Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2011

Vettel’s success streaks end at his home race

2011 German GP stats and factsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Nurburgring, 2011

An unsuccessful (by his standards) weekend brought several of Sebastian Vettel’s running streaks to an end.

His progress towards record-breaking streaks of podium finishes, laps led and front row starts were all halted.

His run of 14 consecutive front row starts, which ended at the Nurburgring, is bettered by only four other drivers in F1 history:

Driver Consecutive front rows Races
Ayrton Senna 24 1988 German – 1989 Australian Grands Prix
Damon Hill 17 1995 Australian – 1996 Japanese Grands Prix
Alain Prost 16 1993 South African – 1993 Australian Grands Prix
Nigel Mansell 15 1986 Australian – 1987 Mexican Grands Prix
Sebastian Vettel 14 2010 Singapore – 2011 British Grands Prix

His run of 11 straight podium finishes were halted – a mark beaten by just two other drivers:

Driver Consecutive podiums Races
Michael Schumacher 19 2001 USA – 2002 Japanese Grands Prix
Fernando Alonso 15 2005 Turkish – 2006 Canadian Grands Prix
Sebastian Vettel 11 2010 Brazilian – 2011 British Grands Prix

And his streak of consecutive races led also came to an end:

Driver Consecutive races led Races
Jackie Stewart 17 1968 USA – 1970 Belgian Grands Prix
Michael Schumacher 15 2004 Australian – Italian Grands Prix
Sebastian Vettel 13 2010 Japanese – British Grands Prix

He is still going strong with 12 consecutive races in the points – as is Webber – but he’s only halfway to the record held by Schumacher.

Lewis Hamilton’s 16th career win means he’s back level with Sebastian Vettel again – as well as Stirling Moss.

He also notched up his tenth fastest lap, putting him level with Graham Hill, John Surtees, Mario Andretti and Mark Webber.

Webber’s pole position was the ninth of his career. He also led his first laps of 2011, becoming the seventh driver to do so, one fewer than we had last year.

Webber finished in third place for the fourth race in a row.

After ten races, the Red Bull pair are the only drivers to have completed every lap of every race.

Pastor Maldonado and the Lotus, Virgin and HRT drivers are the only ones yet to complete a full race distance in 2011.

Adrian Sutil enjoyed his best result of the year so far with sixth place.

Fernando Alonso has out-qualified Felipe Massa in all ten races this year. He’s now been ahead of Massa on the grid for 16 races in a row.

Review the year so far in statistics here:

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