2010 Malaysian Grand Prix stats and facts

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

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2010 Malaysian Grand Prix

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172 comments on 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix stats and facts

  1. This was the first race since Hungaroring 2009 where Barrichello didn’t score a point.

  2. Pengo said on 5th April 2010, 10:41

    Is it just me, or was there an unusually large amount of cars that retired due to mechanical failures (7)? Curious if anyone knows if this has happened as much in the past, especially pre-inseason testing ban.

    • James Bolton said on 5th April 2010, 13:32

      You’re right. Since around 2002 the number of mechanical failures has dropped hugely, with a few races occuring where nobody retired at all!
      But it hasn’t always been this way. Before the quality control of the zeroes there were frequently five or ten cars dropping out with mechanical issues. Although it should be noted that the grids often featured 26 cars.

  3. Darren said on 5th April 2010, 10:43

    Here’s one- when was the last time Michael Schumacher has had 3 races without at least a podium?

    • Gustav said on 5th April 2010, 10:50

      If you don’t count the transition between season 2006 and 2010, the last time Schumacher didn’t land at least a podium for 3 races would be end of 2005.

  4. irishlad (@irishlad) said on 5th April 2010, 10:46

    it was schumacher’s first DNF since Japan 06

    It was mercedes first DNF since the Italian GP 1955

  5. “Nico Rosberg put Mercedes on the podium for the first time in 55 years.”

    That sounds so weird. Thanks for the stats though, really love these.

  6. yelrom said on 5th April 2010, 12:01

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

  7. IDR said on 5th April 2010, 12:04

    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.

    • ciaran said on 5th April 2010, 12:54

      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.

      • Magnificent Geoffrey said on 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!

    • MEmo said on 5th April 2010, 20:30

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

  8. KateDerby said on 5th April 2010, 12:19

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

  9. 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? :)

    • John H said on 5th April 2010, 12:54

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

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

        • John H said on 5th April 2010, 14:18

          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?

        • Metallion said on 5th April 2010, 15:21

          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.

          • Pawel said on 5th April 2010, 18:31

            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 ;)

          • jacaru said on 5th April 2010, 22:00

            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.

          • JerseyF1 said on 7th April 2010, 10:40

            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!

  10. James_mc said on 5th April 2010, 12:42

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

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

      • Lachie said on 5th April 2010, 13:09

        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

      • DanThorn said on 5th April 2010, 13:10

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

      • Kav said on 5th April 2010, 13:16

        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.

        • 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.

          • sato113 said on 5th April 2010, 15:48

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

          • 5150 said on 5th April 2010, 18:11

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

          • Icthyes said on 5th April 2010, 20:02

            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 ;-)

          • David A said on 5th April 2010, 22:15

            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!

          • Paul Gilbert said on 5th April 2010, 22:21

            Button passed Hamilton to win in Bahrain last year.

          • Harvs said on 6th April 2010, 1:18

            hamilton on piquet, germany 08′

          • neracer said on 6th April 2010, 3:27

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

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

  11. slr said on 5th April 2010, 13:54

    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.

    • Andrew White said on 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.

  12. Andrew White said on 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.

  13. sato113 said on 5th April 2010, 14:26

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

  14. sato113 said on 5th April 2010, 15:32

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

  15. Sandman said on 5th April 2010, 15:38

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

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