Ferrari and Chilton break records in Abu Dhabi

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix stats and facts

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Yas Marina, 2013Two records were broken in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – and neither of them were taken by Red Bull or Sebastian Vettel.

The record for most consecutive points scores by a team fell for the second time this year, this time to Ferrari. The claimed their 65th points haul in a row, going one better than McLaren managed earlier this year.

Both teams began their streaks in 2010 when points were first awarded for ninth and tenth places. Red Bull’s last no-score was in Italy last year.

Max Chilton broke Tiago Monteiro’s record for most consecutive race finishes at the start of an F1 career. Chilton has finished the opening 17 rounds of his first year in F1, one more than Monteiro managed with Jordan in 2005.

Vettel equals seven-in-a-row record

Michael Schumacher, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Ferrari F2004, 2004However for the 11th time this year the big prize went to Sebastian Vettel. He has equalled his personal best wins tally from 2011 with two races to spare.

In an even greater achievement, he equalled the most consecutive races won any driver in F1 history with his seventh in a row.

As noted here previously Alberto Ascari won nine consecutive starts in 1952 and 1953, missing the 1953 Indianapolis 500 which counted towards the world championship but was not run to F1 rules.

Vettel has been undefeated since the summer break:

Year Race Grid Finish
2013 Hungarian Grand Prix 2 3
2013 Belgian Grand Prix 2 1
2013 Italian Grand Prix 1 1
2013 Singapore Grand Prix 1 1
2013 Korean Grand Prix 1 1
2013 Japanese Grand Prix 2 1
2013 Indian Grand Prix 1 1
2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2 1
2013 United States Grand Prix ? ?

Here’s how his run compares with the most successful streaks of the only other drivers to win seven in a row:

Michael Schumacher

Year Race Grid Finish
2003 Japanese Grand Prix 14 8
2004 Australian Grand Prix 1 1
2004 Malaysian Grand Prix 1 1
2004 Bahrain Grand Prix 1 1
2004 San Marino Grand Prix 2 1
2004 Spanish Grand Prix 1 1
2004 Monaco Grand Prix 4 DNF
2004 European Grand Prix 1 1
2004 Canadian Grand Prix 6 1
2004 United States Grand Prix 2 1
2004 French Grand Prix 2 1
2004 British Grand Prix 4 1
2004 German Grand Prix 1 1
2004 Hungarian Grand Prix 1 1
2004 Belgian Grand Prix 2 2

Alberto Ascari

Year Race Grid Finish
1952 Indianapolis 500 19 DNF
1952 Belgian Grand Prix 1 1
1952 French Grand Prix 1 1
1952 British Grand Prix 2 1
1952 German Grand Prix 1 1
1952 Dutch Grand Prix 1 1
1952 Italian Grand Prix 1 1
1953 Argentinian Grand Prix 1 1
1953 Indianapolis 500 Not entered
1953 Dutch Grand Prix 1 1
1953 Belgian Grand Prix 2 1
1953 French Grand Prix 1 4

Vettel’s win was the 37th of his career, leaving him four short of Ayrton Senna’s tally of 41.

He was beaten to pole position by Mark Webber, who equalled fellow Australian Jack Brabham’s tally of 13, which is also shared by Graham Hill, Jacky Ickx, Jacques Villeneuve and Juan Pablo Montoya.

Both Red Bull drivers finished on the podium meaning the team took their 20th podium finish this season and their 100th of all time.

More Abu Dhabi Grand Prix stats and facts

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Yas Marina, 2013Fernando Alonso failed to reach Q3 for the first time this year, meaning Vettel is the only driver left to have got into Q3 at every race this year. He and Felipe Massa are now tied 8-8 in qualifying (Massa was unable to set a time in Monaco).

Alonso did claim fastest lap, his 21st, which moves him back level with Vettel, as well as Gerhard Berger.

Kimi Raikkonen became the third driver to be excluded from a qualifying session this year. The others are Mark Webber (Chinese Grand Prix) and Paul di Resta (British Grand Prix).

Nico Rosberg has turned the tables at Mercedes: having spent the entire race ahead of Lewis Hamilton he has now led his team mate on track for more laps than Hamilton has this year.

With three third places and one fourth, Romain Grosjean has scored half of his points this season in the last four races.

Jenson Button has completed 999 racing laps so far this year, more than any other driver. Giedo van der Garde has the least with 807.

With just two races to go in 2013, we are still yet to see wet weather tyres being used for any racing laps this year.

Review the year so far in statistics here:

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79 comments on Ferrari and Chilton break records in Abu Dhabi

  1. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 4th November 2013, 10:36

    I kind of feel that Ascari should be recognised as having a nine race winning streak but I know it’s a technicality with the Indy 500.

  2. Bleu (@bleu) said on 4th November 2013, 10:44

    I believe this was third race where 100% of race retirements occurred on the first lap. Others are Argentine Grand Prix 1958 and Brazilian Grand Prix 2008.

  3. Another interesting fact that I noticed: could this be the first race in F1 history taking place during a Solar Eclipse?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_November_3,_2013

  4. JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 4th November 2013, 10:47

    As things stand Vettel’s lead in the drivers championship over Alonso is now up at 130 points, higher than the current record for largest championship winning margin of 122 from 2011 (and likely to be higher by the end of the season).

    I don’t expect Alonso to put that one on his helmet :p

  5. TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 4th November 2013, 10:54

    For Vettel to win seven in a row in such a competitive era of the sport is nothing short of incredible. If he could make it to nine I think that’d surely be his most impressive record.

    • Shreyas Mohanty (@) said on 4th November 2013, 13:00

      @tommyb89 Not trying to undermine his achievement if he goes nine in a row, but what competitive era are you talking about?

      • David-A (@david-a) said on 5th November 2013, 2:20

        @shreyasf1fan@tommyb89 presumably means that every season Vettel’s won his championships, there have been at least 4 other champions on the grid.
        Bold indicates that they drove a racewinning car in that season:
        2010- Alonso, Button, Hamilton, Schumacher
        2011- Alonso, Button, Hamilton, Schumacher
        2012- Alonso, Button, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Schumacher
        2013- Alonso, Button, Hamilton, Raikkonen

        • Shreyas Mohanty (@) said on 5th November 2013, 13:04

          @david-a No doubt the other 4 WDCs drove race-winning cars in the 4 seasons you mentioned. But in all those years, the RBR has still been dominant in the second half. Less so in 2010, but still. 2012 was close, as was 2010. So you may say they were somewhat competitive. But 2011 and 2013 were pure RBR domination. You gotta admit this – Vettel’s no slouch over a single lap or a race, but his car makes his job a hell lot easier.

          • ispookie666 said on 8th November 2013, 0:05

            Would he have won the 7 on the trot if the tyres had not been changed????
            Red bull made big noise about the tyres… cannot compare the two parts of the season

  6. mrjlr93 (@mrjlr93) said on 4th November 2013, 10:58

    i though the battle between alosno and massa in qualifying was in favor of alonso 9-8 at the moment

  7. Hyoko said on 4th November 2013, 11:05

    The overwhelming Vettel/RBR domination kinda changes the mathematical rules for 2nd place in WDC and WCC

    No one can come anywhere near Vettel and (barring for mechanical failure or major brain fade) he will most assuredly win the next two races. So it means there are only 36, not 50, points left for the rest of the world in the WDC and 66, not 86 for WCC.

    With his decent recovery drive yesterday and Lewis’ and Kimi’s misfortunes, Fernando has pretty much the WDC-2nd in his pocket. Even if Kimi is 2nd in both races, all Fernando needs is two points (one 9th or two 10ths).

    The WCC is a bit more complicated but Ferrari really need to improve their results if they want to get back on top of Merc.

    • I hate to say but you are right. I pretty much thought that in current form Kimi would be able to snatch 2nd, but with the DNF and little chance of 25’s it is looking bleak.

      It is also interesting how Vettel’s dominance gives him very little time on camera. The producer prefers to show actual racing elsewhere on track so it somewhat makes me wonder if all the winning is even produces the marketing value of it’s costs.

  8. Tomsk (@tomsk) said on 4th November 2013, 11:06

    How many drivers have a 100% finishing record for their whole F1 career?
    It’s possible Max Chilton will achieve that, if he finishes the next two races then isn’t invited back next year.
    I expect he’ll stay on at Marussia with his backing (and recent signs of improvement) but with McLaren looking for a place for Magnussen etc, you never know…

    • Hyoko said on 4th November 2013, 11:18

      Good question, and no, I don’t have the answer. The problem is, there are many drivers who entered just a few races, even just one, so there is not so much merit in finishing them all. An event better question would be: Who has entered more races without any retirements?

      (to complicate matters a little more a driver is classified by completing 90% of a race distance, so getting a classification is not the same as actually finishing a race)

    • Bleu (@bleu) said on 4th November 2013, 13:17

      Of the retired drivers, I think Cesare Perdisa holds the record.

      • Hyoko said on 4th November 2013, 14:12

        hmm, he only entered 7 races, I would have expected somebody had a longer series. I’ll try to check it out.

    • Guilherme (@guilherme) said on 4th November 2013, 21:23

      @tomsk Chilton is by far the one with most races regarding drivers with 100% finishing rates. If I’m not mistaken, the only one that comes close is Nicolas Kiesa, who has only 5 starts.

  9. Chilton>Maldonado. Lotus should have taken Chilton instead. At least his records are positive.

    • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 4th November 2013, 11:26

      So Maldonado scoring Williams’ first win in 8 years in a car which was hardly one of the team’s best, in a field with 6 world champions in it, holding off a driver who was in the form of his life in the process, isn’t a positive for you?

    • PhilEReid (@philereid) said on 4th November 2013, 11:41

      @aish So, we’ve finally found Max Chilton’s account on this site.

    • I think Chilton’s could get two records in his rookie (only hopefully?) season: If he’s luck, he could eclipse Karthekeyian’s record for the most LAST place finishes in a season as well. I..E: Some records aren’t really that meaningful.

      • Also, he has only run the complete race distance (i.e not been lapped) in 3 races and has only reached 14th place for 5 laps the whole season. The other three in the Caterhams and Marrusias have all at least got a lap or two in 12th place during the season.
        He is slow and steady, mostly avoids collisions (except with Van DerGarde), but usually because he’s so far behind everyone else. On the positive side, he has gained a lot of useful knowledge in observing the blue flags.
        :)

    • Jack (@jmc200) said on 4th November 2013, 13:53

      No NO NOOO! He’s slow and steady yes, but even when Bianchi has problems with his car he struggles to beat him. God I hope he’s off the grid next year, he seems to think he’s here on talent not because of his millionaire dad…

      • GongTong (@gongtong) said on 4th November 2013, 14:19

        Rather disturbingly, the chance of him taking the Force India seat seems quite high.

        Eddie Jordan said he’d stake his reputation on it (I think, I know he predicted Chilton to FI, but he might have staked his reputation on another move mentioned in the same conversation) and that’s quite a bold statement.

        • OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 4th November 2013, 15:19

          @gongtong so it looks like Force India are trying to replace a little-talent driver for another…

          • GongTong (@gongtong) said on 4th November 2013, 16:08

            Hmm, I’d say Diresta and Sutil are probably both superior to Chilton. Chilton has looked pretty awful so far, however consistent. In his defence (And I really can’t think of anything more than this) he has been up against Bianchi, and he’s pretty good…

            I just remembered though, that that wasn’t what Jordan was predicting. He said Hulkenburg would be back in the Force India next year. I THEN read elsewhere a couple of times that Chilton could trump that move with his AON monies.

            Apologies for my mistake.

          • PhilEReid (@philereid) said on 4th November 2013, 19:51

            @gongtong Could you imagine Chilton and Hulkenburg in the same team? It’d be an absolute slaughter.

  10. Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 4th November 2013, 11:42

    Great ! And great article too ! Thanks !

    In my opinion, most of these broken records were possible thanks to reliability being better than EVER. With all the restrictions of all kind, especially for the engine, plus the fact that now V8s rule in F1, many not so important records (like MOST CONSECUTIVE …..) are possible. Just think how many engine related retirements we’ve seen at Monza for ex ’til 5-10 years ago.

  11. TMF (@tmf42) said on 4th November 2013, 12:51

    Even though Chilton finished each race he drove fewer laps than Button and Perez – but also 13 laps less than Vettel who had a DNF close to the end of the British GP.

    • If your a lap down or more when the winner crosses the checkered flag your race ends when you too cross the start finish line. So if someone wins and Max is 2 laps down, his race ends having completed less than race distance.

  12. sato113 (@sato113) said on 4th November 2013, 14:14

    wasnt Hamilton close to chilton’s record in 2007?

    also: ‘With just two races to go in 2013, we are still yet to see wet weather tyres being used for any racing laps this year.’
    Is this a record now?

  13. David-A (@david-a) said on 4th November 2013, 15:27

    Nico Rosberg lies 6th in the championship with four podiums; a win at the Monaco Grand Prix from pole, a win at the British Grand Prix, and a 2nd place immediately followed by a 3rd place, in rounds 16 and 17 of the season- all like Mark Webber last season.

  14. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 4th November 2013, 16:11

    When was the last time McLaren failed to score a top 4 position for 17 races in sucession?

    It’s probably a first, isn’t it?

  15. mantresx (@mantresx) said on 4th November 2013, 16:27

    I wonder how many F1 drivers would do the Indy 500 if it still counted towards the WDC, probably everyone hehe but there’s not enough room I guess.

    • Hotbottoms (@hotbottoms) said on 4th November 2013, 19:04

      Attending Indy 500 would be more important nowadays, however, since all the championship races count towards the Drivers’ championship. That wasn’t the case between 1950 and 1960, when Indy 500 was a championship race. So attending Indy 500 didn’t help claiming the championship back then, unless the driver could reach podium or so.

    • craig-o (@craig-o) said on 5th November 2013, 7:19

      Another issue is the 500 is usually on the same day as the Monaco GP.

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