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

  1. most laps without a single overtaking attempt/move?

    • Patrickl said on 24th August 2009, 11:30

      There were several attempts actually. Probably some actual overtaking too, but we didn’t see much of it since the camera was only on the front few drivers.

      At the very least Button’s and Sutil’s attempts were on TV though.

  2. > At Valencia Romain Grosjean became the 70th French driver to start a race.

    Is Romain Grosjean not swiss?

  3. sumedh said on 24th August 2009, 12:39

    Actually, I meant to post this after the German Grand Prix

    1. Jenson Button won from pole in Mark Webber’s home race
    2. Mark Webber won from pole in Sebastian Vettel’s home race
    3. Sebastian Vettel won from pole in Jenson Button’s home race

    Thus none of the title contenders won their home race, and were outclassed by the winner.

  4. Giant21 said on 24th August 2009, 12:46

    How does Rubens win rank in terms of oldest driver to win? I know he doesn’t reach the top ten (he’s 38 years old), but he has to be the oldest since Mansell, or at least the oldest in the decade (Schumi was 37 when he won in Shangai), right?

    • Charlie said on 24th August 2009, 14:57

      In the 50s drivers were winning races in their, er, 50s so I think there’s quite a few in front of him for that accolade.

  5. Brakius said on 24th August 2009, 12:58

    Rubens won a race in his 17th season as a F1 driver. I think Schumacher had the record before, maybe tied, but the last win came in his 15th season.

  6. Romain from Grenoble said on 24th August 2009, 13:19

    Luca Badoer’s race fastest lap : “1:40.590″, is faster than his time in lightweight qualifying : “1:41.413″. Is this an unusual stat, or does it happen often?

    • sato113 said on 24th August 2009, 18:58

      well not really, sometimes the car will reach a lighter weight in the race (the lap before the pitstop perhaps?) than in qualifying.

  7. Ned Flanders said on 24th August 2009, 13:22

    Williams have improved a lot recently, Nico Rosberg has scored 5 consecutive top 5 finishes. Williams are having a similar season to 1999, where they rarely quite quick enough to challenge for podiums or wins. Also, Ralf Schumacher was their lone point scorer that season with about 30, just like Nico Rosberg has been this year.

    Williams have only had 3 podiums in the last 4 years, but they all occured on street/ parkland circuits, in races of attrition. Their last podium on merit was Nick Heidfeld in mid 2005

  8. Damon said on 24th August 2009, 13:27

    And how is Nick Heidfeld doing with his consecutive finishes streak?

  9. Ciaran said on 24th August 2009, 13:40

    Difference in age between the pole sitter and winner? Its about 13 years of age between Hamilton and Barrichello. This breaks the old record from the European grand prix in 2006 (Alonso on pole and Schumacher wins), when the difference was 12 years.

  10. Here’s a thought – Rubens’ win could be the last time a ’20th century’ F1 driver ever wins a Grand Prix.

    I seriously hope he spends the next sixes races proving me wrong!

    • Ned Flanders said on 24th August 2009, 16:05

      Don’t be silly. Luca Badoer was racing in the 90’s, and he’s bound to start winning races once he gets to circuits he knows, like Spa and Monza.

      (but seriously, good point, he probably will be, unless he wins again or Trulli gets his act together next season)

  11. Andrew White said on 24th August 2009, 16:18

    - Brawn extended their lead in the constructors’ championship for the first time since Monaco.
    – Ten drivers from six teams have started from the front row this year; ten drivers from six teams have finished on the podium this year
    – Barrichello won by 2.3 seconds; this is the closest gap between first and second this year, apart from Australia which was affected by the safety car
    – Barrichello was the first man this season to win from third on the grid; 7 have won from pole, one from second and two from fourth

  12. alejoburger said on 24th August 2009, 16:59

    Glock fastest lap means that 5 drivers achieved for the 1st time this season: Button in MAL, Trulli in BAH, Vettel in GB, Webber in HUN and Glock in EUR. Almost a record, previous was in 1968 with Jean Pierre Beltoise in Jarama, Richard Attwood in Monaco, Pedro Rodríguez in Rouen, Joseph Siffert in Brands Hatch, Jackie Stewart in the Nurburg and Jacky Oliver Monza.

  13. Giant21 said on 24th August 2009, 17:39

    Be careful with the whole “last driver of the 20th century monniker”, for it may lead into a discussion of if the year 2000 was or not the first year of the new century blah blah, in which case Button would also be a 20 th century driver…

  14. In Valencia, R. Barrichello won the race at his 279th start, which sets a new record.
    Previous holder was M. Schumacher, winning his 247th GP in China, 2006.
    Third is still R. Patrese (won in Japan 1992, his 238th start).

  15. HounslowBusGarage said on 24th August 2009, 21:16

    Any clever stats about the number of Mercedes-engined victories this season?

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