Mercedes make most dominant start since 1992

2014 Bahrain Grand Prix stats and facts

F1F CSLewis Hamilton’s 24th career win means he has tied with Juan Manuel Fangio in tenth place on the list of the sport’s most prolific winners.

Unusually for a driver with so many victories to his name, he is yet to win more than two in a row. This is the fourth time he has done so, following previous back-to-back wins in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

There was no repeat of his Malaysia ‘grand slam’ as team mate Nico Rosberg took the pole position. That was the fifth of his career, giving him as many as his father Keke, as well as Giuseppe Farina, Chris Amon, Clay Regazzoni and Patrick Tambay.

Nigel Mansell, Williams-Renault FW14B, Monaco, 1992Rosberg also claimed the sixth fastest lap of his career, moving him level with Jose Froilan Gonzalez, Mike Hawthorn, Phil Hill, Dan Gurney, Emerson Fittipaldi, Carlos Reutemann and Heinz-Harald Frentzen.

Having scored their first one-two for 59 years in Malaysia, Mercedes added a second just seven days later in Bahrain. It’s the seventh time they have done so and their 16th win, the same number of victories as Cooper. They also marked their 20th pole position.

For the third race in a row every lap was led by a Mercedes driver. That’s the most dominant start any team has made to a season since 1992, when Williams led all of the first five races, plus the first 70 laps of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Sergio Perez scored the fourth podium finish of his career. Force India is the second team he has taken a podium finish with – he also did at Sauber, but not at McLaren.

This was the first time a Force India has been classified in third place. It’s their second podium finish, following on from Giancarlo Fisichella’s second place in the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix.

Daniel Ricciardo scored the best result of his career so far with fourth place – assuming his disqualification from second in the Australian Grand Prix is upheld by the FIA Court of Appeal one week from today.

McLaren posted their first retirement since the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix when Kevin Magnussen retired with a clutch problem. As a result Magnussen failed to score for the first time in his three-race career – as did Daniil Kvyat.

This was the first time since last year’s British Grand Prix that there wasn’t a Red Bull on the front row or a McLaren in the points. Meanwhile Ferrari racked up their 70th consecutive race in the points – the last time they failed to score was at the 2010 British Grand Prix.

During practice Felipe Nasr and Robin Frijns made their first appearances in an official F1 session. With Giedo van der Garde also performing practice duties for Sauber this was the first time two Dutch drivers were on track at the same time at a grand prix weekend since practice for the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix, when Christijan Albers was racing for Midland and Robert Doornbos drove for Red Bull.

Several milestones were reached in Sunday’s race including the 900th round of the world championship.

Jenson Button marked his 250th grand prix start though he failed to score after suffering a similar problem to Magnussen.

This was also the 400th start for the team which started life as Jordan in 1991 and is now called Force India, having also appeared as Midland (2006) and Spyker (2007).

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78 comments on Mercedes make most dominant start since 1992

  1. Velocityboy (@velocityboy) said on 7th April 2014, 16:21

    So far the start of this season reminds me of the 1998 and 1999 seasons when the McLaren was so strong as I recall Hakkinen and Coulthard lapped everyone but Schumacher.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 7th April 2014, 16:25

      That is exactly what I compared it to @velocityboy. I believe the W05 is the car with the greatest pace advantage since then – so it will be interesting to see if they can maintain it (though McLaren were severely handicapped by the inexplicable banning of their split braking system).

      • Velocityboy (@velocityboy) said on 7th April 2014, 16:34

        and Ferrari’s ability to test almost 24/7 until they caught up. While the testing ban may save teams a few dollars (which I really doubt), it will severely limit a teams ability to close such a wide gap so I don’t see Mercedes being caught unless someone protests something they’re doing and wins.

      • mateuss (@mateuss) said on 7th April 2014, 17:06

        I certainly have never seen such dominance in my time (since 2007). They have put together an impressive car.

        Also, for the third race in the row, half point were awarded, this has never happened…..

    • Aled Davies (@aledinho) said on 8th April 2014, 9:18

      @velocityboy – yeah! in Oz the Mclarens lapped everyone up to 3rd place (Frentzen) and did the same in Brazil I believe! (Schumacher)

  2. f199player (@f199player) said on 7th April 2014, 16:26

    Interesting fact: at every Bahrain Grand Prix this year Gutierrez has rolled his car.

  3. Julien (@jlracing) said on 7th April 2014, 16:29

    Here are some stats I found
    – As was said in the article Daniel Ricciardo’s 4th place was the best result in his career. Just like Vettel he failed to score points in his first 2 grand prix for Red Bull racing and scored points in the 3rd race.

    – Mercedes have led every lap so far this season, the set the fastest lap in every race, and were on pole every race so far. This is the first time in history this has happened. In 1992 and 1988 there were at least two teams who set the fastest lap of the race in the first 3 races.

    – For the first time since 1999 both Saubers failed to finish for 2 races in a row

    – We already had 20 retirements in the first 3 races of this season. That is four times as much as the 5 retirements we had in the last 3 races of last season

    – Guttierez flip was the first time a Formula 1 car rolled since Mark Webber flew over the back of the Lotus of Heikki Kovalainen. Here are all the rolls from the last ten years: Klien Hungary 2005, Albers Imola 2006, Heidfeld Indianapolis 2006, Kubica Canada 2007 and Webber Valencia 2010

    – Red Bull have scored 2.495,5 points to date so next race they can get to 2.500 points, meanwhile Mercedes have scored 992 points to date so they can get to 1000 points in the next race

    – In his 22 GP’s Valtteri Bottas scored 22 points, he drove with 2 different engines had 2 team mates and retired only 2 times.

    – Small note on the article. The last time two Dutch drivers were together on track during a GP weekend was in Brazil 2006, when Christijan Albers finished 14th in a Midland and Robert Doornbos finished his last GP in 12th place in a Red Bull

  4. matt90 (@matt90) said on 7th April 2014, 16:33

    Having scored their first one-two for 59 years in Malaysia, Mercedes added a second just eight days later in Bahrain.

    I guess that should be seven days.

    The only races on this years calender (besides the new Russian and Austrian GPs) where Hamilton has yet to win a race are Spain and Brazil I believe. Within the last 8 days he has won at 2 other races where he had previously not done so. He has never won rounds 4 or 5 of an F1 championship which come next.

    • matt90 (@matt90) said on 7th April 2014, 16:39

      *He has won in Japan before, but at a different circuit.

      For previous race, he also never won in France, Valencia specifically, any race called the ‘European GP’, India or South Korea.

  5. Dan_the_McLaren_fan (@dan_the_mclaren_fan) said on 7th April 2014, 16:35

    This was Rosberg’s 150th GP (and 150th start).

  6. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 7th April 2014, 16:40

    Every time Perez has stood on the podium, Hamilton has also been on there (Malaysia 2012 being the only one that Hamilton failed to win).

    Maldonado’s 14th means it was the first time that car no. 13 has finished a race I believe.

    First time since 1999 that Sauber has had two consecutive double retirements, and the first time since 2006 (USA) that both McLarens retired from a race.

    Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso have been at it all season so far, but Bahrain was the first time he has finished ahead of him so far this season.

    Sebastian Vettel finished 6th. His worst classified finish since Brazil 2012, where he won the title. His teammate was also 4th in that race and Nico Hulkenberg was 5th.

    Force India are currently 2nd in the WCC. The highest they have been. Marussia retook Caterham for 10th, thanks to Max Chilton’s two 13th places.

    Nico Rosberg has halved Lewis Hamilton’s lead in the race for the FIA Pole Position trophy, it’s currently 2-1 to the Brit. Max Chilton has still scored as many pole positions in a turbo-powered F1 car as Sebastian Vettel.

    No Ferrari in the top 8 since Britain 2010. No Ferrari powered car in the top 8 since Singapore 2009.

    Force India have become the fourth team to appear on the podium this season, although only one team has won a race so far! Also three different drivers in third place for seven races in a row now (Grosjean, Rosberg, Webber, Alonso, Button/Magnussen, Vettel, Perez).

    Lewis Hamilton has won two out of the first three races for the first time. In fact, before this year, it has taken him 6 races to win two races (2008).

    Hamilton is likely to beat Jim Clark’s record of most poles for a British driver (33) and he could well beat Mansell’s record of most wins (31).

  7. French Steve (@french-steve) said on 7th April 2014, 16:52

    Mercedes, as a constructor, has now led more than 1 000 laps : 1 013 exactly.

  8. erix said on 7th April 2014, 16:56

    1 more record = This is the WORST of Raikkonen’s race performance of his entire career.
    He questioning the Mercedes engines overtaking advantage, like he forgot his Bahrain 2012 performance already. Give him Mark Slade and equal priority please!

    • craig-o (@craig-o) said on 7th April 2014, 17:01

      I’m pretty sure Raikkonen has finished lower than 10th in his career before. I am sure that Ferrari are running equal priority otherwise Kimi probably wouldn’t have rejoined Ferrari when he had options like Red Bull and McLaren.

    • IDR (@idr) said on 8th April 2014, 6:53

      Both drivers have had equal priority. Both drivers have been equal on track: Slow.

      • anon said on 8th April 2014, 7:42

        Kimi has been stating that he is not able to set the car up to his liking – Kimi is known for being very sensitive to set up changes, which does have the downside that sometimes he struggles to adapt to a new car or to new parts (see Monaco 2012 and 2013 for example, where he wasn’t comfortable with the Monaco spec steering rack and ended up struggling for pace). What Kimi really needs is time to adapt to the car, but that is a luxury that he might not have available to him when races are ticking away.

  9. Erivaldo moreira (@erivaldonin) said on 7th April 2014, 17:03

    In the first three races
    Mercedes got 86% of the possible points.
    is the best percentage since 94% of Ferrari in 2004

    first time vettel ending three races in a row without crossing a single lap
    in 2nd place since he came to Red Bull in 2009.

  10. NickF12013 (@nickf12013) said on 7th April 2014, 17:05

    * Insert a random Max Chilton stat in an attempt to be funny *

  11. The_Pope said on 7th April 2014, 17:13

    Any idea how many Overtakes there were? It seemed like a lot, or was it just closer / tenser racing?

    I found this database of overtakes, but it hasn’t updated yet:
    http://cliptheapex.com/overtaking/

    • Palle (@palle) said on 7th April 2014, 21:54

      @The_Pope: Interesting stats, 67 overtakes in Bahrain 2014, but they don’t include overtakes on the first lap and they don’t discuss the period of F1, where the DRS was far too effective. I mean, the DRS driveby’s, are not real overtaking.

  12. Shayne said on 7th April 2014, 17:14

    When was the last time (before Bahrain) that a Red Bull driver wasn’t on the podium (discounting Australia where Ricciardo did stand up there albeit disqualified)?

  13. Bleu (@bleu) said on 7th April 2014, 17:15

    This was third time since top 10 getting points as only five teams scored points. Previous events were in 2010 at China (McLaren 1-2, Mercedes 3-10, Ferrari 4-9, Renault 5-7 and Red Bull 6-8) and Germany (Ferrari 1-2, Red Bull 3-6, McLaren 4-5, Renault 7-10 and Mercedes 8-9)

    • I like this stat @bleu

      If Hulkenberg had been able to hold off Ricciardo, then I assume it would have been the first time that the best 5 teams in a race had finished in pairs – Mercedes 1-2, Force India 3-4, Red Bull 5-6, Williams 7-8, Ferrari 9-10.

      • Sam (@) said on 8th April 2014, 8:14

        @georgeod, I was so hoping for that. Because without Maldonado his shunt also the Marussia, Caterhams and Lotusses were driving in pairs at the back. Together with the final DNF from both Saubers, both STRs would also finish behind each other m

  14. michaeldobson13 (@michaeldobson13) said on 7th April 2014, 17:37

    This is the first time since the end of 2009 that the No.2 car has failed to score a point in 3 consecutive races, and the first time since the British to Hungarian GPs in 2009 that the No.5 car has failed to score in 3 consecutive races.

  15. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 7th April 2014, 17:51

    Extrapolated to include double points (against my will because I loathe its implimentation, but that’s a separate debate), Mercedes will score 740 points this season.

    To obtain a valid comparison to previous seasons, I will hereby ignore double points.

    In accordance with this, they will score 703 points – 53 more than Red Bull Racing in 2011 (or, in other words, a one-two and a fifth place more), the highest standing constructor’s championship score since the new points system was implimented in 2010.

    Mercedes’ scoring rate stands at 37 points/round. Force India’s (second in the WCC) stands at 14.7 p/r.

    Using these figures, and assuming the rates of the other teams do not increase (a highly unlikely proposition), Mercedes could win the championship at round 13 (they will have amounted 481 points compared to Force India’s 191, with only 258 points available).

    Even in an almost best-case scenario, with Force India securing 3-4’s for the rest of the season, Mercedes would still win on that rate at round 15 (555 vs 368, with 172 points available).

    The basic conclusion is thereby this: Mercedes have quite a good car.

    • Nice work there. And a great conclusion :)

    • craig-o (@craig-o) said on 7th April 2014, 18:05

      @vettel1 At this stage. Red Bull already have appeared to have at least caught up in terms of downforce.

    • Deej92 (@deej92) said on 7th April 2014, 20:56

      Nice stats there.
      Also, in the unlikely event that Hamilton and Rosberg finish 1-2 for the rest of the season, Hamilton would wrap up the title after the United States Grand Prix, where he’d have an 87-point lead going into the final two races which offer a maximum of 75 points.

    • Bruno (@brunes) said on 8th April 2014, 4:10

      @vettel1
      Sorry, but are you trying to predict the future of the championship based on the result of 3 races, using high school level statistics?

      Im not bashing. But plain statistics fail to include rate of development, human error, reliability, weather and a lot more things.

      2 of the past 3 weekends had wet saw the use of the wet weather tires. That alone has huge implications in the calculations, as we are unlikely to see 2/3 of season ran in wet conditions.

      Sorry, simple stats just don’t work in F1 to predict the future.

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