2008 Hungarian Grand Prix stats

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Timo Glock got to spray the champagne for the first time in his F1 career
Timo Glock got to spray the champagne for the first time in his F1 career

There were plenty of first in the Hungarian Grand Prix – a first time winner and a new face on the podium.

Here’s a round-up of those and all the other interesting stats from the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Heikki Kovalainen scored his first career Grand Prix victory – and became the 100th driver to score a win in an F1 world championship race.

He is the fourth Finnish driver to win an F1 race, joining Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen and Kimi Raikkonen, all of whom were also world champions. It was the 43rd win for a Finnish driver, putting them level with Italy, fifth on the list of countries with the most wins.

It was only the second time Kovalainen has finished on the podium for McLaren – the first being his third place in Malaysia. And it was his first win in any category since the 2005 Italian GP2 feature race.

Timo Glock scored a career-best second place and Toyota’s best finish since Jarno Trulli at Bahrain in 2005. It was Toyota’s third second place, they are yet to win a Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton achieved his tenth career pole position giving him as many as 1970 world champion Jochen Rindt.

Despite the spectacular efforts of Massa’s engine, a Ferrari power plant finished in the points for the 46th race in a row, courtesy of Kimi Raikkonen’s car. That’s the third-longest points-scoring streak for an F1 engine, tied with Renault (Monaco ’91-Brazil ’94).

Ferrari already holds second place in this list (55, Malaysia ’99-Malaysia ’03) but the absolute record is huge: from Canada ’67 to Netherlands ’83 a Ford engine was in the points in each of the 228 rounds. Assuming a 19-race calendar from next year onwards it’ll be 2018 before Ferrari can hope to match that.

Kimi Raikkonen moved ahead of Felipe Massa in the drivers’ championship. But were F1 still using the last points system (10-6-4-3-2-1 instead of 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1) Raikkonen would still be third (see graph). Under the current points system, Raikkonen has 13 points more than he would have previously, whereas Massa and Hamilton are each eight points better off.

Average starting positions

Massa has the best average starting position so far despite McLaren’s recent run of form. The biggest gaps between team mates are Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet Jnr (Alonso 7.1 places better), Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld (Kubica 4.37 places better), Mark Webber and David Coulthard (Webber 4.18 places better).

Felipe Massa 3.09
Lewis Hamilton 4.00
Kimi Raikkonen 4.27
Robert Kubica 4.45
Heikki Kovalainen 4.64
Fernando Alonso 6.45
Jarno Trulli 7.73
Mark Webber 7.91
Nick Heidfeld 8.82
Timo Glock 11.55
David Coulthard 12.09
Nico Rosberg 12.18
Jenson Button 13.27
Nelson Piquet Jnr 13.55
Rubens Barrichello 13.91
Sebastian Vettel 13.91
Kazuki Nakajima 15.09
Sebastien Bourdais 16.45
Giancarlo Fisichella 18.27
Adrian Sutil 19.09
Takuma Sato 20.50
Anthony Davidson 21.00