Schumacher’s worst ever race result (European GP stats and facts)

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Valencia, 2010

Michael Schumacher recorded his worst ever Grand Prix finish with 15th place in the European Grand Prix.

Meanwhile Red Bull were celebrating their tenth F1 victory.

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

It was the seventh career win for Sebastian Vettel, giving him as many F1 victories as Juan Pablo Montoya and Rene Arnoux. He also scored his ninth pole position.

Vettel also led every lap of the race for the second time in his career. He only needed fastest lap to secure a perfect result but that went to Jenson Button. This was only the third time Button has set fastest lap.

Red Bull resumed their domination of qualifying. They locked out the front row for the fourth time this year, have now been on pole position for eight of of nine races, and made their 13th consecutive front row appearance.

Vettel’s win was the tenth for the team, all of which have been scored in the last 24 races. They have now won as many races as Alfa Romeo, and seven more wins will place them among the top ten most successful Formula 1 constructors. Not bad for a soft drink manufacturer…

Lewis Hamilton finished in second place for the third year in a row in Valencia.

Rubens Barrichello’s fourth place was Williams’s best result of the year, may have been some small consolation.

Michael Schumacher scored the worst classified finish of his F1 career with 15th place. He was promoted from 16th after Vitantonio Liuzzi’s penalty. His previous worst finish was 12th at China in 2004 and Monaco earlier this year.

There were 16 cars on the lead lap by the end of the race – the most since last year’s German Grand Prix when 17 cars completed the race distance.

Mark Webber’s crash ended his run of ten consecutive finishes in the points.

Laps led

Red Bull have led more laps this year than the other teams put together. An RB6 has headed the field for 69% of the laps raced so far.

Driver Laps led
Mark Webber 207
Sebastian Vettel 174
Jenson Button 74
Lewis Hamilton 56
Fernando Alonso 20
Nico Rosberg 16
Sebastien Buemi 1


Driver Podiums
Lewis Hamilton 5
Jenson Button 5
Mark Webber 4
Sebastian Vettel 4
Fernando Alonso 3
Felipe Massa 2
Nico Rosberg 2
Robert Kubica 2

Times out-qualified team mate

Lucas di Grassi out-qualified Timo Glock for the first time this year, leaving Vitaly Petrov the only driver to have started every race behind his team mate:

Pos Driver Times out-qualified team mate
1 Robert Kubica 9
2 Timo Glock 8
2 Sebastien Buemi 8
4 Adrian Sutil 7
4 Nico Rosberg 7
6 Rubens Barrichello 6
6 Bruno Senna 6
6 Fernando Alonso 6
6 Lewis Hamilton 6
10 Mark Webber 5
10 Jarno Trulli 5
10 Pedro de la Rosa 5
13 Kamui Kobayashi 4
13 Heikki Kovalainen 4
13 Sebastian Vettel 4
16 Jenson Button 3
16 Felipe Massa 3
16 Karun Chandhok 3
19 Nico H???lkenberg 2
19 Michael Schumacher 2
19 Vitantonio Liuzzi 2
22 Jaime Alguersuari 1
22 Lucas di Grassi 1
24 Vitaly Petrov 0

Laps completed

After Webber’s shocking crash Robert Kubica is now the only driver to have completed every lap in 2010.

Pos Driver Laps completed
1 Robert Kubica 548
2 Felipe Massa 547
2 Nico Rosberg 547
4 Jaime Alguersuari 546
4 Lewis Hamilton 546
4 Fernando Alonso 546
7 Michael Schumacher 500
8 Mark Webber 499
9 Adrian Sutil 498
10 Rubens Barrichello 496
10 Sebastian Vettel 496
12 Jenson Button 472
13 Vitantonio Liuzzi 444
14 Vitaly Petrov 430
15 Karun Chandhok 429
16 Sebastien Buemi 404
17 Nico H???lkenberg 398
18 Jarno Trulli 383
19 Heikki Kovalainen 371
20 Lucas di Grassi 352
21 Timo Glock 303
22 Bruno Senna 299
23 Pedro de la Rosa 277
24 Kamui Kobayashi 226

Have you spotted any interesting stats and facts from the European Grand Prix? Share them in the comments below.

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83 comments on Schumacher’s worst ever race result (European GP stats and facts)

  1. Ninad said on 28th June 2010, 9:12

    Schumi should quit, I expected great things from his comeback but sadly delivered none.

    • rob said on 28th June 2010, 9:14

      I expect he will only catch to the other drivers late in the season, or possibly only early in the following season.

      • Craig said on 28th June 2010, 9:24

        Schumacher was running 3rd a couple of laps into the safety car period (ahead of Kobayashi) and he was on the hard tyres.

        If Mercedes had left him out with a planned late stop for the soft tyres (like Sauber did with Kobayashi) he could’ve finished 6th or 7th.

        Bringing him in was a ridiculous decision, even without the problem of having to wait at the pit exit line. He was on the hard tyres so had no need to pit, but bringing him in ruined that advantage.

        • Daniel said on 28th June 2010, 13:39

          Yeah, I couldn’t believe it when I saw him coming in. I thought it was a terrible decision.

          Given he was faster than Kobyashi, the Sauber driver’s performance only confirmed my initial reaction.

        • Dean said on 28th June 2010, 14:15

          Maybe Michael isn’t what he used to be, but it seems Ross Brawn may be slipping too.

          Mercedes’ race strategy [and bad luck] cost Michael higher positions in Valencia as well as Canada the previous race.

          • John M said on 28th June 2010, 23:52

            This is what I’m having a hard time with, too. The strategy calls seem to have been bad at more than one race. This is not what I’d expect from Schumacher or Brawn. Bad luck is one thing (red light at pits, for example), but repeated strategy errors is quite another.

    • Mike said on 28th June 2010, 10:16

      Ninad, If everyone quit when things didn’t go well, we wouldn’t have enough drivers or teams to make a race.

      Schumacher was doing very well until the pit stop bungle, where a) he could have stayed out as he was on the more desirable harder compounds and b) that red light.

  2. Hamish said on 28th June 2010, 9:22

    Fact – Webbers impact with the wall is the largest we have seen in a very long time.

    Obviously hes not on anyones Xmas card list but the fact that Mark Webber was able to walk away from the impact is testament to the stern approach that Max Mosley took to improving safety in F1 and does show that there was some good to come from his time. We are now over 16 years without a fatality in a race weekend – the longest ever. The fact that the effects from this major impact were rather minimal indicates to me that this statistic is no fluke. Last night was one of those moments where you fear the worst but hope for the best, and its not a good feeling. I’ve never been so happy to see someone throw their steering wheel from the car.

    If this accident occured more than 20 years ago I’d hate to think of the final outcome, but I doubt it would have ended the way that it did last night.

    Therefore Mr Mosley I solute you. You may not be everyones cup of tea but it is times like last night where I am grateful for the effort you put into the sport.

    • Bernification (@bernification) said on 28th June 2010, 9:27

      Didn’t you see Kubicas crash, or are you just Australian?

      • Mike said on 28th June 2010, 10:20

        Mr Bernie, as an Australian I find that offensive.

        Hamish is right, the collision was the, if not one of the biggest in recent memory.
        I also was happy when he threw the wheel out.

      • Hamish said on 28th June 2010, 10:22

        45 people have died during race weekends since the start of F1 and thats your response?

        And for the record no, I’m not Australian.

      • Dane said on 29th June 2010, 0:01

        Bernification, you should think before you speak

    • Jean said on 28th June 2010, 11:50

      Well written Hamish – but I could not help thinking of a funny side of Mr. Mosely , esp. following the “stern approach” part of your comment – he even applies that approach in his bedroom activities , as we know.

    • Scribe (@scribe) said on 28th June 2010, 21:57

      Berniefication did kinda ruin his point with that unwarranted Australian point but Hamish your definatley wrong. Kubica’s crash was easily the biggest non fatal crash in F1 an possibly the most violent crash survived ever. Webber’s crash was terrifying, but the impacts had nothing on what happened to Kubica, as well as the fact he’s comeout in better shape than Kubica, just watch this an tell me I’m wrong.

      • George said on 28th June 2010, 23:19

        Yeah Webber’s crash wasn’t particularly hard, I imagine the landing was worse than when he hit the tyre wall. I think Heikki’s crash from Spain a couple years back was probably worse, and others I cant think of right now.

        • matt90 said on 29th June 2010, 3:01

          I agree. Plus, I think that although Mosely did a good job, any man in his position would have ikely done the same,what with a more modern society not so willing to accept F1 fatalities, drivers organising to improve safety, and I’m sure there was a lot of media pressure. So I think his role should be congratulated, but not too much, especially considering that in his final few years he did everything possible to try and reduce F1 down to a handful of new teams and maybe one or two of the current midfielders.

      • Hamish said on 29th June 2010, 8:23

        Im not saying you’re wrong, but I don’t agree with you – thats my opinion. While I do acknowledge that Kubicas accident was huge I do think at the same time Webbers accident was just as bad but in a different way.

        Obviously we disagree, and I respect your call, but the man hit the wall going at least 200kph (he would have lost some speed) and went to 0kph in a matter of half a metre. Secondary impact is a huge reason behind motor vehicles deaths on the road. Your body stops, but your internals don’t. Dave Purley has an accident way back in the day where he went from 170kph to 0kph in about the same distance as Webber and for many years this was thought to be the highest g-forces suffered by a human and as a result, he is now shorter than he used to be.

        Don’t get me wrong, Kubicas was massive, but I think some people are fooled into thinking that Webbers accident wasn’t as big as he was able to walk away. Me, I put it down to the improved safety currently active in F1.

    • anakincarlos said on 29th June 2010, 7:26

      Fact – Red bull does give you wings.

  3. Bernification (@bernification) said on 28th June 2010, 9:25

    Carry on Schumacher- it’s good to see what you’re really made of!
    Maybe you should run off to uncle Jean and ask him to take all those things off the faster boys cars, just like the good old days, so you can win again.

    Seriously, I did expect him to be faster than this, and looked forward to some Alonso/Hamilton /Schumi battles.

    Seems not so.

    • Mike said on 28th June 2010, 10:22

      Yes because a compromised race that ended badly counts out any perceived talent he may have had…

      Schumacher isn’t exactly doing badly. I mean, he was running well until things were bungled.
      He isn’t thaaat far of Rosberg’s qually ace and in the race his pace is quite good.

      • Don Mateo said on 28th June 2010, 17:55

        Schumacher’s performance in this race was also hampered by his car – Mercedes said he had a power steering issue during qualifying, and in any case Nico Rosberg only qualified three places ahead of him, indicating that the car just wasn’t performing well in general.

        Maybe Michael has lost something, but I still think he’s doing alright, his car is clearly lacking and he’s probably doing better than a lot of guys coming out of retirement would.

  4. W-K said on 28th June 2010, 9:31

    As Craig said if Schumie and the Mercedes team had not decided to change tyres, then presumably according to his ego, he was in line to finish third.

    Rookie mistake.

  5. Mark said on 28th June 2010, 9:44

    This is getting more and more embarrassing for him…

    Do you remember Mansell’s return… he had a similar poor showing and quit before his reputation was damaged too much.

    Maybe Schumie will go the same way as Emerson Fittipaldi and live out the end of his career making up the numbers in the mid/back of the field ?

  6. BBT said on 28th June 2010, 9:51

    Craig didn’t say that…

    “If Mercedes had left him out with a planned late stop for the soft tyres (like Sauber did with Kobayashi) he could’ve finished 6th or 7th.”

    So not third, but it was a big mistake.

    Anyway he should retire he’s taking the sit of better drivers.

    Come on Merc you’ve had your sponsorship and publicity. So at the end of the year employ one of the best and not the best of yester-year.

    I was glad to see him back but now its becoming a bit of a joke with the constant excuses…..

  7. David B said on 28th June 2010, 9:52

    Schumi had bad brakes problems.
    I don’t think he could have done much better, even with a different strategy.

    • W-K said on 28th June 2010, 10:59

      If Schumi had break problems how is it he held the fastest lap time after his last change to the options, until Jensen beat it.

      Excuses that don’t add up in real life.

  8. Macca (@macca) said on 28th June 2010, 10:11

    This one and the weaving are two but Ican’t remember the other one?

  9. Pedro said on 28th June 2010, 10:12

    Wich were the other two? Japan 2007 is one of them i think.

  10. Franton said on 28th June 2010, 10:42

    Isn’t Schumachers’ worst ever finish his first ever GP with Jordan at Spa where he failed to finish?

  11. Seeing that this 15th place is Michael’s worst finish ever prompted me to take a look at his race records on Wikipedia.

    There’s a lot of yellow (1st place) on his results table, but hardly any blue (finishes outside the points)

    In his 259 race starts, in ever race that he has attained a classified finish, he has only ever finished out of the points on 9 occasions! Nine! Thats pretty special.

    They were Portugal 1992 (7th); Hungary 1996 (9th); Monaco 1998 (10th); Australia 1999 (8th); China 2004 (12th); Italy 2005 (10th); Monaco/Canada/Europe 2010 (12th, 11th, 15th)

    • Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 28th June 2010, 12:08

      Thanks aj, interesting stats. So Schumacher had doubled that tally in the last 4 races… It’s also worth pointing out that of 6 original races outside of the points, 5 were actually in the Top 10, so he would have scored points had the points system used now been in place.

      This puts things into perspective- he’s having an absolute shocker!

      • Scribe (@scribe) said on 28th June 2010, 22:00

        Even if you take out the dominance years, even when he was driving midfeild cars he constantly scored. Truly he was one of the worlds best drivers.

        Shame he got old though.

  12. Ben said on 28th June 2010, 11:09

    At each European Grand Prix in Valencia, Hamilton has finished 2nd… (in 2008 and 2009, behind the person who ended up 2nd in the Championship, also behind the car which won the Constructors….)

    If that all makes sense…

    • Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 28th June 2010, 12:13

      Would be an omen for Vettel… if it were not for the fact that Barrichello wasn’t the championship runner up last season, it was Vettel. D’oh!

      • Ben said on 28th June 2010, 12:50

        Ooooh! Thanks Ned… can’t believe I let that one slip! Obviously it was Vettel who finished 2nd, as you said! Do apologise!

        Please ignore this!

  13. antonyob said on 28th June 2010, 11:38

    im embarrassed for him and i want him to do badly. certainly the bbc crew do, coulthard & brundlefly barely miss a trick to denegrate him. the field is much tougher than before, he hasnt got a team mate who defers to him contractually and hes not gotd dodgy software running his race. There has never been such a successful sportsman that is so badly thought of outside of the fanboys.

  14. Jean said on 28th June 2010, 11:53

    Schu. will come good , of that I have no doubt. Whether he will win another WDC or not , I will not bet on , but at least beating Rosberg is what I expect.

    • Scribe (@scribe) said on 28th June 2010, 22:01

      1 more win, I’d just like to see 1 more victory, shift the goal posts to 92. Extend the most astonishing record in Formula 1.

  15. sumedh said on 28th June 2010, 12:00

    Does this ace set the record for maximum penalties given to drivers?

    11 in total. I don’t seem to remember any other races with that high number of penalties.

  16. Dhina said on 28th June 2010, 12:02

    I accept with what Craig said,
    If Mercedes followed their original strategy, then it will be like what sauber did for Kobayashi, when Kobayashi came 7th, then MSC will atleast be Sixth in this Race. A very poor strategy change from Mercedes who ruined MSC’s reputation

    • Enigma (@enigma) said on 5th July 2010, 23:48

      That doesn’t make much sense.

      Example of such logic: Had Vettel not retired in Melbourne, he’d finish the race in 0th position, as he was faster than Button =)

      Or did you mean he’d finish 6th because with Mercedes’ speed he’d manage to finish ahead of Sutil?

  17. Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 28th June 2010, 12:22

    By my reckoning, Webber’s crash was the 14th time a car has flipped upside down at a race meeting in the last 12 years, and the first time since Kubica at Montreal in 2007:

    2010- Webber at Valencia
    2009- N/A
    2008- N/A
    2007- Kubica at Montreal
    2006- Albers at Imola, Heidfeld at Indy
    2005- Klien at Hungaroring
    2004- Trulli at Silverstone
    2003- N/A
    2002- N/A
    2001- Villeneuve at Melbourne, Schumacher at Melbourne, Burti at Hockenheim
    2000- de la Rosa at Monza, Fisichella at Spa
    1999- Villeneuve at Spa, Zonta at Spa, Diniz at Nurburgring

    (I’ve probably missed some out but you get the picture)

  18. probably wasnt a poor strategy by merc.. , if not for the red light when he came out of pits, micheal d ve been much high up the order.

    post 2003, post 2005 everyone had the same opinion..micheal s too old for f1… he should quit..he answered everyone on track….so watch out post 2010..

  19. George said on 28th June 2010, 12:55

    2002 begining of the australian grand prix ralf flew into the back of rubens aswell

  20. Ronman said on 28th June 2010, 13:17

    No one mentioned this as a stat, but i think Webber is the only man to have flipped a car twice and lived to tell the tale…

    or is there a professional driver that has flipped more times?

    • Bleu said on 28th June 2010, 13:21

      In F1, Derek Warwick flipped at 1990 Monza and 1993 Hockenheim. Villeneuve is also twice in the list above.

    • John said on 28th June 2010, 13:46

      actually, he’s flipped his car at least 3 times – once at Valencia, and twice at Le Mans 1999 (one in qualifying, and once just before the race)

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