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

  1. Dan_the_McLaren_fan (@dan_the_mclaren_fan) said on 17th March 2014, 14:35

    Pastor Maldonado has failed to see the checkered flag of the Australian Grand Prix in all of his 4 attempts. I could say the same thing in two weeks time : Pastor has never finished the Malaysian Grand Prix, and he could retire there once again this year…

  2. matt90 (@matt90) said on 17th March 2014, 15:06

    This was the first ever round of a world championship to be awarded half points despite being completed. This is the first ever round of a world championship to be deemed less important than another.

  3. Erivaldo moreira (@erivaldonin) said on 17th March 2014, 15:26

    Kvyat breaks R Rodriguez’s record as youngest driver to score points for the last time
    Kvyat 19y 10m 18d Australia 2014
    R Rodriguez 20y 05m 22d Germany 1962

  4. Nico Hulkenberg finished the Australian GP for the first time in his F1 career. He had previously never completed a lap of the race, having retired on lap 1 in 2010 and 2012, and not even starting the race in 2013.

  5. Julien (@jlracing) said on 17th March 2014, 17:37

    I’ve noticed a few things.
    – Thanks to Ricciardo’s DSQ, Vergne’s 7th place was the best placed car with a Renault engine. This was the worst result for Renault since the 2008 European GP
    – Ricciardo has scored plenty of points with the new scoring system, and he has a best result of 7th. With the scoring system used untill 2002, he still wouldn’t have scored any points in his carreer. Incidently he has now driven the same amount of GP’s (51) as Luca Badoer who holds the record for most starts without scoring a point.
    – The last time we’ve seen a driver lose a podium after the race was in Germany 2012. That time it was Vettel also in a Red Bull also losing a second place.
    – This was the 22nd race in a row that a German has led. Great Britan is record holder with 39 races in a row that a countryman has led the GP (between 1961 and 1965)
    – With 18 points out of 1 GP Kevin Magnussen is currently the driver with the most points scored per GP start. Of course this is a bit misleading due to the new scoring system but it’s still a record
    – Ricciardo’s DSQ was the first time ever that a Red Bull has been disqualified from a race
    – This was the first time since Monaco 2010 that 3 teams had none of their cars classified after a race

    • Euro Brun (@eurobrun) said on 17th March 2014, 20:51

      The Badoer stat is amazing! Such a good point about how the different scoring systems skew records.
      Under the 2010 scoring system, Badoer would have scored 26 points over his career.
      And, he would have broken his duck in his 4th race.
      Poor Luca!

    • Hyoko said on 18th March 2014, 1:11

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      With 18 points out of 1 GP Kevin Magnussen is currently the driver with the most points scored per GP start. Of course this is a bit misleading due to the new scoring system but it’s still a record

      Correct me if I am wrong but this may be true even if we equalize the scoring system (using the present scoring table for all GPs). I believe Juan Manuel Fangio was the best ever with 17.12 (modern) points/race start.

  6. paulgilb (@paulgilb) said on 17th March 2014, 18:25

    4 DNFs from 4 starts for Maldonado in Australia (although he was classified in 2012).

    At all 4 circuits at which Rosberg has won, he has also managed 1 other podium (at no other circuit has he managed 2 podiums).

    Rosberg’s 2 most recent wins have both come in races where Hamilton was on pole and both Hamilton and Vettel suffered mechanical problems.

    Magnussen crossed the line in 3rd – the same position as Hamilton on his debut (for McLaren in Australia).

    2nd time (after Canada 2004) that Button has scored a podium finish but not actually stood on the podium – the reverse happened in San Marino 2005.

    Button’s top 5 finishes: 15 wins, 15 2nd, 20 3rds, 20 4ths, 25 5ths.

    Both drivers to have won 13 races in one season have failed to finish the first race of the following season (in both cases their team-mate crossed the line 2nd).

    Ricciardo is the 2nd Australian driver (after Webber in 2002) to have stood on the Melbourne podium without officially having a podium finish there.

    2nd time in 3 years that Hamilton has been on pole in Australia but his team-mate has won.

    Last 5 F1 disqualifications have all happened at Australia.

    Second time (after Brazil 2000) that a driver has been disqualified from 2nd place in a race where the record for Youngest Ever Points Scorer has been broken (in both cases the DQ’d driver’s team-mate broke down, as did the pole-sitter, although they were the same driver in 2000).

    First race without a Renault engine in the podium places since Brazil 2012.

    And from magnetimarelli.com:

    Alonso’s 30th consecutive race without a front-row start – the worst such run of his career.

    First time since Abu Dhabi 2009 that the Enstone team did not get either car out of Q1.

    12th consecutive points-scoring finish for Alonso in Melbourne – only Schumacher in Barcelona has a longer streak (14 years).

    Chilton is only the second driver to have been classified last 4 races in a row – the first was Pascal Fabre in 1987.

  7. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 17th March 2014, 18:41

    On Kvyat, he just became the youngest point scorer in history, but when Vettel made that record, points were only allowed to the first 8 drivers.

  8. Last ten races Rosberg has finished in every possible points scoring position.

  9. Mcquiz (@mcquiz) said on 17th March 2014, 21:25

    I apologize if this has been said before but it was the first time Hamilton retired in the Australian Grand prix. Although he was disqualified in 2009 he crossed the finish line fourth. Also the first time he didn’t cross the line on a point scoring position in Australia.

  10. mnmracer (@mnmracer) said on 18th March 2014, 0:10

    4 of the 6 youngest point scorers in history come from the Red Bull Junior program: Daniil Kvyat, Sebastian Vettel, Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastian Buemi. Only Vettel scored his first points with another team (in his first and only race with BMW), but all the other drivers did so in Torro Rosso. With Felipe Massa still being the 9th youngest points scorer, doing so in a Red Bull sponsored Sauber, Red Bull has made their mark on young drivers in Formula 1.

  11. Grego Franco (@francogrego) said on 18th March 2014, 0:38

    Do you think Perez could be in the podium if he wasn’t booted out by Mclaren?

  12. Prof Kirk (@prof-kirk) said on 18th March 2014, 10:56

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Vettel reclaimed that youngest points scorer record… somehow..

  13. Ivan (@wpinrui) said on 18th March 2014, 11:20

    This is what I noticed:

    It was the first time a driver was disqualified since 2011, when both Sauber drivers were disqualified in Australia for running an illegal car. The time before that was Lewis Hamilton in 2009, coincidentally also in Australia, for misleading the stewards over an incident with Jarno Trulli.

    Lewis Hamilton did not finish the season opener for the first time in his career, although he was disqualified as stated above in 2009.

    Sebastian Vettel suffered a retirement, but it was due to a technical issue. He has not retired from a race due to a non-technical reason (e.g. collision) since the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix, unless the tyre puncture in the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was caused by himself.

    Being in 6th position in the drivers’ championship, Nico Hulkenberg is sitting in the highest championship position of his career so far. Esteban Gutierrez is sitting in 12th position, also his highest championship position of his career. Finally, Nico Rosberg leads the drivers’ championship for the first time in his career.

    Jenson Button scored his first podium position that wasn’t a win in Australia. He has won on 3 previous occasions, in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

    Pastor Maldonado has had 4 retirements in Australia out of 4 appearances. This could happen again in Malaysia and Monaco, as he has retired in both events 3 out of 3 times in his career.

    McLaren are leading the constructors’ championship for the first time since China 2012. Red Bull are at the bottom of the constructors’ championship for the first time in their history.

    It is the first time that Lotus F1 Team/Lotus-Renault GP or Renault (as a team) has failed to score any points in the Australian Grand Prix since 2002, when both Button and Trulli also retired.

    Max Chilton scored the best finish of his career, with 13th place. He was however, also last of the classified finishers.

    Marcus Ericsson is the first rookie driver not to be classified in his first race since Pastor Maldonado at the 2011 Australian Grand Prix. Charles Pic retired in the 2012 Australian Grand Prix but was classified as he had completed over 90% of his race distance.

    Without the exclusion of Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez would have notched up his 13th (unlucky number) 11th place (unlucky finish). However, since he was promoted to 10th, maybe his luck is changing! :P

  14. Erivaldo moreira (@erivaldonin) said on 18th March 2014, 16:01

    Rosberg leads the championship for the first time.
    He is the 59th driver to do this

  15. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 18th March 2014, 20:03

    Daniil Kyvat is also the first ever points-scorer with a double i in his name…

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