Vettel has more wins than Alonso after ‘grand slam’

2013 Singapore Grand Prix stats and facts

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Singapore, 2013With the 33rd victory of his Formula One career, Sebastian Vettel has now surpassed Fernando Alonso as the driver currently competing in the sport who has the most wins.

Vettel’s Singapore Grand Prix win was the third ‘grand slam’ of his career, which included pole position, fastest lap and leading every lap. Alonso is the only other driver on the grid to have achieved this and he also did so at Singapore, in 2010.

Six drivers have more ‘grand slams’ than Vettel:

Rank Driver Grand slams
1 Jim Clark 8
2 Alberto Ascari, Michael Schumacher 5
4 Jackie Stewart, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell 4
7 Nelson Piquet, Sebastian Vettel 3
9 Juan Manuel Fangio, Jack Brabham, Mika Hakkinen 2
12 Mike Hawthorn, Niki Lauda, Gerhard Berger, Damon Hill, Fernando Alonso, Stirling Moss, Jacques Laffite, Gilles Villeneuve, Jo Siffert, Jacky Ickx, Clay Regazzoni 1

Vettel also drew level with Alonso in terms of fastest laps – both have 20 – and the pair finish one-two for the third race in a row.

The Red Bull driver passed Nigel Mansell in terms of laps led – he’s now led more racing laps than anyone bar Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. However despite having spent 2,147 laps in the lead that is still less than half Schumacher’s total of 5,111.

Vettel has now led 394 laps this season – more than half of all the racing laps so far.

Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Monaco, 1992Red Bull achieved their 51st pole position giving them as many as Renault. Ferrari, McLaren, Williams and Lotus are the only teams ahead of them on the all-time list.

It was also the 207th pole position for a Renault engine. One more will see them tie Ferrari’s record for the most pole positions of all time.

Vettel’s third win in a row continues to squeeze the life out of the drivers’ championship. Only the top six drivers are mathematically still in the running: the Red Bull and Mercedes drivers, plus Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.

This was also Vettel’s third consecutive win in Singapore. He is the first driver to score three consecutive victories at the same track since Felipe Massa in 2008:

Driver Race Years Wins Notes
Ayrton Senna Monaco Grand Prix 1989-1993 5
Juan Manuel Fangio Argentinian Grand Prix 1954-1957 4 Shared win with Luigi Musso in 1956
Jim Clark Belgian Grand Prix 1962-1965 4
Ayrton Senna Belgian Grand Prix 1988-1991 4
Jim Clark British Grand Prix 1962-1965 4
Michael Schumacher Spanish Grand Prix 2001-2004 4
Michael Schumacher United States Grand Prix 2003-2006 4
Michael Schumacher Australian Grand Prix 2000-2002 3
Michael Schumacher Belgian Grand Prix 1995-1997 3 Won ‘on the road’ in 1994 but disqualified
Kimi Raikkonen Belgian Grand Prix 2004-2007 3 No race in 2006
Michael Schumacher Canadian Grand Prix 2002-2004 3
Alain Prost French Grand Prix 1988-1990 3
Juan Manuel Fangio German Grand Prix 1954-1957 3 No race in 1955
Ayrton Senna German Grand Prix 1988-1990 3
Juan Manuel Fangio Italian Grand Prix 1953-1955 3
Michael Schumacher Japanese Grand Prix 2000-2002 3
Graham Hill Monaco Grand Prix 1963-1965 3
Alain Prost Monaco Grand Prix 1984-1986 3
Jim Clark Dutch Grand Prix 1963-1965 3
Michael Schumacher San Marino Grand Prix 2002-2004 3
Sebastian Vettel Singapore Grand Prix 2011-2013 3
Jackie Stewart Spanish Grand Prix 1969-1971 3
Mika Hakkinen Spanish Grand Prix 1998-2000 3 Lost 2001 win on last lap to Schumacher
Felipe Massa Turkish Grand Prix 2006-2008 3
Graham Hill United States Grand Prix 1963-1965 3
Ayrton Senna United States Grand Prix (Detroit) 1986-1988 3

The changes to turn ten and resurfacing work on the Singapore track meant lap times fell by three and a half seconds this year. This was the second major change made to the circuit, the last being in 2009, when the first corner plus turns 13 and 14 were altered.

Vettel’s pole position time of 1’42.841 was the fastest seen on any of the three configurations of the track used since 2008. However Vettel’s fastest lap of the race fell short of Raikkonen’s lap record for the first version of the track (1’45.599) and Jenson Button’s on the second in 2011 (1’48.454).

Mark Webber became the second driver in F1 history to receive a ten-place grid penalty due to collecting three reprimands during the season. Pastor Maldonado also did so last year. Here’s how many reprimands each of the drivers have collected so far this year:

Driver Team Event Infraction
Mark Webber Red Bull Bahrain Contact with Rosberg
Mark Webber Red Bull Canada Speeding under yellows
Valtteri Bottas Williams Canada Speeding under yellows
Kimi Raikkonen Lotus Monaco Speeding under Safety Car
Adrian Sutil Force India Australia Driving too slowly in pit lane
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Britain Passed pit entry bollard on wrong side
Jules Bianchi Marussia Britain Missed weighbridge
Nico Rosberg Mercedes Britain Speeding under yellows
Charles Pic Caterham Belgium Rejoining the track in an unsafe manner
Paul di Resta Force India Italy Caused a collision with Grosjean
Mark Webber Red Bull Singapore Entered track without marshal’s permission
Fernando Alonso Ferrari Singapore Driving in a potentially dangerous manner

Esteban Gutierrez made his first appearance in Q3 and had his best starting position with tenth, but like every other rookie in the field this year he is yet to score a point.

Review the year so far in statistics here:

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81 comments on Vettel has more wins than Alonso after ‘grand slam’

  1. The kid we saw evolve has grown up!

    What a performance he’s done yesterday! Greeted by a McLaren and all-grid drivers’ fan.

  2. MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 23rd September 2013, 12:02

    It’s starting to feel inevitable that Vettel and Red Bull are going to go on to break pretty much all the records except maybe the ‘big’ ones held by Ferrari and McLaren for numbers of wins and championships.

    How well they interpret the rules change for next year will be a massive factor in how far they can go. So far they’ve only had success in one generation of rules stability. To prove their worth properly I think doing it again will pretty much silence the few doubters that remain.

  3. I’m very impressed by Vettel’s performance this season. Flawless, every lap driven with mastery. While more experienced (and also extremely talented!) drivers (ALO, HAM, RAI) have made mistakes or weak performances, Vettel has been constantly superb this season, at the top of his game both in qualifying and in race. He has been, no doubt, the most complete driver.

    One can argue 2010 or 2012, or give the credit of 2011 to the car, but 2013 is his year, and he has done a magnificent job to deserve it.

    Kudos of course to RBR. Amazing the car, the crew performance and organization. McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes, titanic names in motorsport have been left scratching their heads. This performance (4 years already) is something special.

  4. Worth mentioning in the notes that Schumacher would have had 4 in a row in Belgium if not for his 1994 disqualification?

  5. Ben (@benchuiii) said on 23rd September 2013, 12:32

    The number of safety car appearances in Singapore has alternated between 2 and 1 in the six races so far.

  6. Vettel beat his earlier best in “biggest victory margin” by over ten seconds. Here’s his 15+ second wins:
    Singapore 2013 – 32,6
    Australia 2011 – 22,2
    Japan 2012 – 20,6
    Abu Dhabi 2009 – 17,8
    Belgium 2013 – 16,8
    Britain 2009 – 15,1

    Vettel has led less than half of the laps in races he won just once: Malaysia this year (21/56). In total, 33 races have included 1900 laps, of which Vettel has led 1680. Percentual breakdown:
    100% = 9
    90-100% = 13
    80-90% = 2
    70-80% = 6
    60-70% = 1 (Singapore 12)
    50-60% = 1 (Spain 11)
    <50% = 1

    Another thing coming to my mind is that Paul di Resta has retired last four races after retiring only five in his first 47.

  7. Räikkönen has 28 third place finishes, tied with Barrichello for the most now. Alonso comes next with 26.

    Kimi also has 76 podiums and 190 entries, meaning he has finished in the top 3 exactly 40% of the races he has entered.

  8. Can someone do a comparison of Vettel’s performances pre and post summer break. In every full season he has done, I think the post-summer break has contained less errors, more wins, more points. And probably, no other driver has such a huge difference in his pre and post summer break performances.

    • Karthikeyan (@ridiculous) said on 23rd September 2013, 16:48

      2009 – 47 to 84
      2011 – 216 to 392
      2012 – 112 to 281
      Have no idea when the summer break for 2010 was

      • note too that the summer break is not half way through the season, it has got closer but in 2009 it was at around 2/3 distance
        2010 151 to 256 (in 7 races)
        I think it works out that in the final 33% of the season, Vettel gets about 40% of his points
        But there is a clear difference (except in 2011)

      • Between Hungary and Belgium in 2010. Vettel’s points: 151 to 256 (there were just 7 races after the break, compared to the 8 in 2011/2012 and 9 in 2013).

    • interesting stats. Though this season has been ill effected by the tyre change which has totally changed the season.

      But still amazing. Great driver

  9. MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 23rd September 2013, 12:43

    Has anyone bothered calculating the total combined time of all the winning margins of previous champions and divided them by the number of wins, to come up with an average winning margin?

  10. Jimmy Hearn (@alebelly74) said on 23rd September 2013, 12:45

    A flawless season turned in by Vettel. No politicking from Alonso or Ferrari this year. Webber doesn’t seem to be intent on sabotage. Lewis is still mending a broken heart. Not much anyone can say, except to hope for next year.

  11. Next stop for him is Senna, but he certainly wouldn’t be able to do it this season even if he wins all the remaining races.

  12. I find it rather amusing that out of the current crop of drivers, the only ones to have 3 or more consequtive victories at the same circut are Raikkonen, Alonso, and Massa! For as much grief as Massa gets about his performance, he has that place in the record books.

  13. I’m getting a real buzz from watching history being made as I did when enjoying the Schumacher years. Can’t believe the Schumacher achievement is actually being challenged already! Vettel is the greatest…

    Another favorite stat up there has got to be Renault only one pole away from Ferrari’s all time record. You know, Ferrari, exclusive, expensive, the revered and so called foundation of F1 versus the Regie. The union/state owned car manufacturer who struggle to sell anything other than bread and butter cars to the masses.

    Stick that up your Montezemolo!

  14. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 23rd September 2013, 14:05

    and the pair finish one-two for the third race in a row

    That seems something quite rare to happen – I guess it happened a few times with Schumacher and Barichello? But were there ever three consecutive identical one-twos by two drivers not in the same team?

    • Looking through Wiki from the 90s onwards, here’s some thing I see:

      – In 1993, Alain Prost (Williams) and Michael Schumacher (Benetton) shared a podium for 4 races in a row, but finishing 1-2, 1-3, 1-2 and 1-2 for the Canadian, French, British and German GPs.
      – In 1994, Schumacher (Benetton) and Hill (Williams) finished 1-2 for 3 races in a row (Spanish, Canadian, French GPs) but Hill won the first, Schumacher won the other two.
      – Also in 1994, Hill (Williams) and Hakkinen (McLaren) shared a podium for 4 races in a row, with Hill winning 3 of those (after Schumacher’s DSQ), with the results being 1-2, 1-3, 1-3 and 2-3 for the Belgian, Italian, Portuguese and European GPs.
      – In 2000, Schumacher (Ferrari) and Hakkinen (McLaren) finishing 1st and 2nd happened 6 times, but never in the same order for 3 consecutive races. They did have a run of 3 races, but Hakkinen won Hungary and Belgium, while Schumacher won at Monza.
      – In 2001, Schumacher (Ferrari) and Coulthard (McLaren) shared a podium 9 times, but never in the same positions for 3 races.
      – With Schumacher’s dominance, he won a lot of races, even 4 in a row, but without having the same driver on the second step. Ferrari did finish 1-2 for the last 5 races, but Schumacher won 2 of them, Barrichello 3, but never 3 in a row.
      – In 2003, Schumacher scored the only hat-trick, with his team-mate Barrichello in 3rd all of them, and Kimi second in the first and final Gps of the streak.
      – Also in 2003, Montoya (Williams) had a streak of 3 2nd place finishes, but 2 of them (in a row) to team-mate Ralf Schumacher and one to Barrichello (Ferrari).
      – In 2004, Schumacher and Barrichello got 3 consecutive 1-2s for Ferrari in the European, Canadian and US GPs. Jenson Button (BAR) finished 3rd in the European and Canadian GPs.
      – In 2005, Fernando Alonso (Renault) was the only one to win 3 times in a row (Jarno Trulli for Toyota finishing 2nd for 2 of them) and to finish second 3 times in a row (Raikkonen for McLaren winning the first and last of that streak, but his McLaren teammate Montoya winning the middle GP) but it still didn’t occur.
      – 2006 saw Alonso (Renault) and Schumacher (Ferrari) finishing 1st and 2nd 8 times, but never 3 times with the same position in a row. The closest they came was when Schumacher won the San Marino and European GPs, where Alonso finished 2nd, but the next GP at Spain was won by Alonso, with Schumacher finishing 2nd. Interestingly enough, the 2006 season saw a Alonso-Schumacher-Raikkonen (McLaren) podium 2 times in a row at the British and Canadian GPs. The US GP thereafter was won by Schumacher, but Alonso and Raikkonen were not on the podium.
      – 2007 saw no hat-tricks, but there was a streak of 4 second places for Hamilton (McLaren), but Alonso (McLaren team mate) and Massa (Ferrari) took the honors, with Alonso winning the first and last of that streak and Massa the middle 2 races of that streak.
      – 2008 had only one three podium streaks, Raikkonen (Ferrari) to three different winners and second placed men.
      – Despite BrawnGP’s dominance, Button and Barrichello only managed a streak of 2 1-2s, both in Button’s favor.
      – In 2011, Vettel managed 2 hat-tricks, with Button appearing on the podium for the second hat-trick, but in 2 2nd and 1 3rd position. Button also finished 3rd in the last 2 races of Vettel’s first hat-trick.
      – In 2012, Vettel and Alonso shared the podium 8 times, but never in the same positions for 3 times in a row.

      In short, it’s been done with team-mates, but never before with 2 different teams! Looking further back, there have been some other close calls, but it usually involves 2 drivers sharing a podium in general for 3 races in a row, or 3 victories and 2 2nd positions ended by a DNF. Especially Senna and Prost had close calls in their days, both as teammates and as rivals. They did manage 3 1-2s in a row for McLaren in 1988, though their total of 1-2 is much higher. Ascari and Farina had 4 1-2s for Ferrari in 1952, but had one 6th place for Farina in the middle of a 5 win-streak of Ascari.

      Jones and Lafiette had a run of 3 1-3s in 1979 for Williams and Ligier, though. I guess that’s the closest we’ve ever been to this. There are also a lot of close calls in the 50s and 60s. Those days had non-WDC events, though, so it could be that it technically happened, or is a lot less close than Wiki suggests.

  15. Rajeev (@rajeevreddy91) said on 23rd September 2013, 14:20

    I would like to see Hamilton and Alonso drive Redbull after Brazil 2013 just to prove who is better, would Redbull accept such a challenge.?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 23rd September 2013, 17:44

      @rajeevreddy91 And would Mercedes let the driver they have just spent a vast amount of money on drive a Renault-engined car?

      I think both are equally unlikely. That’s why you hardly ever see anything like it happen. I recall Schumacher driving a Sauber while he was at Ferrari, but they had Ferrari engines, of course.

    • Difficult for Red Bull to accept a challenge no one has made :P I mean, HAM has contract with Mercedes, and seems relatively happy there. And RBR doesn’t seem interested in him, Horner wanted Raikkonen.

    • Even if this were to happen, you can’t explicitly say that the results are conclusive of who is better.
      I mean, after the entire year, perhaps the RB9 was built with some focus on the driving styles of Vettel and Webber in mind… A style that may or may not also suit other drivers.

      Just because, for example, Vettel is faster than Hamilton in the RB9, doesn’t make Vettel the better driver.
      It would take the two drivers being in the same team for an entire year, and as neutral a focused car as possible, to really note true superiority.

      • sumedh said on 24th September 2013, 8:28

        I think what Rajeev is implying that Hamilton and Alonso are so much better that they will beat Vettel in a car that is built around Vettel.

        Remember the cardinal rules of being an F1 fan in 2013
        1) Newey -> Genius,
        2) RB9 -> Super-fast rocket-ship,
        3) Ferrari and Mercedes -> Bullock carts
        4) Alonso and Hamilton -> Fastest drivers on the planet
        5) Vettel -> Slower than our grandmoms.

        • Carlos Furtado das Neves said on 24th September 2013, 20:57

          Sadly, neither one of my Grandmoms won 3 WDC…
          By the way, IS Alain Prost related to you…???
          RB9 is a real F1 racing car, not an italian trash!
          Alonso is waiting for a miracle, is own words.
          Keep on booing, the kid will keep on win races.

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