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

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

Spotted any more interesting stats and facts from the Chinese Grand Prix? Share them in the comments.

2010 Chinese Grand Prix

Browse all 2010 Chinese Grand Prix articles

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

Jump to comment page: 1 2 3
  1. 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.

    1. He’s Northern Irish, mate (I think). So therefore, he’s counted as British.

      1. It’s the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, so it’s up to him where his sympathies lie – British or Irish.

        1. MouseNightshirt
          19th April 2010, 13:39

          Us Northern Irish suffer a lot from the “Are you Irish or British” malarkey. We can be both, just so you know.

      2. The people of Northern Irish are entitled to both nationalities. Irvine raced under an Irish racing licence and identified himself as Irish, but raced in F1 as a Brit – some say because threats were made against his family.

        1. “people of Northern Ireland,” I should say.

        2. Exactly. They have the choice. He chose Irish, as per his racing licence. Which was ignored by FIA who used his passport instead.

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

    1. Ned Flanders
      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

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

  3. Scott Joslin
    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?

    1. 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.

      1. “ENGLISH drivers score a 1-2”:

        Monaco 1969: Graham Hill, Piers Courage

        Not easy one!!!!

        1. Scott Joslin
          19th April 2010, 14:54

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

          1. James Bolton
            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

          2. Ned Flanders
            19th April 2010, 19:39

            Wow, incredible! Great stat James

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

    1. I think Scott’s already answered your question! (See new comment thread above)

      1. IDR answered it, but it is funny they posted at the same time! :P

    2. Lol, you posted the same question at exactly the same time :)

  5. 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.

    1. 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.

  6. 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).

    1. Magnificent Geoffrey
      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.

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

    1. 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.

      1. Oh lol. Indeed I missed that one.

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

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

    1. I was wondering the same thing. Looks like he still has his Racing kit on.

    2. I’m wondering if this photo was taken before Hamilton’s visit to the stewards. Perhaps the bright orange will have been inappopropriate when arguing a case to the stewards! :D

    3. maybe it’s in rebellion!

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

    1. 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:

      1. 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!

      2. 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!

  10. 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.

    1. 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.

  11. not sure where to post this but this video is sooo good

    1. Alonso and Hamilton tripping each other up, and a Finn ending up on top. Story of the 2007 season right there! :P

      1. LOL kinda prophetic if you ask me :)

  12. When was the last time the top 3 qualifiers were not on the podium?

    Oh, that would be Australia 2010 :)

  13. Alex Stanger
    19th April 2010, 16:05

    I got the pole time 0.025s out!

    I guessed 1:34.583 and it was 1:34.558

    And I predicted Button as winner :D

  14. 70 overtakes in that race, more than any other in the last 6 seasons.
    First time 3 teams have scored 1-2 finishes in a season since 1998.
    Hamilton has scored all his fastest laps in the Asian races, in Japan, Malaysia and China.

    1. So we could be on the verge to see an exciting season :D :D. I couldn’t believe myself for saying this, but thank you FIA & Jean Todt for banning refueling!

  15. Here is list of the “top 8” drivers and the amount of places they have gained(+) or lost(-) over the course of the first 4 races when comparing grid position with finish position.

    1. Hamilton: +24
    2. Button: +17
    3. Massa: +14
    4. Alonso: +6
    5. Rosberg: +1
    6. Vettel: -6
    7. Schumacher: -16
    8. Webber: -16

    (e.g. Rosberg gained 1 place in Australia, lost 1 in Malaysia and gained 1 in China. 1-1+1 = +1)

  16. teeb123456789
    19th April 2010, 17:10

    Anyone noticed how everyone in the top photo is wearing the new McLaren winning t-shirt apart from hamilton? must be a sore loser :)

    1. Must say it was quite obvious to pick out the white race suit amongst the bright orange shirts :P

      Seriously though, was he not allowed to wear one because it was Jenson who won?

      1. I’m sure I saw Kovi in orange at some point when Hamilton won races in 2008/09.

      2. He may just not have had time to change considering he had to see the stewards.

        I think he will be allowed to wear the shirt as it was a team victory, but if it was me I wouldn’t be sure if I would wear it if I only came second.

      3. I seem to remember seeing him wear one at Malaysia 2007, when Alonso won. That was before they fell out of course.

        1. James Bolton
          19th April 2010, 18:21

          If the team wins, they all wear the Rocket Red shirt. It’s only because he’ll have been seeing the stewards that he isn’t wearing one. He probably put one on straight after the photo

  17. Also another fact I may add is if either Button or Hamilton won the title this year. It will be the first time that British drivers won 3 consecutive WDC.

    1. What about 1962-5?
      1962: Graham Hill
      1963: Jim Clark
      1964: John Surtees
      1965: Jim Clark

      That’s 4 consecutive years with a British WDC… Or do you mean English?

      1. Sorry, I mean English mate :D

  18. offtopic

    I seen Ferrari using same pit crew(pit garage) to change tires of both cars. WHY?

    1. Although each team has two garages to work on the cars they only have one pit space to change tyres during the race. So usually both cars will not come in at the same time, but if they do such as under a safety car one of them will have to queue and wait for the other car.

      In China during the first safety car period when most of the cars came in to change to inters the Red Bulls were together on track but Vettel seemed to make a bit of a gap behind Webber so he shouldn’t of had long to wait, unfortunately there were problems with Webber’s stop so Vettel still had to queue.

  19. Andrew White
    19th April 2010, 20:21

    Rosberg has achieved his highest WDC position, currently in second on 50 points. His previous best was third after Australia 2008.

    Five drivers have finished in the points in every race: Rosberg, Hamilton, Button, Massa and Webber.

    Other than these five, only three other drivers have both finished and been classified in every race: Kubica, Barrichello and Alguersuari.

    Button had a greater lead after four races last year (12 points) than he does this year (10 points) despite the new points system and despite only receiving half points in Malaysia.

    The gap between first and second at the end of the race has been getting progressively smaller over the first four races of the season. From 16.0 secs in Bahrain, it has gone to 12.0, then 4.8, and now 1.5 secs in China.

    Lastly, a question. When was the last time we had three races with different championship leaders after every race. We have had Alonso, Massa and now Button.

    1. Did some research … not sure if it’s correct.

      In 2008, Hamilton was leading after Monaco, Kubica after Canada and Massa after France.

      1. And in the next race in Silverstone, Hamilton, Massa and Raikkonen were all on 48 points, and Kubica on 46.

  20. …and probably Vettel after the next one ;-)

Jump to comment page: 1 2 3

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

All comments are moderated. See the Comment Policy and FAQ for more.