2010 Australian Grand Prix stats and facts

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Vettel led Button until a wheel problem ended the Red Bull driver's race
Vettel led Button until a wheel problem ended the Red Bull driver's race

After the Australian Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel has led more laps in 2010 than all the other drivers put together. But unreliability has kept him from winning either of the races so far.

Read on for more stats and facts from round two of the 2010 F1 season.

Jenson Button scored his eighth career victory. He has now won as many races as 1967 champion Denny Hulme and Jacky Ickx.

It was also his second consecutive win in the Australian Grand Prix. The last person to win successive races in Melbourne was Michael Schumacher, who won in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

It was the tenth win in the Australian Grand Prix for McLaren. They first won the event with Alain Prost in 1986 at the Adelaide circuit.

Vettel started from the seventh pole position of his career, giving him the same number of first-place starts as Button as well as Jacques Laffite.

It was the first one-two start for Red Bull – but the end result of a ninth place and a DNF will have been a huge disappointment.

Fastest lap went to Mark Webber, making him the first Australian driver to set the fastest lap in his home event. But he was once again unable to improve on his best ever finish in the event, fifth place, which he first achieved with Minardi on his Grand Prix debut in 2002.

Robert Kubica reached the podium for the tenth time in his career and ended his recent run of bad luck in the Australian Grand Prix.

Karun Chandhok and HRT achieved their first race finish. The only team yet to get their car to finish a race in 2010 is Virgin. Timo Glock completed 41 laps in Melbourne, 11 short of being classified.

Ten drivers failed to finish the race, including Jarno Trulli who wasn’t even able to start it. That’s the most non-finishers since the 2008 Australian Grand Prix, when 14 drivers failed to reach the chequered flag.

Laps led in 2010

Sebastian Vettel has led more laps than all the other drivers put together but hasn’t won a race this year.

Driver Laps led
Sebastian Vettel 56
Jenson Button 33
Fernando Alonso 16
Mark Webber 2

Podiums in 2010

Felipe Massa is the only driver to have finished on the podium in both races this year.

Driver Podiums
Felipe Massa 2
Fernando Alonso 1
Lewis Hamilton 1
Jenson Button 1
Robert Kubica 1

Have you spotted any more interesting stats and facts from the Australian Grand Prix? Post them in the comments.

2010 Australian Grand Prix

Image (C) Bridgestone / Ercole Colombo

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  1. Just a quick question that sprung to mind. I’m a NZ’er, so obviously I hold in very high regard Bruce McLaren, Chris Amon & Denny Hulme. But would it be fair to say that Hulme is one of the least favourite World Champs ever? Thats not meant in a negative manner, but for some reason he is never really praised and seldom does he come up in conversation when the topic is world champs. Why is that? Bearing in mind he did beat the defending world champ in a team funded founded and named after the defending champ. I’d be interested to know peoples thoughts.

    1. Ned Flanders
      29th March 2010, 13:04

      I don’t know very much about him and I never saw him race, but I’d agree he isn’t exactly highly regarded as an F1 champ. He’s one of the most obscure champions, along with Mike Hawthorn and Phil Hill.

      I’ve just had a look at Autosport’s 100 best drivers feature from last December. Hulme is ranked 62nd, behind the likes of Ricardo Patrese, Tony Maggs and Alex Zanardi (!), and one place in front of Aguri Suzuki. For the record, Amon is 64th and McLaren 61st

      1. I don’t knopw much about Hulme either so maybe that says I’m ignorant or that he is overlooked by some for whatever reason.
        I’d say Farina is sometimes forgotten about but maybe that’s because he wasn’t in his prime whenn he won the F1 world title.
        As for Hawthorn, he was never rated as a top driver really and I think he is sometimes more remembered for his personality (he sometimes is regarded as the original F1 playboy before Hunt took that crown) and what happened at Le Mans. Mike only managed 3 wins in F1 I think which were 2 in France and 1 in Spain but I’d have to check. The year he won was perhaps meant to be Stirling’s year too -4 wins to Mike’s 1- and Stirling is a national hero for us which is ironic as he’s probably only loved as much because he didn’t win the title.
        One thing I love about Mike though was that he won the title and became the first Brit WDC with Ferrari so actually I am being patriotic supporting the red team ;)

        1. If Moss wont be so friendly, Hawtorn would never become champion, because, as we all remember, they wanted to DQ Hawtorn in Morocco, but Moss was the one who said No, even it cost him WCH
          And about Hulme- He was good only in that as I remember, 1967 year.

          1. Is the rumor I heard true about SM helping MH back into a race, ultimately losing him the championship?

          2. Yeah Calum. I think it was at Porto. Hawthorn’s car stopped and he tried to push it which would have him disqualified but Moss said that Mike deserved the 2nd place. I think but I can’t remember exactly so don’t shout if that’s a load of rubbish :P

          3. steph it wasnt porto it was Morocco.

      2. LOL. What are Zanardi, Maggs and Suzuki doing there?

        1. Hey Hamish! did you go to the Bruce Mclaren memorial day when they opened hampton downs?

      3. Phill Hill and Mike Hawthorn aren’t that obscure are they?

        Hulme certainly is as well as Farina.

        I often think Jochen Rindt is more famous for his death rather than winning the title, maybe because he won the title after he died.

        Also I think Jim Clark doesn’t get the recognition he should.

        1. Hey Harvs. Yea I did make it up to Hampton downs for the weekend. It was pretty awesome and I was amazed by how many people actually in attendance!!

          K – yeah its a very weird one with drivers that die. I think the question is does their death change the way they are viewed and I would say yes. I think its exactly the same as when musicians die. Jim Morrison, Bob Marley, Jim Croche, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain….big when alive, but bigger now they are dead.

          1. well this is a topic for the book… the forgotten champ… coming to a bookstore near you …. can be the perfect xmass gift.

  2. Massa has performed better in the last 2 races than he has in the first two races of the last 4 seasons. In those previous 8 races he only managed 2 fifth places and one sixth. Netting him 11 points (or 28 with the current system)

    Guess he was right that Ferrari could have it’s best season start in years. At least he did.

    1. He is 2nd in championship having no led laps

      1. And vettel has over 50 led laps hahahaha.
        LED laps = nothing :)

  3. Button becomes the fifth British driver to win a race for Mclaren.

    He accomplished his first win for Mclaren in his second race for the team. Sooner than the other Britons, Hunt (at fourth race- Spain 1976), Watson (at 28th race- Britain 1981), Coulthard (at 17th race- Australia 1997) and Hamilton (at 6th race-Canada 2007)

  4. It was the 290th race for Rubens Barrichello
    It was the 30th podium for Felipe Massa

    1. 250th race for Schumacher.

      1. Isnt it 10th race to Alguersuari?

  5. and an obvious one : HRT + karun Chandok’s first race finish :)

    1. So obvious, it’s already mentioned in the article.

      1. For the first and last time :D

  6. It is the second time a world champion who has partnered Hamilton at Mclaren has won the second race of the season. Alonso Mal 07.
    Ferrari have now been on every step of the podium this season in descending order too.
    The last time Massa and Robert shared a podium was Monaco 08.

    1. It was the first time Massa, Kubica and Button were on the podium together.

      It is the second time a world champion who has partnered Massa at Ferrari has won the first race of the season. Raikkonen Aus 07. :)

      1. Massa qualified behind Alonso but finished ahead which was the opposite of last weekend.
        Massa’s first third place since Germany 09 but that was only three race starts ago for him.

      2. Kimi wasn’t a champion then. Also that doesn’t relate the this race in the slightest.

        1. I just think we ended up in a mini Massa fact competition :P

    2. guys these are pretty uninteresting facts! lol. we need some more rare or special occurrences.

  7. There were 11 drivers on the exact same grid position as in the previous race:

    1 Sebastian Vettel
    3 Fernando Alonso
    7 M Schumacher
    9 Robert Kubica
    10 Adrian Sutil
    14 Pedro de la Rosa
    16 Kamui Kobayashi
    20 Jarno Trulli
    22 Luca di Grassi
    23 Bruno Senna
    24 Karun Chandhok

    1. nice one! good spot

    2. Fancy that – I wonder how unusual that is?

    3. WOW!! You have got some eye PeterG!!

    4. This is my favourite so far.

      1. So who will be the first, who discovers, when it was last time? :D

    5. good one…I wonder how many of these drivers will qualify there in Malaysia as well.

      1. Probably di Grassi, Senna, Karun, Myb Schumacher

        1. And Vettel as well, I think :)

          1. Most likely, his pace in that car… wow

    6. Only Senna qualified 23rd again

  8. what a win for jenson. much better than his brawn gp wins. we must remember that massa was still a bit slower than alonso in oz…

  9. Only 1 driver finished the same position as the previous race:

    5 Nico Rosberg

    1. And still, nine of the drivers who finished in the points in Bahrain also scored in Australia. Only change was Vettel out – Kubica in

      1. Also Petrov, Senna, di Grassi. But they actually didnt finish at all :D

        1. But this time they failed in a different order than the previous race :D

      2. I think that will happen in every race: 8 spots for the BIG4 and two for the others (one Willy and one Renny, or Indy might be there occasionally)…

  10. Points per engine:
    Points Wins
    Mercedes 91 1
    Ferrari 70 1
    Renault 36 0
    Cosworth 5 0

    1. I was thinking yesterday that with all the engine suppliers powering more than one team, that they should have an Engines championship. Would be an interesting sidenote.

      1. If last year was such point system then comparing to 2009:
        MRC +25,5 points
        FER +58,5
        REN +22
        CSW –
        BMW –
        TOY –

  11. Like I said in Bahrain with Alonso, Button now is the second active driver to win for three different teams (Honda, Brawn and McLaren), despite all the appropriate discussion if Honda and Brawn can be considered two teams or not… anyway, at least we can say he have won wearing three different overalls :)

  12. Does anyone know what happened to Sutil? I missed that bit.

    Also, why was hamilton’s red light still flashing all through the race? – a really piddly point i know but i was just curious what the rules are on the red lights.

    1. His engine had loss of power and they stopped.

    2. I am also wondering this. It would have been quite annoying for the cars behind him, I certainly noticed it whenever they showed Hamilton.

      1. I think for next race they will quickly switch it off. That red light worked like a red cape on the “Webber Bull”

        1. I was asked why the light was flashing during the race. I was going to say because its wet but it wasn’t.

          1. Myb, he forgot to turn it out? :D

          2. They just forget to turn it off, nothing big. could be strategy, like Le Mans cars driving around during the day with thier headlights on, to distract the competitor infront

  13. For the second year in a row, Lewis loses a podium finish in Australia from a dodgy team call.

    1. I think it was more that Lewis and Mclaren lied last year. :p

      1. Well last year they where wrong to make him give up the place, an this year they where wrong to make him pit.

        1. True I guess but I reckon ham would have kept the podium and Trulli moved back after had they not lied. Although his team told him to lie like they told him to pit so there is continuity there I suppose :p

          1. If HAM passes KUB, they don’t bring him in, he passed every other car on the track, why not Robert? Just as much a driver error to me.

  14. In last 4 years 4 drivers won with McLaren: BUT, HAM, KOV, ALO. 3 at Ferrari: RAI, MAS, ALO. 2 at Red Bull and Brawn GP.

    1. ANd 0 in last 5 years in Williams

  15. Does this count: The first time in 2010 I spent the entire race on the edge of my seat?

    1. Its Hammer Time
      29th March 2010, 13:04

      I’ll second that. A race to rival Brazil 09 for excitement…

    2. This is the second worst race of the season!

      1. It’s going to fall down the order…

        1. Well, I hope not!

  16. The last 4 years the driver who has won the Aussie GP wins the WDC.

    Alonso – 2006
    Kimi – 2007
    Hamilton – 2008
    Button – 2009

    1. Ned Flanders
      29th March 2010, 13:07

      True, but you can also say that about the opening GP, which in 2006 and 2010 was in Bahrain. So perhaps we can assume the champion this season will be either Jenson Button or Fernando Alonso!

    2. You can write it also about the 1st race of a season.

      1. BTW they all 4 have driven in Mclaren

  17. Despite points being available for the 1st 10 places, after two races only 11 drivers have scored points.

    1. I like that one

    2. Ha yeah, that’s the result of what Xanathos said.

  18. that was a bloody bloody excellent race! lets hope the rain continues through the summer.. never thought i’d say that.

  19. Ned Flanders
    29th March 2010, 13:16

    For the second consecutive race, a driver has won for a third different team. Jenson Button has now won for Honda, Brawn and McLaren, while Fernando Alonso has now won for Ferrari as well as Renault and McLaren. (However, technichally Honda and Brawn were the same team under different titles). Here’s a complete list:

    Alonso- 3- Ferrari, Renault and McLaren
    Button- 3- McLaren, Brawn and Honda
    Vettel- 2- Red Bull and Toro Rosso
    Schumacher- 2- Ferrari and Benetton
    Barrichello- 2- Ferrari and Brawn
    All other winners have only won with one team

    Can anyone think of the driver to have won with most different teams? The best I can come up with is Alain Prost, who won with 4: Renault, McLaren, Ferrari and Williams

    1. Fangio I think draws. Alfa, Mas, Daimler Benz and Ferrari. But Fangio swapped teams back and forward a lot more than Prost and won more titles with different teams.

    2. Fangio also won with 4 teams: Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Mercedes, Ferrari

    3. Ned Flanders
      29th March 2010, 13:33

      Also should point out Alonso won in two seperate stints at Renault, which makes his achievement even more impressive

      1. Moss won with 5 different makes of car – Mercedes, Maserati, Vanwall, Cooper and Lotus. Both the Lotus and Cooper cars were entered by Rob Walker Racing Team however, so it’s actually only 4 teams.

        1. Was just about to say Moss Dan. Piquet won but mostly with a Brabham chassis but here are the teams actual names: Parmalat Racing Team, Fila Sport, MRD International, Motor Racing Developments Ltd, Canon Williams Team, Canon Williams Team, Benetton Formula, Camel Benetton Ford all he got wins with. Surely that has to be the most?

          1. I don’t think you can really count a title sponsor change as a different team. Damon Hill won for 2 teams, Williams and Jordan, not 3 teams: Canon Williams Renault, Rothmans Williams Renault and Benson and Hedges Jordan.

            Piquet won for Brabham, Williams and Benetton.

            Seems like 4 is the upper limit!

          2. I know but I was trying to get around it :P

          3. Where do you draw the line though. Does Button winning for Honda and Brawn GP count as one team or two?

          4. Two, because they were officially different teams. Piquet’s wins in all the Brabhams were still all in Brabhams, they just had different title sponsors.

          5. But who has the most wins, from drivers whose all wins were in same team? Hope u understood

          6. I think Jim Clark has most wins for just one team – 25 for Lotus.

          7. @bleu Im sure Schumacher has won more than that for Ferrari.

          8. @bleu Nevermind, my mistake.

  20. It is the first time in Formula1 history that only one of the drivers (Sebastian Vettel) scoring championship points in the first race of the season failed to do so in the second also. On every other season since 1950 there has always been two or more drivers, who have failed to do so. (It’s also thrilling, that if Sebastian Vettel’s technical problems in Bahrain had made him retire, every driver scoring championship points in the first race of the season would have scored points in the second race also, since Kubica was 11th in Bahrain.)

    Vettel has failed to finish first two races of the season on all of his full seasons (in 2007 he replaced Scott Speed in middle of the season).

    1. Oups, the latter fact is obviously wrong since Vettel finished Bahrain this year.

      1. Thats cool. But was it even when only 5 drivers were awared with points?

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