Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Sepang International Circuit, 2014

Hamilton claims record with first ever ‘grand slam’

2014 Malaysian Grand Prix stats and factsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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  1. What’s the record for the most penalties handed out in a race weekend? This race must come pretty close.

  2. I think I’ve noticed a small error @keithcollantine:

    Valtteri Bottas became the fist driver to receive penalty points on his licence on Sunday

    I believe that should say Saturday – he received them after qualifying if I’m not mistaken. Great article as always though!

  3. First circuit at which Rosberg has been on the podium twice without winning.

    First time Vettel has scored but not won in Malaysia.

    First time since Abu Dhabi 2012 that no German driver officially led a lap.

    And some from magnetimarelli.com:

    21st time that Hamilton & Vettel have shared the front row – same as Mansell & Senna.

    Ferrari have gone 12 months without a front-row start.

    First time 2 Mercedes have finished on the podium since Italy 1955, and the first time they have managed back-to-back wins since then.

    The last 3 races have all had all their laps led by a different single driver (Vettel in Brazil, Rosberg in Australia, Hamilton in Malaysia – curiously none of them actually led the whole race). This also happened in Japan 1977 – Brazil 1978 and Australia 1987 – San Marino 1988.

    First time since 2006 that the first 2 races were won by team-mates.

    Mercedes have managed both poles, both wins, both fastest laps, and every lap in the lead in the first 2 races of 2014. Last team to manage this: McLaren in 1998 (a season in which a certain multiple world champion from Germany helped ensure that the team didn’t run away with the title).

    First time that Hamilton, Rosberg, and Vettel have shared the podium.

    4 years since Alonso last had a mechanical retirement.

  4. For those saying Hamilton has been unlucky with machinery, I would like to point out that Hamilton did not suffer a mechanical-related terminal reliability failure for the first 51 races of his career. The 2009 Abu Dhabi GP was the first time such a thing befell him. His move to Mercedes in 2013 was expected to be a backwards step initially, before being a better move in the long run, looking at the new engine rules. But who would have expected McLaren to have such a bad year in 2013? Mercedes that year were one of the fastest cars in terms of a single lap, their race pace improved mid season too, their chances were hurt by the 2012 tyres returning and tyre swapping being shelved.
    Yes, he’s never had a car which has been dominant uptil now. But to say he has had bad luck with machinery is plain wrong. Having said that, I believe it would be great if he could add another title to his one in 2008, I feel he’s justly deserving of two championship titles in the very least.

    1. Hahaha in 2007 he lost the title due to a car glitch unless you really believe it was his mistake.

      1. Damonw –
        It was his mistake to slide off into the gravel in China and go off road battling Alonso in Brazil.

        But a title is won over the course of a season, whereby Raikkonen won it with more race wins and despite more mechanical failures than either Hamilton or Alonso.

  5. Doesn’t the author say M.Schumacher won in 15 seasons of his first 15 seasons. But prior to that he says of Lewis,

    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.

    1. Schumacher’s career was longer than 15 seasons and he didn’t win a race in every year, as also noted in the article.

  6. I don’t really have time to check, but when was the last time the national anthem of all the drivers on the podium was played (as this time the German anthem for the constructors happened to fit Rosberg and Vettel)?

    1. That’s an interesting one and also one I don’t know the answer to. The most likely scenario currently would probably be with Hamilton winning and then any two of Vettel, Button, Rosberg, Hulkenberg, Sutil or Chilton making up the podium (this didn’t happen when Hamilton won last year so assume last case probably no later than 2012).

      It could also happen with Bottas winning and any two of Raikkonen, Button, Hamilton and Chilton filling the steps or Magnussen along with Button, Hamilton or Chilton.

      Least likely scenario is probably Chilton winning with any two of Kvyat, Hamilton or Button behind.

      Thinking about most likely combinations (Mainly Germans, Brits and Italians) the latest I can find is 1999 Hungarian GP which Hakkinen won ahead of two Brits (he also did so at 1998 Japanese GP). In 1997 Frentzen won ahead of a Brit and German in a Williams and in 1996 Villeneuve beat two Brits in a Williams.

      The lack of Austrian, French and Italian drivers during periods of dominance by Red Bull, Renault and Ferrari has made it much harder post-millennium but there may well be a combination I’ve not thought of.

  7. A few more things I’ve noticed:

    Mercedes are the first team since Renault in 2006 to win the first two races with both its drivers.
    This is the worst start to a season for the “Enstone-based team” (Lotus) since 2001 where, under the Benetton name, it didn’t score points until the third race of the season. If they fail to score in Bahrain, they will have had their worst start to the season since their Toleman days.

    And some more fluffy facts about the championship standings:

    Vettel is only the 3rd highest-ranked German.
    Chilton is the highest ranked out of the “new team” drivers.
    Bottas is the top-scoring Finn.
    The most lowly ranked driver in this year’s championship is a Red Bull driver, with Ricciardo scoring 1 retirement and 1 disqualification.

  8. Kudos to Lewis for the 8th consecutive year winning at least one race, but I wouldn’t consider it a record for the longest streak in a career while his career is ongoing. If he fails to win a race next year (or the year after), it becomes less than meaningless as he’s far behind Schumacher in years with a victory to “start” a career.

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