Sergio Perez, McLaren, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2013

McLaren’s points run ends as Raikkonen equals record

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

Sergio Perez, McLaren, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2013Sebastian Vettel ended Red Bull’s losing streak at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and gave them their first victory in the Canadian Grand Prix.

They have now won every race on the calendar at least once apart from the United States Grand Prix, which was absent from the calendar for four of the nine years Red Bull have been competing in F1.

The Circuit of the Americas is one of only two tracks in regular use they are yet to win at, the other being the Hockenheimring, which only holds races on alternate years.

Vettel’s win is the 29th of his career, leaving him two shy of Nigel Mansell’s tally and three behind Fernando Alonso. He also achieved his 39th pole position and third in a row in Canada.

He missed out on fastest lap which Mark Webber claimed despite having lost part of his front wing. It was the 15th for Webber, giving him as many as Jackie Stewart and Clay Regazzoni.

Vettel is now the only driver to have completed all 441 laps so far this year. Only five drivers were on the lead lap at the end of the race, which last happened at the 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Vettel briefly lost the lead to Lewis Hamilton during the race, meaning Mercedes-engined cars have led the last ten consecutive grands prix.

Fernando Alonso took second place for his 90th podium finish. Third place for Hamilton was his first finish in the Canadian Grand Prix in a position other than first. He won in 2007, 2010 and 2012 and crashed out in his other two appearances.

Hamilton continued his record of never being out-qualified by a team mate at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve by inflicting a first qualifying defeat for Nico Rosberg at this track.

Among those to achieve career-best results during the weekend was Jean-Eric Vergns. He finished sixth, which was also the best result for Toro Rosso since Vettel took fourth for them at Interlagos in 2008.

However Valtteri Bottas was unable to convert the best qualifying performance of his short career so far – third – into a points finish for Williams. He only spent 13 laps inside the top ten.

Force India logged their 100th start. They made their F1 debut at the beginning of the 2008 season.

By finishing ninth Kimi Raikkonen equalled Michael Schumacher’s record for most consecutive finishes inside the points. During this time Raikkonen has been able to score points for finishing in the top ten which was not the case when Schumacher set his record. Here’s how their finishing positions compared:

Race Kimi Raikkonen Michael Schumacher
1 2 1
2 3 1
3 9 4
4 8 2
5 2 1
6 5 1
7 3 3
8 2 1
9 3 1
10 5 1
11 6 1
12 6 2
13 5 1
14 7 2
15 1 1
16 6 1
17 10 1
18 1 2
19 7 1
20 2 2
21 2 2
22 2 1
23 10 4
24 9 6

Schumacher’s run began at the 2001 Hungarian Grand Prix, in which he clinched his fourth world championship title, and lasted until the 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix. It ended when he crashed out of the 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen has scored in every race since making his F1 comeback apart from last year’s Chinese Grand Prix, where he finished 14th.

However McLaren’s record-breaking streak of consecutive points finishes has come to an end. They hadn’t failed to score since Jenson Button joined them at the beginning of 2010, a run of 64 races.

The question now is whether Ferrari can beat McLaren’s record. They’ve scored for 55 consecutive races having last failed to do so at Silverstone in 2010.

Button increased his total of racing laps completed to 12,445. That moves him ahead of David Coulthard on the all-time list, but needs over 4,000 more to catch Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. Felipe Massa became the 11th driver in F1 history to cover more than 10,000 racing laps:

Rank Driver Laps
1 Michael Schumacher 16,825
2 Rubens Barrichello 16,631
3 Jenson Button 12,445
4 David Coulthard 12,394
5 Jarno Trulli 12,368
6 Giancarlo Fisichella 11,509
7 Riccardo Patrese 11,346
8 Fernando Alonso 11,311
9 Alain Prost 10,540
10 Mark Webber 10,327
11 Felipe Massa 10,005

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92 comments on “McLaren’s points run ends as Raikkonen equals record”

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  1. It’s interesting how some of us (myself, for sure) become disinterested in a driver if they win too often. It happened for me with Schumacher in the dominant Ferrari years. I enjoyed his time at Benetton and I enjoyed his time at a resurgent Ferrari, for which he played a huge part. But after a while, win after win just became boring.
    It’s the same now with Vettel. Three titles on the trot; I certainly don’t want to see a fourth one in a row. And it was the same with Alonso: after he won two, I didn’t want to see him win a third immediately.
    This weekend’s race at Canada reminded me what a great driver Vettel is. Rather than look after the tyres, he decided to pound them, to show that this season doesn’t have to be about boring tyre management – it can be about all out racing for the win, with an extra pit stop than your closest foes.
    I am a Vettel fan again.
    But I still don’t want him taking the championship this year!

  2. Interesting to note that while Webber and Alonso have entered effectively the same amount of races and laps (2001 and 2002 season were raced on practically identical calendars) Alsonso has completed almost 1000 more racing laps.

    Easy to see where Webber’s reputation (in the middle part of his career) as the ‘unluckiest’ man in F1 came from.

  3. @keithcollantine Wasn’t Toro Rosso’s best result the win for Vettel at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix at Monza?

    1. @tonyyeb I didn’t say it wasn’t!

      1. @keithcollantine After reading it a few times I couldn’t decide if that is what you meant! Ha! I should have known better ;)

  4. This wasn’t just the first time Hamilton has finished lower than 1st in Canada, it was the first time he’s finished lower than 1st in North America, since he’s won both US GPs he’s started…

  5. During this time Raikkonen has been able to score points for finishing in the top ten which was not the case when Schumacher set his record.

    Pfffft… @keithcollantine never missing an opportunity to criticize, slight or demean Kimi Räikkönen in even the most token fashion…

    1. @joepa If I hadn’t mentioned it I’d have someone else complaining that I was belittling Schumacher’s achievement by not setting it in the proper context. Which is the correct and fair thing to do, as anyone without partisan blinkers on can see.

  6. 6th and 10th have each been occupied by 7 different drivers in the 7 races so far in 2013.

    And a few from

    First time since Malaysia 2010 that McLaren have not got either car into Q3.

    Vettel now has 28 wins with Red Bull – the same number as Mansell with Williams, 2 behind Prost with McLaren, and 7 behind Senna with McLaren, and 44 behind some German driver with some Italian team.

    Button’s 7th race without a podium – his worst streak since 2008.

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