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. Harv's said on 20th April 2010, 5:17


    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.

  2. Gusto said on 20th April 2010, 6:33

    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.

  3. Gusto said on 20th April 2010, 6:44

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

  4. Icthyes said on 20th April 2010, 12:37

    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!

  5. Alistair said on 20th April 2010, 15:58

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

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

  6. Chaz said on 20th April 2010, 18:50

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

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