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:

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

  1. JCost (@jcost) said on 14th November 2011, 14:22

    @Keith,

    During race, Martin and DC were discussing Vettel’s puncture and were talking about tyre pressure limits set by Pirelli, is this only a “Pirelli disclaimer” or something FIA can support a decision to penalise a team for disrespecting tyre supplier’s recommendations?

  2. GravyMonster (@gravymonster) said on 14th November 2011, 15:34

    Until his retirement in Abu Dhabi, Vettel has spent every lap of every race in a points-paying position – even after making pit stops.

  3. jw393 (@) said on 14th November 2011, 15:42

    Interesting Stat (well maybe): Hamilton’s Race Wins this year have been within 32 seconds of each other (always around the early 1hr 37min mark)

  4. sato113 (@sato113) said on 14th November 2011, 16:46

    how did Hamilton lead 182 laps in 2009? he only won 2 races…

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th November 2011, 16:48

      @sato113 He was in contention for victory at other races, like at Valencia and Monza.

      • sato113 (@sato113) said on 14th November 2011, 17:39

        ah yes, the botched valencia race for mclaren and he led a few at monza. thanks.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th November 2011, 17:47

          @sato113 It wasn’t botched, that was a load of nonsense put about by a few tabloid writers who hadn’t bothered to look at the lap charts. No way was he going to stay in front of Barrichello at his last pit stop.

          • sato113 (@sato113) said on 14th November 2011, 19:35

            ok but it certainly didn’t help. He could’ve come out right behind BAR and then apply more pressure until the chequered flag. he was only 2.3 secs behind at the flag, so the pace was there for HAM.

          • JACKBRABHAMFAN said on 14th November 2011, 20:49

            “It wasn’t botched, that was a load of nonsense put about by a few tabloid writers who hadn’t bothered to look at the lap charts.”

            This is what wikipedia says about the race.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_European_Grand_Prix)

            ———–
            “Hamilton was ordered over the radio to try and cool down his rear brakes as the temperature were getting out of control, but he was unable to shake off the challenge of Barrichello in second.[25]

            Hamilton seemed to have found some pace but he pitted soon after on lap 37. He comes in but his new tyres are still in their blankets and a lot of time was wasted. A 14 second stop seemed to be it for Lewis as Rubens was flying out on the track. Barrichello came in three laps later on lap 40 and came out in first.”
            ———–
            Wouldn’t you consider a 14 second pitstop blotched? Especially when the tires were still in the blankets?

            And as Sato writes “he was only 2.3 secs behind at the flag, so the pace was there for HAM.”

            Don’t you agree that the “not blotched 14 second pitstop as you claim , could have cost Lewis the 2.3 margin which allowed Rubens to win?

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th November 2011, 21:11

            As I said on here to someone else recently (and, predictably, got no reply), you do realise anyone can edit Wikipedia to say anything and then link to it?

            I have nothing to add to what I originally wrote on the race, which was that the pit stop in all likelihood did not cost Hamilton the win:

            Barrichello’s win and Badoer’s struggle examined (European Grand Prix analysis)

          • jackbrabhamfan said on 15th November 2011, 3:01

            “As I said on here to someone else recently (and, predictably, got no reply), you do realise anyone can edit Wikipedia to say anything and then link to it?”

            With due all respect, you are linking back to your own article, not a third party

            The point is did or did not Lewis have a 14 second pit stop? If that is false then I would appreciate you saying so.

            And referring back to your linked article and graph (http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/barr_mclarens_europe.jpg),
            after the 2nd lap, the closest Rubens got to Lewis except for the 1st round of pitstops was 3 seconds, till Lewis’s 2nd blotched 14 second pitstop after which Rubens led by six seconds on lap 41. After the 43rd lap, Lewis reeled in much faster laps than Ruben and brought the gap down to 2.3 seconds at the end of the race.

            From your own graph: Fact- Rubens won the race. Fact -Lewis’s blotched pistop turned a 4 second lead in to a 6 second deficit after the second set of pitstops.
            Fact: Lewis’s charge at Rubens reduced the deficit from almost 6 on lap 41 to 2.3 on Lap 57.
            Visually the plot of Rubens VS Lewis was upward (laps 1-15, Lewis faster) or almost flat (21-35, Rubens was constant). At no time was the plot of Rubens Vs Lewis downwards
            Where as the plot of Lewis Vs Rubens was downwards(41-57, Lewis faster)

            At no time except during the pitstops did Rubens do a sustained charge to reduce the deficit to less than 4 seconds. (the first round of pitstops cost Hekki the 2nd place and Lewis about 4 seconds.

            While one cannot say with 100% certainty (in the sense that nothing in life is certain), that the pit stops cost Lewis the the victory, from your own graph it is certain that the both rounds of pit stops cost Lewis cost 4 seconds in the first round (8 second lead to a 4 second lead) and 10 seconds in the 2nd round (4 second lead in to a 6 second deficit).

            Please correct me if I read your graph wrong.

        • jackbrabhamfan said on 15th November 2011, 3:12

          From your 2009 Article, you say “Hamilton’s slow pit stop plus Barrichello’s performance advantage turned a four second advantage before his final pit stop into a six second deficit.”

          Where is Ruben’s performance advantage? At no point did Rubens do 10 consecutive laps faster that Lewis.

          I apologize for talking about events in 2009 but I would have done it then if I had been reading your blog.

  5. Juan Pablo Heidfeld (@juan-pablo-heidfeld-1) said on 14th November 2011, 16:55

    Suprising that Hamilton lead more laps in 2009 than 2010

  6. 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).

  7. 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.

  8. 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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