Michael Schumacher, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Rubens Barrichello, Interlagos, 2011

Massa makes 100 Ferrari starts but no podium

2011 Brazilian GP stats and factsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Rubens Barrichello, Interlagos, 2011
Michael Schumacher, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Rubens Barrichello, Interlagos, 2011

Felipe Massa made his 100th start for Ferrari in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

During the race weekend Ferrari presented him with a cake and signed engine cover which also marked ten years since his F1 debut.

He is the tenth different driver to start 100 races with the same team:

Driver Starts Team
Michael Schumacher 180 Ferrari
David Coulthard 150 McLaren
Jacques Laffite 132 Ligier
Mika H?‚?Ůkkinen 131 McLaren
Alain Prost 107 McLaren
Nelson Piquet 106 Brabham
Fernando Alonso 105 Renault
Pierluigi Martini 102 Minardi
Rubens Barrichello 102 Ferrari
Felipe Massa 100 Ferrari

However he didn’t have much to celebrate during the race. He failed to better his season-best finishing position of fifth, meaning he ended the year with no podiums, while team mate Fernando Alonso has scored ten including victory at Silverstone.

The last Ferrari driver to go an entire season without finishing on the podium was Didier Pironi in 1981. Team mate Gilles Villeneuve finished on the podium three times that year, including two wins.

Vettel claims pole record

Sebastian Vettel made a new record for the most pole positions in a single season, setting his 15th of the year on Saturday.

He set pole in 78.95% of races this year which is the fifth-highest strike rate of all time:

Year Driver Poles Starts Strike rate
1992 Nigel Mansell 14 16 87.5%
1993 Alain Prost 13 16 81.25%
1989 Ayrton Senna 13 16 81.25%
1988 Ayrton Senna 13 16 81.25%
2011 Sebastian Vettel 15 19 78.95%
1956 Juan Manuel Fangio 6 8 75%

Vettel needed two more pole positions this year to beat Mansell’s strike rate.

This was Vettel’s 30th career pole position which means only five drivers in F1 history have made more starts from first place than he has:

Driver Poles Starts Strike rate
Michael Schumacher 68 286 23.78%
Ayrton Senna 65 161 40.37%
Jim Clark 33 72 45.83%
Alain Prost 33 199 16.58%
Nigel Mansell 32 187 17.11%
Sebastian Vettel 30 81 37.04%
Juan Manuel Fangio 29 51 56.86%

Mark Webber’s first win of the year means five different drivers won races in 2011. It was his seventh win, giving him as many as Juan Pablo Montoya and Rene Arnoux.

That gave Red Bull their 27th win, putting them level with Benetton in the list of all-time winners:

Team Wins Starts Strike rate
Ferrari 216 831 25.99%
McLaren 175 703 24.89%
Williams 113 572 19.76%
Lotus 79 529 14.93%
Brabham 35 394 8.88%
Renault 35 300 11.67%
Benetton 27 260 10.38%
Red Bull 27 126 21.43%

Webber also took his 13th fastest lap, putting him level with Jacky Ickx, Alan Jones and Riccardo Patrese – and leaving him four ahead of his team mate. It was Webber’s seventh fastest lap of the year, the most of any driver.

For the third year in a row the pole sitter failed to win the Brazilian Grand Prix. The last four races at Interlagos have all seen a different constructor on pole position: Red Bull, Williams, Brawn and Ferrari. Unusually, McLaren’s last pole position here was Mika Hakkinen’s in 2000.

Jan Charouz made his first appearance in an F1 race weekend when he drove for HRT during practice. He is only the second driver from the Czech Republic to appear in an F1 weekend, the other being Tomas Enge, who started three races for Prost in 2001.

Goodbye to Renault and Virgin

It was the 300th and last race for Renault before the team takes over Lotus’s identity in 2012.

Since they first appeared in F1 in 1977 the team has recorded 35 wins, 51 pole positions and two constructors’ championships. The drivers’ championship has been claimed by a Renault driver on two occasions: Alonso’s back-to-back triumphs in 2005 and 2006.

Virgin also made their last appearance before transforming into Marussia in time for next season. Since entering F1 at the beginning of last year they hold the record for making the most race starts (38) without scoring a point. HRT are behind them on 37, having failed to start this year’s Australian Grand Prix.

That covers off the stats for this weekend’s race but there’s much more to come in the F1 Fanatic 2011 season review, starting here soon.

In the meantime you can review some of the season statistics so far here:

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

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  1. Webber’s 7 fastest laps this season puts him tied for 8th most fastest laps in a season with Schumacher, Prost, and Piquet. The only other drivers in the top 10 on that list are all world champions: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Formula_One_driver_records#Most_fastest_laps_in_a_season

  2. Vettel took 11 wins, 5 2nd places and 1 third – exactly the same as Michael Schumacher in 2002.

  3. Vettel for sure in years time will break pole record of Schumacher.

  4. Jenson Button’s third place at Interlagos takes him to an impressive 3rd in the all time points scored table:

    1 SCHUMACHER Michael 1,517
    2 ALONSO Fernando 1,086
    3 BUTTON Jenson 811
    4 PROST Alain 798.50
    5 VETTEL Sebastian 773
    6 HAMILTON Lewis 723
    7 WEBBER Mark 669.50

    Alain Prost’s points were of course, all scored before the new higher points systems of late.

    1. As were most of Michael’s! ;-)

    2. I think this is a stat that really needs to be put to bed or officially adjusted. The tenth point for a win and points down to 8th etc. were things that could almost be passable when comparing early F1 to modern times, but now that points are essentially worth 2.5 times as much its far too skewed.

      1. I think average finishing position would be a better barometer.

  5. Another stat: Every driver from Alonso upwards score more points than Vettel did last year.

  6. Nice statistics Keith! Proves just how good Sebastien Vettel now is compared to other legendary drivers of years gone by. To be that close at such a young age to the likes of Aryton Senna is something he can be very proud of. Vettel has not just won the championship this year, he has dominated it in such a crushing fashion that Senna himself would have been no doubt proud of.
    Alot has been written about the strength of the Red Bull chassis and the part it has played in Vettel’s double world championship. For this there is no doubt, and it was the case for Nigel Mansell in 1992 and Senna in 1988 for example. But, as with those two superb drivers, you have to have the quality behind the wheel to achieve these statistics. Vettel has that quality, which at times, has made the rest of the grid look quite average.
    However, Vettel’s dominance is not just down to skill and car performance on the part of Red Bull. Alot can be attributed to the lack of pace from McLaren and Ferrari, both of which have been caught cold by Red Bull’s progress in 2011. Despite the great performances by Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso, both teams found it impossible to catch Red Bull. This
    obviously made Red Bull’s task all the more easier. As it was with Williams in 1992, they maintained their advantage throughout the season and never looked back.
    If Ferrari or McLaren deliver a car in 2012 like Red Bull have done this year, then Vettel will have a fight on his hands. Ferrari are not stupid. Signing Alonso to a multi year contract earlier this year clearly states just how confident they are that they have the right man in their car. All they need now is a machine that matches Fernando’s obvious talent. McLaren ofcourse have Lewis Hamilton and the vastly impressive Button aswell, so if they can improve on 2011, then ding dong. That ofcourse, is the hope of every fan at the moment.
    Nobody really hated Michael Schumacher, but seeing him win year after year did get a little tiresome after five straight seasons. F1 thrives on close battles and titles coming down to the wire. Fingers crossed!

  7. Sounds a bit harsh on Virgin regarding the number of race starts without a point. The only reason HRT aren’t level with them is that they were deemed to slow to start the race!

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