Vettel equals the record of most Spa finishes, Ocon equals his career best result and this race is the first with no Spaniards in over fifteen years. Here is a statistic from each driver’s 2020 Belgian Grand Prix weekend!
🇬🇧 Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix, lapping 0.511 seconds faster than his team-mate. With his 93rd pole, Hamilton becomes the first driver to have started from the front row nine times at Spa Francorchamps. Hamilton went on to win the Belgian Grand Prix, leading every lap and thus becoming the driver to have led the furthest distance in Formula 1 history, taking the record from Michael Schumacher. He also equalled Schumacher’s record of most Belgian Grand Prix podium finishes.
🇫🇮 Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas recorded his best Belgian Grand Prix result with second place, having previously finished third in 2014 and 2019. Bottas becomes the 21st driver to have finished on the podium at Spa Francorchamps three or more times. Bottas equalled Mika Hakkinen as the Finnish driver with the second-most podiums in Formula 1. Only Kimi Raikkonen has more podiums than the 51 scored by Bottas and Hakkinen.
🇩🇪 Sebastian Vettel
After failing to qualify in the top ten at Spa for the first time since 2012, Sebastian Vettel failed to score at the Belgian Grand Prix for the first time since 2015. Despite this, Vettel did equal a record this weekend. He equalled Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa as the drivers to have completed the Belgian Grand Prix on the most occasions. Schumacher, Massa and Vettel have now all crossed the finish line at Spa twelve times in their careers.
🇲🇨 Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc, the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix polesitter, was the only driver to lap slower in qualifying in 2020 than he did in the 2019 session. His 2020 qualifying time was 0.477 seconds slower than his 2019 pole lap.
🇳🇱 Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen finished on the podium for a sixth consecutive race, matching his personal record of most consecutive podium finishes. He previously finished on the podium at six successive races between the 2018 Japanese Grand Prix and the 2019 Australian Grand Prix. This was Verstappen’s 37th podium finish in total, equalling Riccardo Patrese’s total of top three finishes.
🇹🇭 Alex Albon
Alex Albon finished sixth, ensuring that the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix would be the first time since 2016 that both Red Bull drivers have reached the chequered flag at Spa, as well as the first time that both of the team’s drivers have scored at the event since 2014.
🇪🇸 Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz failed to start the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix, recording the first DNS of his career and McLaren’s first DNS since Fernando Alonso at the 2017 Russian Grand Prix. This is the second consecutive year in which Sainz has failed to complete a lap of the Belgian Grand Prix. Sainz was McLaren’s first DNS at Spa since Niki Lauda in 1985 and his non-start makes the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix the first race which no Spanish drivers started since the 2005 United States Grand Prix.
🇬🇧 Lando Norris
Lando Norris finished in seventh place at the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix, making this the first Belgian Grand Prix in which a McLaren driver has scored since 2016. In that race, just as in 2020, one McLaren driver finished seventh while the other failed to finish.
🇦🇺 Daniel Ricciardo
On the final lap of the race, Daniel Ricciardo set the Fastest Lap, becoming the first Renault driver to record the fastest lap of a race since Robert Kubica at the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix. With fourth place and the additional point for fastest lap, Ricciardo scored the most points for a Renault driver at a single race since Nick Heidfeld finished third at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.
🇫🇷 Esteban Ocon
With fifth place, Esteban Ocon equalled the best result of his career. He also finished fifth twice in 2017, at the Spanish and Mexico Grands Prix.
🇲🇽 Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez reached Q3 at the Belgian Grand Prix for the sixth consecutive season and went on to score at Spa Francorchamps for the sixth time in the last seven years. Tenth place is his worst result at the track since his 2017 retirement.
🇨🇦 Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll reached Q3 at Spa for the first time in his career, and recorded his best finishing position at the circuit with ninth place. The Canadian’s previous best result here was tenth in 2019.
🇷🇺 Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat recorded his best qualifying result of the season so far with eleventh place at the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix and went on to be one of six drivers to finish in the same position as he started. Though the Russian failed to score, he maintains his 100% finish record at the circuit.
🇫🇷 Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly’s eighth place in the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix made this the eighth Belgian Grand Prix in the last nine years in which the Red Bull junior team have scored points. Gasly recorded his best Spa finish, having finished ninth on his previous two appearances.
🇫🇮 Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen was eliminated in Q1 at the Belgian Grand Prix for the first time in his career, with sixteenth being his worst ever qualifying result at Spa Francorchamps. He finished in twelfth place, making this the third consecutive season in which he has failed to score at the Belgian Grand Prix.
🇮🇹 Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi retired from the Belgian Grand Prix for a second consecutive year. This was the Italian driver’s first retirement since he crashed out of last year’s Spa race. He made it the fifth consecutive year in which an Alfa Romeo/Sauber driver retired from the Belgian Grand Prix.
🇫🇷 Romain Grosjean
For only the second time in his career, Romain Grosjean has failed to score at any of the first seven races of the season. Should he fail to score at the Italian Grand Prix, the Frenchman will equal his worst ever start to a season with eight point-less races.
🇩🇰 Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen qualified in last place for the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix and recorded his first Q1 exit at the Spa Francorchamps circuit. It’s the sixth time that the Dane has qualified 20th or lower, the first time he has done so since the 2017 United States Grand Prix.
🇬🇧 George Russell
George Russell recorded Williams’ first retirement at the Belgian Grand Prix since Pastor Maldonado failed to finish in 2012.
🇨🇦 Nicholas Latifi
Nicholas Latifi becomes the second Williams driver to have finished in sixteenth place at Spa Francorchamps. The only other Williams driver to do so was Rubens Barrichello in 2011.
Read more statistics from the 2020 Belgian 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.