Victory in the Spanish Grand Prix meant Lewis Hamilton became the 13th driver to win four races in a row.
Three other drivers on the grid have also achieved that feat: Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel. The latter set the all-time record of nine consecutive wins at the end of last year.
Hamilton is now eighth on the all-time list of race winners after taking his 26th career victory. He needs one more win to reach Jackie Stewart’s tally of 27 wins, which stood as the record for 14 years between 1973 and 1987.
Hamilton also picked up his 35th pole position and now leads the drivers’ championship for the first time since the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix.
As in Malaysia and Bahrain, this was the first time Hamilton had won the Spanish Grand Prix. Leaving aside the new race in Russia and the Austrian Grand Prix, which last featured on the calendar before Hamilton raced in F1, he has now won every race on the calendar with one exception: the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Vettel also needs one more win to complete a clean sweep. He is yet to win in Hungary, where Hamilton has racked up four wins. Here is how many time F1’s most prolific active winners (ten or more wins) have won each race, and Michael Schumacher’s record at each for reference.
|Australian Grand Prix||1||1||1||2||3||0||4|
|Malaysian Grand Prix||3||3||1||2||1||0||3|
|Chinese Grand Prix||1||2||3||1||1||0||1|
|Bahrain Grand Prix||2||3||1||0||1||2||1|
|Spanish Grand Prix||1||2||1||2||1||1||6|
|Monaco Grand Prix||1||2||1||1||1||0||5|
|Canadian Grand Prix||1||1||3||1||1||0||7|
|British Grand Prix||1||2||1||1||0||0||3|
|German Grand Prix||1||3||2||0||0||0||4|
|Hungarian Grand Prix||0||1||4||1||2||0||4|
|Belgian Grand Prix||2||0||1||4||1||1||6|
|Italian Grand Prix||3||2||1||0||0||0||5|
|Singapore Grand Prix||3||2||1||0||0||0||0|
|Japanese Grand Prix||4||2||1||1||1||0||6|
|Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||3||0||1||1||0||0||0|
|United States Grand Prix||1||0||2||0||0||0||5|
|Brazilian Grand Prix||2||0||0||1||1||2||4|
This was the first chink in Mercedes’ domination of a season in which they have still led every lap, taken every pole position and won every race.
But they did take their ninth one-two finish, giving them one more than Lotus. Four teams have achieved more, and Mercedes need another seven to catch up with Red Bull. It was their fourth in a row – the last team to manage more were Ferrari, who ended the 2002 season with five consecutive one-two finishes.
Mercedes are the first team to have led every lap of the first five races of a season since Williams with their FW14B in 1992. That streak same to an end in the sixth race for Williams, on lap 71 of the Monaco Grand Prix when Ayrton Senna took the lead as Nigel Mansell pitted with a suspected puncture, setting up a famous finish.
Only six drivers finished the race on the lead lap. The fewest seen last year was five, at the Canadian Grand Prix.
That means only three drivers in the field have completed every racing lap this year: Nico Rosberg, Fernando Alonso and Valtteri Bottas.
Daniel Ricciardo finally scored his first official podium finish in F1, after having his Australian Grand Prix podium taken away from him due to a technical infringement. He is the 204th driver to score a top-three finish.
Aside from the Mercedes pair, no driver has scored more than one podium finish so far this year.
Alonso and Ferrari have now a year without winning a race. Ferrari haven’t gone a year or longer without winning a race since 1994, when Gerhard Berger ended a win-less stretched which began at the 1990 Spanish Grand Prix with victory in Germany.
During that time only Vettel, Hamilton and Rosberg have claimed victories. Not since the 1988 season have only three different drivers done all the winning over a 12-month period.
Finally, Pastor Maldonado racked up the most penalties in 2011 and 2012, but last year he fell short of the top spot. He’s begun 2014 strongly, however, and after clattering into Marcus Ericsson on lap one in Spain he’s back on top again.
Review the year so far in statistics here:
- 2014 F1 championship points
- 2014 F1 season records
- 2014 F1 race data
- 2014 F1 qualifying data
- 2014 F1 retirements and penalties
- 2014 F1 strategy and pit stops
- 2014 F1 driver form guides
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2014 Spanish Grand Prix
- Vettel’s recovery run earns him Driver of the Weekend
- Spanish Grand Prix continues ratings rise since 2011
- 2014 Spanish Grand Prix fans’ video gallery
- Top ten pictures from the 2014 Spanish Grand Prix
- Vote for your 2014 Spanish GP driver of the weekend
Stats and Facts
- Rosberg can become champion at this weekend’s race
- The four slow starts which cost Hamilton dearly
- Hamilton retains best reliability rate of any champion
- Mercedes’s second chance to equal longest winning streak
- Honda claim first fastest lap since 1992
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