2009 Belgian Grand Prix facts and stats

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen has now won 18 F1 races
Kimi Raikkonen has now won 18 F1 races

OK, we all know about Force India’s first points.

But which driver reached his points century at Spa? And which are the only two drivers to win more Belgian Grands Prix than Kimi Raikkonen? Here are the facts and stats from yesterday’s race.

Kimi Raikkonen won his first Grand Prix in 26 races – his last win as at last year’s Spanish Grand Prix.

It was his fourth win in the Belgian Grand Prix, all of which have come in the last five races at the track. He was also leading last year’s race before crashing out with two laps to go.

Only two other drivers have won the Belgian Grand Prix more than four times: Michael Schumacher (six) and Ayrton Senna (five). All of those were on the modern Spa circuit. Jim Clark also won the Belgian Grand Prix four times from 1962-1965 on the old, 14.1km circuit.

It was Raikkonen’s 18th win. He has more than any other driver in F1 today bar Fernando Alonso, who has 21.

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest lap, the second of his career, in addition to the one he scored at Silverstone.

It was a huge weekend for Force India. On Saturday Giancarlo Fisichella gave them their first ever pole position. Before then their best qualifying position had been seventh, set by Adrian Sutil at the Nurburgring this year.

The last time this outfit started from pole position was in the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in 1999, when Heinz-Harald Frentzen put Jordan at the front of the grid.

In the race of course, they scored their first points and first podium finish. They also led a race for the first time – but only for four laps behind the safety car at the start.

Fisichella made it to the podium for the first time since the 2006 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

The first-lap pile-up brought Jenson Button’s points-scoring streak to an end after 11 races in the top eight. Nico Rosberg now has the longest running streak of points finishes with eight.

It was also Lewis Hamilton’s first failure to finish a race this year (though of course he was disqualified at Melbourne).

Like Fisichella and Raikkonen, Robert Kubica scored his best result of the year, with fourth.

Heikki Kovalainen has now scored exactly 100 points in his Formula 1 career.

We’ve now had six consecutive races with different winners (Button, Vettel, Webber, Hamilton, Barrichello and Raikkonen) and five with different pole sitters (Vettel, Webber, Alonso, Hamilton and Fisichella).

Have you spotted any interesting facts and stats from the Belgian Grand Prix? Share them in the commenets.

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  1. 7 teams have now started on the front row this season- all except BMW (best 3rd), Williams (5th) and Toro Rosso (10th)

    Every current team in F1 has taken a pole position in F1 in the last 28 races, except Williams:
    Force India- Spa 09
    Mclaren- Valencia 09
    Renault- Hungary 09
    Red Bull- Germany 09
    Brawn- Monaco 09
    Toyota- Bahrain 09
    Ferrari- Brazil 08
    Toro Rosso- Italy 08
    BMW- Bahrain 08
    Williams- Nurburgring 05

    The 2005 European GP was also the last time Williams scored a podium at a ‘normal’ circuit. The 3 they have scored since were at temporary tracks at Melbourne, Montreal and Singapore

  2. Wasn`t Kimi in second place last year when He crashed out?

    1. He led until the third last lap, when he crashed out.

    2. no, he had just retaken his place after both him and hamilton nearly crashed into rosberg, hamilton had just finished rallying across the grass when he crashed, i’ve never cheared so loudly in my life!

      1. Kimi spun after there close one with Rosberg, between the chicane and Stavelot.

        1. Yorricksfriend
          1st September 2009, 17:59

          in response to all of you, you all have terrible memories.
          Yes he was in second place when he crashed out.
          Hamilton was leading Raikkonen until he tried to lap Rosberg at Fagnes, going onto the grass to avoid him. Raikkonen then retook the lead but supsequently spun. Hamilton again took the lead. Then Raikkonen went wide at Blachimont and went into the wall. He was second when he crashed.

  3. Keith, I have a hunch that this may have been the first ever Grand Prix without any lapped traffic during the race. I have written about it here.

  4. Vettel is now the only one who always reached Q3 this season

  5. Badoer remains reject. LOL

  6. wong chin kong
    31st August 2009, 14:41

    It was Ferrari’s first win of the 2009 F1 season.

    It was the most clear-cut case of using Kers to secure a race victory.

  7. More trivia:

    – This is the first season since 2005 in which all the teams scored points.

    – With Vettel’s podium, Red Bull finally pass the 100 points barrier in a season (although they would have achieved this two races ago if Malaysia’a results had been halved).

    – Only 8 drivers can be World Champion now, from Trulli upwards. This is of course in the best scenario possible (Button doesn’t score another point and said driver wins all the races). If Button finishes in second at Italy, however, Trulli and Hamilton will be out of contention.

  8. Could this be the first race since Suzuka 90 that the WDC and the WDC points leader were taken out in a same corner acciedent. And does Fisi now own the lap record for the slowest warm up lap ( rain or no rain ).

    1. I think that happened in Belgium in 98, though I’m not sure.

      1. Hakkinen wasnt involved in the crash.

        1. Mike "the bike" Schumacher
          31st August 2009, 16:53

          neither was villeneueve

          1. Yorricksfriend
            1st September 2009, 18:03

            HAHA, fail

    2. What about Germany 2000? Schumacher was the reigning WDC, and he was leading the championships, so technicaly that counts as well. And I’m sure that Schumacher did that few years later at some race.

      1. Miki was reigning WDC that year, it`s got to be two different drivers though :-)

        1. I’m sure once between 2001 and 2005 Schumacher was leading the championships and crashed :)

          1. Yorricksfriend
            1st September 2009, 18:04

            yeah, try Monaco 04

    3. Are there no other slowest warm up laps?.(explains Les Combes)

      1. It would be simpler to prove or disprove this hypothesis if I knew any place where anyone had recorded warm-up lap times…

  9. Monaco 2004!

    1. I`ve cant believe I forgot Canada 08 when Lewis took Kimi out in the Pit Lane, Doh.

      1. And Monaco 1996, which Olivier Panis won (MS crashed on the first lap, but I don’t if Hill did also)?

        1. Hill retired later in the race, from a gearbox failure

  10. Nick Heidfeld, blah blah consecutive blah…………..

    1. Hahaha, yeah. This was him millionth consecutive finnish.

  11. Raikkonen is the only driver in the current field to have won at Spa

  12. The season hasn’t finished yet. Now Force India have scored points, when was the last season that finished when all entered constructors scored points?

    1. 2002. Minardi, Arrows and Toyota tied for 9th place with two points apiece, and there were only 11 teams in the champioship.

  13. when was the last time 3 driver’s couldn’t get their act together and take the bloody opportunity the WDC leader is giving them on a silver platter, and close the championship gap!!!??? fools!

    1. 1982 would be a good example of a crazy year like this… hard to think of another one though.

      1. Thats coz Gilles died at zolder, else he would have dominated in 1982 & won the WDC.

        1. Not necessarily. Standings after Imola, which was Villeneuve’s last race. He was behind Pironi too who was injured later and eventual champion Rosberg at that point.

          1. Alain Prost 18
          2. Niki Lauda 12
          3. Didier Pironi 10
          4. Michele Alboreto 10
          5. Keke Rosberg 8
          6. John Watson 8
          7. Carlos Reutemann 6
          Gilles Villeneuve 6
          9. René Arnoux 4
          Nigel Mansell 4
          Riccardo Patrese 4
          12. Jean-Pierre Jarier 3
          13. Manfred Winkelhock 2
          Elio de Angelis 2
          15. Eliseo Salazar 1

          1. If Button does lose the title (though it’s very unlikely), this would look like the 1987 scenario, in which Mansell won six races but Piquet, with half that tally but more point finishes, took the title with two races to go.

            And they were teammates…

    2. Mike "the bike" Schumacher
      3rd September 2009, 22:21

      Alonso and Hamilton in 07

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