Top five stats from the Bahrain Grand Prix

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The top three in the Bahrain Grand Prix was the same as we had last year – something which very rarely happens in F1. Here are the top five stats from last weekend’s race.

Podium déjà vu

The 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix had something very unusual in common with the 1999 Spanish Grand Prix and the 1965 British Grand Prix.

All three saw the exact same podium as they had at the previous race one year before:

Races 1st 2nd 3rd
1964 and 1965 British Grands Prix Jim Clark Graham Hill John Surtees
1998 and 1999 Spanish Grands Prix Mika Hakkinen David Coulthard Michael Schumacher
2012 and 2013 Bahrain Grands Prix Sebastian Vettel Kimi Raikkonen Romain Grosjean

Mercedes match BRM and Cooper

Mercedes scored back-to-back pole positions for the first time since 1955.

Nico Rosberg gave them their 11th pole, putting them level with former teams BRM and Cooper.

Raikkonen keeps on scoring

Kimi Raikkonen is drawing ever closer to that record for most consecutive points scores. Bahrain was his 21st in a row, leaving him three short of Michael Schumacher’s record.

Red Bull in the top five…

Red Bull are now the fifth most successful Formula One team of all time having scored their 36th win last weekend. Ferrari, McLaren, Williams and Lotus lie ahead of them – they need another 45 to draw level with the latter in fourth place.

…and Vettel in the top six

This was Sebastian Vettel’s 28th career win meaning he has won more races than any F1 driver bar Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell – and Fernando Alonso.

More stats and facts from the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix

Al Unser Jr. back in IndyCar after a decade away: ‘Life is very good’

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There’s been somewhat of a hole in Al Unser Jr.’s heart ever since he retired from racing in 2007.

It was a void, something was missing.

But now, after a decade away from racing, Unser has found the right medicine to fill that hole in his heart: he’s back in the racing game again.

No, he’s not driving again (although he does participate occasionally in vintage races), but the two-time Indianapolis 500 (1992 and 1994) winner is definitely back in the IndyCar world.

And he couldn’t be happier.

“For me, it’s a dream come true,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “Since I stepped out of the race car and retired from racing, there’s been something missing from my life, and it’s racing.”

Unser has hooked up with Harding Racing. The team competed in three races last season as a ramp-up for a full 17-race effort this season. While Unser’s official title with the team is “consultant,” he’s involved in so much more.

His main role is as a driving coach to 2015 IndyCar Rookie of the Year Gabby Chaves. But he’s also involved in so many other areas, including helping the team obtain sponsorships and much more.

He then added, “I’m involved in every sense of the word except actually driving the car. And I’m happy about that because I’m too old to drive the car.”

Unser, who won CART championships in 1990 and 1994, is now 55. He’s so involved with his new job that he even moved from his native New Mexico and has relocated to suburban Indianapolis.

Not only is it a new start for Unser, it also is for Chaves. After running all 16 races in 2015 for Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian, he competed in just seven races for Dale Coyne Racing in 2016 and only three races for Harding Racing last season.

But he definitely impressed the team, with a fifth- (Texas) and ninth-place (Indianapolis 500) finish in the first two races and 15th (Pocono) in the team’s final run of the season.

That’s why when Harding Racing decided to go fulltime in 2018, Chaves was their pick for behind the wheel. And Unser was their pick to help guide him to potential stardom in the series.

“(Team owner) Mike Harding is definitely a person that when he decides to do something, he does it right,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “The potential for this organization is through the sky. We’re all working really hard here and we see the potential.”

And as for Unser?

“Life is good, life is very good,” he told IndyCar.com. “We’re back full force, eager and better than ever.”

Click here for the full story about Unser from IndyCar.com.