2008 Hungarian Grand Prix stats

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

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22 comments on 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix stats

  1. Heikki became also another current driver who scored his maiden win in Hungary after Alonso in 2003 (if my memory serves me right) and Button in 2006.

    Heidfeld finished the race yet again, the only driver this season yet to record DNF

    Piquet remains the only driver yet to outqualify his team mate this season

    P.S. sorry about the Live Blog on Sunday, my laptop went on strike …

  2. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 4th August 2008, 11:07

    No problem Milos, wondered where you were!

  3. SamS said on 4th August 2008, 11:21


    was the 7th consecutive winner of the hungarian Grand prix.

  4. Also regarding heikki’s past wins, didn’t heikki win the race of champions in England at the end of 2006 or 2007? Doesn’t really count I suppose but he’s at least won something since 2005! :)

  5. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 4th August 2008, 12:10

    Kovalainen won the Race of Champions in 2004: Heikki Kovalainen biography.

    But like you say it’s not really a race, more of an entertainment event like the Goodwood Festival. he did it again in ’05 but was knocked out in the semi-finals.

  6. Fernando said on 4th August 2008, 13:47

    That’s funny how Massa has the best average starting position but yet, a lot of people here still rate him as a sub par driver. Even going as far as rating him the #4 driver in the comparison, putting Kubica ahead of him. Please if it were not for reliability issues and ill fate, he would be way ahead in the points right now. In my mind he’s tied for #1 with Hamilton and the stats prove my point!!!

    When I talk about reliability Hungary and Canada come to mind. I mean yeah he had that really bad race in England but everyone has a bad day. Rating him as #4 is just not a fair statement at all especially if you look at the numbers which obviously wasn’t the case. That whole article about driver comparison sounded more like a who’s my favorite drivers article to me.

    We’ll see come November and Massa is kissing that championship trophy in his home land, it will be sweet and all the doubters will finally realize.

  7. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 4th August 2008, 13:58

    Fernando do you mean this article: Which F1 drivers do you like? (Poll). Because the point of that was which drivers people like, not who they think is best.

    He was unlucky yesterday, certainly, but I still think his team mate’s had more misfortune – Canada and France for example (and arguably Britain as well).

  8. Dorian said on 4th August 2008, 14:18

    Love the stats Keith. Especially the graph showing how the standings would be markedly different using the older systems…

  9. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 4th August 2008, 15:08

    Thanks Dorian. You can read more of the same stats for the seasons going back to 1992 here: F1 season statistics

  10. Dan M said on 4th August 2008, 15:33

    “He is the fourth Finnish driver to win an F1 race, joining Keke Rosberg-…”

    Question: Isn’t Nico considered German? Not that it really matters what he is, but I assume he is both Finnish and German but was raised in Germany?

    Unless his mother had a run in with a very fast milk man…

  11. Fernando said on 4th August 2008, 19:16

    No Keith I meant that series of articles that put Massa as the #4 driver in F1 right now.

  12. Great job Keith;
    “The biggest gaps between team mates are Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet Jnr (Alonso 7.1 places better)”
    Now i would like to see Beckem telling us again that Nesinho has “outperformed” (is this the right word?) Alonso again…
    Thanks for your work :-)

  13. Daniel said on 4th August 2008, 23:46

    Like I said before about Nelsinho, Timo Glock is the fifth GP2 graduate (yeah, he’s been an F1 driver before that, but I’m counting him as a ‘graduate’ anyway, because he’s had very few starts in 2004) to step on the Formula 1 Podium, and now only Kazuki Nakajima is missing…

  14. Dan M, Nico was born in Germany & thus is ‘officially’ German despite the fact that he has never really lived there and was raised in Monaco.

    I am not sure if he is considered a dual Finnish citizen because of his parentage – some countries do even if you were born elsewhere.
    If not, then I would suggest it is a stretch to consider Nico Finnish at all.

  15. Dan M and Pink Peril, Nico holds dual nationality. He’s thus half Finnish and half German but doesn’t speak Finnish. He raced under Finnish licence in the lower series but in GP2 he had to choose one of his nationalities thus the German flag is raised if he happens to get to the podium. He said himself in an interview by Helsingin sanomat (a Finnish newspaper) in 2005:

    “I’ve noticed that there is something missing, something that for instance the Brazilian drivers have when they come up to the podium to celebrate their victory with the Brazilian flag

    It would be nice if I felt the same way. When my win here was celebrated with the playing of the German national anthem, it felt kind of weird to me.

    I don’t have that sense of belonging, either to Germany or to Finland. Maybe when I’m driving races I sort of feel a stronger pull towards Finland, since it reminds me of my father’s achievements in the sport.

    (In GP2) I had to choose one of my nationalities. Since I am a driver who does not have any big corporate sponsors behind me, it is easier to get into Formula One if you are seen to come from a big country the size of Germany.

    Still, it’s a great situation that in Germany I’m regarded as German, and in Finland as a Finn. And it’s quite right, too, since I am my father’s son.”

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