Raikkonen matches Hakkinen’s race win tally

2013 Australian Grand Prix stats and facts

Mika Hakkinen, McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13, 1998Kimi Raikkonen’s 20th career victory ties him with Mika Hakkinen as the second most successful Finnish F1 driver of all time in terms of race victories.

Raikkonen began his F1 career in 2001, the year Hakkinen retired from the sport. He previously won the Australian Grand Prix in 2007, and on that occasion Fernando Alonso also finished second. However Sebastian Vettel, third in yesterday’s race, was still three months away from making his F1 debut.

Raikkonen won from seventh on the grid in car number seven. It was only the 21st time a race has been won from that position, yet Raikkonen has done it three times now.

He scored his maiden win from seventh in Malaysia in 2003, and did it again in Canada in 2005. The only other time it’s been done since then was also at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, by Jenson Button in 2011.

This was the first time a Lotus car had won the first race of a season since 1978. On that occasion Mario Andretti won the Argentinian Grand Prix in Buenos Aires in a Lotus 78, going on to win the drivers’ championship in the year Lotus won their last constructors’ title.

The identity of the team which won the opening round of the season has changed every year since 2006. And a different constructor has won each of the last five races:

Track Winner Team
2006 Bahrain International Circuit Fernando Alonso Renault
2007 Albert Park Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
2008 Albert Park Lewis Hamilton McLaren
2009 Albert Park Jenson Button Brawn
2010 Bahrain International Circuit Fernando Alonso Ferrari
2011 Albert Park Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
2012 Albert Park Jenson Button McLaren
2013 Albert Park Kimi Raikkonen Lotus

Raikkonen also added the 38th fastest lap of his career, meaning he is now just three behind Alain Prost who has the second-highest count. And with his next one he’ll be past halfway to Michael Schumacher’s record tally of 77.

Sebastian Vettel achieved his 37th career pole position and for the second time in his career did so on Sunday. He did likewise at Suzuka in 2010, another occasion when qualifying was postponed to Sunday due to rain.

The only other time this happened was at Suzuka in 2004, when the circuit was closed on Saturday due to an approaching typhoon.

Drivers, Melbourne, 2013Speaking of 2004, that was the last time a field with less experience than this one lined up for a Grand Prix, as noted here earlier:

It was also the youngest field ever assembled for a Grand Prix, with an average age of 27 years and 61 days. The youngest was Esteban Gutierrez (21 years, 230 days) and Mark Webber is now the grid’s eldest driver, aged 36 years and 211 days yesterday.

Jenson Button never looked likely to score a fourth victory in Australia which would have put him level with Michael Schumacher as the most successful driver in this race.

But his ninth place finish did move him past the milestone of 1,000 points, which only Schumacher, Alonso and Vettel have managed. It’s a rather meaningless tally, however – F1 has used three different points systems since Button’s career began and several more before that.

Raikkonen was joined on the podium by Alonso and Vettel, making this the 27th time in F1 history the podium was filled entirely by champions.

Only once in F1 history have more drivers led a race than the seven who took turns at the head of the field on Sunday. That was the famed 1971 Italian Grand Prix, which ended with five drivers crossing the line covered by 0.61s.

Here are the five races which featured seven or more leaders:

Race Leaders Drivers who led
1971 Italian Grand Prix 8 Clay Regazzoni, Ronnie Peterson, Jackie Stewart, Francois Cevert, Mike Hailwood, Jo Siffert, Chris Amon, Peter Gethin
1973 Canadian Grand Prix 7 Ronnie Peterson, Niki Lauda, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jackie Stewart, Jean-Pierre Beltoise, Jacky Oliver, Peter Revson
1975 British Grand Prix 7 Carlos Pace, Clay Regazzoni, Tom Pryce, Jody Scheckter, Jean-Pierre Jarier, James Hunt, Emerson Fittipaldi
2008 Canadian Grand Prix 7 Lewis Hamilton, Nick Heidfeld, Rubens Barrichello, David Coulthard, Jarno Trulli, Timo Glock, Robert Kubica,
2013 Australian Grand Prix 7 Sebastian Vettel, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil, Kimi Raikkonen

Among yesterday’s leaders was Adrian Sutil, who led a race for the first time on his F1 comeback. This was the fourth race led by Force India, and the first time they have led two in a row.

Start, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2008On each occasion the race was led by a different driver: Giancarlo Fisichella (Spa 2009), Paul di Resta (Bahrain 2012) and Nico Hulkenberg (Interlagos 2012).

Hulkenberg’s first appearance for new team Sauber did not go well as he failed to make the start due to a fuel pressure problem. In three appearances at Albert Park he is yet to complete a racing lap, having been involved in first-lap collisions in 2010 and 2012.

Finally, five drivers made their debut in yesterday’s race, which was the most since the Bahrain Grand Prix three years ago. Hulkenberg made his first start in that race and is still part of the F1 field, but Vitaly Petrov, Lucas di Grassi, Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok have all been and gone.

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123 comments on Raikkonen matches Hakkinen’s race win tally

  1. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 18th March 2013, 19:01

    All 5 rookies finished the race!!

  2. Zedd (@zedd) said on 18th March 2013, 19:26

    Räikkönen leads the world championship after round one, the only other time he did that was in 2007 – the year he went on to become champion.

  3. Stephen Taylof said on 18th March 2013, 19:27

    Charles Pic set the slowest ever qualifying time at Albert Park

  4. Ninad (@nin13) said on 18th March 2013, 19:51

    I think last time qualifying was postponed to raceday was Japanese GP 2007 or 08 @ Fuji. It also happened during 2004 race.

  5. There were 53 pit-stops completed in this race for tyre changes, the most since the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix on 56 (discounting wet races) despite the fact that there were three fewer starters of this race. Pirelli’s more aggressive approach is obviously working then – whether it is to the benefit of the racing or not though is a matter of opinion!

  6. MNM101 (@mnm101) said on 18th March 2013, 21:20

    somewhat unrelated, i saw a post race interview with Ciaran Pilbeam( Mark Webber’s former engineer and now lotus head of strategy or something), and i noticed he really really resembles Adrian Newey, he looks like a young version of him and actually talks and has the same body language as him. any chance their related ? or is it just coincidence ?

    • brny666 said on 19th March 2013, 0:41

      Haha. Wow I really thought that I was the only one that noticed that. I don’t think their related but he definitely resembles the Master, and if Sunday is anything to go by than he seems as capable at strategy as Newey at design, which bodes well for Lotus since their strategies were abysmal last year.

    • kimrogue (@kimrogue) said on 19th March 2013, 10:04

      @mnm101 I thought the same too. @brny666 I agree with you. I don’t think it’s a mere coincidence that Enstone got their strategy spot on with him at the helm. But, they also had the car which could accommodate the superior strategy. But, the real test of him capabilities would come later in races with variable weather conditions.

  7. stu89 said on 18th March 2013, 21:26

    Very interesting but the thing about 4 french drivers being on the grid since 1995 is incorrect since gachot is belgian.

  8. Trido (@trido) said on 18th March 2013, 21:45

    I really love these articles. I am a lover of random facts so find these fascinating!

  9. Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 18th March 2013, 22:01

    Kimi and Fernando are the only drivers to be on the podium in Melbourne with 3 different teams ,Kimi with Mclaren Ferrari and Lotus ,Fernando with Renault Mclaren and Ferrari
    Melbourne is one of 3 circuits on the calendar that Fernando failed to score a podium with Ferrari,the other 2 are Shanghai and Spa
    Nico Roseberg failed to finish in points for 7 races in a row which is his worst result since 2006 when he failed to finish in points for 13 consecutive race
    Jenson Button has scored 1001 pts in F1 which make him 4th of all time after Shumacher, Alonso and Vettel

    • @tifoso1989

      Jenson Button has scored 1001 pts in F1 which make him 4th of all time after Shumacher, Alonso and Vettel

      I think that makes Schumacher’s achievements all the more remarkable – despite the fact he has three fairly lacklustre seasons in 2010-12 with the new system (unlike say Vettel) he still managed to break the 1000 point barrier. It just highlights his consistent prolonged performance!

  10. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 18th March 2013, 22:02

    Last driver to win a race:
    1. In a step-nosed car
    2. wasn’t Kimi Raikkonen
    3. wasn’t a multiple world champion
    was Mark Webber in the RBR at Silverstone.
    I know, not much of a stat, but still…

  11. James (@jamesf1) said on 18th March 2013, 22:29

    Some of the stats added on here are incredible, some are so tediously pointless and so uninteresting, I’m sure they’re being posted for the sake of being posted…

  12. Metallion (@metallion) said on 18th March 2013, 22:56

    So Webber is now the oldest driver on the grid at 36 years old. Does anyone know how old the youngest oldest driver ever was?

  13. deanmachine (@deanmachine) said on 18th March 2013, 23:19

    First race where no driver who made their debut in the 1900s has started.

  14. Tomsk (@tomsk) said on 19th March 2013, 0:42

    Every time the guys from Enstone win the opening round, it seems they go on to win the drivers’ title…
    1994 – Michael Schumacher (Benetton) beat Senna in Brazil
    1995 – Schumacher won again in Brazil, apparently (don’t remember this one at all)
    2005 – The other wet Melbourne qualifying session. Fisichella grabbed pole and won the race, and Alonso became champion in the other Renault.
    2006 – Alonso won, and went on to defend his title.
    2013 – Raikkonen won the opener and… save me a space in the place to gloat.

    • Starbuck (@starbuck) said on 19th March 2013, 11:16

      1995 – Schumacher won again in Brazil, apparently (don’t remember this one at all)

      Damon was leading the race but had to retire. Schumacher and Coulthard (2nd) were DSQ after the race, but handed back the points later.

  15. Minardi (@gitanes) said on 19th March 2013, 5:03

    17 of the 22 active drivers have now made their debut in Melbourne, with just 4 scoring points: Hamilton 3rd, Webber 5th, Raikkonen 6th, and di Resta 10th.

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