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

Hamilton: McLaren could help create four-team F1 title fight in 2018

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Lewis Hamilton says the Mercedes Formula 1 team cannot afford to let up in its push to improve ahead of a fiercer fight at the front of the field in 2018 – potentially including former team McLaren.

Hamilton clinched his fourth F1 drivers’ title in Mexico at the end of October as Mercedes continued its perfect record of championships since the introduction of the new V6 turbo hybrid engines in 2014.

The team faced a stiffer challenge in 2017 thanks to a resurgent Ferrari, while Red Bull also posed a threat towards the end of the season, setting the stage for another close fight next year.

Hamilton is expecting both Ferrari and Red Bull to remain a force at the front of the pack, but also feels McLaren could join the fight after ditching Honda in favor of a Renault engine supply for 2018.

“When I’m training and preparing for a new season, I firmly believe that we can be contenders for the next championship. It may turn out to be not possible, but you have to have that mindset,” Hamilton said.

“If you go in with expectations of finishing fifth, it’s not going to work. You’ve got to gear yourself up to win.

“Next year, McLaren will have Renault engines, then we may see four teams fighting for the championship. I think Red Bull will be quicker and Ferrari for sure will be fast again.

“We can’t stand still – we have to keep moving forwards.”

Hamilton started his F1 career with McLaren back in 2007, winning his maiden world title in 2008 before leaving the team for Mercedes at the end of the 2012 season.