Vettel can win the championship in Singapore

2011 Italian GP stats and facts

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Monza, 2011

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Monza, 2011

Sebastian Vettel can win the championship with five races to spare at Singapore.

He matched Kimi Raikkonen’s tally of wins in Italy while Red Bull drew level with Tyrrell.

Read on for more stats and facts from the Italian Grand Prix.

Vettel on course for the title

Vettel’s 18th victory puts him tied for 13th on the list of all-time winners with Kimi Raikkonen.

This was the 23rd win for Red Bull, who have now won as many races as Tyrrell, and are tied for eighth on the list of all-time winners. It was their first victory in the Italian Grand Prix, and the first for a Renault-engined car since Johnny Herbert’s with Benetton in 1995.

Vettel set the 25th pole position of his career meaning he has been on pole position for exactly one-third of the races he has started. He is now eighth on the list of drivers with the most pole positions.

This was Vettel’s tenth pole position of the season. With six races to go he is closing in on Nigel Mansell’s record of 14 in one year, from 1992.

He can win the world championship in Singapore if he leaves with a lead greater than 125 points. He’s currently 112 ahead, so he needs at least a podium finish to achieve it, with his various rivals finishing well behind him.

If he does that, and wins the title with five races to spare, it will be one of the earliest championship conclusions ever. The earliest championship victories in terms of the number of races remaining are:

Driver Races left
2002 Michael Schumacher 6
1992 Nigel Mansell 5
2001 Michael Schumacher 4
2004 Michael Schumacher 4

This is particularly impressive given that the relative value of winning in points terms fell when a new points system was introduced in 2003. However, applying the last two championship points systems to this year’s results yields a similar situation each time.

Red Bull, however, will have to wait until at least Suzuka to get their hands on the constructors’ championship trophy.

Vettel has now led 521 laps this year from a total of 778 (66.97%). That means he’s already in the top ten for most laps led in a season.

If he continues at this rate he will beat the record for most laps led in a season, which stands at 694 and was set by Mansell in 1992. The highest proportion of laps led in a season is 71.47%, set by Jim Clark in 1963.

Five champions in the top five

Mark Webber posted Red Bull’s first retirement of the year. That leaves Vettel as the only driver to have completed every race this year, and every racing lap to boot.

Jaime Alguersuari achieved his best finish in an F1 race with seventh place. He is the fifth driver to finish in the points from 18th on the grid this year.

In his second race for Renault, Bruno Senna scored the first points of his F1 career with ninth place.

Vitantonio Liuzzi was out-qualified by his team mate for the first time this year.

Virgin have set a new record for most F1 race starts without scoring a point.

Their cars have started 32 races since the beginning of last year without finishing in the points. See the Belgian Grand Prix stats and facts for more on this.

Vitantonio Liuzzi started his 75th Grand Prix, as did Vettel. One did rather better than the other…

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap, the 11th of his career, putting him level with Mark Webber.

The Italian Grand Prix had the fewest pit stops of a race so far this year: 35. Prior to that the lowest was 44 at Melbourne. The highest was 85 in Hungary.

Finally, the top five finishers in the race were all previous world champions. If anyone can provide any examples of that happening in the past, or any occasions where there have been more world champions in the top finishing positions, please share them in the comments.

Review the year so far in statistics here:

Spotted any other interesting stats and facts from the Italian Grand Prix? Share them in the comments.

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93 comments on Vettel can win the championship in Singapore

  1. Finally, the top five finishers in the race were all previous world champions.

    That is well cool!

  2. Checked a few random races, and found a couple of “x number of champions in the top x” places:
    1967 Mexico: Clark, Brabham, Hulme, Surtees.
    1985 Belgium: Senna, Mansell, Prost, Rosberg and Piquet.
    1986 Canada: Mansell, Prost, Piquet, Rosberg and Senna.

    Of course on the two latter instances, a few of those drivers hadn’t won their championship(s) yet.

    There are plenty of four champions finishing in the top 5, but I think 5 in 5 is the new record.

  3. Vitantonio Liuzzi started his 75th Grand Prix, as did Vettel. One did rather better than the other…

    Haha. I liked that one the most.

  4. Drivers Championship is over, Vettel will take ! But I hope the constructors will be a great two way battle between Red Bull and Mclaren. I know the Red Bull lead is massive, but it only takes two 1 – 2 finishes for Mclaren and Red Bull DNFs or low scores for both drives to close the constructtors gap !

  5. That’s a great one, with all the champions finishing ahead of the non-champions. I can think of some other, though less impressive examples:

    Alonso’s wins in Malaysia, Monaco, Europe and Italy in 2007 – the only world champion on the grid finished in the top 1 positions. Same goes for Schumacher in the 2004 races he won that Villeneuve didn’t drive.

  6. marcusbreese (@marcusbreese) said on 12th September 2011, 13:03

    Hamilton has been beaten by his team-mate every year at Monza. I think this is the only track on the calendar where this is true.

  7. Is that a record? 7 different teams scored points yesterday (Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes, Toro Rosso, Force India and Renault). Had Perez not had a gearbox failure it would be 8 (Buemi would be 11th instead of 10th but Alguersuari scored for Toro Rosso anyway).

  8. That was the third time in a row Button finished the Italian GP in second.

    Each time he was in front of a Ferrari driver (Raikkonen, Massa and Alonso).

    • Paul Gilbert said on 13th September 2011, 18:54

      Lewis Hamilton managed a similar streak at Valencia in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In both cases, the driver won the Drivers’ Championship in the first of those years, both were beaten by Barrichello in 2009, and both were beaten by Vettel in the third year.

  9. Red Bull now have 14 pole positions in a row – the last driver to beat them on a Saturday was, curiously, Nico Hulkenberg.

  10. Mr draw said on 12th September 2011, 16:40

    Virgin have set a new record for most F1 race starts without scoring a point.

    Their cars have started 32 races since the beginning of last year without finishing in the points. See the Belgian Grand Prix stats and facts for more on this.

    How about the new Lotus-team and HRT?

  11. Mr draw said on 12th September 2011, 17:32

    I found it:

    “They have started 31 races, the same as RAM did between 1983 and 1985 without scoring a point. HRT have only started 30 races having failed to qualify in Australia.”

    LOL

    Thanks!

  12. RACERNORRISKI (@racernorriski) said on 12th September 2011, 17:33

    The singapoooor track sucks in that it almost guarantees the pole sitter a win unless something stupid happens in the pits or a back marker takes him out…. The Turk track was one of the best in that it afforded many areas to pass. R & R

  13. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th September 2011, 4:28

    I don’t know if it has been mentioned here, but there was an interesting statistic given during the race: Jenson Button has had 49 compeititve overtakes this season, more than anyone else. With passes on Hamilton, Schumacher and Alonso, that’s now 52 competitive overtakes. Since Monza was the thirteenth race of the season, that means Button is averaging four overtakes per race.

  14. raymondu999 (@raymondu999) said on 13th September 2011, 15:30

    This is the second time that Sebastian Vettel has succeeded Fernando Alonso as the winner of the Italian Grand Prix (Alonso 2007, 2010; Vettel 2008; 2011)

  15. French Steve (@french-steve) said on 14th September 2011, 20:20

    I don’t konw where to post this information, so I made it here.

    This is the first time we have 5 champions in the final top 5 of a race in formula 1. Statsf1.com says we had 22 races with 5 champions at the start and after verification, it’s the very first time we have 5 champions in the top 5 of a race.

    http://www.statsf1.com/en/statistiques/pilote/gp/avec-champion.aspx

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