Alonso is sixth driver to score three wins at home

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

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, 2013Fernando Alonso’s Spanish Grand Prix win was his third victory on home ground.

He previously won the 2006 Spanish Grand Prix at the same track and the 2012 European Grand Prix in Valencia.

Only five drivers have scored more home victories than Alonso has. Here’s a complete list of the 43 drivers who won a round of the world championship at home:

Driver Country Home wins
Michael Schumacher Germany 9
Alain Prost France 6
Nigel Mansell Great Britain 5
Jim Clark Great Britain 5
Juan Manuel Fangio Argentina 4
Fernando Alonso Spain 3
Ayrton Senna Brazil 2
Jackie Stewart Great Britain 2
Nelson Piquet Brazil 2
Stirling Moss Great Britain 2
Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil 2
Alberto Ascari Italian 2
David Coulthard Great Britain 2
Felipe Massa Brazil 2
Ralf Schumacher Germany 2
Bill Vukovich United States 2
Niki Lauda Austria 1
Damon Hill Great Britain 1
Lewis Hamilton Great Britain 1
Mario Andretti United States 1
James Hunt Great Britain 1
Jody Scheckter South Africa 1
Rene Arnoux France 1
Tony Brooks Great Britain 1
Gilles Villeneuve Canada 1
Riccardo Patrese Italy 1
Giuseppe Farina Italy 1
John Watson Great Britain 1
Peter Collins Great Britain 1
Johnny Herbert Great Britain 1
Jean-Pierre Jabouille France 1
Rodger Ward United States 1
Jim Rathmann United States 1
Ludovico Scarfiotti Italy 1
Elio de Angelis Italy 1
Johnnie Parsons United States 1
Lee Wallard United States 1
Troy Ruttman United States 1
Bob Sweikert United States 1
Pat Flaherty United States 1
San Hanks United States 1
Jimmy Bryan United States 1
Carlos Pace Brazil 1

Of the other drivers on the grid today Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg and Pastor Maldonado have all won races but not at home.

Vettel and Button are also among the group of world champions who have never won their home races. They include Mika Hakkinen, Kimi Raikkonen, Graham Hill, Jack Brabham, Alan Jones, Jacques Villeneuve, John Surtees, Jochen Rindt and Keke Rosberg. Some of those – notably the three Finnish champions – never had a home race to win.

Britain has had the most home race winners. The United States is next with 12, though 11 of those came when the Indianapolis 500 counted towards the world championship from 1950 to 1960:

Country Home race wins
Great Britain 23
United States 12
Germany 11
Brazil 9
France 8
Italy 6
Argentina 4
Spain 3
Austria 1
South Africa 1
Canada 1

Alonso also became the first driver to win the Spanish Grand Prix without starting on the front row since Schumacher in the rain-hit 1996 race.

Alonso scored his 32nd career win in yesterday’s race. This means he has scored more F1 victories than any driver bar Schumacher, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. See here for more:

Nico Rosberg scored the third pole position of his career. That gives him as many as Jose Froilan Gonzalez, Tony Brooks, Dan Gurney, Jean-Pierre Jarier, Jody Scheckter, Elio de Angelis and Teo Fabi. It was also the sixth time Mercedes occupied the first two places on the grid.

Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, 2013Esteban Gutierrez led a race for the first time in his career. He is the third Mexican driver to do so, joining Pedro Rodriguez and Sergio Perez.

He is the 12th different driver to lead a lap this year. There were 13 different leaders during the whole of last season.

Gutierrez also went on to set fastest lap for the first time in his career. He is the 125th different driver to do so and, again, Rodriguez and Perez the only other Mexican drivers to have done so.

The only other driver to have set fastest lap in an F1 race without having scored a point is Brian Henton, who set the fastest lap in the 1982 British Grand Prix for Tyrrell at Brands Hatch. Henton finished the race eighth but points were only awarded to the top six.

Kimi Raikkonen finished in the points for the 22nd race in a row, which puts him within striking range of the all-time record.

The record for most consecutive points finishes stands at 24. It was set by Michael Schumacher between the 2001 Hungarian and 2003 Malaysian Grands Prix. For most of this time points were only awarded to the top six.

Last year Fernando Alonso’s run of 23 consecutive points finishes ended when he was eliminated in a first-corner crash at the Belgian Grand Prix.

McLaren also extended their streak of points-scoring results to 63, which is already a record.

Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean failed to score for the first time this year, leaving Vettel and Raikkonen as the only drivers to have scored in every race.

The little-used punishment of a ten second stop-go penalty was handed down to Nico Hulkenberg during the race. It was only used twice last season.

Review the year so far in statistics here:

Spotted any other interesting stats and facts from the Spanish Grand Prix? Share them in the comments.

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  1. It’s pretty impressive, that drivers who started in the early or late 2000s (Alonso & Vettel) are a real threat to the records of the all-time greats like Senna and Prost, which are legends. You can’t help but think that Alonso and Vettel are legends as well now, having come so far and still having so much time in F1. I think both of them will catch Senna & Prost, but beating Schumacher’s record seems unlikely even for Vettel.

    1. I don’ think this statistic can really count towards “greatness”: Not only does most countries not have a race, but with some countries having two races, this statistic becomes especially skewed.

      “Kimi Räikkönen is a useless driver… He never even won a home race!”

      1. @losd They aren’t talking about that statistic, I think they’re on about race wins.

        @wallbreaker It’s not that surprising. We have several great drivers in the field now, who on reflection at the end of their careers will certainly deserve comparison with those great drivers of the past. And then when you consider they start in F1 younger in this era, and have more races per season, it inevitably bumps up the wins stats for the best drivers. Prost for example didn’t start racing in Formula One until he was 25. Vettel is 25 at the minute and has nearly 30 wins already.

        If you go on to consider the numbers of races Alonso has had, his win rate is about 10% worse than both Prost and Senna, and slightly worse than Mansell’s. And although Vettel has a lot of wins for a relatively young man, his win rate is still poorer than Jackie Stewart for example.

        1. The Less win rate for Vettel and Alonso is Due to the Opposition they have. We have Jenson button in Mclaren in 2009,10,11,12. Lewis since 07. Webber in the Other RBR. Kimi for last two years. and the years before his Rally days for Alonso and some of the surprise Winners. The same goes with Micheal when he and Fernando Battling. It doesn’t mean the One’s who are ahead doesn’t have Much Competition. But the current Generation is Much more Close and wins are Very hard to get.

          1. Is this the same Jenson that barely beat Barrichello in 2009. Hamilton barely beat Jenson, now he’s struggling against Rosberg. Oh, and didn’t a 43 year old Schumacher get the better of Rosberg in qualifying last season?

            I remember when Barrichello was heralded as a challenger to Schumacher in 2000 after his incredible drives in 1999. He had future world champion written all over him, and Ferrari had specifically brought Barrichello in for his speed after they just missed out on the championship in 1999 with Irvine.

            Anyway, Schumacher blew Barrichello away.

          2. Barely beat Barrichello? Who only finished ahead of Button in 4 races in 2009?

    2. The biggest thing that benefits modern drivers in attaining these records is the number of races on the calendar that we now have, and in addition all the rules that were brought into improve reliability.

      10-20 years ago it was commonplace for multiple cars to retire with mechanical failure. Now it’s rare to see more than a handful in a season.

    3. Statistics are in Vettel’s favour though. When Schumacher won his first title he was half a year older than Vettel when he won his third.

      1. Age doesn’t matter since drivers get their start in F1 at an earlier age these days. Not only that but they have their development programs, the cars are relatively easy to drive and there’s less of an adjustment between the lower categories and F1.

  2. This is what I noticed:

    – Mercedes scored their first hat trick of pole positions since 1955: Fangio and Moss were on pole at Zandvoort (1-2-3 Fangio, Moss, Kling), Aintree (1-2 Moss, Fangio) and Monza (1-2-3 Fangio, Moss, Kling), which were also their last three GPs before they decided to withdraw from Grand Prix racing.

    – For the first time in his career, Kimi Raikkonen started a race knowing he has won it the most times of anyone on the grid. He won the race twice (2005 and 2008), which was one more than Vettel, Webber, Button, Alonso, Massa and Maldonado.

    – Alonso finished on the podium on home soil for the ninth time. He ranks third on the all-time list: Michael Schumacher heads it with 12 podiums in Germany, from Prost with 11 podiums in France.

    – Esteban Gutierrez became the third Mexican to set fastest lap. It was only his fifth Grand Prix: of the current grid, only Nico Rosberg (first GP) and Lewis Hamilton (second GP) managed to score a fastest lap earlier in their careers. The only other driver to score fastest lap in his very first GP is Jacques Villeneuve.

    – Esteban Gutierrez also led the first laps of his Formula 1 career. Just 7951 days young (± 21 years and 9 months), he was the fifth youngest driver to do so. Sebastian Vettel holds the record (7394 days, or 20 years 3 months), from Sebastien Buemi, Fernando Alonso and Robert Kubica.

    – … but still no points for any of the rookie drivers. This means that Esteban Gutierrez is the very first driver to have led a lap and set fastest lap without scoring a point. There are two drivers that have set fastest lap without scoring points: Brian Henton and Masahiro Hasemi. The latter however is open for debate: at the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix, he was incorrectly credited with the fastest lap of the race. It was Jacques Lafitte who actually set fastest lap, but for some reason this error has never been corrected officially. The only other driver to have led a race with without ever scoring points was Markus Winkelhock.

    – With Lotus and Caterham retiring a car, Marussia is now the only team to have finished every single race with both cars. McLaren has been classified every race, but Button retired the car a few laps from the end in Malaysia. Comparing this to last year: after five races, only Red Bull and Toro Rosso hadn’t had retirements yet.

    – None of the top three starters (Rosberg, Hamilton and Vettel) finished on the podium. The last time this happened was at the 2010 Chinese GP, when Vettel, Webber and Alonso fell back to sixth, fourth and eighth respectively.

    – The ‘Spanish Spell’ has been broken: neither of the front row starters won the race (for the first time since 1996), but because Alonso was the first of the seven different winners between 2006 and 2012, the record of seven consecutive different winners at the Spanish GP remains the way it was before the start of the race.

    1. Lindsay Lohan is my girlfriend (@lindsay-lohan-is-my-girlfriend)
      13th May 2013, 10:55

      Thanks a lot for all this statsistics and facts, @andae23 @alexf1man @keithcollantine
      Really great read everytime!

    2. Aditya (@adityafakhri)
      13th May 2013, 11:12

      – For the first time in his career, Kimi Raikkonen started a race knowing he has won it the most times of anyone on the grid. He won the race twice (2005 and 2008), which was one more than Vettel, Webber, Button, Alonso, Massa and Maldonado.

      I think Kimi started 2008, 2009, 2012 Belgian GP with most win on that track compared to anyone in the grid :D

      1. 2008 and 2009 yes, but 2012 had certain driver called Schumacher in the grid.

      2. I messed that one up, sorry for that

      3. And Turkey 2006.

    3. @andae23 apart from mercedes, has any other team in history had 3 poles in a row yet not won any of those corresponding races?

      1. Amazingly, in the middle of the 2011, Vettel and Red Bull had three winless races in a row (two of them were Webber poles though). In 2002, Montoya failed to convert any of five successive poles.

      2. I don’t think its that rare. I thought Williams in 1995 probably had a good chance of that and checking the stats it did happen. The French, British and German GP’s all had Hill on pole and those races were won by Schumacher, Herbert and Schumacher. It almost happened later on in the season as well, Coulthard had 4 poles in a row from Italy to TI Aida, but he managed to win the second race in Portugal of the 4.

        Again in 1998, Mclaren had 3 poles in a row from Canada to Britain and all 3 were won by Schumacher. The same thing happened in the first three races of 2000, Hakkinen took pole and Schumacher won all 3. First 3 races of 94 likewise with Senna on pole and then Schumacher winning all 3.

        So Mercedes, Red Bull, Mclaren and Williams. There are probably more if you go back further.

        1. Piquet had four winless pole positions in 1984. In fact, he scored nine pole positions that season, the most of any driver that year, yet only converted two of those into race wins.

    4. I think you forgot Valencia 2012 for the top three starters statistic (Vettel, Hamilton and Maldonado all failed by miles) – but otherwise great stats!

      Maybe the second time in Kimi’s career for Spain, as in Belgium he has a total of four wins so far… and Schumacher was still in retirement for the 2009 season.

      1. Whoops, I should have added “races in which all drivers in the top three finished the race”

    5. I read this on another site,

      For the first time, Lewis Hamilton has scored lesser number of pole positions than his team-mate at any point in the season since his debut. Dunno how true that is.

      1. @hatebreeder True. Alonso got the first pole in 2007 (Monaco), then in the next 5 seasons his team-mates only got two poles (Kovalainen and Button one each).

    6. 3 Indy 500 drivers (from 1950-1960) also led laps but did not score: Jimmy Daywalt, Eddie Sachs, and Pat O’Connor.

      1. @paulgilb I didn’t count Indy 500 races because in my opinion they are not part of Formula 1: in the time it was a round of the official F1 World Championship, exactly zero drivers participated in both the Indy 500 and a non-Indy 500 round.

        1. @andae23 Ascari definitely did both, he raced at Indianapolis in 1952.

          1. @keithcollantine … ok, exactly one driver participated in both the Indy 500 and a non-Indy 500 round :P

          2. @andae23 I’m not saying there definitely aren’t others, I haven’t checked. I think Fangio entered once but didn’t qualify or didn’t start for some reason.

          3. @keith-collantine According to Gerald Donaldson, Fangio didn’t start due to a difficulties over fuel contracts: Fangio had to use British Petroleum products, but the car owners were contracted to Mobilgas. So he withdrew.

            You know what’s stupid about my comment? One of the 1952 Ferrari Indy cars (not Ascari’s) is part of the Louwman collection, which was on display in 2010 in the Netherlands. So I went through my pictures and here it is, in the background: *facepalm

          4. @keithcollantine whoops, wrong tag

  3. Yesterday Lewis Hamilton lost the 8th position in the all-time greatest scorers list (in modern points/race starts) to Ayrton Senna.

    1. That’s probably the only thing that happened this weekend to him that would raise a smile.

  4. Some key points:

    1) Damon Hill won the British GP in 1994
    2) Michael Schumacher retired in the 2001 German GP and 2003 Brazilian GP (either side of the 24 races in the points), so we can think of Schumacher’s record being within the top 10, although I don’t know if it’s a top 10 finishing record…
    3) The first time Hamilton took the chequered flag outside of the points since the 2009 German Grand Prix
    4) All three drivers on the podium have been the only full time* Ferrari drivers since Michael Schumacher left his race seat post 2006
    * Ignoring the end of 2009, due to Massa’s Hungarian GP qualifying crash.
    5) Fernando has lost three WDCs by small margins (technically runner up in terms of points on all three occasions – 2007, 2010 and 2012 – but was third in 2007 due to less 2nd places than Hamilton), Kimi was runner up twice (2003 and 2005), and Felipe was runner up in 2008

    1. @alexf1man – Regarding #2, Schumacher’s record is much better than a 24-race top 10 finish record. It was 24 races in the top 6. Even if the 2003 season hadn’t changed the scoring formula to the top 8 finishers, he would hold the same record.

      Also, he only had one (1) sixth place finish and two (2) fourth place finishes. So 21 of his 24 race streak were podiums; and his entire 2002 season was spent on the podium (all but once on the top two steps). To be even more pedantic his 24 race streak consisted of the following:
      1st: 14 times
      2nd: 6
      3rd: 1
      4th: 2
      5th: 0
      6th: 1

  5. Kimi now equals Nick Heidfields record of 33 consecutive race finishes, and is closing in on Heidfields record of 41 consecutive classified finishes.

    1. Nick Heidfields record of 33 consecutive race finishes, and is closing in on Heidfields record of 41 consecutive classified finishes.

      arent they the same record? race finishes and classified finishes?

      1. No. Heidfeld retired Japanese GP 2007 in the closing laps. He was classified there.

      2. Classified = covered 90% or more of the race, but might retire just before the end
        Finished = taken the chequered flag, regardless of position, but must cover enough laps otherwise the driver will not be classified as having finished

  6. There’s a mistake in the article.

    “Vettel and Button are also among the group of world champions who have never won their home races. They include Mika Hakkinen, Kimi Raikkonen, Graham Hill, Jack Brabham, Alan Jones, Jacques Villeneuve, DAMON HILL, John Surtees, Jochen Rindt and Keke Rosberg. Some of those – notably the three Finnish champions – never had a home race to win.”

    Damon Hill won the British GP in 1994 :)

  7. Phil Hill, Hawthorn and Hulme never won a home GP.

  8. San Marino is not officially part of Italy, maybe within, but they’re an independent country. So Patrese and De Angelis wins shouldn’t count. It’s like Monaco that isn’t part of France.

    1. But the imola track is in italy

      1. That it is, though vague on the border.

        1. Oops, actually nearby…

      2. @shaggymike and @ivano

        Technically the European GP is nobody’s home race, or, at best, every European driver’s home race…

        Whatever, I’m confused.

        1. @jcost Very true.
          But since San Marino is a country, this might differ. Or else Monaco will have to be given to Prost and Panis as French wins?

          1. I don’t believe the Monte Carlo circuit is in France, while Imola is definitely in Italy (unless you want to count Nurburgring as Luxembourg).

          2. the Monaco GP is in Monaco, whereas San Marino was named as such simply to allow 2 Italian races.

          3. @ivano I’m with you, I singled out the European GP because one of Alonso’s home win was in Valencia at European GP, by the book that’s not a home race I guess. Despite that’s definitely in Spain.

          4. Its based on where the track is @ivano. Similarly Schumacher won the Luxembourg GP and European GP on home soil at the Nübrburgring

    2. Yea, pretty much to summarise San Marino is a sovereign state in it’s own right, but the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari is in Imola, which is an Italian city and not within San Marino’s borders. Hence it was really a second Italian Grand Prix, much like the Grand Prix at Valencia was a second Spanish race. They definitely do count as home wins if we define it as being within the participant’s home country’s borders but Monaco doesn’t fall into that category: it is not on French soil, but Monte Carlen!

  9. Does anyone know the record for lowest race position finish (not including DNFs) for teammates that started 1 and 2 in a race in f1? maybe

    1. Suzuka 1989. Oh wait, that was a DNF. Let me keep looking…………..

    2. Silverstone 1988. Berger Alboreto 1-2. Berger faded to 9th and Alboreto ran out of fuel with 3 laps to go but was classified. I think I don’t need to look any further.

      1. 17th spot for Alboreto.

  10. I’ve been thinking about something. Should you count the victory of the European GP as a home win when the driver is actually European?

    hahaa made you think about that one didn’t I?

    1. Nick.UK (@)
      13th May 2013, 16:38

      No, you didnt’t.

      1. @nick-uk *reads reply* —>*makes sad face*

        1. Nick.UK (@)
          14th May 2013, 10:26

          @force-maikel Haha, sorry pal :S

  11. Its hard for a driver to win his home race nowadays, because there aren’t that many home races!! There’s all these races in countries that wouldn’t have a hope of producing a driver of reasonable quality to even score points in GP3.

  12. Vettel has equalled the record for most races without retiring due to accident/collision

    Yes he had collisions but hasn’t retired due to collision since Turkey 2010

    1. @91jb12 – Tell that to Romain Grosjean, he will take care of that

    2. @91jb12 I was wondering why it wasn’t Button holding that record then realised it’s Vettel’s fault (Spa 2010!)

  13. *Gutierrez also went on to set fastest lap for the first time in his career. He is the 125th different driver to do so

    I believe that is 126, Sutil was the 125th in Australia

  14. Correction, 125th was Hulkenberg in Singapore 2012

  15. Mitchell White
    13th May 2013, 16:37

    First time since 07 that a driver has taken at least 3 consecutive 2nd place finishes. Hamilton achieved this funnily enough at Spain and extended it to 4 at Monaco, which is also Raikkonen’s next race.

  16. He is the 12th different driver to lead a lap this year. There were 13 different leaders during the whole of last season.

    That’s a pretty frightening statistic I think.

    1. All 12 have led more than 1 lap – last year di Resta and Massa only led 1 lap.

    2. I think this says something about the current rules, and not about the quality of the drivers…

  17. Alonso has had 32 wins and 32 second places in his career.

    First circuit at which Alonso has scored more than 100 points (obviously this is skewed by the points system change in 2010).

    The 3 podium finishers are the 3 most recent drivers to have won the Spanish GP for Ferrari.

    Massa has now had 11 wins, 12 2nd places, 13 3rd places, and 14 4th places.

  18. The article says Damon Hill didn’t win his home race. He did in 1994!

  19. A few year, none courtesy me, and all courtesy
    1. Felipe Massa has finished first 11 times, second 12 times, third 13 times, and fourth 14 times.
    2. Fernando Alonso now has 32 wins and 32 second places.

    1. Oh sorry, @paulgilb beat me to it..

  20. Ι think that Alonso and Schumacher are the only drivers to have won their home GP, in 3 different layouts. The final chicane was missing in 2006.

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