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.