Jackie Stewart, Tyrrell, Zolder, 1973

Vettel joins Stewart as sixth most successful driver

2013 Malaysian Grand Prix stats and factsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jackie Stewart, Tyrrell, Zolder, 1973Sebastian Vettel’s Malaysian Grand Prix may not have been popular, but it raised him ever higher among the ranks of the sport’s most successful drivers.

It was the 27th victory of his career, drawing him level with Jackie Stewart. Vettel’s fellow thrice-champion took 99 races to rack up that many wins – the Red Bull driver needed four more.

The pair are tied for sixth place on the list of drivers who have won the most races. It puts Vettel three wins behind Fernando Alonso, who is F1’s most successful active driver.

Vettel joined Alonso and Michael Schumacher as three-times winners of the Malaysian Grand Prix – no one has won it more times than that.

It was the thirteenth one-two finish for Red Bull – out of those Vettel led ten and Mark Webber led three, though that is a touchy subject at the moment. Vettel also claimed his 38th pole position.

200 appearances for Webber and Alonso

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Sepang, 2013Two drivers marked their 200th participations in F1 race weekends but neither were happy with the outcome.

Webber lost a potential victory to his team mate in a row over team orders. And shortly after Ferrari marked Alonso’s 200th race weekend participation, he retired from the race on lap two. The only consolation to be drawn from this is at least Ferrari have got better at counting how many races their drivers have been in.

Both Alonso and Webber have appeared at 200 races but only started 198. Neither driver took the start at Indianapolis in 2005 due to the mass withdrawal of Michelin runners. And both failed to start one race each during their first seasons with Minardi.

Alonso retired with a gearbox failure after the initial start of the 2001 Belgian Grand Prix. But that race was abandoned and a new race declared, which Alonso could not start. The following year in Spain Webber and team mate Alex Yoong did not start the race as both Minardis were withdrawn due to rear wing faults.

Lewis Hamilton may not have been too pleased to be on the podium, but it was the 50th appearance of his career, as well as his first for Mercedes.

Hamilton led home fourth placed Nico Rosberg, giving Mercedes their best combined result since they returned to F1 as a factory team in 2010.

Sergio Perez and his Sauber successor Nico Hulkenberg scored their first points for their new teams as well. Perez also set the race’s fastest lap, the second time he has done so in his career.

60 in a row for McLaren

Sergio Perez, McLaren, Sepang, 2013It may have been a rough start to the year for McLaren but they have maintained their run of consecutive races in the points – which is already a record – to 60.

Ferrari have scored for the last 50 races in a row and need five more to match their best-ever streak which began at the 1999 Malaysian Grand Prix and lasted until the same race four years later.

However Force India’s best-ever run of ten consecutive races in the points came to an end.

As for drivers, Kimi Raikkonen finished in the points for the 19th race in a row, and needs five more to match Michael Schumacher’s record of 24. The next race on the calendar is at the only track where he failed to score last year: Shanghai.

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