2008 Singapore GP stats and facts

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso scored his 20th victory and 50th podium finish
Fernando Alonso scored his 20th victory and 50th podium finish

The inaugural Singapore Grand Prix was a statistical feast for the anorak-wearer.

The 800th F1 championship race saw Nick Heidfeld break Michael Schumacher’s record for most finishes, a first-time race leader, and the first time a driver has ever won an F1 race from 15th on the grid. Read on for more.

Fernando Alonso’s records

Fernando Alonso scored his first win in over a year, his last victory coming at Monza last season. It was his 20th career victory in his 118th start. Alonso has now scored as many wins as Mika Hakkinen and is tied for 11th on the ‘most career wins’ list with his fellow twice-champion.

Alonso scored his 50th podium finish, one fewer than Hakkinen, and again 11th on the all-time list of most podium finishes.

Alonso is the only driver to have won a race from 15th on the grid. That was previously the highest grid position a race had never been won from. On only seven occasions has a world championship race been won from a lower starting position:

16th – Jackie Stewart, Tyrrell, South Africa, 1973 and Michael Schumacher, Benetton, Spa-Francorchamps, 1995
17th – John Watson, McLaren, Detroit, 1982 and Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren, Suzuka, 2005
18th – Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari, Hockenheimring, 2000
19th – Bill Vukovich, Kurtis Kraft, Indianapolis, 1954 (when the Indianapolis 500 counted towards the world championship)
22nd – John Watson, McLaren, Long Beach, 1983

The worst starting position a race has never been won from is now 20th, which with 10 two-car teams in F1 today is last on the grid. (More on this here)

And of course, Alonso is the first person to win a round of the world championship in Singapore. He is also the seventh different driver to win a race this year.

Renault scored its first win since the 2006 Japanese Grand Prix, which Alonso also won.

More F1 stats from Singapore

Nico Rosberg scored his second career podium, having scored his first in Melbourne. He also led a race for the first time and is the 158th different driver to do so.

Kimi Raikkonen added another fastest lap to his tally, his 35th. It was his tenth this season matching Michael Schumacher’s record for most fastest laps in a season, set in 2004, which Raikkonen matched in 2005.

However he also failed to score for the fourth race in a row, his longest point-less streak since 2002, when he didn’t score for six consecutive races from Malaysia to Monaco. At that time, points were only scored down to sixth place.

Ferrari failed to score a point for the first time in 46 races, a sequence stretching back to the 2006 San Marino Grand Prix (they didn’t score in the previous race in Melbourne). Those 46 races make the second longest points-scoring streak for a team, bettered only by Ferrari themselves from Malaysia 1999 to Malaysia 2003 (55 races). They also have the third longest points-scoring streak, San Marino 2003 to Malaysia 2005 (33 races) but BMW are one race away from matching that (Australia 2007 to present).

Singapore’s podium was the fifth youngest ever seen in F1: Alonso, Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton having an average age of 24 years, eigth months and 19 days. That means four of the five youngest ever podiums in F1 history were achieved this year, in Italy, Germany, Monaco and Singapore.

Heidfeld beats Schumacher

Nick Heidfeld broke Michael Schumacher’s record for the most consecutive finishes in F1 races, finishing his 25th race in a row since last year’s French Grand Prix.

The 2008 Singapore Grand Prix was the 800th race to count towards the F1 world championship. More stats on that to follow later…

Over to you

After Italy Simon C asked: “Is the first night race also going to be the first GP with 12 former race winners on the starting grid?”

Can anyone answer that query?