2010 in stats part two: Vettel and other champions

2010 F1 season review

Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, 2010

Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, 2010

Was Sebastian Vettel’s victory win on a par with the 60 previous championship wins? The new points system makes it hard to tell.

The second part of F1 Fanatic’s look at 2010 in statistics compares Vettel’s victory with those of Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and other champions.

You can also review the 2010 data in detail with the new-look interactive charts.

Drivers’ championship points

By any measure this was a remarkable season in the drivers’ championship, with four drivers still in the hunt at the final race.

The chart below shows how the race for the drivers’ title unfolded:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2010drivercolours.csv

Bahrain Australia Malaysia China Spain Monaco Turkey Canada Europe Britain Germany Hungary Belgium Italy Singapore Japan Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi
Sebastian Vettel 12 12 37 45 60 78 78 90 115 121 136 151 151 163 181 206 206 231 256
Fernando Alonso 25 37 37 49 67 75 79 94 98 98 123 141 141 166 191 206 231 246 252
Mark Webber 4 6 24 28 53 78 93 103 103 128 136 161 179 187 202 220 220 238 242
Lewis Hamilton 15 23 31 49 49 59 84 109 127 145 157 157 182 182 182 192 210 222 240
Jenson Button 6 31 35 60 70 70 88 106 121 133 143 147 147 165 177 189 189 199 214
Felipe Massa 18 33 39 41 49 61 67 67 67 67 85 97 109 124 128 128 143 143 144
Nico Rosberg 10 20 35 50 50 56 66 74 75 90 94 94 102 112 122 122 122 130 142
Robert Kubica 0 18 30 40 44 59 67 73 83 83 89 89 104 108 114 114 124 126 136
Michael Schumacher 8 9 9 10 22 22 34 34 34 36 38 38 44 46 46 54 66 72 72
Rubens Barrichello 1 5 5 5 7 7 7 7 19 29 29 30 30 31 39 41 47 47 47
Adrian Sutil 0 0 10 10 16 20 22 23 31 35 35 35 45 45 47 47 47 47 47
Kamui Kobayashi 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 15 15 17 21 21 21 27 31 32 32
Vitaly Petrov 0 0 0 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 17 19 19 19 19 19 19 27
Nico Hulkenberg 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 10 10 16 17 17 18 22 22
Vitantonio Liuzzi 2 8 8 8 8 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 21 21 21
Sebastien Buemi 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8
Pedro de la Rosa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Nick Heidfeld 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 6 6
Jaime Alguersuari 0 0 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 5

The close championship was not necessarily a product of the new points system. Had last year’s points system been used the same four drivers would have gone into the final round like this:

1. Fernando Alonso – 99
2. Mark Webber – 96
3. Sebastian Vettel – 94
4. Lewis Hamilton – 92

And the final score would have been:

1. Sebastian Vettel – 104
2. Fernando Alonso – 101
3. Lewis Hamilton – 100
4. Mark Webber – 97

The most significant difference would have been Lewis Hamilton finishing third instead of Mark Webber.

The latest change of points system makes it harder to compare this season with others.

For example, Vettel scored more points than any other driver ever – but with a win worth 2.5 times what it was last year, that was almost inevitably going to happen.

Had the current points system been used in every world championship since 1950, 14 previous champions would have out-scored Vettel:

Year Driver Points*
2002 Michael Schumacher 380
2004 Michael Schumacher 367
2001 Michael Schumacher 327
2005 Fernando Alonso 322
2006 Fernando Alonso 321
2000 Michael Schumacher 286
1992 Nigel Mansell 279
1988 Ayrton Senna 275
1991 Ayrton Senna 274.5
2007 Kimi Raikkonen 272
1993 Alain Prost 271
1998 Mika Hakkinen 271
1995 Michael Schumacher 268
1996 Damon Hill 258
2010 Sebastian Vettel 256

*under 2010 system

This does not include any drivers who might have out-scored him without winning the championship.

Of course there were many more races this year than there were in previous seasons. So to get the full picture we need to take into account how many points each driver scored per race.

Here is that data, also adjusted to use the 2010 points system:

F1 champions' points per race under 2010 points system

F1 champions' points per race under 2010 points system

(Half points races have been taken into account. Points for pole position and fastest lap have not. Where drivers scored points for ‘shared drives’ they have been given the full points score. See here for more information)

Clearly, Vettel scored fewer points per race than average compared to most other champions.

But don’t jump to the conclusion that this automatically makes him a ‘lesser’ champion. After all, he faced far stronger opposition than some other champions did, particularly those at the top end of the chart.

Drivers’ championship position

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2010drivercolours.csv

Bahrain Australia Malaysia China Spain Monaco Turkey Canada Europe Britain Germany Hungary Belgium Italy Singapore Japan Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi
Sebastian Vettel 4 7 2 5 3 1 5 5 3 4 3 3 3 5 4 2 4 3 1
Fernando Alonso 1 1 2 3 2 3 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 3 2 2 1 1 2
Mark Webber 8 10 8 8 4 1 1 3 4 3 3 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 3
Lewis Hamilton 3 4 6 3 6 6 3 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 3 4 3 4 4
Jenson Button 7 3 4 1 1 4 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5
Felipe Massa 2 2 1 6 6 5 6 8 8 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Nico Rosberg 5 5 4 2 5 8 8 6 7 6 6 7 8 7 7 7 8 7 7
Robert Kubica 11 6 7 7 8 6 6 7 6 7 7 8 7 8 8 8 7 8 8
Michael Schumacher 6 8 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 9 10 9 9 9 9
Rubens Barrichello 10 11 12 13 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10
Adrian Sutil 11 12 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 9 10 10 10 10
Kamui Kobayashi 11 12 15 16 16 17 15 16 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Vitaly Petrov 11 12 15 12 13 13 13 13 15 15 14 12 13 13 13 13 14 15 13
Nico Hulkenberg 11 12 14 15 15 15 15 16 17 17 17 15 15 14 14 14 15 13 14
Vitantonio Liuzzi 9 9 11 11 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 14 14 15 15 15 13 14 15
Sebastien Buemi 11 12 15 16 16 15 15 14 13 14 14 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
Pedro de la Rosa 11 12 15 16 16 17 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17
Nick Heidfeld 11 12 15 16 16 17 18 18 18 18 18 19 19 19 19 18 17 17 17
Jaime Alguersuari 11 12 13 14 14 14 14 15 16 16 16 18 18 18 18 19 19 19 19

NB. Rank of points scored, does not include ‘count back’ results in the event of a tie.

Drivers’ grid positions

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2010drivercolours.csv

Bahrain Australia Malaysia China Spain Monaco Turkey Canada Europe Britain Germany Hungary Belgium Italy Singapore Japan Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi
Jenson Button 8 4 17 5 5 8 4 4 7 14 5 11 5 2 4 5 7 11 4
Lewis Hamilton 4 11 20 6 3 5 2 1 3 4 6 5 2 5 3 8 4 4 2
Michael Schumacher 7 7 8 9 6 7 5 13 15 10 11 14 21 12 9 10 9 8 8
Nico Rosberg 5 6 2 4 8 6 6 10 12 5 9 6 14 7 7 6 5 13 9
Sebastian Vettel 1 1 3 1 2 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 4 6 2 1 1 2 1
Mark Webber 6 2 1 2 1 1 1 7 2 2 4 2 1 4 5 2 2 3 5
Felipe Massa 2 5 21 7 9 4 8 6 5 7 3 4 6 3 24 12 6 9 6
Fernando Alonso 3 3 19 3 4 24 12 3 4 3 2 3 10 1 1 4 3 5 3
Rubens Barrichello 11 8 7 11 17 9 15 11 9 8 8 12 7 10 6 7 10 6 7
Nico Hulkenberg 13 15 5 16 13 11 17 12 8 13 10 10 9 8 17 9 11 1 15
Robert Kubica 9 9 6 8 7 2 7 8 6 6 7 8 3 9 8 3 8 7 11
Vitaly Petrov 17 18 11 14 19 14 9 14 10 15 13 7 23 20 12 13 20 10 10
Adrian Sutil 10 10 4 10 11 12 11 9 13 11 19 13 8 11 15 15 14 22 13
Vitantonio Liuzzi 12 13 10 18 16 10 18 5 14 20 21 16 12 19 16 17 17 16 16
Sebastien Buemi 15 12 13 13 14 13 14 15 11 16 16 15 16 14 13 18 16 20 18
Jaime Alguersuari 18 17 14 12 15 17 16 16 17 17 15 17 11 15 11 16 15 14 17
Jarno Trulli 20 20 18 20 18 19 19 20 19 21 17 20 15 17 21 19 18 18 19
Heikki Kovalainen 21 19 15 21 20 18 20 19 20 18 18 19 13 18 19 20 21 19 20
Karun Chandhok 24 24 22 24 24 23 24 24 23 23
Bruno Senna 23 23 23 23 21 22 22 22 24 20 22 18 22 23 23 24 24 23
Pedro de la Rosa 14 14 12 17 12 15 13 17 16 9 14 9 24 16
Kamui Kobayashi 16 16 9 15 10 16 10 18 18 12 12 23 17 13 10 14 12 12 12
Timo Glock 19 21 16 19 22 20 21 21 22 19 23 18 20 24 18 22 19 17 21
Lucas di Grassi 22 22 24 22 23 21 23 23 21 22 24 21 22 21 20 21 22 21 22
Christian Klien 22 23 24
Sakon Yamamoto 24 22 24 19 23 24 23
Nick Heidfeld 14 11 13 15 14

The new interactive charts above and below have been designed by Kareem Shaya (who wrote this excellent guest article last year) and I hope you agree they look very good.

You can select which drivers to view so you can quickly compare team mates and closely-matched rivals. You can also select all or none of the drivers with a single click.

You can compare all the race, starting grid and championship data for all the teams and drivers in the charts above and below.

Drivers’ race results

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2010drivercolours.csv

Bahrain Australia Malaysia China Spain Monaco Turkey Canada Europe Britain Germany Hungary Belgium Italy Singapore Japan Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi
Jenson Button 7 1 8 1 5 2 2 3 4 5 8 2 4 4 12 5 3
Lewis Hamilton 3 6 6 2 14 5 1 1 2 2 4 1 5 2 4 2
Michael Schumacher 6 10 10 4 12 4 11 15 9 9 11 7 9 13 6 4 7
Nico Rosberg 5 5 3 3 13 7 5 6 10 3 8 6 5 5 17 6 4
Sebastian Vettel 4 1 6 3 2 4 1 7 3 3 15 4 2 1 1 1
Mark Webber 8 9 2 8 1 1 3 5 1 6 1 2 6 3 2 2 8
Felipe Massa 2 3 7 9 6 4 7 15 11 15 2 4 4 3 8 3 15 10
Fernando Alonso 1 4 13 4 2 6 8 3 8 14 1 2 1 1 3 1 3 7
Rubens Barrichello 10 8 12 12 9 14 14 4 5 12 10 10 6 9 7 14 12
Nico Hulkenberg 14 10 15 16 17 13 10 13 6 14 7 10 10 8 16
Robert Kubica 11 2 4 5 8 3 6 7 5 7 3 8 7 5 9 5
Vitaly Petrov 7 11 13 15 17 14 13 10 5 9 13 11 16 6
Adrian Sutil 12 5 11 7 8 9 10 6 8 17 5 15 9 12 13
Vitantonio Liuzzi 9 7 15 9 13 9 16 11 16 13 10 12 6
Sebastien Buemi 16 11 10 16 8 9 12 12 12 11 14 10 13 15
Jaime Alguersuari 13 11 9 13 10 11 12 12 13 15 13 16 12 11 11 11 9
Jarno Trulli 17 17 17 15 21 16 15 19 13 19 21
Heikki Kovalainen 15 13 14 16 17 14 16 18 16 12 13 18 17
Karun Chandhok 14 15 17 14 20 18 18 19
Bruno Senna 16 16 20 19 17 15 14 21 19
Pedro de la Rosa 12 11 12 14 7 11 14
Kamui Kobayashi 12 10 7 6 11 9 8 7 8 10 14
Timo Glock 18 18 19 18 18 16 18 17 14 20
Lucas di Grassi 14 19 19 19 17 18 17 20 15 18
Sakon Yamamoto 20 19 20 19 16 15
Christian Klien 22 20
Nick Heidfeld 8 9 17 11

Constructors’ championship points

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2010teamcolours.csv

Bahrain Australia Malaysia China Spain Monaco Turkey Canada Europe Britain Germany Hungary Belgium Italy Singapore Japan Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi
Red Bull 16 18 61 73 113 156 171 193 218 249 272 312 330 350 383 426 426 469 498
McLaren 21 54 66 109 119 129 172 215 248 278 300 304 329 347 359 381 399 421 454
Ferrari 43 70 76 90 116 136 146 161 165 165 208 238 250 290 319 334 374 389 396
Mercedes 18 29 44 60 72 78 100 108 109 126 132 132 146 158 168 176 188 202 214
Renault 0 18 30 46 50 65 73 79 89 89 96 106 123 127 133 133 143 145 163
Williams 1 5 6 6 8 8 8 8 20 31 31 40 40 47 56 58 65 69 69
Force India 2 8 18 18 24 30 32 35 43 47 47 47 58 58 60 60 68 68 68
Sauber 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 15 15 23 27 27 27 37 43 44 44
Toro Rosso 0 0 2 2 3 4 4 8 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 13

Spotted anything interesting in the 2010 data? Which drivers make for interesting comparisons? Share your findings in the comments.

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45 comments on 2010 in stats part two: Vettel and other champions

  1. Fixy (@fixy) said on 8th December 2010, 16:59

    Must have been difficult/taken a lot of time to calculate WDCs in 2010 points.

  2. Fixy (@fixy) said on 8th December 2010, 17:00

    Love the graphs, particularly the “drivers’ grid position” one!

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