Vettel set to surpass Alonso as most successful active driver

2013 Belgian Grand Prix stats and facts

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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115 comments on Vettel set to surpass Alonso as most successful active driver

  1. Bosley (@bosley) said on 26th August 2013, 17:51

    And yet another race where Checo Perez finishes 11th.
    He’s now finished 11th on 12 occasions, and out of his 48 completed races, it means every 4 races he finishes 11th.
    Even weirder he’s still yet to finish 12th, and has finished 13th once.

  2. Antonio (@antoniocorleone) said on 26th August 2013, 19:07

    I wasn’t an start to finish victory for Vettel as Button stayed out 1 or 2 laps longer in the first stint and was in front of Vettel at least for 1 lap.

  3. James_mc (@james_mc) said on 26th August 2013, 21:24

    Couldn’t see it posted above – Romain Grosjean completed a full racing lap of Spa for the first time in F1!

    In 2009 he collided with Alguesari/Hamilton/Button (not necessarily his fault) and in 2012 he infamously took out…. Hamilton and Alonso!

  4. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 26th August 2013, 22:08

    Great stats :)

    I noticed that this was only the third time of the Vet-Ham-Alo podium, but the first of which was outside North America. Strangely, Alonso has never come out on top during these three.

    Also, Vettel continued his streak of winning every other Grand Prix this season. So if that trend continues, then he won’t win in Monza :P

  5. João Oliveira (@oliveiraz33) said on 26th August 2013, 22:26

    For me in the same car, Alonso is just a better driver… Vettel’s fast, Alonso is fast and more of a complete driver in my opinion… Alonso just didn’t have A redbull, he has been dealing with renaults and Ferraris that clearly aren’t the leading car in pace like the RB is.

    • fangio85 (@fangio85) said on 27th August 2013, 1:10

      I don’t believe any true and passionate driver, without bias, would be able to pick between them. Individual stats don’t tell the whole story, which I think is kinda your point, but having the best car doesn’t mean you don’t need to be a great driver to use its potential, watch mark webber for proof of this (mark is a very good driver in an awesome car, seb is an awesome driver in an awesome car).

      I believe if they had equal machinery, there would be nothing between them. Luck would be the difference i believe. Say seb wins one year, or gets more poles, it would be very close, and Nando would prob win the next year, as no one can be lucky all the time.

      I believe what more accurately represents the performance of the car is quali. Any top driver can put the best car on pole, which is why seb has so many poles from his short career. Nando on the other hand has far more wins from further back, as he’s more often than not had an inferior car to some of his rivals.

      Obviously, this is not intended to take away from seb, if the roles were reversed, his stats would look more like nandos, and nandos stats would look more like his. My point is formula one is about man and machine working in harmony. Nando is every bit as good as seb, so are Lewis and kimi for that matter, but seb has had the good fortune of having an awesome car in which to showcase his awesome talent.

      Nando has more often than not had to show his awesome talent in other ways. When driving an inferior car, you can’t really show your one lap pace. However, you get plenty of opportunities to show your race craft, as you usually start in the pack and your only chance of a good result is to make good passes quick enough to not lose touch with the front of the field.

      The reason nandos stats make him look like a slow qualifier, with excellent race craft, is the same reason sebs stats make him look like a great qualifier with average race craft. Machinery.

      I am very passionate about driving, and I firmly believe the best drivers on the current grid are seb, Nando, Lewis and kimi, in no particular order. I also believe there would be very little, if anything, between them in equal cars. This is why, despite those being four of my favourite drivers, I always go for my favourite team first – ferrari. /rant.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 27th August 2013, 1:27

      Finishing on the podium every week doesn’t occur in a Fiat Panda either.

  6. trigger (@trigger) said on 26th August 2013, 22:35

    I like a driver to win a WDC when his team does not win the WCC to show he is a great driver. (obviously its not easy for this to happen)

    2008 – Lewis
    2007 – Kimi (Spygate changed things)
    1999 – Mika

    These are only the recent examples.

    Vettel would have earned much more praise if he had achieved something like this i believe. Plus Alonso really should have had his name on this list in either 2010 or 2012.

    • fangio85 (@fangio85) said on 27th August 2013, 0:48

      Cool story mate, except Lewis won his title largely due to ferraris stuff ups and unreliability, none of which were their drivers fault. So where your post suggests Lewis had an inferior car, but won due to ferrari having inferior drivers, is not true. Massa would have won easily if his car and team didn’t constantly fail him.

      Mika won his 99 title because Michael broke his leg, otherwise michael would have been 8 time champ. There are a lot of variables you are missing. All is not as straightforward as you suggest. Although I agree that driving a clearly inferior car would boost sebs popularity, by allowing him to show he doesn’t need the best car to be competitive.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 27th August 2013, 1:25

      Plus Alonso really should have had his name on this list in either 2010 or 2012.

      Shoulda but didn’t.

      Especially in 2010, he needed Vettel’s car failures in Bahrain/Korea, plus Hamilton’s rim failure in Spain, to gain points over those two.

  7. paulgilb (@paulgilb) said on 26th August 2013, 22:45

    2nd time in the last 4 years that the Spa winner has only missed out on the Grand Slam (pole, fastest lap, led every lap, win) due to missing out on pole.

    First time that Hamilton has not been off the track at any point during the Belgian GP.

    And some from magnetimarelli.com:

    Last time that we had 3 consecutive identical front rows – Vettel-Hamilton in Hungary, Belgium, Italy 2011.

    3rd lights-to-flag win in Belgium in the last 4 years.

    Massa ties Hakkinen for 3rd place in Most Races With One Team table (131).

    First British driver to manage 4 consecutive poles since Damon Hill in 1995.

    First time Button has started 2 consecutive Belgian GPs from the top 10.

    A McLaren has qualified 13th in all of the last 4 races.

    Pic is now the only 2013 driver not to have reached Q2 this year.

  8. schooner (@schooner) said on 26th August 2013, 23:25

    I’d imagine that Alonso would surely have thought that by this point in his Ferrari career, he would easily be the king of the modern F1 hill, with at least one more WDC and many more wins to his credit. The RB/Newey/Vettel juggernaut, along with some Ferrari failings, has certainly rained on his (and a couple other’s) parade.

  9. anon said on 27th August 2013, 1:07

    Has anyone compiled the stats of Webbers good vs bad starts when he qualifies in front/1 place behind Vettel vs 2 or more places behind Vettel?

  10. paulista said on 27th August 2013, 2:12

    Although Alonso’s present position as active pilot with most wins seems shaky, his record in podiums looks stronger, he is the all-time third pilot in podiums (after Schumacher and Prost), and at his present average (0.44/race) should beat Prost after 32 races (early 2015 season) and stay all-time second for a long time. Beating Schuey looks unlikely, though: 144 races, some 8 years from now without losing steam.

    Of the active pilots, both Hamilton and Vettel have a better podiums/race ratio than Alonso, but very close, +0.006 for Hamilton and +0.042 for Vettel. It would take 6240 races for Hamilton to top Alonso, somewhere in the 24th century. For Vettel it would be 906 races, in the second half of the present century (yes, I am aware that both are younger than Alonso an can be expected to be around a few more years than him. I think Vettel still might be able to top Alonso’s podiums -but not likely before Alonso retires-, and even Schuey’s, but I wouldn’t bet on Hamilton doing either).

    By the way I couldn’t find anywhere a list of the top podiums/race scorers so I did it myself. I hope there are not too many mistakes:

    A couple of mostly forgotten guys have a perfect 100% score, both with only one race: George Amick and Dorino Serafini. Third is Luigi Fagioli (71.4%) and fourth the great Fangio (62.7%), fifth his countryman Jose Froilan Gonzalez (53.8%), sixth Nino Farina (52.9%), seventh the Professor Prost (52.5%), eighth Schuey (50.3%), and tied for ninth with 50% are Sam Hanks (4/8), Mauri Rose, Bill Holland and Lee Wallard (1/2). BTW Wallard not only was in the podium in one of his 2 races, he won it, so he has the best wins/races ratio ever, 50%, topping Fangio’s 45.1%. Going ahead with the podiums/race list, thirteenth is the much overrated Ayrton Senna (49.4%), fourteenth is Seb Vettel (48.2%), fifteenth Alberto Ascari (46.9%), sixteenth Lewis Hamilton (44.6%), seventeenth is a tie with Jim Clark (32/72) and Jim Rathmann (4/9), both 44.4%, nineteenth Alonso (44.0%), twentieth Jackie Stewart (43.0%), twenty-first Bill Vukovich (40.0%) and twenty-second Kimi Raikkonen (39.9%).

    • paulista said on 2nd September 2013, 23:48

      And fifty more drivers:
      Mike Hawthorn 23rd (37.8%)
      Damon Hill 24th (34.4%)
      Tie for 25th (33.3%): Jimmy Bryan (3/9), Mike Nazaruk, Paul Goldsmith (both 1/3)
      Stirling Moss 28th (32.8%)
      Phil Hill 29th (32.6%)
      Juan Pablo Montoya 30th (31.6%)
      Niki Lauda 31st (31.2%)
      MikaHakkinen 32nd (30.91%)
      Nigell Mansell 33rd (30.89%)
      Carlos Reutemann 34th (30.8%)
      Denny Hulme 35th (29.4%)
      Luigi Musso 36th (29.2%)
      Jody Scheckter 37th (29.1%)
      Nelson Piquet 38th (29.0%)
      Tie for 39th (28.6%): Cesare Perdisa, Rudi Fischer, Mike Parkes (all 2/7)
      Piero Taruffi 42nd (27.8%)
      François Cevert 43rd (27.7%)
      Bruce McLaren 44th (26.5%)
      Richie Ginther 45th (25.9%)
      Peter Revson 46th (25.8%)
      David Coulthard 47th (25.1%)
      Tie for 48th (25%): James Hunt (23/92), Luigi Villoresi (8/32), Art Cross, Jimmy Davies, Manny Ayulo (all 1/4)
      Jack Brabham 53rd (24.6%)
      Peter Collins 54th (24.2%)
      Tony Brooks 55th (23.7%)
      Emerson Fittipaldi 56th (23.5%)
      Gerhard Berger 57th (22.9%)
      Dan Gurney 58th (22.4%)
      Wolfgang von Trips 59th (22.2%)
      Tie for 60th (21.4%): John Surtees (24/112), Eugenio Castellotti (3/14)
      Ronnie Peterson 62nd (21.1%)
      Jacky Ickx 63rd (21.01%)
      Jochen Rindt 64th (20.97%)
      Rubens Barrichello 65th (20.86%)
      Alan Jones 66th (20.7%)
      Jenson Button 67th (20.33%)
      Clay Regazzoni 68th (20.29%)
      Graham Hill 69th (20.1%)
      Tie for 70th (20.0%): Patrick Depailler (19/95), Alfonso de Portago, Bob Sweikert (both 1/5)

  11. Bleu (@bleu) said on 27th August 2013, 9:56

    It was Lotus-Caterham’s best qualifying position by van der Garde. Not the best grid position though,since penalties helped Kovalainen up to 13th at Spa three years ago.

  12. 91jb12 (@91jb12) said on 28th August 2013, 9:08

    Vettel has finally won the 11th round of a season. The only ones left are the 10th and 20th rounds (only 1 20th round has been held though- Brazil 2012)

  13. paulgilb (@paulgilb) said on 28th August 2013, 23:10

    di Resta’s first race-ending crash since Brazil 2012 (9 months to the day previously).

    Rosberg has scored more points already in 2013 than he managed in the whole of 2012.

    Chilton’s last 5 races: 19-17-19-17-19.

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