Hamilton records a 34th consecutive finish, Verstappen is the first retiree of the year and Ocon scores Renault’s first Austrian points since 1983. Here is a statistic for every driver from the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix weekend!
🇬🇧 Lewis Hamilton
Despite finishing only fourth, Lewis Hamilton made the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix the 34th consecutive race in which he has scored. It’s a new record for most successive races in which a driver has scored points, surpassing his own previous record of 33 consecutive points-scoring races which he had between the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix and the 2018 French Grand Prix. It is also a new record for most consecutive race finishes. As a result of Lando Norris’ podium finish, this is the first time since the 2014 Australian Grand Prix that Hamilton is not the leading British driver in the Drivers’ Championship. On the previous occasion, Jenson Button led the way.
🇫🇮 Valtteri Bottas
For a second year in a row, Valtteri Bottas won the first Grand Prix of the season. He’s the eighth driver to have recorded multiple wins at the Austrian Grand Prix, and the Red Bull Ring is the first circuit at which Bottas has taken two wins. The 2020 Austrian Grand Prix is the first race which Bottas has led from start to finish. The Finn is the first driver to lead the Austrian Grand Prix from start to end since Jacques Laffite did so at the 1981 Austrian Grand Prix.
🇩🇪 Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel finished in tenth place for the first time in his Formula 1 career. Of the top twenty positions, fourteenth and twentieth are the only positions in which Vettel is yet to finish a Grand Prix. It was the first time since the 2009 Italian Grand Prix that Vettel has picked up a single point from a race weekend. While the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix marked only the fourth time in his Ferrari career that Vettel has failed to reach Q3, it was his first Q2 elimination during his time at the team. The last time he recorded a Q2 exit was when he qualified eleventh at the 2014 Russian Grand Prix.
🇲🇨 Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc finished in second place at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix. He recorded his eleventh career podium, equalling the career tallies of Chris Amon, Patrick Tambay and Jarno Trulli. It’s the second consecutive year that Leclerc has finished as runner-up at the Red Bull Ring. He becomes the 24th driver to take multiple podium finishes at his track.
🇳🇱 Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen was the first retirement from the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix, making him the 59th different driver to record the first retirement of a Formula 1 season. It was his second retirement at the Austrian Grand Prix, having last retired from the event in 2017; a race in which he was also the first retiree.
🇹🇭 Alex Albon
Alex Albon retired from the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix with power unit problems. With Albon’s team-mate Verstappen also retiring, this was the first time since 2014 that Red Bull failed to score at the first Grand Prix of the season, and the first time in their history that they have not scored at their home track.
🇪🇸 Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz recorded his best Austrian Grand Prix qualifying performance with eighth place. It beat his previous best result at the track of ninth, recorded in 2018. Sainz also recorded his best Austrian Grand Prix result with fifth, marking the seventh time that the Spaniard has finished in the top five during his career.
🇬🇧 Lando Norris
Lando Norris became the 40th different British driver to finish on the podium in Formula 1 and the 212th different driver to finish in the top three in the sport’s history. At 20 years, 7 months and 22 days, Lando Norris became F1’s third youngest podium finisher, behind Max Verstappen at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix and Lance Stroll at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. It was also the first time that the driver of car number 4 finished on the podium since Felipe Massa finished in third place at the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix.
Norris is the first driver to finish on a Formula 1 podium who was born after Mika Hakkinen won his first World Championship, and after McLaren won their most recent Constructors’ Championship in 1998.
🇦🇺 Daniel Ricciardo
In the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo recorded his second retirement at the Red Bull Ring. It was also the second consecutive year in which Ricciardo has retired from the first race of the season.
🇫🇷 Esteban Ocon
Esteban Ocon returned to Formula 1 after a 508 day absence since his last race at the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It’s the exact same gap between races as Francisco Godia-Sales spent on the sidelines between the 1954 Spanish Grand Prix and the 1956 Belgian Grand Prix – the 171st longest gap between races for a driver. In the race, Ocon finished eighth, picking up the Renault works team’s first points at the Austrian Grand Prix since 1983.
🇲🇽 Sergio Perez
Along with Valtteri Bottas and Lando Norris, Sergio Perez was one of only three drivers who finished the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix in the same position as they started from. Perez recorded a new best Austrian Grand Prix qualifying result with sixth on the grid and equalled his best race result at the Red Bull Ring. He previously finished sixth on his first Austrian Grand Prix appearance in 2014.
🇨🇦 Lance Stroll
On Saturday at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix, Lance Stroll recorded the sixth Q3 appearance of his career. It was the first time both Racing Point cars have reached Q3 since the 2018 United States Grand Prix. On Sunday, Stroll recorded a third consecutive retirement in the last three races.
🇷🇺 Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat was the ninth and final retirement from the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix. From his team’s seven appearances at the Austrian Grand Prix, the 2019 race remains the only one in which both cars have reached the end of the race.
🇫🇷 Pierre Gasly
After finishing in seventh place at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix, Pierre Gasly maintained his 100% finish record at the event. The Frenchman has also gained positions from where he started on all three outings at the Red Bull Ring. He was the only Honda-powered car to finish the race.
🇫🇮 Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen retired from the Austrian Grand Prix for the third time in his career. It was the first time an Alfa Romeo car (formerly Sauber) has retired from the Austrian Grand Prix since 2003. Despite his retirement, Raikkonen became the first driver to complete 500 racing laps at the Austrian Grand Prix.
🇮🇹 Antonio Giovinazzi
For a second consecutive year, Antonio Giovinazzi scored points at the Austrian Grand Prix. Giovinazzi’s ninth place finish marked the best result for an Italian driver at the Austrian Grand Prix since Jarno Trulli finished eighth in 2003. Giovinazzi scored from eighteenth on the grid, making this the fourth time in the last six years that the driver starting eighteenth has scored at the Red Bull Ring.
🇫🇷 Romain Grosjean
On Saturday at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean equalled Fernando Alonso as the driver to have had the most Q2 eliminations at the Red Bull Ring. His fifteenth place on the grid marked the Frenchman’s fourth Q2 exit.
🇩🇰 Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen qualified fifth at the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix – but the result was quite different one year on. In 2020, Magnussen managed only sixteenth on the grid, recording Haas’ first Q1 exit at the Red Bull Ring.
🇬🇧 George Russell
While Williams had both cars eliminated in Q1 for a 23rd consecutive race, George Russell was only 0.073 seconds away from reaching Q2. In the race, he recorded the third retirement of his Formula 1 career.
🇨🇦 Nicholas Latifi
On his Formula 1 debut, Nicholas Latifi became the 765th driver to start a round of the Drivers’ Championship. With Lance Stroll also competing, this was the first Formula 1 race which two Canadian drivers started since the 1969 Canadian Grand Prix. Latifi finished in eleventh place, equalling team-mate George Russell’s best F1 result.
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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.