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

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)

  1. Jacob said on 19th April 2010, 15:45

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

  2. symmetry said on 19th April 2010, 15:58

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

    Oh, that would be Australia 2010 :)

  3. Alex Stanger said on 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

  4. Stevo said on 19th April 2010, 16:25

    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.

  5. Ninjenius said on 19th April 2010, 16:45

    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)

  6. teeb123456789 said on 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 :)

    • Calum said on 19th April 2010, 17:16

      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?

      • Ninjenius said on 19th April 2010, 17:30

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

      • 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.

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

        • James Bolton said on 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

  7. 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.

  8. offtopic

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

    • PJA said on 20th April 2010, 9:36

      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.

  9. Andrew White said on 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.

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

  11. Just look how far Vettel pushed Hamilton out of the pit/fast lane (if this post works)



  12. 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.

    • Marc Connell said on 20th April 2010, 7:28

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

      • Andrew White said on 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.

  13. Paul Gilbert said on 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?

    • Bleu said on 20th April 2010, 8:26

      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.

  14. Jian said on 20th April 2010, 0:19

    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.


  15. Icthyes said on 20th April 2010, 0:39

    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.

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