Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hockenheim, 2012

Alonso is fifth driver to reach 30 wins

2012 German Grand Prix stats and factsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hockenheim, 2012Fernando Alonso’s German Grand Prix victory made him the fifth driver in F1 history to reach 30 race wins.

Here are the other four drivers who have done so, and how many races it took them to reach the milestone:

Driver 30th win Appearances
Michael Schumacher 1998 French Grand Prix 110
Ayrton Senna 1991 Monaco Grand Prix 115
Alain Prost 1988 Monaco Grand Prix 126
Nigel Mansell 1992 Portuguese Grand Prix 183
Fernando Alonso 2012 German Grand Prix 188

Alonso also started from the 22nd pole position of his career, giving him one more than Lewis Hamilton.

He continues to edge closer to Schumacher’s record for consecutive points finishes, needing just two more to tie on 24. More on that here.

It was Alonso’s third win at the Hockenheimring, adding to his 2005 and 2010 victories. Only Schumacher has won more times at this track, with four victories in 1995, 2002, 2004 and 2006. The first of those was on the track’s previous high-speed configuration.

Lewis Hamilton’s 100th race

Hamilton did not get the result he was hoping for in his 100th race start. For only the 12th time in his career he was not classified, having pulled off with deteriorating handling, a legacy of his puncture on lap two.

Hamilton has claimed pole position in over a fifth of the races he has started (21), set 11 fastest laps and won 18 times. Here are his top ten placings in his first 100 races:

Position Races
1st 18
2nd 16
3rs 12
4th 9
5th 9
6th 4
7th 4
8th 4
9th 2
10th 1

It was Heikki Kovalainen’s 100th appearance at an F1 race weekend but not his 100th start: he failed to start the Spanish Grand Prix in 2010 due to a gearbox problem on his Lotus.

Schumacher’s first fastest lap since comeback

Michael Schumacher set the fastest lap of the race. This was the first time he had done so since his return to the sport – his last came in his final race for Ferrari at Interlagos in 2006.

He already holds the record for most fastest laps. This was his 77th, increasing his lead over Prost to 36.

Schumacher is the oldest driver to set the fastest lap in a race since Jack Brabham 42 years ago. Only six drivers have set fastest lap at an older age than Schumacher:

Driver Race Age
Juan Manuel Fangio 1958 Argentinian Grand Prix 46 years, 209 days
Piero Taruffi 1952 Swiss Grand Prix 45 years, 219 days
Giuseppe Farina 1951 Italian Grand Prix 44 years, 321 days
Jack Brabham 1970 British Grand Prix 44 years, 107 days
Luigi Villoresi 1953 Dutch Grand Prix 44 years, 22 days
Karl Kling 1954 German Grand Prix 43 years, 319 days
Michael Schumacher 2012 German Grand Prix 43 years, 201 days

More German Grand Prix stats and facts

Kamui Kobayashi inherited his best career finish to date following Sebastian Vettel’s penalty, which moved the Sauber driver up to fourth.

Team mate Sergio Perez scored points for the third time in the last four races despite not having started any of them higher than 15th.

It was Mark Webber’s 100th race with Red Bull, who he joined in 2007. He also started 34 races for the team in 2003 and 2004 when they were Jaguar. Webber has made 186 starts so far and should pass his 200th next year with Red Bull, who he recently signed a contract extension with.

Jenson Button qualified ahead of Lewis Hamilton for the first time this year. He had started in front of him in previous races due to penalties.

McLaren were the fastest team in the pits for the third race in a row. They changed Button’s tyres in 2.31 seconds during his final stop, a new record.

Romain Grosjean equalled his worst starting position with 19th. He started their twice during his first F1 races with Renault, at Spa-Francorchamps and Yas Marina during the 2009 season.

Review the year so far in statistics here:

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