Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Singapore, 2011

Vettel closes on records for most wins and poles in a season

2011 Singapore GP stats and factsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Singapore, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Singapore, 2011

Sebastian Vettel’s extraordinary season continued in Singapore with his third win and fourth pole position in a row.

He is closing on the records for most pole positions, victories and laps led in a single season:

Most race wins in a single season

Vettel needs to win all of the remaining races to beat Schumacher’s record of 13 wins in a season.

Year Driver Wins Races
2004 Michael Schumacher 13 18
2002 Michael Schumacher 11 17
1992 Nigel Mansell 9 16
1995 Michael Schumacher 9 17
2000 Michael Schumacher 9 17
2001 Michael Schumacher 9 17
2011 Sebastian Vettel 9 14/19

Of course it should be remembered there is one more race this year than there was in 2004.

Most pole positions in a single season

Three pole positions from the remaining five races would be enough for Vettel to match Nigel Mansell’s record of 14 set in 1992.

Nigel Mansell, Williams, Imola, 1992
Nigel Mansell, Williams, Imola, 1992
Year Driver Poles Races
1992 Nigel Mansell 14 16
1988 Ayrton Senna 13 16
1989 Ayrton Senna 13 16
1993 Alain Prost 13 16
1999 Mika Hakkinen 11 16
2001 Michael Schumacher 11 17
2011 Sebastian Vettel 11 14/19

Most laps led in a single season

With 294 laps left to run in 2011, Vettel has a strong chance of beating the record for most laps led:

Year Driver Laps led Total laps % led
1992 Nigel Mansell 694 1036 66.99
2004 Michael Schumacher 683 1122 60.87
1994 Michael Schumacher 646 1046 61.76
2011 Sebastian Vettel 582 839/1133 69.37

The highest proportion of laps led in a season is 71.47% by Jim Clark in 1963. To beat that Vettel must lead 228 of the remaining laps this year.

Vettel chalked up his 19th career win putting him alone in 13th on the list of all-time winners. Four more wins this year will put him in the top ten all-time race winners in F1.

The 26th pole position of his career puts him level with Mika Hakkinen in seventh among the drivers who have set the most pole positions.

It was the 15th consecutive pole position for Red Bull. The record for most consecutive pole positions stands at 24, set by Williams between the 1992 French and 1993 Japanese Grands Prix.

Button blocks Vettel’s perfect result

Jenson Button, McLaren, Singapore, 2011
Jenson Button, McLaren, Singapore, 2011

Vettel led every lap of the race, something he has achieved twice before in his career, at Suzuka in 2009 and Valencia last year.

If Vettel had set fastest lap he would have achieved his first ever perfect result of pole position, fastest lap, victory and leading every lap.

But he was beaten to it by Jenson Button, who set the fifth fastest lap of his career. That puts him level with Giuseppe Farina, Carlos Pace, Jody Scheckter, Didier Pironi, John Watson and Michele Alboreto. Vettel has only set fastest lap once during a race this year.

Button finished on the podium for the eighth time this year, giving him twice as many top-three finishes as his team mate.

He also held second place for every lap of the race. This meant the top two positions were unchanged throughout the Grand Prix, as they were last year when Fernando Alonso finished first ahead of Vettel.

Red Bull on verge of title

Vettel gave Red Bull their 24th win, putting them alone in eighth on the list of teams with most wins. They also had their 60th podium finish.

Red Bull are within reach of the constructors’ championship and can win it in Suzuka.

The Singapore Grand Prix has been won by four different teams in as many years: Renault in 2008, McLaren in 2009, Ferrari in 2010 and Red Bull this year.

Alonso failed to finish on the podium at Singapore for the first time.

Fifth race penalty of 2011 for Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton collected his fifth race penalty of 2011, giving him more than any other driver. The other top offenders are Sergio Perez (four), Jenson Button, Pastor Maldonado, Kamui Kobayashi and Paul di Resta (two).

Di Resta achieved the best result of his career so far with sixth. It was Force India’s first double points finish since the Australian Grand Prix.

The balance of power at Sauber continues to tilt towards Sergio Perez. He out-qualified Kamui Kobayashi for the fifth race in a row and gave the team their first points in four races.

Sebastien Buemi marked his 50th race start.

Review the year so far in statistics here:

Spotted any other interesting stats and facts from the Singapore Grand Prix? And can anyone find out whether we’ve ever had five – or more – pairs of team mates occupying the front rows of the grid?

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