Top five stats from the Chinese Grand Prix

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Kimi Raikkonen just keeps racking up the points: China was his 20th top ten finish in a row. Here’s more on that and four more interesting stats from the Chinese Grand Prix.

Raikkonen hits 20 in a row

Kimi Raikkonen is Mr Consistency in F1 today. China was his 20th consecutive race in the points. During that time he’s has two wins, nine podiums and one wayward trip up a closed escape road in Brazil.

If he finishes the next five races in the points he will beat Schumacher’s record for scoring in 24 consecutive races – though Schumacher managed it at a time when there were fewer points available.

Alonso matches Mansell

Fernando Alonso is steadily climbing the list of F1’s most successful drivers of all time. His Chinese Grand Prix victory was his 31st, meaning he draws level with 1992 F1 champion and 1993 IndyCar champion with Nigel Mansell.

Ten more wins will put him on a par with Ayrton Senna. A further ten will see him equal Alain Prost. And after that he will need another 40 to match record holder Michael Schumacher’s 91 Grand Prix victories.

Ricciardo’s best result

Daniel Ricciardo came home in seventh place, which is his best result so far in Formula One. It’s also better than his team mate Jean-Eric Vergne has managed as the pair vie for a promotion to Red Bull.

Five champions in the top five

For only the second time in F1 history, the top five finishing positions were filled by world champions: Fernando Alonso (2005, 2006), Kimi Raikkonen (2007), Lewis Hamilton (2008), Sebastian Vettel (2010, 2011, 2012) and Jenson Button (2009).

Alonso unstoppable in China

This was the tenth running of the Chinese Grand Prix and it was fittingly won by the only driver who’s finished every lap of every race at Shanghai: Fernando Alonso.

Jenson Button, Mark Webber and Felipe Massa have also started all ten races.

More statistics from the Chinese Grand Prix

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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