Sunday was Lewis Hamilton’s sixth victory in the Canadian Grand Prix. It’s the race he’s won more times than any other, and a seventh win will tie him with Michael Schumacher as the most successful driver of all time in this race.
This was his first ‘grand slam’ at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Hamilton won the race from pole, leading all the way and setting the fastest lap. Despite having had very dominant machinery at his disposal for the last three years, two of Hamilton’s four ‘grand slams’ were achieved this season (the other was in China).
He and title rival Sebastian Vettel have the most ‘grand slams’ of any active driver with four. They are tied with Jackie Stewart, Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell. Only Jim Clark (eight), Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher (five each) have more.
Hamilton’s win also meant Mercedes took their first one-two finish of the season.
Saturday was all about one big statistical milestone: Lewis Hamilton equalling Ayrton Senna’s tally of 65 pole positions.
This stood as the outright record for most pole positions from Senna’s final pole position on that fateful San Marino Grand Prix weekend in 1994 until Michael Schumacher surpassed it at the same track 12 years later. Schumacher pushed the record on to 68.
But their strike rates were very different. Schumacher took 68 poles from 306 races, a 22.2% strike rate, whereas Senna took pole in 40.4% of the races he started (65 from 161). Hamilton’s rate is closer to Senna’s than Schumacher’s. He has taken pole for exactly one-third of his starts (33.3%, 65 from 195).
This was Hamilton’s third consecutive pole position in Canada. He also took pole for his first three races at this track in 2007, 2008 and 2010 (there was no Canadian Grand Prix in 2009). Sebastian Vettel then produced a hat-trick of his own from 2011 to 2013.
That means since Hamilton and Vettel came into the sport ten years ago the only driver besides them to take pole in Canada is the now-retired Nico Rosberg. They also shared the front row of the grid for the fourth time in seven races so far this year. On each of those occasions Hamilton was on pole.
Vettel’s disappointing race meant his 100% record of top-two finishes and podiums ended last weekend. However three drivers continued their 100% records against their team mates in qualifying: Fernando Alonso, Nico Hulkenberg and Felipe Massa.
Although Lance Stroll was beaten by his team mate again he did manage to bring his car home in the points. The last time a driver took the first points of his career in his home race was five years ago, when Daniel Ricciardo also finished ninth for Toro Rosso in Australia.
Stroll is the third Canadian driver in the history of the sport to score a point and the only one not to come from the Villeneuve family. However there are three other Canadian drivers who scored top ten finishes in the days before points were awarded for those places: Peter Broeker (seventh, 1963 United States Grand Prix), George Eaton (tenth, 1970 Canadian Grand Prix) and Peter Ryan (ninth, 1961 United States Grand Prix).
At 18 years and 230 days old, Stroll is the second-youngest driver of all time to score a point in F1. However he’s over a year older than record-holder Max Verstappen, who was 17 years and 184 days old when he took seventh in the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix.
For much of the race Esteban Ocon looked set to improve on his career-best finish of fifth. He didn’t but he did become the first driver not in a Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull to run as high as second place.
Review the year so far in statistics here:
- 2017 F1 championship points
- 2017 F1 season records
- 2017 F1 race data
- 2017 F1 qualifying data
- 2017 F1 retirements and penalties
- 2017 F1 strategy and pit stops
Have you spotted any other interesting stats and facts from the Canadian Grand Prix? Share them in the comments.
2017 Canadian Grand Prix
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