Top five stats from the Malaysian Grand Prix

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Fernando Alonso’s 200th grand prix appearance did not go well. Here’s more about that and four other interesting statistics from the Malaysian Grand Prix.

200 appearances for Alonso…

Fernando Alonso reached a milestone 200 grand prix appearances. However this was only his 198th race as he failed to start on two of his previous appearances.

But it wasn’t a happy race for the Ferrari driver, who crashed out on the second lap after losing his front wing.

…and Webber

Likewise Mark Webber also racked up his 200th appearance in a Grand Prix. He made his F1 debut in 2002, the year after Alonso, taking his place at Minardi while Alonso spent a year as a test driver. Webber also failed to start two of his appearances.

And nor did the grand prix go well for Webber, who had victory taken away from him when team mate Sebastian Vettel disobeyed a team order.

Vettel ties with Stewart

Vettel may not be winning any popularity contests at the moment but his assault on the F1 record books continues. He now has as many race victories as fellow three-times champion Jackie Stewart.

But there are some big names with big win tallies ahead of him. And will he catch Alonso this year?

Driver Wins Win rate
Michael Schumacher 91 29.6%
Alain Prost 51 25.6%
Ayrton Senna 41 25.5%
Nigel Mansell 31 16.6%
Fernando Alonso 30 15.0%
Jackie Stewart 27 27.3%
Sebastian Vettel 27 26.2%

McLaren extend points streak

McLaren have already beaten the previous record for most consecutive points scores with their current run and have not increased it to 60 races in a row. They haven’t failed to score in a race since the first round of the 2010 season.

Drivers score with new teams

McLaren’s latest points came courtesy of their newest driver, Sergio Perez. But he can’t have been too pleased to finish behind the driver who replaced him at the team he just left. Nico Hulkenberg scored his first points for Sauber with eighth.

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Ricciardo: Red Bull has ‘decent chance’ of Abu Dhabi F1 victory

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Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull stands a “decent chance” of signing off from the 2017 Formula 1 season with a victory in next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

After a slow start to the year, Red Bull made massive gains across the course of the season by developing its RB13 to end the season as front-runners, rivaling Mercedes and Ferrari for pace.

The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi has a number of slow-speed sections that should suit the RB13 car, with Ricciardo optimistic about his chances of not only ending his podium drought at the track, but even winning the race.

“Yas Marina has actually been one of my favorite tracks over the years,” Ricciardo said in Red Bull’s pre-race preview.

“It’s been a bit like Suzuka for me though, a track that I’ve always enjoyed and gone well on but not quite reached the podium at. I broke that trend in Suzuka this year so hopefully I can do the same in Abu Dhabi.

“When you have so much time away from the car in the off season it helps to sign off with a strong result as it makes you feel like you really deserve a break.

“I think we should have a strong car in Abu Dhabi. I said I want another win before the season is out and I think we have a decent chance of achieving that.”

Red Bull has claimed three race wins through 2017, with Ricciardo’s victory in Azerbaijan being followed up by successes for teammate Max Verstappen in Malaysia and Mexico.