Points for Petrov and first McLaren 1-2 since 2007 (Chinese GP stats and facts)

McLaren's championship-winning pair scored their first one-two

McLaren's championship-winning pair scored their first one-two

The Chinese Grand Prix saw McLaren score their first one-two finish since Fernando Alonso drove for them.

It was also the first British one-two in 11 years and Russia became the 33rd country to score points in F1. Read on for all the stats and facts from China.

Jenson Button won his second race in four starts for McLaren and the ninth of his career.

The Chinese Grand Prix has still not been won by the same driver twice. Since 2004 it’s been won by Rubens Barrichello, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and now Button.

With Lewis Hamilton finishing second this was the first one-two for a pair of British drivers since the 1999 Austrian Grand Prix, won by Eddie Irvine with David Coulthard in second place.

McLaren recorded their 45th one-two finish and their first since Fernando Alonso led home Hamilton in the 2007 Italian Grand Prix.

After four races we’ve already had three different teams record one-two finishes – Ferrari in Bahrain and Red Bull in Malaysia.

It was pole position number eight for Vettel, who has now started from first place as many times as 1964 champion John Surtees and Riccardo Patrese.

Red Bull kept up their run of pole positions in 2010 and achieved their second front row lock-out. No-one has won a race from pole position yet this year – the last person to do so was Vettel at Suzuka seven races ago.

Despite having 11 wins and 17 pole position, Lewis Hamilton’s fastest lap was only the fourth of his career. His last one came at the same circuit when he won the 2008 race.

All three drivers on the podium were powered by Mercedes – the first time this has happened since the 1955 British Grand Prix when the Mercedes factory team fill the podium, Stirling Moss leading home Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling at Aintree.

Vitaly Petrov scored the first points of his career – and became the first Russian driver to score in Formula 1. It was also his first race finish.

Russia is the 33rd different country to produce a Grand Prix points-scorer. The last addition to the club was Poland, when Petrov’s team mate Robert Kubica finished third at Monza in 2006.

Virgin and Sauber failed to get either of their cars to the finish once again. The two teams have only recorded one finish each so far this year. Timo Glock and Kamui Kobayashi are yet to see the chequered flag in 2010.

Most laps led

Driver Laps led
Sebastian Vettel 110
Jenson Button 71
Fernando Alonso 18
Nico Rosberg 16
Mark Webber 4

Most podium finishes

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

Finishes and DNFs

2010 season finishes and DNFs

2010 season finishes and DNFs

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154 comments on Points for Petrov and first McLaren 1-2 since 2007 (Chinese GP stats and facts)

  1. Shouldn’t Alonso be missing a finish?

  2. RE: Coulthard and Irvine: I’d consider it an Anglo-Irish finish or better still a Celtic 1-2

    • MouseNightshirt said on 19th April 2010, 13:37

      Huzzah! Won’t happen again in my lifetime methinks.

    • hartry said on 19th April 2010, 13:56

      Anglo-Irish? ANGLO? I don’t think Coulthard would be very happy at that! Go with Celtic!

    • Ilanin said on 19th April 2010, 14:43

      Irvine was born in County Down and remained a British citizen throughout his career; on the other hand, he competed under an Irish racing licence.

      If you don’t count Irvine, you end up going back to the 1995 Hungarian Grand Prix for a Hill-Coulthard 1-2.

  3. Sush Meerkat said on 19th April 2010, 10:59

    Can we have some sort of stat for Heiki’s Lotus being up in 6th place for about 3 minutes?, its just such a beautiful place to be for that Lotus.

  4. sumedh said on 19th April 2010, 11:03

    Perhaps, a record for maximum pit-stops in a race.

    Earlier record was for Nurburgring 75 stops in 2007.

    This one has about 100 i think ;-)

  5. When’s the last time 2 English drivers finished 1-2?

    • Ned Flanders said on 19th April 2010, 12:23

      I was thinking some time in 1995 with Herbert and Hill, but that’s unlikely, because Herbert only ever won when Hill took himself (and Schumacher) out!

      Then I thought Mansell and Hill, and again, in the one race where they might have finished 1-2 in 1994, Hill and Schumacher collided!

      Then back in the 1970′s and 1980′s the two competitive English drivers, Mansell and Hunt, never raced together. So I think you’ll have to look back to the 60′s with the likes of Graham Hill and Surtees.

      But while thinking about this, it has occurred to me how many race winning British drivers there have been from outside of England. I can think of Coulthard, Irvine, Watson, Stewart and Clark.

      In the last 40 years, the only English drivers to win have been Hamilton, Button, Herbert, Hill, Mansell and Hunt

  6. KMcD said on 19th April 2010, 11:33

    Still think it a disgrace that Irvine is counted as British. Can recall him being referred to as an Irish driver by british media when he ran into bother in his early days back in Jordan.

  7. Stevensan said on 19th April 2010, 11:52

    anyone know attendance? the stands looked full (well, apart from the bill board anyway…)

    • Ned Flanders said on 19th April 2010, 12:09

      I spotted plenty of empty seats myself. Then again, the circuit has a huge capacity so that’s hardly a surprise. And at least the cameras didn’t try to conceal the issue, like they did in Turkey last season

    • sato113 said on 19th April 2010, 15:40

      there were loads of empty seat at the end of the back straight to the left. and of course around turn 13.

  8. Scott Joslin said on 19th April 2010, 12:03

    Does anyone know when the last British 1-2 finish for British drivers in the same team was. Last I can remember is in Hungary in 1995 with Damon Hill and David Coulthard. Surely there has been a more recent occasion?

    Also has there ever been a British 1-2 finish when the drivers were not racing for a British team?

    • More importantly, when is the last time ENGLISH drivers score a 1-2 (in the same team or in a different team). But for sure this is the first time that an English drivers score a 1-2 in a British team.

      • “ENGLISH drivers score a 1-2″:

        Monaco 1969: Graham Hill, Piers Courage

        Not easy one!!!!

        • Scott Joslin said on 19th April 2010, 14:54

          IDR – I take my hat off to you Sir – Good knowledge!

          • James Bolton said on 19th April 2010, 18:17

            Just to point out – Coulthard and Hill finished first and second in the 1995 Portuguese GP too, which was a few races after Hungary.

            Also: The 1965 British Grand Prix was a Brti 1-2-3-4-5!
            1st Jim Clark Lotus
            2nd Graham Hill BRM
            3rd John Surtees Ferrari
            4th Mike Spence Lotus
            5th Jackie Stewart BRM

          • Ned Flanders said on 19th April 2010, 19:39

            Wow, incredible! Great stat James

  9. matt90 said on 19th April 2010, 12:03

    When was the last time 2 British drivers driving for a British team/s came 1st and 2nd?

  10. CoolGav said on 19th April 2010, 12:36

    Apart from the first 30 metres of so, until Alonso got past Vettel, Red Bull didn’t lead the race – the first time this year, despite what Legard said… I certainly don’t count being passed down to the first corner (even if by a jump-starting competitor) leading the race.

    • Nitpicker said on 19th April 2010, 13:01

      I guess you have to cross the line in the lead to be classified as “led a lap”.

      You must admit commenting on live TV is a bit more tricky than writing about it a few days after the fact.

  11. GeoCucc said on 19th April 2010, 13:14

    It’s only the third time, when none of the first 4 races were won from the first row. This year Alonso won from 3rd, Button from 4th, Vettel from 3rd and Button from 5th.

    It happened in 1970 and 1975.
    1970: Brabham 3rd, Stewart 3rd, Rindt 8th, Rodriguez 6th place.
    1975: Fittipaldi 5th, Pace 6th, Scheckter 3rd, Mass 11th place.

    If same happen in Spain, it would be incomparable, but it will be tricky, because races in Barcelona were won from the first row every time since 1997 (and incredibly, since 2001 from the pole).
    :)

    • Magnificent Geoffrey said on 19th April 2010, 13:46

      That reminds me, I really need to do some research on Carlos Pace. I honestly know absolutely nothing about the man himself, apart from the plane crash.

  12. Patrickl said on 19th April 2010, 13:55

    What was the last time we had a full Mercedes powered podium?

    • You obviously didn’t read the article because Keith has answered this question!!

      To save you reading it the answer is the 1955 British Grand Prix when the Mercedes factory team fill the podium, Stirling Moss leading home Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling at Aintree.

      • Patrickl said on 19th April 2010, 16:01

        Oh lol. Indeed I missed that one.

        Odd since I even searched for “mercedes” to see if anyone else had brought it up.

  13. Calum said on 19th April 2010, 14:12

    In that photo, is Lewis not in orange because he didn’t actually win?

  14. TommyC said on 19th April 2010, 14:45

    i think this race has prompted the most comments on this website… up to 345 on the vettel/hamilton article. wow.

    • Patrickl said on 19th April 2010, 16:06

      I’m sure the Spa 2008 stewarding debacle got more comments.

      But yeah, whenever Hamilton is involved in a stewarding decision (or lack thereof) there are a lot of people with strong opinions (not founded in any rulebooks).

      Not sure if the German 2008 pit incident between Alonso and Vettel already got posted, but go to 2:21 and see Vettel do exactly what is now claimed to be illegal for Hamilton to do:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A1mJhyQuHU

      • Harv's said on 20th April 2010, 5:00

        thanks patrickl, finally someone who has a valid point, i said what you said on that article that has had so many comments and i havnt had a good response from any of those hamilton haters!

      • Dr. Gonzo said on 20th April 2010, 17:28

        Vettel did not do EXACTLY what Hamilton did.
        First – He was AHEAD of Alonso after his release from the box
        Second – While he did drive side-by-side with Alonso, they were both in the FAST LANE to the left of the double dashed lines, unlike Hamilton who did it in the SLOW LANE to the right and in the actual pit working area!

  15. Calum said on 19th April 2010, 14:53

    Hamilton hasn’t led a lap :O
    Massa, the leader just a few days ago hasn’t led a lap :O

    It’s still tight, a win changes it all, look how mixed up the table is compared to before China.

    Also, there was a pattern in the way the WCs finished, most recent first, and the first one to do it last out of the 4.

    Button ahead of Hamilton ahead of Alonso ahead of Schumacher.

    • Off the top of my head, that was also the case in:
      - Hungary 2009
      - Most of the races in 2008 where Kimi beat Alonso
      - Every race of 2007
      - Every time Alonso beat Schumacher in 2006

      But off course with 4 WDCs it’s more rare.

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