2014 F1 season preview: Stats and data

2014 F1 season preview

Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, Bahrain, 2014As well as the widely-discussed new engines there are new drivers, new races and a new points system this year.

Here’s a look at how F1 is changing in 2014 in numbers.

Drivers’ championships

Sebastian Vettel heads into the 2014 championship aiming to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of winning five consecutive drivers’ championships.

Here’s each driver’s finishing position in the drivers’ championship since their F1 careers began. Use the controls to show/hide different drivers.


2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Sebastian Vettel 14 8 2 1 1 1 1
Daniel Ricciardo 27 18 14
Lewis Hamilton 2 1 5 4 5 4 4
Nico Rosberg 17 9 13 7 7 7 9 6
Fernando Alonso 23 6 4 1 1 3 5 9 2 4 2 2
Kimi Raikkonen 10 6 2 7 2 5 1 3 6 3 5
Romain Grosjean 23 8 7
Pastor Maldonado 19 15 18
Jenson Button 8 17 7 9 3 9 6 15 18 1 5 2 5 9
Kevin Magnussen
Nico Hulkenberg 14 11 10
Sergio Perez 16 10 11
Adrian Sutil 19 20 17 11 9 13
Esteban Gutierrez 16
Jean-Eric Vergne 17 15
Daniil Kvyat
Felipe Massa 13 12 13 3 4 2 11 6 6 7 8
Valtteri Bottas 17
Jules Bianchi 19
Max Chilton 23
Marcus Ericsson
Kamui Kobayashi 18 12 12 12

Constructors’ championships

Ferrari set the record for most consecutive constructors’ championship wins with six between 1999 and 2004. Red Bull are on a run of four in a row.

Each team’s finishing position in the constructors’ championship. Use the controls to show/hide different teams.


1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Red Bull 7 7 5 7 2 1 1 1 1
Mercedes 4 4 5 2
Ferrari 2 2 3 1 6 4 1 4 2 5 4 5 2 3 4 6 2 1 1 1 2 1 10 5 1 1 2 2 4 4 2 3 2 3 4 4 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 2 1 1 4 3 3 2 3
Lotus 6 4 2 2 2 1 3 1 5 2 1 3 1 5 1 1 4 7 4 2 1 4 5 7 5 8 3 4 3 3 4 6 8 9 5 6 10 10 4 4
McLaren 9 10 2 4 5 6 3 3 1 3 2 3 8 7 9 6 2 5 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 4 4 4 4 1 2 2 2 3 3 5 2 3 11 2 3 2 2 3 5
Force India 10 9 7 6 7 6
Sauber 7 8 7 7 7 6 8 8 4 5 6 6 8 7 6 7
Toro Rosso 9 7 6 10 9 8 9 8
Williams 9 2 1 1 4 4 6 3 1 1 7 2 4 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 3 5 3 3 2 2 4 5 8 4 8 7 6 9 8 9
Marussia 11 10
Caterham 10 11

NB. Lotus were the original team Lotus until 1994 then the team which subsequently became Caterham from 2010-11. Sauber were BMW Sauber from 2006-2010.


This map shows where the 19 races on the 2014 F1 calendar are being held. There are no races in India and South Korea this year but F1 is making its first venture into Russia and returning to Austria for the first time since 2003.

Points system

F1 has a new and almost universally unpopular points system for 2014. The distribution of points remains the same for every race bar the final, where the scores are doubled. Here’s a summary of F1’s previous points systems:

Seasons Points for top finishers Notes
1950-59 8-6-4-3-2 Bonus point for the driver who sets the fastest lap, drivers drop worst results from some races.
1960 8-6-4-3-2-1 Drivers drop worst results from some races.
1961-1990 9-6-4-3-2-1 Drivers drop worst results from some races.
1991-2002 10-6-4-3-2-1
2003-2009 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1
2010-2013 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1
2014- 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 50-36-30-24-20-16-12-8-4-2 in final race only.

See here for more on F1’s past points systems:

Drivers’ ages

Here are the ages of the 22 drivers on the grid for the first race of the season and those who participated in last year’s championship, compared at the same point in time.

Toro Rosso’s new recruit Daniil Kvyat should become the eighth teenager to participate in a round of the world championship this Sunday.

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85 comments on 2014 F1 season preview: Stats and data

  1. Sam (@) said on 10th March 2014, 16:31

    Thanks for the age graph. It baffles me everyone just ages by ‘1’ over a year. I did not know that.

  2. Joshua Mesh (@joshua-mesh) said on 10th March 2014, 16:34

    The bulk of the races are still in Europe and nothing on the African continent. They really need to address those two issues.

    • Saints (@saints) said on 10th March 2014, 16:39

      Why? F1 is much more popular in Europe.

      • Joshua Mesh (@joshua-mesh) said on 10th March 2014, 16:51

        Then call it the European Championship, not World Championship. The entire reason they keep moving races further and further apart from eachother is because they are trying to include as much of the world as possible. Right now and African person (for example, South African) has no race in any of the SADC nations. If I look at the map of the world, it just seems to make sense to me that they try to distribute the races so that there is always a race within a reasonable distance. Travelling 10,000 KM to watch the closest race is not reasonable in my eyes.

        • andae23 (@andae23) said on 10th March 2014, 17:16

          Look at it like this: there are eight races in Europe (not including Sochi), and I can guarantee that all grandstand in all of those eight races will be pretty much full. There is one race in China, with empty stands. To me, it justifies why there are more races in Europe than anywhere else.

        • Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 10th March 2014, 17:24

          But it’s not just in Europe. F1 races take place on every continent bar Africa and Antarctica. Hardly European. And anyway Europe is the historical heartland of the sport. I’m all for protecting the heritage of the sport (and having some fantastic circuits like Spa, Silverstone and Monza doesn’t hurt). If that means Europe is heavily represented on the calendar so be it.

          It’s funny that you push for an African GP just because there isn’t one. I would like an African GP only if it’s wanted by the locals of whatever State wants to have it, and most importantly if the circuit is good enough to warrant being included on the calendar. We already have enough soulless tracks on the calendar like Abu Dhabi, only there because of their money or because Bernie said so. We don’t need any more.

        • matt90 (@matt90) said on 10th March 2014, 17:30

          Then call it the European Championship, not World Championship.

          That’s a nonsensical comment as nobody is suggesting that races should only be in Europe, just that it makes sense to have the bulk where the majority of the fan base is. Why should a race be put on in a country with no love for it, or even a minimal chance of them developing a love with it? Yes, branch out to new regions and see if they gain an interest (which is exactly what F1 does already), but don’t suddenly take races away from people who are actually interested in them. And who has to travel 10,000km to a race?

          • safwan said on 10th March 2014, 19:05

            Korea, India and China…..great track, no spectators.

          • matt90 (@matt90) said on 10th March 2014, 20:14

            Great track!? India was alright but produced terrible races, China produces entertaining races but the track itself is uninspired. Korea was the worst of both worlds.

        • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 10th March 2014, 17:42

          @joshua-mesh while I’d love to have a race in Africa this European champ because most races are in Europe argument is nonsensical in the extreme. Most countries in the Football World Cup come from europe as well. There are about 15 teams from Europe and only about 5 from Africa and each of all the other continents

          Africa is the only continent F1 does not race on. 1 race there and it’s a full on World championship but question is where? Africa is the poorest continent and F1 is the most expensive sport which makes it hard to see how they can mix

        • Bobby Balboa (@bobby-balboa) said on 10th March 2014, 19:53


          The “World Series” only involves USA & Canada so I think F1 has the right to call it’s self a World Championship.

        • Kanil (@kanil) said on 10th March 2014, 20:54

          “Races in Places Willing to Pay Bernie Ecclestone Money Championship” is a bit too long of a name, although I agree that “World Championship” isn’t always the most applicable thing to describe F1, given that the sport is largely set up to only appeal to Europe.

          Do you really expect a fanbase to develop when it’s virtually impossible to watch the races live? Take 2009 for example, American fans had one race the entire season that didn’t start between 11 PM and 8 AM. Only one race all year to watch in the afternoon. This year, we’ve managed a whopping three. (Despite it all, our Grand Prix was well attended by fans, but Bernie took it away, so he could send it to some other nation willing to pay more… and our new Grand Prix is also still well attended by fans.)

        • Shimks (@shimks) said on 10th March 2014, 21:00

          The entire reason they keep moving races further and further apart from each other is because they are trying to include as much of the world as possible.

          Unfortunately, that is not the motivation, @joshua-mesh. Bernie will go wherever the big bucks are. He doesn’t give two hoots about travelling fans.

        • Brian C (@bcracing) said on 10th March 2014, 22:20

          They hold races in places that can afford one. Fans in seats don’t matter to F1 because they have already received their payments from the promoters. Nobody at the FIA cares about how geographically diverse the schedule is.

    • matt90 (@matt90) said on 10th March 2014, 16:56

      What Saints said. Plus, which African country do you think should or could hold a race?

      • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 10th March 2014, 17:17


        On a more serious note, the return of South Africa would be an obvious candidate.

        • matt90 (@matt90) said on 10th March 2014, 17:32

          Do they have a track actually up to scratch? Or the funds to put a race on?

          • Ean (@ean) said on 11th March 2014, 7:41

            South Africa hosted over 30 Grand Prix and the last one was held in 1993. There is a huge following and every GP since 1985 has been televised live. Recent years even the practice sessions can be seen live on pay TV. They however do not have any racing circuit anymore that would comply to modern GP standards anymore. Kyalami where most races were run can not be improved do to industrial expansion . There were talks of building a new modern circuit near Cape Town but it never materialized

          • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 11th March 2014, 10:11

            Having grown up in SA I can tell you that, as @ean mentions, there is a following which would certainly fill grandstands but there isn’t a track which could host a race at present and I doubt the Cape Town plans will actually come to anything. The main issue is funding, there simply isn’t enough cash about to fund a race. I remember that the last time SA had a presence in F1 (the Go-GP.org) sponsorship seen on the front wing endplates of the BMW F1.09 it was widely criticized locally.

          • matt90 (@matt90) said on 11th March 2014, 12:03

            @ean @geemac Yeah, a following in SA wasn’t something I doubted, just that there was a money and location. Thanks for giving me some details.

        • Jay Menon (@jaymenon10) said on 11th March 2014, 0:09

          Erm…if somebody in Somalia stumped up the cash to Bernie….no doubt there will be a race there.

          Bernie will race anywhere, as long as the local promoter pays the cash..so there you go. F1 is not about where the sport is popular or whether if the fans can afford to attend….its about money..and money usually talks.

      • kpcart said on 10th March 2014, 17:18

        Any, just give them a chance. They may put on better races then sone of the dread going in europe, like the valencia track and the re rubbished silverstone

        • matt90 (@matt90) said on 10th March 2014, 17:35

          That massively simplifies how difficult it is to put on a race, and there needs to be at least some local demand. ‘Any’ doesn’t cover it, because it sounds like you think any African country would be capable- they would not.

          Valencia isn’t even in F1 any more, partly because it was so awful, and I think you are in the minority in disliking Silverstone.

    • Safwan said on 10th March 2014, 17:02

      Formula One is a commercial race. It needs money from the organizers (in which the organizers arranges anything to reclaim some profit including tickets e.t.c) in order to be able to race in the organizers location.

      F1 is no olympic, nor a charity. However, it did raced in Kyalami before and often the terrors in Africa (no offence) did the negative impact on it (MotoGP South African race in early 90’s I think and the Dakar Rally)…and, like people responded, how and which African country want to host the race anyway?

    • SomeUser said on 10th March 2014, 18:31

      I recently noticed that there isn’t a race on the moon. They really need to address this issue.

  3. James said on 10th March 2014, 16:48

    There’s someone missing from the driver ages… one from last year… kind of a noticeable omission, what with him being the oldest on the grid last year.

  4. andae23 (@andae23) said on 10th March 2014, 16:50

    Yay, a stats article!!

    Two things I wanted to point out in the age diagram: first, the 2013 and 2014 bars are… a bit double (although it would make sense if one would calculate the average age).

    Secondly, for everyone born between 6 August 1991 (one day after Gutierrez’ birthday) and 26 April 1994, the 2014 Australian GP will be the first Grand Prix with an F1 driver who is younger than him or her. I’m included in that group, which makes me feel very old…

    • Cheer up, I’m older than all but 5 of them and I don’t feel that old.

      • Rigi (@rigi) said on 10th March 2014, 17:40

        @andae23 same applies for me, it makes me quite sad actually. i’ve always been dreaming of having a career in motorsport. except a few pretty sucessful national karting races (i’ve got third once, fabio leimer actually won that race!), which i couldn’t continue because of (guess what) money problems that my family had, nothing has come to chance. even nowadays everytime i go karting with anyone, i will most likely always win. it’s a shame i will never find out if i’d stand a chance in bigger racing leagues. with kvyat in f1, my last hopes to one day get to f1, are gone…

      • Sven (@crammond) said on 10th March 2014, 19:40

        I remember when Button and Kimi got their first drives, and their age was pretty close to mine, it made me (like probably everyone who dreamt of becoming f1-driver as a kid) feel old. Now they are the only 2 drivers older than me… I somehow got used to drivers younger than me, but now I am thinking wether it will trouble me when I´m older than the whole field. Maybe a little.

    • Yoshisune (@yobo01) said on 10th March 2014, 17:24

      I’m in that group too.
      Just a thought, though: I’m 20 and I’m studying. It’s going to take a few years before I start working seriously. Kvyat is one year younger than me and he’s competing at he highest level. My carreer hasn’t even started while he has just reached the top of his carreer. That’s really impressive.

    • I’m in that group too @andae23 .

      In fact, there’s two drivers younger than me racing at Australia!

    • Slr (@slr) said on 10th March 2014, 19:18

      I’m also just in that group, and I hate it.

    • Deej92 (@deej92) said on 10th March 2014, 20:24

      I’m in that group. You’ve also made me feel old!

    • Shimks (@shimks) said on 10th March 2014, 21:01

      I know it’s been said before… but kudos on your fantastic new avatar.

    • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 11th March 2014, 4:03

      @andae23 I’m in the same age group, older than Kvyat by less than a month…

    • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 11th March 2014, 11:00

      Now you reminded me how old I am. Sunday’s race will be the first F1 race where I am older than all drivers. Thank you very much for retiring, Mr. Webber.

  5. Jason (@jmwalley) said on 10th March 2014, 17:01

    The age graph is interesting. Jokes aside about comparing the change in a driver’s age year-to-year, it’s interesting to Lewis is the same age as Pastor Maldonado. I didn’t realize Kimi was older than Button, and I was surprised to see Sergio is so young.

    • kpcart said on 10th March 2014, 17:21

      Maybe you havent watched f1 long. Nothing there was surprising

      • I’ve watched F1 for 10 years, which is probably long enough to learn things about the current drivers, and I didn’t know Kimi was older than Button or Pastor and Lewis were the same age either. Almost as if people absorb and retain different information or something…

        It gets a bit tiresome if everything has to be a contest of who’s the greatest super fan.

  6. One thing is unclear for me about the double points. Say, Marussia and Caterham haven’t scored a point until the last race again. Marussia has one 11th place finish, but Caterham doesn’t have that. And in the final race, one of the Caterhams finishes in 11th place. Would they finish ahead of Marussia in WCC or would it still depend on the number of lower finishing positions? I believe they should, because you know, DOUBLE POINTS! YAAAYY!

  7. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 10th March 2014, 17:18

    Maldonado and Van der Garde are older than Rosberg? Really? Now that’s a surprise.

    • OOliver said on 10th March 2014, 17:46

      Probably by months. Age is one of those complicated yardstick to measure a times. I think its easier to count number of days of existence, than all these weeks month year thing.

  8. OneBHK (@onebhk) said on 10th March 2014, 17:41

    If you join all the dots on the map, it would look more like Suzuka

  9. Andrea said on 10th March 2014, 17:58

    I noticed the Mercedes stats start in 2010, but isn’t the Mercedes to be considered the same team from the earlier years?

  10. spoutnik (@spoutnik) said on 10th March 2014, 18:07

    50 points for the last race. 50 points, that’s a lot, so unfair. Every time it read it, I have the exact same feeling: that will do no good, chances of ending in a farce are high.

    • Deej92 (@deej92) said on 10th March 2014, 20:27

      Just keep telling yourself it won’t happen. I do (even though it is niggling at the back of my mind).

    • Dan M said on 10th March 2014, 20:41

      I agree, but what’s worse? I guess I’d still rather have a exagerated last race than a pointless one if one driver is 35pts clear in the last race. If one team can get its reliability down and win a slew of races in a row I could see the double points at least making it interesting.

      I’m trying to be optimistic. After this year I hope they scrap it.

    • Diego (@ironcito) said on 10th March 2014, 23:11

      Finishing 3rd in Abu Dhabi will be worth more points than winning any other race, and finishing 4th will be worth almost as many.

  11. iFuel said on 10th March 2014, 18:35

    Not complaining or anything, but I really, really wish that the graph pertaining to team performance over the years
    showed actual team progression, for example Toleman>Benneton>Renault>Lotus instead of Chapman Lotus>Fernandes Lotus>Genii Lotus since the first is much more telling about the performance of the team over the years (the same could apply to teams that had name changes)

    • Kazihno (@kazinho) said on 10th March 2014, 23:57

      +1. I ignore those graphs for the same reason.

      Mercedes should include results from Brawn, Honda, BAR and Tyrrell, not the 1950’s Mercedes team. Brawn simply raced a car designed by the Honda team the previous year. The historical progression should highlight that, not a gap of 50 years that reanimated a team name by a truck full of Euros instead of creating a team from scratch.

      Same with Red Bull: they still operate from the Milton-Keynes factory originally set up by the Stewarts which they bought from Jaguar.

      • matt90 (@matt90) said on 11th March 2014, 12:09

        To be picky, the graph up there doesn’t show Mercedes’ ’50s efforts, as that was before the WCC existed. But I do generally agree. Enstone has a lot to be proud of, but crediting them with Team Lotus’ success seems wrong. On the other hand, I wouldn’t be so bothered about Mercedes being linked to the ’50s simply because it is a proper factory supported effort again, even if it did mean taking over Brawn (unlike the cynical marketing exercise of Lotus, for example).

    • Strontium (@strontium) said on 11th March 2014, 17:26


  12. Baron (@baron) said on 10th March 2014, 18:40

    How are you comparing Raikkonen and Button ages? They don’t appear in the chart I’m seeing…….???

  13. alexf1man (@alexf1man) said on 10th March 2014, 20:35

    I’m older than a driver this year :-(

  14. Breno (@austus) said on 10th March 2014, 23:57

    I didnt realise Button was going into his 15th year in F1.

  15. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 11th March 2014, 0:58

    That’s really strange that Lewis Hamilton is all of a sudden one of the oldest drivers in the sport.

  16. Nickpkr251 said on 11th March 2014, 11:47

    Perez is so young still, have still 5-10yr to match single world champions…
    Also has already accomplish much more than all his same age group, very impressing indeed. I tipping him for at least top 5 WDC in 2014.

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