Top five stats from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Sebastian Vettel scored a record-equaling seventh consecutive F1 win in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Here’s the top five statistics from the race.

Vettel in seventh heaven

Only three drivers in F1 history have won seven consecutive rounds of the world championship: Alberto Ascari, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. The Red Bull driver has been undefeated since the summer break.

The question now is whether he can match Ascari’s record of entering and winning nine consecutive races. Ascari skipped the Indianapolis 500 in 1953 when it counted for the world championship, but took a further two wins to set a record of nine in a row which has stood for 60 years.

Ferrari reclaim points record

Ferrari lost their record for most consecutive points finishes to McLaren earlier this year. In Abu Dhabi they took it back, having scored points for the last 65 races in a row.

Grosjean hits pay dirt

Romain Grosjean’s excellent run of form in recent races is reflected by the fact he’s doubled his points haul to 114 in that short amount of time. It’s moved him up to seventh in the championship ahead of Felipe Massa.

Chilton’s rookie record

Max Chilton may not have much to celebrate about his rookie F1 season but he has set a new record for being classified in all of his first 17 races. The record was previously held by Tiago Monteiro.

Q3 belongs to Vettel

Fernando Alonso failed to get into Q3 for the first time this year. That leaves Vettel as the only driver to have done it every weekend in 2013.

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Marco Andretti confident that fewer tests won’t hurt Andretti Autosport

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A small point of debate around the 2018 aero kit has been the manufacturer test days that took place through the Fall of 2017 and into the beginning of 2018. Chiefly, the debate has centered around teams who hadn’t participated in those manufacturer test days and if they’re starting the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season at a disadvantage as a result.

Team Penske, Ed Carpenter Racing, and A.J. Foyt Racing completed test days for Chevrolet, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing doing so for Honda.

That left teams like Andretti Autosport out of the mix, with some voicing concerns as a result.

However, in a press conference during testing at ISM Raceway last weekend, Marco Andretti explained that he thinks Andretti Autosport should be able to catch up on development, citing the team’s resources – they’re the only IndyCar team with four full-time cars in their stable – and the fact that everyone is still adapting to the new kit.

“I feel like it’s early enough days that, yes, we can catch up,” Andretti said at ISM Raceway. “When there is anything new, a new car, new aero kit, at-track days are huge. We can sim all these things we want. To really get out there and confirm what we’re learning back at the shop is another thing.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay during testing at ISM Raceway. Photo: IndyCar

Andretti continued, “Yeah, I don’t think we should look at it like we’re behind the eight ball. With a four-car team, that’s where we can use it to our benefit. So far so good.”

Teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, echoed Andretti’s sentiments, adding that while the situation is not perfect, they will need to adapt to it in order to remain competitive.

“Any time you have a new car, to put it into perspective, we’re on track three days on a road course before we get to (the season open in St. Petersburg). That’s a very short amount of time. It’s obviously not ideal, but we’re just going to lace up our boots and get on with it. That’s all you can do.”

Andretti Autosport will have one more team test, at Sebring International Raceway later on in February, before the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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