Malaysian Grand Prix Facts and Stats

Ferrari Team, Sepang, 470150

Kimi Raikkonen matched Stirling Moss’s victory record with his Malaysian Grand Prix win.

Here’s a round-up of the statistics from yesterday’s race – post your findings in the comments below…

Kimi Raikkonen took his 16th career victory from 124 appearances, putting him level with Stirling Moss (16 from 67 appearances). With Fernando Alonso looking unlikely to add to his tally of 19 wins this year, Raikkonen may surpass him as the active driver with the most Grand Prix wins. It was also his second victory at Sepang, the scene of his maiden triumph in 2003 for McLaren.

Together with third-placed Heikki Kovalainen he gave Finland its best ever Grand Prix result with first and third places. Kovalainen said: “in Finland they are talking about the Formula One Finnish championship but let’s see if it carries on like this.” The previous best Finnish podium came at Japan last year where they finished second and third, Kovalainen ahead of Raikkonen.

Robert Kubica scored a career-best second place, one race after starting a career-best second. BMW team-mate Nick Heidfeld set fastest lap for the first time in his 137 Grand Prix presences, which was also BMW’s first fastest lap.

Fourth place was Jarno Trulli’s best finish since the 2006 United States Grand Prix.

Felipe Massa scored his tenth pole position, putting him level with 1970 world champion Jochen Rindt. He has scored all five of his wins from pole, and this was his first DNF from pole.

Mark Webber finally ended his point-less streak in Malaysia, finishing sixth.

Force India achieved their first finish in a race with Giancarlo Fisichella’s 12th.

The top three starters and finishers at Sepang were different to those in Melbourne. This means already more drivers have started from the top three than during the whole of 2007 (when there were five). Eight different drivers finished on the podium last year.

Ferrari locked out the front row of the grid. The Italian team and Renault have claimed all the pole positions at Sepang since the race began in 1999.

Four drivers are yet to finish a race in 2008: Timo Glock, Felipe Massa, Adrian Sutil and Sebastian Vettel. Of those, Sutil suffered car failure in both races.

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20 comments on Malaysian Grand Prix Facts and Stats

  1. Tom said on 24th March 2008, 9:35

    I’m sure Mark Webber considers his efforts pointless sometimes too…

  2. Journeyer said on 24th March 2008, 9:41

    Of the 4 non-finishers you mentioned, Keith, 3 have Ferrari engines.  Of course, only 2 of them can attribute 1 of their retirements to mechanical ailments.

  3. AndyWolf said on 24th March 2008, 10:16

    With the 1st & 2nd rounds completed, I think it looks like we’re in for another humdinger of a season!!! God bless whoever it was that got TC banned, now lets get the reliance on aerodynamics reduced and I think we’ll all be happy…

  4. Toncho said on 24th March 2008, 11:00

    I think you have to add Bourdais to the list of non finishers.

  5. To AndyWolf.

    I understand where you are coming from, however, the sport as it is, is doing good. We should try and not meddle too much(please listen FIA), and make what is the pinnacle of motor-sport, a glorified GP2(not to discredit it, but…)

  6. What about Schumi on 2 wheels, 3rd Skoox Cup after starting from last on grid AND doing fastest lap…..born to race!

  7. Well said Sri, I was talking with an American, actually debating between F1 and Nascar (the competitiveness or lack of it thereof) and was explaining the culture and attitude of F1 drivers and the teams. If you want to get more action by putting the same chassis and underdeveloped engines, go somewhere else!!

  8. Adrian Sutil has had two hydraulics-related retirements and has so far done only 16 laps. That looks like the Force India’s Achilles heel.

  9. AndyWolf said on 24th March 2008, 19:05

    "Meddle too much"??? What nonsense are you talking about Sri…..? Are you talking about too many regulations?? The TC ban is the best thing that has happened in years, showing us who can drive & who cant. All i want now is all this aero paraphernalia reduced so one car can follow close enough to  another so they can overtake.. What’s wrong with wanting that???? Come on, tell me?

  10. Daniel said on 24th March 2008, 19:17

    Was it the first time BMW had two consecutive podiums?

  11. another fact from the Malaysian GP – Kimi Raikkonen has terrible taste in shorts…

  12. Wesley said on 24th March 2008, 20:35

    I am with you AndyWolf,this T.C. ban has made the racing even better than I thought it would,if they can reduce aerodynamics to improve overtaking it will be incredible.

    I was happy with this race,If Heidfeld could have traded places with Kubica my three favorite drivers would have been on the podium!

  13. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 24th March 2008, 22:55

    Toncho, you’re dead right that Bourdais wasn’t running at the end of both races, but he was a classified finisher in Australia (else he wouldn’t have scored points).

    And Daniel’s right about BMW consecutive podiums and Ade’s right about Raikkonen’s taste in shorts…

  14. Pink Peril said on 25th March 2008, 0:37

    But are Kimi’s shorts as bad as the Honda ones? Unless you are one of the Wiggles, no grown man should be seen in lime green shorts, methinks.

  15. force india is making progress…i am happy about it!!

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