2008 Turkish GP stats and facts

Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Istanbul, 2008, 470150

I’ve had a rummage through the data and pulled out some interesting statistics and facts on the Turkish Grand Prix. Have I missed anything? Post your findings in the comments.

Plus the full drivers’ and constructors’ championship tables after round five.

Felipe Massa won his third Turkish Grand Prix in a row from his third pole position in a row at the circuit. Giancarlo Fisichella crashed on the first lap of the Turkish Grand Prix for the third race in a row.

Happily, Sebastian Vettel did not retire on the first lap for the third consecutive race this year, and was a classified finisher for the first time in 2008. He is the last driver to finish a race this year.

Massa’s seventh Grand Prix win puts him level with Rene Arnoux and Juan Pablo Montoya. It was also his 11th pole position and 20th podium finish, and he passed the 5,000 laps raced mark having now amassed 5,022.

2008 F1 average gridMassa also has the best average starting position (see right) of 2.2. Robert Kubica is second with 3.2 as his fifth on the grid this weekend was his worst starting position of the year. There are some big gaps between team mates, particularly the Toyotas (Jarno Trulli 6.4, Timo Glock 14) and Renaults (Fernando Alonso 7.8, Nelson Piquet Jnr 14.8).

It was the 23rd consecutive race won by a McLaren or a Ferrari, which equals the all-time record held by the same two teams between the 1987 Japanese and 1989 United States Grands Prix. Of those, 19 were won by McLaren and four by Ferrari. This time, Ferrari have 14 and McLaren nine.

Heikki Kovalainen started from the front row of the grid for the first time in his career. Compatriot Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest lap for the second race in the row, his 27th, which puts him fourth in the all-time list of drivers with the most fastest laps, one behind Jim Clark.

Mark Webber scored points for the fourth consecutive race, which equals the best he has ever achieved. He scored points in the Bahrain, San Marino, Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix for Williams in 2005.

With Super Aguri no more the race saw the fewest entrants since the 2005 Chinese Grand Prix when there were also 20.

It was the 40th consecutive points-scoring finish for a Ferrari-engined car.

Alonso is poised to break the 500 points mark having now scored 499. Nelson Piquet Jnr finished 15th, Renault’s worst finishing position since Kovalainen in the French Grand Prix last year, who at least had the excuse of being hit on the first lap. The worst classified finish for a Renault car was Arnoux’s 16th in the 1982 Swiss Grand Prix (“Isn’t motor racing banned in Switzerland?” I hear you ask. Indeed it is – the race was held at Dijon in France).

Jenson Button completed his 100th race distance from 142 Grand Prix presences.

And last, but certainly not least, Rubens Barrichello set a new record for the most Grand Prix starts, with 257. He eclipses Riccardo Patrese’s mark of 256, which has stood since 1993.

Rubens Barrichello, Honda, Istanbul, 2008, 257 Grands Prix, 470313

Drivers’ championship standings

Kimi Raikkonen 35
Felipe Massa 28
Lewis Hamilton 28
Robert Kubica 24
Nick Heidfeld 20
Heikki Kovalainen 14
Mark Webber 10
Fernando Alonso 9
Jarno Trulli 9
Nico Rosberg 8
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 standings

Ferrari 63
BMW 44
McLaren 42
Williams 13
Red Bull 10
Renault 9
Toyota 9
Honda 3
Toro Rosso 2

Not scored

Force India F1 Team
Super Aguri*

*Team has withdrawn from the championship

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26 comments on 2008 Turkish GP stats and facts

  1. not trying to make an excuse for Piquet, but the lack of opportunities for 3rd drivers to actually drive the F1 cars makes it more difficult these days for the new guys to adapt to F1 … Kubica jumped into F1 car after Villeneuve was dumped and was quite good right away. He had chance to run Friday practices for half the season and that probably helped him to adapt to F1 car. Kovalainen “tested” for Renault for a year but took him half a season as a race driver to find his rhythm … Piquet may be the same case…

    Perhaps time to bring the 3rd drivers back for Fridays, especially when we only have 20 cars on grid again …

  2. Diacho said on 12th May 2008, 19:18

    Wow, Kimi is already amongst the best ever in fastest laps!
    That brings an interesting point: After MS’s era, who of the current drivers will be remembered as an All-time great?
    Alonso has an amazing record, being the youngest WDC ever, a record long held by Emerson Fittipaldi, but I know many rate Kimi so much higher. And then there are Hamilton and Kubica (2nd tier?), Kovalainen and Massa (3rd?). Ten years from now, who’ll be breaking records?
    My bets: Alonso – 200+ GP starts; Hamilton 1000+ points, with WDCs spread all over (sweet…)

  3. @Keith

    True – my system only outputs them alphabetically and I always have to remind myself to fix those. Done now.

    I love the fact that Keith “Wins are more important than points” Collantine has alphabetical as standard in case of a win!!!

  4. Daniel said on 12th May 2008, 23:40

    Studying deeply the “hat-trick” wins in a single Grand Prix, I could notice that very few drivers acheived the feat during the entire Formula 1 history, but some of them did that quite a lot of times…

    Felipe Massa, by doing that, joined a select club formed by Kimi Raikkonen, Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Jim Clark and Graham Hill, if I didn’t miss anyone else…

    Surely Felipe Massa was only the second brazilian ever to do this (Senna in Monaco, Belgium and United States being the other) and the only non-champion to achieve the feat, even though Kimi Raikkonen, by the time he scored his, wasn’t a champion yet…

    I hope Felipe will soon be getting rid of this uniqueness, and will win his WDC!

  5. Sush said on 13th May 2008, 8:18

    is heidfield the only driver to not be beaten by a teammate over a season?.

    I’m probably wrong, but i’m pretty sure I read that somewhere.

  6. sChUmAcHeRtHeGrEaTeStEvEr said on 13th May 2008, 13:20

    @sush i think heidfeld is the only driver not to have been beaten by a teamate over a season….at least till the end of this year, doesnt seem to be able to match kubica now!

    @diacho intresting point. in my opinion you cant say it all depends on what cars certain drivers are in at certain times! way to early to say hamilton could be an all time great remember villeneuve’s start to his career and subsequent fall (id say hamiltons start has been better though)

    Alonso is still young yet he is in his 7th full season of racing in f1 (2002 he was testing for renault) so i wonder hoe many more years hel go on for..schumacher did 16. If rumours that raikkonen is going to retire after next year are true then i think hel be remembered as a driver who should have ended up with more titles.

  7. Drivers who have never been beaten over a season by any team-mate in F1*:

    Hamilton (though it was a close thing…), Kovalainen, Heidfeld and Sutil.

    * – 2008 rookies and near-rookies not included in list

  8. michael counsell said on 13th May 2008, 19:14

    Alonso could win at Monaco. The car may work well there or he could fuel light in qualifying again, stop early again, put on hard tyres a lot of fuel again maybe fill the tank. Then wait for the safety car to come out (it might) everyone queues up and pits Alonso leads the field possibly with Piquet behind him. Alonso pulls out a huge lead pits again and wins. If they do it right there could be an 8 or so lap window in which a safety car could hand them the race.

    Everyone is probably thinking this so it might not happen but so far Renault and Alonso have been the only ones on this strategy for the last two races.

  9. I could buy that Michael, except for the bit about piquet

    if anything, Piquet is most likely to hand Alonso the safety car he requires for that strategy :)

  10. Michael Counsell said on 14th May 2008, 2:21

    Very true, although a one stopping Honda or Toro Rosso could step into that role.

  11. Sush said on 14th May 2008, 16:12

    mr La canta, cheers for that, I see heidfield is the only one with more than a season under his belt too.

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