Chinese GP 2007 facts and statistics

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Chinese Grand Prix 2007, Shanghai International Circuit, start | DaimlerFerrari scored their 200th Grand Prix win in China – check back later for a comprehensive look at their career history.

Here are the rest of the facts and statistics from the Chinese Grand Prix.

Kimi Raikkonen scored his 14th career win. He’s now won as many races as Jack Brabham (three world championships), Graham Hill (three world championships) and Emerson Fittipaldi (two world championships) but is yet to win a title himself. The only driver to have won more races without a title is Stirling Moss (16).

Raikkonen is also the fourth different driver to win at Shanghai since the race was first held in 2004, though it was Ferrari’s third win at the track.

Lewis Hamilton scored his sixth pole position, the same number as Ralf Schumacher, but also posted his first DNF. Until this race he had completed every lap of every race this year bar won, at the N????rburgring, where he also failed to score.

Heikki Kovalainen is now the only driver to have finished every race this year.

For the second year in a row the championship leader failed to score in the penultimate round of the championship. Last year co-leader Michael Schumacher retired from the Japanese GP with engine failure.

Three drivers will go into the final round able to win the championship for the first time since 1986, when Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet and Alain Prost fought for the title at Adelaide. The last time it happened before that was 1983, when Prost, Piquet and Rene Arnoux were the contenders at Kyalami.

Toro Rosso drivers Sebastian Vettel and Vitantonio Liuzzi scored their best ever finishes, fourth and sixth in their seventh and 38th Grands Prix respectively. Fourth is the highest the team have finished in a race since 1993 when they were Minardi, and eight points is the most they have ever scored in one round. It lifted them from tenth in the constructors’ championship to seventh, passing Super Aguri, Honda and Spyker.

Jenson Button scored his best result of the year but Rubens Barrichello must finish in the top eight at his home race in two weeks to avoid finishing a season without scoring for the first time in his career.

Renault failed to score for the first time since last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix, 20 races ago.

Had McLaren still been scoring points they would won the constructors’ championship at this race, with 210 points to Ferrari’s 186.

Having announced his retirement Alexander Wurz beat Nico Rosberg in a race where both finished for the first time since the Canadian Grand Prix.

Robert Kubica led a Grand Prix for the second time – the first being at Italy last year – but retired while leading.

Heading into the final round the first three drivers are the closest they’ve been to one another since the Monaco Grand Prix, after which Hamilton and Alonso had 38 points and Felipe Massa 33.

Photo: Daimler

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