Raikkonen breaks Schumacher’s points streak record

2013 British Grand Prix stats and facts

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Silverstone, 2013Kimi Raikkonen finished in the points for the 25th consecutive race in the British Grand Prix, breaking Michael Schumacher’s record.

Raikkonen has finished in the top ten in every race since last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Schumacher finished in the points for 24 races in a row from the 2001 Hungarian to the 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix. But as noted last week points were not offered down to tenth place when Schumacher set the old record.

Unsurprisingly, Raikkonen did not seem at all interested in the record when it was pointed out to him.

The ten longest points-scoring streaks in F1 are now as follows:

Driver Races First race Last race Ended by
Kimi Raikkonen 25 Bahrain 2012 Britain 2013 Still running
Michael Schumacher 24 Hungary 2001 Malaysia 2003 Crash (spun in rain)
Fernando Alonso 23 Europe 2011 Hungary 2012 Crash (first-lap shunt)
Sebastian Vettel 19 Brazil 2010 India 2011 Puncture
Michael Schumacher 18 San Marino 2003 Spain 2004 Crash (hit lapped driver)
Fernando Alonso 18 Turkey 2005 Germany 2006 Wheel failure
Fernando Alonso 17 China 2006 Belgium 2007 Crash (spun in rain)
Carlos Reutemann 15 Belgium 1980 Belgium 1981 Gearbox failure
Mark Webber 14 Brazil 2010 Belgium 2011 Crash (front wing went under car)
Sebastian Vettel 14 Singapore 2012 Canada 2013 Gearbox failure

As noted above, Vettel’s run of 14 consecutive points finishes came to an end in yesterday’s race when his gearbox failed.

It also means no driver has completed every racing lap. Raikkonen and Hamilton have the most with 492 out of a possible 493 (Raikkonen was lapped in Canada, Hamilton in Spain).

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2013Nico Rosberg claimed the third win of his F1 career at Silverstone. He now has as many wins to his name as Mike Hawthorn, Peter Collins, Phil Hill, Didier Pironi, Thierry Boutsen, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Johnny Herbert and Giancarlo Fisichella.

He needs two more wins to match his father’s tally. Keke Rosberg never scored a victory the British Grand Prix but he did the non-championship 1978 BRDC International Trophy race at the track in a Theodore, leading home Emerson Fittipaldi in his own team’s car and Tony Trimmer in a Melchester-run McLaren.

Lewis Hamilton claimed the 28th pole position of his career. It was his second pole position at Silverstone following the one he took in his rookie season six years ago.

Hamilton has the best average position in qualifying (before penalties) so far this year on 2.38. Vettel is next on 2.88, then Rosberg on 3.13.

It was Mercedes’ 14th pole position giving them as many as Tyrrell. The two teams are connected as Tyrrell’s F1 entry was purchased by British American Racing, which later became Mercedes by way of Honda and Brawn.

Hamilton set a new record on the current configuration of Silverstone with his pole position lap. He stopped the clock at 1’29.607, eight-thousandths of a second quicker than Vettel’s 2010 pole position time.

However the fastest lap of the race, set by Webber on the final lap, was 2.6 seconds slower than the lap record of 1’30.874, set by Alonso three years ago. It is the second race in a row Webber has set the fastest lap, the 16th of his career.

We now know Webber has just 11 races left to run in his F1 career. Daniel Ricciardo, one of the drivers who’s been tipped to replace him, chose the right time to achieve his best qualifying result to date with fifth following Paul di Resta’s exclusion.

Romain Grosjean out-qualified Raikkonen for the first time this year, leaving Vettel and Hulkenberg the only drivers to have beaten their team mates in all eight qualifying sessions so far. Jules Bianchi has beaten Max Chilton seven times but was unable to set a time in Monaco.

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Silverstone, 2013Williams celebrated their 600th race start, which they will officially reach at the next race in Germany. Disappointingly for them although they scored their best result of the year (Pastor Maldonado 11th, Valtteri Bottas 12th), they still haven’t scored any points so far this year.

Pirelli were probably not celebrating the 250th F1 race in which they have supplied tyres to at least one team. Their tyres won the first world championship race on Giuseppe Farina’s Alfa Romeo.

After leaving the sport Pirelli made a brief and largely unsuccessful comeback in the eighties and nineties, winning three races. They have been F1’s official and sole tyre supplier since 2011.

Hamilton became the fifth driver in F1 history to exceed 1,000 points. However as noted earlier this year it’s a rather meaningless milestone.

Finally, the British Grand Prix was the first race after Mercedes were charged with conducting an illegal test for Pirelli. A central point in the row is whether Mercedes gained an advantage from the test.

The teams’ points chart shows a clear rise in Mercedes’ points-scoring rate since the test. They scored 14.4 points per race before the test and 33 points per race after it.

Review the year so far in statistics here:

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75 comments on Raikkonen breaks Schumacher’s points streak record

  1. jh1806 (@jh1806) said on 1st July 2013, 11:09

    Carlos Reutemann’s streak of 15 consecutive points finishes in 80-81 is mightily impressive – the cars are so much more reliable nowadays!

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 1st July 2013, 11:28

      @jh1806 Williams had the FW07 going extremely well at that point, and of course the Cosworth DFV engine and Hewland gearbox were very tried-and-tested components

      But the tracks were far more punishing then, there were more cars on them and various other hazards, all of which serve to make it a very impressive achievement for its time.

    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 1st July 2013, 12:50

      @jh1806 exactly my thoughts ! Impressive !

      Sad he’s not rated that high as a driver over here… and all is forgotten as he’s a political leader.

      • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 1st July 2013, 13:47

        @fer-no65 Yeah he was a pretty good driver..I believe he deserved to win ’81, but Jones would not repay the previous year’s debt, and Reutemann made one silly error at the last race and Brabham won their first Drivers’ trophy in 14 years..

        • Alec (@alec) said on 1st July 2013, 14:56

          Unless I’m mistaken Reutemann’s record was set when only the top six positions earned points. I wonder what the others’ stats would look like if translated to the 1980-81 points system?

          • Nick (@npf1) said on 1st July 2013, 15:01

            Schumacher was on the podium every race in 2002, so he would have broken Reutemann’s record regardless. But as Keith’s article a while ago showed, Kimi would not have broken Schumacher’s record under pre-2010 points.

          • Nick (@npf1) said on 2nd July 2013, 10:37

            @wsrgo Max has been insanely good in karting the past 2 years, but some people are a little worried how much of an influence Jos is. Jos tunes Max’ engines and karts and has done so for a lot of drivers, including Giedo van der Garde way back in 2002 or so. They would have to find a good team in lower formulae for Max, because Nyck de Vries also dominated karting, but seems to be hitting a roadblock in FR2.0..

          • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 3rd July 2013, 6:47

            @npf1 Yeah, Nyck did great last year, but this year there seems to be a bit of malaise around Koiranen’s entire 2.0 campaign. I guess it would be best if instead of such a big jump, Max was put in the new 1.6 championship. Any F1 team involvement (via junior team), might be welcome too.

    • erix said on 2nd July 2013, 17:21

      I don’t care as long as someone able to reduce M.Schumacher name from the record book and wikipedia. His nickname was schummel schumi.

  2. 91jb12 (@91jb12) said on 1st July 2013, 11:09

    Since the start of 2010, all bar 1 of Vettel’s retirements have come from the lead!
    Australia 10
    Turkey 10 (he had just got his nose in front when they hit so I’m calling that one too!)
    Korea 10
    Abu Dhabi 11
    Valencia 12
    Monza 12 (not from the lead)
    Britain 13

    Why can’t his car pack up when he’s 11th in Malaysia or 15th in Spa? :)

    • Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 1st July 2013, 12:39

      To make it more dramatic.

      And interesting. Honestly, this race went from outrageous to acceptable due to the nail-biting finish the late-race caution provided us with – just as it does race by race in NASCAR.

      Had Vettel run away with victory for the umpteenth time in his most usual fashion, the race would have had a dull finish.

      And I’m still not saying this because I ‘hate’ Vettel. I don’t like him, true, but here I just simply described how his DNF from the lead made the race more interesting (well, ignore the first two sentences, they merely served as cheeky intros). It made it dramatic a lot of other times too.

    • anon said on 1st July 2013, 12:53

      Yup, he would have ran away with the title in 2010 if not for car trouble while in the lead. His record is truly astonishing.

    • anon said on 1st July 2013, 16:02

      I’d like to add that Vettel was in the lead in Bahrain in 2010 when he had a mechanical problem that ultimately led to him finishing 4th and gifted the win to Alonso.

      Then you had Hamilton being careless and giving him a puncture on the first corner.

    • JackySteeg (@jackysteeg) said on 1st July 2013, 16:53

      In recent years, Silverstone has had a knack for producing different winners. Nico Rosberg is the 11th different winner of the British GP since the year 2000 – the only other circuit with as many winners in that time frame is Monaco. Coincidentally, Rosberg is also the 11th different Monaco Grand Prix winner of the 21st century, too.

      This was also only the second race of the year (after China) in which the race winner won after making 3 stops. The other races have all been won on 2 or 4 stops.

  3. sumedh said on 1st July 2013, 11:12

    I pointed this out in the live chat too. There are lot of similarities between this race and Hungary 2008.
    The pole sitter (HAM in both cases) had a tyre failure which set him back, the driver in third (VET yesterday, MAS in 2008) led most of the race before having a race-ending failure at the end of the race. The driver in second, who was the pole sitter’s team-mate (ROS yesterday, KOV in 2008) got the victory handed to them by these misfortunes of others.

  4. 91jb12 (@91jb12) said on 1st July 2013, 11:18

    I’m sure Hamilton has now gone back ahead of Vettel in career points if you apply the current system to all of their results since 2007. Vettel had overtaken Hamilton for the first time in Canada.
    Edit: Hamilton 1380 Vettel 1376

  5. Ben (@benchuiii) said on 1st July 2013, 11:27

    Alonso has scored 111 points after 8 races both this year and last year, while Vettel has 132 this year and 85 last year.

    • KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 1st July 2013, 12:05

      Kinda says a lot about people who think Alonso hasn’t had as good a year so far…

      • Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 1st July 2013, 12:42

        He indeed had a worse year y/y in terms of performance. Last year, he was faultless during this entire span, but this year he made a mistake into T2 in Sepang and was strangely off-song, or 90% in Monte-Carlo.

        Last year, he was at his brilliant best, ouncing every bit of a dog car at the beginning of the year to perform on 110%.

      • Tomsk (@tomsk) said on 1st July 2013, 13:23

        Last year he had McLaren, Williams and Sauber taking points off him.
        This year, they’ve been rubbish.

  6. Erik Kennedy (@erikkennedy) said on 1st July 2013, 11:41

    McLaren’s sixty-four-race run in the points ended at Montreal. I don’t think anyone really cared about that. But they also didn’t score at Silverstone.

    When was the last time McLaren failed to score points in consecutive races? It was in 2009, and they went four races without points. Neither Hamilton nor Kovalainen scored at Spain, Monaco, Turkey or Britain.

    • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 1st July 2013, 13:55

      @erikkennedy And an addition to your stat there..
      McLaren went four races without scoring in both 2004 and 2009. In both years, one of their drivers had at least 1 race win, whereas the other had no podiums. Both times, the guy with no podiums (Coulthard in 2004 and Kovalainen in 2009) was sacked at the end of the season. Extrapolating, it means that if McLaren have 2 more non-scores, but somehow improve their car (like MP4-19B or the MP4-24) and one of the drivers win, the other will leave McLaren at the end of the year…

  7. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 1st July 2013, 12:12

    Unsurprisingly, Raikkonen did not seem at all interested in the record when it was pointed out to him.

    That started me with a wry smile. Then a good laugh. i can imagine his reaction.

    • scratt (@scratt) said on 1st July 2013, 13:36

      I saw an interview with him yesterday where he was very obviously seething about Lotus’ mistake in missing a final pitstop opportunity. It was obvious to me at that point (in the race) that Webber and Alonso were both going to hunt him down in the final 7 laps without any difficulty. I wasn’t that surprised when Hamilton was able to as well – but had not predicted that. There were two cool things about this though. One, it was awesome to see Lewis, Alonso and Kimi at one point, all in a line racing, at the end of a race. Secondly his very obvious frustration showed just how committed he is this year.

      Anyway, I digress, he was then asked if “beating Michael’s record made up for this in any way”. His answer was a deadpan “No.” and the interview was over immediately. :D

  8. KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 1st July 2013, 12:27

    Isn’t the 600th race for Williams actually in Germany? They just decided to celebrate it in their home race.

    • Calum (@mazzaf1) said on 2nd July 2013, 13:01

      I think that depends on whether they decided to count that race at Indianapolis where only 6 cars started or not- Williams left the grid on the formation lap but pitted before the race start.

      • plushpile (@plushpile) said on 4th July 2013, 3:23

        Peter Windsor also mentioned in The Racers Edge that up for consideration are the 1980 Spanish GP, 1981 South African GP and the 1982 San Marino GP – all related to the FISA-FOCA war.

  9. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 1st July 2013, 12:34

    Hamilton has the best average position in qualifying (before penalties) so far this year on 2.38. Vettel is next on 2.88, then Rosberg on 3.13.

    This is particularly interesting. Lewis, I believe, now leads Nico 5-3 in qualifying.

    But people remember Nico’s streak of three consecutive poles more, I guess, so the above stats add depth to their performances, I think.

    Nico performed just at the right times.

  10. andrew345612 (@andrew345612) said on 1st July 2013, 13:05

    Didn’t Alonso’s points streak ended in Belgium 2012?

  11. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 1st July 2013, 13:58

    Kimi doesn’t care about this… Lol.

    He said so, to Nat Pinkham haha

  12. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 1st July 2013, 15:30

    brief and largely unsuccesful

    I wonder if in 10 years we will look back at this Pirelli era in the same way.

  13. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 1st July 2013, 16:04

    The first back-to-back pointless races for McLaren since 2009 with the dog of a car. Turkey and Silverstone (it was a 4-race streak)

  14. tune (@tune) said on 1st July 2013, 16:34

    Looking back, if you apply the top 6 points system, Raikkonen’s best consecutive points steak was only 9 races – 2012 European GP to 2012 Korean GP.

    If you count races where he finished (i.e. exclude retirements), he had a run of 18 finishes in the top 6 – 2002 Canadian GP to 2003 Japanese GP (there were however 8 retirements in this time).

    Looking back at the figures, I’d forgotten that in that 2002 season Raikkonen had 10 retirements! 6 finishes were in the top 6 and the other finish was 12th in Brazil.

  15. yuya (@john-locke) said on 1st July 2013, 16:36

    Alonso is simply awesome.
    He recorded 17,18,23 consective points finishes !! Very impressive!!

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