Perez is first Mexican in points for 30 years

2011 Spanish GP stats and facts

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Barcelona, 2011

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Barcelona, 2011

Sergio Perez scored the first points of his F1 career. He did, of course, finish in the points in Australia, before Sauber were disqualified.

He is the first Mexican driver to score in F1 since Hector Rebaque finished for Brabham in the 1981 Dutch Grand Prix.

Mark Webber broken Sebastian Vettel’s five-race streak of pole positions.

He started from first place for the seventh time in his career, as many as Jacques Laffite and Jenson Button.

But Webber’s lead was short-lived and he is still yet to lead a lap in 2011. Vettel, meanwhile, has led 223 out of 294 racing laps this year (75.85%).

It was the first time the pole sitter has failed to win the Spanish Grand Prix since 2000, when Michael Schumacher started from pole and finished behind Mika Hakkinen.

Vettel started from the first row of the grid for the tenth race in a row. Only four drivers have managed more consecutive front row starts:

Driver Front rows Races
Ayrton Senna 24 1988 German – 1989 Australian Grand Prix
Damon Hill 17 1995 Australian – 1996 Japanese Grand Prix
Alain Prost 16 1993 South African – Australian Grand Prix
Nigel Mansell 15 1986 Australian – 1987 Mexican Grand Prix
Mario Andretti 10 1978 Belgian – United States East Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel 10 2010 Singapore – 2011 Spanish Grand Prix

Vettel won his 14th race which puts him level with multiple champions Graham Hill, Jack Brabham and Emerson Fittipaldi. It was his seventh win in nine starts – and he retired from one of those while leading.

He now has 118 points after five races – he needed twice as many starts to surpass that score last year.

Kamui Kobayashi finished tenth for the third race in a row and Jerome D’Ambrosio finished 20th for the third race in a row.

There were only four drivers left on the lead lap by the end of the race. That’s the fewest since the 2008 British Grand Prix, when Lewis Hamilton, Nick Heidfeld and Rubens Barrichello were the only drivers to complete all 60 laps.

Felipe Massa, Michael Schumacher, Jarno Trulli and Narain Karthikeyan have been beaten by their team mates in every qualifying session this year.

Pirelli supplied their hard and soft tyre for the first five races. Staying true to his reputation for being kind on his tyres, Jenson Button spent the most laps on the soft compound during races: 199 laps.

Sebastien Buemi got the most use out of the hard tyre, managing 136 laps on the more durable compound.

Pirelli’s hopes the new hard compound tyre introduced this weekend would reduce the number of pit stops were not realised. There were 77 in Spain compared to 81 in Turkey.

Review the year so far in statistics here:

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64 comments on Perez is first Mexican in points for 30 years

  1. maxthecat said on 23rd May 2011, 13:02

    Lol, the title makes me giggle, i didn’t realize Mexicans where such bad lovers :D

  2. alexf1man said on 23rd May 2011, 13:40

    The last two GPs in Spain have featured the same drivers in the same order: Vettel, Hamilton and Button.

    (Europe 2010 and Spain 2011)

    • alexf1man said on 23rd May 2011, 13:45

      on the podium anyway.

      9 races and 8 months since a top three team other than Red Bull has been on pole*

      *Williams in Brazil doesn’t apply as they are no longer in top 3

  3. Randy (@randy) said on 23rd May 2011, 14:18

    Keith, do you have access to all of the safety car events per season since 1993? Yes, i’m bragging on about this but it’s interesting stat for me. We’re looking at one of the safest seasons in years. No safety cars in 5 races, that is remarkable.

    Also, how many times did Safety car appear at Monaco? How are the statistical chances of an uneventful Monte Carlo GP this year? I’d also like to get to know that.

  4. Fixy (@fixy) said on 23rd May 2011, 14:47

    3 consecutive title winners on the podium:
    Button – 2009
    Hamilton – 2008
    Vettel – 2010

  5. Damon (@damon) said on 23rd May 2011, 16:21

    I’m surprised noone has yet noticed that Vettel is off to one of the best starts to a season ever!

    Mansell 1992 – 1,1,1,1,1
    Schumi 2004 – 1,1,1,1,1
    Schumi 1994 – 1,1,1,1,2
    Vettel 2011 – 1,1,2,1,1
    Button 2009 – 1,1,3,1,1
    Schumi 2002 – 1,3,1,1,1

    • Damon (@damon) said on 23rd May 2011, 16:46

      Well, one has to mention – or add to the top of that list – Jim Clark’s 1965s’ season start:
      1,x,1,1,1,1,(1)

      The ‘x’ stands for the Monaco GP that Clark didn’t win, because he didn’t even participate in the race weekend.
      So, the best first 5 races by a driver in a season:

      1. Clark 1965* – 1,1,1,1,1,(1)
      2. Mansell 1992 โ€“ 1,1,1,1,1,(2)
      3. Schumi 2004 โ€“ 1,1,1,1,1,(DNF)
      4. Schumi 1994 โ€“ 1,1,1,1,2,(1)
      -. Vettel 2011 โ€“ 1,1,2,1,1,(?)
      6. Button 2009 โ€“ 1,1,3,1,1,(1)
      -. Schumi 2002 โ€“ 1,3,1,1,1,(1)

      And if Vettel wins the next race, his start to the World Champioship campaign would be tied for the second best ever in the first 6 races of the season:

      1. Clark 1965* – 1,1,1,1,1,1
      2. Mansell 1992 โ€“ 1,1,1,1,1,2
      -. Schumi 1994 โ€“ 1,1,1,1,2,1
      -. Vettel 2011 โ€“ 1,1,2,1,1,1
      5. Button 2009 โ€“ 1,1,3,1,1,(1)
      -. Schumi 2002 โ€“ 1,3,1,1,1,(1)

      [* - didn't participate in the 2nd GP of the season]

      • Damon (@damon) said on 23rd May 2011, 16:48

        Oops, that should’ve been a tie in the best of five:
        1. Clark 1965* โ€“ 1,1,1,1,1,(1)
        -. Mansell 1992 โ€“ 1,1,1,1,1,(2)
        -. Schumi 2004 โ€“ 1,1,1,1,1,(DNF)

  6. Andrew81 (@andrew81) said on 23rd May 2011, 16:33

    We’ve had five different third place finishers in the five races so far: Petrov, Heidfeld, Webber, Alonso and Button.

    Talking of third places, when Vettel came third in FP2, it was the first time he came third in any F1 session since finishing third in the Hungarian GP last year.

    The Spanish GP was the longest this year and also had the smallest gap between first and second since Singapore 2010.

  7. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 23rd May 2011, 19:13

    Good facts as always!

    I know there were less races in years gone by but it’s crazy to see Vettel matching the likes of Hill and Fitipaldi on race wins.

  8. Simon23 said on 23rd May 2011, 19:21

    Heidfeld and D’Ambrosio the only drivers to have finished every race higher than their qualifying position? Karthikeyen too for every race he has participated in.

    • Simon23 said on 23rd May 2011, 23:48

      Actually it’s only Heidfeld, not a bad record I think!

    • Tom L. said on 24th May 2011, 9:48

      Re. Karthikeyan, seeing as he starts last every time, his achievement isn’t quite as impressive as Heidfeld’s…!

  9. puquak (@puquak) said on 23rd May 2011, 20:57

    Sebastien Buemi & Adrian Sutil are the only 2 drivers to finish every race this year and not get a podium.

    Every driver who has had a podium finish has finished every race.

  10. Tracy said on 23rd May 2011, 21:11

    Sebastien Buemi & Adrian Sutil are the only drivers to finish every race and not have a podium finish.

    All the drivers who have had a podium finish have finished every race.

  11. KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 23rd May 2011, 22:41

    Nick Heidfeld climbed from 24th to 8th, a climb of 16 places, the highest this year…

    Webber only climbed 15 places in China, and Kobayashi gained 14 in Turkey…

  12. AB said on 24th May 2011, 4:23

    Keith, any idea when was the last time that both Ferrari were lapped?

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