Hamilton equals the all-time win record, Renault take their first podium in over nine years and Grosjean scores his first points of the 2020 season. Here are the facts and statistics from the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix!
HAMILTON EQUALS THE WIN RECORD
With victory at the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 Formula 1 victories. Hamilton becomes the tenth different driver to have held the record in F1’s 70 year history. Read more: Hamilton and Schumacher’s 91 wins compared.
Hamilton’s win was his first at the Nurburgring since the 2011 German Grand Prix. He becomes the ninth different driver to have won multiple Grands Prix at the Nurburgring. It was his seventh win of the 2020 season.
For the fifth time in the last six races at the Nurburgring, the driver who started second won the race. The 2015 Russian Grand Prix is the only other race which has been held on 11th October; a race which was also won by Hamilton from second on the grid.
Juan Manuel Fangio was the last Mercedes driver to win at this venue, in 1954. Hamilton’s win is Mercedes’ first at the track in 64 years.
Mercedes equalled a 37 year old record at the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix. Mercedes-powered cars have scored points in all of the last 228 races, equalling the record for most consecutive races in which an engine manufacturer has scored. Ford Cosworth set the record between the 1967 Canadian Grand Prix and the 1983 Dutch Grand Prix. The last race in which no Mercedes-powered cars scored was the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix.
ON THE PODIUM
Max Verstappen finished as runner-up in the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix, recording the 39th podium finish of his career. He also became the 39th different driver to have set the Fastest Lap of a race on nine occasions, equalling the career tallies of Denny Hulme, Ronnie Peterson and Jacques Villeneuve. Verstappen has finished on the podium in every race which he has finished since the 2019 United States Grand Prix.
With his Fastest Lap, Verstappen broke Michael Schumacher’s sixteen-year old Nurburgring Lap Record by 1.329 seconds.
Verstappen’s third place made the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix the 250th race in which Red Bull have scored a point. Red Bull are the fifth team to have reached the milestone, after Ferrari, McLaren, Williams and Lotus. This is also the fifth consecutive race at the Nurburgring where a Red Bull driver has finished on the podium.
Daniel Ricciardo recorded the 30th podium finish of his career and his first podium finish since the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix. He’s the 35th different driver to have recorded thirty podium finishes, equalling Juan Pablo Montoya’s tally of career podiums.
Ricciardo is the first Renault driver to finish on the podium since Nick Heidfeld at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix. It’s the Enstone team’s first podium since Romain Grosjean finished third at the 2015 Belgian Grand Prix.
This is the first time that Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo have finished on the podium together since the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix. On that day, Hamilton won, Verstappen finished second and Ricciardo was third! It’s the fourth time that the trio have finished on the podium together, after the 2016 German Grand Prix, the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix and the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix.
With Ricciardo finishing on the podium for Renault, 2020 is the first season in which seven different teams have finished on the podium since 2012.
The 2020 Eifel Grand Prix marks only the third time that a Mercedes engine, a Honda engine and a Renault engine have finished on the podium together. It last happened in 2005 at the German and Belgian Grands Prix, when Renault, McLaren and BAR shared the top three places.
While Max Verstappen made the Netherlands the nineteenth different nation to finish on the podium at the Nurburgring, Daniel Ricciardo became the first Australian to finish on the podium at the circuit since Mark Webber finished third in 2011.
THE TOP TEN
Sergio Perez finished in fourth place for a second consecutive race. Having finished fifth at the Tuscan Grand Prix, the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix marks the first time in his career that he has finished in the top five at three consecutive races.
Carlos Sainz finished in fifth place, recording his second top five finish in the last five races. The Italian and Eifel Grands Prix are the only two of those five races in which Sainz has completed more than five laps of the race.
Finishing in sixth place, Pierre Gasly recorded the Red Bull junior team’s first ever points at the Nurburgring. The team’s previous best result here was eleventh, recorded by Scott Speed in 2006. If you include the team’s history as Minardi, Gasly also equalled their best result here; Marc Gene finished sixth for the team in the 1999 European Grand Prix.
Charles Leclerc came home in seventh place. The last time that no Ferrari drivers finished in the top six at the Nurburgring was in 1999, when Eddie Irvine finished seventh and Mika Salo retired.
Having started twentieth, Nico Hulkenberg made up twelve positions in the race to finish eighth. It’s the most positions gained in a race by any driver so far this season. The previous best was eleven positions gained by Sergio Perez at the Styrian Grand Prix. It’s the most positions gained by a driver in an F1 race at the Nurburgring since David Coulthard made up fifteen places in the 2007 European Grand Prix.
With Perez fourth and Hulkenberg eighth, this is the first time that both of the Silverstone-based team’s drivers have finished in the points in a race at the Nurburgring since 1996. With fourth place, Perez equalled Jordan’s best result at the track, recorded by Rubens Barrichello in 1995.
With ninth place, Romain Grosjean scored his first points of the 2020 season. The 2020 Eifel Grand Prix is the first time that the Frenchman has scored since F1’s last visit to Germany at the 2019 German Grand Prix. Grosjean became the first driver to score at the Nurburgring having started sixteenth on the grid since Gunnar Nilsson finished fifth in the 1976 German Grand Prix.
THE OTHER FINISHERS
Finishing in eleventh place, Sebastian Vettel became the first Ferrari driver to finish an F1 race at the Nurburgring in a position outside of the points since Eddie Irvine finished seventh in the 1999 European Grand Prix. He’s also the first Ferrari driver to finish a Nurburgring race in a position outside of the top ten since Arturo Merzario finished twelfth in 1972.
Along with Charles Leclerc, Daniil Kvyat was one of only two drivers to have finished the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix in a worse position than where he started. It’s the first time that he has lost positions in a race which he has finished since the 2019 Mexican Grand Prix.
George Russell was the first retirement from the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix. With Nicholas Latifi finishing fourteenth, this was the third consecutive race at the circuit in which Williams have failed to score. The team recorded the exact same result at the track in 2011.
Valtteri Bottas was the second retirement from the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix. It was his first retirement since the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix and Mercedes’ first non finish of the season. He becomes the Brackley-based team’s first retirement at the Nurburgring since Jenson Button retired when driving for Honda at the 2007 European Grand Prix. 2007 was also the last time that any of the team’s drivers failed to score at the circuit, with Rubens Barrichello finishing in eleventh.
Bottas is the first polesitter to retire from a race since Daniel Ricciardo at the 2018 Mexican Grand Prix. He’s also the first driver to have been fastest in Free Practice 3 to retire from the race since Charles Leclerc did so on F1’s last visit to Germany at the 2019 German Grand Prix.
Esteban Ocon retired from the race, recording his second retirement in the last three races.
Alex Albon recorded his first DNF since the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix. It was Red Bull’s first retirement at the Nurburgring since both cars failed to finish the 2006 European Grand Prix.
Lando Norris’ retirement made this the fourth time in the last five races that a McLaren driver has failed to reach the chequered flag.
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.