Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, McLaren, 1989

Fifth pole in a row puts Vettel in sight of Senna’s record

2011 Turkish GP stats and factsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Ayrton Senna, McLaren, 1989
Ayrton Senna, McLaren, 1989

Could Sebastian Vettel match or beat Ayrton Senna’s record of eight consecutive pole positions?

Vettel set his fifth in a row in Turkey this weekend and Red Bull have taken pole in 19 of the last 23 races.

The last driver to set pole in five consecutive races was Fernando Alonso in 2006.

Ayrton Senna set the record for most consecutive pole positions between 1988 and 1989.

Here are the drivers who’ve set more consecutive pole positions than Vettel – quite a few of whom also did so in cars designed by Adrian Newey:

Most consecutive pole positions

Driver Poles Races
Ayrton Senna 8 1988 Spanish GP – 1989 United States GP
Ayrton Senna 7 1990 Spanish GP – 1991 Monaco GP
Alain Prost 7 1993 South African – Canadian GP
Michael Schumacher 7 2000 Italian GP – 2001 Brazilian GP
Niki Lauda 6 1974 Dutch – Italian GP
Ayrton Senna 6 1988 Brazilian – United States GP
Ayrton Senna 6 1989 Belgian – Australian GP
Nigel Mansell 6 1992 South African – Monaco GP
Mika Hakkinen 6 1999 British – Italian GP

Victory number 13 means Vettel enters the top 20 drivers who’ve won the most races, tied with Alberto Ascari and David Coulthard.

Vettel has also led over 80% of the laps so far this year.

While his team mate wins everything else, Mark Webber has bagged fastest lap in the last three races. He now has nine, as many as Denny Hulme, Ronnie Peterson and Jacques Villeneuve did in their F1 careers.

The pair gave Red Bull their ninth one-two finish. The three other teams who have scored more one-twos are a long way ahead: Williams (33), McLaren (47) and Ferrari (81).

The race saw 81 pit stops, even more than was witnessed at the famed 1993 European Grand Prix at Donington Park when on-off rain caused some drivers to make more than half-a-dozen stops each.

Five drivers have out-qualified their team mates in all four races so far this year: Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, Heikki Kovalainen and Vitantonio Liuzzi.

Alonso finished in the points for the tenth race in a row.

None of the Cosworth-engined cars have scored points so far this year.

On lap 22 Jenson Button started the 10,000th lap of his career. He is the eighth driver to do so.

Most laps raced

Driver Laps
Rubens Barrichello 15784
Michael Schumacher 15121
David Coulthard 12394
Jarno Trulli 11652
Giancarlo Fisichella 11509
Riccardo Patrese 11346
Alain Prost 10540
Jenson Button 10036

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