Japanese Grand Prix facts and stats

Vettel was in crushing form on F1's return to Suzuka

Vettel was in crushing form on F1's return to Suzuka

Sebastian Vettel came within three-thousandths of a second of a perfect race result at Japan.

It was the 25th Japanese Grand Prix that counted for the world championship and – happily – the 21st at Suzuka. More facts and stats below.

Vettel has now won four Grands Prix, which is the same number won by Dan Gurney, Bruce McLaren and Eddie Irvine.

Vettel has won all four of his victories from pole position. This was his fifth start from pole, matching Giuseppe Farina, Chris Amon, Clay Regazzoni, Patrick Tambay and Keke Rosberg’s tally.

The Red Bull driver dominated the Grand Prix, leading every lap of a race for the first time in his career. It means his team have now led a total of 1,198km, moving them past the 1,000km mark.

He came very close to achieving the perfect Grand Prix result of a win from pole, leading every lap and setting fastest lap. But team mate Mark Webber beat his time by 0.003s with mere minutes of the race left to run. (Read more: Japanese Grand Prix fastest laps analysis)

That was Webber’s second fastest lap, giving him as many in his career as Vettel plus 13 other drivers.

Jarno Trulli equalled Toyota’s best ever finish with second place, which team mate Timo Glock also achieved at Singapore last week.

McLaren team mates Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen each started their 50th Grands Prix, the pair having made their F1 debuts at Melbourne in 2007. Hamilton has finished more than half of them – 26 – on the podium, and has scored exactly 250 points – an average of five points per race, equal to a fourth place finish.

Kovalainen, meanwhile, saw his six-race streak of points finishes come to an end.

With two races to go every team has scored at least five points. The last time every team’s minimum score was higher was in 2005, when last-placed Minardi had seven points, all scored in the farcical United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis.

The Japanese Grand Prix returned to Suzuka for the 21st F1 championship race at the track. It is now F1′s 12th most-visited track, moving ahead of Watkins Glen. Adding the four Grands Prix at Fuji, this was F1′s 25th championship event in Japan.

As ever, if you’ve spotted a cool fact or stat from yesterday’s race, please post it in the comments.

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72 comments on Japanese Grand Prix facts and stats

  1. Nitpicker said on 5th October 2009, 13:36

    Second race in a row where Sutil blames someone else after he causes a collision.

  2. most km raced in races:
    Bari: 695454
    Schumi: 69177- beaten

    Best qualy (penaltys ignore) to Alguesuari, even he chashed

    Average age of pilots this race was 27y-7m-29d. Season’s record. Hungary had 27-8-30, but the oldest was Belgium(with Badoer) 28-3-25

    Button has scored 85 points, like in 2004, then he had 10 podiums, now 8, then he was third, now first :)

    Rosberg comes into top5: most grandprix with 0 wins

    Qualy sector1 best to Heidfeld, but s2 and s3 to Button, but none of them was on Top5:)

    Sutil’s 50th gp

    Bari crosses 600 points in career. He has most points without champ.

    Brawn has scored 156 points, Honda’s in seven years did only 154

    Second time this seasons Q1,Q2,Q3,race wins one man. Another time it is Vettel. 1st he did in turkey

    When last time all retired drivers was from one team (1 driver retired not counted)?

  3. Ok guys, when was the last time a team got first and last place (not dnf)? (Vettel and Webber)

  4. graham228221 said on 5th October 2009, 15:03

    Most obvious product placement in an F1 broadcast? Franz Tost’s “oh, my driver has crashed. nothing like can of red bull to drown my sorrows” moment was a classic, even better when he had to turn the label around.

  5. keepf1technical said on 5th October 2009, 18:07

    was the time between singapore and japan GP the quickest turnaround of GP ever? being LESS THAN 7 days by several hours

    • I don’t remember that any two successive GPs with a gap of week would have been in two different continents. OK, this time it was in the same but with Singapore being night race, the gap between the races was similar like we would have had races in Montreal and somewhere in Europe (CET timezone).

      But: when Indianapolis 500 was a World Championship event, it was held always on specific day (IIRC May 30th) and sometimes it was in the middle of the week. So there we have had two races with shorter gap between, although there were completely different drivers.

  6. yelrom said on 6th October 2009, 4:51

    webber got fastest lap, but he was down in last (DNFS not counted), has that evr happened before.. if it has when was the last time it happened?

  7. gorivan said on 6th October 2009, 9:01

    Two drivers who blatantly violated safety regulations benefitted by starting in front of another driver who was naive enough to observe them. The amount of controversy it provoked was at a record low, because no other safety-related incidents have been blown out of proportion lately, and yellow flags in qualy are so unlikely to ever happen again that there is nothing to complain about.

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