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. mr ROSSI (@mr-rossi) said on 4th November 2013, 16:54

    Sorry max, totally un-impressed with you this season, your gonna be a lucky lad if you get another chance next year, kermit the frog could do better job against the frenchie in the other car.

  2. KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 4th November 2013, 17:15

    Unless I’m very much mistaken, this was the first retirement on the opening lap for Kimi Räikkönen since the 2006 US GP (where he was taken out by JPM).

  3. Strontium (@strontium) said on 4th November 2013, 18:21

    Chilton goes too slowly to retire from a race. He can have this record, but it doesn’t change the facts that he almost always finishes last.

  4. Nick (@npf1) said on 4th November 2013, 20:32

    Not exactly a record, but that picture reminds me how much I like the F2004 in the looks department as well. It’s simple compared to what we saw in 2007/8, but still looks like a lean, mean machine.

  5. Amusing fact: Whilst Max Chilton was finishing last in the grand prix, both his brother Tom and the man whose ‘streak’ he broke, Monteiro, were winning race one and two respectively in the WTCC at Shanghai!

  6. paulgilb (@paulgilb) said on 4th November 2013, 22:24

    Only the second time that the Abu Dhabi polesitter has finished the race.

    In his 5 visits to Abu Dhabi, Webber has started in each top 5 position once.

    Webber reaches 1000 points.

    21 finishers – equals Bahrain.

    And some from magnetimarelli.com:

    First time Hamilton hasn’t qualified on the front row in Abu Dhabi.

    11th time Vettel has led every lap – matches Stewart and Schumacher, trailing Clark (13) and Senna (19).

    12 races without a win for Alonso – his joint longest streak since joining Ferrari.

    First non-mechanical DNF for Raikkonen since Singapore 2008.

    • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 5th November 2013, 13:13

      11th time Vettel has led every lap – matches Stewart and Schumacher, trailing Clark (13) and Senna (19).

      Interesting that Vettel has caught Schumacher already on this one. I guess this is because of refueling?

  7. yellowsapphire (@yellowsapphire) said on 5th November 2013, 3:47

    I suppose being miles behind everyone else, thus having hours at your disposal to respond to incidents way in front, helps Max somewhat.

  8. eltopo71 said on 12th November 2013, 8:18

    “Jenson Button has completed 999 racing laps”

    Slow *and* reliable, you say…

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