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?ā??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?ā??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. PeterG said on 5th April 2010, 15:57

    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.

  2. PeriSoft said on 5th April 2010, 16:13

    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.

    • DMW said on 5th April 2010, 17:14

      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.

      • MEmo said on 5th April 2010, 20:38

        Football games donĀ“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…

        • HounslowBusGarage said on 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”

          • MEmo said on 8th April 2010, 2:48

            IĀ“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: itĀ“s not common and if it was, IĀ“d tell you “forget football”. Not cool, but not the sportĀ“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…

    • James G said on 5th April 2010, 18:05

      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.


      • Icthyes said on 5th April 2010, 20:07

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

        • James G said on 5th April 2010, 20:41

          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’.

          • “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.

      • PeriSoft said on 7th April 2010, 18:42

        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.

    • Pawel said on 5th April 2010, 18:40

      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.

  3. Daniel said on 5th April 2010, 17:03

    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…

    • GeoCucc said on 5th April 2010, 17:48

      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 :)

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

      • Daniel said on 5th April 2010, 21:47

        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

  4. 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,

    • David A said on 5th April 2010, 22:28

      “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.

      • 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.

        • BasCB said on 6th April 2010, 22:46

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

          • 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.

    • Patrickl said on 5th April 2010, 22:36

      Instead we’ll probably get 1.6 liter turbo engines.

      I’m perfectly fine with that.

  5. YeaMon said on 5th April 2010, 18:41

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

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

      • Bleu said on 6th April 2010, 10:36

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

  6. Gusto said on 5th April 2010, 18:58

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

  7. Gusto said on 5th April 2010, 19:06

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

  8. Shows Cosworth engines are real crap

  9. Paul Gilbert said on 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).

  10. US_Peter said on 5th April 2010, 23:42

    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.

  11. chaostheory said on 6th April 2010, 0:51

    Michael Schumacher didnt want to drive car number 4 (bad number, bad luck) – and he failed to finish the race on 4th day of 4th month; scary what could happen if it was 4th race of the season and he was driving car with no 4 :D

  12. Dr Jones said on 6th April 2010, 10:51

    Have you noticed on when their playing the national anthem?

    The order of the flag should be:
    Australia – Germany – Germany
    (Webber – Vettel – Rosberg)

    But when they raised the flags, it shows (Germany – Germany – Australia)

    Check it out! :)

    • yer i noticed that, maybe at Malaysia they have second place on the right rather then on the left, unless they were numbered ofc and there was a mix up. Has happened in the past.

    • GeoCucc said on 6th April 2010, 13:30

      I didn’t noticed on Sunday, but I now checked it. Right. :)

      The last time when we saw that something similar happened was (I think) in the 2005 Canadian GP, where Barrichello’s (2nd) and M. Schumacher’s (3rd) flags were changed.

      Correct me if I’m wrong.

  13. martinb said on 6th April 2010, 21:41

    Grid: Three of the top four were German; three of the bottom four were Brazilian.

  14. Vettel, Rosberg, Webber, Schumacher, Kubica and Sutil made ti to Q3 in every qualifying session this year, Senna, Chandhok, Trulli and di Grassi never managed to get in Q2.

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