2009 Hungarian Grand Prix facts and stats

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.

Read more: Jaime Alguersuari set to take Bourdais? place at Toro Rosso in Hungary

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.

Spotted any other interesting facts and stats from the Hungarian Grand Prix? Share them below…

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70 comments on 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix facts and stats

  1. Boston F1 Fan said on 27th July 2009, 7:12

    1) For the first and last time, Eddie Jordan made a correct prediction.

    2) For the 9th time I have fallen asleep before the race was half-over.

    • DomPrez said on 27th July 2009, 12:52

      lol, i was out with 14 laps to go and woke up during the post race press conference… :(

      • Scootin159 said on 27th July 2009, 15:52

        I too fell asleep from some point after Alonso’s retirement until about lap 60. I don’t feel I missed much.

        • F1Yankee said on 27th July 2009, 20:00

          another one that fell asleep here. F1 is like cough syrup – “oooo, this could be fun…zzzzzzzzzzzzz”

          i’m not sure next year’s refuelling ban will change the fact that 99% of passing is done in the pits. more and stronger restrictions on aero are needed.

          • Casino Square said on 28th July 2009, 19:43

            2010 could be seriously boring if they don’t do anything to improve overtaking. Without differing fuel strategies, I fear there will be almost literally no position changes in some races

  2. Car no.1 won a race for the first time since Spain 2008. That is a gap of 23 races.

    Only for the third time since 2007, we had more than 1 WDC on the podium. The 3 instances before this one:

    1. China 2006 (MSC – Alonso)
    2. Japan 2008 (Kimi – Alonso)
    3. Brazil 2008 (Kimi – Alonso)
    and now
    4. Hungary 2009 (Kimi – Lewis)

    • Manu F1 said on 31st July 2009, 0:57

      There is one more time with more than 1 WDC on the podium during this period:

      Brazil 2007 (Kimi – Alonso)

      Because Kimi, on that podium, was already WDC.

  3. mastakink said on 27th July 2009, 8:08

    First time ever, a Toro Rosso driver not named Sebastien

    Second time Alonso at Hungaroring having problems with unfastened nuts (2006 & 09)

    Is it the biggest gap between WDC wins? 10 since Lewis victory at China’08

  4. GB2009 said on 27th July 2009, 8:24

    I would suggest the % of drivers Entered into the Grand Prix (not the race, as Massa unfortunately didn’t make it) that have won a race might have been the highest ever, at 60% (12/20). This is up from the 55% at Germany, prior to Webber winning.

    Anyone know of a time when more than 60% of the field were Grand Prix winners?

    The 12 also represents 8.5% of all F1 Grand Prix winners ever (12/102), also, I would suggest, a record.

    Boring I know, but hey…

    • Also, at the moment, 80% of the teams have secured a victory, this year some time in the past, namely all but Toyota and Force India.

      This statistic exists since Red Bull broke their duck with Vettel. This also has to be a record, I think.

      • Since last year’s Italian GP Toyota have been the only team not to have won a race at any time during their F1 history. Red Bull did so as Stewart in 1999 and Force India did so as Jordan, most recently in 2003.

  5. When was the last time a driver couldn’t start the race due to an injury suffered in practice/qualifying?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 27th July 2009, 9:00

      I’m going to guess Ralph Firman at Hungary in 2003, after a crash at the same corner.

      Any advances?

      • Clay said on 27th July 2009, 9:49

        When did Button have his big crash at Monaco exiting the tunnel – was that ’03 or ’04? Otherwise I think you might be right…

        • ajokay said on 27th July 2009, 10:15

          Ralf Schumacher at Indy ’05?

          • ajokay is correct. Ralf Schumacher could not race at Indianapolis 2005 even if his team had been on Bridgestones because he had a large accident on Friday’s second practise session.

            Clay, Jenson missed Monaco 2003.

  6. Louis Rose said on 27th July 2009, 9:26

    I’ve no idea if this is uncommon (or even interesting), but I think that the BBC footage indicated that every driver who finished equalled or improved upon their qualifying position. That is, no driver did worse than where they started.

    Seemed odd to me, but probably not uncommon in races with a few DNFs.

    • Patrickl said on 27th July 2009, 9:38

      Alonso dropped out from the front. That’s all cars +1.

      Vettel started from P2 and also dropped out. That’s all cars +2

      They should exclude cars that DNF. Otherwise the stat is meaningless.

      For instance, obviously Webber lost 2 positions, but compared to his start he remained in the same position. The latter is rather useless info.

      • Journeyer said on 27th July 2009, 10:25

        It’s a bit difficult to do that, Patrick, without confusing a lot of people.

        I think it’s better as it is.

        • Patrickl said on 27th July 2009, 21:54

          It’s not difficult at all.

          Sure it might confuse people at first, but the current system is obviously confusing too AND it renders completely useless numbers.

          Anyway, I do know it’s never going to happen.

      • CLIFFERY said on 28th July 2009, 6:37

        I believe that’s what Louis said: ‘every driver who FINISHED equalled or improved…’

    • 159Tom said on 27th July 2009, 11:06

      Buemi – he qualified quite well didn’t he, but “Jamie” still beat him in the race.

    • Buemi started 11th (or 10th?), and he finished I think 15th.

    • Tomas said on 27th July 2009, 23:32

      maybe Buemi was the exception

  7. Which was the last time Ferrari had only 1 car running @ race? I can’t remember any ocasion since I started watching F1…

    • 159Tom said on 27th July 2009, 11:04

      Couple of times way back in 1989 – it was just Gerhard Berger in Spain, as Nigel Mansell was banned for that race.

      At Monaco, Berger was absent due to injuries and burns from his crash at Imola.

      Ferrari offered the drive to Mario Andretti (who thought there wasn’t enough time to test the car and its new-fangled flappy-paddle gearbox) and Keke Rosberg (who wanted less testing…he took exception to Ferrari giving him a trial run first)

      Anyone know a more recent one?

  8. Anonymouse said on 27th July 2009, 9:43

    Can I take my hat off to the Mclaren team.

    Not sure whose pitstop it was, but they held a car back for a few seconds as another car passed on the pit lane. It looked very professional. And in a weekend where things seemed slighty more out of control than normal, it was a welcome sight.

  9. Journeyer said on 27th July 2009, 10:24

    After seeing Button win almost every race at the start of the season, the last 4 races have seen 4 different winners from 3 different teams:

    Turkey – Button (Brawn)
    Britain – Vettel (RBR)
    Germany – Webber (RBR)
    Hungary – Hamilton (McLaren)

  10. For the first time this year someone won a GP at the circuit where he won before.

  11. Rahzam said on 27th July 2009, 10:31

    I have watched whole race. I saw Button joining behind Barichello after his 2nd pitstop. What happened to Barichello that he was behind Button after some laps? I think I missed it in commercials.

  12. fminas said on 27th July 2009, 10:37

    2009 is the 29th consecutive season (record) that McLaren leads a race for at least on lap.

  13. SYM said on 27th July 2009, 11:10

    Felipe’s condition improves:

  14. Tom said on 27th July 2009, 11:20

    first time in ten years a brazilian hasn’t raced for ferrari.

  15. Andrew White said on 27th July 2009, 11:57

    A few stats:

    – Jenson Button maintains his record of completing every lap this year so far; Rosberg and Webber have only missed one each
    – Rosberg is fifth in the championship despite not finishing on the podium yet this season
    – The top five drivers in the championship are also the only five to have surpassed their 2008 scores
    – In the last five races, Webber has scored the most points, with 36 to Button’s 29 and Vettel’s 24.
    – Only Button and Vettel have got through to Q3 every time this season.
    – On average, Vettel has the lightest car after qualifying with an average weight of 652.2 kg; Piquet has the heaviest with 681.8 kg

    These are all from figures that I have maintained this season. Apologies for any mistakes :P

  16. alan said on 27th July 2009, 12:10

    where is the statutory Heidfeld race classification statistic. How may leisurely Sunday drives has he been classified in a row?

  17. DomPrez said on 27th July 2009, 13:01


    after endlessly surfing the web, F1Fanatic.co.uk is 100% the best fan site.

    Keith is a really cool guy

    I’m misserable at making racepredictions

  18. Striay said on 27th July 2009, 13:09

    @DomPrez: LOOOOOOOOOOOOL! Agree with you 100%!!!!!!

  19. Nigel Pether said on 27th July 2009, 13:12

    Bernie confirmed before the start that Hamilton would win (BY a large margin!!) How does he know these things!! or is it because he knows…….

  20. Kevin C said on 27th July 2009, 14:01

    Second time Kimi started 7th and finished 2nd in Hungary(2003 was the other time)

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