Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit

Another record falls to Vettel after first perfect win

2011 Indian GP stats and factsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit
Vettel dominated in India

Sebastian Vettel had his first ever perfect result in the Indian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver started from pole position, set fastest lap, and led every lap on his way to victory.

He is the 22nd driver to achieve this feat, also called a ‘Grand Chelem’.

Two other drivers on the grid have achieved this in the past: Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso:

Rank Driver/s Perfect results
1 Jim Clark 8
2 Alberto Ascari, Michael Schumacher 5
4 Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, Jackie Stewart 4
7 Nelson Piquet 3
8 Jack Brabham, Juan Manuel Fangio, Mika Hakkinen 2
11 Fernando Alonso, Gerhard Berger, Mike Hawthorn, Damon Hill, Jacky Ickx, Jacques Laffite, Niki Lauda, Stirling Moss, Clay Regazzoni, Jo Siffert, Sebastian Vettel, Gilles Villeneuve 1

Vettel’s pole position gave Red Bull a record 16th in a single season. It was the 28th pole of his career.

He scored his 21st career win and set fastest lap for the ninth time, the latter putting him level with Denny Hulme, Ronnie Peterson and Jacques Villeneuve.

Vettel also set a new record for most laps led during a season. He’s now led 711, beating the previous record held by Nigel Mansell.

At this point I must correct an error I made in the previous stats and facts article and on Twitter yesterday. I originally credited Mansell with leading 694 laps in 1992. In fact he led 692*, so Vettel surpassed his record after lap 42, not lap 44 as I said yesterday.

Year Driver Laps led Total laps % led
2011 Sebastian Vettel 711 1007/1133 70.61
1992 Nigel Mansell 692 1036 66.8
2004 Michael Schumacher 683 1122 60.87
1994 Michael Schumacher 646 1046 61.76

The question now is whether Vettel can also beat the record for highest percentage of laps led in a season – 71.49% by Jim Clark in 1963. To do that he needs to lead at least 99 of the remaining 126 laps in Abu Dhabi and Brazil.

Vettel has finished in the points for the last 19 races in a row – the second-longest streak of all time. He needs five more to match Michael Schumacher’s record of 24, which lasted from the 2001 Hungarian Grand Prix to the 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Felipe Massa failed to finish in his 150th race start. This brought his run of ten consecutive points finishes to an end. Alonso has finished the last ten races in the points.

Massa also became the 18th driver to receive a penalty in a race this year. The only drivers who have started every race without receiving a penalty are Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, Vitaly Petrov, Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli.

McLaren are now confirmed in the runner-up position in the constructors’ championship. They last won the constructors’ title in 1998, and have finished in second place seven times since then.

India became the 30th country to host a round of the world championship. F1 has now races in three of the world’s five most populous nations: China (population 1.3bn), India (1.2bn) and Brazil (196m). This will grow to four with the return of the United States Grand Prix (313m) next year. The most populous country without a race is Indonesia (242m).

Review the year so far in statistics here:

Have you spotted any other interesting stats and facts from the Indian Grand Prix? Share them in the comments.

*This was because I had Mansell down as having led 51 laps of the French Grand Prix that year, instead of 49. That race was stopped and restarted, with the remainder of the race run on aggregate time. Mansell took the lead on the track immediately after the restart, but it wasn’t until two laps later that he was also leading on aggregate time.

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