Grand Prix: For being the first race in which we see two consecutive red flags without action of means, with the car of security in track; To see a performance under the memorable rain; To see the youngest fastest lap in history; To see the first driver to win on 24 different circuits in F1; By the emotional farewell of Felipe Massa before his liking; To see the second slowest race of the last 50 years … A great Grand Prix for history to analyze now.
In the absence of a Grand Prix just for the end of 2016, Brazil has returned with rain to teach the best and the worst of F1 currently. A race difficult to forget for many fans because of what happened on track, but it will also be memorable for all those who like numbers, coincidences and statistics, to review in depth below.
Second Match Ball Outpaced Record Hit
60 poles. Only five of Ayrton Senna and only eight of Michael Schumacher. Thus began Hamilton Saturday to face the match-ball that Nico Rosberg had here. He leaves with his first Interlagos victory and becomes the only rider in history that has managed to win in 24 different circuits, thus exceeding the record set by Schumacher in Shanghai in 2006. The three-time winner achieved his first victory in Brazil in his tenth participation.
Hamilton has achieved his 52nd victory, surpassing Alain Prost and is already the second driver in history alone with more top positions on Sunday. Only Schumacher has more victories than Lewis, with 91. Hamilton, with the winning progression that takes 52 victories in ten seasons (5’2 per season) would need at least eight more seasons to match this record of Schumacher. If Mercedes’s dominion extends a couple of years, maybe it will come in three or four.
It is the third consecutive victory for Hamilton. It is the second time this season that has won three or more consecutive victories.
Ninth win of the season, with which equates to Rosberg like the pilot with more victories this season. For the first time in the history of F1, two different drivers achieve nine or more victories in the same season and only one will be champion. This is quite curious, since no one with nine victories in the same season had lost the title that same year, so far, in 2016.
With his victory here in Brazil, Hamilton has won in 20 of the 21 different GPs of 2016 in his race, he only lacks the GP Europe. On all the different Grands Prix Hamilton has contested, he has won 21 of the 25 totals he has raced and he is only missing: Europe, France, Korea and India.
It’s Lewis’s 31st victory from the Pole. He has won 60% of his victories from there. Only Schumacher, with 40 wins since the Pole, has more than he. For victories from the front row, Hamilton has won 46 times from there, is also the second driver with more victories from the front row and only after Schumacher, who achieved it 67 times.
With 71 laps led today and at home, Hamilton overtakes Senna and stands as the second driver with more laps led in history, with 2,947 for the 2,931 of the Brazilian. There is only Schumacher ahead, with 5,111 laps ahead.
Hamilton has led consecutively the last 110 laps of Formula 1, surpasses (for three) his personal record in this section. To lead the 55 laps of Abu Dhabi, would become the seventh best streak in history.
The Briton has led another Grand Prix from start to finish (with permission from Bernd Mayländer in the safety car), the ninth of his record. He equates Nigel Mansell as the sixth driver with the most earned races led from start to finish. There are 523 laps ahead this season for Hamilton, the driver who has commanded the entire grid.
By number of podiums, is the number 103 for Hamilton. It is only three to match Alain Prost as the second driver with more.
It is the 16th podium of the season for Hamilton. Third consecutive season that reaches this figure. Unleashing Sebastian Vettel in two, Lewis is the only driver in history to have added 16 or more podiums in three consecutive seasons.
In the last 3 years, Hamilton has scored 53 of 58 possible podiums (91%). These podiums that he has achieved in 3 years are more podiums than 93% of the pilots (among all those who achieved at least one) in all their sporting trajectories.
Hamilton, to be champion in Abu Dhabi needs to get 13 points to Rosberg. For this, they only have results that imply getting on the podium (25-18-15). It could not be champion being 4th if Rosberg does not score since both would tie in number of points and in number of victories but would be champion Nico by greater number of seconds positions. His options to be champion are because he wins (25) and Rosberg is 4th or worse (12), second (18) and Rosberg is 7th or worse (6) [ In this case, Lewis would be champion despite tying the number Of points, of victories and of second places, since he has more third places than Nico ], or that he is third (15) and that Rosberg is 9º or worse (2). These possible results have already occurred this season in Monaco (+19 points) and in Canada (+15).
Another Grand Prix plus, the section of Mercedatos is expanded with more numbers that fatten your honors. The German team has achieved its victory # 63 in F1, the fourth consecutive and the eighteenth of the season, with which they increase their historical record achieved in Mexico. They have achieved a new double, the 35th of their record, which is already only 12 doublets to equate to McLaren as the second team with more of the whole F1. It is the third consecutive double that they achieve, the first time this season.
Only 16 times a team in F1 has achieved 3 or more consecutive races finish with double. 6 of those 16 are from Mercedes. Seventh double of the season in total for them.
Mercedes has achieved its # 31 podium this season, matching its mark in 2014. It is already only a podium in Abu Dhabi of the record set by them in 2015 (32) in the same season.
Mercedes has beaten the HISTORICAL RECORD of McLaren 1988 becoming the second team of the history that surpasses the 1000 laps at the head in an F1 season, with 1008 by the 1003 of McLaren.
Mercedes has led 83% of the laps that have been played this season, while McLaren in 1988 led 97% of all that occurred.
Mercedes has beaten its own HISTORICAL RECORD achieved in 2014 and becomes the only team in history to lead more than 5000km in the same F1 season, with 5131, surpassing its mark of 4924.
Mercedes has played in the top 84% of the km that have been this season, while in 2014 they were in front in 86% of all the kilometers that were disputed.
Mercedes has equaled Williams as the third team with the most consecutive First Lines in F1, takes 26. It only has ahead of it and the 35 of Williams between 1995 and 1997 and the 33 of McLaren between 1988 and 1990.
By number of poles, Mercedes holds 14 consecutive, signing the fifth best run of all history.
Calculator In Hand
While Lewis is saving Match-ball after Match-ball from Japan, Nico has enough to finish immediately after him to secure the title in the last race, Abu Dhabi. With a podium there will be champion, do what Hamilton does.
Today Nico achieved his podium number 56, staying only 3 to match Mansell. It is the 24th time Nico is 2nd, his most repeated position in an F1 GP. Today he played with the victories (23).
It is the eighth consecutive podium that Nico achieves. Fourth time he achieved this streak throughout his career. Only once, last year, Rosberg had 9 consecutive podiums. If he manages to match that streak, he will be the champion in 2016.
Rosberg racked up a run of 15 consecutive runs scoring, 2 of his personal record. It is already the twelfth best brand in history.
Rosberg did not leave because of a mechanical failure since Russia 2015, where on pole he had to retire due to problems with the accelerator pedal.
The Precocious Story That Is Already Legend
With 18 laps remaining for the final, Verstappen was ranked 15th after running the entire race in the podium positions. 15 laps later, Verstappen went through goal 3º cutting time also to both Mercedes to rhythm of fast return. The Dutchman becomes the youngest ever to achieve a VR, with 19 years 1 month and 14 days, surpassing the record set by Nico Rosberg in Baréin 2006, with 20 years, 8 months and 13 days.
This is also the first VR for the Netherlands at 301 F1 Grand Prix, the country that most needed to achieve its first VR, surpassing Spain’s record of 139 Grand Prix in F1 without VR when Alonso achieved it in Canada in 2003 The Netherlands is the 24th country to achieve a VR in F1, the first since Poland in 2010 when Robert Kubica debuted at the Canadian Grand Prix.
Right now, the country with more Grand Prix disputed without achieving a VR happens to be Venezuela, who with 114 to his credit, has not yet achieved any.
Thanks to the VR of Verstappen today, Alonso, who beat this same record in 2003, no longer appears among the 3 youngest drivers with VR, the classification stays like this:
- Verstappen – GP Brazil 2016 – 19 years, 1 month and 14 days
- Rosberg – GP Baréin 2006 – 20 years, 8 months and 13 days
- Gutiérrez – GP Spain 2013 – 21 years, 9 months and 7 days
- Alonso – GP Canada 2003 – 21 years, 10 months and 17 days
- McLaren – GP Netherlands 1959 – 21 years, 9 months and 17 days
- Vettel – GP Great Britain 2009 – 21 years, 11 months and 18 days
Beyond the precocious record, Verstappen becomes the # 130 driver to achieve a VR in F1. The first from Kvyat in Spain 2016.
Verstappen is the third driver in history to achieve his first VR in Brazil, after Jean Pierre Jarier in 1975 and Marc Surer in 1981.
Podium # 7 for Verstappen in F1. It equates to Sergio Perez and is already among the 90 pilots with more podios of history.
Verstappen is the fourth driver with more podiums this season, with 7, only after both Mercedes and his partner Ricciardo, with 8.
Only Hamilton, Rosberg and Ricciardo have added more points than Verstappen since it was changed to Red Bull in Spain. Ricciardo has added 210 for Max 179, so whatever happens at Abu Dhabi, Daniel will have scored more points than Max in the races in which both have raced as partners.
Red Bull, thanks to the podium of Max, has mathematically secured the second place and the runner-up of constructors. It is his third sub-championship, after 2009 and 2014.
Red Bull has achieved its podium nº16 of the season. Only in 2010, 2011 and 2013 achieved more in the same season.
The Best Year Of Sergio Perez
The Mexican has remained on the verge of becoming the pilot with more podiums in his country, and ends for the first time in his career in 4th place. He only lacks the victory to win the top 10 race positions at least once.
Perez will finish 2016 in 7th place of the world (the best of the rest) in his best season in F1. He is 12 points behind Bottas when there are only 25 left in play. Except for Valtteri’s podium, he has already made it.
Force India is also almost mathematically assured to be the fourth team in the 2016 World Cup. Williams would need a double podium and he does not depend on himself to snatch this result. It will be his best F1 season.
Ferrari Confirms Its Third Place In The World-Wide One
Ferrari has managed to confirm its third position in the world-wide of constructors in spite of the abandonment of Kimi Räikkönen. In the last 20 years, only in 1993, 2009 and 2014 did not finish among the top 3 teams, something that no other team has achieved.
Vettel has 5 consecutive races without a podium for the second time this season. It is his third season with fewer podiums, after 2008 and 2014.
Vettel is 4th in the World Championship with 197 points and Verstappen 5th in the World Championship with 192 points. They will play among them the fourth place in Abu Dhabi as the second abandonment of Kimi in 3 races has left him with almost null options to fight for fourth place. Vettel has 7 points, whatever Kimi does, to stay ahead of him in the World Championship.
Following The Trail Of Vettel
Carlos Sainz has returned for the second time in the last 3 races, the best result so far in his sporting career in F1, with another 6th place, the third of the year. Something that only Sebastian Vettel had achieved in Toro Rosso in the same season, when in 2008 managed to get his Toro Rosso up to 7 times in the top 6.
Carlos is 12th in the world. He is 7 points behind Alonso (10th) and 5 points behind Massa (11th), surpassing by 21 points to Kvyat, who since his teammates he has won 42 to 4 points harvested.
More Information Of Interest:
- Ricciardo has 16 consecutive Grand Prix points, surpassing his best mark of 15. It is already the 11th best streak in the history of the F1.Son and 24 consecutive races without leaving for Daniel, the sixth best mark in history. Up front: Chilton (25), Rosberg (27), Alonso (29), Räikkönen (30) and Heidfeld (33).
- First points of 2016 for Felipe Nasr. He did not score from USA 2015, also being 9º. Sauber overtakes Manor by 1 point in the standings with the best result of the season.
- Eighth race in points of the season for Alonso. Alonso has 11 races without abandoning, something that did not happen to him since 2013.
- Alonso is mathematically sure to be ahead of Button in 2016. He is the first driver since Alain Prost who manages to be ahead of 3 fellow world champions different at the end of the season.
- Best result for Ocon, with this 12th. He has had 8 races in F1 and finished all of them.
- Massa had not left in Brazil since 2002, his debut year. Fourth abandonment of the season for the Brazilian.
- Exit # 60 for Kimi Räikkönen, the same as Senna. It is the 37th rider of history that reaches this number of dropouts. Fourth season abandonment for Räikkönen, the third in Brazil: 2001, 2002 and 2016.
- 2nd in the participation of Grosjean in his race and second of the year. A driver did not have 2 non-entries in the same season since Perez in 2011.
- It is the first time since 2009 that ALL teams score in the same season.
- It is the first time since 2002 that 11 different teams score in the same season.
- Brazil 2016 (3h01m01s) is the second longest race of the last 50 years, only after Canada 2011.
- Since 2002, the world title has been decided 8 times (53%) in the last race of the season.
- The last time a rider came in the lead and with options to become world champion in Brazil and did not finish, he finally lost the title in the last race, also in Abu Dhabi: Alonso in 2010.
- For the second time in the history of the Brazilian Grand Prix, four consecutive editions have won poleman’s victory.
- The last 4 races with rain in Brazil happen every 4 years: 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.