Raikkonen fails to score at the opening two races for the first time since 2009, Kvyat scores his first point in Austria and two Canadians reach the end of a race for the first time. Here’s a statistic from every driver’s 2020 Styrian Grand Prix weekend!
🇬🇧 Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix by 1.216 seconds, which is the largest pole margin since Nico Rosberg took pole by 1.62 seconds at the 2014 British Grand Prix, and only the seventh time that pole has been decided by more than a second since the turn of the millennium. 2020 is the fourteenth consecutive season in which Lewis Hamilton has taken a pole position. Hamilton went on to win the race, taking his 85th career victory and his second win at the Red Bull Ring. It was the first time that Hamilton finished on the podium in Austria since he won the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix. Hamilton set a new record of taking pole positions in fourteen consecutive seasons and is only the second driver to have won a race in fourteen different seasons.
🇫🇮 Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas is now the driver who has led the most Grand Prix laps in Austria in Formula 1 history. Having led seven laps of the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix, Bottas has led 149 laps in total in Austria, overtaking Nico Rosberg who led 143 laps here during his career. After finishing second in the 2020 Stryian Grand Prix, Bottas equals David Coulthard as the driver to have had the most podium finishes at the Styrian track.
🇩🇪 Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc collided on the first lap of the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix and both retired as a result. Vettel recorded the fourth retirement in the last five Austrian races for the driver starting tenth and the race marks Vettel’s third retirement at the Red Bull Ring, after the 2014 and 2016 Austrian Grands Prix.
🇲🇨 Charles Leclerc
After colliding with his team-mate, the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix became Charles Leclerc’s first appearance in Austria on which in he has failed to score. On Saturday, Leclerc was eliminated in Q2, marking only the second time – after the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix – that he has failed to reach Q3 in his Ferrari career.
🇳🇱 Max Verstappen
With third place at the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen recorded his 32nd podium finish, equalling the career tallies of Jim Clark, Jacques Laffite and Jean Alesi. Both Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton recorded their fourth podium finishes in Austria, becoming the seventh and eighth drivers to have amassed four or more top three finishes at the Red Bull Ring.
🇹🇭 Alex Albon
Alex Albon scored twelve points with his fourth place finish at the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix. That took his career points total to 104, making him the 82nd driver to have scored 100 points in their Formula 1 career.
🇪🇸 Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz recorded his best ever qualifying result at the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix with third on the grid. It beats his previous best qualifying result of fifth, which he recorded twice, at the 2015 Spanish Grand Prix with Toro Rosso and at the 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix with Renault. In the race, Sainz became the 134th different driver to have set the Fastest Lap of a World Championship F1 race, breaking the Red Bull Ring’s Lap Record by 1.338 seconds in the process.
🇬🇧 Lando Norris
Prior to the start of the 2020 season, Lando Norris had never previously finished in the top five. After the Styrian Grand Prix, he has now finished in the top five in each of the last two races, and has scored over half of the points which he scored in total in the 2019 season. He and championship leader Valtteri Bottas were the only two drivers to maintain their championship position after the Styrian Grand Prix.
🇦🇺 Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo finished eighth at the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix, while his team-mate Esteban Ocon failed to finish. That’s the reverse of Renault’s result at the Austrian Grand Prix, where Ocon finished eighth and Ricciardo retired.
🇫🇷 Esteban Ocon
Esteban Ocon qualified in fifth position for the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix. It’s the first time he has reached Q3 since the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix and marked only the third time that Ocon has qualified in the top five. He was less successful on Sunday, as he became the third and final retiree of the afternoon. It was his first retirement since the final race of his first stint in F1, the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and marked Renault’s third DNF in the last four Austrian races.
🇲🇽 Sergio Perez
At the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix, Sergio Perez finished in sixth place at the Red Bull Ring for a fourth time. Sixth is Perez’s best result at the circuit, though he was running in fifth place until the penultimate corner of the Styrian Grand Prix. As a result of Perez failing to win the race, he overtakes former team-mate Nico Hulkenberg as the driver to have started the third-most Grands Prix without scoring a victory.
🇨🇦 Lance Stroll
With Lance Stroll reaching Q2, the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix marked only the second time in his career that the Canadian has not been eliminated in Q1 for three races in a row. The last time it happened was at the 2017 Chinese, Bahrain and Russian Grands Prix – the second, third and fourth races of his Formula 1 career.
🇷🇺 Daniil Kvyat
From his seven Formula 1 appearances in Austria, the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix is the first time that Daniil Kvyat has finished a race at the Red Bull Ring in a better position than where he started. He gained three positions from his starting place. It’s his best result at the track, and the first time that he has scored a point Austria.
🇫🇷 Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly failed to score at the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix, but did at least maintain his 100% finishing record at the Red Bull Ring and made this only the second race in Austria where both AlphaTauri (formerly Toro Rosso) cars have reached the chequered flag. On Saturday, Gasly qualified in eighth, becoming the team’s first driver to reach Q3 in Austria since Carlos Sainz did so in 2017.
🇫🇮 Kimi Raikkonen
Before the 2020 season, Kimi Raikkonen had never recorded consecutive Q1 exits. The 2020 Styrian Grand Prix marks his third Q1 exit in a row. After finishing eleventh in the Grand Prix, this is the first time since 2009 that Raikkonen has scored no points at the first two races of the year.
🇮🇹 Antonio Giovinazzi
For the fourth time in the last seven races, Antonio Giovinazzi finished in fourteenth at the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix. Fifteenth is the only other position in which he has finished as many as four times during his Formula 1 career.
🇫🇷 Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean was unable to set a lap time in qualifying for the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix and recorded his first Q1 exit in Austria as a result. The Frenchman started from the pit lane and finished in thirteenth. It’s the second best finish for a driver starting from the pits at the Red Bull Ring, bettered only by Fernando Alonso, who finished eighth having started from the pits in 2018.
🇩🇰 Kevin Magnussen
For a seventh consecutive race, Kevin Magnussen failed to score at the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix. It’s only the fourth time in the Danish driver’s career that he has failed to score at seven or more consecutive races. He also failed to score for seven races between the 2016 Malaysia & 2017 Australian Grands Prix and the 2017 Austrian & Malaysia Grands Prix, and failed to score at ten consecutive events between the 2016 Spanish & Italian Grands Prix.
🇬🇧 George Russell
On his 23rd Grand Prix weekend, George Russell reached Q2 for the first time in his Formula 1 career at the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix. Since the knockout qualifying system was introduced in 2006, only Adrian Sutil made more appearances before he first made it out of Q1. He first reached Q2 at the 2009 Monaco Grand Prix, his 40th appearance.
🇨🇦 Nicholas Latifi
With both Nicholas Latifi and Lance Stroll reaching the end of the Grand Prix, the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix is the first World Championship Formula 1 race in which two Canadian drivers have reached the chequered flag. Prior to the Styrian Grand Prix weekend, the 1967 Canadian Grand Prix, the 1969 Canadian Grand Prix and the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix were the only three races which multiple Canadian drivers had started.
Read more statistics from the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix weekend in our Post Race Statistics article!
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. Now in its sixth 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.