Sebastian Vettel reaches fifty career wins, Max Verstappen equals Gilles Villeneuve and a rare occurrence for Lewis Hamilton. Here are all of the best stats and facts from the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix weekend!
On Saturday, Sebastian Vettel secured the 54th pole position of his Formula One career. It was his fourth pole in Canada, which moves him to an outright third place in the list of all-time poles at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. It marked Ferrari’s 217th pole, and their seventh at the track. That leaves them just one pole short of equalling Williams and McLaren’s shared record of eight poles in Montreal. It was the Italian’s first pole here since 2001, and the first non-Mercedes pole at the track since 2013.
Pole position was decided by 0.093 seconds. It was the sixteenth time where the pole margin has been less than a tenth of a second at this track.
On Sunday, Sebastian Vettel took his fiftieth Formula One victory, becoming only the fourth driver to reach a half century of wins. He is now just one victory away from equalling Alain Prost’s 51 wins.
Sebastian Vettel is now equal to Alan Jones and Ayrton Senna with two wins at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
It was the nineteenth time the race has been won from pole and the 25th time it has been won from the front row.
The victory marked Ferrari’s first win here since 2004, their eleventh win at the track and their 231st win in total.
Vettel recorded his third win of the season, his 103rd podium finish and the first non-Mercedes win in Canada since 2014. Sebastian has maintained his 100% finish and 100% points record at the track, and hasn’t finished below fifth here since his début season.
Valtteri Bottas recorded his first front row start at the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend, and celebrated his fourth podium finish here in as many years. He now has the same number of podiums at this track as Giancarlo Fisichella. It was the Finnish driver’s 26th podium finish and his fourth second place finish of 2018.
Max Verstappen finished on the podium for the first time in Canada, becoming the 49th different driver to finish in the top three at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. It was the thirteenth podium finish of his career. Fittingly, at the track named after the Canadian driver, Verstappen equalled both the number of race starts and the number of podiums as Gilles Villeneuve.
Max Verstappen also took the fourth fastest race lap of his career, and has now taken the fastest lap at two consecutive Grands Prix for the first time in his career.
2018 marks the first time that Lewis Hamilton has failed to qualify on the front row for the Canadian Grand Prix since 2011. It was also the first time Hamilton has finished the Canadian Grand Prix and failed to finish in the top three. On Saturday, Hamilton was beaten by a team-mate in Qualifying at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for only the second time in his career.
Marcus Ericsson was out-qualified by a team-mate at this track for the first time in his career on Saturday.
Carlos Sainz maintains his record of never beating a team-mate in Qualifying in Canada. The Spaniard has qualified in ninth position in every odd-numbered round of the season so far.
Charles Leclerc finished in the top ten for the third time in his career on Sunday, and recorded the best qualifying result of his career so far on Saturday with thirteenth on the grid. After seven races, Leclerc is now just one point short of equalling Marcus Ericsson’s points total from his career.
Fernando Alonso became only the fourth driver to reach 300 Grand Prix appearances at the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix. It wasn’t a weekend to remember for the Spaniard as he retired from the race. He now has more retirements at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve than at any other circuit he has competed at. He’s had eight DNFs in Montreal, and hasn’t scored a point at the track since his return to McLaren.
After graduating 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. 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 Motorsport Guides and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast. His work has appeared on WTF1, BadgerGP, motorsport.com, Sky Sports F1 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast.