Check out our statistical snapshot of the 2016 F1 season as it pauses for the mid-year break.
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When the dust finally settles on Formula One in 2016, the headlines will focus on what will almost certainly be another Mercedes constructors’ title – and a drivers’ crown for either Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg – before the F1 rulebook takes a reset for 2017. Quite rightly too, but there’s one landmark from the season so far that will arguably leave a more lasting impression.
Max Verstappen’s breakthrough victory at the Spanish Grand Prix in May – coming as it did in a year of silver-coloured Mercedes dominance that even tops their 2014-15 seasons – is noteworthy enough, but in re-writing the record books as the sport’s youngest-ever winner, the Dutch teenager set a standard that will surely never be surpassed.
Win number 1 for number 33 is the landmark stat from the first part of the marathon 21-race 2016 F1 season, which pauses for a four-week break before resuming for the final nine races at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium at the end of the month. Which gives us a chance to run the rule over 33 fast facts – three for all 11 F1 teams in current constructors’ championship order – that you should know.
Constructors’ championship: 1st (415 points)
Drivers’ championship: 1st Lewis Hamilton (217 points), 2nd Nico Rosberg 198 points
1. There’s been 50 races since the advent of the 1.6-litre V6 turbo hybrid era at the beginning of 2014; Mercedes has won 43 of them (Hamilton 27, Rosberg 16). Remarkably, of the seven races they haven’t won, two featured contact between the teammates inside the opening two laps (Belgium 2014, Spain 2016).
2. Hamilton now has 49 career wins, just two behind Alain Prost for second on the all-time win list.
3. Rosberg’s run of seven straight wins from Mexico last year to Russia this season was more than his 1982 world champion father Keke managed in his entire career (five).
Red Bull Racing
Constructors’ championship: 2nd (256 points)
Drivers’ championship: 3rd Daniel Ricciardo (133 points), 6th Max Verstappen (115 points)
4. After 12 rounds last season, Red Bull had less than half (113) of the points tally it has managed before this season’s summer break.
5. Ricciardo’s maiden pole position at Monaco saw him join such F1 luminaries as Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher, Sir Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi and Jim Clark as drivers who topped qualifying for the first time in their careers in Monte Carlo.
6. Verstappen’s win in Spain came at the age of 18 years and 228 days, shattering Sebastian Vettel’s previous record (Vettel was 21 and 73 days old when he won at Monza in 2008).
Constructors’ championship: 3rd (242 points)
Drivers’ championship: 4th Kimi Raikkonen (122 points), 5th Sebastian Vettel (120 points)
7. Ferrari is the only team to have scored points in all 12 Grands Prix this season.
8. Raikkonen finished second in Bahrain for the fourth time in the past five races at Sakhir; he has eight podiums in 11 Bahrain Grands Prix, but has never won there.
9. Fifth place for Vettel in last Sunday’s German Grand Prix extended his Hockenheim hoodoo – he’s never won in five attempts at the circuit closest to his birthplace of Heppenheim – and he’s still never won a Grand Prix in the month of July.
Constructors’ championship: 4th (96 points)
Drivers’ championship: 7th Valtteri Bottas (58 points), 9th Felipe Massa (38 points)
10. Williams equalled the fastest F1 pit stop record at the European Grand Prix in Azerbaijan, taking just 1.92 seconds to service Massa’s car on lap 7 of the race in Baku. In the US Grand Prix of 2013, Red Bull serviced Mark Webber’s car in the same time.
11. Bottas set a record for the highest speed recorded in an official F1 session at the same race, being clocked at 378km/h during qualifying.
12. With just 38 points through 12 races, Massa is on track for his lowest-scoring season since 2009.
Constructors’ championship: 5th (81 points)
Drivers’ championship: 8th Sergio Perez (48 points), 10th Nico Hulkenberg (33 points)
13. The 23 points scored by Force India in Monaco (Perez third, Hulkenberg sixth) was the team’s best haul for more than two years (Bahrain 2014, 25 points).
14. Second on the grid for Perez in Azerbaijan was the team’s first front-row qualifying result since Giancarlo Fisichella at Spa in 2009; a gearbox penalty demoted him to seventh on the grid.
15. At Monaco, Hulkenberg became the fourth driver in F1 history (behind Adrian Sutil, Pierluigi Martini and Philippe Alliot) to reach 100 F1 starts without a podium finish.
Constructors’ championship: 6th (45 points)
Drivers’ championship: 11th Carlos Sainz (30 points), 14th Daniil Kvyat (23 points)
16. If Toro Rosso can retain its sixth place in the constructors’ race at the end of the season, it would be the team’s best result since 2008.
17. Sainz has qualified inside the top 10 six times in 12 races, as many times as he managed for the whole of last season.
18. Since his podium finish for Red Bull Racing in round three in China, Kvyat has scored two points in the following nine races.
Constructors’ championship: 7th (42 points)
Drivers’ championship: 13th Fernando Alonso (24 points), 15th Jenson Button (17 points), 18th Stoffel Vandoorne (1 point, replaced Alonso in Bahrain)
19. Both McLarens made it into Q3 in qualifying in Hungary for the first time since Honda renewed ties with the team at the start of 2015, a span of 30 races.
20. Alonso has the most non-finishes (five) of any driver on the grid, an unwanted stat that has come in one fewer race than the rest of field after he missed Bahrain with injury.
21. Button’s third on the grid in Austria was his highest starting position since the 2014 British Grand Prix (third).
Constructors’ championship: 8th (28 points)
Drivers’ championship: 12th Romain Grosjean (28 points), 19th Esteban Gutierrez (0 points)
22. Eight points on debut in Australia (for Grosjean finishing sixth) was the first time a new team had scored points in its maiden race since Toyota in Melbourne in 2002.
23. Grosjean qualified ninth and finished fifth in Bahrain in round two, the team’s best qualifying and race results to date.
24. Gutierrez started his 50th Grand Prix last time out in Germany, and has just one points finish (seventh in Japan for Sauber in 2013) to his name.
Constructors’ championship: 9th (6 points)
Drivers’ championship: 16th Kevin Magnussen (6 points), 20th Jolyon Palmer (0 points)
25. Seventh for Magnussen in Russia gave Renault its first points as a fully-fledged manufacturer team in its own right since Abu Dhabi 2010.
26. Magnussen has finished 11 of the opening 12 races, the same number as Hamilton and Rosberg.
27. Palmer has made it into Q2 just twice in his rookie season, in the opening race in Australia and the most recent race in Germany.
Constructors’ championship: 10th (1 point)
Drivers’ championship: 17th Pascal Wehrlein (1 point), 23rd Rio Haryanto (0 points)
28. Manor scored points for just the second time in its history when Wehrlein finished 10th in Austria.
29. Wehrlein’s 12th on the grid in Spielberg was just the second time the team had placed a car in Q2 in qualifying.
30. Haryanto has completed nine races, and finished last in seven of them.
Constructors’ championship: 11th (0 points)
Drivers’ championship: 21st Marcus Ericsson (0 points), 22nd Felipe Nasr (0 points)
31. After scoring 36 points last year, Sauber has failed to finish in the top 10 for 15 consecutive races dating back to the 2015 US Grand Prix.
32. A pair of 12th-place finishes in Bahrain and Spain gives Ericsson the advantage over Nasr.
33. Nasr led a timed session for the first time in his career when he was top of the timesheets early in Hungary qualifying in heavy rain.