Alonso is fifth driver to reach 30 wins

2012 German Grand Prix stats and facts

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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115 comments on Alonso is fifth driver to reach 30 wins

  1. sumedh said on 23rd July 2012, 14:34

    Wow! Lewis has been on podium for 46 of his 100 races! It doesn’t seem as if he is on podium that often though.

    Two more wins will put Alonso beyond Nigel and the only people ahead of him would be the big 3 – Prost, Senna, Schumi.

    Off-topic, this was the first race where Fernando’s new girl-friend made an appearance ;)

  2. Carlitox (@carlitox) said on 23rd July 2012, 14:44

    A little one that I heard some time ago: First time in the year that the current championship leader wins a race. That tendency last occured in 2010.

  3. Andrew81 (@andrew81) said on 23rd July 2012, 14:48

    Schumacher became the eighth different driver to set a fastest lap in the ten races this year. The record for most different drivers in a season is ten, which has happened six times including 2009. With Webber, Alonso and Hamilton yet to set fastest laps, we could easily see this record toppled.

    Rosberg finished higher than he started for the first time this season.

    Hamilton is now the only driver to have made Q3 every time this season.

  4. Dave (@davea86) said on 23rd July 2012, 14:51

    I believe this is the first round of the season where the championship leader going into the race has gone on to win. I think someone else mentioned that streak in the stats article of the last round but this is the first result to break that streak.

  5. KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 23rd July 2012, 15:34

    Could someone do a statistic about drivers’ 100th race start? It seems no-one does particularly well in their celebratory race.

  6. paulgilb (@paulgilb) said on 23rd July 2012, 18:44

    As has been alluded to elsewhere, Vettel’s penalty meant that Raikkonen scored a podium finish without having to face the media. I believe the last driver to manage this was Alex Wurz in San Marino 2005 (when Button was DSQ’d from 3rd).

    It also gives Raikkonen a small piece of good fortune in a country where he has notoriously lacked it e.g. engine failure whilst leading in Nurburgring 2003, first-lap crash in Hockenheim 2003, rear-wing failure in Hockenheim 2004, last-lap suspension failure whilst leading in Nurburgring 2005, hydraulics failure whilst leading in Hockenheim 2005, hydraulics failure in Nurburgring 2007, radiator failure in Hockenheim 2009.

    And this is Alonso’s 5th win in Germany, but the first to come from pole (Heidfeld, Raikkonen x 2 and Vettel were the previous polesitters). 2 of his previous wins came after Raikkonen retired from the lead (both in 2005), and 2 came after a pass on Massa (Nurburgring 2007 and Hockenheim 2010). Alonso did however start on pole in Nurburgring 2006, but Schumacher beat him.

    Conversely, Raikkonen has been on pole 4 times in Germany but never won – in addition to Nurburgring 2003, Hockenheim 2005 and Nurburgring 2007, he was also on pole for Hockenheim 2006 (after he was under-fuelled in Q3 IIRC).

    • Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 23rd July 2012, 19:00

      Wow, poor Kimi, those unreliable McLaren’s really cost him back in the day. He could probably be a 2 time WDC with 30 wins like Alonso if it weren’t for all those car failures.

      Seems like he and Massa suffer the most misfortune when Alonso wins!

      • F1 Lunatic (@f1lunatic) said on 23rd July 2012, 20:45

        Wow, poor Kimi

        ha ha…poor kimi indeed!

        2005 was a heart wrenching season for me, but not anymore than the 2003 Japanese GP, missed the WC by a hair’s breadth!

        Seems like he and Massa suffer the most misfortune when Alonso wins!

        FACT!!!

        But i guess that one incredible win at 2005 suzuka makes up for all the loss!

        • Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 24th July 2012, 7:24

          But i guess that one incredible win at 2005 suzuka makes up for all the loss!

          I don’t know if it makes up for all the loss. Norbert Haug once went on record saying the Mercedes owed Kimi a couple championships after all their engine failures costing him so dearly in 03 and 05.

          Poor Massa sure hasn’t had anything to make up for it either, 2008 was his year, the mistakes that lost him the championship were the mistakes of the team, whereas most of Lewis’ mistakes that year were mistakes of his own accord.

          Still, none of that takes away from the incredible things Alonso continues to keep doing. He just picks up the pieces when the other drivers falter, and he does it better than anyone else.

  7. Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 23rd July 2012, 19:07

    Schumacher and Alonso both scored their 3oth win in their 3rd seasons of driving for Ferrari. Whereas it was Alonso’s 188th start in his 11th season, Schumacher did it as his 110th start in his 8th season.

    Still, very interesting. Alonso is a bit behind the win rate curve of Michael, but his career is still emulating the 7 time champs in many ways.

    • RBAlonso (@rbalonso) said on 25th July 2012, 20:54

      @sdam tbh I agree with everything you say but obviously we should be careful as these kind of statistics are difficult to read into until the drivers career is finished.

      For example, Prost won 33 poles in his career which is very impressive. However, 13 of these were in an all conquering car. That means that he was only on pole 20 times in 12 seasons (183 starts) a far poorer record but much easier to believe since Prost was a notorious genius in the races. An it was in the Senna era.

      Another example is Mansell. 0 wins in his first 5 full seasons and two wins towards the tail end of 1985. Then 2 seasons of dominating Williams. This led to a move to Ferrari where he had poor results. A return to Willams gave him the best car again for a season and a half. So a total of 31 wins, which is great, but his wins were not as consistent as the other greats around him.

  8. F1 Lunatic (@f1lunatic) said on 23rd July 2012, 20:42

    A more straight-forward, but hitherto unmentioned fact….

    Mercedes/Schumacher pairing is the first time, that both former championship winners featuring as a Constructor-Driver pair, has made a simultaneous comeback into F1!

    And from a strict technical angle, Lotus-Raikkonen are the second such pair!

    aaaah! why do i still have the feeling that I’ve goofed up somewhere!!!

  9. dopey115 (@dopey115) said on 23rd July 2012, 20:45

    matt90 (@matt90) said on 23rd July 2012, 19:37

    *16
    And Tyrrell beat Sauber in number of races, if you discount their 1984 season when they were disqualified.

    funny, i dont recall sauber entering until 1993?

  10. F1 Lunatic (@f1lunatic) said on 23rd July 2012, 20:59

    First back-to-back winner in Alonso, at the new Hockenheimring( post 2001 re-design )!

  11. paulgilb (@paulgilb) said on 23rd July 2012, 22:17

    First time this season that Grosjean has finished a race outside the top 6.

    In both the last 2 races Schumacher has started 3rd and finished 7th.

    Maldonado has been classified outside the points in each of the last 3 races despite starting each one in the top 7.

    Under Bernie’s medal system, Button would be 3rd in the Drivers’ Championship (and Maldonado would be ahead of Raikkonen).

    • Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 24th July 2012, 7:27

      Just goes to show how stupid of an idea that medals system was.

    • matt90 (@matt90) said on 24th July 2012, 13:16

      I don’t think that’s right. Didn’t the medal system only count for deciding the winner? And all other placed would still be decided by points? I think that was the case, and was probably the most ridiculous part of the idea that was often overlooked.

  12. Mike the bike Schumacher (@mike-the-bike-schumacher) said on 23rd July 2012, 22:20

    Fairplay to Schumacher! Whatever u think or say about him, when u think about how old he is people that age have not been that competitive for generations. I think the fastest lap he did in interlargos in 06 was on his final lap of his previous career. That was a cool way to end it, I just hope he can repeat that when he retires for good.

  13. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 23rd July 2012, 23:00

    Top class facts as always, particularly like the breakdown about Hamilton’s career.

  14. Daniel Brown (@scuderiaferrarifanatic) said on 23rd July 2012, 23:21

    If Ferrari can sort out their pace in the middle stints, which is always when they suffer, and obtain good performance on the prime and options, and sort out getting the tyres up to it in quali, they can wrap this season.

    Fernando needs to stick it to Vettel in qualifying. That, will be the key to his 3rd WDC. If he cant, then Vettel will run away with it from the front. Vettel is useless unless he’s leading; he gets easily frustrated, and cracks under pressure when not in clean air, so bring on more of that.

    • Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 24th July 2012, 7:33

      Ferrari is really on the right track. Vettel and Webber had no answer for Alonso this weekend. If Massa hadn’t shattered his front wing to oblivion at the start I dare say he would have been high in the points as well, considering he made his way back up to 12th from the back of the field.

      The F2012 may still need a little work, Felipe a lot of work and some much better luck, but Alonso already has the edge he needs, he has more than a wins worth of points as a cushion, and he has the edge psychologically over Vettel. Webber doesn’t give a flip about any such thing, but it would still be a big task for him to reel in Fernando.

      Give Kimi’s Lotus a bit more pace, and he might just be the man for the challenge.

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