Kimi Raikkonen sets the fastest ever F1 lap, Valtteri Bottas equals Clay Regazzoni, Sergey Sirotkin joins a list of 338 other drivers and Sergio Perez does something he’s never done before. Here are all the best facts and statistics from the 2018 Italian Grand Prix weekend!
On Saturday, Kimi Raikkonen took his eighteenth pole position. It was his first pole since the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix. It was the first time the Finnish driver has taken pole in Italy since 2006. With his eighteenth pole, Raikkonen has beaten Jackie Stewart’s total number of poles and has moved to equal with Mario Andretti and Rene Arnoux in the all-time list of pole positions.
Ferrari celebrated their 219th pole position in Formula One. It was their twentieth pole at Monza, and their first since 2010. It’s the first time there has been an all-Ferrari front row at the Italian Grand Prix since 2000. Ferrari locked-out the front row for the 60th time in F1. 2018 is the first time where neither Mercedes car qualified on the front row at Monza in the hybrid era.
With a 1:19.119 in Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen not only broke the Monza track record, he also set the fastest ever F1 lap. His average speed was 163.785mph.
Kimi Raikkonen equals Alberto Ascari, Stirling Moss, Jacky Ickx, Niki Lauda, Mario Andretti, Nelson Piquet, Jean Alesi and Fernando Alonso with two pole positions at Monza.
On Sunday, Lewis Hamilton celebrated his 68th F1 victory. It was his sixth win of the season and his fifth Italian Grand Prix win, equalling Michael Schumacher’s record of five victories at Monza. It was Hamilton’s 128th podium appearance. Hamilton also set the fastest lap of a Grand Prix for the 40th time in his career.
Mercedes scored their 82nd Formula One win. It was their seventh victory at Monza, overtaking Williams in the all-time list.
2018 is the first time the Italian Grand Prix has been won from third on the grid since Michael Schumacher did it in 1996.
Lewis Hamilton took his seventh podium finish at Monza, putting him just one behind Michael Schumacher’s tally. Kimi Raikkonen joins eleven other drivers to have four podiums at the track, while Valtteri Bottas joins a club of twenty drivers to have finished in the top three at Monza twice.
Valtteri Bottas took his 28th podium finish, equalling Clay Regazzoni’s tally of top three finishes.
Kimi Raikkonen became only the fifth driver in the history of Formula One to reach 100 podium finishes. He joins Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in achieving the feat.
Raikkonen leading during the Italian Grand Prix marked the first time a race at Monza has been led by a non-Mercedes car since 2013.
Sunday’s race saw the first Safety Car deployment in the Italian Grand Prix since 2011.
The Italian Grand Prix was only the second time this season where both Williams drivers have reached Q2. Lance Stroll took Williams into Q3 for the first time this season, in the Canadian’s first Q3 appearance since the 2017 Italian Grand Prix.
2018 is the first Formula One season to have at least five different polesitters since 2012.
Sergey Sirotkin, Stoffel Vandoorne and Marcus Ericsson are now the only drivers to have not reached Q3 yet this season.
For the third time in the past four races, Stoffel Vandoorne qualified in last place.
Sergey Sirotkin became the 339th driver to score points in Formula One. He’s the third Russian driver to score a point, joining Vitaly Petrov and Daniil Kvyat. Every driver has now scored a point this season.
Williams scored their first double-points finish since the 2017 Malaysia Grand Prix.
Romain Grosjean was disqualified from a Grand Prix for the first time in his career. He becomes the fourth driver on the current grid to have been disqualified from a race.
Pierre Gasly lost five places on his starting position during the Italian Grand Prix. That’s the most positions he’s lost in a Grand Prix he’s reached the end of so far in his career.
Nico Hulkenberg gained seven places throughout the race. It’s the most positions he’s gained in a race since the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix.
Friday’s First Practice marked the first time that Sergio Perez has set the pace in a practice session during his career.
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.