Another record falls to Vettel after first perfect win

2011 Indian GP stats and facts

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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92 comments on Another record falls to Vettel after first perfect win

  1. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 31st October 2011, 13:57

    I’m glad @keith-collantine is looking at this with percentages. Relativity is all important.

    These stats yet again underline just how impressive Vettel has been this year. There’s having a good car and being a good driver. I would argue Vettel is the better half of the two. The RB7 is incredible, clearly. But to drive the pants off it almost every other weekend? We have something special on our hands.

  2. Cole (@cole) said on 31st October 2011, 14:45

    Hi Keith and Fanatics.

    I`ve heard another stat on the Argentinean transmission of the Indian GP that impressed me, Can someone check if it`s true plese?

    They said that out of the last 20 seasons, Newey`s cars took the constructor championship 8 times.
    Considering he`s been out of the bussines for 4 of those 20, and also that that period includes the Shcumacher-Ferrari strake, his cars should have won almost everything but the build up years with Red Bull.

    Both Alonso`s with renault, and 7 Scumacher (2 with Bennetton and 5 with Ferrari)

    BTW: with Safari browser I got logged out when getting to this article. Not happening with others..

    • TimG (@timg) said on 31st October 2011, 15:28

      They said that out of the last 20 seasons, Newey`s cars took the constructor championship 8 times.

      It’s true. Newey-designed Williams won the WCC in 1992-94 and 1996-97 (five), Newey-McLarens won in 1998 (one) and Newey-Red Bulls won in 2010 and 2011 (two, so eight in total).

    • tmax (@tmax) said on 31st October 2011, 15:42

      Ross Brawn also has 8 Constructors Championship under him.
      Between Newey and Brawn in the last 20 years they had 16 Constructors Under their Name.

      Brawn Like Newey has won them with 3 teams.
      1995 Benetton Renault(1), 1999 – 2004 – Ferrari (6), 2009 Brawn GP(1) [Engines: 1 Renault, 6 Ferrari, 1 Mercedes]

      Newey has 1992- 1994 Williams Renault (3), 1996-1997 Williams Renault(2), 1998 Mclaren Mercedes(1), 2010-2011Red Bull Renault(2) [Engines: 7 Renault , 1 Mercedes ]

      Technically Mclaren has underutilized Newey the most. From 1998 – 2006 he spent 9 years in Mclaren with just 1 Win.

  3. wdf2 (@wdf2) said on 31st October 2011, 15:24

    Just read on Autoweek that Horner says they did everything they could to keep Vettel from going for FL at the end. “We had done our best to manage it, we had turned all the engine modes down, KERS off, and short of putting a cow on the circuit there was not a lot else we could do.” Under those circumstances, even more astonishing!

    By the way, do they keep records on (not sure what to call it) “multiple fastest laps”? That is, say for example Vettel not only has the FL, but that his 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fastest laps are also faster than the next fastest driver. That would be some arcane data to explore.

    • “We had done our best to manage it, we had turned all the engine modes down, KERS off, and short of putting a cow on the circuit there was not a lot else we could do.”

      Hahahaha! I love it. :-D

    • celeste (@celeste) said on 31st October 2011, 17:32

      I guess, now that the tittle fight is over, he is just realy having fun. In Singapore he didn´t do the fastest lap after Rocky manage to talk him out of it…

      Good for him, just hope he doesn´pt get his team so mad…

      • wdf2 (@wdf2) said on 31st October 2011, 18:41

        I don’t get why the team is mad about Vettel going for FL at the end of the race. (Supposedly he apologized for it after Korea.) Both championships are decided. I don’t think they get more money from F1 for winning the team title with an even greater point margin. So if Vettel does crash while going for FL, it really only has two *positive* effects: 1) More points available for Webber, in his effort to get second. 2) More coverage for Red Bull — since at this point, a Vettel crash would get a lot more publicity than yet another win!

        • celeste (@celeste) said on 31st October 2011, 22:22

          Records! At the end Sebastian Vettel is pay employee, so in the end he has to do wath is best for the team, thats means win as much races as he can.

          Funny enough I follow one of Mark Webber mechanics on twitter and even he was excited about the posibility of Vettel reaching Schumi´s win record.

          • wdf2 (@wdf2) said on 31st October 2011, 22:32

            Ok, I get that. But then it’s a case of the team looking out for Vettel’s best interest. (Meaning that he can legitimately decide for himself.) Breaking Shumi’s record is a very nice goal. But it is a *driver* record, not a team record. If Vettel wants to risk that driver record by going for FL, it should be up to him.

        • David-A (@david-a) said on 31st October 2011, 22:52

          1) More points available for Webber, in his effort to get second.

          Not strictly true, he’d gain 3 points, while Alonso would gain the same and utton would gain 7 points. So it doesn’t help Webber at all.

  4. TED BELL said on 31st October 2011, 15:32

    Back in the seventies I heard the hockey term “hat trick” being used in Grand Prix racing. The “hat trick” meant winning the Race, being on the Pole and leading the most Laps. Has anyone else heard or used that phrase as we used to?? Good to see Piquets name on the list at #7. He was a damn good driver who sacrificed his popularity because he wouldn’t play the media game and would rather let his driving do the talking. When his car was right he was a tough cookie to handle.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 31st October 2011, 15:38

      I would use ‘hat-trick’ to refer to three of the same thing, e.g. three wins in a row.

      • kierran (@kierran) said on 31st October 2011, 17:54

        I’ve never before heard of a ‘hat-trick’ describing winning from pole whilst leading every lap. (I only started watching in 1996, so it might be an older use for the term perhaps) I have however seen it used on all sorts of stats sites to describe a driver taking pole, the win and fastest lap.

  5. DavidJH (@davidjh) said on 31st October 2011, 16:13

    I’ve been looking at the stats for first-time race winners, which have been becoming rarer over the last few years as a small group of drivers are winning almost all the races. This year like last will probably end up as a season without anyone taking their debut win. If this happens again next year, as looks likely, it’ll be the first time this has happened three years on the trot.

    • Dave (@davea86) said on 1st November 2011, 6:32

      Realistically the driver most likely to get a debut win next year would have to be Nico Rosberg if Mercedes can put together a competitive car. Otherwise we’re relying on a freak wet race, safety car influenced race or one of the smaller teams to pull a Brawn GP and build a rocket of a car for next year. I’d love to see a new winner but I think you might be right about it being unlikely.

      • DavidJH (@davidjh) said on 1st November 2011, 14:34

        While I’d love to see Nico take his first win, I think the next first time winner will come not next year but in 2013 and will be either Webber’s replacement at RBR or Massa’s at Ferrari.

  6. David-A (@david-a) said on 31st October 2011, 16:16

    Vettel came close to a Grand Chelem several times before:

    Britain 2009- Won the race form pole and set fastest lap, but Webber led three laps
    Japan 2009- Led the entire race from pole, but Webber got fastest lap
    Valencia 2010- Led the entire race from pole, but Button got fastest lap
    Valencia 2011- Won the race from pole and set fastest lap, but Massa led one lap
    Singapore 2011- Led the entire race from pole, but Button got fastest lap

    Other who have come close:
    Australia 2009: Button led the entire race from pole, but Rosberg got fastest lap
    Spain 2010: Webber led the entire race from pole, but Hamilton got fastest lap
    Monaco 2010: Webber led the entire race from pole, but Vettel got fastest lap
    Belgium 2010: Hamilton led the entire race and set fastest lap, but Webber got pole

  7. F1fanNL (@) said on 31st October 2011, 16:21

    “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.”

    Petrov has received a penalty for his collision with Schumacher in Korea.

  8. I like that Vettel’s streak of 19 GP’s on points is independent of point system, he was always in top four.

  9. glue (@glue) said on 31st October 2011, 20:09

    what I have always found to be a brilliant outcome in these last 30-odd years of formula 1:
    Schumacher 91
    Prost 51
    Senna 41
    Mansell 31
    and now Vettel 21

    I imagine he won’t stop at 21, so here’s to Vettel having an (x)x1 win record by the end of his career and maybe for Schumi to win 10 races next year

    • celeste (@celeste) said on 1st November 2011, 0:06

      Wow, for Sebastian to reach Schumacher over ten years form now he will hace to win at least 7 races a year. Thats a lot!!!!

      • plushpile (@plushpile) said on 1st November 2011, 2:28

        Thats an interesting one.
        Can’t see that happening with the quality of the opposition to Vettel.

        That being said at 24 Vettel surely has more than 10 years left in F1 if he wants…

      • Jelle van der Meer (@jelle-van-der-meer) said on 1st November 2011, 8:28

        Just to indicate how impressive MSC 91 race wins are you only need to look at win %.

        MSC has won 91 times in 286 races (31.8%)
        Vettel has won 21 times in 79 races (26.6%)

        So Vettel not only needs to continue winning races over many years he also needs to start winning that more frequently.
        When MSC retired he had won 91 times out of 250 races which comes to 36.4% over a 16 season career.

    • Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 1st November 2011, 5:59

      Even if Vettel doesn’t reach the 91 of Schumacher, (Which may increase before he retires for good) I can definitely see him reaching the 41 of Senna or the 51 of Prost.

  10. Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 1st November 2011, 6:02

    I also find it interesting that Prost never scored a grand chelem.

  11. Jelle van der Meer (@jelle-van-der-meer) said on 1st November 2011, 8:16

    Interesting comparison on constructor points between 2010 and 2011 based only on the first 17 races in both years
    Red Bull 595 vs. 426 = +169 points
    McLaren 442 vs. 399 = +43 points
    Ferrari 325 vs. 374 = -49 points
    Mercedes 145 vs. 188 = -43 points
    Renault 72 vs. 143 = -71 points
    Force India 51 vs. 65 = -14 points
    Sauber 41 vs. 68 = -27 points
    Toro Rosso 41 vs. 43 = -2 points
    Williams 5 vs. 11 = -6 points
    New teams 0 vs. 0 = same

    Only Mclaren and Red Bull have more points 17 races into the season that last year – the main reason I would say is reliability as unless a major jump is made the outside top 3 teams are always fighting over what is left and will in most cases only score well if there are accidents or reliability issues witht the top 3 teams.
    Top 3 teams have 79.3% of the points (69.8% in 2010) and 91% of the max possible points (1-6 finish every race).
    If you look at top 6 finishes of non top 3 team you have:
    In total 17 times with total points 168 – last year that was 33 times with total points 353 points.
    In 2011 there were 10 DNS of top 3 vs. 20 DNS in 2010.

    So next to reliability issues the performance gap between top 3 and rest have increased as well, in 17 races the top 3 have got 163 points more than last year all of which has gone to Vettel as he has 168 more points than last year while Webber, Alonso, Massa, Button and Hamilton have together 5 points less.

  12. Jelle van der Meer (@jelle-van-der-meer) said on 1st November 2011, 8:19

    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.

    Keith – Petrov did get a penalty for the India race – he got a 5 place grid penalty for crashing Schumacher out of the Korean race

  13. celeste (@celeste) said on 2nd November 2011, 21:23

    I think this is a little interesting:

    There have being 824 F1 drivers on 61 years of history.
    Only 32 have been World Champions: 3.9% probability
    Only 13 have been multiple world champion: 1.5% probability
    Only 7 have been two time champions of the world: 0.85% probability
    Only 5 have been 3 time champions or the world: 0.6% probability
    Only 1 have been 4 time champion: 0.1% probability
    Only 1 have been 5 time champion:0.1% probability
    Only 1 have been 7 time champion:0.1% probability

    There for nationality:
    United Kindom have had 158 drivers on F1 history, only 10 have become world champion 6.3%
    German have had 50 drivers on F1 history, only two have become world champion 4%
    Brasil have had 30 F1 drivers, only 3 have become world champion 10%

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