Formula One rolls in to Shanghai for the third round of the 2018 championship this weekend. Here are all the stats you need ahead of the fifteenth running of the Chinese Grand Prix!
🇨🇳 SHANGHAI RACE WINNERS
In fourteen races in Shanghai, there have been eight different winners of the Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton has the most wins of any driver here, with five.
Mercedes are the team with the most Chinese Grand Prix wins, having taken five victories in the past six years.
There has only been one back-to-back winner of the Chinese Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton won twice in a row in 2014 and 2015. He has the chance to repeat that feat this weekend.
Of the 2018 drivers, four of them have won at the Shanghai International Circuit. Aside from Hamilton’s five wins, Fernando Alonso has taken two wins here, while Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel have each taken one.
The longest streak of different winners at this track came between the first event in 2004, and 2010. Seven drivers took victory in as many years. Lewis Hamilton was the first driver to take two wins, in 2011.
The smallest win margin here was 0.714 seconds in 2015, when Lewis Hamilton beat Nico Rosberg to the chequered flag. Conversely, the largest win margin came in the following year, when Rosberg won by 37.776 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel.
The average win margin at this track is 10.3 seconds.
🇨🇳 ON THE PODIUM IN SHANGHAI
Over its fourteen year history, fourteen different drivers have stood on the Chinese Grand Prix podium.
Lewis Hamilton has taken the most top three finishes, with eight. Of the 2018 grid, four drivers have finished on the podium. In addition to Hamilton’s eight, Fernando Alonso has appeared on the podium on five occasions, as has Sebastian Vettel, while Max Verstappen made his first Shanghai podium appearance last season.
🇨🇳 SHANGHAI POLESITTERS
In fourteen years, there have been only five different polesitters at the Chinese Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton is the driver with the most poles, having taken six, while Mercedes are the team with the most starts from pole, having set the fastest Saturday time here every year since 2012.
Of the 2018 grid, just three drivers have taken pole in Shanghai. Aside from Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel has taken three poles, while Fernando Alonso has taken two.
The most consecutive number of poles for a driver here is three, with Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton having both taken a hat-trick. Vettel’s came between 2009 and 2011, while Hamilton’s came between 2013 and 2015.
The smallest pole margin at this track came in 2007, when Lewis Hamilton took pole by 0.136 seconds. The largest was in 2011, when Sebastian Vettel set a time 0.715 seconds faster than his closest competitor.
The average pole margin at this track is 0.347 seconds.
🇨🇳 SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
In fourteen races, the Chinese Grand Prix has been won from pole on nine occasions, meaning there is a 64% pole to win conversion at this track.
Ten of the races here have been won from the front row, while just two have been won from further back than third on the grid. The lowest grid position to win at this track was in 2006, when Michael Schumacher won from sixth on the grid. It was his 91st and last Formula One victory.
🇨🇳 SUNDAY STATS
The Safety Car likelihood here is 43%, with six of the races in Shanghai featuring a safety car. All of the past three races here have seen a Safety Car stint.
The most Safety Car appearances in one race at this track is two, which has happened four times – in 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2017.
Five of the races here have been affected by rain.
The longest race here was the wet Grand Prix in 2009, which was completed in 1:57:43.485. Meanwhile, the shortest race here was the inaugural 2004 Grand Prix, which clocked in at 1:29:12.420.
The attrition rate here is usually good, with sixteen cars finishing on average. In 2016, all 22 cars finished the Grand Prix. The least number of finishers came in 2005, when fourteen cars saw the chequered flag.
There has never been a red-flagged Chinese Grand Prix.
🇨🇳 CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY
No champions have been crowned at this track. There have only been six occasions where the winner of this race has gone on to win that year’s championship. However, since 2014 the winner of this race has always gone on to win the championship.
🇨🇳 MISCELLANEOUS STATS
From fourteen runnings of the Chinese Grand Prix at this track, five of them have been started in damp conditions – the largest percentage of wet race starts at any track on the current calendar.
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After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fifth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and GPDestinations. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.