Stats Qatar 2021 – Alonso, 27th quadra on a podium!


After each Grand Prix of the 2021 season, Motorsport.com invites you to find a compilation of outstanding statistics. Here are the numbers and interesting data after the 20th round of the campaign, the GP of Qatar.

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The event and the registrants

>>> This was the first edition of the Grand Prix of Qatar, it’s the 50th different Grand Prix in the history of the discipline. The circuit of Losail hosted F1 for the first time also, making it the 75th different circuit covered by the discipline since 1950.

>>> This is the third state in the Arabian Peninsula to host a race, after Bahrain (since 2004) and the United Arab Emirates (in Abu Dhabi since 2009), and the fourth should be Saudi Arabia in two weeks. The four events in this relatively small geographic area are all on the 2021 calendar; and this should also be the case from 2023, since Qatar will not organize a race next year.

>>> Kimi Räikkönen has increased the record for Grand Prix starts at 348. It’s better than Fernando Alonso (332) and Rubens Barrichello (323).

>>> The stable McLaren contested its 900th Formula 1 Grand Prix, the first being the 1966 Monaco GP, with its founder Bruce McLaren as the only driver at the start. It is the second team to reach this symbolic bar, after Ferrari, which had made its 900th start at the 2015 Belgian GP.

>>> While he was not renewed by Alfa Romeo, Antonio Giovinazzi « celebrated » his 60th start in F1. This is as much as Jochen Rindt, posthumously World Champion in 1970.

The qualifications

>>> Lewis Hamilton has signed the 102nd pole position of his career, it’s still a record. It was « only » for him the third pole over the last 16 Grands Prix and the first since Hungary.

>>> This is the 29th different Grand Prix during which and 31st different circuit on which Lewis Hamilton signs a pole position, these are two records.

>>> It’s a 134th pole for Mercedes as manufacturer and an 218th as an engine manufacturer.

>>> Pierre Gasly started from the front row for the first time in F1. He is the 156th pilot in history to set off with a clear view towards the first corner. For Lewis Hamilton, it was the 171st first line in career, which is still a record.

>>> It was a 200th start in the front row for France, but only the second in the 21st century (the other being Romain Grosjean at the 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix).

>>> We had to go back to the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix to find traces ofa departure from Fernando Alonso from third place on a grid starting point.

>>> Sebastian Vettel qualified in Q3 for the first time since Spa.

The race

>>> Lewis Hamilton claimed his 102nd Formula 1 victory, it’s still a record.

>>> With this 102nd success, Hamilton beat the total of Grands Prix won by Brazilian drivers in F1 (thus combining the successes of Emerson Fittipaldi, Carlos Pace, Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna, Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa).

>>> This is the eighth season of his career in which Hamilton wins at least seven races. He is the record holder in the field, ahead of Michael Schumacher (seven seasons).

>>> Lewis Hamilton won his 30th different Grand Prix (including seven out of the nine new since 2020) and won over one 30th different circuit (including four since 2020), these are two records. Michael Schumacher is the driver closest to the Briton on these two statistics, with 22 and 23 respectively.

>>> Hamilton won 15 night races – a record – when Verstappen has only one under his belt, namely the 2020 Abu Dhabi GP.

>>> Hamilton led for the 23rd time in his career all the laps of a Grand Prix, it’s still a record. This is the first time he has succeeded this year (against four for Max Verstappen). Ayrton Senna is second in this statistic, with 19 GPs led from start to finish.

>>> Hamilton led for the 175th time in his career (it is a record), that is to say 61.19% of success (Juan Manuel Fangio and Alberto Ascari do better with 74.51% and 65.63% respectively).

>>> This is the Mercedes’ 123rd win as a manufacturer and the 210th as an engine manufacturer.

>>> The Hamilton-Bottas duo won their 59th victory since 2017. It is now the most successful team-mates in F1 history, ahead of Schumacher-Barrichello (58) at Ferrari between 2000 and 2005. In both cases, the balance of power is very unbalanced since Hamilton and Schumacher each reported 49 successes, against 10 and 9 for their respective team-mate. Note that the third duo in this « ranking » is that made up of Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at Mercedes between 2013 and 2016, with a total of 54 victories (and a more balanced distribution, with 32 for the Briton and 22 for the German ).

>>> Lewis Hamilton took the win ahead of Max Verstappen for the 19th time, one length behind the record (20): Michael Schumacher 1st and Rubens Barrichello 2nd, or Lewis Hamilton 1st and Nico Rosberg 2nd.

>>> It’s a 180th podium for Lewis Hamilton, which is still a record, a 58th podium for Max Verstappen and one 98th for Fernando Alonso.

>>> This is the sixth oldest podium since 1995, with an average age of 33 years, 9 months and 10 days. The record for this period belongs to the 2012 European Grand Prix with Alonso, Räikkönen and Schumacher (35 years, 8 months and 8 days).

>>> Fernando Alonso had not been on the podium since the Hungarian GP 2014. This gap of 7 years, 3 months and 25 days between two podiums is the second longest period of time between two podiums for a driver, Alex Wurz holding the record (7 years, 9 months and 11 days between the GP of Great Britain 1997 and San Marino 2005).

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari

Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) at the Hungarian GP 2014

>> On the other hand, in number of GP, this represents a period of 146 for Alonso against 128 for Wurz. It should also be noted that the Spaniard only participated in 104 Grands Prix between his two podiums, and the Austrian at 49. In terms of number of consecutive GPs, the record previously belonged to Nick Heidfeld (66 GP between Brazil 2001 and Malaysia 2005).

>>> At the age of 40 years, 3 months and 23 days, Alonso is the oldest driver to stand on an F1 podium since Michael Schumacher at the 2012 European GP (43 years, 5 months and 21 days). Spanish is the 27th driver in F1 history to score a podium at the age of 40 and over (500 Indianapolis Miles included from 1950 to 1960), but only the 5th since 1980.

>>> The time gap between Alonso’s first podium (Malaysia 2003) and that of Qatar is 18 years, 7 months and 29 days. It’s here second longest period between the first and the last podium of a driver in the History of F1, behind the 20 years, 3 months and 2 days between the first (Mexico 1992) and the last (Europe 2012) of Michael Schumacher.

>>> Max Verstappen signed his 16th podium of the year. The record is 17 for Michael Schumacher (17/17 in 2002), Sebastian Vettel (17/19 in 2001) and Lewis Hamilton (17/19 in 2015, 17/21 in 2016, 2018 and 2019).

>>> There has now been 13 different drivers on the podium in 2021, as much as in 2005, 2009, 2012 and 2020, but less than in 2008 (14), than in 1997 (15) and especially than in 1982 (18).

>>> Max Verstappen achieved his 15th fastest lap in the race, equaling Jackie Stewart, Clay Regazzoni and Felipe Massa.

>>> Alpine has scored 62 of his 137 points this season at the Hungarian and Qatar Grand Prix (45%).

>>> Daniel Ricciardo remains on three consecutive Grands Prix without scoring points, his worst streak since the 2019 Singapore, Russian and Japanese GPs. To find even worse, we have to go back to the start of his first full season in F1 with Toro Rosso (10 GP from Malaysia to Hungary 2012).

>>> McLaren has scored just four points in three Grands Prix, the team’s worst series since the 2018 Formula 1 season.

>>> Carlos Sainz remains on 27 Grand Prix in a row in points, this is the seventh best series in history.

>>> With the 17th retirement of his career, Valtteri Bottas no longer has the best rate of the plateau (17/176 or 9.66%). Lewis Hamilton kills him (27/286 or 9.44%). The Finn has experienced more dropouts this year (4) than in the 2014, 2017 and 2020 seasons combined (3).



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