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.

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

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      1. Both teams’ mechanics are looking down the pit lane :)

        1. and look how wide the pit lane is…

          …and vettel was saying how he didnt push hamilton off

          1. When they showed the footage from Vettel’s onboard camera I seem to remember you could see him turn his head to look in his outboard mirror then start to drift to the right edging Hamilton out.

          2. Yeah. He actually said that he didn’t understand why Hamilton felt the need to touch him.

            People say that Hamilton is a liar, but Vettel doesn’t seem to have much problems in that department either.

  1. Did you know that there were 70 overtakes in China. The second highest number of any Grand Prix since 1983. In 2009 there was total 244 passes over the 17 races. In 2010 there has been 156 in the first four races.

    1. Marc Connell
      20th April 2010, 7:28

      nice stats! clearly there are more overtaking in this age. But do these stats include overtaking black markers?

      1. Andrew White
        20th April 2010, 9:28

        Those figures are from the cliptheapex forum. It doesn’t include overtakes on the first lap, leaders lapping backmarkers, overtakes in the pits or overtakes where someone has gone off the track, spun or has a mechanical problem.

        1. Exactly as Andrew White says.

  2. Paul Gilbert
    19th April 2010, 22:31

    How many other times has one team managed a 1-2 on the grid and another team managed a 1-2 in the race? I know of 2 earlier examples: Italy 1988 and Australia 2000 (on both occasions McLaren locked out the front row and Ferrari managed a 1-2 finish). Europe 1997 would also have counted had Heinz-Harald Frentzen been 0.001s faster in qualifying.

    Not sure if this has been mentioned, but Felipe Massa has gone from 1st to 6th in the Championship in just one race. Has this ever happened before?

    1. The previous occasion that happened was 2002 European GP. Williams took the front row with Montoya and Ralf, Ferrari 1-2 in the race with Barrichello and Michael.

  3. Finally a double overtake again! Were there any in 2009? I miss Heidfeld, who did 3 of those in 2008…I don’t miss Kova in McLaren, embarassingly suffering twice at the hands of Massa and Heidfeld resp in Canada and Silverstone.


  4. Is it the first time since 1996 that everyone on the podium had the same engine? That was a Renault (Williams and Benetton) 1-2-3-4, can’t remember what race.

  5. O.K.

    Lets do this stat thing…

    first race of the season where Vettel didnt lead the first corner.

    Red Bull did not lead a lap for the first time in 6 races.

    Massa’s finishing positions have been falling ever since the season started in bahrain. 2nd, 3rd, 7th and 9th.

    Hamilton has been outqualified 3 times in a row b his team mate the last time that happened was in 09′ monaco to britian.

    The race had 62 recorded passes, (excluding pit passes) highest amount in 20 years, 70 passes at the 1990 Mexican GP.

    First Mclaren double podium since Italian GP. Heikki and Lewis never shared the podium.

  6. Shame MSC took the odd number because it would of been a car number 1-2-3, surely well see it this year?, or maybe a Merc 1-2-3-4.

  7. If you throw in the Redbulls followed by Ferrari`s it would be a statistical freak…. Got my predictions sorted for the next race.

  8. Oh and of course, first time Hamilton and Button have ever shared the podium, despite two world championships and 19 race wins (before this one_ between them!

  9. Here’s a good stat from Martin Brundell (BBC site):

    ‘Hamilton […] has now made 32 competitive overtakes in just four races.’

  10. There were several good drives. I hope the beeb shows some of the unseen footage at the next race…

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