As we do after every Grand Prix, Motorsport.com brings you a compilation of the best stats from the weekend. These are the most curious and interesting figures and data after the thirteenth round of the season, the Hungarian GP.
The grand prix and the drivers
– This has been the 37th edition of the Hungarian Grand Prix, which is the eleventh most disputed race in the history of Formula 1.
– All editions have been held at the Hungaroring circuit, making it the eighth most visited circuit in F1, tied with Hockenheim .
– Fernando Alonso made his 347th start in F1, which places him just three short of the record for the most grands prix, which is still held by Kimi Raikkonen (350).
– George Russell signed the first pole position of his career, becoming the 105th driver in F1 history to do so.
– He is the third rider to sign the first pole of his career this season, after those achieved by Sergio Pérez ( Yeda ) and Carlos Sainz ( Silverstone ).
– Since 1980, every 14 years, three drivers have achieved their first pole in Formula 1, while in other years it has been two or less: Nelson Piquet, Didier Pironi and Bruno Giacomelli in 1980; Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello and Jean Alesi in 1994; Robert Kubica, Heikki Kovalainen and Sebastian Vettel in 2008; Sergio Pérez, Carlos Sainz and George Russell in 2022.
– It was Mercedes’ 136th pole position as a manufacturer and its 220th as an engine manufacturer.
– Russell is the sixth Mercedes driver to take at least one pole with the team behind Lewis Hamilton (77), Nico Rosberg (30), Valtteri Bottas (20), Juan Manuel Fangio (7) and Stirling Moss (1) . All have won at least one race with the team.
– George Russell started from the front row for the third time in his career (following Sakhir 2020 and Belgium 2021). It was the fifth time for Carlos Sainz.
– Fourth and fifth, Lando Norris and Esteban Ocon matched their best qualifying finish of 2022.
– Alpine got its two cars into the top 6 of the qualifying sessions, something unheard of since the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix (Daniel Ricciardo 4th and Esteban Ocon 6th, when they were still Renault).
– You need to go back to the 2018 Bahrain GP to find a grid where neither Lewis Hamilton (7th) nor Max Verstappen (10th) were in the top six. They were 9th (after a gearbox change penalty) and 15th (Q1 accident), respectively.
– Lance Stroll ended a streak of seven consecutive eliminations in Q1.
– Max Verstappen took his 28th win, beating Jackie Stewart. It is the 21st different grand prix that he has won (as Sebastian Vettel), at the 19th different circuit (as Nigel Mansell and Fernando Alonso). Lewis Hamilton holds the record in these two categories, with 31.
– Red Bull achieved its 84th victory as a manufacturer and its 9th as an engine manufacturer.
– It is the first time that Verstappen has won starting from further back than fourth on the grid, after starting in 10th place. The biggest comeback in this regard at the Hungaroring is Jenson Button’s, who started 14th in 2006 and took victory.
– In the 37 editions of the Hungarian GP, victory has only been taken by a driver who started behind the top four on four occasions. Curiously, it has happened twice in a row, after Esteban Ocon’s victory in 2021 after starting from eighth place.
– This equals Red Bull’s only other win from outside the top six in F1, when Daniel Ricciardo won from 10th on the grid at the 2017 Azerbaijan GP.
– It’s only the 12th time in history that a race has been won from this position on the grid, but it’s not such a rare occurrence in recent seasons. Pierre Gasly did it at the 2020 Italian GP and Lewis Hamilton at the 2021 Brazilian GP.
The list of full-time drivers who have won from 10th on the grid in the Formula 1 World Championship
|EEUU 1959||Bruce McLaren (Cooper)|
|Argentina 1974||Denny Hulme (McLaren)|
|Germany 1975||Charles Reutemann (Brabham)|
|Canada 1981||Jacques Laffite (Ligier)|
|Bélgica 1982||John Watson (McLaren)|
|Paises Bajos 1983||Rene Arnoux (Ferrari)|
|Netherlands 1985||Niki LaudaMcLaren|
|Belgium 2004||Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren)|
|Azerbaijan 2017||Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)|
|Italia 2020||Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)|
|Brasil 2021||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|Hungría 2022||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
– Lewis Hamilton set his 61st fastest lap in the race. The record remains in the hands of Michael Schumacher (77).
– It was the 70th podium in Formula 1 for Max Verstappen, the 188th for Lewis Hamilton, which is the record, and the sixth for George Russell, who equaled Wolfgang von Trips, Carlos Pace and Lando Norris.
– Hamilton and Verstappen have shared the podium 51 times, less than the Hamilton-Vettel duo record (56).
– Hamilton finished second for the 50th time in his career, which is still a record. He is ahead of Michael Schumacher (43).
– Hamilton already has more podium finishes this season (6) than Charles Leclerc (5). Mercedes adds as many as Ferrari (11).
– Hamilton set the record for most laps led on the same circuit: 487 at the Hungaroring, compared to Bill Vukovich’s 485 laps at the head of the Indianapolis 500 between 1952 and 1955, an event that was part of the Formula World Championship 1 from 1950 to 1960. If we ignore this historical anomaly, Michael Schumacher would be the holder of second place in this particular classification, with 455 laps as leader in Magny-Cours.
Bill Vukovich, who led 195 of the 200 laps in the 1953 Indianapolis 500
– As for the kilometers in the lead, they are 2,134 for Hamilton at the Hungaroring, 1,951 for Vukovich at Indianapolis and 1,949 for Schumacher at Magny-Cours. The German has a very similar total in Montreal and Barcelona, while Hamilton, for his part, exceeded 2,021 km in the lead at Silverstone.
– Max Verstappen led the 50th race in his career. Only 13 drivers have done better than him and the record belongs to Hamilton (180 grand prix).
– Fernando Alonso has scored points on 11 consecutive occasions at the Hungaroring (2010-2018 and 2021-22), always between second and eighth place.
– For his part, Pierre Gasly has five Grands Prix without scoring, something unprecedented since the 2018 season, when he was at Toro Rosso.
– In 19th and 20th position, Yuki Tsunoda and Valtteri Bottas (the latter, forced to retire but present in qualifying), achieved the worst result of their careers (previously it was 17th for both).
– Lewis Hamilton remains the only driver to have finished every race of the 2022 season, and has even finished 21 consecutive Grands Prix. His career dropout rate is the lowest of all drivers with more than 40 starts to his credit (8.97%).
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