2010 Bahrain Grand Prix stats and facts

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso is now one of F1's top ten winners
Fernando Alonso is now one of F1's top ten winners

Fernando Alonso emulated Kimi R??ikk??nen and Nigel Mansell by winning on his debut for Ferrari.

The win means he is now among the top ten drivers who have won the most F1 races. And it was a return to form for the red cars who recorded their first one-two finish since 2008. Here’s the stats and facts from the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso won the Bahrain Grand Prix for the third time in his career, giving him more victories in the event than anyone else.

He joins the ranks of drivers who won on their first appearance for Ferrari, a select group which includes the likes of Nigel Mansell and Alonso’s predecessor Kimi R??ikk??nen.

It was Alonso’s 22nd win, giving him as many as Damon Hill, and tying in for tenth in the list of all-time greatest winners. But Alonso has lost his position as the active driver with the most wins which he enjoyed last year, due to the return of Michael Schumacher.

With Felipe Massa in second place Ferrari recorded their 80th one-two finish and their first since the 2008 French Grand Prix.

While Alonso became the first driver to score 25 points for a win, Ferrari claimed the new maximum haul for a team in one race – 43 points for first and second. What’#s the maximum they could score if they keep that up? A mammoth 817 points.

Alonso also recorded his 14th career fastest lap, putting him 18th in the all-time list.

Pole position went to Sebastian Vettel who recorded the sixth of his career. That’s as many as 1972 and 1974 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, 1961 world champion Phil Hill, 1980 world champion Alan Jones, Jean-Pierre Jabouille, Carlos Reutemann and Ralf Schumacher. Vettel also led a Grand Prix for the tenth time in his career.

Lewis Hamilton scored his 28th podium finish in 53 starts. As we noted before the start of the season his podiums-per-start strike rate is already over 50% and if he keeps racking them up this year he could catch Schumacher.

Mercedes weren’t able to pick up where they left off at the end of their last season as a full works team. They ended 1955 with four consecutive wins, three for Juan Manuel Fangio and one for Stirling Moss, but Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher could only mange fifth and sixth yesterday.

As for Lotus, both their cars retired from their final race at Adelaide in 1994, whereas Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli were classified finishers in 15th and 17th respectively yesterday.

HRT and Virgin, meanwhile, failed to finish in their first race.

Vitantonio Liuzzi and Rubens Barrichello became the first drivers in F1 history to score points for finishing ninth and tenth. Points for seventh and eighth were introduced for the first time in 2003.

Rubens Barrichello has now matched Graham Hill’s record of starting in 18 seasons. Barrichello’s run stretches back to 1993, Hill’s lasted from 1958 to 1975. But while Hill ‘only’ started 175 Grands Prix in that time, Barrichello has now done 286 and should pass the 300 mark later this year.

We saw seven DNFs yesterday, six of which for mechanical reasons, and Sebastien Buemi was a classified finisher despite having stopped with electrical problems. With three new teams in the sport we’ll probably see a much higher rate of retirements this year compared to last.

Spotted any more interesting stats and facts from the Bahrain Grand Prix? Share them in the comments…

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  1. This is the first season opener since Australia 2000 that fewer than half the drivers participating made their debuts in Australia.

  2. This was first time since Brazilian GP 1975 when there were drivers born on four decades in the race. Back then, Graham Hill in 1920s, Jody Scheckter in 1950s and rest of the grid in 1930s or 1940s.

    Now, Michael Schumacher in 1960s, Jaime Alguersuari in 1990s and rest of the grid in 1970s and 1980s.

    It could have happened in 1980 Dutch Grand Prix as well, but Mike Thackwell (1960s) did not qualify. That was Vittorio Brambilla’s (1930s) last race.

  3. McLaren is going half a second slower because they have switched to black wheels instead of the silver ones of the car presentation.
    Go back to silver wheels Ron !

  4. I think the main problem has been that with rule changes & the return of Michael Schumacher with the other drivers & waiting for 130 days for the race to go we may have expected too much from the season opener.But I am a bit optimistic that we may see better racing in Australia,if not then we may head towards one of the boring season in F1.

  5. Off course Alonso would not have been able to overtake Vettel in the end. Vettel also lowered his lap times near the end of the race. Despite the spark plug problem Vettels lap times dropped almost to the level of Nico Rosbergs laptimes. Had it not been for the spark plug problem he could have increased speed near the end as Alonso did. This season Redbull will (again) lose the championship because they didn’t depart with Renault Engines…But I predicted this already when they opted to stay with Renault…
    But I’m sure we will see very tough duels between Alonso and Hamilton again and also among several off the other top teams/drivers.
    Kimi’s qualities can be seen by the fact that he was the only driver able to get top results with the 2009 Ferrari.

    1. Apart from when Felipe was outperforming him before the incident, but hey-ho.

      1. Kimi actually scored the first podium and the first points last year and managed a win. Massa might have gone into an ascendency when Kimi was slumping, but Kimi got a win with that dog of a Ferrari, and was slapped in the face for it.

  6. Mike Gibbins
    16th March 2010, 10:21

    I wonder how the 15 spectators at Bahrain found the GP….

  7. Not Liuzzi is the first driver whot got a point for the 9th place. In 1951 Spa, Fangio finished 9th too, and he got 1 point for the fastest lap :)

  8. Paul Gilbert
    16th March 2010, 17:34

    Another stat: this race has received the lowest average rating (on this site) since Turkey last year – which is the only other race to date in which Vettel has started on pole but not won!

    1. Paul Gilbert
      16th March 2010, 17:35

      In fact, it’s even lower than that (but Turkey was the lowest-ranked race of last year).

  9. To Dan Thorn,

    Ok I’m wrong about Kimi being the only driver to get top results with the 2009 Ferrari, but he wasn’t outperformed by Massa: for the results in the races up to Massa’s injury Massa had the upper hand in 5 races, Kimi in 4. When You look at Qualifying Kimi did best in 5 races, Massa in 4.
    I was just thinking of the fact that Fisichella qualified best in the Force India in the Spa GP, where Kimi was allowed to steal the Victory from him – very unjust that You can be allowed to gain places by driving outside the track as Kimi did on the opening lap – and later Fisichella could not match Kimi at all in the Ferrari and Luca Badoer destroyed his good reputation trying for 2 GP’s.

    1. Well, the only ‘reputation’ Badoer had, as a racing driver, was the record for most Grand Prix started without scoring points, which he extended in his two frustrated outings with Ferrari in 2009.

      Luca is highly respected as a loyal and efficient test driver, but never had what it takes to be competitive in real Formula 1 racing

  10. I think the worst thing for me was the absence of the drivers on the grid just before the race. What numpty thought it was a good idea not to give passes to the driver’s physios?

    Dull as watching paint dry… RIP F1

    1. I`ve been biting my lip over this one. Bernie has decided that the grid is to crowded before a race and it makes the prawn sandwich brigade nervous as they are not used to mixing with the peasants, So in He`s wisdom He has denied free passes to the Physios`, therefore the team will have to sacrifice a pass to the grid to accomodate the Physio, therefore the drivers are holding an unoffical boycott of the grid to be with there Physio in the Pits before the race.

  11. “Dull as watching paint dry… RIP F1”

    I think the same about golf, but I don’t comment it on golf sites – if they exists.

    1. Right on! Tell it like it is Palle!

  12. So how many times have Alonso, Massa and Hamilton shared a podium?

    1. Spain, Monaco and United States 2007.

  13. This is Massa’s best start to a season. 2nd place.

    In 2006 he started with 9th and 5th

    In 2007 he started with 6th and 5th in the first two races.

    In 2008 he had a DNF and DNF

    In 2009 he had a DNF and 9th place.

  14. Shame that all the speculation about Rubens’s grid position and new tyres did not amount to anything. Well done Fernando…

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