Hamilton claims record with first ever ‘grand slam’

2014 Malaysian Grand Prix stats and facts

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Sepang International Circuit, 2014Lewis Hamilton achieved the first perfect result of his F1 career with victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Hamilton achieved a ‘grand slam’ by taking pole position, leading every lap (Nico Hulkenberg did not cross the finishing line in the lead) and setting fastest lap as he took the 23rd win of his career.

Hamilton has now matched Nelson Piquet’s tally of race wins, putting him 11th on the all-time winners list. He also matched Piquet on another measure by achieving his 100th points finish.

This was his eighth win in as many years of racing in F1 – no other driver with a career that long has won a race in every season. Stirling Moss won a race in all seven full seasons he competed in between 1955 and 1961.

Michael Schumacher won in 15 consecutive seasons from 1992 to 2006 (after a partial season in 1991), then returned for three win-less campaigns in 2010 to 2012.

He also set the 33rd pole position of his career on Saturday, giving him as many as Jim Clark and Alain Prost. Only Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Sebastian Vettel have started from first on more occasions.

However Hamilton hasn’t had nearly as many fastest laps – this was the 14th of his career, equalling Felipe Massa’s tally.

Juan Manuel Fangio, Piero Taruffi, Mercedes, Monza, 1955Nico Rosberg backed him up in second place to secure the first one-two finish for Mercedes since the final race of their original F1 campaign. Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1955 Italian Grand Prix at Monza ahead of team mate Piero Taruffi.

This was Mercedes’ sixth one-two and the first for a team other than Red Bull since Ferrari finished first and second in the 2010 German Grand Prix. Mercedes have also led every lap of the season so far.

Valtteri Bottas became the fist driver to receive penalty points on his licence on Saturday, and was joined by Jules Bianchi and Kevin Magnussen the day after.

Rookies Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat have scored points in both of their first two races, and Marcus Ericsson posted his first finish.

Two races into the season the average proportion of classified finishers is 63.6%, considerably lower than the 87.6% observed last year, but perhaps not as low as was feared. However the next few races will be particularly significant in terms of reliability as teams start to reach the maximum mileage with their new power units.

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155 comments on Hamilton claims record with first ever ‘grand slam’

  1. knoxploration said on 31st March 2014, 12:12

    And he did that despite having his engine turned down for more than half the race, not really pushing at any point in the race, and backing off even more towards the end.

    What does this tell you about this year? Two words. Mercedes whitewash.

    • fractal (@fractal) said on 31st March 2014, 12:23

      I really don’t think it is going to be Mercedes whitewash over the entire season. I presume it will be more like 2009 where BrawnGP is so dominant in first half of season. Mercedes will possibly lead comfortably in first half while others play catch up. Then, it will hopefully be a very interesting battle for championship in second half of the season. I rely on past to support my prediction.

      • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 31st March 2014, 12:34

        In 2009 the Red Bull was just as fast the Brawn car already after 2 races. It was just that Vettel threw away several races early in the season due to crashes and he had massive problems overtaking cars when Button didn’t have that problem.

        • David-A (@david-a) said on 1st April 2014, 2:20

          No it wasn’t. Brawn were considered to be comfortably fastest until around Silverstone. Underlined by Barrichello also being comfortably 2nd in the championship, ahead of both Red Bulls.

      • knoxploration said on 31st March 2014, 12:39

        How, pray tell, will the others catch up when it’s all about the engines now (even the car commonly recognized as being the best on the grid can’t overcome its engine to get anywhere NEAR close to Merc), and yet:

        * testing is banned, making the races themselves the only chance to test parts
        * engines are homologated, so you can’t make any change without begging and claiming it is for reliability
        * the entire powertrain has a set lifetime, so if your testing in-race causes a failure you will be penalized in races later in the year because you exceeded your allocation

        Every team which doesn’t have a Merc engine now has a carefully engineered deficit that will remain with them for the rest of the season, and will likely take multiple seasons to claw back, especially in Renault’s case. The best hope we have for a Merc challenger are Honda next year, because they have the opportunity to learn from Renault and Ferrari’s mistakes and apply the latest tech.

        Merc are sandbagging to an exceptional degree, and anybody who expects this season to be anything but a Merc whitewash is naive, in my opinion. I’ll be amazed if another team wins a single race if at least one Merc is still on the track, and there are no safety car / weather randomizers.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 31st March 2014, 18:21

          testing is banned

          No it’s not – they’re doing the first of four in-season tests next week.

          And a huge amount of aero development can be done in a simulated environment anyway. New parts are often put on the car for the first time just to verify they’re working as expected, because teams’ virtual models are so accurate.

      • knoxploration said on 31st March 2014, 12:43

        BTW, as for relying on the past, can you please point to any time in the history of F1 when a team has been dominant because of a part that is homologated, has a defined lifetime it *has* to be used for, and without which the car cannot move?

        To my knowledge, it has never happened before. And for that reason, the past is meaningless — what we’ve got is what all the supposed cost-saving measures (“cost-saving” being in huge quotes, because we’ve just wasted a fortune on these new engines and their ancillaries) have basically guaranteed us.

        This has been on the cards ever since homologation was introduced. Nothing on the car should be homologated except spec parts that are identical on every car. Take away the teams’ ability to develop, and you take away their ability to catch up.

        • grat said on 31st March 2014, 23:23

          Don’t forget the homologated Renault V8 that received some “reliability” tweaks, and suddenly became the most successful V8 engine.

          From some of the posts, it sounds like a lot of the Renault issues are programming problems– if that’s the case, expect Renault to catch up eventually.

      • MaroonJack (@maroonjack) said on 31st March 2014, 15:26

        @fractal Brawn GP didn’t have money for constant development, so they dropped back a bit in the second half of the season. Mercedes is one of the wealthiest teams on the grid, so…

        • fractal (@fractal) said on 1st April 2014, 1:00

          Yeah. I fully agree there has been quite some spending spree among top teams. And it can make a difference compared to 2009. Even then, teams with smaller budget like team Enstone manage to perform far better with raw talent and innovation over past couple of years. So budget isnt at all everything. Although I am not fully discounting its importance. Well, it’s important to some good extend. If budget is everything, why on earth we see the same pathetic excuses from Ferrari over and over again. I personally feel the likes of RBR has got more raw R&D ability to improve and push their car far ahead over a whole season; while sadly, even apart with all budget and resources, MercGP failed to perform to the same level as RBR or some low budget teams. So in 2014, if they can do it, they will take the WCC. We will see… :)
          Anyway, they are doing a good job now. Let’s hope, we get a fair and square fight with closely matched competitors with some new WCC and WDC just for the sake of a change, although I dont mind RBR and SV repeating their success again. The bottom line is f1 desperately needs a close fought season to keep fans excited. I wonder how a double point finish can help it.

          • Jean-Christophe said on 1st April 2014, 13:36

            How long have Mercedes GP been back as a work team? You seem to forget that RB only won when there was a rule change. Before that they were nowhere. Mercedes finished second last year. You don’t build a winning team overnight.

        • uan (@uan) said on 1st April 2014, 16:27

          Of course money helps in-season development, but it’s not necessarily the key factor. McLaren and Ferrari have money (or have never been money limited) and they’ve been so-so at best the last few years with in-season development. I’d say the biggest weakness at Mercedes has also been their in-season development the last several years as well.

    • Jimbo Hull (@kartingjimbo) said on 31st March 2014, 12:34

      Give it a break will you, it’s like people only have knowledge of F1 since RBR domination kicked in (seems to be the common theme on here since the season started). Come the summer break we’ll have other teams in the mix, we’re already starting to see a massive climb in performance from RBR.

      If that’s what Merc can manage while still leading the race then fair play to them, it’s everyone else’s duty to catch up. I highly doubt Hamilton had his engine turned down to such a degree through out the entire race or he would of had a Rosberg/Vettel nipping at his heels.

      We’re two races in, enter the cliche driver response “it’s a long season, so we will see”

      • knoxploration said on 31st March 2014, 12:53

        What massive climb in performance? RBR were generally considered to be the best of the rest in terms of performance at the end of testing, with the best car on the grid but let down badly by their engine. They were the best of the rest in the first race, let down badly by their engine. They are the best of the rest in the second race, let down badly by their engine. At all times, they have been a huge distance behind Merc, even when Merc have turned the wick down and aren’t remotely pushing.

        The only change I predict during the season is that other teams (and especially other Merc teams) will catch up with RBR by developing their car in areas where it isn’t homologated and life-controlled, and where they can easily test parts during a race session without blowing up lumps left, right and center. They’ll nibble at RBR’s heels and take away valuable points, while nobody will genuinely be close to Merc’s heels — especially towards the end of the year when Renault and Ferrari lumps start letting go because they’ve been pushed far harder than Merc’s all year.

        Merc’s lead is here to stay because they have the best engine on the grid, and their car and engine were designed for each other. The only other teams who will have a realistic chance of catching them are the other Merc teams, because they too have the best engine on the grid — it just wasn’t designed specifically for their cars. And realistically, they don’t have a chance of catching up to Merc, either; all of them were already struggling before this year. (5th, 6th, and 9th in the WCC, respectively.)

        • David-A (@david-a) said on 1st April 2014, 2:24

          The engines were homoglated in the V8 era, yet the engine performance did still change, as manufacturers like Renault could claim the development was for “reliability” purposes.

      • Herp said on 31st March 2014, 16:25

        I disagree entirely. I started watching F1 in 2011 and have watched ten minutes each of three grands prix since. That makes me an expert on everything F1, and I know better than anyone else what is good for F1 and what is not. Furthermore, I demand that F1 change to satisfy my desire for instant gratification, since I’m more important than any other viewer.

        DRS should be available on every straight. Watching one driver breeze past another halfway down a straight, having known with 100% certainty that that was exactly what was going to happen as soon as he got a sniff of the exhaust of the guy in front is WAY more exciting than watching one driver attack and another defend for several laps before finally making it past with a death-defying balls-to-the-wall out-braking manoever.

        F1 needs to bring back V12 naturally aspirated engines with no torque. Loud high-pitched screams and cars glued to the road like they’re on rails is WAY more interesting than lower-pitched and quieter engine noises and drivers fighting to keep the car under control with the back end sliding about like it’s having its own personal race with the front.

        And there should be more downforce, ideally ground effect and skirts and a dirty great big fan on the back that wouldn’t look out of place on a 747. Cars should get faster every year, and never be reigned in by new regulations, until they reach the point where drivers can no longer remain conscious due to excessive lateral G while cornering. That way there would be more blood and guts. It’ll give the smaller teams a chance too, since everyone capable of scoring points on merit will be dead 10 laps into the first race of the season.

        Oh and there should be go-faster stripes built into the track which instantly accelerate the car to 350mph, like in Wip3out. With magnets or something. And drivers should be able to release clouds of smoke and oil slicks to confound the driver behind, and have machine guns in the front of the car, like in Spyhunter.

        • DD42 said on 1st April 2014, 7:00

          &1

          • Eric Morman (@lethalnz) said on 1st April 2014, 8:36

            hahaha love it you would think F1 is suppose to be like a video game,
            people are so far disconnected about how F1 works they cant see the big picture and what its really about….
            i for one love seeing someone else at the front, this happens,
            RB have had it too easy and now someone else has managed to take the lead’ get over it….

  2. f199player (@f199player) said on 31st March 2014, 12:12

    Jules Bianchi has scored more points on his licence then his world championship points total.

    Before the start of this season the last two half points races were Australia 1991 and Malaysia 2009, interestingly both those races this season have been half points

    Toyota and BMW haven’t scored a point since 2009

    Felipe Massa finished a race for a non Ferrari powered car for the first time

    Max Chilton finished another race

  3. michaeldobson13 (@michaeldobson13) said on 31st March 2014, 12:13

    Despite all the reliability worries, Maldonado is the only driver to have retired in both races. However, McLaren and Ferrari are the only teams to have both cars finish both races.

    • michaeldobson13 (@michaeldobson13) said on 31st March 2014, 12:19

      Also, Kvyat is the only Renault-engined driver to have finished both races.

      Chance of engines finishing so far –
      Renault – 50%
      Ferrari – 75% (Including Bianchi in Australia, as he was running at the finish)
      Mercedes – 81.25%

    • Racehound said on 31st March 2014, 17:50

      …..McLaren and Ferrari are the only teams to have both cars finish both races….and have been easily the best at underperforming at each track!!!! #:)

  4. Adam Kibbey (@kibblesworth) said on 31st March 2014, 12:40

    I honestly think that Hamilton is one of the best drivers in this era of F1. His pace is incredible and his race-craft is superb. He has really matured as a driver since his notable dip in form between 2009-11 and I think that he’s finally managed to fully harness the pace we saw in his debut season. Since 2012 I think he has been consistently impressive even if he hasn’t had the machinery to fully deliver.

    In my opinion it would be a crime for him not to win another world championship (along with Alonso, it must be said) but the grid is so competitive (in terms of the talent of the drivers) it’s sadly not unthinkable. It’s almost a pity because if the playing field was more level we could be treated with some of the most exciting races ever seen in F1. I mean there’s not only Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton, but also a whole host of incredibly talented drivers in the mix. Even the pay-drivers are damn good, by and large. But that’s F1 I guess – the formula lends itself to dominance by the big teams.

    • Ron (@rcorporon) said on 31st March 2014, 13:45

      In the spirit of last season: Ham is a mediocre driver simply driving the fastest car in the field :).

      • OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 31st March 2014, 14:11

        @rcorporon that is mny “moral” choice for COTD!!! Yeah I remember many times many people said that about Sebastian. Now Hamilton has the fastest car, and we will read tons of comments praising him for daring to change teams not knowing if he was going to win again, etc.

      • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 31st March 2014, 14:18

        @rcorporon It beats me how you could call Hamilton mediocre. What more does he have to prove to you ? He has had a lot of car related problems at Mclaren and some tyre problems at Mercedes . In fact a lot of people including Helmut Marko , Niki Lauda believed that the Red Bull was actually faster in Hungary 2013 where he won . Same goes for Austin 2012 . He has so far beaten all his teammates comprehensively . So you just see something in the spirit of last season and make out report cards on that ? So would you say that since Fernando has not won a single title since 2006 , that he is too old or he is just not that much compared to Vettel ? Making comparisons without a reasonable head to head in the same car is baseless. I guess the whole field of drivers , engineers and everyone involved in all the other teams is just mediocre in your eyes as they were nowhere near the Red Bulls in the spirit of last season.

      • Lol, now that’s funny!

      • grat said on 31st March 2014, 23:27

        Then why wasn’t Rosberg, the “thinking driver” faster? I mean, Rosberg is better at managing his tires, his fuel, his car, his race, his relationships, his dog, his private jet and his apartment in Monaco.

    • Jason (@jason12) said on 31st March 2014, 14:54

      You’re so right!

      Can’t wait for Seb to come join Merc, so Lewis can put him in his place.

      Unlike Seb, Lewis is NOT AFRAID of him.

      • curmudgeon (@curmudgeon) said on 31st March 2014, 15:39

        @jason12 When was Seb afraid of Lewis? Vettel has no reason to fear any driver. Your comment is as cruel as it is unfounded. Please be nice.

        • Jason (@jason12) said on 31st March 2014, 16:04

          @curmudgeon
          It was made public knowledge that Seb contributed to stopping Lewis from joining RBR.

          I can only attribute that to fear of being out-classed.

          You’ll think I’m being cruel when I say Vettel is on Rosberg level. But that’s my genuine assessment of their driving capabilities.
          Of course Rosberg never had the chance of driving a dominant Redbull.

          • Mads (@mads) said on 31st March 2014, 16:12

            @jason12

            It was made public knowledge that Seb contributed to stopping Lewis from joining RBR.

            Was that ever confirmed? I remember the speculations, but other then that…

          • ME4ME (@me4me) said on 31st March 2014, 16:30

            It was made public knowledge speculation by Hamilton fans that Seb contributed to stopping Lewis from joining RBR.

            Corrected that for you.

          • Todfod (@todfod) said on 31st March 2014, 16:31

            @jason12

            Alonso was blocked as well by Vettel. But that was a rumour as well.

            I believe Alonso said that he would love to have Vettel as a teammate… but these were all psychological games during the 2012 season I think.

            I really doubt after winning 4 WDCs, Vettel would want to risk putting his reputation at stake against the likes of Alonso, Hamilton or even the Hulk. It’s actually funny that Alonso and Hamilton would have nothing to lose when going up against a 4 time WDC, but Vettel would have a lot at stake if he didn’t come out on top.

            I honestly pray for Vettel to be teamed up against one of them though

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 1st April 2014, 0:41

            @jason12

            You’ll think I’m being cruel when I say Vettel is on Rosberg level. But that’s my genuine assessment of their driving capabilities.

            Rosberg finished just 18 points behind Hamilton last season, despite having more mechanical retirements.

            Also, Rosberg actually lost to Mark Webber in the same car.

      • Eric (@baron-2) said on 31st March 2014, 16:40

        @jason12

        That probably explains Vettel has been to every single Race of Champions he could have been to going toe to toe with various well respected multiple champions and we haven’t seen Hamilton once. Because Hamilton isn’t afraid of anybody…

        But yeah, you keep beating down on Vettel for no good reason other than you hating on his winning streak. Very mature.

        Also, I remember what was said when Button announced he would join Hamilton at McLaren. “Button is going to be destroyed”, “Button is no match for Hamilton” and various other confident statements regarding Hamilton’s unrivaled brilliance behind a wheel. 3 years in the same car and Button score more points AND beat him very convincingly in 2011. And that was just Button.

        • medman (@medman) said on 31st March 2014, 18:56

          You’ve got to be kidding me with giving us all a points comparison between Button and Hamilton from their time at McLaren. The car let Hamilton down more than he let the team down. Just as last season at Mercedes, Nico won 2 races and Lewis 1 but again, the car let Lewis down on several occasions and the tires exploded on another occasion, gifting victory to Nico. Button was never the class of Hamilton, the qualifying results showed that. Hamilton led many races in that Mclaren convincingly, only to end up a smoking heap on the side of the track due to failure of the car. For anyone to even suggest Button is in the same class is asinine. Hamilton may be the most talented driver in F1 today, and just like every other driver in the field, he needs luck, a good car, and a quality team to win. Hamilton, Alonso, Kimi, etc. would have multiple titles if they had the fortune to drive the Red Bull in the last few years just as Vettel did. That is no disrespect to Vettel, but I’m simply saying those guys are just as talented. Alonso is still a dominant driver, he just isn’t being given a car with which to win. It’s not as if his skills have regressed.

          • Nick (@nick101) said on 31st March 2014, 21:43

            *edit

            Perhaps if they were team mates driving the same car in the same team. How’d that be? What would the excuses be then?

            Should read – Perhaps if they were team mates driving the same car in the same team for 10 years. How’d that be? What would the excuses be then?

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 1st April 2014, 0:44

            @medman

            Nico won 2 races and Lewis 1 but again, the car let Lewis down on several occasions and the tires exploded on another occasion, gifting victory to Nico.

            Aside from Mercedes’ 2013 tyre woes (which affected Rosberg as well), it was pretty much that one time in Silverstone, and a gearbox penalty in Bahrain that the car let LH down. Rosberg had 3 mechanical race retirements.

          • Jason (@jason12) said on 1st April 2014, 10:52

            @medman
            I think the guys on this blog already know everything you’re saying, but they’ll be damned to accept it……

          • Eric (@baron-2) said on 6th April 2014, 11:42

            @medman

            Completely missed the point there. My point is that some are still glorifying Hamilton saying he’s unbeatable. He isn’t. Rosberg can take the fight to him as we’ve seen last year. Button can beat him over an entire season as we’ve seen in 2011. And in 2011 the difference between Button and Hamilton was simply Button outperforming Hamilton.
            Hamilton may be the most talented on the grid but we’ll never know because this is F1. It’s always a team effort.

            @jason12

            No reply to my comment? Funny that. Although, not very surprising.

        • Deej92 (@deej92) said on 31st March 2014, 21:31

          Hamilton was the man for more seasons, despite his terrible luck, particularly in 2012.

      • David-A (@david-a) said on 1st April 2014, 2:27

        @jason12
        You agree with a comment then post your own ramblings which go against the spirit of the original post?

        • medman (@medman) said on 1st April 2014, 21:00

          I disagree with you simply because it seems Lewis has had more misfortune when leading races, while Nico’s retirements have not cost him race victories and huge points, unlike Hamilton.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 1st April 2014, 22:13

            @medman LH had that one misfortune while leading a race, but the smller points NR lost from 3 races would roughly match what Hamilton lost at Silverstone. Thus the small 18 point gap between them at the end of 2013 was clearly representative of how close they were.

    • matt90 (@matt90) said on 31st March 2014, 17:22

      What dip in form was that? In 2011, yes. In 2009 and 2010? Years in which he did well with an initially terrible car and was arguably the best driver on the grid respectively?

      • Eric (@baron-2) said on 31st March 2014, 17:38

        @matt90

        The beginning of 2009 wasn’t exactly impressive. Neither was the end to his 2010 season. Mistakes in Monza and Singapore ’10 cost him a lot of points, maybe even the championship.
        But then, Vettel and Alonso made multiple mistakes that season as well.

        • matt90 (@matt90) said on 31st March 2014, 17:48

          The very beginning of 2009 was incredibly impressive. The car was at it’s worst, and were it not for off-track stupidity (his and the team’s) he would have finished 3rd. After that? The car was so hopeless that I doubt anybody could have been seen to be impressive.

          And exactly, Hamilton made as many or fewer mistakes than anybody else that season. He was certainly somewhat unfortunate how the contact with Webber turned out- it was a bit of a racing incident which both drivers could have done more to avoid (Hamilton cut across a bit too much and Webber was running too deep considering he was on the inside), and the damage was unfortunately severe.

          Just watching it back, it was reminiscent of Hakkinen using the backmarker against Schumacher up until they hit one another.

    • medman (@medman) said on 31st March 2014, 18:48

      I believe Hamilton will win the drivers championship this season and Mercedes will walk the constructors. The only thing to stand in Hamilton’s way is car failure or an injury removing him from the seat. He is a better qualifier than Nico, and I believe a better racer as well. So considering everything in balance, this will be his best chance by far to win the title since his last in 08′.

  5. Aled Davies (@aledinho) said on 31st March 2014, 12:49

    These stats are interesting!

    Out of the top 10 all time winners (Hamilton moving into 11th) only one has won less than 2 world titles (Mansell). Now I know I’m stating the obvious kinda (to win the championship you need to win races = multiple champions will win more races and be higher up the list) but I think the fact tham Hamilton is now one win from entering the top 10 (who would bet against Him winning in Bahrain next weekend) despite arguably never having the outright fastest car for a season (2007/8 was very close with Ferrari and seemed to swing back and forth between races) is a great achievement. I would say the same for Alonso too. 05/06 Good car, 07/10/ car that was capable of wins if not the outright fastest.

    Surprising that Hamilton has only ever had 14 fastest laps but i think this also highlights his sub-par machinery.

    Wonder what everyone else thinks of that? i know there are more races now but since the 80s there have always been 15-20 races each season and the top 10 stats for winners/poles etc have the top drivers from the 80s right in there (often seen as the golden generation of f1)

    • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 31st March 2014, 13:11

      @aledinho I wouldn’t go as far as to say he’s had sub-par machinery, he’s had a winning car every year….I guess he made the difference in 2009 only, but apart from that, I don’t see how he has had to contend with sub-par machinery to the tune of an Alonso, for example…

      • Aled Davies (@aledinho) said on 31st March 2014, 14:16

        @wsrgo my point was that Hamilton has still won a couple of races every year despite neevr having a dominant car. Compare that to say a Damon Hill who’s just outside the top 10 in all time wins but did all his winning over 4 seasons.

        Sub par was probably too strong a word – but Hamilton has never had a car that was capable of winning every grand prix, he’s always had the 2nd/3rd best car.

      • MagillaGorilla (@magillagorilla) said on 31st March 2014, 15:20

        @wsrgo If by Alonso ins sub-par machinery you are talking about his run in Minardi I can understand outside of that he is in the same boat as Lewis.

        • Aled Davies (@aledinho) said on 31st March 2014, 16:34

          @magillagorilla I agree with that too. Both had very similar experience since 07 really. Always been in cars there or thereabouts, never had THE car everyone wanted to be in, therefore restricting their chances of wins.

        • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 1st April 2014, 4:14

          @magillagorilla Alonso’s 2003 and 2004 Renaults can be compared to Hamilton’s 2009 McLaren at best. The 2005 and 2006 Renaults weren’t the outright fastest cars in the field for most of the season, probably similar to Hamilton’s 2008 and to some extent, 2012. In 2007, both he and Hamilton had the same car. In 2010, the cars were pretty similar, Ferrari had higher highs, but lower lows. The 2011 McLaren and the 2013 Mercedes were better packages than Alonso’s respective cars that year. All this, not counting 2001.
          Not to forget Alonso’s 2012 Ferrari which was 3rd fastest at best, back of the midfield at worst.

      • medman (@medman) said on 31st March 2014, 19:03

        You are aware the one year Alonso was in the same chassis, Lewis had the better season and nearly won the championship……as a rookie. So why compare machinery when those results speak for themselves? Hamilton is as talented as anyone in F1, he’s had bad luck at times with reliability of the car just as Raikkonen had when he raced for McLaren. The McLaren was a dog for the last few seasons, and the direction of the team did not exactly inspire confidence with Whitmarsh showing a severe lack of leadership. So Lewis had a competitive car for a few years, then he didn’t.

        • Nick (@nick101) said on 31st March 2014, 21:52


          So Lewis had a competitive car for a few years, then he didn’t.

          Yes, cause no other McLaren driver in the last 5 years has finished any higher than 4th in the championship have they?

          Oh wait…

    • And just think…Lewis Hamilton is a Toyota-staying-out-on-dry-tyres-in-the-rain mistake away from having ZERO driver’s championships. If not for Timo Glock staying on dry tyres in Brazil in 2008, there’s a very good chance that Felipe Massa would’ve actually won that championship. Instead, we saw a Toyota lose it in the last turn, and we were treated to one of the most simultaneously funny/sad videos you’ll ever see (Massa’s dad celebrating before learning Lewis actually won the championship).

      Personally, I really like Lewis. I actually credit his drive in 2008 with really winning me over to F1. I remember watching the Brazilian Grand Prix with my Dad in ’08, and he asked me if McLaren owned some stake in Toyota or if they just offered Glock several thousands fo dollars to move over so Lewis could claim the driver’s championship.

      • sato113 (@sato113) said on 31st March 2014, 14:41

        and you still think that to this day!

      • David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 31st March 2014, 14:48

        @bdunc82

        I’d just like to correct that Glock not pitting for wet tyres was what even gave Massa hope of winning the WDC… he was running in 4th before the rain came and eventually got overtaken by Vettel and Hamilton at the last corner to finish 6th, handing the crucial 5th place to Hamilton… had he pitted for wet tyres earlier on he would have never been ahead of them to begin with and we would not have had such a dramatic twist of events.

      • “And just think…Lewis Hamilton is a Toyota-staying-out-on-dry-tyres-in-the-rain mistake away from having ZERO driver’s championships.”

        Not only is that factually incorrect, in that it was Glock taking a risk and staying out on drys that gave him a chance in the first place, had he pitted for wets he would never have been in the mix, but its also naieve and a bit stupid. A championship is won/lost over the course of a season. So, you can say Lewis was one very dodgy-post-race-stewards-decison-away from winning the championship with races to spare, had they not robbed him of 10 clear points in Spa, and gave an extra 2 to his nearest title rival by way of post-race promotion, in a race where he was nowhere to be seen by the front runners.

        • Sam Andrew said on 1st April 2014, 10:08

          Indeed that was one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen; re-writing the rules to suit the stewards decision is about as low as it gets.

          It was a bad tyre decision in the Chinese GP that cost Hamilton the 2007 title.

      • matt90 (@matt90) said on 31st March 2014, 17:27

        I will join the chorus of people saying that Glock actually did better by staying out than he would have done otherwise. No mistake.

      • LosD (@losd) said on 31st March 2014, 17:42

        Besides the obvious Glock “mistake” not being a mistake, there’s also the fact that Lewis lost a championship because of team and car problems as well: The team kept him out too long on worn tires, which (probably) cost him the win in China? and last race was lost due to a gear box problem. If one of those hadn’t happened, he would probably have won the WDC in his very first year.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 31st March 2014, 18:28

        @bdunc82

        Lewis Hamilton is a Toyota-staying-out-on-dry-tyres-in-the-rain mistake away from having ZERO driver’s championships. If not for Timo Glock staying on dry tyres in Brazil in 2008, there’s a very good chance that Felipe Massa would’ve actually won that championship.

        No he’s not. If Glock hadn’t stayed out on slicks he would not have been in front of Hamilton to begin with, so Hamilton would have still finished fifth only without the last-lap drama.

        http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2008/11/04/2008-brazilian-grand-prix-analysis/

      • medman (@medman) said on 31st March 2014, 19:08

        Ok. You could say the same about several F1 drivers who have won titles throughout F1 history. You could say the same about Kimi who seriously lucked up into a title over Hamilton and Alonso in 07′. And you’re conveniently forgetting the rest of that year, including spa being gifted to Massa when he didn’t drive a race deserving of a win. You could also site China where the team left him out on tires so long he couldn’t manage pit lane and ended up stuck in the gravel. The bottom line is a championship is a championship.

      • grat said on 31st March 2014, 23:29

        Wait– Glock could have pit without losing track position? How’s that work again? I know rules have changed since 2008, but I wasn’t aware of the “instant tire change” rule. Glad they dropped it.

    • OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 31st March 2014, 14:53

      @aledinho the fact that there are more “modern” drivers equalling breaking the ’80s records is a clear prove of modern reliability. In the past you needed to be a great driver AND to be lucky enough to have your car finish the race. So more reliability plus more races gives the current guys better chances to break records. I’m not saying Vettel, Alonso or Hamilton aren’t great, but their records would have taken more time to come in the 80s.

      • Asanator (@asanator) said on 31st March 2014, 15:57

        Not to mention that we have more races in a season nowadays than in the past!

        • Aled Davies (@aledinho) said on 31st March 2014, 16:40

          by a couple per season… the norm in the 80s was about 16…now its just under 20.

          @omarr-pepper yeah reliability is a factor but how do you explain the pole positions stats?

          I’ve barely missed a race in almost 20 years and the field now is stronger than it’s ever been since I watched (In my opinion) . If anything the difference between cars were much bigger back then (The 80′s early 90′s) so you could argue winning a grand prix is a much harder task these days.

          I just found it interesting, In my opinion Hamilton is the best driver Britain have produced in decades and therefore I expect him to eventually end up quite high up these lists so It’s only natural that the other greats of his era are up there too; Vettel and Alonso.

      • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 31st March 2014, 16:34

        @omarr-pepper spot on !! If only Mr.senna senior had been……..

      • matiascasali (@matiascasali) said on 31st March 2014, 17:48

        why don’t you try doing percentages? if he started 100 races, and if he winned, i dunno, 23, then he has 23% of winning percentage. If fangio started 52 races and won 24, then he has 46% of success. I don’t find it as hard. Ok, maybe the Fangio is a little extreme (not finishing a race may mean the driver was dead :D)

    • Paul (@frankjaeger) said on 31st March 2014, 16:09

      Interesting assessment @aledinho

  6. Erivaldo moreira (@erivaldonin) said on 31st March 2014, 13:03

    Hamil is the 23rd driver achieved a ‘grand slam

  7. Theoddkiwi (@theoddkiwi) said on 31st March 2014, 13:51

    Hamilton remains the only driver in history to have a pole and a win in every season he has competed

    • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 31st March 2014, 14:25

      Now that’s a stat

    • David Jessop (@random-linkz-2) said on 31st March 2014, 20:35

      if you only count full seasons, Vettel has done that as well as he only didn’t manage a pole and win in his half season in 2007

    • Bruno (@brunes) said on 1st April 2014, 7:38

      Every team mate Hamilton had in those years also won races.
      That only means Hamilton has always had a competitive car. He started in a top team and has always been in a top team.

      Most other drivers started at the bottom, so they had no chances of winning races. If you consider full seasons, Vettel has also done that

      • Tango (@tango) said on 1st April 2014, 8:38

        I don’t know about that @Brunes, I believe Kova didn’t win in 2009.

      • Sumedh said on 1st April 2014, 8:51

        Every team mate Hamilton had in those years also won races.

        With the exception of Kovalinen in 2009

        • Bruno (@brunes) said on 1st April 2014, 9:03

          @tango @Sumedh

          Okay, in 7 years only in 2009 did his team mate not win a race.

          that still shows his has had a car capable of winning races since he started in F1.
          Look at what Alonso, Button, Senna etc were driving before they had their first win. Hamilton jumped in a competitive car right away. I am not taking away his hard work, just this record does not include what other went through before their first win.

          Lets check how drivers did since their first win. How many years in a row did a driver win a race from the time he won his first race?

          @keithcollantine

          • Tango (@tango) said on 1st April 2014, 10:34

            I don’t understand. I mean, besides Kova, who got panned by Ham, you yourself are saying that he has had great team mates (Alonso, Button, Rosberg). And all in all, winning multiple times in a debut season is always great, because it means you actually beat your team mate (and in top teams, they generally are great). Being a rookie in a top team isn’t any easier than in a bad team. I believe getting one win in every season entered is a great achievment, regardless of where you stand. Staying in top teams is also quite difficult. So I wouldn’t diminish in any way Hamilton’s streak.

  8. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 31st March 2014, 14:03

    First 1-2 for the Brackley-based team since Monza in 2009.

    Perez’ 2nd DNS, and the first Formula One race he has failed to be classified in since 2012. First DNS for Force India in its current guise.

    Bottas’ 2nd consecutive points finish. A personal best.

    Max Chilton has as many pole positions in a turbo-powered F1 car as Sebastian Vettel.

    First double retirement for Sauber since Monza 2011.

    Kobayashi has already scored a better result than Pic or van der Garde managed last season, with 13th.

    Kvyat now holds the record for the longest points scoring streak from the start of a season for a Toro Rosso driver. (Bourdais finished 10th in Malaysia in 2009, but that was the old system).

    Kevin Magnussen scored as many points towards the championship as he did on his license.

    Worst classified finish for Raikkonen since China, 2012.

    Fernando Alonso has not had a podium in the first two races for the first time since 2011. He waited until the fourth round in that year for his first.

    This is the 6th time where Lewis Hamilton has won a race where he failed to finish in the previous race. He has also scored points in every single Malaysian Grand Prix that he has raced in, but this is his first win there.

    First double points finish for Williams since USA in 2012.

  9. Julien (@jlracing) said on 31st March 2014, 14:09

    I have found some interesting stats
    - Maldonado did not manage to finish the first two races of the season in his f1 carreer yet
    - Force India and Toro Rosso had their best first two races of the season ever
    - For the second year in a row the first two qualifying sessions of the season have been driven in wet conditions and the races in dry conditions
    - With 20 points in two races, Williams have scored 4 times as much points as they did in the whole of last season
    - Kevin Magnussen has outqualified his team mate two times in two GP’s. His father Jan has also outqualified his team mate two times, but it took him his whole carreer (25 GP’s) to achieve that.
    - Lewis Hamilton’s win was the second win for a driver with number 44. The first one was for Maurice Trintignant in a Ferrari in 1955
    - Fernando Alonso qualified on every position from 1 to 22 except for 14. The number he has chosen this year.
    The applies to Jenson Button a he qualified on every position from 1 to 21 but never qualified 22nd, also his driver number

  10. Dan_the_McLaren_fan (@dan_the_mclaren_fan) said on 31st March 2014, 14:33

    Still no finishes for Pastor Maldonado in Australia and Malaysia in 4 attempts. I don’t know why but this fact always surprise me each year…

  11. sato113 (@sato113) said on 31st March 2014, 14:44

    Judging by Hamilton’s historic win/DNF pattern. He will retire or crash out in Bahrain.

  12. sato113 (@sato113) said on 31st March 2014, 14:52

    Here’s a question for you all.
    When was the last race a driver (other than Vettel) dominated from start to finish?

    I know Hamilton won the Hungary race last year from pole, but his winning margin was ‘only’ 10 seconds and he didnt get fastest lap.

  13. Egorov said on 31st March 2014, 15:15

    Why am I surprised by these two records :

    1. First ‘grand slam’

    2. This was Mercedes’ sixth one-two and the first for a team other than Red Bull since Ferrari finished first and second in the 2010 German Grand Prix.

    • OOliver said on 1st April 2014, 2:08

      Mercedes AMG Petronas have so far only won races in which they’ve had a car starting from pole position.

  14. DaveW (@dmw) said on 31st March 2014, 15:27

    It’s telling that there are so few records left on the table post-Schumacher that they are being won now because Schumacher came back and spent enough time racing to degrade his statistical legacy in certain ways.

    Anyway, I’m thinking even odds on Hamilton surpassing Vettel in pole positions by the end of the year.

    • Aled Davies (@aledinho) said on 31st March 2014, 16:44

      He’d need 13 more poles than Vettel in the remaining 17 races to do that..possible but I’d say unlikely!

      • Jake (@jleigh) said on 31st March 2014, 18:52

        What’s the record for most poles in 1 season? Presumably he’d have to break that record as well to pass Vettel.

        • Matthias (@mattds) said on 31st March 2014, 19:55

          Most poles in one season: 15 poles (out of 19), Vettel, 2011.
          Followed by Mansell with 14 (out of 16). I’m sure you can guess the year. This is also the highest pole percentage in one season.
          Then Senna who scored 13 poles (out of 16) in 1988, 1989, and Prost the same in 1993.

  15. AlokIn (@) said on 31st March 2014, 15:32

    Thnx Keith putting such nice facts together.
    Wet or Dry HAM is the best !!

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