Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Sepang, 2011

Heidfeld sets record for most podiums without a win

2011 Malaysian GP stats and factsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Sepang, 2011
Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Sepang, 2011

After his third-place finish in the Malaysian Grand Prix Nick Heidfeld now holds the record for most podium finishes without a win.

He’s finished second or third 13 times – one more than previous record-holder Stefan Johansson.

Heidfeld’s third place was the 100th appearance on the podium by a Renault driver. Only six teams have more (see table).

Team Podiums
Ferrari 643
McLaren 454
Williams 296
Lotus 172
Brabham 124
Benetton 102
Renault 100

Sebastian Vettel scored his fourth win in a row and his third consecutive win from pole.

The last driver to win four races in a row was Jenson Button in 2009 (Bahrain, Spain, Monaco and Turkey).

If Vettel can win again in China this weekend he’ll be the first driver to win five in a row since Michael Schumacher in 2004 – and he went on to win seven on the trot.

Vettel’s 12th career win gives him as many as fellow champions Mario Andretti and Alan Jones, plus Carlos Reutemann. His 17th pole position puts him level with Jackie Stewart.

Mark Webber set the fastest lap for the seventh time in his career. But lap times at Sepang were significantly slower than last year.

The quickest lap of the weekend was Vettel’s pole position time of 1’34.870, was 1.3 seconds slower than last year’s best during practice (qualifying was hit by rain).

The fastest race lap was 3.5 seconds slower than last year and 6.3 seconds slower than the 2004 record sent by Juan Pablo Montoya.

Paul di Resta has now scored points in his first two race starts. The last driver to do that was Lewis Hamilton in 2007, but the number of points-paying positions has been increased from eight to ten since then.

As indicated in the previous stats and facts, Hamilton is now the driver who has had the longest career spent with just one team: 73 for McLaren, one more than Jim Clark had with Lotus.

Vettel leads the championship by 24 points, which is a larger lead than anyone held during the whole of last season.

The top five drivers on the grid all qualified in the same positions in the first race.

So far this year Fernando Alonso has led two laps, Lewis Hamilton three, and Sebastian Vettel has led the remaining 109.

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

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177 comments on “Heidfeld sets record for most podiums without a win”

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  1. Hamilton’s 72 races for one team is a record?

    What about Patrese for Williams from 1988-1992 (5 full years) or David Coulthard from 1996 – 2004 (9 years)?

    1. They drove for other teams, and this record is for most races with one team, without driving for others.

  2. Not exactly a stat, but I thought you might be interested in this. I made a “word cloud” using the F1 article from Wikipedia. Words that appear often in the article appear as larger words in the cloud. Take a look.

    1. Nice!

      Would it be possible to do so with the Articles on F1F? (and maybe omitting the verbs)

      1. Sure, it’s very simple to use, but you’d have to take all the verbs out individually. Also, I don’t know how you put two words (like Grand Prix) together.

  3. Another (slightly rubbish) safety car stat: this is the first time since 2007 that the first two races of the season have been SC free. In 2007, it didn’t even make an appearance until Canada, where it was needed 4 times, giving me the opportunity to use the London buses analogy for the second time today :D

    1. Another slightly contrived stat:

      You wait weeks for London buses analogies from Ned Flanders and…. etc. etc. etc.

  4. Tarquin Tardybrush
    11th April 2011, 12:32

    How many bearded drivers have been on the podium? Does Heidfeld have a specially modified helmet to contain his beard? Is a beard not considered a fire risk by the FIA? Maybe he should get a stop and shave penalty!

    1. button? probably been on podium with beard.

      lewis has a beard of sorts going on.

      shame alonso didnt keep his evil looking one. everyone treats him like the devil so he might as well look like it.

    2. “stop and shave penalty”


  5. I this record equal with the record for the longest streak of podiums without a win? (Regardless of whether the driver had a career win or hadn’t.)

    1. Barrichello had 15 podium finishes without win from Hockenheim 2000 to Montréal 2002.

    2. Mika Hakkinen also had a 15 podium strike before his first win.

  6. He’s finished second or third 13 times – one more than previous record-holder Stefan Johansson.

    Woah! Barrichello had 12 as well before his maiden win in Germany 2000!

    Later on he had a streak of 11 podiums w/o a win – twice, a once a 10 race streak.

  7. This is the first consecutive podium finish for Renault since Japan 08. This is the first consecutive podium finish for them without gracing the top step since Brazil 06.

    The last time there were 2 Germans and a Brit on the podium was also at Malaysia in 09 I think? Which also including Button and Heidfeld.

  8. Here’s a thought – Sebastien Buemi had a stop-go penalty. Feels like we’ve not had one of those for a long time. Anyway know when the last one was?

    1. Didn’t Rubens have one at Australia in 08? I think he left with the fuel hose still on so got that penalty (lovely consistency again) and then was disqualified as he ignored the red light exiting the pit lane.

      I really can’t recall if there have been any in between that one and yesterday’s though.

  9. Paul Gilbert
    11th April 2011, 13:37

    Kubica in Hungary 2010 (after crashing into Sutil in the pits)?

    PS: Why was it a stop-go, not a drive-through?

  10. Paul di Resta has now scored points in his first two race starts. The last driver to do that was Lewis Hamilton in 2007, but the number of points-paying positions has been increased from eight to ten since then.

    But Lewis was in a McLaren.

  11. Vettel leads the championship by 24 points, which is a larger lead than anyone held during the whole of last season.

    that is very interesting, didn’t expect that.

    1. Last time anyone had a lead of 96% of a race win or greater was Button at the end of 2009.

      The last time anyone had such a big lead after the second race was Schumacher in 2001.

  12. Ferrari haven’t been on the podium for the first two races this season. When did that happen before (bar the horrible 2009, that is)?

    1. After a bit of research, this is what I found:

      Discounting 2009, the last year Scuderia Ferrari didn’t score a single podium from the two first races was 1993. That sure wasn’t yesterday. Actually, that was before I was born!

      1. Wow, that is the most incredible statistic of all!!!

  13. “results speak for themselves”?? Luckily they don’t for most people, only people who are stupid enough to think the Renault team is now Lotus. Infy, you have just made one of the stupidest comments i’ve ever seen.

    I bet Lotus Group think all fans are as stupid as you- thank god the rest of us understand the word “marketing”- phew!

    Go and watch the football, f1 doesn’t need fans like you…

  14. Have Renault made the record for the most number of spots gained on first lap?

    Follow-up question: Does the Forward Exhaust coupled with KERS give some mega-startline speed? Perhaps a technical insight into this might help?

    1. remember fisi start at spa in the benneton/renault in 01? then the race got stopped after burtis crash and he did it again! he nearly took the lead if i remember right.

  15. UKfanatic (@)
    11th April 2011, 14:53

    Heidfeld’s record is impressive didnt knew that, but i’m sure he knows that if vettel had an mechanical or pit problem and he didnt had had pit problems he could have break that streak of winless podiums. Anytime this year that can happen or maybe just rain cause hes handy in the rain without kubica he can forget team orders like in 07 and maybe retire again but with an victory, in 09 he made an podium and was kicked out anyway

  16. Michael Schumacher completed his 15,000th lap in F1.
    The record must however belong to Barrichello, methinks.

    1. Perhaps not if you consider the relative reliabilities of their cars?

  17. Why the hate for Heidfeld? He did a brilliant job in Malaysia, period. He has not won a race, but how many times has he had a car when the other guy won a race in the same car?

    The lap times historical note is pretty interesting. To my eye, the cars were just creeping around, especially through the turns 5 – 8 sweeping turns, turns that used to be real white-knuckle semi-flat out turns. And as slow as they were going, all we could hear on the radio were race engineers pleading with drivers to “look after the tires.”

    I’m never one to say the sport should be dangerous or require “courage” to be good, but after a certain point, can we really say that driving an F1 car now is at all like taming the V-10 beasts of six-seven years ago?

    I’m a little bit dreading a season that ends up being about drivers crawling around the course like grannies trying to figure out how many times they can pit so they can crawl a bit faster than the other guy.

  18. dyslexicbunny
    11th April 2011, 16:59

    I believe Petrov has the most air for this season. Webber took last year. As for general record, no idea.

  19. Under_investigation
    11th April 2011, 18:12

    Has any driver ever lost the world championship after winning the first 2 races?

    1. LehonardEuler
      11th April 2011, 18:55

      Alain Prost in 1982. There might be another one, but that’s the one I recall/found.

    2. LehonardEuler
      11th April 2011, 19:04

      I also found:
      Jacques Laffite in 1979
      Niki Lauda in 1976
      Emerson Fittipaldi in 1973

      1. Tarquin Tardybrush
        12th April 2011, 11:32

        Jacques Laffite never lost the championship. He just never won it.Still around and crazy as hell.

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