Top five stats from the Chinese Grand Prix

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Kimi Raikkonen just keeps racking up the points: China was his 20th top ten finish in a row. Here’s more on that and four more interesting stats from the Chinese Grand Prix.

Raikkonen hits 20 in a row

Kimi Raikkonen is Mr Consistency in F1 today. China was his 20th consecutive race in the points. During that time he’s has two wins, nine podiums and one wayward trip up a closed escape road in Brazil.

If he finishes the next five races in the points he will beat Schumacher’s record for scoring in 24 consecutive races – though Schumacher managed it at a time when there were fewer points available.

Alonso matches Mansell

Fernando Alonso is steadily climbing the list of F1’s most successful drivers of all time. His Chinese Grand Prix victory was his 31st, meaning he draws level with 1992 F1 champion and 1993 IndyCar champion with Nigel Mansell.

Ten more wins will put him on a par with Ayrton Senna. A further ten will see him equal Alain Prost. And after that he will need another 40 to match record holder Michael Schumacher’s 91 Grand Prix victories.

Ricciardo’s best result

Daniel Ricciardo came home in seventh place, which is his best result so far in Formula One. It’s also better than his team mate Jean-Eric Vergne has managed as the pair vie for a promotion to Red Bull.

Five champions in the top five

For only the second time in F1 history, the top five finishing positions were filled by world champions: Fernando Alonso (2005, 2006), Kimi Raikkonen (2007), Lewis Hamilton (2008), Sebastian Vettel (2010, 2011, 2012) and Jenson Button (2009).

Alonso unstoppable in China

This was the tenth running of the Chinese Grand Prix and it was fittingly won by the only driver who’s finished every lap of every race at Shanghai: Fernando Alonso.

Jenson Button, Mark Webber and Felipe Massa have also started all ten races.

More statistics from the Chinese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).