Kimi Raikkonen moves one step away from a historic milestone, Daniel Ricciardo equals one of his own records and Sebastian Vettel sets a new track record in unusual circumstances. Here are all the best statistics and facts from the 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix weekend!
Lewis Hamilton took his 67th Formula One victory on Sunday. He extended his record of Hungarian victories to six and is the first driver to reach five victories in 2018. It marked Hamilton’s 126th podium, and he joins Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher with seven podiums at the Hungaroring. It was Mercedes’ 81st F1 victory and their third Hungarian triumph.
Sebastian Vettel took his 106th podium finish, with his sixth top three appearance in Hungary.
Kimi Raikkonen recorded his ninth podium at the track, which is the most of any driver. It’s Raikkonen’s fifth consecutive podium. The last time he took more than five consecutive podiums was back at the end of his championship winning year in 2007. The Finn is now just one top three finish away from becoming the latest driver to have finished on the podium 100 times throughout his career.
Marcus Ericsson lost a position on his grid slot over the course of a race for the first time in all the Grands Prix he’s completed since the 2017 United States Grand Prix
Haas had a great weekend – they’ve now had five consecutive Q3 appearances with both drivers, and they scored their second double-points finish of the season.
In all of the last four races he’s scored points in, Fernando Alonso has finished the race in eighth place.
On Saturday, Lewis Hamilton took his 77th pole position. It was his sixth at the Hungaroring, putting him one away from Michael Schumacher’s record of seven poles at the track. It was Hamilton’s fifth pole of the season, and Mercedes’ 94th pole position in total.
Force India had a weekend to forget. They recorded their first double Q1 exit since the 2015 Spanish Grand Prix. It was Sergio Perez’s first Q1 exit since the first round of the season, as well as marking Esteban Ocon’s first consecutive Q1 exits during his time at the team.
Toro Rosso celebrated both their cars reaching Q3 for the first time this year as Brendon Hartley reached Q3 for the first time in his career. Sergey Sirotkin is now the only current driver who has never reached the final part of Qualifying
The Hungarian Grand Prix marked the first time Sebastian Vettel has been out-qualified by Kimi Raikkonen since Australia. It’s also the first time Vettel has been out-qualified in Hungary since Vitantonio Liuzzi beat him on his Toro Rosso début at the track in 2007.
Marcus Ericsson has recorded Q2 appearances in all of the last three races. That’s his equal-best ever streak of qualifying performances. He last recorded three Q2 showings in a row in Canada, Austria and Great Britain in 2015
Carlos Sainz equalled his best ever qualifying performance with fifth on the grid. The last time he did that was at the 2015 Spanish Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo recorded his first ever consecutive non-Q3 appearances during his time at Red Bull. His last consecutive Q2 exits came in Korea, Japan and India in 2013, while he was driving for Toro Rosso.
The Hungarian Grand Prix marked Charles Leclerc’s first Q1 exit since the Chinese Grand Prix. It’s the first time Marcus Ericsson has beaten his team-mate in Qualifying since the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel recorded his worst qualifying of the year so far with fourth on the grid. Both Force India drivers also recorded their worst qualifying performances of the year – Ocon eighteenth, Perez nineteenth.
At the Hungarian Grand Prix, Sergey Sirotkin qualified last for a Grand Prix for the first time in his career.
Daniel Ricciardo took the thirteenth fastest lap of a Grand Prix in his career in the Hungarian Grand Prix. It’s his fourth of the season, giving him the most fastest laps of any driver so far in 2018. His personal record for fastest laps in one season is four, which he achieved in 2016.
Unusually, Sebastian Vettel’s new track record set in FP3 was unbeaten in Qualifying. It’s the only current track record which has been set during a Practice session.
Nicky Haldenby is a freelance writer from Scarborough, England. After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fourth 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 sister site GPDestinations, where he shares regular race previews and articles focussed around the latest in Formula 1 calendar and venue news. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky can also be heard regularly as a guest on various Formula 1 radio shows and podcasts.