The 2020 F1 season is already unique having started in July due to COVID-19 pandemic but in 11 weeks and nine races, we are already halfway through, and the grand prix have generated some interesting statistics.
With nine races done and dusted in the COVID-19 pandemic-affected 2020 F1 season from the 17, we are over the halfway mark, as Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton lead the respective championships, with 325 and 190 points respectively.
A lot has happened in these 11 weeks and nine F1 races, here’s some of the key statistics and information from the 2020 season so far:
- Hamilton has won six races of the nine so far and finished on the podium seven times, with one each for Bottas, Verstappen and Pierre Gasly.
- Honda is now the only power supplier with wins with more than one team – Red Bull and AlphaTauri – since the start of the turbo-hybrid era, where Renault remains the sole manufacturer to either win or finish on podium with the factory F1 team.
- Gasly became a new race winner – the sport’s 109th different winner – he is also the first French F1 winner since Olivier Panis won the 1996 Monaco GP. Also, AlphaTauri became F1’s 35th different winner – in terms of name. They had one under Toro Rosso.
- Verstappen has not finished a race off of the podium so far in 2020 F1 season – he either scores a podium finish or retires.
- Nine different drivers have finished on the podium for six different teams, which has bettered the 2019 season’s record, where only eight drivers had scored a podium finish. Of the nine, Albon and Norris are first-time podium finishers, whereas Sainz, Stroll and Gasly have done it twice, apart from Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen and Charles Leclerc. Also, Albon became the first Thai racer to have a F1 podium.
- Among teams, Racing Point registered its first F1 podium under its new name, same for AlphaTauri – although for the latter, it is counted under same constructors’ unlike the former, for whom, it is their first.
- With his last podium in 2019 Mexican GP, 12 races is the longest gap (and counting) for Sebastian Vettel without a podium since his first F1 win in 2008 Italian GP. The gap then was six races between the two podium finishes.
- Daniel Ricciardo is also waiting for his first F1 win and podium since the 2018 Monaco GP with 45 races gone. He has had 10 fourth-place finishes since then.
- Six different drivers have set the fastest lap of the race with Hamilton, Sainz, Norris, Verstappen, Bottas ans Ricciardo.
- The races have been won from pole position seven times (77.78%), the highest percentage of any season. All of Hamilton’s wins have been from pole position, but not all of his poles have resulted in a win.
- Mercedes have all the poles of 2020 with Hamilton scoring seven and Bottas only two. If they can keep this up for the rest of the season it will be a first for any team to do so.
- Verstappen and George Russell are the only two drivers that have outqualified their teammate at every race.
- The top three in the championship; Hamilton, Bottas & Verstappen, are the only drivers to have reached every Q3 session. Norris was part of the list until the last event at Mugello.
- Antonio Giovinazzi is the only driver that hasn’t reached Q2 at all this season.
- Six drivers are yet to retire from a race: Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Lando Norris, Alexander Albon (did not finish but was classified still in Austrian GP), Sergio Perez (only seven starts) and Nico Hulkenberg (only one start).
- Williams are the only team yet to score a point, both Russell and Nicholas Latifi have come close in 11th. Romain Grosjean is the only other to have not scored a point.
- Vettel became the second driver to have 3002 F1 career points as Hamilton leads the tally with 3621.
- Hamilton surpassed Michael Schumacher’s record to have scored in 222 races, with the German doing it in 221. Kimi Raikkonen is third with 214 as Vettel is fifth with 200.
- Hamilton has stretched his own record of 42 consecutive points finishing F1 races, which is ongoing since the 2018 British GP. He has scored 866 points in all.
- Ferrari had their 1000th F1 event, a feat F1 reached in 2019 Chinese GP. McLaren is the next with 876 entered and 872 as started events.
- Raikkonen became the record holder for the longest total race distances driven in F1. He has entered 324 events and three more will take him to top beating Rubens Barrichello. He has 321 starts and two more will take him to the top beating Barrichello again. Hamilton is seventh with 259 each, while Vettel sits 10th with 250 and 249 respectively.
- In terms of race starts, Hamilton holds the record of most consecutive race starts with 259 since 2007 Australian GP, whereas Ricciardo is fourth with 180 since 2011 British GP. In terms of race entries, Hamilton is second with 259 and Vettel third with 250 – both behind Barrichello with 326.
- Hamilton is one win short of equaling Schumacher’s race win record and two from holding the all-time record. He already has the pole record which sits at 95, while he passed the podium record of 155 by securing 158 (and counting), this season.
- Hamilton has 69 wins with Mercedes and he is four away from breaking Schumacher’s record of most wins with same constructors, i.e Mercedes in the Brit’s case and Ferrari in the German’s.
- In terms of pole and win in the same F1 grand prix, Hamilton extended his command with 56 races, while to have a hat-trick with fastest lap, he has 17 to Schumacher’s 22. He also now holds the record of leading every lap of a grand prix for 22 times to Ayrton Senna’s 19.
- By winning the Tuscan GP and at Mugello, Hamilton extended his record of 25 victories at different grand prix and 27 at different F1 circuits.
- Mercedes has 109 F1 wins and they should surpass Williams with 114 this year to be the third best behind Ferrari (237) and McLaren (182).
- 25 penalty points have been given out this season, Hamilton has the most with six woth four for Albon, three each for Antonio Giovinazzi and Russell, two for Kevin Magnussen, Perez and Raikkonen and one for Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Ocon and Leclerc.
- In terms of current points, Hamilton leads with eight, with four each for Kvyat, Raikkonen and Albon, three each for Magnussen, Russell and Giovinazzi, two for Verstappen, Perez and Ricciardo and one for Ocon.
- With anymore races unlikely to be added, the 2020 calendar with 17 grand prix will be the shortest since 2009, which also had same number. The last time F1 saw anything below 17 was in 2003 with 16 rounds.
- The last F1 calendar without a grand prix in Australia was in 1984, while this will be the first time with no North or South American round since the inception of the championship. In terms of Asian races, the Middle Eastern events is taking place this year but the last time with no South East Asian rounds was in 1986.
The stats were co-complied by Jack Elleker (https://f1statblog.co.uk/)