Kvyat breaks Vettel’s record as youngest points scorer

2014 Australian Grand Prix stats and facts

Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, Albert Park, 2014Nico Rosberg won the fourth race of his Formula One career on Sunday. He has now scored as many wins as Dan Gurney, Bruce McLaren and Eddie Irvine, and needs only one more to equal his father’s tally.

This was the second time the younger Rosberg won a race in which Keke Rosberg also took a victory. Rosberg Snr won the 1985 Australian Grand Prix for Williams, the first to be held at Adelaide.

Rosberg’s win was the 100th for a Mercedes-powered car in Formula One, making them the fourth engine builder to reach a century of wins. They join Ferrari, Ford-Cosworth and Renault.

Lewis Hamilton also gave them their 100th pole position on Saturday. Driving car number 44, this was the highest number on pole position since Jean-Pierre Jarier at the 1978 Canadian Grand Prix, substituting for the late Ronnie Peterson at Lotus.

Kevin Magnussen’s Formula One debut for McLaren bore a striking similarity to Hamilton’s at the same circuit seven years ago. Both qualified fourth and finished third on the road. But Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification promoted Magnussen to second.

Hamilton was the last driver to finish on the podium in his first race before Magnussen, who is the 23rd driver in F1 history to do so. He is the 14th driver to score a top-two finish on his world championship debut, and eight of those before him did so either in the first year of the championship or in the Indianapolis 500 when it counted towards the title.

It was also the first podium appearance by a Danish driver. They are the 28th nation to have a driver on the podium.

Five other countries have seen one of their citizens reach the F1 podium just once. They are Monaco (Louis Chiron, 1950 Monaco Grand Prix), Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe; John Love, 1967 South African Grand Prix), Portugal (Tiago Monteiro, 2005 United States Grand Prix), Russia (Vitaly Petrov, 2011 Australian Grand Prix) and Venezuela (Pastor Maldonado, 2012 Spanish Grand Prix).

Kevin Magnussen, Stoffel Vandoorne, Will Stevens, Formula Renault 3.5, Moscow, 2013Magnussen enters F1 following a highly successful Formula Renault 3.5 campaign. This was his 14th podium finish in 18 starts – and he was disqualified from another on a technicality.

Speaking of which, spare a thought for poor Ricciardo. He was the first Australian driver to reach the podium at his home race before the stewards excluded him from the race. But no one can take that moment of joy in front of his home crowd away from him.

Another consequence of Ricciardo’s disqualification was that Jenson Button achieved his 50th podium result but didn’t stand on the rostrum. He is the 14th F1 driver to reach a half-century of podium finishes.

Even before Ricciardo’s exclusion McLaren had taken the lead of the constructors’ championship for the first time since the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix. They haven’t won the title since 1998, although the total points confiscated from them in 2007 over the ‘Spygate’ and Hungarian Grand Prix incidents would have been enough for them to claim the title that year.

Valtteri Bottas scored the best finish of his F1 career so far with fifth. Team mate Felipe Massa retired soon after his 192nd F1 start, which was his first powered by something other than a Ferrari (or Petronas-badged Ferrari) engine.

Had it not been for the two Toro Rossos, Renault’s streak of 100 consecutive points finishes would have come to an end in Australia.

Daniil Kvyat finished tenth and was promoted to ninth behind team mate Jean-Eric Vergne. By doing so he became the youngest ever F1 point-scorer:

Date of birth First points Age
Daniil Kvyat 26/04/1994 2014 Australian Grand Prix 19 years, 329 days
Sebastian Vettel 03/07/1987 2007 United States Grand Prix 19 years, 354 days
Jaime Alguersuari 23/03/1990 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix 20 years, 17 days
Jenson Button 19/01/1980 2000 Brazilian Grand Prix 20 years, 72 days
Ricardo Rodriguez 14/02/1942 1962 Belgian Grand Prix 20 years, 128 days
Sebastien Buemi 31/10/1988 2009 Australian Grand Prix 20 years, 154 days
Nico Rosberg 27/06/1985 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix 20 years, 263 days
Chris Amon 20/07/1943 1964 Dutch Grand Prix 20 years, 314 days
Felipe Massa 25/04/1981 2002 Malaysian Grand Prix 20 years, 331 days
Sergio Perez 26/01/1990 2011 Spanish Grand Prix 21 years, 121 days

As well as losing that record to Kvyat, Sebastian Vettel’s run of nine consecutive race victories came to an end. This is a record for the most victories by a driver in consecutive races. Alberto Ascari also entered nine races in a row and won them all but they were not all consecutive – he missed the 1953 Indianapolis 500.

Marussia described their result as their “first two-car finish” of the year, but this overlooks the fact Jules Bianchi was not classified as he had not covered at least 90% of the race distance.

Neither Lotus driver finished a race although the team did say Romain Grosjean’s 45-lap run was the most consecutive laps the car has completed so far. He also managed to pick up a drive-through penalty before the race even began when he was sent out of his garage too soon.

Finally, deteriorating conditions during qualifying created an unusual situation: every driver in Q2 lapped slower than they had in Q1 and the same happened again in Q3.

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86 comments on Kvyat breaks Vettel’s record as youngest points scorer

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  1. Optimaximal (@optimaximal) said on 17th March 2014, 12:46

    This was the first time the younger Rosberg won a race in which Keke Rosberg also took a victory. Rosberg Snr won the 1985 Australian Grand Prix for Williams, the first to be held at Adelaide.

    So what was that fuss over Monaco last year about @keithcollantine?

  2. Joe (@jbarber43932) said on 17th March 2014, 12:46

    These are my fave articles, cheers Keith

  3. andae23 (@andae23) said on 17th March 2014, 12:48

    This is what I noticed:

    – Germany scored its tenth win in a row, starting with Vettel’s nine consecutive victories last year. Only Great Britain has more, with 18 consecutive wins between 1962 and 1964, courtesy of Jim Clark, Graham Hill and John Surtees. Dan Gurney’s wins for Porsche in 1962 and for Brabham in 1964 encloses this series.

    – Kevin Magnussen became the first driver to debut with a podium since Lewis Hamilton in 2007. There are some similarities between the two: in their first race, the Australian Grand Prix, they qualified their McLaren in fourth and finished the race third.

    – For the first time since the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix (WEB VET KUB), there was no World Champion that stood on the podium (that’s 72 Grands Prix). The last time no future champion was on the podium either was the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix (KUB HEI COU).

    – For the first time since the 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix (Jacques Villeneuve and Damon Hill), two sons of ex-Formula 1 drivers stood on the podium.

    – Nico Rosberg’s 57 laps in the lead meant he passed the 1000 km in the lead mark. He becomes the seventh driver on the current grid to do so, after the five World Champions and Felipe Massa.

    – Lewis Hamilton gave the number 44 its first pole position. However he didn’t manage to give it its first victory since Maurice Trintignant’s victory at the 1955 Monaco Grand Prix. The number 20 got its first podium since Martin Brundle at the 1992 Australian Grand Prix.

    – The number 25 scored its first points since Allan McNish 2002, 26 since Mark Blundell in 1993, 27 since Jean Alesi in 1995 (who also won with it) and 77 since Rolf Stommelen in 1976 (coincidentally in a Martini-liveried Brabham).

    – Three Scandinavian finished in the top ten for the first time.

    – Only three drivers who scored a point at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix managed to score a point in 2014: Raikkonen, Alonso and Button.

    – Sergio Perez finished 11th for the 13th time in his career. However due to Ricciardo’s disqualification, that becomes tenth.. which is not very good for my stats. :P

  4. f199player (@f199player) said on 17th March 2014, 12:57

    Since the summer Break last year only 2 drivers have won more races than Max Chilton

    The new rules were mean to shake up the order, however a German still finished 1st ahead of an Australian. (Before Ricciardo was DSQ)

    Daniel Ricciardo paid tribute to Mark Webber by falling over on the podium and then took all his bad luck by getting disqualified for something outside of his control

  5. Erivaldo moreira (@erivaldonin) said on 17th March 2014, 13:02

    Since Schumacher in 2005 the current champion not retired from the opening race

    Ferrari with 2 World Champions (Alonso , Raikkonen) it has not happened since the 1953 Italian GP (Farina, Ascari).

    With debuts of magnussen, kiuwit and ericson, to Australia increased to 52 the number of rookies, only behind the Gra betanha with 101.

    Two drivers (Kevin Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat) scored on their debuts, it has not happened since 1957 (Masten Gregory and Stuart Lewis-Evans). This also means that 1969 is the only season that no driver scored the first points of his career.

  6. I believe at 34 years of age, Kimi Raikkonen is the youngest oldest driver on the grid in F1 history. I checked back and couldn’t find a younger driver who happened to be the oldest in the field but maybe someone will prove me wrong. I remember watching Kimi and Jenson make their debuts and now they are old men of the field!

  7. BasCB (@bascb) said on 17th March 2014, 13:10

    Nice statistics, looking forward to another year of these!

  8. Thanks, love these! The only thing I noticed was that more than likely Magnussen would have equalled, not bettered, Hamilton’s debut performance, if only Hamilton hadn’t retired from this race.

  9. Rigi (@rigi) said on 17th March 2014, 13:29

    this was also the 12th time in a row, that we heard the german national anthem on the podium!

  10. Sumedh said on 17th March 2014, 13:33

    1) Rosberg set the fastest lap on lap 19 of the race. That is the earliest someone has set the fastest lap of the race since in-race refueling has been banned in 2010.

    2) Till Ricciardo’s disqualification, we had the unique scenario of three non-champions on the podium all of whom had world champion team mates.

    3) The last podium driver to be disqualified was Lewis Hamilton in the 2009 Australian Grand Prix. Although, he finished 4th on the road, he was elevated to third position due to Trulli’s penalty. And then he was disqualified from the race entirely.

  11. PJ (@pjtierney) said on 17th March 2014, 13:41

    Prior to Ricciardo’s DQ, this would have been the first time since the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix that none of Hamilton/Alonso/Vettel/Raikkonen/Button were on the podium.

    With Button now officially on the podium for this race, the last race not to have a (then) World Champion on the podium was the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix, in which Webber/Vettel/Kubica were the top 3.

  12. michaeldobson13 (@michaeldobson13) said on 17th March 2014, 13:44

    Marussia and Caterham are beating Red Bull in the championship for the first time ever.

    Also, this is the first time since 2009 (the last major rules change) that Red Bull have failed to score in the first race.
    (Pending appeal)

  13. French Steve (@french-steve) said on 17th March 2014, 13:54

    Before Ricciardo’s disqualification, there were 2 drivers sharing their first podium on the same day.
    Last time it happened was on the 1994 German Grand Prix (Olivier Panis 2nd and Eric Bernard 3rd).

  14. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 17th March 2014, 13:54

    Magnussen became the second son of a former F1 driver to outqualify his teammate and finish on in 2nd in his debut race.

    Max Chilton has won as many races as all 5 of the world champions combined, as well as scoring as many fastest laps.

    13 classified finishers. Lowest for a grid of 22 cars since Spain 2008. Britain that year also had 13 finishers and I believe that’s the most recent to date but only had 20 cars.

    100% of Russian F1 drivers have scored points.

    Kobayashi equalled Caterham’s best grid position to date. He started directly behind Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.

    The car number 13 continues its unusual record of never finishing a race.

    Unlike last season, 2/3 of the rookies have already scored points, just Ericsson to go.

    13th is Max Chilton’s best race result to date, it’s also Jules Bianchi’s best result so far, which earned Marussia 10th last year in the WCC.

    It’s the 7th time Lewis Hamilton has retired after setting pole position. 3 of these retirements late came in 2012. It’s also the first time he finished the first race of the season pointless (although he was disqualified in 2009).

    Williams already have double their 2011 and 2013 points tallies.

    *All these are assuming Ricciardo’s 2nd place is not reinstated

  15. Bleu (@bleu) said on 17th March 2014, 14:29

    * First time since Italian GP 2009 as two Finnish drivers scored points in a same race.
    * Nico Rosberg’s second win where he led all laps. A total of 31 drivers have done the same. Along non-champions, Moss (5), Reutemann (4), Regazzoni (3), Coulthard (3) and Webber (3) have more, Peterson, Berger and R Schumacher the same amount.
    * First time since Monaco GP 1957 where two debutants scored points. Masten Gregory was 3rd and Stuart Lewis-Evans 4th in that event. Obviously that is nowadays easier with points distributed to top 10. In the last 20 years, two or more drivers have scored their first points in Australia 2001 (Heidfeld/Räikkönen), Spain 2003 (da Matta/Firman), USA 2005 (Monteiro/Karthikeyan/Albers/Friesacher), Australia 2008 (Bourdais/Nakajima) and Malaysia 2010 (Alguersuari/Hülkenberg)
    * Felipe Massa retired on the first lap of Australian GP for the third time (also in 2002 and 2006). Other drivers who have retired same Grand Prix on the first lap at least three times are: Michele Alboreto (Australia 1986, 1988, 1992), Mika Häkkinen (Canada 1995, 1997, 1998) and Jarno Trulli (Canada 1998, 1999 and 2004; Italy 2000, 2001 and 2003)

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