Top five stats from the Malaysian Grand Prix

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Fernando Alonso’s 200th grand prix appearance did not go well. Here’s more about that and four other interesting statistics from the Malaysian Grand Prix.

200 appearances for Alonso…

Fernando Alonso reached a milestone 200 grand prix appearances. However this was only his 198th race as he failed to start on two of his previous appearances.

But it wasn’t a happy race for the Ferrari driver, who crashed out on the second lap after losing his front wing.

…and Webber

Likewise Mark Webber also racked up his 200th appearance in a Grand Prix. He made his F1 debut in 2002, the year after Alonso, taking his place at Minardi while Alonso spent a year as a test driver. Webber also failed to start two of his appearances.

And nor did the grand prix go well for Webber, who had victory taken away from him when team mate Sebastian Vettel disobeyed a team order.

Vettel ties with Stewart

Vettel may not be winning any popularity contests at the moment but his assault on the F1 record books continues. He now has as many race victories as fellow three-times champion Jackie Stewart.

But there are some big names with big win tallies ahead of him. And will he catch Alonso this year?

Driver Wins Win rate
Michael Schumacher 91 29.6%
Alain Prost 51 25.6%
Ayrton Senna 41 25.5%
Nigel Mansell 31 16.6%
Fernando Alonso 30 15.0%
Jackie Stewart 27 27.3%
Sebastian Vettel 27 26.2%

McLaren extend points streak

McLaren have already beaten the previous record for most consecutive points scores with their current run and have not increased it to 60 races in a row. They haven’t failed to score in a race since the first round of the 2010 season.

Drivers score with new teams

McLaren’s latest points came courtesy of their newest driver, Sergio Perez. But he can’t have been too pleased to finish behind the driver who replaced him at the team he just left. Nico Hulkenberg scored his first points for Sauber with eighth.

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Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023

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Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.