2009 Belgian Grand Prix facts and stats

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).

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96 comments on 2009 Belgian Grand Prix facts and stats

  1. yelrom said on 31st August 2009, 10:55

    Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, Timo Glock, Nick Heidfeld, and LUCA BADOER are the only drivers who havnt retired this year yet.

  2. Andrew White said on 31st August 2009, 10:55

    - Raikkonen has scored the most points in the last five races with 25. Webber and Vettel each have 24 and Button has just 11.
    – Raikkonen won from the lowest grid position this year (6th). The previous lowest was fourth by Button in Bahrain and Hamilton in Hungary.
    – Raikkonen won by 0.9 seconds. This is the closest finish since Australia this year. It is the closest win in normal conditions since the 2007 Hungarian GP, in which Hamilton beat Raikkonen by 0.7 seconds.

  3. Although this Jordan DNA thing is quite questionable:
    I think it was the best result for Jordan and its successor teams since the Brasilian GP 2003 – also won by Giancarlo Fisichella.

    • Ned Flanders said on 31st August 2009, 11:58

      I’d agree- but technichally they finished 3rd and 4th at the infamous race at Indy in 05, thus scoring 11 points

  4. Damon said on 31st August 2009, 11:47

    - Kimi Raikkonen has been on every step of the podium in the last 3 races.

    – 5 races before the end of the season there are still 8 drivers with mathematical chances of winning the WDC. Had Massa scored at least a point in the last two GPs, it would have been 9 drivers.

    With the medal system, the WDC would look like this:
    Button – 6
    Vettel – 2
    Barrichello – 1
    Webber – 1
    Raikkonen – 1
    Hamilton – 1

    4 of the guys would have to win all 5 GP that are left in the season and hope Button doesn’t score many points, so they’re ahead of him in the points, being equal on wins – to win the WDC.
    Vettel would have to do the same, but with “only” 4 wins needed (without Button winning the other one), or win all 5 GPs and the WDC would be his.

    If Button won 1 of the next two GPs, without Vettel winning the other one – Button would become the new World Champion – with 3 races left in the season.

    • sumedh said on 31st August 2009, 12:16

      According to medals,

      Button just needs to win 1 of the 5 races, irrespective of however many Vettel wins.

      Vettel can win the remaining 4 and still end up 2nd.

  5. mp4-19b said on 31st August 2009, 12:01

    Only 3 drivers went into the belgium gp knowing they had a contract for next year.

  6. Ned Flanders said on 31st August 2009, 12:12

    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

  7. Gusto said on 31st August 2009, 13:39

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

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

    • djdaveyp said on 31st August 2009, 14:04

      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!

      • Gusto said on 31st August 2009, 14:21

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

        • Yorricksfriend said on 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.

  8. 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.

  9. goofy said on 31st August 2009, 14:10

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

  10. fminas said on 31st August 2009, 14:24

    Badoer remains reject. LOL

  11. wong chin kong said on 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.

  12. Giant21 said on 31st August 2009, 14:53

    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.

  13. Gusto said on 31st August 2009, 14:54

    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 ).

  14. David A said on 31st August 2009, 17:53

    Monaco 2004!

  15. Lenny said on 31st August 2009, 19:07

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

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