Top five stats from the Italian Grand Prix

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Red Bull have gone from zero to 50 pole positions and 40 wins in 85 races. Here’s the top five statistics from the Italian Grand Prix.

Red Bull: 50 poles, 40 wins

Red Bull reached two milestones in Italy courtesy of Sebastian Vettel: their 50th pole position and 40th race victory.

Remarkably, all these have been scored since the 2009 Chinese Grand Prix four-and-a-half years ago. In the 85 races since then Red Bull have taken 58.8% of the available pole positions and 47.1% of the race victories on offer.

Vettel ties with Alonso

Vettel’s 32nd race win means he and Fernando Alonso are now tied as the most successful drivers in the field today in terms of race wins. Vettel has won 28.3% of his 113 starts whereas Alonso has won 15.4% out of 208 races.

Unlucky Vergne

Jean-Eric Vergne had more technical failures in races than any other driver this year before arriving at Monza – and then suffered another one. His lap 15 engine failure was his fifth such retirement this year.

300 podiums for German drivers

Vettel’s win marked the 300th podium finish for a German driver. More than half of those – 155 – were scored by Michael Schumacher, with Vettel taking another 55.

Ralf Schumacher reached the podium 27 times, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and added 18 Nick Heidfeld a further 13 – though the latter never managed to win a race.

Mercedes racer Nico Rosberg has nine and the rest were contributed by Jochen Mass, Wolfgang von Trips, Timo Glock, Karl Kling, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Hans Hermann and Rolf Stommelen. Germany has more podiums than any country besides Britain, which has 584.

Hamilton’s Q3 streak ends

Not since the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix have we seen a top ten qualifying shoot-out without Lewis Hamilton in it. His 67-race run came to an end after being held up by Adrian Sutil in Q2.

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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.