Hamilton’s home win ties him with Stewart

2014 British Grand Prix stats and facts

Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2014Lewis Hamilton claimed the 27th win of his career in the British Grand Prix, which was also the second time he has won his home race.

His latest victory moves him level with Jackie Stewart’s tally of 27 world championship wins. Only six drivers – including Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso – have won more.

Stewart’s 27 F1 wins stood as the record for 14 years until it was beaten by Alain Prost in 1987.

Hamilton lined up sixth on the grid, the lowest position he has ever started a race he went on to win. His previous best was also at achieved at Silverstone, from fourth in 2008, which he repeated in Hungary the following year.

Nico Rosberg gave Mercedes their 25th pole position. It was also the eighth of his career, giving him as many as Jenson Button, John Surtees and Ricciardo Patrese.

However in the race he posted his first retirement of the season, bringing his run of eighth consecutive podium finishes to an end. He had also scored points in the last 17 races – a streak bettered only Kimi Raikkonen (the record holder with 27), Michael Schumacher, Alonso and Vettel have bettered.

Alonso is now the only driver to have completed all 561 racing laps so far this year. He also kept up his record of scoring in every race this year, as did Nico Hulkenberg.

Several drivers were caught out by the rain in Q1 including the Ferrari pair. Their starting positions of 16th and 18th were the team’s worst since Malaysia 2010, where in similar circumstances Alonso and team mate Felipe Massa lined up 19th and 21st respectively.

Jules Bianchi took advantage of the rain to claim his and Marussia’s best-ever starting position with 12th.

Susie Wolff, Williams, Silverstone, 2014Massa marked his 200th race start at Silverstone, though his race was spoiled by Raikkonen’s crash on the first lap. In case anyone’s wondering why this milestone was celebrated 51 races after Ferrari acknowledged his ‘150th start’ in South Korea three years ago, it’s because Ferrari miscounted on the previous occasion.

Button’s hopes of scoring a first podium finish in his home race were dashed once more on his 15th appearance at Silverstone. As in 2004 and 2010 he could only manage fourth, albeit less than a second behind Daniel Ricciardo.

Two drivers made their first ever appearances in F1 practice sessions on Friday – Daniel Juncadella for Force India and Susie Wolff for Williams. The latter became the first woman to participate in an official F1 session since qualifying for the 1992 Brazilian Grand Prix – 8,126 days ago – when Giovanna Amati failed to make the cut in her Brabham.

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54 comments on Hamilton’s home win ties him with Stewart

  1. David (@ringridder) said on 7th July 2014, 12:36

    It’s the first race since India 2013 to feature 3 drivers from 3 different teams on the podiums.

  2. Erivaldo moreira (@erivaldonin) said on 7th July 2014, 12:52

    None of the first 3 drivers on the grid were on the podium. it has not happened since the Spanish GP 2013 (23 races)

    No German driver in the top 4. it has not happened since the Brazilian GP 2012 (27 races)

    Adrian Sutil finished the last 3 races in 13th place

    Alonso became the highest scorer in the British GP (95 points)

    The 6th place on the grid was the worst starting position of the winner of the British Grand Prix since 1978

    The British GP became the most performed GP(65 times) in F1 history

  3. ElBasque (@elbasque) said on 7th July 2014, 12:57

    Woop, best time of the week!

  4. the_sigman (@sigman1998) said on 7th July 2014, 13:13

    When a Mercedes retires, Jenson Button crosses the line as 4th (he was promoted to 3rd in Australia, after Ricciardo’s DSQ)

  5. Every race this season, when both finished, the Mercedes-driver first through T1 has gone on to win the race. Streak continues.

    Has it been since 2011 China, Webber, a driver who was out in Q3 finished on the podium?

  6. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 7th July 2014, 13:33

    Bottas continued his streak of most positions gained so far this season?

  7. Jack (@jmc200) said on 7th July 2014, 13:42

    Interesting to see that the only two drivers to have scored in every race, Hulk and Alonso, are my two favorite drivers! I think that says a lot about the kind of drivers I’m naturally drawn to…

  8. Jelle van der Meer (@jelle-van-der-meer) said on 7th July 2014, 13:44

    Not since the start of this century did a podium consist of drivers not starting in top 5, last time was 1999 GP of Europe at the Nürburgring

  9. First retirement for a Ferrari driver this season. Jenson Button’s equal best result at the British Grand Prix. Perez finished in his favourite position, 11th. Toro Rosso finished with both drivers in the points for the second time this season, and Daniil Kvyat equalled his best result with 9th. Hamilton and Rosberg now have four poles each, but Hamilton is ahead in the FIA Pole Position trophy due to his higher number of second places (3-1). First time a race was stopped after the first lap since the traffic jam at Monaco in 2000.

  10. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 7th July 2014, 14:03

    I wonder if someone call work out what the highest aggregate starting positions of the 3 drivers on the podium is, because this trace must be close with 31 (Hamilton 6th, Bottas 17th and Ricciardo 8th). I”m assuming that Long Beach 1983 will be a contender as Watson and Lauda started P22 and 23.

    • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 7th July 2014, 14:23

      If you count Vettel as having started from position 24 in Abu Dhabi 2012, the total at that race was 34 (RAI 4th, ALO 6th, VET 24th).

      Still far off US West 1983, as you mention with a podium sum of grid positions equal to 47.


    • Erivaldo moreira (@erivaldonin) said on 7th July 2014, 14:48

      in Belgian GP 1995, the total at that race was 37 (Schumacher 16th, , Hill 8th , Brundle 13th.

    • Andrew81 (@andrew81) said on 7th July 2014, 21:45

      It just so happens I’ve compiled this stat. The average for this race was 9.33 (Bottas started 14th, not 17th, due to grid penalties for others), which is not very unusual as 41 races have had this average or higher. The last time there was an average this high was indeed Abu Dhabi 2012 (11.33). In addition, Europe 2012 had an average of 9.33. The highest average is 20, from the 1957 Indy 500. Excluding the Indy 500 races, the highest is USA West 1983 with an average of 15.67, followed by Spain 1975 (14) and Australia 1985 (13.67).

    • Keep in mind that there were two starts in this race. In the second start. which realistically was the “real” start, the three eventual podium finishers lined up in 4th, 9th, and 7th.

      • plushpile (@plushpile) said on 8th July 2014, 0:56

        The standing start was the official race start, and while the cars sat on the grid for an hour it was effectively just 1 safety car lap. Unlike previous Lap 1 red flags the first start wasn’t annulled.

  11. Oli Peacock (@olliekart) said on 7th July 2014, 15:20

    Vettel has spent the most laps of anybody in last place this season with 23.

  12. Isaac said on 7th July 2014, 15:23

    Hamilton has won every race this year so far with post-race testing (bahrain, Spain, Britain)

  13. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 7th July 2014, 17:41

    Nico Rosberg has lead 9 more laps than Lewis Hamilton this season, who on the flip side, has lead 195 more kilometers.

  14. stefano (@alfa145) said on 7th July 2014, 18:09

    There’s a typo on Riccardo Patrese @keithcollantine

  15. Alex Brown (@splittimes) said on 7th July 2014, 19:15

    In case anyone’s wondering why this milestone was celebrated 51 races after Ferrari acknowledged his ’150th start’ in South Korea three years ago, it’s because Ferrari miscounted on the previous occasion.

    A problem with correlation between the statistics and publicity departments, perhaps.

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