After each Grand Prix of the 2021 season, Motorsport.com brings you a compilation of the most important statistics. These are the interesting facts and figures after the eleventh round of the campaign, the Hungarian GP.
The test and the participants
– This was the 36th Hungarian Grand Prix in F1 history. It is the eleventh most disputed Grand Prix, ahead of those of Japan and Australia (35 editions each). The event has been on the F1 calendar uninterruptedly since its introduction in 1986 and has always been contested on the Hungaroring circuit, although it has had different configurations throughout its history.
– Kimi Räikkönen has increased the Grand Prix record held since the 2020 Eifel GP. The Finn now has 341 starts, ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Fernando Alonso (323 each).
– Lewis Hamilton achieved the 101st pole position of his career, increasing the record he holds in this instance.
– It was the Briton’s eighth pole at the Hungaroring, where he became the only pole record holder, as Michael Schumacher had seven. It is the second circuit in which Hamilton has achieved eight poles, along with Melbourne. It’s a record held jointly by Ayrton Senna (at Imola) and Schumacher (at Suzuka).
– Hamilton ended a streak of six consecutive Grands Prix without a pole position. To find evidence of a similar streak, one has to go back to 2019, when the drought was even worse, with nine consecutive races without a pole between the Hungarian and Brazilian GPs.
– It was the 130th pole in the history of Mercedes in F1 and the 213th for an engine from the German manufacturer.
– Hamilton was in the front row for the 167th time in his career, further improving his record. It was the 42nd time for Valtteri Bottas, as many as Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart.
– It was only the second time in the 2021 season that Mercedes monopolized the front row, after the Portuguese Grand Prix (in reverse order).
– For the first time this year, George Russell did not make it to Q2, but remains undefeated in beating his teammates at Williams in qualifying.
– Esteban Ocon has achieved his first victory in Formula 1. He became the 111th driver in history to win a Grand Prix and the 14th Frenchman to do so.
– It is also Alpine’s first success as a team and Renault’s 169th victory as an engine manufacturer. The Enstone factory, the base of the French team, won under its fourth different identity after Benetton, Renault and Lotus.
– Alpine is the fourth French manufacturer to win a GP in F1 after Matra, Ligier and Renault.
– It was necessary to go back to the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix, in Fuji, to find a victory for a French team, thanks to Renault (and Fernando Alonso).
– For a French driver to win at the wheel of a French car manufacturer, you have to go back to the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix, with Olivier Panis driving a Ligier with a Mugen Honda engine.
– And finally, for a French driver to succeed at the wheel of a French car equipped with a French engine, you have to go back to the 1983 Austrian Grand Prix, with Alain Prost at the wheel of a Renault.
– It was also necessary to go back to the 2016 Japanese GP (Nico Rosberg with Mercedes) to find a trace of a driver who won a race behind the wheel of a car of his nationality.
– Ocon led his first Formula 1 laps on Sunday (65 in total).
– It is the second podium of his career for Ocon, the 173rd for Hamilton, which is still a record, and the fourth for Carlos Sainz *.
– Sainz has a surprising statistic: half of his podiums have been obtained by a sanction to another rider (Brazil 2019 and Hungary 2021) *.
– Fernando Alonso’s fourth place finish was his best result of the season *.
– Alonso broke the record for the longest interval between two Grand Prix led, with 7 years and 5 days between the 2014 Hungarian GP and the 2021 GP. The previous record belonged to Sergio Pérez, with 6 years, 4 months and 24 days between the 2014 Austrian GP and the 2020 Turkish GP.
– Pierre Gasly set the lap record in a race for the third time, equaling Jochen Rindt and Keke Rosberg.
– Sixth, Yuki Tsunoda signed the best result of his career *.
– Seventh *, Nicholas Latifi posted the best result of his career and added his first points in F1. He is the 345th rider in history to achieve at least half a point in the premier class.
– George Russell, in eighth place, had the best result of his career *. He had been ninth with Mercedes in the 2020 Sakhir GP.
– This is Williams’ first double-final in points since the 2018 Italian Grand Prix (Lance Stroll ninth and Sergey Sirotkin tenth).
– Lewis Hamilton improved his consecutive finals record to 60, while Daniel Ricciardo’s tally reached 27.
– For the first time this year, a McLaren did not finish a race.
– For the first time this year, Lando Norris did not score any points at the end of a Grand Prix. He was the only one to have added in all races so far.
– Valtteri Bottas has not won 18 Grands Prix, the first time since the 2018 season.
– Bottas retired on the first lap of an F1 race for the first time in his career.
– Sebastian Vettel has been 34 races without a win since the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix, the first time this has happened in his career.
* Statistics followed by an asterisk are subject to confirmation of Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification.