Third Canada win for Hamilton in 300th race for McLaren-Mercedes

Canadian Grand Prix stats and facts

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Montreal, 2012Lewis Hamilton’s Canadian Grand Prix victory was the seventh different winner in a row at the start of the season.

This is already a record for the beginning of a season, and it brings F1 another step closer to the all-time record of nine different winners in a row.

Hamilton’s credentials as a specialist around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was underlined by his third win from five starts at the track.

This was his 18th career victory, putting him level with Kimi Raikkonen in 14th place on the list of drivers with most wins.

Sebastian Vettel recorded his 32nd career pole position. He now has as many as Nigel Mansell, and is tied for fifth place on the all-time record list.

It was Red Bull’s third pole position in the last four races.

Vettel set the 11th fastest lap of his career on the final tour – he now has as many as Hamilton. He is the first driver this year to set two fastest laps.

Hamilton now has more podium finishes than any other driver this year, with four. Fernando Alonso is the only other driver with more than two.

300th start for McLaren-Mercedes

The race marked the 300th for the McLaren-Mercedes partnership, which began at the 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix. Or, as McLaren put it, the 300th for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes/ExxonMobil/Mercedes-Benz/Enkei partnership.

Note this was the 301st participation for that combination in a race weekend, their cars having not started the 2005 United States Grand Prix.

McLaren have scored 177 wins, of which 73 were with Mercedes engines. The first was David Coulthard’s victory in the 1997 Australian Grand Prix.

Schumacher’s rare unreliability

Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2011Michael Schumacher’s fourth non-finish due to a technical failure is the worst reliability rate of any driver on the grid. Next is Charles Pic with three.

Schumacher has had as many race-ending technical failures in the first seven races of 2012 as he did throughout the whole of 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 – an 87-race run. His retirements then were as follows:

2001 San Marino Grand Prix – Suspension
2001 German Grand Prix – Fuel pressure
2005 Bahrain Grand Prix – Hydraulics
2005 Spanish Grand Prix – Puncture

During that period he had five other retirements due to accidents.

F1’s oldest driver dies

Formula 1’s oldest surviving driver passed away following the Monaco Grand Prix. Paul Pietsch was the first F1 driver to reach the age of 100, and died three weeks before what would have been his 101st birthday on May 31st. Pietsch started three races in the world championship era in the early fifties. Before the Second World War he drove for Auto Union and Maserati.

Robert Manzon succeeds him as the oldest surviving Formula 1 driver. The French driver, who made his final F1 start at Monza in 1956, is 95.

More Canadian Grand Prix stats and facts

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Montreal, 2012Second place was Romain Grosjean’s highest finish to date. His points haul helped move Lotus back in front of Ferrari in the constructors’ championship.

Lap 19 was Fernando Alonso’s 1,500th at the front of a Grand Prix. He has now led 1,514 laps – only eight drivers in F1 history have led more.

Vitaly Petrov started from 18th place for the fourth race in a row. Pastor Maldonado’s starting positions in the last four races are 21st, 1st, 24th and 22nd.

Hamilton and Alonso remain the only drivers to have scored points in every race so far this year. Along with Vettel, Raikkonen and Nico Rosberg, they are the only drivers to have covered all 441 laps in races so far.

Maldonado has the most penalties so far this year with four, all incurred during qualifying. Vitaly Petrov is next with three, Hamilton and Schumacher are the only others with more than one.

Heikki Kovalainen has made the most pit stops this year with 22, followed by Jenson Button on 21. Felipe Massa and the Toro Rosso pair are next on 18.

Ferrari enjoyed their best combined grid positions of the year so far (third and sixth) at the track where they had their best qualifying performance last year (second and third). Alonso and Massa replicated their starting positions of 2010.

Finally, this was the first time the top three places on the podium were filled by drivers who graduated to F1 from GP2. Hamilton was GP2 champion in 2006, Grosjean in 2011, and Perez was runner-up to Maldonado in 2010.

Review the year so far in statistics here:

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

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82 comments on Third Canada win for Hamilton in 300th race for McLaren-Mercedes

  1. Jelle van der Meer (@jelle-van-der-meer) said on 11th June 2012, 15:01

    That 1500 laps led stat on Alonso is interesting but most shocking was when I compared that to Vettel’s 1471 laps (Vettel led 400kms more than Alonso). Then considering how much longer Alonso is in the sport I am amazed Vettel has been leading so much already.

    • Theo1 said on 12th June 2012, 7:41

      I think 2011 had something to do with that. This is Vettel’s 4th straight year in a WDC worthy car too. Alonso, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012. Looking back, Alonso hasn’t the luxury of a pole-grabbing car either for the past 5 years. His victories have mostly come from the back, bar Italy/Singapore 2010. You can see why they would be this close!

  2. Sebring Mike (@sebring-mike) said on 11th June 2012, 15:09

    Apart from reaching a most deserved first win of this season, Hamilton was one of the few drivers to wave a national flag on the victory lap. I know Ayrton Senna did. Two questions: How many others have done the same? Did he have the flag already in the car or was it handed to him before the BBC edited the highlights?

  3. Nick.UK (@) said on 11th June 2012, 15:21

    The big stat that is impressing me at the moment is Alonso’s 20 race finishing streak… all of which have been points scoring with only 2 failing to be double digit hauls, 11 of which have been on the podium!


    • Nick.UK (@) said on 11th June 2012, 15:27

      So that’s top 5 finishes in 18 of the passed 20 races!

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 11th June 2012, 22:11

      @nick-uk Alonso needs one more points finish for 20 in a row.

      This streak began at the 2011 European Grand Prix after he failed to score in Canada last year. If he finishes in the points in the next race, that will be his 20th in a row.

  4. Theoddkiwi (@theoddkiwi) said on 11th June 2012, 15:24

    Hamilton has had a Pole position and a Race win in every season he has competed. Is he the only one?

    • andae23 (@andae23) said on 11th June 2012, 16:53

      Yes he is! The only one that comes close to this record is the legendary Fangio, who had a pole and a win in every season between 1950 and 1957. Too bad he competed in the 1958 season as well, else he would share this record with Hamilton.

    • MylesW (@mpw1985) said on 11th June 2012, 23:05

      Very interesting indeed. Although, if you count full F1 seasons, then Vettel also holds that honor. Discounting his time at Torro Rosso in 2007, he’s poled and won in every full season he’s raced.

      • Theoddkiwi (@theoddkiwi) said on 12th June 2012, 8:58

        Unfortunately with statistics you can’t just pick and choose.

        If i wanted to pick and choose Vettel took 22 races to get his first win in, which is more than a full season and far inferior to Hamilton
        Vettel has enough states atleast let someone else have some of them.

  5. BasCB (@bascb) said on 11th June 2012, 16:49

    A stat of a different nature here. Yesterday’s race had 682.000 people watching it in the Czech Republic, ranking third behind only the movie Lidice (about the Czech town completely wiped out on this weekend, 50 years ago, after the killing of Heydrich during WWII) which drew 1,49 million and another movie having about 200.000 more viewers.

    • Alex Frost (@frosty) said on 12th June 2012, 19:16

      I saw this, carried on reading a few more comments absent mindedly, then had a massive what the hell moment and came back to give a double look at this. Anyone know why this happened? Seems incredibly odd to me but I might be missing something…

  6. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 11th June 2012, 18:39

    A few other interesting stats that you can consider.

    5/7 winners of the season stood on the podium for the 1st time in 2012 directly as winners.

    Button – Australia (obviously)
    Alonso – Malaysia
    Rosberg – China
    Maldonado – Spain
    Webber – Monaco

    Not only has 2012 seen 7 different winners but it has also seen all 7 different runner ups to those winners.

    • WidowFactory (@widowfactory) said on 12th June 2012, 13:05

      I’ve read this 3 times now and i still don’t understand what it means??

      • Alex Frost (@frosty) said on 12th June 2012, 19:22

        I.e. the winners hadn’t previously been on the podium all season before taking a win. Hence why Button was obvious. Not sure how likely it is that this stat will go up to 6 winners though, I can’t see anyone else managing this, except possibly Schumacher if something crazy happens at a Merc friendly track. Maybe Massa if he gets he and Ferrari get their form back. And Alonso retires before Massa has to let him through, I guess.

  7. James_mc (@james_mc) said on 11th June 2012, 21:49

    Lewis Hamilton has now raced more races for McLaren (97) than his idol Ayrton Senna. Only Coulthard, Hakkinen and Prost have started more F1 races for the team.

  8. 1992 Peugeot Talbot Sport (@peugeot-905-92-93-le-mans-winner) said on 11th June 2012, 22:03

    “Hamilton was GP2 champion in 2005, Grosjean in 2011, and Perez was runner-up to Maldonado in 2010.”

    Hamilton was GP2 Champion in 2006. Kovlainen was 2005 GP2 Champ!!!

  9. paulgilb (@paulgilb) said on 11th June 2012, 22:08

    Schumacher’s list of technical retirements appears to be missing Turkey 2005, where he had a technical problem, spent about 13 laps in the pits, rejoined to improve his position (due to the qualifying format in use at the time), before retiring for good. Whilst one could argue that this wasn’t a technical retirement as such, it was a technical problem that ultimately led to the retirement (and it definitely was not a crash/accident retirement).

  10. James (@goodyear92) said on 12th June 2012, 3:52

    Some more interesting stats, 10 different drivers have already stood on the podium and they are the top 10 in the championship.
    Lewis Hamilton – 4 Podiums (3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 1st)
    Fernando Alonso – 3 Podiums (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
    Sebastian Vettel – 2 Podiums (2nd, 1st)
    Mark Webber – 1 Podium (1st)
    Nico Rosberg – 2 Podiums (1st, 2nd)
    Kimi Raikkonen – 1 Podium (3rd)
    Romain Grosjean – 2 Podiums (3rd, 2nd)
    Jenson Button – 2 podiums (1st, 2nd)
    Sergio Perez – 2 Podiums (2nd, 3rd)
    Pastor Maldanado – 1 Podium (1st)
    Only two drivers have had multiple pole positions, and it’s no surprise who they are.
    Lewis Hamilton – 2(3) Pole positions – Aus, Mal (Spa)
    Sebastian Vettel – 2 Pole positions – Bah, Can

  11. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 12th June 2012, 12:55

    Good to see that Vettel isn’t disappearing into obscurity and is still going after those records, though probably not consciously!

  12. Can someone tell me how many races does Hamilton have won for Mclaren-Merc?

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