Now we’ve all simmered down from a fantastically barmy Spanish Grand Prix, it’s time BadgerGP broke down some of the most important stats to emerge from Catalunya over the weekend.
- Max Verstappen becomes the youngest driver to not only win a Formula One race, he also becomes the youngest to stand on the podium and lead a lap at 18yrs 228days old.
- Verstappen is the 106th driver to win in Formula One.
- The Dutchman is also the 181st driver to stand on a grand prix podium.
- Verstappen became the first man to win on his debut for a new team after switching from another team mid-season since Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954.
- Lewis Hamilton has yet to lead more than a single lap in 2016. The last time he had a run this sparse for led laps was back in 2010; Hamilton didn’t lead a lap until round seven in Turkey.
- This was the first time since the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix (Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost) that both front row starters were eliminated from the race on lap one. The only other time this occurred was the 1977 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder; Mario Andretti and John Watson also crashed into each other.
- Verstappen and Daniil Kvyat became the first drivers to score for two different teams (Red Bull and Toro Rosso) in the same season since Sebastian Vettel did so for BMW-Sauber and Toro Rosso in 2007.
- Kimi Raikkonen now lies second in the driver’s championship; his highest standing since Monaco 2013.
- It is also the first time the Mercedes drivers have been split in the title standings since Bahrain 2015.
- Daniel Ricciardo scored his fourth fourth place finish of 2016. He hasn’t finished in any other points scoring place this year so far.
- Spain saw the first double retirement from Mercedes since the 2011 Australian Grand Prix; so 99 races ago.
- The first time since the 2015 British Grand Prix (Lotus) that a team has lost both cars from the race on the opening lap.
- It was also Mercedes first non-scoring race since the US Grand Prix of 2012.
- Kvyat took both his and Toro Rosso’s first ever fastest lap.
- Carlos Sainz Jr scored his best ever career Formula One result with sixth place in front of his home crowd.
- Raikkonen scored his 83rd podium finish, team-mate Vettel grabbed his 82nd.
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