2010 Australian Grand Prix stats and facts

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

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180 comments on 2010 Australian Grand Prix stats and facts

  1. Ned Flanders said on 29th March 2010, 13:26

    This isn’t really a stat, but can anyone think of the last time such a boring race race was followed by a thriller, as has happened in the last two races. The best I can think of is Valencia followed by Spa in 2008- one of the worst races of the decade followed by one of the best

    • ajokay said on 29th March 2010, 14:20

      I remember one year within the last 10, probably somewhere in the 2002-2005 region, there was a desperately dull (even moreso than usual) Spanish Grand prix, followed by what I remember being an incredibly exciting Canadian Grand Prix.

      Can’t think which year though.

      • Ned Flanders said on 29th March 2010, 14:35

        2007 mabye? The Spanish GP that season was typically boring, but the Canadian GP was a crashy special, 4 safety cars, Kubica’s huge accident, Alonso getting ovetaken by a Super Aguri, Hamilton’s first win, Wurz on the podium… great race!

        Actually, just thought that can’t be right, the 2007 Canadian GP was preceded by Monaco (although come to think of it this was also really boring)

        • ajokay said on 29th March 2010, 15:01

          Yeah, it definately wasn’t that recent. I have foggy memories of the Williams having BMW engines, possibly Montoya and Ralf driving them, and there were Jaguars…

        • tombo said on 29th March 2010, 15:06

          i remember this happening quite a lot. the best example i can recall vividly was 1999 spain followed by 1999 canada. autosport was all over that, much like it will be on thursday for this most recent bore->what a race!

          • ajokay said on 29th March 2010, 15:17

            Maybe it was 1999… wasn’t it on the cover of autosport: a train of cars following each other down the main straight.

            Or maybe it was in a newspaper “Bore-mula 1″ or something was the headline after Spain.

            Then the Canadian race, for whatever reason, blew several socks off.

          • Ned Flanders said on 29th March 2010, 16:10

            It was a McLaren 1- 2 at Barcelona, which seems pretty boring to me. I remember Schumacher got stuck behind Villeneuve’s really slow BAR for ages and couldn’t get past- easy to forget that overtaking has been difficult for many years now

            But Canada 1999 was great, I watched it on YouTube a few months agoa ctually, there were lots of crashes and overtaking

  2. ciaran said on 29th March 2010, 14:03

    Australia was the 13th time Michael Schumacher was outqualified and outraced by his team-mate.Bahrain was the 12th.

  3. sato113 said on 29th March 2010, 14:04

    with the old points system the championship would look like-
    ALO 15
    MAS 14
    BUT 12
    HAM 9
    ROS 8
    KUB 8

  4. Jelle van der Meer said on 29th March 2010, 14:21

    Counting with new point system, Alonse in now tied on 3rd with Ayrton Senna on career points. Alain Prost as 2nd is 185 points ahead and M. Schumacher in 1st place is a massive 763 points ahead.

    Lewis is now ranked 2nd in most points per GP (excl those with less than 10 GP starts)

    Also Schumacher still has 18 more wins than all other active drivers combined – so even without any wins he will still have 1 more at end of season

  5. Jelle van der Meer said on 29th March 2010, 14:34

    25% of active drivers still have to score their 1st point, all are drivers in their 1st full season.

    With Heidfeld not being active, Pedro de la Rosa is the most experienced driver without a win with 74 races (1 podium). Rosberg is closely 2nd with 72 races (2 podiums) without win.

    Below all time ranking of 8 main title candidates, na means not in top 50.

    Driver Points Wins Poles F. Laps Podiums
    M. Schumacher 1 1 1 1 1
    F. Alonso 3 10 11 21 9
    Jenson Button 15 33 34 na 34
    Felipe Massa 16 26 18 22 27
    Lewis Hamilton 22 25 15 na 29
    Mark Webber 47 na na na na
    S. Vettel na 42 41 na na
    Nico Rosberg na na na na na

    • ajokay said on 29th March 2010, 15:03

      [blockquite]Nico Rosberg: na na na na na, I’m outscoring yooooo-ooooouuu[/blockquote]

      Is that what Little Nicci have been jesting Schumi with, whilst sticking his thumb to his nose and waggling his fingers?

    • ajokay said on 29th March 2010, 15:05

      Ooh, quotefail. I want the edit button back.

  6. Karan said on 29th March 2010, 14:41

    I don’t understand how Sauber were fast in the winter testing, yet they would be right at the back if it wasn’t for the new teams. Wouldn’t be suprised if Lotus are on the pace with the Saubers.

    Also, Lotus finished 3 places away from the points.

    • steph said on 29th March 2010, 14:49

      Wings falling off doesn’t help, they don’t have the best line up, they will suffer in the development race probably and it was expected to be the races where they were impressive particulary with tyres. However, the tyres are so good it maybe isn’t as much of a benefit as first thought, this was a fairly unique race and Sauber could well have been deliberately flying in testing to try to attract sponsors etc…it wouldn’t be the first time that tactic had been employed by a team

      • MEmo said on 30th March 2010, 3:03

        Sauber is clearly the weakest of the stablished teams; even TR is better. But to be fair, Sauber is much more of a new team than an stablished team now that BMW is gone…

  7. In recent weeks there was much talking about improving races, and one thing sprung to my mind. Remember a few years ago Ecclestone suggested to mount water showers around the track to spice up racing, remember? I thought that wouldn’t be such a bad idea to dampen the track before races. What do you think?

    • MuzzleFlash said on 29th March 2010, 16:32

      If you only did it before races, a dry line would appear after a few laps, unless your in Bahrain or Abu Dhabi, in which case it would all evaporate rather quickly.

      You’d need to be constantly dampening it, which would be impractical, costly, probably dangerous if the rest of the track was bone dry because some people would be on slicks, and anyone on wets would have them worn away rather quickly.

      Considering that the main goal of it would be to reduce cornering speeds and traction, you may as well just take the wings off the cars and make the tyres from a harder compound.

      I think it’s the cars which need looked at, other series’ have no trouble overtaking on the same tracks.

      In short, let’s have a couple of testbed cars with wheel fairings, ground effects, active suspension, and remove the wing endplates, having wings at shallow angles of incidence only to be used for adjusting balance. Preferably a high aspect ratio one sitting out over fat sticky rear tyres ^_^

      • Well, I’m talking about just dampening the track before race to wash out the grip and spice up the start:)

        • ajokay said on 29th March 2010, 16:55

          It’s never the start that needs spicing up though, it’s always the middle and end.

          I vote that because the first 5 laps are always the most interesting, The cars start, race 5 laps, then line up again on the grid in the order in which they crossed the finish line at the end of the 5th lap. Once everyone is lined up, they do another start, and race for another 5 laps…

          Repeat x 12, and you have yourself an evenly exciting grand prix.

    • martinb said on 29th March 2010, 20:09

      Instead of a safety car, have a water truck — one of those racing trucks with a big tank on the back. Bring it out on some randomly-chosen lap and water the track while the field bunches up and the viewers make a cup of tea. Then there’s a couple of laps of close-quarters hairy racing until a dry line appears.

      Or:

      Instead of making the track slippery, make the tyres slippery. Embed something like a thin teflon strip in every tyre at some random depth that causes the tyres to go off for a couple of laps until the strip is worn away. This opens up a window for other drivers to attack, and the driver must demonstrate his defensive ability.

      Okay, I know they are stupid ideas. But no one seems to have come up with the definitive answer to the lack of overtaking.

  8. Jason Lopez said on 29th March 2010, 15:19

    Podiums in 2010

    Didn’t Alonso win the first Grandprix? That would be two podiums, same as Massa.

  9. Jason Lopez said on 29th March 2010, 15:28

    Another fact: Michael Schumacher has never finished tenth. :-) Cheeky, but a fact is a fact.

  10. sumedh said on 29th March 2010, 15:33

    Ok, I bet no one might have thought of this:

    A Ferrari has spun every alternate year at Turn 1 , Lap 1 of Australian GP.

    Massa touched someone, spun and crashed into the wall in 2006. Massa spun again in 2008. And now, Alonso spun in 2010 :D :D :D.

  11. Andrew White said on 29th March 2010, 16:14

    The six practice sessions so far have been topped by six drivers from six different teams: Sutil (Force India), Rosberg (Mercedes), Alonso (Ferrari), Kubica (Renault), Hamilton (McLaren), Webber (Red Bull.

    Both races this year have been won from the second row: Alonso from 3rd and Button from 4th.

    • They will all be trying to Qualify 5th for the next race then :-)

    • Terry Fabulous said on 29th March 2010, 22:34

      Yes! Neil Crompton was talking about this on the track TV on Saturday and I was thinking, I have to get onto the Stats and Facts after the race and post it! Good spot mate.

  12. MuzzleFlash said on 29th March 2010, 16:46

    McLaren have won more Aussie GP’s than Ferrari (and anyone else) and British drivers have won half of them since 1994.

  13. TrueF1Grit said on 29th March 2010, 17:12

    Button is the first driver in its 26-year world championship history to win the Australian Grand Prix in consecutive years for two different teams: Brawn GP last season, McLaren this.

  14. F1Fan said on 29th March 2010, 17:15

    Here is another statistic:

    1. Button, +3 places from race start
    2. Kubica, +7
    3. Massa, +2
    4. Alonso, -1
    5. Rosberg, +1
    6. Hamilton, +5
    7. Liuzzi, +6
    8. Barrichello, 0 (even)
    9. Webber, -7

    Only Webber could have thrown away a certain podium finish. This is yet another example of this guy screwing a good thing mercilessly.

    • If Hamilton had hit Webber instead of the other way around there would have been an uproar but since it’s Webber on Hamilton no-one really cares.

  15. F1NATIC said on 29th March 2010, 17:21

    this is more of a failure of a stat. I think it was Schumis 250th start. every other 50th race Schumacher had celebrated with a win. But in this case he failed. Also its the second time Rosberg not only outqualifies him but finishes better than him. he better start shaking that rust off or he will totally damage his other hundreds of statistics.

  16. Juha82 said on 29th March 2010, 17:24

    Yeah, Vettel is facing same what Kimi with Mclaren. Reliability problems over and over again, which will cost him maybe WDC…what a pity…

  17. 1) di Resta, who started in FP1, is Dario Franchitti’ cousin
    2) Renault is first engine who has led more then 2000 laps in Australia GP
    3) Top31 fastest laps were made by 3 drivers- Webber, Rosberg, Hamilton
    4) Massa in Ferrari has now scored as much points as Hill in Williams
    5) Alguersuari becomes 200th driver in F1 history, who hasnt lapped at least 2 Grand Prix.
    6) First time 3 Spanish drivers finishes.
    7) Felipe now has 30 podiums

    Thats all from me :)

  18. Realist said on 29th March 2010, 18:42

    So, nobody’s going to ask the most obvious question of the sunday? Why Button wasn’t punished for the first corner crash? Or Alonso? One of them should be held responsible.

    • Racing incident (IMO Alonso turned across Button). It’s the crappy mirrors that are to blame though, more than anything.

      Rubens Barrichello said that all of the drivers had agreed to do something about the mirrors at a GPDA meeting in Oz – all except Lewis that is. Which, given his recent run-in with the ‘fuzz’, you would think that he would be a little more concerned about safety.

    • jabg said on 29th March 2010, 19:04

      why? it was a racing incident even Ferrari said that during the race.

    • Hyoko said on 29th March 2010, 20:45

      I don’t think anybody should be punished, but I think it was Fernando’s fault. Of course I don’t mean he did that on purpose. Maybe he just didn’t see Button, or maybe he was unable to control his car.

      BTW, I haven’t read every post but I am surprised that nobody seems to have pointed out a serious mistake of Fernando (or am I just wrong??). In the starting grid his left tyres were on top of a white paint line, and I think it ruined his grip at the start. If he had stopped his car just a couple of inches more to the inside of the track his start should have been much better.

      • Patrickl said on 29th March 2010, 21:41

        Yeah I noticed that too.

        When you listen to the clip of Alonso’s on-board footage from the start you can hear him struggling with the grip.

        Forgot who posts those clips though *shame*

  19. If someone is interested, I published almoast all these facts (or im still publishing) in my twitter page http://www.twitter.com/f1latvija . If someone is interested, there are shorter and I tried to make them easier to understand

  20. David A said on 29th March 2010, 19:49

    Massa’s third straight podium, since he didn’t race in Hungary and the rest of 2009 sfter that.

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