2010 Malaysian Grand Prix stats and facts

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Red Bull are the third different team to win in as many races this year
Red Bull are the third different team to win in as many races this year

With Ferrari, McLaren and now Red Bull taking turns to win in 2010 we’ve had three different teams win in the first three races – something which hasn’t happened in 20 years.

Read on for more stats and facts from the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel won the sixth race of his career, giving him the same number of wins as Tony Brooks, John Surtees, Jochen Rindt, Gilles Villeneuve, Jacques Laffite, Riccardo Patrese and Ralf Schumacher.

Mark Webber started from the second pole position of his career and set his fifth fastest lap.

With Webber finishing second behind his team mate Red Bull achieved their fifth one-two. Four of these saw Vettel finish ahead of Webber.

Three different teams have won the first three races of the year – the last time this happened was in 1990:

1. United States Grand Prix – Ayrton Senna, McLaren
2. Brazilian Grand Prix – Alain Prost, Ferrari
3. San Marino Grand Prix – Riccardo Patrese, Williams

The last time there was more than this was 1983, when Brabham, McLaren, Renault, Ferrari and Williams won the first five races.

Jaime Alguersuari and Nico H???lkenberg scored the first points of their F1 careers by finishing in ninth and tenth places.

Nico Rosberg put Mercedes on the podium for the first time in 55 years. Juan Manuel Fangio and Piero Taruffi finished first and second for the silver arrows in their previous incarnation in the 1955 Italian Grand Prix. That was the last appearance of the factory team in F1 until this year.

Rosberg also achieved his highest ever qualifying position and first appearance on the front row, taking second place.

Lewis Hamilton started from the lowest position he’s ever been on a grid in F1 – 20th. His previous worst was 19th at Monaco last year.

Lotus and Virgin reached Q2 for the first time this year.

Felipe Massa leads the drivers’ championship for the second time in his career. The last time came after he won the French Grand Prix in 2008.

Most laps led

Sebastian Vettel has now led more than twice as many laps in 2010 as all the other drivers put together:

Driver Laps led
Sebastian Vettel 110
Jenson Button 33
Fernando Alonso 16
Mark Webber 4

Most podium finishes

Driver Podiums
Felipe Massa 2
Fernando Alonso 1
Lewis Hamilton 1
Jenson Button 1
Robert Kubica 1
Mark Webber 1
Nico Rosberg 1
Sebastian Vettel 1

Average position change in 2010

The average number of places a driver has gained or lost from the start to the end of a race for all the races so far in 2010.

Driver Position change
Mark Webber -3.33
Nico H???lkenberg -3.00
Adrian Sutil -1.50
Rubens Barrichello -1.33
Michael Schumacher -1.00
Sebastian Vettel -0.50
Nico Rosberg 0.00
Sebastien Buemi +0.50
Jarno Trulli +2.00
Pedro de la Rosa +2.00
Fernando Alonso +2.33
Robert Kubica +2.33
Jenson Button +4.33
Vitantonio Liuzzi +4.50
Felipe Massa +5.33
Jaime Alguersuari +5.33
Heikki Kovalainen +6.00
Lewis Hamilton +6.67
Bruno Senna +7.00
Karun Chandhok +8.50
Lucas di Grassi +10.00
Vitaly Petrov No classified finishes
Kamui Kobayashi No classified finishes
Timo Glock No classified finishes

Over to you

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

2010 Malaysian Grand Prix

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  1. No one has won a race from the front row yet.

  2. Jaime Alguersuari is now the youngest driver ever in taking his first points in F1.

    The previous record belonged to Sebastian Vettel.

    Next step to win a race. When? I’m afraid only time will tell us.

    1. Wrong,Vettel was 19 years and 349 days Alguersuari was 20 years and 12 days.Jamie missed out on the record by 28 days.But
      Alguersuari does take one record.First driver to be born in the 1990’s to score a point.

      1. Magnificent Geoffrey
        5th April 2010, 16:20

        “First driver to be born in the 1990’s to score a point.”

        Please don’t put it like that! I cannot stand the fact that someone younger than me is a Formula 1 driver and that putting it that way makes me feel so worthless!

        1. Worthless… yet you refer to yourself as “Magnificent”? :P

    2. How can someone propose a stat or fact without checking if it´s right? Specially if it is stated like a stone cold fact!!!

      1. Alguersuari- first driver ever who scores a point being younger then my sister :D

  3. I believe Vettel was younger when he scored points for BMW in 2007 at the US GP, he was still only 19.

  4. i saw a pic where there were only 2 pedals in the car(lotus), i assumed there was semi-auto shifting without a clutch; do the cars have a manual clutch? if not, how do they do a wheel spin? :)

    1. They have a manual clutch for the race starts that is next to the gear shift panels on the steering wheel.

      1. u mean to say they dont use if after that?
        ie during the race for shifting gears?

        1. I don’t think so. I think it’s just for changing from neutral to 1st.

          I may be wrong though, perhaps Alonso overiding the automation and was using the manual clutch somehow to shift down?

        2. They only use it from and to standstill. Since the gearboxes are semi-automatic they don’t need to use the clutch while they’re racing.

          1. The gearbox is a sequential transmission. To upshift the engine is electronically killed for some fraction of a second allowing the gears to slip out and engage the next gear. For downshifts the gears are disengaged and then revmatched to engage the lower gear. I believe Alonso’s revmatching system was malfunctioning making downshifting a great challenge. He more than likely used the manual clutch and throttle to rev match a downshift. This would allow him to downshift about as quickly as your mom approaching a roundabout ;)

          2. I dont exactly know how a F1 car works. But being automatic or semiautomatic Gearbox does not deprive the existence of an automatic clutch system, that might get broken. The way I take is that an F1 has a clutch system that is only manually used in the starts but automatically in upshifting.

          3. As stated above, you don’t need a clutch (manual or automatically operated) to change gear. Even in a manual gearbox road car you can change gear without using the clutch pedal just by matching the revs……try it!

  5. This is the first time Vettel has won from not the front row (I think)

    1. I think its actually the first time he’s won from a position other than pole.

      1. I was going to say I’m waiting for him to win from not leading after the first lap but I think maybe he inherited Abu Dhabi from Hamilton’s retirement

      2. Not quite – he was second on the grid at Abu Dhabi last year when he won.

      3. I remember people were saying he could not win from a position other than pole, without giving him time to show he can do that. Hamilton only scored his first non pole win nearly half way through 2008.

        1. It’s not his fault his an amazing qualifier.

          And please tell me the last time someone won a race without someone else retiring ahead of them. Where they actually passed for the lead to win a race?

          Australia – Vettel retired from lead
          Bahrain – Vettel retired from lead
          Abu Dhabi – Hamilton retired from lead]

          I don’t remember a race where Massa, Webber, Kubica, Kovalinnen or Button by passing for the lead on track either.

          1. KUB passed HEI in canada 08…? although the team probably influenced that

          2. I’m not sure if it was the last one; Raikkonen overtook Fisichella in Belgium last year

          3. Hamilton on Webber in Hungary.
            Raikkonen on Sutil in Belgium.

            No, it’s not ‘Massa, Webber, Kubica, Kovalainen, or Button’, but it’s not my fault you were selective there ;-)

          4. Button on Vettel at Turkey
            Massa on Kubica at Bahrain

            But they were only first lap lead changes! :P

            Gosh, F1 really needs more action to happen at the front!

          5. Paul Gilbert
            5th April 2010, 22:21

            Button passed Hamilton to win in Bahrain last year.

          6. hamilton on piquet, germany 08′

          7. hamilton won from P4 at silverstone 08 – passed to win in heavy rain and won by 66 seconds!! watch the start on youtube – awesome.

          8. What about Spa 2008? Raikkonen vs. Hamilton on lap 2 and then at the end of the race.

  6. I thought Toyota locked out the back row at Monaco last year. If that’s right, then Hamilton didn’t start 19th at Monaco last year.

    1. Andrew White
      5th April 2010, 13:57

      I just had a look on wikipedia. Hamilton qualified 16th, but had to change his gearbox after that crash which would have put him last, but Glock started from the pit lane.

      1. Oh yes, it’s all coming back to me now. Thanks.

  7. Andrew White
    5th April 2010, 13:55

    – The Malaysian race was only 12 seconds longer than the Australian race.
    – Nico Rosberg is the only driver not to have finished outside the top five.
    – McLaren are the only team not to have retired from a race yet this season, although Alonso was classified in Malaysia.
    – Jaime Alguersuari has completed every lap of the season so far, only six other drivers (the top 8 in the WDC minus Vettel and Alonso) have achieved this.
    – Only Rosberg and Kubica have beaten their team mates in every qualifying and race this season.
    – If championship points were awarded in qualifying, Red Bull would have twice as many points as any other team (116 to Ferrari’s 58).

    A question as well:
    – When was the last time the top five drivers in the championship were separated by four points or less? This is more impressive considering the new points system.

    1. James Bolton
      5th April 2010, 14:06

      Possibly after Hungary 2003

    2. Immediately prior to Bahrain 2010 ;-)

    3. What about after Silverstone 2008? Hamilton, Massa and Raikkonen with 48 and Kubica with 47 or 46 I think. I don’t remember who was 5th though.

      1. Kubica 46 points, Heidfeld in 5th on 36 points.
        see http://www.motorsportmumblings.co.uk/msm/viewtopic.php?p=148328#p148328 for full points table post British GP, 2008

  8. keith- typo…
    ‘3. San Marino Grand Prix – Riccardo Patrese’ in a Williams right?

  9. wow, that’s alot of different podium finishers from only 3 races!

  10. I also believe its the 60 GP By Robert Kubica in his F1 career.

  11. LaIn Asutralia we had 11 drivers on the same grid position as the previous race. But this time only Bruno Senna was in the same position as last time. Which is just as uncommon I guess. But it will also mean next race will be completely different again.

    Engine scores:
    Mercedes 128
    Renault 91
    Ferrari 78
    Cosworth 6

    3 races, 3 winners and 3 drivers scoring there first points.

  12. OK, complainers-of-no-overtaking, let me spell this out for you:

    1) Qualifying is supposed to put the faster guys ahead of the slower ones

    2) In -any- kind of racing, it’s difficult to pass without a time gap of more than 1 second

    3) So you tend to only pass when the driver ahead makes a mistake or has a hardware problem

    4) F1 drivers are the best of the best, and F1 teams are the best of the best. They tend not to make mistakes, in general. And the cars are extraordinarily reliable.


    5) There is little passing among the best teams

    If you’d like to change this artificially, feel free to randomly throw banana peels, qualify randomly, give the cars weapons, or put oil slicks on the road at random points. But when you get the result you hanker for – tons of meaningless, pointless passing – don’t call it motorsport. Call it what it would be: American Idol with cars.

    Otherwise, stop whining about the ‘lack of passing’. The point of racing is not to generate lots of flying bodywork and smoking tires – the point is to determine the fastest driver and team. If you have a problem with that, go watch professional wrestling – but stay the hell out of racing. You don’t belong here.

    1. You know, it reminds me of the criticsm that we Americans often level at “soccer”: you have a game with a bunch of guys running around for 90 minutes and you might get 1 score—or none, and the game ends in a silly free-kick procedure. At the top levels of that sport, you tend to see less scoring too. And the excuses that you have focus on the flow and strategy and nuances of the sport to “get it” are not availing to us. Yet Europeans, and the rest of the world, find this enthralling. And I don’t hear people calling for the field to be wet down or the ball to be greased. The truth is, as with any sport at its top level, it’s more predictable because the preparation is more complete and competitors more likely to be performing at their maximum. So there will be some boring events from which only hard core fans will get any satsification.

      1. Football games don´t end in “silly free-kick procedures”. Well, maybe in the USA. And at the top levels of that sport you get as much goals as in others. Then again, you got to see professional football, not that sad copy you play in the USA that called soccer…

        1. HounslowBusGarage
          5th April 2010, 20:58

          I totally disagree with you MEmo.
          DMW is quite right to criticise soccer/football for its lack of decisive moments of excitement. Any game that builds fan tension and which then doesn’t allow it a release (in the case of a nil-nil score) needs taking out and shooting.
          I’ve never seen a bigger collection of over-paid, stupid louts with over-inflated egos diving about on the pitch trying to convince the officials that they are angels and that the oppostion are devils as I have seen in high level European soccer. Add in the match fixing, the bribes, the ‘agents fees’ and Football makes Nelson Piquest look clean.
          Give me American Football every time, where there are more scoring opportunities in each game than Premiership Footballers have brain cells. All of them.
          Plus fans of one US team do not hurl missiles or abuse at the fans of another team, or fight with them before or after the game.
          As a born-here Brit, I’m appalled at the state of our ‘national’ game. It stinks and so do all the players.
          Now, where was I? “Dear Daily Mail . . . Yours, Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells”

          1. I´ve seen football games that end 0-0 and have been a complete battle on the pitch. But you must like football. If you want “decisive moments of excitement” watch what-did-you-call-it…american football. There are idiot footballers. Yeah. Then again there you have Schumy, Alonso, Hamilton… Bribes: it´s not common and if it was, I´d tell you “forget football”. Not cool, but not the sport´s fault. And then again you have Briatore, Piquet, overtaking under yellow flags, etc. Fans: what the hell does this have to do with anything? Noone should watch/like a sport because of some idiots? Are you sure you are british…

    2. Yet another arrogant response from someone who thinks they get to decide what ‘real’ motor racing is and that anybody who doesn’t agree with them ‘doesn’t belong here’.

      Nobody wants random qualifying or banana skins thrown onto the track. You’re misrepresenting your opponent’s arguments (it’s known as a Straw Man). We’re all here because we are fans of motor racing and although you would probably prefer otherwise, we’re all entitled to our opinion. So get off your high horse or keep your damn mouth shut.


      1. But not yet another reply that isn’t constructive and doesn’t address the main points of the argument, but just abuses the arguer?

        1. I have made lots of constructive comments in previous threads, but I’m sick and tired of the self-appointed guardians of F1 telling people what they should and shouldn’t think because they’re not ‘real fans’.

          1. “Self-appointed guardians of f1”

            Fans=Enjoys the sport and wants to know more about the other cars, circuits, drivers and would continue to watch through the decades regardless if it’s “boring”.

            Maybe you should get off your high horse as well since your looking like a class A “guardian” to me.

            P.S, reckon you should stop telling people to “keep your mouth shut.” since I would consider that threatening and bullying.

      2. Nobody wants random qualifying or banana skins thrown onto the track.

        No? People have indeed suggested random qualifying (or worse). And while nobody has suggested banana skins, artificial rain isn’t far off.

        And if you want absurd insults to the sport, how about a series where engine ‘constructors’ have to apply to the governing body for more horsepower? That’s pretty ridiculous – but that’s what F1 has right now.

        Finally – hell, yeah, I reserve the right to say who belongs in racing. When people advocate the outright destruction of 60 years of history, and are essentially spitting on the memories of the drivers who died driving in F1, I have absolutely no qualms about saying flat out that they’re wrong and I’m right.

        We don’t live in happy cloud land where every opinion about the direction the sport should take is equally valid. There is real motor racing, and there is fake motor racing, period – and I don’t want to see F1 turned even more into the latter. And as someone passionate about racing to have started a business based on it, and as someone whose family has been racing for dozens of years, I’m totally fine with saying that, yes, indeed – I know damn well what real racing is and what it isn’t.

        And hell, if my angry tirade can convince one pretender to F1 fandom to give up in disgust at how ‘arrogant’ the fans are, and take his dreams of Death Race 2000 elsewhere, then I’ve succeeded.

    3. I agree that if quali goes as planned then the top cars don’t have much of a chance at passing. You are right about that.

      On the other side, F1 cars seem to be much harder to pass then other series. This does need work, because it is silly when a clearly faster car/driver is stuck behind a slower car.

  13. I’ve also noticed that it’s the first time since 1990 that three different teams win the first three races…

    On the other hand, it’s not uncommon to have three different teams winning consecutive races DURING the season…


    Germany – Webber (Red Bull)
    Hungary – Hamilton (McLaren)
    Europe – Barrichello (Brawn)
    Belgium – Raikkonen (Ferrari)

    In 2008, three different teams won consecutive races
    TWICE during the season:

    Turkey – Massa (Ferrari)
    Monaco – Hamilton (McLaren)
    Canada – Kubica (BMW)

    Belgium – Massa (Ferrari)
    Italy – Vettel (Toro Rosso)
    Singapore – Alonso (Renault)

    These data confirm an important pattern in Formula 1: usually one or two teams jump ahead the others in the early races, but other ones are able to match their pace during the season, by developing their cars faster than the pacesetters…

    1. No. There’s just simply more chance to find 3 different consecutive winners in the middle of the season like in the start of the season.

      The first three races are always the 1st, 2nd and third, but on the other side, you can find different winners at the 2-3-4, 3-4-5, 4-5-6 …. 17-18-19 rounds.

      I hope I was understandable :)

    2. In 2008 it’s also Monaco-Canada-France, Canada-Frace-Great Britain and Japan-China-Brazil.

      1. Right, but, as you can see, I didn’t use this strategy to ‘multiply’ the three different winners… anyway, I can’t deny your right :D

  14. Useful feature would be an overtaking button, ,like champ car, that would mix and spice up the race.

    Get back 3.0 liter v10, max rev 18000,extra boost +2000(20000)revs, for 1 minute during the race.
    Bigger engine, stable performance, extra revs not overheat the engine.
    Bigger tires,

    1. “Useful feature would be an overtaking button, ,like champ car, that would mix and spice up the race.”

      This is what we called KERS, which was on some of last year’s cars.

      1. First of all, its expensive, second it is not as powerful, third if you do not break so much it does not recharge so quick.
        Its much simpler to just allow extra revs for a short sprint.

        1. From the pit comunication between Massa and his engineer, i understood, that Ferrari does just that to help their drivers in passing.

          1. This is not allowing 500 more revs, that is minute to a few thousand, that would really give a slower car some boost, plus just look at the result to get extra revs to an engine, that already on the limit. Alonso got owned.
            3 liter v10 revving at 18000 would last a long time, and allowing 2000 for 1 min during the race would not compromise it.

    2. Instead we’ll probably get 1.6 liter turbo engines.

      I’m perfectly fine with that.

  15. This is the first time the second row was all German.

    1. really? was there never a Ralf-Michael 2nd row, or Frentzen-Schumacher?

      1. There was MSchumacher-Frentzen in Spa 2001, MSchumacher-RSchumacher in Monza 2001. That just by searching partly through the races where Michael qualified 3rd.

  16. Bit lame but….The last person to finish 3rd in a GP for Mercedes was also German.

    1. Kling or Hermann? I bet no Germans instead these driven Mercedes in F1?

  17. Forgot to mention that the `Lift Shaft Base Jumping` expert came first, they dont build`em like that anymore!

  18. Shows Cosworth engines are real crap

  19. Paul Gilbert
    5th April 2010, 22:25

    The last time that 2 drivers scored their first points in the same race was Australia 2008 (Nakajima and Bourdais).

  20. All kinds of interesting stats. Also, 4 of the top 5 qualifiers were German, and 5 of the 7 fastest laps were from Alonso in his broken car. If all cars were equal in qualifying and race pace, I think Alonso might be the driver to beat this year.

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