Mercedes’ dominant start is record-breaking

2014 Chinese Grand Prix stats and facts

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014Lewis Hamilton’s 25th grand prix victory was also the first time he has won three grands prix in a row.

This is a feat which has only been achieved by his fellow world champions with one exception: Stirling Moss, who won the last two races of 1957 and the first of 1958.

With 25 wins, Hamilton has now edged the great Juan Manuel Fangio out of the top ten race winners and moved level with Jim Clark and Niki Lauda.

Hamilton’s 34th pole position puts him on his own in fourth on the all-time list. Ahead of him are Sebastian Vettel (45), Ayrton Senna (65) and Michael Schumacher (68).

As Hamilton also led every lap, the only thing keeping him from his second ‘grand slam’ was the fact Nico Rosberg took fastest lap. That was the seventh of his career, putting him level with Jacques Laffite.

However Hamilton did become the first driver to win the Chinese Grand Prix three times. The only other driver to have won it more than once is Fernando Alonso, the 2005 and 2013 winner.

Alonso can lay claim to an unusual statistic at this track: he remains the only driver to have completed every lap of all 11 Chinese Grands Prix. Of course due to an error this race only ran to 54 laps instead of 56, though it should be noted Alonso also completed the two laps that didn’t count.

Jenson Button has been classified in every Chinese Grand Prix, but unlike Alonso hasn’t gone the distance in every race. He has completed 612 laps to Alonso’s 614, having finished a lap down in 2011 and again this year.

For Mercedes this was their 17th race victory, giving them as many as BRM and putting them equal tenth in the all-time winners list.

They have dominated the first four races of the year in a manner never before seen in Formula One: they have taken every pole position, fastest lap and race victory, and led every lap. The Mercedes W05 has achieved something the Ferrari F2004, Williams-Renault FW14B, McLaren-Honda MP4-4 or any of F1’s other great cars did not do.

It was their eighth one-two – only Ferrari, McLaren, Williams and Red Bull have more – and their third in a row. One more would equal their 1955 achievement of four consecutive one-two finishes. Those were scored by Moss, Fangio and Piero Taruffi.

Mercedes engines also notched up their 100th consecutive points finish, a streak which began at the same race in 2008.

At this early stage in the season with sophisticated new engines, we already had 20 our of 22 cars classified at the finish – a remarkable achievement by F1’s teams.

Among them was Max Chilton, who on the day before his 23rd birthday extended his record streak of consecutive finishes at the start of an F1 career to 23 races.

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114 comments on Mercedes’ dominant start is record-breaking

  1. Erivaldo moreira (@erivaldonin) said on 21st April 2014, 15:15

    Lewis Hamilton pass the bar of 1 500 laps in lead

  2. dkpioe said on 21st April 2014, 16:18

    I feel Mercedes record breaking start is not in the same league as the other cars mentioned, because of one thing – ENGINE HOMOLOGATION – the stupidest thing you can do for a new engine formula. in the v8 era it worked as they just cut 2 cylinders off and the engines were very close to parity. in the older eras, engine development was allowed. now, we are locked into a Mercedes domination – I am not looking forward to this. YES- engine homologation saves money, but after 12 days testing it was far too early to lock in the new engines. F1 is changed now for ever, not longer will we see the best car win, we will see the best car – powered by Mercedes win – which is team Mercedes at the moment. OK – Some people will say “but it is the whole package” – but this year it is not, as previously the engines were pretty much on parity – so the “package” was building the best car – and car developing is allowed over the whole season. NOW – the package is dominated by the engine – and the engines are not on parity and can not be developed throughout the season. F1 has shot itself in the foot. they wanted to get away from one teams dominating the championship, but now one team will dominate more then ever before – mark my words, the only thing that can prevent Mercedes from winning all the races now is retirements.

    • matt90 (@matt90) said on 21st April 2014, 23:19

      F1 is changed now for ever

      The homologation is only in-season. There are some limits, but an awful lot can be changed for next season.

    • OOliver said on 22nd April 2014, 0:47

      You can’t just cut two cylinders off. The shift from the V10s to the V8s was actually very expensive.

      • anon said on 22nd April 2014, 7:32

        That is certainly true – the manufacturers sold the idea to the FIA by claiming that development would be cheap as they’d just be cutting two cylinders off the engine, but only Toyota did anything vaguely like that (and even they slightly modified the cylinder bore and stroke).

    • Adam Hardwick (@fluxsource) said on 22nd April 2014, 10:28

      The best car is winning. The engine is a component of the car – other teams have the same engine yet aren’t doing as well. And there is still work that can continue on the engine – just not the hardware. Getting the software to get everything to work together has massive scope for improving the engines.

      F1 has saved itself with these engines. They are now the pinnacle of motorsport technology, instead of archaic “MOAR POWAR” (even though they had less) V8s. I love the sound of V8s, but sound does not make a race car.

      And if the pace of a car is purely down to the engine, kindly explain how Red Bull are fighting amongst a bunch of Mercedes powered teams, and beat all bar one of them last race.

  3. Bleu (@bleu) said on 21st April 2014, 18:25

    This was first time since Chinese GP 2012 as Vettel finished directly behind his team-mate.

  4. Calum (@calum) said on 21st April 2014, 18:36

    I was thinking, we’ve been hearing the German national anthem for a few Grand Prix in a row, 18 times consecutively in fact (with either Mercedes/Rosberg/Vettel winning), but where does this run compare to previous years…

    I’ve been scouring the history books and found that Germany’s current run is sixth in the “record number of consecutive airings of a national anthem on an F1 podium” stat. :D

    6. 2013 Monaco GP – 2014 China GP
    Germany: Deutschlandleid: 18 times
    Constructors: Mercedes
    Drivers: Rosberg, Vettel

    5. 1962 British GP – 1964 German GP
    UK: God Save the Queen: 21 times
    Constructors: Brabham, BRM, Lotus
    Drivers: Clark, Hill, Surtees

    4. 1972 Austrian GP – 1974 South African GP
    UK: God Save the Queen: 22 times
    Constructors: Brabham, Lotus, Mclaren, Tyrrell
    Drviers: Stewart

    3. 1968 British GP – 1970 Belgian GP
    UK: God Save the Queen: 25 times
    Constructors: Brabham, BRM, Lotus, March, Mclaren)
    Drivers: Hill, Stewart

    2. 1985 Austrian GP – 1987 Mexican GP)
    UK: God Save the Queen: 37 times
    Constructors: Benetton, Lotus, Mclaren, Williams
    Drivers: Mansell

    1. 990 Japan GP – 1994 British GP
    UK: God Save The Queen: 58 times
    Constructors: Benetton, Mclaren, Williams
    Drivers: Hill, Mansell

    • trotter said on 21st April 2014, 20:02

      The thing I distinctly dislike about these new age teams, is that they pretend to be German or Austrian, and yet, their team has nothing to do with it. It’s just the money. 4/5 of personnel is British, with no more than 1% probably from the “home” country.
      Mercedes has both chassis and engine factories in Britain. Red Bull has chassis in Britain and engine in France. Last team that had chassis made in England, but had a different anthem that still made sense, was Renault, since they had their engine manufactured in France, so it was just as legit to choose the French anthem as the British one.

    • AbeyG (@1abe) said on 21st April 2014, 20:08

      Excellent stats here @calum
      Out of curiosity, do you have the number of times the Italian anthem was heard consecutively? With the Ferrari and Michael, I think there could be a record or something.

    • Fun (@functor) said on 21st April 2014, 21:35

      It’ll inevitably climb upto 3rd [with Merc, Rosberg, Vettel, Hulkenberg on the form]

  5. Nirupam said on 21st April 2014, 21:12

    This is 54th (or may be 53rd?) time Alonso started the race in 5th position, the most by anyone

  6. Nickpkr251 said on 21st April 2014, 21:31

    This is the first time a rookie has broke front wing in three gp in a row

  7. Nickpkr251 said on 21st April 2014, 21:34

    Every Ferrari team principal has start career with a podium finish

    • Stormbreak (@stormbreak) said on 21st April 2014, 21:51

      Stefano had a disastrous start to his career actually. Both Massa and Raikkonen retired from the first race of 2008 although Kimi scored a point or two because there were so few drivers who finished the race!

  8. paulgilb (@paulgilb) said on 21st April 2014, 22:22

    First Chinese GP in which Ricciardo has finished in a different position to which he started in.

    First time since 2004 that an independent Sauber (i.e. not BMW Sauber) has competed in the Chinese GP and not finished 10th.

    Alonso keeps alive his run of at least 1 podium every year since 2003, and keeps alive Ferrari’s run of at least 1 podium every year since 1981 (a record).

    3rd race in a row that the Marussias have started 19th and 21st (Bianchi higher in each case).

    Rosberg and Vettel are both ahead of their team-mates in the championship despite having only outscored their team-mates once this season.

    3rd year in a row that Vettel has missed the podium at China – first time he has managed this at any circuit since joining Red Bull.

  9. tmax (@tmax) said on 22nd April 2014, 13:46

    They have dominated the first four races of the year in a manner never before seen in Formula One: they have taken every pole position, fastest lap and race victory, and led every lap. The Mercedes W05 has achieved something the Ferrari F2004, Williams-Renault FW14B, McLaren-Honda MP4-4 or any of F1′s other great cars did not do.

    Although Bahrain produced a good race…the above quote is quite scary in terms of the seasons prospects. Unless Adrian had done some good groundwork back in England to get some new stuff to Spain, this is going to be brutal. People who complained about Vettel dominating last year or Schumi dominating in 2002 and 2004 should take an year off from F1 !!!!!

  10. paulgilb (@paulgilb) said on 22nd April 2014, 22:50

    This is not the first time a race has had its final lap voided – not only the various red-flagged races, but also Canada 1995, which according to Wikipedia had its result declared at the end of lap 68 of 69 due to the crowd invading the track after Alesi won (with Gilles Villeneuve’s #27 Ferrari) but before others had finished. The countback caused Luca Badoer to lose his 7th place (which he achieved due to Mika Salo having to stop to avoid spectators) – however, points were only awarded down to 6th place in those days, so Badoer’s career total of 0 points was unaffected by this.

    Thankfully Alesi had taken the lead before the final lap…

    Some more stats from

    First team to manage 3 consecutive 1-2s since Ferrari in Europe-Canada-USA 2004.
    Only 1 team has led laps in the first 4 races – this time last year we had had 11 leaders from 7 teams.
    First time Alonso has finished ahead of Vettel in a race where both have finished since Spain 2013.
    First time since Germany-Hungary 2012 that Vettel has gone 2 races in a row without an official podium finish. First time since Canada-Europe 2012 that Vettel has gone 2 races in a row without standing on the podium.
    3rd race in a row that the higher-classified Williams has finished in 7th.
    Despite Mercedes’ domination, we have had 5 different teams on the podium this year – 1 more than in the whole of 2013.

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