Bahrain Grand Prix facts and stats

Not just a one-lap wonder - Jarno Trulli set his first race fastest lap

Not just a one-lap wonder - Jarno Trulli set his first race fastest lap

After 203 starts and over 10,000 laps, Jarno Trulli finally set his first fastest lap in a Grand Prix yesterday.

Plus, Nick Heidfeld is set to finally beat Michael Schumacher’s records for most consecutive race finishes if he’s still running at the end of the Spanish Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

Jenson Button scored his fourth career win, giving him as many as Dan Gurney, Bruce McLaren and Eddie Irvine.

Jarno Trulli set his fourth pole position and first fastest lap. It took him 203 starts to achieve his first fastest lap, which is a record. The previous driver to have started the most races before setting a fastest lap was Jenson Button – he did at this year’s Malaysian Grand Prix, his 155th start.

Trulli also passed the 10,000 laps landmark, recording his 10,013th. Only six drivers have covered more: Michael Schumacher (13,909), Rubens Barrichello, David Coulthard, Riccardo Patrese, Giancarlo Fisichella and Alain Prost.

Toyota scored their first one-two in qualifying ever, and their first pole position since Suzuka 2005 (Ralf Schumacher).

Nick Heidfeld equalled Michael Schumacher’s record for most races consecutively finished, with 24. He also has 32 consecutive race classifications (completed more than 90% distance but not necessarily still running at the end). Schumacher’s run stretched from Hungary 2001 to Malaysia 2003, in which time he won 14 races and finished on the podium seven other times. Heidfeld is yet to win a race and in the course of his 24-race finishing stretched finished on the podium five times.

Six drivers are yet to score a point this year: Felipe Massa, Robert Kubica, Kazuki Nakajima, Nelson Piquet Jnr and Force India pilots Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil.

On the flip side three drivers have scored points in all four races: the Brawn drivers and Timo Glock. Lewis Hamilton would also be on the list but for his disqualification in Australia.

Sebastian Vettel finished second for the first time in a Grand Prix.

Mercedes won their 70th Grand Prix as an engine constructor. They are the fifth most successful engine builder in F1 history, behind Ferrari (210), Ford/Cosworth (176), Renault (116) and Honda (72). Those 70 wins are split between Mercedes’ works team of the 1950s (nine), Brawn (three) and McLaren (58).

Despite the changes in the technical regulations and the fact there have been two wet races, reliability has been better so far in 2009 than in the whole of 2008. Last year 78% of starts ended in a finish, so far this year it’s 86%. Only Kazuki Nakajima failed to finish in Bahrain, retiring after his car developed high oil pressure.

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56 comments on Bahrain Grand Prix facts and stats

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  1. Sush Meerkat said on 27th April 2009, 12:07

    its been the billionth time a driver has said “for sure” after a race.

    sorry.

    • i reckon it’s more than that. at least massa hasn’t been on the podium. he racks up more than a billion ‘for sures’ in one podium post race press conference!

    • ajokay said on 27th April 2009, 13:41

      Maybe we could send Flippy an english thesaurus.

    • Ronman said on 27th April 2009, 14:57

      HAHA, you noticed that too? for sure for sure…. AAAAHHH

      Keith you should investigate why they use the FOR SURE response? have they all had the same speech trainer?

    • Habib Beye said on 27th April 2009, 16:24

      Have we noticed… FOR SURE!!!

      I understand that the foreign drivers need to use it sometimes when they can’t think of a better expression, but even Button and Hamilton ‘for sure’ their way through every press conference.

    • todd said on 28th April 2009, 3:41

      hahaha awesome pick up..

  2. McFan said on 27th April 2009, 12:31

    Has anyone noticed the STAR OF DAVID on Rubens’ helmet ? It was visible during the on-board cockpit camera. Has it been there on previous races as well ?
    Anyway I wish they had the radio on while he was stuck behind the frustrating KERS of his Brazilian mate…

  3. I posted this in an other news story, but it’s probably a better fit here.

    It’s interesting to note that Ferrari are still experiencing their worst start to a Formula One season ever. Even though they’ve scored 3 points with Räikkönen’s 6th place, Scheckter and Pironi took a 5th place in the 4th Grand Prix of in 1980 respectively 1981.

    One could argue that 1993 was even worse, however, because Ferrari only took 2 points from two 6th places in the first 5 GPs. The first of those was scored in race 1, though.

  4. Arthur954 said on 27th April 2009, 13:01

    It does seem that the cars are closer to each other, so passing is easier.
    Credit 2 Mo when he deserves it !

  5. Neil said on 27th April 2009, 13:26

    When was the last time that all cars finished a race?

    • I asked the same on Twitter. It was the monstrosity of Indianapolis 2005, since only 6 cars took the start, and all finished. Before that, I’m not too sure.

    • Brendan said on 27th April 2009, 23:53

      It was the 2005 Italian GP. According to Wikipedia, that was the first time that a full field had all finished the race since 1961.

      And yeah, the not-even-close-to-full field also all finished at Indianapolis 2005.

  6. ajokay said on 27th April 2009, 13:44

    Another slight side note, but with Rubens this year being one of only a select few who had ever driven on F1 slicks before, if he retains a seat next year, am I right in thinking he’ll be the only driver on the grid to have participated in races before where teams wern’t allowed to refuel (1993 season)?

    • I reckon he is.

      He would also equal Graham Hill’s record of competing during 18 seasons, should he complete 2010, too.

    • Journeyer said on 27th April 2009, 14:49

      Not to mention the stat Rubens is really chasing (other than a title, of course):

      Having entered 300 Grands Prix

  7. Kanyima said on 27th April 2009, 13:49

    This GP saw the longest Trulli Train ever.

    • I think “trulli train” should be an official term now there is one almost every race. We should make an F1 dictionary of funny terms like this!

  8. gazzap said on 27th April 2009, 15:35

    those stats of Trulli’s and Button’s that showed they took the most GPs to set a fastest lap really illustrates the power shift in F1. Power shift might not be the right word, but I cant remember a season before where the so called big teams were all doing badly and the perceived weak teams were all near the front. I think the traditional big teams will come back and thats probably why there still hasn’t been a power shift.
    But basically if you ply your trade in a mid grid car for years then you are very unlikely to set fastest laps or move into a bigger team to set fastest laps(trulli in particular because Button has been at bigger teams IMO). Only when something as significant and unpredictable as the swap around we are currently seeing would have given Trulli a fastest lap.

  9. James Bolton said on 27th April 2009, 15:51

    To answer the first part of your post Gazzap, possibly the last time the top teams struggled and a smaller team won consistently was 1994, when Benetton came to the fore.

    Before this it was probably when McLaren, Tyrrell and Williams burst into the sport, for example when Williams entered F1 in ’77, finished 9th in ’78 and won the Constructors Championship in ’79.

    I agree though, McLaren and Ferrari will return to the front. Not sure about Williams tho, they’ve now gone 75 races without a win.

    • > possibly the last time the top teams struggled and a smaller team
      > won consistently was 1994, when Benetton came to the fore.

      Don’t forget that Benetton was already very much one of the top-tier teams prior to 1994. It had been 3rd in the WCC in 1988, 1990, 1992 and 1993, while 4th 1989 and 1991. Plus, it won at least one Grand Prix in all those seasons bar the first.

  10. frecon said on 27th April 2009, 16:02

    Alonso had problems with the water, and he couldn’t drink during the race. Picture of Alonso seconds before to faint when he was making interviews with spanish media after the race.

    http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u264/tanyap_2007/Grand%20Prix%20of%20Bahrain/86224102.jpg

  11. rahim said on 27th April 2009, 16:10

    THE BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX WAS KIMI RAIKKONEN’S 100TH GRAND PRIX AND HIS 85TH POINT FINISH….
    GOOD WORK KIMI…NO MATTER WHATS GOING ON RIGHT NOW…YOU’LL ALWAYS BE ONE OF THE GREATEST DRIVER FORMULA 1 HAS EVER HAD. ****CONGRATES****

  12. Bernard said on 27th April 2009, 16:13

    The phrase “KERS system” has officially become the most annoying of the season and we’re only four races in.

    Next we’ll start hearing people use phrases such as “BHP power“, “RPM minute“, “CFD dynamics” and maybe even “DC Coulthard” and “FOM management“.

  13. James Bolton said on 27th April 2009, 16:27

    Kimi has failed to win since Spain 2008, which was exactly a year ago today, April 27th.

    Massa has failed to score a point in the last four races, his worst record since he’s been at Ferrari. He went six races without scoring towards the end of 2005 when he was with Sauber.

    Interestngly, in Malaysia this year Massa racked up his 4th P9 with Ferrari. He also has 3 x P13′s with the Scuderia. This helps feed the argument that he can win from Pole but struggles to fight his way to the front in a Grand Prix.

  14. Oliver said on 27th April 2009, 16:44

    Freecon, it seems it’s the cap holding Alonso upright :-) but very impressive effort if he’s looking like that afterwards

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