2009 European Grand Prix stats and facts

Rubens Barrichello scored the 100th Grand Prix win for a Brazilian

Rubens Barrichello scored the 100th Grand Prix win for a Brazilian

The European Grand Prix saw Rubens Barrichello’s first win for almost five years, and the 100th race victory for a Brazilian driver.

Here’s the stats and facts round-up from the European Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton started from pole position for the 14th time, giving him as many front spot starts as Alberto Ascari, James Hunt and Ronnie Peterson. He has jumped from 11th in the championship standings after Germany to sixth.

Heikki Kovalainen joined him on the front row of the grid giving McLaren their 59th one-two. Only Ferrari (70) and Williams (61) have more. Renault are fourth with 22.

McLaren and Mercedes started their 250th race together. Their first was the 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, where Mika Hakkinen and Mark Blundell finished fourth and sixth respectively. Since then they have won three drivers championships (Hakkinen in 1998 and 1999, Hamilton last year), one constructors’ championship (1998) and 59 Grands Prix.

It was also the first time two different Mercedes-powered cars appeared on the podium – McLaren and Brawn. (It had briefly been so at Melbourne before Hamilton’s disqualification).

Rubens Barrichello won his tenth Grand Prix, giving him as many as James Hunt, Ronnie Peterson, Jody Scheckter, Gerhard Berger and the man he narrowly beat – Lewis Hamilton. It was also his first win for a team other than Ferrari.

It was the 100th Grand Prix win for a Brazilian driver. The first was scored by Emerson Fittipaldi for Lotus in the 1970 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. There have been 28 different Brazilian drivers in Formula 1, but only six won races:

Driver Wins
Ayrton Senna 41
Nelson Piquet 23
Emerson Fittipaldi 14
Felipe Massa 11
Rubens Barrichello 10
Carlos Pace 1

Only two countries have won more F1 races than Brazil: Great Britain (206) and Germany (106).

Fourth on the list is France with 79, but the last Frenchman to win a Grand Prix was Olivier Panis at Monaco in 1996. At Valencia Romain Grosjean became the 70th French driver to start a race.

Fastest lap went to Timo Glock for the first time in his F1 career. He is the 117th driver to set a fastest lap.

Luca Badoer returned to an F1 cockpit after an absence of nine years, nine months and 24 days – the second-longest break of all time, second only to Jan Lammers (10 years, three months). He became the first Italian to drive for Ferrari since Nicola Larini in 1994.

Unfortunately he was also the first Ferrari driver to qualify last for a Grand Prix since Felipe Massa at Monaco in 2006. Massa crashed early in the session, but it was his Ferrari team mate Michael Schumacher who started from the back after being penalised for blocking the circuit.

And Badoer increased his record for most F1 starts without a point, reaching 49. (Read more about Badoer’s records).

Bridgestone recorded their 150th win in Formula 1. However more than half of them – 79 – came in races where they faced no rival tyre manufacturer. These were in 1999-2000, and since 2007. Bridgestone officially returned to F1 in 1997 (having dabbled in the seventies) and went up against Goodyear in 1997-1998, and Michelin from 2001-2006.

Kimi Raikkonen started his 150th Grand Prix.

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Read more: Championship standings after Valencia

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74 comments on 2009 European Grand Prix stats and facts

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  1. mp4-19b said on 24th August 2009, 7:16

    nick heidfield?? not worth mentioning any more?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 24th August 2009, 8:46

      The ‘most finishes’ thing? I’m so bored of it…

      • Patrickl said on 24th August 2009, 10:09

        I guess it’s boring, but it’s quite an achievement though.

        • Nitpicker said on 24th August 2009, 12:02

          Can we have an article on the most boring achievements?

          • Patrickl said on 24th August 2009, 13:55

            Like who won the most points in the fastest car?

            Or we can go for most “spectacular” achievements like who crashed out the most in one season. Who is it this season, Vettel, Piquet or Sutil? I’d guess Vettel.

      • sumedh said on 24th August 2009, 12:43

        It is boring. But when his run does come to an end, we should know how many races did he finish on a trot!!! So, don’t forget it

  2. mp4-19b said on 24th August 2009, 7:37

    LAST EUPOPEAN GRANDPRIX FOR A MERCEDES HUMANOID

    Kovalainen is the most frustrating humanoid i’ve ever come across ;) Is he mercedes’ answer to Honda’s Asimo ? If that is the case they no longer need him & neither do i. If they haven’t noticed, honda have already pulled out & mercedes can do away with this humanoid kovi.

  3. Lustigson said on 24th August 2009, 7:55

    Unfortunately he was also the first Ferrari driver to qualify last for a Grand Prix since Felipe Massa at Monaco in 2006. Massa crashed early in the session…

    If you leave out crashes, penalties and occasions on which drivers were unable to set a time, I believe L. Badoer is the first Ferrari driver that has actually qualified last.

  4. schumifan said on 24th August 2009, 8:02

    And Badoer increased his record for most F1 starts without a point, reaching 49.

    isn’t it 50 not 49? he was on 62 races but hadn’t started 12 times

  5. schumifan said on 24th August 2009, 8:06

    it was Kimi’s 60th podium finish

  6. Brendan said on 24th August 2009, 8:20

    When was the last time we heard the Brazilian national anthem followed by God Save the Queen being played on the podium? Adelaide 1993, for Senna and McLaren?

  7. James Bolton said on 24th August 2009, 8:35

    There have been four pole sitters in the last four races, the first time this has happened since rounds 6 to 9 last year.

    There have been five winners in the last five races. The last time this happened was in 2003 when rounds 10 to 14 were won by Ralf Schumacher, Barrichello, Montoya, Alonso and Michael Schumacher.

    8 different drivers have set the fastest lap in the last 8 races from 5 different teams. Only Jenson and Rubens have set 2 fastest laps this year. I have no idea when this last occured!

    Jenson has scored 11 points in the last four races. In the four races previous to these he scored 40 points.

    Jenson has scored points in 11 consecutive races. In recent history, Alonso went 18 consecutive races in ’05 – ’06 and Schumacher went 24 in ’03 – ’05.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 24th August 2009, 9:12

      There have been five winners in the last five races. The last time this happened was in 2003 when rounds 10 to 14 were won by Ralf Schumacher, Barrichello, Montoya, Alonso and Michael Schumacher.

      That’s cool, well spotted. Kovalainen for the win at Spa!

      • Nooooooooooo! Let it be someone deserving, like Rosberg or Raikkonen, or even Badoer so long as McLaren aren’t given any incentive to keep Kovalainen next year.

    • Ned Flanders said on 24th August 2009, 12:44

      I don’t think Schumacher set a points record from 03- 05- he crashed at Monaco 2004, and scored no points later on at China. I think mabye you mean 2001- 2003

    • Damn, was just about to point out the 5-race thing.

  8. DanThorn said on 24th August 2009, 8:43

    The second race where a driver on the grid is younger than me. (Meant to mention this after Hungary, but I forgot. Is my chance to be an F1 driver over?)

    Also would like to know where Rubens ranks on the list of drivers who have the longest time between successive GP wins. I know Patrese had to wait over 6 seasons between two of his wins, but does Rubens’ gap of almost 5 seasons put him second on that list?

    • Lustigson said on 24th August 2009, 9:53

      First time a driver older than me has won since Michael Schumacher, in China 2006… ;)

      • SaloolaS said on 24th August 2009, 11:37

        First time after Schumacher’s win in 2006 a driver, who drove in f1 before I was born, won a race.

    • GeoCucc said on 24th August 2009, 10:10

      Surprisingly Rubens is only 6th on that list. 1st is Patrese, he had to wait 6 years and 210 days. Barrichello had to wait 4 years and 331 days, but between them there are Bruce McLaren, Jack Brabham, Mario Andretti and John Watson (as I count).

  9. Hamilton and Kovalainen finished also 2nd and 4th on last years Europe GP in Valencia as well.

    It was mentioned that this was Räikkönens 60th podium finish, also his 90th pointscoring finish.

    This was the 50th time Rosberg finished a race (out of 64)

    @schumifan: according to my own documentation and calculations, this was the 57th Grand Prix that Luca Badoer participated.
    However, he didn’t qualify 6 times (twice in 1993, Europe and Monaco, and 4 times in 1996 because of the 107% rule, Australia, Europe (again), Britain and Spain), and didn’t start twice (1995 Argentina and Australia)
    So 57GP – 6NQ – 2DNS = 49

    And Räikkönens 150th Grand Prix was back in Hungary, this was his 150th race start, the difference is US GP 2005, the Michelin-gate.

  10. pitt layne said on 24th August 2009, 9:11

    The stat is Barri finally won for Brawn. A well deserved victory. The fact is Luca Badriver shouldn’t be allowed to race at Spa. Or any other F1 GP. The question is what will play out at Team Brawn regarding the Drivers Championship. I don’t think Barri would go for helping Button at this stage of his career unless the math dictates it. Mathematically, it’s still open. Considering the time spent at Ferrari and what transpired then, Brawn owes Barri. At the very least, he’s owed equal preparation and strategic opportunities from here on. Hopefully, that’ll be the case.

  11. Rahim said on 24th August 2009, 9:14

    Kimi’s 150th grand prix start and kimi’s 60th podium.awesome
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(these are 60)

  12. todd said on 24th August 2009, 9:16

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9JV3RSM5lo
    did he win the race or a game show?

  13. Brendan said on 24th August 2009, 9:39

    Also, the safety car hasn’t come out in 6 races (Spain being the last time).

    • sumedh said on 24th August 2009, 12:35

      Nice spot!!

    • Ned Flanders said on 24th August 2009, 13:09

      Damn I was going to say that one about the safety car. But I can improve it: There have been 445 consecutive laps, since lap 4 at Spain, since the safety car was last required.

      My question is- of those 445 laps, how many have actually been exciting? All I can think of was Vettel being overtaken by everyone over a couple of laps at Monaco, the first few laps at the Nurburgring, and when Hamilton overtook Webber at Hungary.

      This season really has been boring. I appreciate that F1 is not Moto GP or NASCAR, and I’m happy to watch the odd dull race once in a while, but there’s been too many for my liking lately

  14. Lustigson said on 24th August 2009, 10:01

    R.G. Barrichello last won a race in China, september 2004: that’s about 4 years and 11 months ago. From what I can quickly find on Forix, that’s the 3rd or 4th longest period between 2 victories:

    1. R. Patrese, 6 years 7 months (ZAF 83-SMR 90)
    2. M.G. Andretti, 5 years 7 months (ZAF 71-JPN 76)
    3. J.M. Watson, 4 years 11 months (AUT 76-GBR 81)

    (Durations approx.)

  15. With the way F1 is now we often seem to get someone unexpected setting the fastest lap, in this case Glock. When the track is at it’s fastest near the end of the Grand Prix most drivers are not pushing because they have to look after the car. If Barrichello had to push in his final stint I am pretty sure he would have got the fastest lap.

    Also after Vettel losing two engines in one weekend it looks like he will be the first driver this season to receive an engine grid penalty for using a 9th engine.

    • Patrickl said on 24th August 2009, 10:15

      Actually Vettel was on his sixth engine this race. Kubica was on engine 6 since Silverstone (4 races ago). He’s probably in a similar situation as Vettel.

      Both have only got 2 new engines left. Although Vettel won’t have many old engine laying around either.

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