Nico Rosberg’s Austrian Grand Prix victory means he has now won more races than his championship-winning father.
His Red Bull Ring victory was the sixth of his 155-race career, giving him one more than Keke Rosberg managed in his 114 starts.
The elder Rosberg can at least point out that he has a better win rate – and a world championship title. Though his son could equal both those achievements before the season is over.
The latest win for Rosberg saw the initiative swing towards him and away from his team mate Lewis Hamilton. Heading into the weekend Hamilton had the better average qualifying position and had led the most laps this year, but Rosberg surpassed him on both measures in Austria.
Rosberg also became the 11th diver in F1 history to score eight podium finishes in a row. The only drivers to do so without winning a world championship are Juan Pablo Montoya and Carlos Reutemann.
The all-time record is held by Rosberg’s former team mate Michael Schumacher, who reached 19. Rosberg is closer to beating his current team mate’s tally: Hamilton racked up nine in a row in his first nine F1 starts.
For the first time this season there was no Mercedes on the front row of the grid. Felipe Massa claimed his first pole position since the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix. It was the 16th of his career which puts him level with Kimi Raikkonen and Stirling Moss.
The last pole position for Williams was Pastor Maldonado’s at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix. With Valtteri Bottas joining Massa on the front row, it was the first time Williams had claimed the foremost spots on the grid since the 2003 German Grand Prix, when Juan Pablo Montoya took pole position ahead of Ralf Schumacher.
Following his career-best qualifying performance Bottas went on to lead an F1 race for the first time and take his first podium finish. Massa came in fourth fourth, giving Williams their best two-car result since Nick Heidfeld and Mark Webber finished second and third at Monaco in 2005. Appropriately, Webber was on-hand to conduct the podium proceedings yesterday.
Remarkably, of the nine Finnish drivers to have competed in Formula One, Bottas is the seventh to score a podium finish. Raikkonen leads the way on 77 and Mika Hakkinen has 51. Keke Rosberg, Heikki Kovalainen, Mika Salo and JJ Lehto also add to Finland’s podium haul (Nico Rosberg races under a German licence). The only Finns who participated in F1 but never scored podiums are one-time race starter Leo Kinnunen and two-time non-qualifier Mikko Kozarowitzky.
While Williams are on the up, Sauber are enduring one of the worst spells in their history. They’ve failed to score for the last eight races in a row, which is their longest point-less streak since 1998. At that time they went from the Spanish to the Hungarian Grand Prix without a top-six points-scoring finish, but did pick up four sevenths, two eighths and two tenths, all of which would count for points today.
If Sauber fail to get a car in the top ten at Silverstone they will equal their longest ever point-less streak, which race for nine races between the 1995 European and 1996 San Marino Grands Prix.
In a largely forgettable home race for Red Bull, Daniil Kvyat of ‘junior team’ Toro Rosso at least managed to achieve his best qualifying position to date with seventh place.
A double retirement for Toro Rosso means they have the worst reliability rate so far this year. The STR9 has broken down eight times in races compared to Lotus’s seven.
F1’s return to the Red Bull Ring was the 26th world championship race held at the circuit which was originally called the Osterreichring, and subsequently the A1 Ring. In addition to the one-off race held at the Zeltweg aerodrome in 1964, this was Austria’s 27th round of the championship.
It also marked the 200th race start for Kimi Raikkonen . During that time he has won 20 races (10%), set 40 fastest laps (20%) and 16 pole positions (8%).
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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