Heidfeld sets record for most podiums without a win

2011 Malaysian GP stats and facts

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.

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

  1. Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 11th April 2011, 9:44

    Another interesting stat that the BBC alluded to in their coverage: Sepang is the circuit least likely to require the Safety Car, there’s something like a 10% chance of it appearing in the GP.

    Actually, I think this could make a decent topic for an article Keith, at least statto’s like myself would appreciate it!

  2. EGNKF1 said on 11th April 2011, 9:53

    It is the first time Felipe Massa has beaten Fernando Alonso in 10 races (not counting alonsos reatiment)

    • Tango said on 11th April 2011, 12:34

      Ouch, harsh one that one. I’m willing to trust you but it seems quite huge!

    • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 11th April 2011, 14:01

      First time Button has beaten Hamilton (not counting retirements or mechanical issues) since his win in China last year (though I beat he would have beat him in Monza, still twice in 17 races is startling).

  3. sozavele (@formula-1) said on 11th April 2011, 10:10

    That win will come one day, maybe this season with the Lotus car being so competitive and as it looks like Kubica will be out this season in looks promising.

  4. JamesC1991 said on 11th April 2011, 10:52

    here’s a stat
    4 drivers have now won at least twice in Malaysia
    Schumacher 00,01 and 04
    Kimi 03,08
    Alonso 05,07
    Vettel 10,11

  5. Enigma (@enigma) said on 11th April 2011, 11:43

    Yesterday was the first race in Alguersuari’s career that he didn’t finish in 11th!

  6. Zoot said on 11th April 2011, 11:48

    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)?

  7. Paper Tiger said on 11th April 2011, 11:49

    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.

    http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3443878/Formula_One

    • Tango said on 11th April 2011, 12:43

      Nice!

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

      • Paper Tiger said on 11th April 2011, 12:59

        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.

  8. Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 11th April 2011, 12:29

    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

    • james_mc said on 11th April 2011, 21:29

      Another slightly contrived stat:

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

  9. Tarquin Tardybrush said on 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!

  10. Damon said on 11th April 2011, 12:44

    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.)
    Anybody?

  11. Damon said on 11th April 2011, 12:48

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 11th April 2011, 13:23

    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?

    • 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.

  14. Paul Gilbert said on 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?

  15. Fixy (@fixy) said on 11th April 2011, 13:41

    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.

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