Red Bull mark 100th F1 start with win (Hungarian Grand Prix facts and stats)

Red Bull, Hungaroring, 2010

Red Bull had both their cars on the front row for the sixth time this year, but once again they weren’t able to translate that into a one-two finish.

Despite that there was plenty for them to celebrate in their 100th Grand Prix start as they took the lead in the constructors’ championship and Mark Webber returned to the top of the drivers’ rankings.

Sebastian Vettel extended his run of consecutive pole positions to four. It was his seventh of the season and 12th of his career, giving him as many as Gerhard Berger and David Coulthard.

For Red Bull it was their sixth front row lock-out in 12 races.

Vettel’s pole position lap was one of the quickest around the Hungaroring since it was re-configured in 2003. His 1’18.773 lap was slightly slower than that set by Rubens Barrichello in his Ferrari in first qualifiyng in 2004, 1’18.436.

Vettel also logged the sixth fastest lap of his career. But there would be no race win for him once again.

That went to Webber, claiming his fourth victory of the year and sixth of his career in his 150th start.

Webber has now won as many races as Tony Brooks, John Surtees, Jochen Rindt, Gilles Villeneuve, Jacques Laffite, Riccardo Patrese and Ralf Schumacher.

This was Red Bull’s 100th Grand Prix start (but their 101st appearance – they did not start at Indianapolis in 2005) and 12th victory.

Two drivers scored the best result of their careers so far: Vitaly Petrov (fifth) and Nico H???lkenberg (sixth). Petrov also had his best qualifying position, seventh.

Pedro de la Rosa scored his first points since the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix, when he was eighth.

Mercedes failed to score a point in a race for the first time this year. That leaves Red Bull and McLaren the only teams to score in every round so far.

Average position change

How many places a driver has gained in each race on average.

Driver Position change
Karun Chandhok +6.50
Bruno Senna +5.20
Heikki Kovalainen +5.00
Lucas di Grassi +4.83
Sakon Yamamoto +4.50
Kamui Kobayashi +4.17
Jaime Alguersuari +4.00
Jenson Button +3.55
Jarno Trulli +2.71
Timo Glock +2.67
Vitantonio Liuzzi +2.50
Sebastien Buemi +2.38
Pedro de la Rosa +2.20
Lewis Hamilton +1.73
Adrian Sutil +1.20
Robert Kubica +1.10
Rubens Barrichello +0.73
Vitaly Petrov +0.67
Nico Rosberg +0.45
Michael Schumacher +0.27
Fernando Alonso 0.00
Felipe Massa -0.25
Nico H???lkenberg -0.56
Sebastian Vettel -1.70
Mark Webber -1.91

Average grid position

Pos Driver Average starting position
1 Sebastian Vettel 1.8
2 Mark Webber 2.2
3 Lewis Hamilton 5.8
4 Nico Rosberg 6.6
5 Felipe Massa 6.8
6 Robert Kubica 6.9
7 Fernando Alonso 7.0
8 Jenson Button 7.8
9 Michael Schumacher 9.3
10 Rubens Barrichello 10.5
11 Adrian Sutil 11.1
12 Nico H???lkenberg 11.9
13 Vitaly Petrov 13.4
14 Pedro de la Rosa 13.5
15 Sebastien Buemi 13.9
16 Vitantonio Liuzzi 14.5
17 Kamui Kobayashi 14.6
18 Jaime Alguersuari 15.9
19 Heikki Kovalainen 19.0
20 Jarno Trulli 19.3
21 Timo Glock 20.2
22 Lucas di Grassi 22.3
23 Bruno Senna 22.3
24 Sakon Yamamoto 23.3
25 Karun Chandhok 23.5

Time out-qualified team mate

Apart from Sakon Yamamoto, every driver has now qualified in front of a team mate at least once this year:

Pos Driver Times out-qualified team mate
1 Robert Kubica 11
1 Timo Glock 11
3 Sebastien Buemi 10
3 Adrian Sutil 10
3 Nico Rosberg 10
7 Rubens Barrichello 8
6 Fernando Alonso 9
7 Lewis Hamilton 8
7 Bruno Senna 8
10 Pedro de la Rosa 7
12 Jarno Trulli 6
10 Sebastian Vettel 7
14 Mark Webber 5
12 Heikki Kovalainen 6
14 Kamui Kobayashi 5
16 Karun Chandhok 4
16 Jenson Button 4
18 Felipe Massa 3
18 Nico H???lkenberg 3
20 Michael Schumacher 2
20 Vitantonio Liuzzi 2
20 Jaime Alguersuari 2
23 Lucas di Grassi 1
23 Vitaly Petrov 1
25 Sakon Yamamoto 0

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72 comments on Red Bull mark 100th F1 start with win (Hungarian Grand Prix facts and stats)

  1. Ady said on 2nd August 2010, 9:13

    The average position change is a bit misleading, if you regularly start at the back you gain places due to retirements. But if you regularly start at the front you can only go backwards.

    The three names that stand out from those stats are Kamui Kobayashi, Jaime Alguersuari & Jenson Button. But this indicates more that their qualifying positions are not reflective of their actual race pace.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 2nd August 2010, 9:50

      This indicates more that their qualifying positions are not reflective of their actual race pace.

      I agree – which is why the figures aren’t misleading, you just have to look at them properly.

      • Sorry Keith, yes it depends if you understand them or not. If you take the position that the more places they gain = the better overtaker they are, then this is could be missleading.

        • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 2nd August 2010, 11:57

          Its places gained not the best overtaker. Like you say all it shows is that Jenson, Kamui and Jaime Qualify a lot worse than there race pace suggests they should.

        • James G said on 2nd August 2010, 14:08

          That’s why it said Average Position Change, which is exactly what it is. It doesn’t say Best Overtaker, does it?

  2. Tiomkin said on 2nd August 2010, 9:22

    This must be the first milestone race where the team did not paint ‘numbers’ on the car. And they were successful.

  3. Macca (@macca) said on 2nd August 2010, 9:32

    I maybe wrong but was this the second Hungarian GP in a row that saw a wheel dislodge from its car. I can remember Alonso’s wheel flying off last year but I’m not sure if it was in Hungary.

  4. Rubbish Dave said on 2nd August 2010, 9:36

    A few De La Rosa stats for you:

    This is only the third time that he has beaten his team mate to the flag in a race where they both finish. The other two times were in 1999 while partnered with Tora Takagi.

    A ten year gap has got to be something unusual.

  5. Meander said on 2nd August 2010, 9:53

    You think so? I remember a certain Felipe Massa winning a certain race in 2008 and being world champion for 12.5 seconds before having to stand on the podium ;)

  6. Alexf1man said on 2nd August 2010, 10:05

    This “fact” is wrong: “That leaves Red Bull the only team to score in every round so far”.

    Actually Mclaren haved scored in every race as well.

  7. I thought Pedro De la Rosa finished 7th.

  8. F111 said on 2nd August 2010, 10:36

    It was actually his 150th race start!

  9. LewisC said on 2nd August 2010, 10:39

    I don’t have the time to go and look it up, but if anyone does, I’m wondering… in how many races Schumacher has been punished by the stewards/FIA – either by drive-through, stop/go, black flag, grid drop, points deduction, etc? What percentage of his starts?

    There’s a “top 10 F1 bad boys” in there somewhere :D

    • GeeMac said on 2nd August 2010, 12:30

      I’m not sure he would be in an F1 bad boy list. He was disqualified from the 94 British GP for ignoring a black flag and from the 94 Belgian GP for having excessive plank wear, and he was of course disqualified from the entire 97 World Championship. Other than those I can’t think of many other indiscretions (Monaco 06 obviously).

      That’s not bad for someone who has been in F1 since 1991. The only other current driver with a career of comparable length, Rubens Barrichello, whas been disqualified from two races (99 Spain and 2008 Aus).

      • Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 2nd August 2010, 13:37

        Takuma Sato had 3 or 4 DSQ’s, and if you want to be really pedantic you could also count Martin Brundle and Stefan Bellof, who were DSQ’d from the entire 1984 championship.

        • GeeMac said on 2nd August 2010, 14:11

          That’s exactly my point. MSC hasn’t actually be DSQed or penalised as many times as you would think. His record is actually pretty clean for a guy who has been involved in F1 for as long as he has, and who has been involved in as many contraversial incidents as he has. (I never thought I would hear myself say that!)

      • LewisC said on 2nd August 2010, 16:52

        And how many drive-throughs etc? Including the infamous one at Silverstone that he served “after the finish line”.

        And Monaco this year.

        I’ll be surprised if there aren’t others. Anyway, the point is that he’s being painted as the enfant terrible of F1 – and I’m curious whether it holds true or not. :)

  10. Andrew White said on 2nd August 2010, 10:58

    The championship leader has never won a race so far this year: Alonso, Massa, Button, Webber and Hamilton have all been in the lead but have never won while they’ve been there. The second-placed driver in the championship has also never won this year.

    Vettel has never led the championship in his career, coming closest when he was tied on points with Webber, but the Australian had more wins at the time.

    Webber has become the only man to regain the lead of the championship; all the other leaders have had one, unbroken spell at the top.

  11. sato113 said on 2nd August 2010, 12:23

    only 1 driver finished where he started. (massa) or is this a common occurance?

  12. Jonathan Proctor said on 2nd August 2010, 14:09

    This was the first race this season all the drivers from the new teams finished.

  13. Enigma (@enigma) said on 2nd August 2010, 15:19

    In the last three races in Hungaroring, the driver who was 3rd after lap 1 won the race. Kovalainen in 2008, Hamilton in 2009 and Webber in 2010.

    • Tom L. said on 3rd August 2010, 2:21

      Well spotted! I’m sure being on the clean side of the grid has something to do with it – plus a bit of misfortune for the leader never does any harm (Massa, Alonso, and Vettel respectively)!

  14. KateDerby said on 2nd August 2010, 16:40

    We don’t have the laps lead stat this week.

  15. Horacio said on 2nd August 2010, 17:29

    Keith, I really would like to understand the “Average position change” box. The stats shows Alonso with an average of 0,00 and Massa with -0,25. Does it means that Massa actually LOST more positions than what he WON, while Alonso have lost and won in equal proportions?
    Thanks a lot.

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