Hamilton is fifth different championship leader (Canadian GP stats and facts)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Hamilton led McLaren's first back-to-back one-two in ten years
Hamilton led McLaren's first back-to-back one-two in ten years

An exciting race in Canada also gave us a bumper crop of F1 stats and facts.

Three champions stood on the podium for the first time since 1991, McLaren scored back-to-back one-twos for the first time since 2000 – and Rubens Barrichello logged his 15,000th racing lap.

Read on for more stats and facts from the Canadian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton is starting to look like a specialist at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. In three races there he’s had three pole positions and two wins – and he was comfortably leading the 2008 race before that notorious collision with Kimi Raikkonen.

Hamilton now has 18 pole positions to his name, giving him as many as Fernando Alonso as well as Mario Andretti and Rene Arnoux.

His 13th career victory puts him level with Alberto Ascari and David Coulthard.

Hamilton’s win propels him into the championship lead for the first time this year, and the first time since he won it in 2008. He’s the fifth different driver to lead the championship this year, something which has never happened before.

The other leaders this year have been Alonso, Felipe Massa, Mark Webber and Jenson Button. (Vettel was tied on points with championship leader Webber after Monaco, but Webber was ahead having won more races.)

The was McLaren’s third one-two finish of the season and their first back-to-back one-two finish since 2000. They had one-two finishes in the French and Austrian Grands Prix that year, Coulthard leading Mika Hakkinen home in the first and the positions reversed in the second.

Three world champions finished on the podum – something which hasn’t happened for 19 years. You have to go back to the 1991 United States Grand Prix at Phoenix to find the last example, when Ayrton Senna led home Alain Prost and Nelson Piquet.

Robert Kubica set the fastest lap and, surprisingly, it was the first of his career. He is the 120th driver to set the fastest lap in a race.

Massa failed to score for the first time this year, leaving Mark Webber as the only driver to have picked up points in every round. He has finished the last ten consecutive races in the points.

As Rubens Barrichello has a new measure of his longevity in the sport – he racked up his 15,000th F1 lap during the race. He has now raced for 15,010 laps.

Meanwhile Michael Schumacher started his 256th Grand prix, putting him level with Riccardo Patrese as the driver to have started the second-highest number of races. He’s completed 14,352 laps or 56.06 per race, compared to Barrichello’s 51.4.

If anyone’s got an afternoon to spare, it would be interesting to know how many laps those two have failed to complete in their F1 careers…

Laps led

Sebastien Buemi led a lap of an F1 race for the first time in his career. He is the 160th different driver to do so.

Driver Laps led
Mark Webber 207
Sebastian Vettel 117
Jenson Button 74
Lewis Hamilton 56
Fernando Alonso 20
Nico Rosberg 16
Sebastien Buemi 1


Driver Podiums
Mark Webber 4
Lewis Hamilton 4
Jenson Button 4
Sebastian Vettel 3
Fernando Alonso 3
Felipe Massa 2
Nico Rosberg 2
Robert Kubica 2

Average finishing position

Pos Driver Average finishing position
1 Sebastian Vettel 3.33
2 Jenson Button 3.71
3 Mark Webber 4.63
4 Lewis Hamilton 4.75
5 Fernando Alonso 5.13
6 Robert Kubica 5.75
7 Nico Rosberg 5.88
8 Felipe Massa 6.63
9 Michael Schumacher 8.14
10 Adrian Sutil 8.86
11 Vitantonio Liuzzi 10.33
12 Kamui Kobayashi 11.00
13 Rubens Barrichello 11.29
14 Jaime Alguersuari 11.38
15 Pedro de la Rosa 11.50
16 Sebastien Buemi 12.20
17 Vitaly Petrov 12.60
18 Nico H?â??lkenberg 14.17
19 Heikki Kovalainen 14.50
20 Bruno Senna 16.00
21 Karun Chandhok 16.33
22 Jarno Trulli 16.50
23 Lucas di Grassi 17.75
24 Timo Glock 18.00

Laps completed

Another double-DNF for Sauber – with Kamui Kobayashi retiring at the end of lap one – means their drivers languish at the bottom of the ‘laps completed’ table.

Pos Driver Laps completed
1 Mark Webber 491
1 Robert Kubica 491
3 Felipe Massa 490
3 Nico Rosberg 490
5 Jaime Alguersuari 489
5 Lewis Hamilton 489
5 Fernando Alonso 489
8 Michael Schumacher 443
9 Adrian Sutil 441
10 Rubens Barrichello 439
10 Sebastian Vettel 439
12 Jenson Button 415
13 Vitantonio Liuzzi 387
14 Karun Chandhok 374
15 Vitaly Petrov 373
16 Heikki Kovalainen 363
17 Nico H?â??lkenberg 349
18 Sebastien Buemi 347
19 Jarno Trulli 330
20 Lucas di Grassi 296
21 Timo Glock 248
22 Bruno Senna 244
23 Pedro de la Rosa 220
24 Kamui Kobayashi 169

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

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117 comments on “Hamilton is fifth different championship leader (Canadian GP stats and facts)”

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  1. This was the first Canadian Grand Prix since 2004 which didn’t feature the safety car. 2005-2008 all did

    1. I was wondering about that.

  2. Sebastien Buemi must be the first Swiss driver to lead a lap for a long long time right?

    Since Clay Regazzoni I’m guessing?

    1. Yes, Regazzoni, ’79, Silverstone.

      1. You mean Deletraz never lead a lap? That’s astonishing!

      2. Good knowledge!

  3. I wonder if Hamilton’s on for claiming the most pole positions of all time. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had that record in 10 years. I reckon he’ll be up to 20-23 by the end of this season.

    1. It depends on how competitive his car is, but he’s certainly in with a very good chance. The real test is can he do it in less races than either Senna or Schumacher…

    2. Schumi has 68 poles. If Lewis has 23 at the end of this season, then at his current rate it would take him another 8 seasons to beat the record.

      1. RedBullRacer
        14th June 2010, 23:41

        Assuming McLaren never make the mistake of building a car quite as terrible as their 2009 effort, Hamilton’s rate of pole positions should be higher in the coming seasons!

        1. McLaren seem to have a down period at least once per decade so I wouldn’t get too optimistic!

          Hamilton is great at getting pole positions… The fact that he has more than Raikkonen and as many as Alonso is astonishing. However we must be patient, Hamilton may have had a lot of poles in 07-09 due to the fuel strategy. We finally have low fuel qualifying so we will see whether he can excel or not.

          Massa was also as great at qualifying as Hamilton. It is a shame he has struggled this year.

      2. That’s do-able, especially considering we have ‘real’ qualifying back now.

    3. is it now safe to say that HAM is generally quicker over one lap than BUT?

      1. According to my data, comparing their laps in qualifying from the last session in which they both participated this year, yes.

        By five thousandths of a second, which is the smallest gap on the entire grid!

        1. That sounds a bit odd because Lewis has generally been a few tenths quicker.

          I’m guessing Australia and Malaysia skew the figures somewhat because Lewis didn’t get into Q3 on both occasions?

  4. I agree, You would think they have the funding to do well.

  5. I know this is nit-picking Keith and I am not hamilton-bashing, but was he really comfortably leading when he crashed into the back of Kimi in the pit lane in 08? as I recall he was third in the queue behind Kubica and (obviously) kimi.

    1. Yeah, but he was comfortably leading before the safety car.

    2. Before the safety car came out he had a decent lead.

  6. Yes kimi got ahead of him in pits

  7. Whats wıth McLaren and lettıng other drıiers have a run at Lewis in the pits, almost like they want to create good tv exposure of Hamilton doing all the overtaking on track. Well, it works and at least its more plausıble than the “racism theory”:p

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