Top five stats from the Brazilian Grand Prix

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Sebastian Vettel made history by equaling Alberto Ascari’s record of nine consecutive wins in the Brazilian Grand Prix. Here’s five top stats from the race.

Vettel’s records rampage goes on

It’s taken 60 years for anyone to match Ascari’s record of winning nine consecutive race starts. Ascari skipped the 1953 Indianapolis 500 (which counted towards the championship) in his nine-wins streak.

Vettel also equaled Michael Schumacher’s record of 13 wins in a season (albeit in a 19-race schedule) and set a new record for most points in a season with 397.

No podium for McLaren…

For the first time since 1980, McLaren ended the season without scoring a single podium finish. Jenson Button gave them their best result of the season in Brazil with fourth.

…but at least they were reliable

However McLaren did establish a new record by completing 99.17% of the total race distance in 2013, a new record.

Chilton finishes every race

Max Chilton also set a new standard for consistency, becoming the first rookie driver to be classified in all of the 19 races he started in his maiden season.

Alonso still without Brazil win

Unusually, Fernando Alonso has now finished on the podium eight times at Interlagos yet has never won the race. No driver has finished on the podium more times in a single race without winning it.

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Formula One: Recapping the past week’s news

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While the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is still two months away from beginning its 2018 season, this past week did bring about news items that filled out the 2018 grid and shed some light on individual team and car launches as the season-opening Australian Grand Prix draws closer.

Below is a recap of F1 news from this past week:

Williams Signs Sirotkin for 2018 Drive, Names Kubica as Reserve Driver

The saga of the second seat at Williams Martini Racing was finally resolved early on in the week, with former Renault Sport F1 Team test driver Sergey Sirotkin officially confirmed as a teammate to the incumbent Lance Stroll in 2018.

The announcement concluded months of speculation that saw multiple drivers test for the team in an auditioning capacity. Most notably, Robert Kubica looked to be a main contender for the seat before Sirotkin emerged as the favorite.

However, Kubica, who has not raced in Formula 1 since a devastating rally accident in 2011 left him with brutal injuries to his right arm, was named as a reserve and development driver for the team.

This announcement also completes the 2018 Formula 1 driver lineup, with all 11 teams having their seats now filled. Among those who were left without F1 drives are Paul Di Resta, who drove for Williams at the Hungarian Grand Prix in relief of Felipe Massa and even tested with them during the Winter months, and Antonio Giovinazzi, who filled in for Pascal Wehrlein at the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix.

Former Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat is also without a race seat for 2018, but did sign on with Scuderia Ferrari as a development driver.

Mercedes, McLaren Reveal Dates for Their 2018 Car Launches

While most teams have not yet released dates for when their 2018 cars will be publicly launched, three notables have.

Mercedes AMG Petronas will introduce its 2018 challenger on February 22nd, the same day Ferrari is doing so, while McLaren will unveil its car one day later on the 23rd.

Testing will commence on February 26th at Circuit de Catalunya.