2012 in statistics part one: The year in context

2012 F1 season reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Interlagos, 2012In the first part of F1 Fanatic’s look at the year in statistics, here’s how 2012 compared with previous seasons.

It includes a look at how the team mates at the top four teams have compared since 2010, updated statistics on all the world champions and how ever-increasing reliability is changing the championship.

Three years of the same drivers in the top teams

The last three season have been unusual in that the four most successful teams – Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes – have all had unchanged driver line-ups.

With two of those changing for next year, let’s take the opportunity to compare how they all did.

This was also the first three years where points were awarded down to tenth place, so their points hauls have been compared as well:

Team Driver Qualifying average Race average Wins Poles Points
2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012
Red Bull Sebastian Vettel 2.0 1.2 5.0 3.6 1.5 4.4 5 11 5 10 15 6 256 392 281
Mark Webber 2.5 3.7 5.8 4.0 3.3 6.1 4 1 2 5 3 2 242 258 179
Ferrari Fernando Alonso 5.8 4.5 6.1 4.5 3.4 3.2 5 1 3 2 0 2 252 257 278
Felipe Massa 7.8 5.7 9.8 7.1 6.3 8.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 118 122
McLaren Lewis Hamilton 5.2 3.5 4.3 3.7 3.7 5.3 3 3 4 1 1 7 240 227 190
Jenson Button 6.9 4.4 6.4 4.4 3.0 6.8 2 3 3 0 0 1 214 270 188
Mercedes Michael Schumacher 9.9 10.3 9.6 8.6 8.2 10.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 72 76 49
Nico Rosberg 7.4 7.5 9.4 6.5 7.6 8.7 0 0 1 0 0 1 142 89 93

The most closely-matched team mates during this time have been the McLaren pair. Lewis Hamilton has held a clear upper hand in qualifying, though Button has reduced that margin of superiority in the race. He scored more points than Hamilton in their three years together, though Hamilton’s two car failures while leading this year helped tip the balance in Button’s favour.

Fernando Alonso’s domination of Felipe Massa at Ferrari is starkly illustrated in these numbers. However Massa’s string of zeroes through the ‘poles’ and ‘wins’ column would have a one in it had he not been ordered to hand victory to Alonso at the Hockenheimring in 2010. This year was his worst yet, scoring 43.8% of Alonso’s points haul, the worst of any driver during this period.

The gap between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber has varied considerably. The pair were closely matched in 2010 but Vettel was miles ahead in 2011. This year Webber was on a par with his team mate in the first half of the season but dropped off badly in the second half.

Michael Schumacher reduced the gap to Nico Rosberg in 2011 only for it to increase again this year. But here too technical faults played a significant role: Mercedes’ five non-finishes due to technical failures this year all occurred on Schumacher’s side of the garage.

World champions

Here’s F1 Fanatic’s data on how the world champions compare at the end of the 2012 season.

To rank them, all their finishing results were tallied using the current points system, and averaged against the number of races which they did not fail to be classified in due to a technical failure. This method was first used for the Champion of Champions series.

Michael Schumacher’s win rate fell from 36.7% to 29.7% during the course of his comeback, but it remains higher than that of any of the remaining world champions.

Pos Name Wins (%) Poles (%) Fastest laps (%) Car failures (%) Points/finish
1 Juan Manuel Fangio 24 (47.06%) 29 (56.86%) 23 (45.10%) 17.65 20.79
2 Alberto Ascari 13 (40.63%) 14 (43.75%) 12 (37.50%) 18.75 17.15
3 Jackie Stewart 27 (27.27%) 17 (17.17%) 15 (15.15%) 32.32 16.55
4 Jim Clark 25 (34.72%) 33 (45.83%) 28 (38.89%) 29.17 16.45
5 Giuseppe Farina 5 (15.15%) 5 (15.15%) 5 (15.15%) 15.15 15.96
6 Alain Prost 51 (25.63%) 33 (16.58%) 41 (20.60%) 16.58 14.96
7 Ayrton Senna 41 (25.47%) 65 (40.37%) 19 (11.80%) 20.50 14.70
8 Michael Schumacher 91 (29.74%) 68 (22.22%) 77 (25.16%) 10.78 14.25
9 Sebastian Vettel 26 (25.74%) 36 (35.64%) 15 (14.85%) 9.90 13.67
10 Mike Hawthorn 3 (6.67%) 4 (8.89%) 6 (13.33%) 22.22 13.37
11 Jochen Rindt 6 (10.00%) 10 (16.67%) 3 (5.00%) 55.00 13.26
12 Lewis Hamilton 21 (19.09%) 26 (23.64%) 12 (10.91%) 5.45 12.41
13 Fernando Alonso 30 (15.31%) 22 (11.22%) 19 (9.69%) 8.67 12.33
14 Niki Lauda 25 (14.62%) 24 (14.04%) 24 (14.04%) 34.50 11.99
15 Nigel Mansell 31 (16.58%) 32 (17.11%) 30 (16.04%) 32.62 11.98
16 Jack Brabham 14 (11.38%) 13 (10.57%) 12 (9.76%) 34.96 11.74
17 Kimi Raikkonen 19 (10.86%) 16 (9.14%) 37 (21.14%) 16.00 11.60
18 Mika Hakkinen 20 (12.42%) 26 (16.15%) 25 (15.53%) 24.22 11.33
19 Denny Hulme 8 (7.14%) 1 (0.89%) 9 (8.04%) 25.89 11.33
20 Damon Hill 22 (19.13%) 20 (17.39%) 19 (16.52%) 14.78 11.13
21 Nelson Piquet 23 (11.27%) 24 (11.76%) 23 (11.27%) 24.51 10.96
22 Phil Hill 3 (6.38%) 6 (12.77%) 6 (12.77%) 27.66 10.74
23 John Surtees 6 (5.41%) 8 (7.21%) 11 (9.91%) 44.14 10.58
24 Jody Scheckter 10 (8.93%) 3 (2.68%) 5 (4.46%) 18.75 9.85
25 James Hunt 10 (10.87%) 14 (15.22%) 8 (8.70%) 29.35 9.68
26 Emerson Fittipaldi 14 (9.72%) 6 (4.17%) 6 (4.17%) 25.69 9.29
27 Graham Hill 14 (8.00%) 13 (7.43%) 10 (5.71%) 33.14 9.00
28 Mario Andretti 12 (9.38%) 18 (14.06%) 10 (7.81%) 39.84 8.71
29 Alan Jones 12 (10.34%) 6 (5.17%) 13 (11.21%) 28.45 8.52
30 Keke Rosberg 5 (4.39%) 5 (4.39%) 3 (2.63%) 38.60 8.50
31 Jenson Button 15 (6.58%) 8 (3.51%) 8 (3.51%) 11.40 8.03
32 Jacques Villeneuve 11 (6.75%) 13 (7.98%) 9 (5.52%) 22.70 6.77

Season data, 1992-2012

After a year in which most of the winning was done by one team and one driver, 2012 saw a much closer field and a lot more variation in terms of who was doing the winning.

Eight different drivers won races during the year, the most since 2003. The most races won by a single driver was Sebastian Vettel’s five.

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/stats.csv

1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Number of races 16 16 16 17 16 17 16 16 17 17 17 16 18 19 18 17 18 17 19 19 20
Different drivers 37 35 46 35 24 28 23 24 23 26 23 24 25 27 27 26 22 25 27 28 25
Different winners 5 4 4 5 4 6 4 6 4 5 4 8 5 5 5 4 7 6 5 5 8
Most wins by individual 9 7 8 9 8 7 8 5 9 9 11 6 13 7 7 6 6 6 5 11 5
Different pole sitters 3 3 7 4 3 6 4 4 4 5 3 6 7 9 6 4 6 8 5 3 7
Most pole positions by individual 14 13 6 7 9 10 9 11 6 11 7 5 8 6 6 6 7 4 10 15 7
Different lap leaders 5 5 7 8 8 11 6 11 5 7 6 13 11 11 11 12 15 13 8 8 13

Reliability, 1992-2012

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/stats.csv

1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Classified finishers 44.89 52.91 46.17 50.24 50.29 56.88 57.95 52.56 58.56 60.7 57.97 66.88 72.5 74.2 69.19 75.13 77.72 82.06 76.97 81.36 83.54
Mechanical failures 27.14 24.03 25.9 31.1 24.27 24.6 26.42 29.55 25.13 27.01 29.12 24.38 16.94 11.44 18.18 13.64 8.7 9.12 13.15 10.75 7.71
Other DNFs 27.97 23.06 27.93 18.66 25.44 18.52 15.63 17.9 16.31 12.3 12.91 8.75 10.56 14.36 12.63 11.23 13.59 8.82 9.88 7.89 8.75

F1 teams continued to improve their reliability in 2012 and several drivers finished every race without suffering a race-ending mechanical failure.

With one of the teams that had the most failures this year – HRT – off the grid in 2013, expect it to improve further. But the major change in the regulations coming in 2014 will likely increase the number of retirements, at least temporarily.

Although there were several high-profile crashes during the year the number of retirements for reasons other than technical failure was not unusually high. There were 38 non-classifications due to accidents compared to 37 technical failures during races plus Petrov’s failure to start in Silverstone due to an engine problem.

The second part of the the 2012 F1 season in statistics will pick out the most interesting stats and facts of the year.

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