Hamilton leads his 1,000th lap in F1

2011 Abu Dhabi GP stats and facts

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Lewis Hamilton recorded his 17th Grand Prix victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, putting him 15th on the list of all-time winners.

He also became the 17th driver to lead 1,000 laps in his career. Until this race he had led progressively fewer laps in every year he had been in F1.

Here’s how many laps he’s led in each season so far:

Year Laps led
2007 321
2008 294
2009 182
2010 100
2011 150
Total 1047

Hamilton took the lead after Sebastian Vettel retired. That means Vettel can no longer match Michael Schumacher’s record of winning 13 races in a season from 2004, nor Jim Clark’s record of leading 71.47% of laps in a season in 1963.

Hamilton and Vettel have quite an affinity for the Yas Marina circuit. They have locked out the front row of the grid for all three Abu Dhabi Grands Prix and led 146 of 165 laps at the circuit.

Vettel matched Nigel Mansell’s record for the most pole positions in a season. Both set 14 – Mansell in 16 races in 1992, Vettel in 18, with one still remaining this year.

His non-finish also means there are no drivers left who have finished every race this year. He and team mate Mark Webber are the only drivers to have finished 17 races this year.

Webber also set the 12th fastest lap of his career, giving him as many as Alberto Ascari, Jack Brabham, Rene Arnoux and Juan Pablo Montoya. It was his sixth fastest lap of the year, meaning he will definitely set the most of any driver this year.

This was the first race without a Red Bull on the podium since the Korean Grand Prix last year, which was also Vettel’s last race retirement.

Kamui Kobayashi scored his first points since the German Grand Prix.

Pastor Maldonado received two penalties in the race, meaning he has now received five over the course of the season which ties with Hamilton for the most received by a single driver. Maldonado has had a further two penalties in qualifying – one of which in Abu Dhabi for an engine change – and Hamilton one:

Williams had their worst ever starting positions for a race – 23rd and 24th.

Their previous worst was in the 1975 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen where Jacques Laffite and Lella Lombardi qualified 21st and 24th respectively. Incidentally, neither driver started that Grand Prix – Lombardi’s ignition failed and Laffite got visor cleaning fluid in his eye and couldn’t race.

Review the year so far in statistics here:

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

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108 comments on Hamilton leads his 1,000th lap in F1

  1. paulgilb (@paulgilb) said on 14th November 2011, 22:13

    Abu Dhabi 2009: Vettel starts 2nd behind Hamilton, takes the lead when Hamilton suffers his only race-ending mechanical failure of the season, and is never threatened from that point on.

    Abu Dhabi 2011: Hamilton starts 2nd behind Vettel, takes the lead when Vettel suffers his only race-ending mechanical failure of the season, and is never threatened from that point on.

    Vettel’s retirement means that each team has had at least 1 mechanical DNF and at least one non-mechanical DNF this season (Red Bull have had exactly 1 of each).

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 15th November 2011, 13:49

    and Laffite got visor cleaning fluid in his eye and couldn’t race” I shouldn’t laugh, but… :D

    Shame for Vettel. There is no doubt he has absolutely dominated this year, not only in points but in performance. I’m sure he would have loved to have smashed another couple of records, it may be the closest he ever comes.

  3. KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 18th November 2011, 8:38

    Does Vettel’s retirement mean that the driver who’s completed the most racing laps this year is… Webber?

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