Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013

Vettel set to surpass Alonso as most successful active driver

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

Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013With his latest victory in the Belgian Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel is poised to become the most successful driver on the grid in terms of race wins.

Vettel’s fifth win of the season has moved him within one victory of Fernando Alonso’s tally of 32 wins. The Ferrari driver has won twice so far this year.

Here’s how many races the five most successful drivers in F1 today have won so far:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2013drivercolours.csv

Race 699 700 701 702 703 704 705 706 707 708 709 710 711 712 713 714 715 716 717 718 719 720 721 722 723 724 725 726 727 728 729 730 731 732 733 734 735 736 737 738 739 740 741 742 743 744 745 746 747 748 749 750 751 752 753 754 755 756 757 758 759 760 761 762 763 764 765 766 767 768 769 770 771 772 773 774 775 776 777 778 779 780 781 782 783 784 785 786 787 788 789 790 791 792 793 794 795 796 797 798 799 800 801 802 803 804 805 806 807 808 809 810 811 812 813 814 815 816 817 818 819 820 821 822 823 824 825 826 827 828 829 830 831 832 833 834 835 836 837 838 839 840 841 842 843 844 845 846 847 848 849 850 851 852 853 854 855 856 857 858 859 860 861 862 863 864 865 866 867 868 869 870 871 872 873 874 875 876 877 878 879 880 881 882 883 884 885 886 887 888 889
Jenson Button 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 3 4 5 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15
Kimi Raikkonen 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 6 7 7 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 14 15 15 16 16 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
Fernando Alonso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 9 9 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 16 16 16 17 17 17 17 17 18 18 18 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 20 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 23 23 23 24 25 25 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 27 28 28 28 28 28 28 29 29 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 31 31 32 32 32 32 32 32 32
Lewis Hamilton 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 13 13 13 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 18 18 18 18 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 22 22
Sebastian Vettel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 9 10 11 12 12 13 14 15 15 16 16 16 16 17 18 19 19 20 21 21 21 21 21 21 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 23 24 25 26 26 26 26 26 27 27 28 28 28 29 29 30 30 31

Vettel’s 31st career win puts him level with Nigel Mansell on the all-time victories chart.

This was Vettel’s first lights-to-flag victory of the season, and the eighth of his career. He also became the fifth driver in F1 history to spend more than 2,000 laps in the lead, joining Michael Schumacher (who heads the chart with a massive 5,111), Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Mansell.

Vettel also took the fastest lap, the 19th of his career, putting him level with Senna, Stirling Moss and Damon Hill.

The only thing standing between Vettel and a perfect result was Lewis Hamilton’s pole position lap. This was Hamilton’s fourth in a row and seventh consecutive front row start – both personal bests.

Raikkonen’s record run comes to an end

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013After a record 27 consecutive races in the points you wouldn’t have bet against Kimi Raikkonen adding to it on a track where he’s won four times in the past.

But his streak was ended by something as humble as a visor tear-off, which was ingested by one of his brake ducts, causing overheating and retirement.

Raikkonen had finished his previous 38 starts (including eight with Ferrari at the end of 2009) which is also a record. He was three short of Nick Heidfeld’s record for consecutive race classifications.

Paul di Resta equalled his best ever starting position with fifth, which he also achieved in Bahrain. Di Resta qualified fourth in Italy last year but had a five-place grid penalty.

Pastor Maldonado, Max Chilton and Esteban Gutierrez collected their third penalties of the year while Sergio Perez took his first. There are eight drivers left on the grid who haven’t had a penalty this year.

For the first time this year Lotus set the fastest lap of the weekend – Raikkonen’s 1’48.296 in Q2. However qualifying was disrupted by wet weather and it’s likely Mercedes or Red Bull would have lapped quicker in dry conditions than the times seen last year, even with the greater restrictions on DRS use this season.

Review the year so far in statistics here:

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