Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Korea International Circuit, 2013

2013 F1 season in stats: The year in context

2013 F1 season reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Korea International Circuit, 2013The 2013 season saw an astonishingly high rate of reliability, one the sport will surely struggle to emulate with next year’s new engine formula.

Reliability, 1992-2013

The final year of the V8 engine formula saw another rise in the exceptionally high levels of reliability – something which is unlikely to continue with the new engine formula next year.

The proportion of finishers at every race reached an all-time high for the second year in a row. Drivers finished 87.6% of races they started, with mechanical failures ending just 6.7% of all race starts.

Twenty years ago, drivers were three-and-a-half times more likely to suffer a race-ending technical failure. To put that into perspective, here’s what chances a driver had of finishing in previous seasons:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/stats.csv

1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Classified finishers 44.89 52.91 46.17 50.24 50.29 56.88 57.95 52.56 58.56 60.7 57.97 66.88 72.5 74.2 69.19 75.13 77.72 82.06 76.97 81.36 83.54 87.56
Mechanical failures 27.14 24.03 25.9 31.1 24.27 24.6 26.42 29.55 25.13 27.01 29.12 24.38 16.94 11.44 18.18 13.64 8.7 9.12 13.15 10.75 7.71 6.70
Other DNFs 27.97 23.06 27.93 18.66 25.44 18.52 15.63 17.9 16.31 12.3 12.91 8.75 10.56 14.36 12.63 11.23 13.59 8.82 9.88 7.89 8.75 5.74

Season data, 1992-2013

Five different drivers won races during 2013 which is pretty much the norm for recent seasons – last year’s eight was uncommonly high.

However most of the wining was done by a single driver – Sebastian Vettel’s 13 victories equalled the record set by Michael Schumacher in 2004.

The dwindling number of teams meant just 23 drivers took part in 2013, one more than the 2008 low.

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/stats.csv

1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Number of races 16 16 16 17 16 17 16 16 17 17 17 16 18 19 18 17 18 17 19 19 20 19
Different drivers 37 35 46 35 24 28 23 24 23 26 23 24 25 27 27 26 22 25 27 28 25 23
Different winners 5 4 4 5 4 6 4 6 4 5 4 8 5 5 5 4 7 6 5 5 8 5
Most wins by individual 9 7 8 9 8 7 8 5 9 9 11 6 13 7 7 6 6 6 5 11 5 13
Different pole sitters 3 3 7 4 3 6 4 4 4 5 3 6 7 9 6 4 6 8 5 3 7 4
Most pole positions by individual 14 13 6 7 9 10 9 11 6 11 7 5 8 6 6 6 7 4 10 15 7 9
Different lap leaders 5 5 7 8 8 11 6 11 5 7 6 13 11 11 11 12 15 13 8 8 13 13

World champions

Vettel’s wins per start rate exceeded 30% by the end of the year, during which he overtook Schumacher to become the fourth most successful driver of all time in terms of wins per start.

Juan Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari and Jim Clark lie ahead of him – and it’s worth bearing in mind Vettel has already started 55 more races than any of them, making it harder for him to close this gap.

Pos Name % Wins (#) % Poles (#) % Fastest laps (#) % Car failures Points/finish*
1 Juan Manuel Fangio 47.06% (24) 56.86% (29) 45.10% (23) 17.65 20.79
2 Alberto Ascari 40.63% (13) 43.75% (14) 37.50% (12) 18.75 17.15
3 Jackie Stewart 27.27% (27) 17.17% (17) 15.15% (15) 32.32 16.55
4 Jim Clark 34.72% (25) 45.83% (33) 38.89% (28) 29.17 16.45
5 Giuseppe Farina 15.15% (5) 15.15% (5) 15.15% (5) 15.15 15.96
6 Alain Prost 25.63% (51) 16.58% (33) 20.60% (41) 16.58 14.96
7 Ayrton Senna 25.47% (41) 40.37% (65) 11.80% (19) 20.50 14.70
8 Michael Schumacher 29.74% (91) 22.22% (68) 25.16% (77) 10.78 14.25
9 Sebastian Vettel 30.71% (39) 35.43% (45) 17.32% (22) 8.66 14.15
10 Mike Hawthorn 06.67% (3) 08.89% (4) 13.33% (6) 22.22 13.37
11 Jochen Rindt 10.00% (6) 16.67% (10) 05.00% (3) 55.00 13.26
12 Fernando Alonso 14.81% (32) 10.19% (22) 08.80% (19) 7.87 12.31
13 Lewis Hamilton 17.05% (22) 24.03% (31) 10.08% (13) 4.65 12.03
14 Niki Lauda 14.62% (25) 14.04% (24) 14.04% (24) 34.50 11.99
15 Nigel Mansell 16.58% (31) 17.11% (32) 16.04% (30) 32.62 11.98
16 Jack Brabham 11.38% (14) 10.57% (13) 09.76% (12) 34.96 11.74
17 Kimi Raikkonen 10.36% (20) 08.29% (16) 20.21% (39) 15.03 11.51
18 Mika Hakkinen 12.42% (20) 16.15% (26) 15.53% (25) 24.22 11.33
19 Denny Hulme 07.14% (8) 00.89% (1) 08.04% (9) 25.89 11.33
20 Damon Hill 19.13% (22) 17.39% (20) 16.52% (19) 14.78 11.13
21 Nelson Piquet 11.27% (23) 11.76% (24) 11.27% (23) 24.51 10.96
22 Phil Hill 06.38% (3) 12.77% (6) 12.77% (6) 27.66 10.74
23 John Surtees 05.41% (6) 07.21% (8) 09.91% (11) 44.14 10.58
24 Jody Scheckter 08.93% (10) 02.68% (3) 04.46% (5) 18.75 9.85
25 James Hunt 10.87% (10) 15.22% (14) 08.70% (8) 29.35 9.68
26 Emerson Fittipaldi 09.72% (14) 04.17% (6) 04.17% (6) 25.69 9.29
27 Graham Hill 08.00% (14) 07.43% (13) 05.71% (10) 33.14 9.00
28 Mario Andretti 09.38% (12) 14.06% (18) 07.81% (10) 39.84 8.71
29 Alan Jones 10.34% (12) 05.17% (6) 11.21% (13) 28.45 8.52
30 Keke Rosberg 04.39% (5) 04.39% (5) 02.63% (3) 38.60 8.50
31 Jenson Button 06.07% (15) 03.24% (8) 03.24% (8) 10.53 7.67
32 Jacques Villeneuve 06.75% (11) 07.98% (13) 05.52% (9) 22.70 6.77

*Average scoring rate at every round where they did not suffer a race-ending mechanical failure, adjusted to the current points system.

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