Button is 11th driver to hit double century of starts

2011 Hungarian GP facts and stats

Jenson Button, McLaren, Hungaroring, 2011

Jenson Button, McLaren, Hungaroring, 2011

Jenson Button became the 11th driver to participate in 200 F1 races in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Michael Schumacher, Jarno Trulli and Rubens Barrichello are also in the 200 club – and Barrichello is the only driver so far to have reached 300.

Here are the other drivers who reached a double century of Grand Prix stars.

Most F1 races started

Driver Races started Years
Rubens Barrichello 315 1993-
Michael Schumacher 279 1991-2006, 2010-
Riccardo Patrese 256 1977-1993
David Coulthard 246 1994-2008
Jarno Trulli 244 1997-
Giancarlo Fisichella 229 1996-2009
Gerhard Berger 210 1984-1997
Andrea de Cesaris 208 1980-1994
Nelson Piquet 204 1978-1991
Jean Alesi 201 1989-2001
Jenson Button 200 2000-

Button’s 11th Grand Prix win puts him level with Jacques Villeneuve, Felipe Massa and Rubens Barrichello.

Sebastian Vettel took his 23rd career pole position.

It was his eighth pole position this year. The most in a single season is 14 (Nigel Mansell, 1992), so with eight races left he can still claim the record.

Felipe Massa set fastest lap for the second time this year and the 14th time in his career.

Seventh place was Paul di Resta’s best finish so far in his first season so far.

McLaren scored points for the 30th race in a row and Ferrari did likewise for the 20th consecutive Grand Prix.

But Renault failed to score for the first time this year. The last time the team didn’t have a car in the points was last year’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Button wasn’t the only driver to reach a milestone in Hungary. Nico Rosberg became the 60th F1 driver to start over 100 races.

The remaining drivers on the grid who have passed that mark are Nick Heidfeld, Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber and Felipe Massa.

Only ten drivers have started more races than Rosberg without winning one:

Most F1 races started without a victory

Driver Races started Years
Andrea de Cesaris 208 1980-1994
Nick Heidfeld 183 2000-
Martin Brundle 158 1984-1996
Derek Warwick 146 1981-1993
Jean-Pierre Jarier 134 1971-1983
Eddie Cheever 132 1978-1989
Pierluigi Martini 118 1985-1995
Mika Salo 110 1994-2002
Philippe Alliot 109 1984-1994
Jos Verstappen 107 1994-2003
Nico Rosberg 100 2006-

Toro Rosso also reached their 100th Grand Prix start, and it was the 100th race for the current V8 engine formula.

Review the year so far in statistics here:

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112 comments on Button is 11th driver to hit double century of starts

  1. M Sakr said on 1st August 2011, 10:07

    Here’s one. Button won ALL his races with McLaren in “mixed” conditions.
    Australia 2010
    China 2010
    Canada 2010
    Hungary 2010
    All were races affected by rain

    • Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 1st August 2011, 10:12

      He also won races in mixed conditions at Hungary in 2006 and Malaysia in 2009 – that makes for 6 of 11 wins in mixed/wet conditions, or 55%. I wonder if any other race winners (with, say, a minimum of 5 wins) have such a high percentage of success in the wet?

      • Chris said on 2nd August 2011, 1:09

        also he’s won more Grands Prix starting off the front row.

        Hungary 2006, he started 14th
        Australia 2009, he started on pole
        Malaysia 2009, he started on pole
        Bahrain 2009, he started 4th on the grid.
        Spain 2009, he started on pole
        Monaco 2009 he started on pole (his last pole to date)
        Turkey 2009, he started 2nd on the grid
        Australia 2010, he started 4th on the grid
        China 2010, he started 5th on the grid
        Canada 2011, he started 7th on the grid
        Hungary 2011, he started 3rd on the grid.

    • Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 1st August 2011, 11:06

      That’s interesting, but I don’t think rain plays a big a role as it may seem. If I remember correctly he was leading before it started to rain heavily at China 2010, and his win yesterday owed little to the weather either

      • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 1st August 2011, 11:07

        To my recollection he wasn’t leading when it was raining, it was Rosberg who became the leader in the scramble for inters. He then went off and Button took the lead.

        • Racer (@racer) said on 1st August 2011, 11:20

          When Button overtook Rosberg they were still on slicks but it was starting to spit with rain, they changed to inters shortly after Button took the lead. Also, Button’s win in Malaysia 2009 owed nothing to the rain as he was comfortably leading before the downpour that caused the race to be abandoned.

          • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 1st August 2011, 12:37

            But they were never off slicks in the first place. It started raining on Lap 2, Button didn’t pass Rosberg (who went off in the damp) until Lap 19. Of course by then it had dried but not ideal.

            Whether or not the conditions contributed to the win beyond half the field making the wrong tyre call (that sounds familiar), we can only speculate of course.

    • sato113 (@sato113) said on 1st August 2011, 11:57

      funny that in pure wet conditions, Button is nothing special, unlike Hamilton. It’s just these tricky wet/dry races Button excells in… a true champion driver!

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 1st August 2011, 18:11

      You could call Spa last year mixed conditions though, and he didn’t win there.

  2. Alianora La Canta (@alianora-la-canta) said on 1st August 2011, 11:04

    It was the team from Silverstone’s 350th race. Though as they’ve needed 3 iterations to reach the last 100 of that total, I doubt many people will consider that hugely significant.

  3. sato113 (@sato113) said on 1st August 2011, 11:55

    when was the last time we had a wet-dry-wet-dry race?
    or to be more specific, when was the last time a driver’s tyre strategy went wet-dry-wet-dry?

  4. carldec said on 1st August 2011, 12:12


    I love this feature of your website. The stats article after every race is my favorite.

    Here is an idea which I would love to see included in your stats:

    Driver mistakes. How has been penalized the most. Keep a running tally. Include the number of points they lost.

    Team mistakes. Who screwed up stategy and cost drivers places. Who screwed up pit stops and cost drivers either places or DNF’s.

    Keep up the good work!

  5. SparkyJ23 (@sparkyj23) said on 1st August 2011, 13:26

    This list of drivers with 100 starts is going to get bigger soon with a 20 race season a 5 year career is going to get you on this list. I would expect the race list to now go to 23 or 25 with Sky now calling the shots. F1 can now look forward to a football like off season – 4 weeks at most.

  6. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 1st August 2011, 15:31

    Another interesting (and worrying) stat is that up to this point in the season, the 2011 campaign is the worst season EVER for Williams.

    You have to go back to their 1977’s season to find a championship this bad, and even in 1977 they got 4 top ten in 11 races (and with just 1 car on the grid).

  7. James G said on 1st August 2011, 16:36

    I’ve read several sources saying that 88 pit stops is a record for a F1 grand prix.

  8. Didn’t Brundle say it was the most number of pitstops in a race ever?

    Despite winning, Button is 100 points behind Vettel. Equivalent to 4 race wins…

    Vettel is on 234 points after 11 rounds.
    He scored 256 points last season after 19 rounds…

    Webber is 2nd in the championship, with 0 wins… Has a driver ever finished 2nd in the standings with 0 wins?

    Vettel still can overtake Mansell’s record of 14 poles in 1 season, he has had 8 poles in 11 races…

    Red Bull have had 11 poles out of 11. Williams (and McLaren I believe) hold the record at 15 out of 16.

    Wins so far:
    Vettel: 6
    Hamilton: 2
    Button: 2
    Alonso: 1

    RBR: 6
    McLaren: 4
    Ferrari: 1

  9. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 1st August 2011, 17:46

    Dam, I thought I was onto a good stat thinking JB scored his 10th victory. Forgot the one prior to 2009.

    Surely Rosberg can win a race?!

  10. 91jb12 (@91jb12) said on 2nd August 2011, 0:13

    Thanks to the new system, Vettel overtook a certain Brazilian Ayrton Senna 615 to 610 points this weekend.

    though under the 10-6-4-3-2-1 system later on in Sennnas day he’d have 264 and 248 under the 9-6-4-3-2-1 method

  11. Gridlock said on 2nd August 2011, 3:05

    The stat that never fails to amaze me is that well over a third of all F1 championship grids since f1 started have had Rubens Barichello on them! Something like 38% in fact.

  12. Macca77 said on 7th August 2011, 14:54

    Hello, do you guys have the number of grand prix won (if any) by drivers at the time they finished their 200th GP ?

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