2008 British Grand Prix facts and stats

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes, Silverstone, 4, 470150

Lewis Hamilton wins his home race, Heikki Kovalainen scores his first pole position – and Kimi Raikkonen is one race away from matching a 55 year-old record.

Here are the facts at stats from the British Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton scored his seventh career victory, giving him as many as Rene Arnoux and Juan Pablo Montoya.

He is the first British driver to win the British Grand Prix since David Coulthard in 2000. Coulthard, having announced his retirement this weekend, drove his final British Grand Prix and failed to complete a lap.

Hamilton’s winning margin of 1m 8.577s is the largest since Damon Hill won the 1995 Australian Grand Prix by two laps from Olivier Panis.

Heikki Kovalainen scored his first pole position. There are 27 other drivers who have scored only one pole position in their F1 career, including Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld.

Nick Heidfeld finished second for the sixth time in his career, increasing record of most second place finishes without a victory which he holds over Stefan Johansson (four). Heidfeld is the only driver to have finished every race so far this year.

Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa are tied for the lead of the drivers’ championship. The last time that happened was after the Bahrain Grand Prix last year, when Hamilton, Raikkonen and Alonso were tied.

Rubens Barrichello gave Honda their first podium finish since Jenson Button was third at Brazil in 2006.

Kimi Raikkonen extended his run of consecutive fastest laps to six. That puts him one short of the all-time record of seven set by Alberto Ascari 55 years ago. Raikkonen also past 500 in his all-time points tally, with 504.

Jarno Trulli finished seventh, equalling Toyota’s best finish at Silverstone by Cristiano Da Matta in 2003.

Jenson Button’s qualifying positions in the British Grand Prix in the last three years are 19th, 18th and 17th respectively.

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