F1 Stats Update: China

Michael Schumacher & Fernando Alonso, Shanghai, 2006Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher are tied at the top of the championship table – but they wouldn’t be if the sport were still using the pre-2003 points system.

Take a statistical look at the 2006 championship so far in our post-race stats update.

World Drivers ChampionshipRobert Doornbos became the 27th participant in the 2006 championship at the Chinese Grand Prix.

The absence of Christian Klien means that now only 18 of those have started every race.

World Drivers' Championship - Battle for the titleGiancarlo Fisichella’s best finish since the United States Grand Prix put him back in front in the ever-changing battle for third in the World Drivers’ Championship. His strong race in China provided further evidence that Renault have rediscovered some of their early season form.

World Drivers' Championship - Points systems 1981-presentMichael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso are tied on points for the lead of the Drivers’ Championship. But if the last points scoring system were being used, Schumacher would have a one point lead.

There are other differences too – Fisichella would be fourth overall, rather than third, swapping places with Felipa Massa. And look how much closer Jenson Button would be to the battle for third.

World Constructors' Championships - Battle for the titleRenault and Ferrari traded places at the top of the Consutructors’ Championship for the second place in a row.

Toyota need a strong performance on home ground to stand a chance of recovering fifth from BMW.

Average Qualifying PositionsScott Speed (11th) and Sakon Yamamoto (19th) earned their highest starting positions of the year (and, by extension, their careers) in the wet qualifying session. So did Robert Doornbos, by default, as it was his first start of the year.

Pedro de la Rosa started seventh, as he did at Monza, which has proved more or less the average for the second McLaren. Juan Pablo Montoya averaged at 7.2, de la Rosa 7.67, compared to Kimi Raikkonen’s 5.75 (including three pole positions).

Points per raceAlonso’s reliability woe is underlined by his higher average points score per finish than Schumacher’s – his problem being that he has finished one race fewer than his Ferrari rival.

Schumacher’s only failure to finish was at Melbourne when he crashed – although he had pulled in beofre the end of the Hungarian Grand Prix he was a classified finisher and scored a point.

Mechanical DNFs, 2006Mark Webber has had the most mechanical DNFs per person (six) but the least reliable car is the second Super Aguri. Yuji Ide, Franck Montagny and Sakon Yamamoto have had nine car failures from sixteen starts between them.

The Ferrari 248 has been astonishingly reliable – four more race distances and it will not have let either of its drivers down during a Grand Prix all season long.

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