Top five stats from the Japanese Grand Prix

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Sebastian Vettel’s Japanese Grand Prix victory made him the first driver in nine year to win five races in a row. Here’s the top five stats from the weekend.

Vettel hits five-in-a-row

Alberto Ascari, Michael Schumacher, Jack Brabham, Jim Clark and Nigel Mansell are the only other drivers in Formula One history to have won five races in a row. Vettel has now joined them, and in his current form he could tie Ascari’s 60-year-old record for winning nine races on the trot by the end of the year.

Alonso top points scorer

Vettel doesn’t own all the records in F1 yet – one milestone passed from Schumacher to Fernando Alonso in Japan, as the Ferrari driver became the all-time highest points-scorer in F1 history.

It’s something of a meaningless statistics though as Formula One’s points system has changed many times. Most recently in 2010 the value of a win rose from ten points to twenty-five. That plus the far longer championship seasons seen today goes a long way towards explaining why this record has fallen.

Renault take poles record

Another all-time record changed hands in Japan as Ferrari’s tally of 208 pole positions as an engine constructor was beaten by Renault.

The French engine builder entered F1 in 1977 with its own team and has also powered Williams, Lotus and Red Bull to many grand prix and world championship victories. It’s taken them just 36 years to rack up 209 pole positions and out-strip Ferrari.

First rookie points of 2013

It’s taken 15 races but finally one of the class of 2013 has scored a point. Esteban Gutierrez did so with a fine run to seventh place.

Ferrari close on McLaren record

The Canadian Grand Prix saw McLaren’s record run of scoring points in 64 consecutive races come to an end. Next time out in India Ferrari have a chance to beat it – they last failed to score at Silverstone in 2010.

Sergio Perez wins rain-delayed race in Singapore over Leclerc; Verstappen seventh

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SINGAPORE — Max Verstappen’s Formula One title celebrations were put on hold after the Red Bull driver placed seventh at a chaotic Singapore Grand Prix, won by his teammate Sergio Perez on Sunday.

Perez’s second win of the season saw him finish 7.6 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. in third place.

Perez was investigated for a potential safety car infringement but still kept the win after a 5-second time penalty for dropping too far back after being warned.

Verstappen had won the past five races but needed to win here and finish 22 points ahead of Leclerc to be crowned champion for a second straight season. That could happen next weekend at the Japanese GP.

Verstappen made a mistake after the second safety car restart, following AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda’s crash on Lap 36. When Verstappen tried to overtake Lando Norris’ McLaren, he locked his tires and needed to pit again.

Leclerc started from pole position with Verstappen going from eighth after a team blunder in qualifying.

The race start was delayed by more than an hour to clear water off the Marina Bay Circuit track following heavy rainfall. Drivers had to finish the 61-lap race within a two-hour window; 59 laps were completed.

Tricky conditions saw the virtual safety car deployed three times and DRS was allowed with about 30 minutes remaining.

Perez made a good start and jumped past Leclerc while Verstappen dropped several places. The first safety car was on Lap 8 when Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was cut off by Nicholas Latifi’s Williams.

Perez got away cleanly at the restart, while Verstappen climbed into seventh behind Fernando Alonso – whose 350th F1 race ended disappointingly when his engine failed on Lap 21, bringing out the first VSC.

With the track still damp, drivers decided against changing to quicker tires – apart from Mercedes’ George Russell, who struggled for grip.

Hamilton made a rare mistake on Lap 33 and thudded into the crash barrier. Soon after, the leading drivers changed tires in a flurry of stops. They did so just before the safety car was deployed again following Tsunoda’s error.

Verstappen overtook Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin right at the end for seventh place.