Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Spa-Francorchamps, 2010

2010 in stats part one: records and races

2010 F1 season reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

The first part of F1 Fanatic’s review of 2010 in stats looks at how F1 changed in 2010 and reviews some of the key records from each of the 19 races.


Drivers, 1992-2010
Drivers, 1992-2010

The addition of three new teams meant more drivers were able to compete in F1 this year. We saw the most drivers complete a full season in a decade.

Race winners

Winners, 1992-2010
Winners, 1992-2010

One of the elements that made it such an exciting season was how evenly the wins were spread between drivers. No-one won more than five races – the lowest since 1999.

Pole positions

Pole positions and pole sitters, 1992-2010
Pole positions and pole sitters, 1992-2010

With qualifying unaffected by fuel loads for the first time since 2002, pole position became a truer test of who was the quickest over a single lap. More often than not it was Sebastian Vettel, who took pole in ten out of 19 races.


Retirements, 1992-2010
Retirements, 1992-2010

Reliability has been gradually improving but the influx of new teams and the loss of the likes of Toyota meant it took a hit in 2010. But expect it to creep up again next year.

2010 stats and facts highlights

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Bahrain, 2010

Bahrain Grand Prix

  • Fernando Alonso wins on his debut for Ferrari
  • Lotus start their first race since Adelaide 1994
  • Virgin and HRT start their first races
  • Vitaly Petrov, Nico H???lkenberg, Bruno Senna, Karun Chandhok and Lucas di Grassi start their first races
  • Rubens Barrichello matches Graham Hill’s record of starting races in 18 consecutive seasons

Australian Grand Prix

  • Red Bull qualify both cars on the front row of the grid for the first time
  • Mark Webber becomes the first Australian driver to set fastest lap in his home race
  • Jenson Button scores his first win for McLaren

Malaysian Grand Prix

  • Three different teams win the first three races – Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull – for the first time since 1990 (McLaren, Ferrari and Williams)
  • Mercedes finish on the podium for the first time since Monza 1955
  • Lewis Hamilton starts from his lowest ever grid position in F1 – 20th
  • Jaime Alguersuari and Nico H???lkenberg score their first points in F1
Jenson Button, McLaren, Shanghai, 2010
Jenson Button, McLaren, Shanghai, 2010

Chinese Grand Prix

  • McLaren score their first one-two since Monza 2007 (Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton)
  • The first one-two for a pair of British drivers since Melbourne 1999 (Eddie Irvine and David Coulthard)
  • Vitaly Petrov scores his first point and becomes the first Russian to do so

Spanish Grand Prix

  • Mark Webber leads a race from start to finish for the first time
  • The 40th world championship Spanish Grand Prix

Monaco Grand Prix

  • Webber becomes the first driver to lead two consecutive races throughout since Kimi R??ikk??nen in 2005 – in the same two events
  • Webber leads the championship for the first time in his career
Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Istanbul, 2010
Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Istanbul, 2010

Turkish Grand Prix

  • Vitaly Petrov set the fastest lap for the first time in his career. It is also the first for a Russian driver
  • Ferrari’s 800th Grand Prix start

Canadian Grand Prix

  • Hamilton becomes the fifth different driver to lead the world championship in a season, which has never happened before
  • Hamilton has started all three Canadian Grands Prix he’s raced in from pole position
  • McLaren score their first back-to-back one-two finish since the 2000 French and Austrian Grands Prix with David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen
  • Three world champions stood on the podium at the end of the race, which hadn’t been seen since the 1991 United States Grand Prix (Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Nelson Piquet)

European Grand Prix

  • Michael Schumacher has his lowest finish in an F1 race: 15th
  • The 500th F1 race start for Lotus

British Grand Prix

  • The worst result for Ferrari since the 1978 French Grand Prix
  • Sakon Yamamoto starts his first race since the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix

German Grand Prix

  • The 100th consecutive race without a win for Williams
  • Sebastian Vettel takes pole position by 0.002s over Alonso – the smallest margin between the first two on the grid since R??ikk??nen out-qualified Schumacher by the same gap at Monza in 2006

Hungarian Grand Prix

  • 100th F1 race start for Red Bull
Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Spa-Francorchamps, 2010
Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Spa-Francorchamps, 2010

Belgian Grand Prix

Italian Grand Prix

  • Alonso becomes the first Ferrari driver to win his first race for the team at Monza from pole position since Niki Lauda in 1974

Singapore Grand Prix

  • Alonso scored his first perfect result: winning from pole position, setting fastest lap and leading every lap
  • Christian Klien made his first F1 start since the 2006 Italian Grand Prix
  • Nick Heidfeld made his first F1 start since the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Japanese Grand Prix

  • Schumacher finished in the points for the 200th time in his career

Korean Grand Prix

  • At two hours, 48 minutes and 20.810 seconds, this was the longest race for 50 years

Brazilian Grand Prix

  • The race with the most finishers since the 1952 British Grand Prix.
  • Nico H???lkenberg gives Williams their first pole position in 100 races. He is the sixth-youngest driver to start a race from pole position
  • Red Bull win the constructors’ championship for the first time ever
  • Red Bull follow Brawn as the second consecutive new winners of the constructors’ championship, which last happened with BRM and Lotus in 1962 and 1963
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Abu Dhabi, 2010
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

  • Vettel emulates Giuseppe Farina and Kimi R??ikk??nen by going from third to first in the championship at the final round
  • Vettel leads the world championship for the first time and becomes the sixth leader of the year – increasing the record
  • Vettel is also the youngest ever world champion

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