2009 Hungarian Grand Prix facts and stats

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

First win at the Nurburgring, first fastest lap at the Hungaroring for Mark Webber
First win at the Nurburgring, first fastest lap at the Hungaroring for Mark Webber

A youngest-ever driver, a first-time fastest lap and a KERS victory – lots of milestones in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Here’s a round-up of the stats and facts – share yours below:

Lewis Hamilton finally scored McLaren’s first win of the year, and the tenth of his career. He now has as many victories as James Hunt, Ronnie Peterson, Jody Scheckter and Gerhard Berger.

It is also the first time he has won twice at the same circuit, having won the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2007.

This was the first win for a car with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System. Kimi Raikkonen (second) also had KERS on his car, as did fifth-placed Heikki Kovalainen.

Two different British drivers have now won races this year. This hasn’t happened since 1999, when Eddie Irvine, David Coulthard and Johnny Herbert all won races.

Fernando Alonso started from pole position for the first time since the 2007 Italian Grand Prix. It was his 18th time at the front of the grid, matching Mario Andretti and Rene Arnoux’s tallies.

Three different drivers led the race – Alonso, Hamilton and Kovalainen. All three of them had not previously led a Grand Prix this year. Jenson Button has led more than twice as many laps as anyone else this year – but none of the last three races.

Button kept up his record of scoring in every race this year, but seventh was his worst result so far in 2009.

Mark Webber set the fastest lap for the first time in his career. He is the 116th driver to do so.

Aged 19 years and 125 days old, Jaime Alguersuari became the youngest driver ever to start a Grand Prix, beating Mike Thackwell’s record from 1980 of 19 years, 182 days.

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Due to Felipe Massa’s injury, only 19 cars took the start. This was the lowest number since the 2005 United States Grand Prix, when only six drivers raced.

Renault have been excluded from the next race at Valencia. The last team to be excluded from an event were BAR, who were banned from two races in 2005.

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