Mika Hakkinen, McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13, 1998

Hamilton closes on Hakkinen’s win tally

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

Mika Hakkinen, McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13, 1998Lewis Hamilton scored his 19th career win in the Hungarian Grand Prix, giving him one more than Kimi Raikkonen and one fewer than Mika Hakkinen. The latter, like Hamilton, scored all of his wins at the wheel of a McLaren-Mercedes.

Hamilton has now won three times at the Hungaroring, giving him as many as Ayrton Senna. Only Michael Schumacher has scored more wins at this track – four.

Hamilton’s 22nd pole position puts him level with Fernando Alonso again. It was his first win from pole since the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix.

McLaren bolstered their excellent record at the Hungaroring with their sixth win at the circuit in the last eight years.

They were also finally able to celebrate their 150th pole position. The team thought they had achieved this at the Spanish Grand Prix, only for Hamilton to be penalised after stopping on the track during the session.

Martin Whitmarsh said: “For all you trainspotters out there, our first was scored by Peter Revson, at Mosport Park, in Canada, on September 23rd 1972, in a McLaren M19C, with a lap-time of 1’13.6.

“Oh, and, by the way, I haven?t forgotten the 1968 Race of Champions at Brands Hatch, where we also got the pole, but that was a non-championship Formula 1 race!”

Ferrari have already passed the 200 pole positions mark, with 207.

Lotus: close to victory

Both Lotus drivers took turns leading the race and both finished on the podium – yet that breakthrough victory still eludes them. Kimi Raikkonen scored his third second-place finish of the season.

Romain Grosjean started on the front row for the first time in his F1 career. The last French driver to do so was Jean Alesi when he started second for Sauber in the 1999 French Grand Prix.

Lotus and McLaren have the most podium finishes this season – eight – with Ferrari on six (all courtesy of Alonso, of course) and Red Bull five. For comparison, after 11 races last year Red Bull had racked up 16 podium appearances.

Sebastian Vettel set fastest lap for the third time this year. This was the 12th fastest lap of his career, giving him as many as fellow multiple champions Alberto Ascari and Jack Brabham, plus Rene Arnoux and Juan Pablo Montoya.

Alonso and McLaren rack up the points

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hungaroring, 2012Alonso missed out on the chance to score his 31st Grand Prix victory on his 31st birthday – and deprived me of an easy headline!

However he did score his 23rd consecutive points finish which means he needs just one more to equal Michael Schumacher’s record. As noted here earlier, the change in the points system has helped his cause somewhat.

The same also goes for McLaren, who can reach 50 consecutive races in the points at the next Grand Prix. Since Jenson Button joined Hamilton at the team at least one of them has scored in every race.

The record for most consecutive points finishes for a team is held by Ferrari, with 55 between the 1999 and 2003 Malaysian Grands Prix. Ferrari are also on a run of 39 consecutive points finishes.

Mercedes had their worst combined starting positions since last year’s Japanese Grand Prix with Nico Rosberg 13th and Schumacher 17th.

Pastor Maldonado collected his sixth penalty of 2012, one more than he had last year. These include three gearbox change penalties incurred in Bahrain, Monaco and Canada.

Kovalainen’s 100th start

Finally, Heikki Kovalainen started his 100th Grand Prix. As we did for Lewis Hamilton last week, here are his top ten finishes to date:

Position Races
1 1
2 2
3 1
4 4
5 7
6 3
7 5
8 6
9 3
10 3

Kovalainen has had a single pole position in the 2008 British Grand Prix. His hundred starts have come with Renault (17), McLaren (35), Lotus (37, plus one failure to start) and Caterham (11).

Review the year so far in statistics here:

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