Hamilton passes 5,000 laps led, both Alfa Romeo drivers score and Verstappen retires in Italy for the third time this year. Here’s a statistic from each driver’s 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend!
🇬🇧 Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton recorded his 93rd career victory at the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, winning for the ninth time in 2020. This was his 72nd victory with Mercedes, equalling Michael Schumacher’s record for most wins with a single constructor. Schumacher won 72 times with Ferrari. Hamilton also extends his record for most circuits at which a driver has won to 29. He’s the fifteenth different driver to have won at Imola. It was the sixth win for a British driver at the circuit, the first since David Coulthard was victorious in the 1998 San Marino Grand Prix. On his way to victory, Hamilton became only the second driver, after Schumacher, to have led 5,000 Grand Prix laps. Hamilton has now led 5,021 laps – just 90 less than Schumacher’s record of 5,111.
🇫🇮 Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas took his fourth pole of the 2020 season at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. It was the fifteenth pole position of his career, putting him 21st in the all-time list of most pole positions in Formula 1. Bottas is the thirteenth different driver to have taken pole at Imola, and he is the fourth Finnish polesitter in the last nine races at the circuit. Mika Hakkinen took pole in 1999 and 2000, while Kimi Raikkonen started from the front of the grid in 2005. Imola is the twelfth different circuit at which Bottas has taken pole position. He is only the sixteenth driver to have taken pole at that many tracks. This was the 75th consecutive race at which Bottas has reached Q3, becoming the first driver to reach the milestone. In the race, Bottas became the first polesitter to finish as runner-up since Sebastian Vettel at the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix.
🇩🇪 Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel failed to reach Q3 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix for a ninth consecutive race. He’s only the fifth Ferrari driver who has failed to qualify in the top ten at Imola. The other drivers to do so were Jody Scheckter in 1980, Michele Alboreto in 1984, Stefan Johansson in 1985 and Michael Schumacher in 2005. With his twelfth place finish, Vettel became the first Ferrari driver to finish at Imola in a position outside the points since Gilles Villeneuve finished seventh in 1981.
🇲🇨 Charles Leclerc
On Saturday at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc became the first Ferrari driver to qualify in seventh place for an F1 race at Imola since Jean Alesi at the 1992 San Marino Grand Prix. Leclerc was the best-placed Ferrari finisher, in fifth place. This is the first F1 race at Imola in which Ferrari have failed to finish on the podium since the 1993 San Marino Grand Prix.
🇳🇱 Max Verstappen
Formula 1 has visited Italy on three occasions in 2020 and in all three races, Max Verstappen has retired. Manfred Winkehlock is the only other driver to record retirements three times in the same country in a single season. As a result of his retirement from the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the Dutchman was knocked out of title contention and no longer has a mathematical chance of becoming Formula 1’s youngest-ever World Champion. His DNF was the first from third on the grid at Imola since Jacques Villeneuve failed to finish in 1996.
🇹🇭 Alex Albon
Finishing in fifteenth place, Alex Albon became the first Red Bull driver to fail to score at three consecutive races since Max Verstappen retired from the 2017 Canadian, Azerbaijan and Austrian Grands Prix. Albon is the first Red Bull driver to finish two successive races outside of the points (without retiring) since Mark Webber finished ninth at the 2009 European and Belgian Grands Prix.
🇪🇸 Carlos Sainz
Finishing the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in seventh place, Carlos Sainz matched his longest streak of top seven finishes. This was the third race in a row where Sainz finished in the top seven. He also recorded three successive top seven results between the 2019 British and Hungarian Grands Prix.
🇬🇧 Lando Norris
Lando Norris’ eighth place at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix marked the first time he has scored since the Tuscan Grand Prix. It’s the first time he’s finished in eighth place this season.
🇦🇺 Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo finished in third place at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, becoming the first Australian to finish on the podium at Imola and the first non-Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull driver to record two podium finishes in a season since Sergio Perez in 2016. Ricciardo now has 31 podium finishes, equalling his fellow Australian Jack Brabham’s career tally of podiums. Mark Webber is the only Australian with more podiums than Ricciardo.
🇫🇷 Esteban Ocon
At the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Esteban Ocon recorded Renault’s 120th Q2 exit after qualifying in twelfth place. In the race, Ocon retired for the third time in the last five races and recorded the third retirement in the last four races for the driver starting twelfth on the grid.
🇲🇽 Sergio Perez
For only the second time in 2020, neither Racing Point driver reached Q3. Sergio Perez qualified in eleventh place, recording his first Q2 exit since the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (though he has had one Q1 elimination since then, at the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix).
🇨🇦 Lance Stroll
After recording his worst qualifying result of the season to date with fifteenth place, Lance Stroll finished the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in thirteenth place, making this the fifth consecutive race in which he has failed to score.
🇷🇺 Daniil Kvyat
With fourth place, Daniil Kvyat recorded his best finish since his podium at the 2019 German Grand Prix. It’s the seventh time that the Russian has finished in the top four in his career. Kvyat equalled the best result for his team at Imola in its entire history. Pierluigi Martini finished fourth for Minardi at the 1991 San Marino Grand Prix.
🇫🇷 Pierre Gasly
For only the second time in his career, Pierre Gasly qualified in the top four. Qualifying in fourth place at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Gasly equalled his best ever starting position, which he last recorded at the 2019 German Grand Prix. It marked the Red Bull junior team’s best qualifying result since both Sebastian Vettel and Sebastien Bourdais qualified in the top four at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix. AlphaTauri and Toro Rosso’s roots can be traced back to Minardi, who first competed in F1 in 1985. In the team’s entire history, this is only the fifth race in which one of their drivers started in the top four grid positions. Sadly, Gasly was unable to convert that into a strong points finish. He recorded his third retirement of the season. On all three occasions, Gasly has been the first retiree from the race. It’s the first time that the driver who started fourth has retired since the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.
🇫🇮 Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen finished in ninth place at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, moving ahead of his team-mate in the Drivers’ Championship as a result. Raikkonen is the first driver to score from eighteenth on the grid at Imola since Elio de Angelis finished fourth at the 1980 Italian Grand Prix, which was the first World Championship event to be held at the circuit.
🇮🇹 Antonio Giovinazzi
On the weekend where he became the first driver to race at home three times in a single season since Eddie Cheever in 1982, Antonio Giovinazzi gained ten places from where he started, which is the most positions he has gained in any race during his F1 career. Giovinazzi became the second driver to score from last on the grid in the last three races. Nico Hulkenberg also scored having started last at the Eifel Grand Prix.
🇫🇷 Romain Grosjean
With fourteenth place at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean became the twentieth driver to record six fourteenth place finishes in his career. Grosjean crossed the line in twelfth place – just as he had done at the other two Italian races this year – but was demoted to fourteenth following a five-second penalty for exceeding track limits.
🇩🇰 Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen has not scored since the Hungarian Grand Prix. After retiring from the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, he equalled the longest point-less streak in his F1 career. This was his tenth successive race without scoring. He last failed to score at ten successive races between the 2016 Spanish and Italian Grands Prix.
🇬🇧 George Russell
Crashing out of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix behind the Safety Car, George Russell recorded Williams’ first retirement at Imola since the 2001 San Marino Grand Prix. It was Russell’s fourth retirement of the year; double the number of non-finishes he had in 2019.
🇨🇦 Nicholas Latifi
With nineteenth place on the grid at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Nicholas Latifi recorded Williams’ worst ever qualifying position at Imola. Their previous worst Imola qualifying position was eighteenth, recorded by Jenson Button in 2000. Latifi also recorded Williams’ 170th Q1 exit. On Sunday, however, Latifi finished eleventh, equalling the best result of his career to date. He also finished eleventh on debut at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Read more statistics from the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend in our Post Race Statistics article!
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.