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.

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75 comments on Raikkonen breaks Schumacher’s points streak record

  1. DaveW (@dmw) said on 1st July 2013, 16:59

    Pardon me but the observation that its three races since the Mercedes test is not a “stat.” And the reference to changes in average points as a figure whose variance is explained by the test is a mighty reach. Are we going to beat this horse until November and then start talking about asterisks? As far as the “stat,” filed in the category of other relevant varabiles, things would look different if not for an incredibly rare car failure by Vettel yesterday and a decent start from Webber. One might also subtract a mechanical DNF for Rosberg in China where Hamilton finished 3rd. Furthermore, neither Monaco or Canada were fully relevant for an estimation of whether Mercedes are now better on their tires than before. At Silverstone, they were better. But we are now 8 races into the season and who would have discounted the possiblity that Mercedes, with their legion of technical directors, would not crack this nut sooner or later? It’s not like they had a slow car that’s become fast. They have the fastest car on the grid, that they are learning how to set up properly.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 1st July 2013, 17:31

      @dmw I think the average points finish is absolutely a completely relevant statistic: it is possible that had Hamilton not had his puncture they could’ve finished 1-2 and had Hamilton performed better in qualifying at Monaco they could’ve finished 1-2 there as well. In Canada they were also better than they had been.

      It could be purely coincidental but they were found guilty bear on mind so were obviously deemed to have contravened the regulations (and hence gained an advantage). So it’s a very noteworthy statistic.

      • ferrox glideh (@ferrox-glideh) said on 1st July 2013, 18:43

        Literally, it is a statistic.
        Scientifically (rationally), it is not a statistic.
        It is true that these things happened, but it does not provide conclusive reasons WHY these things happened. My gut tells me Mercedes got an advantage from their “private” test, but it is too soon for a valid statistical analysis (if such an analysis is possible). Opinions, on the other hand, are the beginning of knowledge…

        • Elliot A said on 2nd July 2013, 0:32

          ‘Scientifically (rationally), it is not a statistic.’
          Science is not rational. Science is absolute. It is a valid stat because it is a direct before and after.

          ‘it is too soon for a valid statistical analysis (if such an analysis is possible)’
          They gained an advantage. This was the argument used by the FIA lawyer. Even if Merc learn nothing they learn something because they learn that they don’t need to change anything.

          In science, the only way to not learn something is to not perform the test in the first place.

  2. hobo (@hobo) said on 1st July 2013, 17:31

    Surprised no one mentioned this (or if they have I missed it), but if Schumacher had not crashed out in the monsoon that was Brazil 2003, he would have had a 43 race points streak, and a 33 race top-6 finish streak.

  3. Erivaldo moreira (@erivaldonin) said on 1st July 2013, 17:57

    With the victory of Rosberg, car number 9 became the 11th number in F1 history to exceed 1,000 points.

  4. paulgilb (@paulgilb) said on 1st July 2013, 18:13

    5th consecutive Silverstone podium for Webber – most podiums at any circuit for him. He has also always finished a different position to where he started.

    Second year in a row that Vettel has retired from the lead in the race after Canada. In both races, Grosjean failed to finish due to a similar problem and there were a lot of position changes in the last few laps (including Webber charging up the field).

    Alonso breaks his 2013 pattern of finishing on the podium in alternate races.

    Rosberg has never had exactly 1 podium in any season.

    All drivers have now been classified ahead of their team-mates at least once this season. Webber, Gutierrez, and Chilton are still yet to start a race ahead of their team-mates.

    2 of the 3 closest finishes since the start of 2012 have involved Rosberg and Webber (Monaco 2012 being the other), and all 3 have involved a current Red Bull driver and a current Mercedes driver (USA 2012 being the other).

  5. Tariq Patel (@mdtariqp) said on 1st July 2013, 18:22

    Typical reaction from Kimi. No wonder they call him the the Iceman.

  6. sumedh said on 1st July 2013, 19:59

    Vettel has not won a single Grand Prix in Europe since Sept 11, 2011 (22 months) – Italian Grand Prix 2011.
    He has taken part in 11 European races since then but not won a single one.
    He has won 11 Grand Prix and 2 championships in these 22 months.. but no European race win.

  7. Copersucar (@copersucar) said on 2nd July 2013, 0:09

    I keep updating the all-time top scorers list (modern points/race started) after every GP. Only one change yesterday. In Canada Seb Vettel overtook Michael Schumacher for the 5th position, but in Silverstone he gave it back. Hamilton, Alonso and Raikkonnen maintain their 8th, 11th and 14th positions.

    • Traverse (@) said on 2nd July 2013, 11:04

      I keep updating the all-time top scorers list (modern points/race started) after every GP.

      I admire your dedication to the cause! :)

  8. GR (@rooney) said on 2nd July 2013, 17:25

    For the second year in a row the car that started on pole and won in Monaco started from second at Silverstone and won

  9. paulgilb (@paulgilb) said on 2nd July 2013, 22:49

    Some more from magnetimarelli.com:

    The only other driver to have managed 5 consecutive podiums at Silverstone is Raikkonen.
    First time Hamilton has managed 4 consecutive front-row starts since Germany-Italy 2011.
    First time since 2007 that neither Red Bull has been on the front row in Silverstone.
    Only the third top 5 start for a Toro Rosso – following Italy 2008 (when they qualified 1st and 4th).
    18 races without a front-row start for Alonso – equals his worst run (2001 + first race of 2003).
    Ferrari started in the same positions (9th and 11th) as in the 2009 race.
    500th race with a Ferrari on the podium.
    Vettel has led 10,000km – only the 5th driver to do so (after Schumacher, Senna, Prost, Clark).
    First time that Force India have managed 3 consecutive double-points finishes.
    Neither Red Bull car has officially been overtaken in the last 5 British GPs (I believe the official stats exclude lap 1, pitstops and mechanical failures).

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