Sebastian Vettel equals Alain Prost, Lewis Hamilton sets new Silverstone records and there are some dominant battles taking place in Qualifying this season. Here are all the best statistics and facts from the 2018 British Grand Prix weekend!
Sebastian Vettel equalled Alain Prost with the 51st victory of his career. It was his second British Grand Prix win, his first since 2009, and his fourth victory of the 2018 season. It was Vettel’s 105th career podium and his fifth podium finish at Silverstone.
Ferrari recorded their 218th win in Formula One. It was Ferrari’s first British Grand Prix win since 2011, and their fourteenth overall victory at Silverstone.
It was Sebastian Vettel’s second win at Silverstone, matching Ascari, Gonzalez, Stewart, Jacques Villeneuve, Coulthard, Alonso and Webber.
Vettel won the British Grand Prix by the smallest margin at the track since 2013.
Lewis Hamilton took his 76th pole position. It was his fourth consecutive British Grand Prix pole and his fourth pole of the season. It was Mercedes’ 93rd pole, and their sixth consecutive pole at the Silverstone track. Mercedes equalled McLaren with seven poles at Silverstone.
Lewis Hamilton took pole by 0.044 seconds on Saturday. That’s the smallest pole margin at this track since 2011.
Sunday’s British Grand Prix marked the first time the race hasn’t been won from pole since 2014, and the first time it has been won from second on the grid since 2013.
Sebastian Vettel recorded the fastest lap of a Grand Prix for the 34th time in his career. He becomes the fourth different driver to set the fastest lap of a race in 2018.
Lewis Hamilton now has double the number of poles at Silverstone than any other driver in the history of Formula One. He recorded his 124th podium finish and takes the record for most podium finishes at Silverstone from Michael Schumacher. He’s now finished in the top three at the British Grand Prix eight times.
Kimi Raikkonen took his 97th podium in Formula One, putting him just three away from the 100 Podium Club. It was also his seventh top three finish at Silverstone, equalling Michael Schumacher’s British Grand Prix podium tally. It’s the second year in a row that the Finn has finished in third at Silverstone – the last time he took consecutive British Grand Prix podium finishes was in 2006 and 2007.
Kimi Raikkonen is the only driver who scored a podium finish in all three of the triple header races.
Saturday was the first time Sebastian Vettel beat Kimi Raikkonen in qualifying at the British Grand Prix during their time as Ferrari team-mates.
Some team-mates have established their qualifying authority over their team-mates in 2018. Esteban Ocon beat Sergio Perez in qualifying for the seventh time in a row, Charles Leclerc out-qualified Marcus Ericsson for the eighth time in a row, Sebastian Vettel out-qualified Kimi Raikkonen for the ninth time in a row and Fernando Alonso out-qualified Stoffel Vandoorne for the fifteenth time in a row.
Carlos Sainz recorded his first Q1 exit during his tenure at Renault. It’s the first time he’s failed to reach Q3 in 2018.
Charles Leclerc reached Q3 for the second time in his career.
Nico Hulkenberg failed to reach Q3 for the first time at the British Grand Prix since he was at Sauber in 2013.
Sauber recorded their first double DNF since the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen were the only drivers who finished the race to lose positions from their starting places.
Brendon Hartley recorded his fourth DNF from the last five races.
At Haas, Kevin Magnussen scored points in the British Grand Prix for the first time since 2014. Romain Grosjean still hasn’t scored in Britain since his début full season in 2012.
The 2018 running of the British Grand Prix marked the first time that exactly fourteen cars were still running at the end of a race at Silverstone since 1977.
Lewis Hamilton has never won a title in a season where he hasn’t won the British Grand Prix.
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.