Malaysian Grand Prix Facts and Stats

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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