After each Grand Prix of the 2022 season, Motorsport.com invites you to find a compilation of key statistics. Here are the numbers and interesting data after the thirteenth round of the campaign, the Hungarian GP.
The event and the participants
Single-seaters on the starting grid
>>> It was the 37th edition of the Hungarian Grand Prix, the eleventh most contested event in the history of Formula 1.
>>> All editions have been raced on the Hungaroring, making it the eighth most visited circuit by F1, tied with Hockenheim.
>>> Fernando Alonso made his 347th start in F1, which brings him three points closer to the record for Grands Prix contested, held by Kimi Räikkönen (350).
Poleman George Russell (Mercedes)
>>> George Russell took the first pole position of his career, becoming the 105th driver in F1 history to do so.
>>> He is the third driver to sign a first career pole this season after Sergio Pérez (Jeddah) and Carlos Sainz (Silverstone).
>>> Since 1980, every 14 years, three drivers have taken their first pole position in Formula 1, while in other years it’s been two or less – Nelson Piquet, Didier Pironi and Bruno Giacomelli in 1980; Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello and Jean Alesi in 1994; Robert Kubica, Heikki Kovalainen and Sebastian Vettel in 2008; Sergio Pérez, Carlos Sainz and George Russell in 2022.
>>> It was Mercedes’ 136th pole position as a manufacturer and 220th as an engine manufacturer.
>>> Russell is the sixth Mercedes driver to sign at least one pole with the team after Lewis Hamilton (77), Nico Rosberg (30), Valtteri Bottas (20), Juan Manuel Fangio (7) and Stirling Moss (1). All have won at least one race with the team.
>>> George Russell started from the front row for the third time in his career (after Sakhir 2020 and Belgium 2021). It was the 5th time for Carlos Sainz.
>>> Fourth and fifth, Lando Norris and Esteban Ocon equaled their best result of the season in the exercise.
>>> Alpine placed its two single-seaters in the top 6 of qualifying, a first since the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix (Daniel Ricciardo 4th and Esteban Ocon 6th for Renault).
>>> We had to go back to the 2018 Bahrain GP to find traces of a starting grid where neither Lewis Hamilton (7th) nor Max Verstappen (10th) appeared in the top 6. They were respectively 9th (after a penalty for changing gearbox of gears) and 15th (accident in Q1).
>>> Lance Stroll ended a streak of seven consecutive eliminations in Q1.
George Russell (Mercedes) leading the pack at the start
>>> Max Verstappen took his 28th Grand Prix victory, overtaking Jackie Stewart. It is the 21st different GP that he offers himself (like Sebastian Vettel) on a different 19th circuit (like Nigel Mansell and Fernando Alonso). In both areas, Lewis Hamilton holds the record (31).
>>> Red Bull won its 84th victory as a constructor and the 9th as an engine manufacturer.
>>> Winner after starting 10th, Verstappen won for the first time by starting beyond fourth place on the grid. At the Hungaroring, the biggest comeback is to be credited to Jenson Button, who started 14th in 2006.
>>> Out of the 37 editions of the Hungarian GP, victory has only gone four times to a driver outside the top 4; so it just happened twice in a row (Esteban Ocon had won since 8th place in 2021).
>>> It equals Red Bull’s only other win by starting outside the top six in F1, when Daniel Ricciardo won from 10th at the 2017 Azerbaijan GP.
>>> It is only the 12th time in history that a race has been won from this position on the grid. This has happened in the last three seasons, since Pierre Gasly won at the 2020 Italian GP and Lewis Hamilton at the 2021 Brazilian GP.
>>> Lewis Hamilton set his 61st fastest lap in the race. The record is still held by Michael Schumacher (77).
>>> It is a 70th podium in Formula 1 for Max Verstappen, a 188th for Lewis Hamilton, record holder, and a 6th for George Russell, who notably equals Wolfgang von Trips, Carlos Pace or Lando Norris.
>>> Hamilton and Verstappen have now shared the podium 51 times, less than the record of the Hamilton-Vettel duo (56).
>>> Hamilton finished second for the 50th time in his career, still a record. He is ahead of Michael Schumacher (43).
>>> Hamilton now has more podiums this season (6) than Charles Leclerc (5). Mercedes has as many as Ferrari (11).
>>> Hamilton took the record for the number of laps in the lead on the same circuit: 487 at the Hungaroring, compared to the 485 laps of Bill Vukovich at the front of the pack at the Indianapolis 500 between 1952 and 1955, the event having been part of the Formula 1 World Championship from 1950 to 1960. Apart from this historic anomaly, Michael Schumacher holds the next benchmark with 455 laps as leader at Magny-Cours.
Bill Vukovich led 195 of the 200 scheduled laps in the 1953 Indianapolis 500
>>> As for the kilometers in the lead, they are 2134 for Hamilton at the Hungaroring, 1951 for Vukovich at Indianapolis and 1949 for Schumacher at Magny-Cours. The German has a very similar total in Montreal and Barcelona. Hamilton, meanwhile, also spent 2021km in the lead at Silverstone.
>>> Max Verstappen led for the 50th time in his career. Only 13 drivers have done better, the record belonging to Hamilton (180 GP).
>>> Fernando Alonso remains on 11 consecutive points finishes at the Hungaroring (2010-2018 and 2021-22), still between second and eighth place.
>>> Pierre Gasly remains on five Grands Prix in a row without scoring a single point, this is unprecedented since his 2018 season with Toro Rosso.
>>> Ranked 19th and 20th respectively, Yuki Tsunoda and Valtteri Bottas (the latter forced to retire) signed the worst result of their career (previously 17th places for both).
>>> Lewis Hamilton remains the only driver to have finished all the races of the 2022 season and even remains in 21 consecutive Grands Prix at the finish. His retirement rate since the beginning of his career is the lowest among all drivers with more than 40 starts to their credit (8.97%).
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