Alonso matches Jackie Stewart’s 27 F1 victories

2011 British GP stats and facts

Jackie Stewart, Tyrrell, Zolder, 1973

Jackie Stewart, Tyrrell, Zolder, 1973

Fernando Alonso matched Jackie Stewart’s tally of 27 F1 race wins in the British Grand Prix.

Stewart’s 27 victories stood as the high watermark of achievement in F1 for 14 years until it was beaten by Alain Prost in 1987.

Alonso and Stewart share the fifth-highest tally of race wins. He needs four more to match Nigel Mansell – and 64 to reach the all-time record held by Michael Schumacher.

Alonso also set the fastest lap, giving him a career tally of 19, putting him level with Ayrton Senna, Stirling Moss and Damon Hill.

Mark Webber started from pole position for the eighth time in his career, giving him as many as John Surtees and Riccardo Patrese. It was the tenth consecutive pole position for Red Bull.

For the first time this year Vettel failed to add to his tally of wins or pole positions. But he did extend his run of consecutive front row starts to 14.

Jenson Button failed to score having been in the points for the last ten consecutive races.

It was his 200th appearance at an F1 race weekend. However, Button has only started 198 races. He missed the 2003 Monaco Grand Prix after crashing in practice, and did not start at Indianapolis in 2005 due to the mass withdrawal of Michelin runners.

Button’s retirement means only the two Red Bull drivers have completed every lap of all nine races so far this year. Both McLarens have completed eight, the Ferrari pair seven, and the Mercedes duo five.

Daniel Ricciardo’s F1 debut meant Australia had two drivers in an F1 race for the first time in 34 years.

The last race to feature two Australians was the 1977 Austrian Grand Prix, where Alan Jones (Shadow) and Vern Schuppan (Surtees) started.

Sergio Perez achieved the best result of his career with seventh place.

Jaime Alguersuari has scored points in three consecutive races, a personal best.

Silverstone became one of few F1 tracks to change the location of its start/finish line. It’s in good company: the only three other tracks on the current calendar to have done so are Monte-Carlo, Spa-Francorchamps and the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Other F1 tracks that did likewise include Watkins Glen, Long Beach and Kyalami. Indianapolis used the same start line when it returned to the calendar in 2000, but reversed the direction of travel.

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104 comments on Alonso matches Jackie Stewart’s 27 F1 victories

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  1. alexf1man said on 11th July 2011, 8:31

    Red Bull have 2 points less than they did after Belgium last year!

    328 against 330

    • alexf1man said on 11th July 2011, 9:58

      Vettel has matched Alonso’s first nine races of 2006, albeit Alonso scored 84 points on that particular points system.

      VET: 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 2
      ALO: 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1

      And the 2011 McLaren drivers have the same score now as the 2007 ones did at the end of 2007!

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 11th July 2011, 10:15

        Nice one on the Vettel/Alonso comparison!

        So if Vettel finishes higher than fifth at the Nürburgirng he’ll be doing better than Alonso was…

        • Eggry (@eggry) said on 11th July 2011, 11:10

          Oh No! :D

          • 85Q said on 11th July 2011, 12:50

            also it shows how it can change. remember michael clawed back that gap in 06.

            the only problem is now michael wasnt really racing anyone else other than fisi.

            alonso, mark, lewis and jenson all take points off each other. but rarely off vettel

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 11th July 2011, 23:44

            Well 85Q, but Michael had help from the FIA by having the Mass damper suddenly banned.
            Looks like that is not going to happen this time after all.

          • Mike said on 12th July 2011, 2:36

            @BasCB

            Almost had hot blowing the diffusers banned for a bit there.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 11th July 2011, 14:18

        very interesting!

      • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 11th July 2011, 14:18

        With a greater difference between first and second for points, Vettel could be caught quicker than Alonso was in ’06! :P

      • Nin13 (@) said on 11th July 2011, 15:01

        And Schumacher was able to catch up to Alonso towards end of the season and challenge for the title, showing that it might be still possible. But sadly no one is as close to Vettel as Schumacher was to Alonso in 2006.

        I think by end of this season Vettel (16) could overtake or be very close Alonso (27) win wise, if he continues his performance which is great considering Vettel started F1 career in 2008.

        • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 11th July 2011, 16:32

          Interesting stuff. Didn’t realise how dominant Alonso was at the start of 2006. Don’t remember anyone saying how boring it was.

          • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 11th July 2011, 17:00

            Good point Tommy. There’s been a lot more complaints about things being boring in F1 in recent years. For example, Bahrain 2010 and Valencia 2011 were just average F1 races in my opinion.

        • Klaas said on 11th July 2011, 17:24

          How can Vettel overtake Alonso at wins by the end of the season if there are only 10 races remaining? Do some maths.

  2. BasCB (@bascb) said on 11th July 2011, 8:32

    So Vettel extends his run of consequetive podiums again and has now been 1-2 for a run of what 11 races?

    His championship lead is certainly a record one, due to the new points system as well, I doubt anyone had 80 points before, and certainly not mid season.

  3. Roger Carballo AKA Architrion said on 11th July 2011, 8:33

    It seems a bunch of pretty good numbers in Alonso’s career, isn’t it? Maybe the guy can drive

  4. Antranik (@antranik) said on 11th July 2011, 8:34

    Love reading these stats/facts after the race weekend. Lets hope Alonso can get those four wins this year, so there might still be atleast some competition for the WDC…

  5. This is only the second round this year that Red Bull has been beaten on championship points.

  6. Johnny86 said on 11th July 2011, 9:06

    Alonso has had only four full seasons in a championship winning capable car. 3 seasons in a mid field car (03,04,08) and two seasons at the back markers(01,09).he must be the only one of the top ten 10 guys to be in bad cars for so many seasons.Taking all these into account i have to say, he has done brilliantly!!.

    • topdowntoedown (@topdowntoedown) said on 11th July 2011, 10:08

      Button has been in F1 for 12 years now and apart from 2004 (when he came second in the BAR), 2009 (the Brawn GP) and I suppose 2010 and this year’s McLarens (you can’t complain too much about a car that’s won races) he’s spent all eight other years in rubbish cars.

    • Enigma (@enigma) said on 11th July 2011, 10:29

      Alonso wasn’t a backmarker in 2009. They had some awful races, but he was on pole in Hungary and he was on the front row in China. I’d say it was a midfield car, as he was everywhere during the season really.

      • Klaas said on 11th July 2011, 17:28

        Those positions were achieved with only a spit of gasoline in the tank so you can’t really measure the car’s performance on that.

  7. Monte-Carlo, Spa-Francorchamps and the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

    That’s indeed some good company to be keeping.

    • Eternal Newbie said on 11th July 2011, 10:11

      Montecarlo has the history, the location, the glamour… but move it to a nondescript Mideastern desert and you’ll find the circuit itself is worth nothing.

      • Enigma (@enigma) said on 11th July 2011, 10:37

        The history, the location and the glamour help it, but the circuit itself is fantastic. It’s challenging and every mistakes costs a lot, and even if it was in a desert it’d still be one of the best tracks in formula one.

        • Eternal Newbie said on 11th July 2011, 11:36

          So it’s the wall all around that make it a great circuit. Then why there are not walls around all the circuits? It surely would be simpler and cheaper than all the run-offs, all the circuits would be challenging and mistakes would cost a lot everywhere.

      • Icarus said on 11th July 2011, 10:41

        Sure, with plenty of runoff the circuit WOULD be worth nothing.

        • Eternal Newbie said on 11th July 2011, 13:05

          And if it was built now, it WOULD have the run-offs instead of walls, for safety reasons. But with enough history, safety is apparently no longer a concern. So, take away the history etc and you get a worthless circuit, with plenty of run-offs, of course.

      • bananarama said on 11th July 2011, 12:33

        But here is the point: the track is the way the track is (brilliant in my opinion), the place is the way the place is and the history of it is the way it is. As most people here like to say: theres no buts and ifs and maybes in F1.

      • Montecarlo has the history, the location, the glamour

        Indeed it does, which is what makes it so special. The other 3 are brilliant tracks, loved by near enough everyone, which more often than not produce great races, often with changable weather.

        If the World Championship had only 4 races, I think those are the tracks I’d want to see them at.

  8. 91jb12 (@91jb12) said on 11th July 2011, 9:18

    Has alonso now overtaken the SC for 2nd place in terms of laps led this season?

  9. Todfod (@todfod) said on 11th July 2011, 9:53

    It feels like a very long period since Fernando won his last WDC. I hope he wins at least another title or two before retiring. He is an absolute legend.

  10. It was Ferrari’s 15th British GP win (iirc). 60 years ago Ferrari got their first win at Silverstone which I was quite surprised the BBC didn’t make a fuss of.

  11. Alguersuari scored points for the 3rd time a season after being out in Q1. No one else was capable of that since this quali format was introduced in 2006. (Last year Kobayashi finished in the points twice after being out of Q1 plus once starting last due to a penalty)

  12. sato113 (@sato113) said on 11th July 2011, 10:15

    Both McLarens have completed eight, the Ferrari pair seven, and the Mercedes duo five.

    what, 8 laps?! 8 races?

  13. Fixy (@fixy) said on 11th July 2011, 10:18

    I thought Di Resta’s, Maldonado’s and Kobayashi’s qualifying positions were their career-best.

  14. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 11th July 2011, 10:22

    Great achievement by Alonso but he’s raced more times than Stewart did ;) Fittingly Stewart’s percentage record was 27%! However if you take their percentages only from seasons when they were competitive at the front, it’s a lot more even, so bravo Fernando!

    Vettel is still a staggering 10 away from Senna’s record of consecutive front-row starts, but just 3, 2 and 1 away from the tallies of Damon Hill, Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell respectively. Can he be the only the fourth driver to do the whole season (Senna, Prost, Hill) from the front row?

    I was also the third time Schumacher has had to serve a stop/go penalty at Silverstone. First in 1994 and then again in 1998. I don’t recall him having one since then, so could that be the longest gap (13 years) between a driver receiving the same kind of penalty in his career?

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 11th July 2011, 11:19

      It was Schumacher’s first time that he didn’t start within the first 10 at Silverstone, or so the commentator said.

      • Bill said on 11th July 2011, 11:33

        Did Schumacher actually do his stop go in ’94??? I thought he was given the penalty for overtaking on the warm up lap and then disqualified when he refused to accept the penalty. He then decided to ignore the black flag saying that he ‘couldn’t see it’ and was subsequently given a 2 race ban!

        • 85Q said on 11th July 2011, 12:57

          if my memory serves me right, he did eventually come in. but it was too late

          • Robbie said on 11th July 2011, 13:29

            Yeah MS was banned for 2 races for ignoring the black flag…Benetton was fined half a mill for failing to obey the officials…the FIA allowed MS to race in Germany, Hungary, and Belgium while an appeal awaited hearing in August.

            Germany…the famous pit lane fire revealing Benetton’s illegal fuel refillers.

            Hungary…before the race the FIA fined Benetton 100k for a delay in revealing their computer access codes raising suspicions of them using illegal traction control…MS won this race.

            Belgium…MS’s skidplate found to be illegal worn after the race and this win was excluded.

            Of course there’s lot’s more drama to this season and I just have to shake my head when people compare this WDC of MS’s to other WDC’s…like MS did something honourable in 94.

            Nowadays he’s going for the ‘most broken front wings by a former WDC’ title.

          • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 11th July 2011, 14:35

            I would call having 4 results from 16 taken off of you, which your rival all scored maximum in, a pretty good achievement. I’ve yet to see anything convincing that whatever Benetton were doing gave them more than 40 points that year.

            It’s not the most glorious championship ever but he still did the job on track.

          • Robbie said on 11th July 2011, 15:44

            Eight races had been run in 94 before the pit fire in Germany (the ninth race of the season) after which the illegal fuel refiller was discovered. So that is nine races they benefitted from illegally quick pit stops.

            Here’s a quote from Formula 1: The Autobiography, after the first race in Brazil…”Senna laid down a marker by taking pole at Interlagos, ahead of Schumacher, and he led the first part of the race. But in this new era of refuelling, Schumacher got ahead at the first stops.”

            Then there was their hesitancy and hence a fine for withholding their computer access code, suggesting they were still using traction control which had been made illegal. And that was mid-August, the 10th race of the season. What about the previous and following ones? They were fined for that but likely continued to use it. They said at the time that the FIA knew they had it on board but it was up to them to prove they were using it.

            In general my point is that you cannot just look at that which Benetton were literally caught doing, and penalized for by a kangaroo court, but must also look at the other races where MS was benefitting from illegalities that were left unpunished…hence your suggestion of only 40 points worth of advantage is folly. And hence the outcry by fans and the media for Max not banning Benetton completely from the season for all the games they were playing throughout the season culminating with MS’s whack on DH.

  15. Shimks said on 11th July 2011, 10:26

    Great stats, everyone. Many thanks!

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