History of F1: 34 years, That is the time that has elapsed since Keke Rosberg achieved his World Championship title in 1982. 34 years have also passed since Graham Hill in 1962 won his first championship title until Damon Hill achieved his in 1996. The story is Cyclic, and repeated again.
The longest season of F1 has managed to maintain the expectation on its champion thanks to a masterful race of Hamilton, fighting with all his arms from the first return so that Nico did not have the walk that made him champion. The result has been a race full of tension that has finally been solved as one of the tightest of all History of F1, with only 1’6s between the first and fourth, Max Verstappen. We now analyze the race and the numbers of the champion in broad strokes.
The Best Runner-Up In F1 History
How ironic fate can be. Lewis Hamilton achieved his first world championship in the most bitter and at the same time the last of Felipe Massa and today, 8 years later, he receives his own medicine, winning a race that does nothing to strengthen the title, which curiously Is the last race of the Brazilian driver.
The English rider becomes the champion with more points, poles, victories, podiums, guided laps and kilometers driven from the whole history of F1. He has only 5 points to be a champion for the third consecutive year and already has 2 runners-up, his initial season in 2007 and this in 2016. Both have lost in the last race of the season, By a distance inferior to the difference between the points that are distributed to the winner and the second classified in a Grand Prize.
Right now, all drivers who are champions of the world of the 2017 grid are also runners-up, and all of them, except Sebastian Vettel, know what it is to lose a title in the last race of the season:
Alonso lost 3: 2007, 2010, 2012, Hamilton 3: 2007, 2010 and 2016, Räikkönen 1: 2003 and Rosberg 1: 2014.
Lewis has won his No. 53 victory in F1, distancing himself to 2 from Prost and remaining in 2016 with 38 Schumacher wins. If you keep the current streak, it could equal you in 3 ½ years.
It is the third victory he achieves in Abu Dhabi, the ninth different Grand Prix in which he achieves 3 victories or more. He is the only driver who has repeated victory starting from the pole here in Abu Dhabi.
Hamilton is the only driver in History of F1 who manages to win 8 or more races in the same season and is not a champion. Of the 16 drivers who achieved that number only he in 2016 has not been world champion.
Hamilton has achieved his fourth consecutive victory. It is the fourth time in his career, the second time this season, becoming the only rider in History of F1 to win 4 or more consecutive races and is not a champion, also making a double in this 2016 season. Hamilton managed before he got the title after winning 4 consecutive races.
He is also the only rider in history to win the last four races of the season and is not a champion.
Hamilton’s victory is the 33rd most tight in History of F1, with just 439 thousandths of a difference. It is the tightest race since Singapore 2010. It is the decisive race of a title with less difference between the first two drivers since Japan 1991, when Berger won to Senna by 344 thousandths.
Hamilton has been just 10 laps from the 3000 led F1, something that only Schumacher has achieved before. It takes 99 Grands Prix leading at least one lap and today it has achieved its greater sequence of returns led consecutive, arriving until the 117 (37ª best mark of History of F1) and the 507 kilometers.
It is the first season since 2008 in which the champion has fewer wins than the runner-up, and the first since 2012 in which the champion has fewer podiums than runner-up.
Lewis already has 32 wins from pole, and 47 starting from the front row of the grid. In both listings he is just behind Michael.
Lewis has won his podium number 104, staying just 2 to match Prost. It is the fifth podium in a row, the sixth time in F1. He is the second driver of the history that remains without champion after obtaining more than 80% of the podios of a season, after the own Prost in 1988.
Hamilton has managed to match a driver’s podium record in the same season, reaching 17. The only driver who is not a champion with 16 or more podiums in History of F1 and the only one with Senna, who with 12 or more poles, Is not champion.
Nico Rosberg World Champion
Here we predict it after its spectacular start to the year and although the statistics are to beat them, the fact that so many and many have tried without being able to change it only makes them more valuable as a science of something so random.
Nico has been the champion of the longest season of F1, having beaten in its beginnings in Mercedes the pilot with more victories and titles of History of F1, and beating in its year like champion to the second pilot with more victories of history and one Of the 8 riders with 3 world F1 titles.
Nico Asperi (1953, 2nd title), Denny Hulme (1967, 1st title), Emerson Fittipaldi (1974, 2nd title), Alain Prost (born in 1974), is the sixth champion to win a World Championship with a champion for a full season. 1985, 1º, 1986, 2º and 1989, 3rd title) and Ayrton Senna (1988, 1st title). Only Hulme and he have won their first title with a three-time champion. Senna did it with a double champion.
The Rosberg are the second family to achieve a title with a father and a son, behind the Hill. Both children took 34 years from the first or only title of their parents to succeed them as champions.
Nico is the second champion with more points in history, with 385, only Vettel achieved more in 2011 and 2013, reaching more than 390.
Rosberg is the Grand Prix driver he needed to be a champion, 206. Only a single driver in all F1 history was champion after passing the 206 F1 Grand Prix: Schumacher with 208, achieving his seventh world title.
He is the second driver to have won the most years in F1 to be champion, with 11, only after Nigel Mansell and his 13 seasons disputed.
Nico has been a 31-year, 5-month champion, the most veteran champion with his first title since Damon Hill (36 years and 29 days) in 1996. Only 11 of the 32 previous champions were older than him in achieving his first World title.
Germany in the 21st century with its drivers has achieved 10 titles, 4 sub-championships of 3 different champions, all champions and runners-up at that time.
Nico has not broken statistics and is the fifth driver in History of F1 to win the first 4 Grand Prix of the season is world champion. He has not broken statistics and is also the fifth driver in history that winning 9 races in the same season becomes champion. Nor has he broken the statistics and becomes the fourth driver in history to become champion after winning 7 or more consecutive races.
He is the thirty-third driver who is a champion in F1, succeeding Vettel, who also was champion in Abu Dhabi for the first time in 2010.
Nico has needed to be the leader of the World Championship in 29 Grands Prix, the pilot who has needed the most for his first title. He is already the 10th pilot in History of F1 alone with more races as world leader.
He is the first driver since Alonso in 2006 that crowns champion finishing 2nd, breaking a streak of 3 consecutive seasons in which the champion was crowned winning a race. It is the 25th time that Nico finishes 2nd, becoming the eighth driver that has more times been 2nd in F1.
Nico has achieved his # 57 podium, the most podium driver needed to be a champion. It is, in addition, its ninth consecutive podium, which equals its best personal streak and signs the sixth best historical mark.
Nico has achieved 16 podiums in 2016, one more than in 2014 and 2015, his previous personal record.
Rosberg finishes the year with a single abandonment, with 20 first lines (historical record in one season) and accumulating 16 consecutive races scoring, 20 in total in the season.
Nico is the second driver to win the most victories, with 23. Only Mansell had more at the moment of being champion, accumulating 29 triumphs.
5 of the last 10 drivers’ titles have been decided by 5 or fewer points: 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2016. In only 2 of them the winner of the race was champion (2007 and 2010) and in 3 of them Champion rose to the podium (2007, 2010 and 2016).
Nico is the champion with the fastest lap since Vettel in 2012, both with 6. However, he is the fastest lap rider this season.
Rosberg has played 94’79% of the laps this season, only missing the 66 of the event in Spain. He is the champion who has played the least since Sebastian Vettel in 2010 (94’42%).
Nico is the first driver since Hamilton in 2008 to win with a team of his own nationality. He is the first driver since Jackie Stewart in 1973 who wins with a team and an engine of his own nationality.
Mercedes In F1
With the longest season in history, Mercedes has become in its own right and based on records in one of the best teams in history with the following numbers as collateral:
It is the team with more poles in a season of history, accumulating 20 of the 21 possible. This is a new record, since until now, nobody had managed to exceed 95% of the poles in the same season.
It is the team with more victories in a season of history, accumulating 19 of the 21 possible. New record and second team in history that manages to overcome more than 90% of the races of a season, after McLaren in 1988 (93’75%). The F1 W07 is the best car in history in number of victories, being the only one able to win in a year 19 races.
It is the team with more podiums in a season, accumulating 33 podiums of the 42 possible. It is a new record, surpassing the 32 that they obtained last season.
It is the team with more laps led in a season of all history, accumulating 1054 to the front of the 1268 possible. New absolute record and second time leading 83% of the total returns of a season, after 86% of the year 2014.
It is the team with more kilometers led in a season of all history, accumulating 5387, the only team in history that exceeds the 5000 barrier in a year. It is the second time that they lead 84% of the kilometers of the same season, after 86% of the year 2014.
It is the team that most different Grand Prix has led in a season, with 20 of 21. Only failed in Spain, after his touch in the first round.
It is the team that has added more points in the same season in all of F1 history, with 765, surpassing its mark of 703 in 2015.
It takes 27 consecutive first lines, signing the third best race of all the history of the F1.
It takes 15 consecutive poles, signing the fifth best run of all history.
Mercedes has won 51 of the last 60 races of the F1, all under the regulation of hybrid engines. Only Ricciardo, 4 times, Vettel, 3 times, and Verstappen, on one occasion, have managed to eclipse the total hegemony of the brand of the star.
Mercedes has made the biggest difference of points with the second classified team (Red Bull) of all history, winning with a margin of 297 points, surpassing its record by 1 only point.
Mercedes already accumulates, in global numbers, 36 doublets, 80 Grand Prizes led and more than 20000km in front of an F1 Grand Prix.
Never before have we had such a huge F1 dominion for 3 consecutive seasons, only the 1988 and 1989 McLaren, the 1992 and 1993 Williams and the Ferrari of 2002 and 2004, but never in three consecutive years.
End To Vettel’s Bad Streak
Finally, after 7 races, the German driver manages to get on the podium again. In the end, he has signed his podium nº86, with which he distances himself from Kimi in 2 and with which he becomes the fourth driver in history that has been 3rd most times, accumulating a total of 24 times. Vettel also signed his 28th VR in F1, which equates him with Clark as the sixth driver in history with more Fastest Races. It is his third VR in Abu Dhabi, the second GP in which he has had more behind the US (4).
Vettel’s fifth podium in Abu Dhabi, the driver who has the most in this GP with Hamilton. It is the sixth Grand Prix different in that it reaches 5 or more podiums.
Vettel is fourth in the world for the first time, winning by 8 points to Verstappen, who since joining Red Bull in Spain this year has added 12 points more than the German.
It is the second season of the last 3 in which Ferrari does not add neither pole nor victory, something that was not happening to him from 1990 to 1994.
The Year Of Max
Undoubtedly, the revelation pilot of this season, beating all the precocious records of F1, except the youngest driver in history to achieve a pole and youngest driver in history to be world champion. Beyond those records, in his particular season half against Ricciardo he has finished only 29 points from him since they are mates. He has averaged 40% of podiums this season since being at Red Bull, scoring 7 of the 17 possible podiums.
He is the first Dutch driver to win a race and to add a fast lap, Holland being the country that has won the most Grand Prix to win a VR (301) and a victory (286).
Verstappen manages to repeat his usual position in F1, being 4th for the fifth time in his career. It finishes 5th in the world-wide one.
More information of interest
- Second podium final of season for Ricciardo, both third, behind both Mercedes.
- Ricciardo is the only rider to have completed all races of the season. He has completed 99’9% of the laps disputed this season, being doubled once.
- Ricciardo leads a streak of 17 consecutive Grand Prix points. It is the ninth best streak in all history.
- Ricciardo leads a streak of 25 consecutive races without abandoning. Match Max Chilton with the fifth best streak in history.
- Hülkenberg finishes his sixth season in F1 without obtaining a podium, accumulating already 115 races without him. Third driver in history with more races without podium of history.
- Best season of Perez in F1, reaching 100 points for the first time in his career. It is the second best position of a Mexican in the world-wide one in the history (7º), only after Pedro Rodriguez in 1967 and 1968.
- Force India achieved the best result of its history to end of season, being the fourth better equipment of 2016.
- Last GP for Mass in F1. A 9th place finishes being signed, being the pilot that more times finished 9º in the history, 21 times. He is the eighth rider in history to reach 250, the second Brazilian after Rubens Barrichello.
- Alonso equates to Rubens Barrichello as the third driver that more Grand Prix of F1 has finished, both with 224. In front, only Button (230) and Schumacher (237), that could advance this next year.
- Last GP for Button with abandon, totaling 74 in 305 races. Jenson leaves F1 with the record of being the driver who won the longest race in history: Canada 2011.
- Seventh dropping of Bottas in F1. It remains, behind Ocon (none), the pilot with lower% dropouts on the current grid.
- Haas first season in F1, totaling 29 points. It is the best debut in F1 since Brawn GP in 2009.
- It is the decisive race of a title with minor difference between 1º and 2º from Japan 1991, with only 344 thousandth of advantage of Berger on Senna.
- After winning Rosberg as champion, Stirling Moss is again the most successful driver in F1 without being champion.
- It is the first race since the Spanish Grand Prix of 1981 in which the top three finishers in a distance of less than one second (571 thousandth in 1981 by the 843 thousandth in 2016). In Spain 1981, the fourth went to 1,001s, today in Abu Dhabi 2016, Verstappen has passed to 1,685s.
- End to the longest season of F1 (21 races), with new champion, the last of another champion and the most precocious victory in history.