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. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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 !!!!!

  5. 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 magnetimarelli.com:

    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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