button with 693 and Daniel Ricciardo with 691. Marcus Ericsson has completed fewest racing laps (466) with Jean-Eric Vergne and Pastor Maldonado both also completeing fewer than 500 laps each (484 and 487 respectively).

McLaren are the team who have completed most racing laps in 2014. They have completed 1369/1396 (98.07%). Only one other team has completed over 90% of available racing laps and that is championship leaders Mercedes who have completed 1303 in total (93.34%).

McLaren also dominate in overall laps for the season with 1695 for Kevin Magnussen the most of any driver. This takes into account laps completed in all three practice sessions, qualifying, and the race every weekend. The Caterham duo have completed fewest laps overall with Kamui Kobayashi on 1212 while Marcus Ericsson has completed a few more (1277). McLaren as a team have completed 3357 laps overall – 133 more than Mercedes.


The Chinese Grand Prix in Numbers

Statistics from the Chinese Grand Prix weekend

Total number of laps completed (by driver)

Jean-Eric Vergne 139
Daniel Ricciardo 135
Sebastian Vettel 135
Nico Hulkenberg 129
Daniil Kvyat 127
Nico Rosberg 126
Jenson Button 126
Max Chilton 125
Fernando Alonso 124
Kamui Kobayashi 123
Kevin Magnussen 122
Sergio Perez 122
Marcus Ericsson 122
Felipe Massa 121
Esteban Gutierrez 121
Romain Grosjean 114
Lewis Hamilton 112
Jules Bianchi 111
Valtteri Bottas 108
Kimi Raikkonen 101
Pastor Maldonado 99
Adrian Sutil 60
Giedo van der Garde 16
Felipe Nasr 13

Total number of laps completed (by team)

Red Bull 270
Toro Rosso 266
Force India 251
McLaren 248
Caterham 245
Williams 242
Mercedes 238
Marussia 236
Ferrari 225
Lotus 213
Sauber 197

Number of race laps: 54 (race declared after 54 laps, 56 racing laps actually completed)
Number of safety cars: 0
Number of race starters: 22
Number of times race lead changed hands (includes pole sitter): 0
Number of different race leaders (excludes pole sitter if lead changes off the line): 1
Number of classified drivers: 20
Number of retirements: 2
Number of drivers on lead lap at chequered flag: 9
Number of teams scoring points: 6
Most places gained: Pastor Maldonado (22nd to 14th)
Number of visits to pit-lane: 47
…of which were pit-stops: 45
Stop/go penalties: 0
Drive through penalties: 0
Retirements in pit-lane: 2
Fastest lap: Nico Rosberg 1:40.402 on lap 39

The Season So Far in Numbers

With the Belgian Grand Prix just days away, it seems like an appropriate time to take a look at the season so far in numbers. With nine races in the next fourteen weeks, drivers are facing an action packed run to the Brazilian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel has a commanding 38 point lead over Kimi Räikkönen and 39 point lead over Fernando Alonso, but who will come out on top? Here’s a look at the season so far in numbers.

The Basics

Lewis Hamilton has the most pole positions this season (4) with Mercedes securing the most as a team (7). In terms of race wins, Sebastian Vettel is on top (4), with Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg winning two apiece. Vettel’s four wins put Red Bull on top (4) but just one race win ahead of Mercedes (3). Vettel also has the most podiums so far (7). Eight drivers have been on the podium in 2013 from four teams – Red Bull have the most (10) followed by Lotus (8), Ferrari (6) and Mercedes (6).


Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg are the only two drivers to out-qualify their team-mates at every race so far in 2013. McLaren, Force India and Williams have the most evenly matched team-mates in terms of qualifying, with one driver having a 6-4 lead over the other.

There have been 16 qualifying grid-drops in 2013 so far: Kimi Räikkönen (2), Felipe Massa (2), Mark Webber (2), Esteban Gutierrez (2), Giedo van der Garde (2), Max Chilton (1), Romain Grosjean (1), Lewis Hamilton (1), Daniel Ricciardo (1), Paul di Resta (1), and Charles Pic (1). At this stage in 2012, Pastor Maldonado had had three grid penalties himself, but this year has managed to avoid them so far.

Paul di Resta has made up the most positions (grid to chequered flag) so far this season with a total of 30 positions gained. Charles Pic has gained 15 places while Giedo van der Garde has gained 13 places.

The top ten in qualifying, in terms of their average starting positions (taking grid-drops and exclusions into consideration)  are as follows:

  1. Lewis Hamilton (2.6)
  2. Sebastian Vettel (2.7)
  3. Nico Rosberg (4)
  4. Fernando Alonso (5.3)
  5. Kimi Räikkönen (6.4)
  6. Mark Webber (6.9)
  7. Felipe Massa (8.6)
  8. Romain Grosjean (9.2)
  9. Adrian Sutil (10)
  10. Daniel Ricciardo (10)

In terms of team-mates, Caterham have the smallest difference between their drivers’ starting positions (0.3). McLaren have a 0.6 difference while Williams have 1.1. The biggest difference can be seen at Sauber where there is a 5.4 gap.


Five drivers have a 100% classified finishes record: Kimi Räikkönen, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Sergio Perez, and Max Chilton. In terms of actually finishing races, however, only Räikkönen, Hamilton and Chilton have done the business. McLaren have the most classified finishes (20) while Toro Rosso have the least (14).  Marussia and Red Bull have the most actual finishes (18) while Toro Rosso again have the least (13).

Räikkönen is the only driver to have finished in the points at all ten races. Vettel, Hamilton, Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso have finished outside the points on just one occasion each. Red Bull have the most points finishes (18) while Marussia and Caterham both have 0 points finishes.

The British Grand Prix saw the most drivers on the lead lap at the chequered flag (18) with the Canadian Grand Prix having just five drivers on the lead lap at the chequered flag. The Chinese Grand Prix saw eight different teams scoring points. The average for the season so far is six teams scoring per race.

The Bahrain Grand Prix had the most classified drivers (21) while the Monaco Grand Prix had the fewest (16). The Monaco Grand Prix also had the most retirements (7) with Bahrain having only one.


The Malaysian Grand Prix saw the most lead changes (11) but only had four different race leaders. Nico Rosberg led the Monaco Grand Prix lights to flag, leaving it with no lead changes and only one race leader – the lowest of the season. Bahrain, Canada and Britian had the same number of lead changes as there were leaders – four, two and three respectively.


Giedo van der Garde has had the most pit-stops in 2013 with a total of 32. Adrian Sutil has had only 19 pit-stops, but has had three retirements. Marussia have had the most pit-stops (57) while Force India have had 42.

The Spanish Grand Prix saw the most visits to the pit-lane (82), but only 80 of these were pit-stops. Nico Hulkenberg had a stop/go penalty while Pastor Maldonado had a drive-through. Monaco had the fewest visits to pit-lane (31) including a drive-through penalty for Max Chilton. Only the Australian Grand Prix, Malaysian Grand Prix and German Grand Prix have had no drive-through or stop/go penalties meaning every visit to pit-lane was for a stop.

Laps Completed

There have been 623 racing laps so far in 2013. Kimi Räikkönen and Lewis Hamilton have both completed 622 of these laps. Adrian Sutil has completed fewest race laps (490). The biggest difference between team-mates is 94 laps between Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil. The smallest gap is 2 laps between Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic.

Six drivers have completed over 600 laps so far in 2013: Räikkönen, Hamilton, Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel, Sergio Perez and Max Chilton.

McLaren are the team who have overall completed most racing laps, having completed 1128 out of 1246. This means they have completed 98.6% of all racing laps so far in 2013. Red Bull are next up and have completed 1194 out of 1246 racing laps (95.8%). Sauber have completed fewest racing laps (1056)  but Nico Hulkenberg was unable to start the Australian Grand Prix, leaving the team at a disadvantage as they missed an entire race for one driver.

In terms of laps completed over the whole weeked – free practice, qualifying and race – Mercedes are top. Hamilton has completed a total of 1538 laps with team-mate Nico Rosberg next up with 1499. Jules Bianchi is the race driver who has completed fewest laps over the course of the weekend and season, with a total of 1239. Mercedes have completed a total of 3037 laps while Marussia have just 2604 in comparison.

Rodolfo Gonzalez has made most test driver appearances, driving for Marussia in free practice at four races. He has completed 66 laps so far. Heikki Kovalainen has had two outings for Caterham and completed 34 laps, while Alexander Rossi drove for Caterham once and completed 20 laps.

Vettel and Webber have three fastest laps each, meaning Red Bull have the most (6). Räikkönen, Perez, Gutierrez and Alonso have one fastest lap each.


Sebastian Vettel has had the most stable championship so far. He was third after the Australian Grand Prix and moved into first place after the Malaysian Grand Prix where has has remained since. Daniel Ricciardo and Pastor Maldonado have both been in six different championship positions. For Ricciardo it has been 19, 21, 11, 13, 12 and 14 while Maldonado has had 21, 22, 20, 17, 18, and 16. Kimi Räikkönen, Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber have all only been in three championship positions so far in 2013. Räikkönen has been first, second and third; Hamilton has been fifth, fourth and third; while Webber has been sixth, third and fifth.

Safety Cars 

There have been five safety cars so far in 2013. Two at Monaco, two at the British Grand Prix and one at Germany.

So there we have it, some of the numbers from the season so far. There are nine races left in the season but who will come out on top? Keep up to date with the season statistics, updated after each race, here!

The Spanish GP in Numbers

Statistics from the Spanish GP weekend

Total number of laps completed (by driver)

Nico Rosberg 170
Esteban Gutierrez 164
Nico Hulkenberg 158
Adrian Sutil 155
Lewis Hamilton 155
Daniel Ricciardo 154
Mark Webber 152
Kimi Räikkönen 150
Valtteri Bottas 148
Felipe Massa 148
Fernando Alonso 148
Pastor Maldonado 147
Sebastian Vettel 140
Jean-Eric Vergne 135
Paul di Resta 135
Jules Bianchi 131
Jenson Button 129
Sergio Perez 129
Charles Pic 124
Max Chilton 113
Romain Grosjean 94
Giedo van der Garde 94
Heikki Kovalainen 14
Rodolfo Gonzalez 13

Total number of laps completed (by team)

Mercedes 325
Sauber 322
Ferrari 296
Williams 295
Red Bull 292
Force India 290
Toro Rosso 289
McLaren 258
Marussia 257
Lotus 244
Caterham 232

Number of race laps: 66
Number of safety cars: 0
Number of race starters: 22
Number of times race lead changed hands (includes pole sitter): 7
Number of different race leaders: 5
Number of classified drivers: 19
Number of retirements: 3
Number of drivers on lead lap at chequered flag: 9
Number of teams scoring points: 7
Most places gained: 8 (Esteban Gutierrez 19th – 11th)
Number of visits to pit-lane: 82
…of which were pit-stops: 80

Fastest lap: 1:26.217 (Esteban Gutierrez on lap 56)