After each Grand Prix of the 2021 season, Motorsport.com lists the most beautiful and striking statistics of the race. These are the facts and figures after the twentieth round of the current year, the Qatar Grand Prix.
The event and the participants
>>> This was the first edition of the Qatar Grand Prix and the fiftieth different GP in the history of Formula 1. The Losail International Circuit also hosted an F1 race for the first time, the 75th circuit to receive the sport since 1950.
>>> Qatar is the third state in the Arabian Peninsula which organizes an F1 race, after Bahrain (since 2004) and the United Arab Emirates (since 2009). The fourth will follow in two weeks with Saudi Arabia. These four races in a relatively small geographic area are all on the 2021 calendar and will happen again from 2023, after Qatar skips once next year.
>>> Kimi Raikkonen has record for most Grand Prix starts broken to 348 races. This puts him ahead of Fernando Alonso (332) and Rubens Barrichello (323).
>>> McLaren appeared in Qatar for the 900th time at the start of a Grand Prix. The first race was the Monaco GP in 1966, when founder Bruce McLaren was the only one to participate. McLaren is the second team to reach this milestone. Ferrari drove its 900th F1 race at the 2015 Belgian GP.
>>> Lewis Hamilton took the 102nd pole position of his career, an improvement on his own record. It was only his third pole in the last 16 races and his first since Hungary.
>>> Qatar is the 29th different Grand Prix and Losail is the 31st different circuit where Hamilton took pole position. These are both records.
>>> Mercedes stood in front the 134th time on pole position as a constructor and for the 218th time as a motorcycle manufacturer.
>>> Pierre Gasly was allowed to start from the front row for the first time in Qatar. He is the 156th driver who was allowed to and the first Frenchman since Romain Grosjean at the 2012 Hungarian GP. For Lewis Hamilton, it was the 171st time he was in the front row.
>>> The last time Fernando Alonso was allowed to start third in a race was the 2013 Brazilian GP.
>>> Sebastian Vettel managed to make it to Q3 for the first time since Belgium.
>>> Lewis Hamilton won his 102nd Formula 1 race, an improvement on his own record.
>>> Hamilton is on seven victories in 2021. It is the eighth time he has won at least seven races in one season, with which he is now the only record holder. Michael Schumacher follows with seven seasons with seven victories.
>>> Hamilton won his 30th different Grand Prix (including seven of the nine new races since 2020) and also on the 30th different circuit (including four new circuits since 2020). These are records. Michael Schumacher is closest to the Briton with 22 and 23 respectively.
>>> Hamilton drove ahead for the 23rd time in his career leading all rounds of a Grand Prix, an improvement on his record. This is only the first time in 2021, while Verstappen has already succeeded four times this year.
>>> Hamilton now has led in 175 races (a record), or a percentage of 61.19 percent of all his races. Only Juan Manuel Fangio (74.51 percent) and Alberto Ascari (65.63 percent) do better.
>>> This is win 123 for Mercedes as constructor and number 210 as engine manufacturer.
>>> Hamilton and Bottas are now the most successful teammates in F1 history with 59 victories since the beginning of 2017. Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello won 58 races together between 2000 and 2005. The distribution is very uneven in both duos: Hamilton and Schumacher took 49 victories, Bottas and Barrichello ten and nine respectively.
>>> It was stage 180 for Hamilton, an improvement on his record. Max Verstappen grabbed his 58th podium place, for Fernando Alonso his 98th.
>>> Fernando Alonso took the podium for the first time since the Hungarian GP in 2014. The gap of 7 years, 3 months and 25 days is the second longest period between two podium places of a driver. Alex Wurz holds the record with 7 years, 9 months and 11 days.
Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) au GP de Hongrie 2014
>>> Max Verstappen took his sixteenth podium of the year. The record stands at 17 for Michael Schumacher (17 out of 17 in 2002), Sebastian Vettel (17 out of 19 in 2011) and Lewis Hamilton (17 out of 19 in 2014, 17 out of 21 in 2016, 2018 and 2019).
>>> There have now 13 drivers on the podium in 2021. That is the same as in 2005, 2009, 2012 and 2020, but less than in 2008 (14), 1997 (15) and in particular 1982 (18).
>>> Max Verstappen drove his 15th fastest race lap, matching Jackie Stewart, Clay Regazzoni and Felipe Massa.
>>> McLaren scored in the last three Grands Prix only four points, the team’s worst run since the 2018 F1 season.
>>> Carlos Sainz finished ahead the 27th consecutive time in the points, the seventh best series ever in Formula 1.
>>> With the seventeenth retirement of his Formula 1 career, Valtteri Bottas no longer has the lowest failure rate. He is now at 9.66 percent (17 out of 176), leaving Lewis Hamilton (27 out of 286, or 9.44 percent) just ahead of him.