2008 Spanish GP facts and stats

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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Here is a round-up of the facts and statistics from the Spanish Grand Prix, including the drivers’ and constructors’ championship tables.

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Kimi Raikkonen scored his 17th career win, putting him 13th on the list of drivers with the most wins. He needs to two wins to tie with Fernando Alonso. It was his second career ‘treble’ of a win from pole position (his 15th) with fastest lap (his 26th), his other one coming at Melbourne last year. It was his sixth win from pole position and he passed his 30,000th racing kilometre.

Fastest laps are Raikkonen’s forte – with 26 he has set more than any other driver bar Michael Schumacher (76), Alain Prost (41), Nigel Mansell (30) and Jim Clark (28).

Raikkonen’s first pole position of the year meant we have had four different drivers on pole for the first four races for the first time since 1983, when Keke Rosberg, Patrick Tambay, Alain Prost and Rene Arnoux were the pole sitters.

Felipe Massa scored his eighth second place. That is his second most frequent finishing position – he finished ninth 11 times.

Sebastian Vettel has not completed any racing laps in the last two Grands Prix. He has finished fewer laps this year than any other driver – 39. The next fewest is Adrian Sutil with 68. Only one driver has finished all 237 laps so far – Nick Heidfeld.

Sixth place for Jenson Button gave Honda their first points of 2008 and equalled Button’s best finish in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Anthony Davidson has qualified 21st for every race this year.

McLaren and Ferrari have now won the last 22 consecutive Grands Prix. The last unbroken run of 22 wins by two teams lasted between the 1991 Mexican Grand Prix and the 1992 Hungarian Grand Prix, when McLaren and Williams won 22 races between them.

Thanks to the intervention of the safety car, Nick Heidfeld’s run of five consecutive races in the points came to an end.

The last eight Spanish Grands Prix have all been won from pole position. The last driver not to win from pole was Michael Schumacher in 2000, beaten by Mika Hakkinen. However he did with the next four in a row. Contradictorily, none of the first eight Spanish Grand Prix were won from pole position, but the ninth was, by Niki Lauda.

The Circuit de Catalunya has held twice as many Spanish Grands Prix (18) as any other venue.

It was officially Rubens Barrichello’s 256th Grand Prix presence, putting him level with Riccardo Patrese’s all-time record number of Grand Prix starts.

Giancarlo Fisichella marked his 200th participation in a Grand Prix weekend but only his 198th start. He failed to qualify for Jordan at Magny-Cours in 2002 after being injured in a crash, and did not start the 2005 United States Grand Prix because of the concerns over tyre safety.

Drivers’ championship

Kimi Raikkonen 29
Lewis Hamilton 20
Robert Kubica 19
Felipe Massa 18
Nick Heidfeld 16
Heikki Kovalainen 14
Jarno Trulli 9
Mark Webber 8
Nico Rosberg 7
Fernando Alonso 6
Kazuki Nakajima 5
Jenson Button 3
Sebastien Bourdais 2

Not scored

Rubens Barrichello
David Coulthard
Anthony Davidson
Giancarlo Fisichella
Timo Glock
Nelson Piquet Jnr
Takuma Sato
Adrian Sutil
Sebastian Vettel

Constructors’ championship

Ferrari 45
BMW 35
McLaren 34
Williams 12
Toyota 9
Red Bull 8
Renault 6
Honda 3
Toro Rosso 2

Not scored

Force India F1 Team
Super Aguri