F1 Grid Slot Stats: Turkish Grand Prix

The Turkish Grand Prix has always been won from the front row of the grid, and podium finishes have been scored exclusively from the top five grid positions. Here’s everything you need to know about the history of each grid slot at Istanbul Park!


THE STATS

  • No wins away from front row
  • Furthest back podium finish from fifth
  • Five grid slots have failed to score
  • Eight grid slots yet to record DNFs

THE OVERVIEW

Grid SlotLast WinLast PodiumLast PointsLast DNFBest Finish
1201120112011-1st
2201020112011-1st
3-2008201120102nd
4-20102011-2nd
5-20112011-3rd
6--201120054th
7--201120066th
8--201020057th
9--2011-5th
10--2010-7th
11--2010-5th
12--201020077th
13--200920115th
14---200611th
15--200620057th
16--201120089th
17----13th
18---200813th
19---201016th
20---20109th

Points likelihood: 100% Last points: 2011 Last DNF: –

The polesitter at the Turkish Grand Prix has never failed to score at the event. Five of the seven previous races at Istanbul Park have been won from pole. In the other two, the polesitter finished in third place. Both polesitters who failed to win were Red Bull drivers. Sebastian Vettel finished third in 2009, while Mark Webber finished third having started from pole in 2010.

Points likelihood: 100% Last points: 2011 Last DNF: –

There have been only two races at Istanbul Park where the driver who started fourth has failed to finish on the podium. While Lewis Hamilton finished where he started in 2011, Giancarlo Fisichella recorded the worst result from this position in 2006, finishing in sixth place. The best ever result recorded from fourth on the grid is second. Mark Webber finished as runner-up having started from fourth in 2009, while Jenson Button repeated the feat in 2010.

Points likelihood: 86% Last points: 2011 Last DNF: –

The driver starting second has won two of the last three Turkish Grands Prix. Jenson Button won in 2009, while Lewis Hamilton was victorious in 2010. The grid position has recorded a further two podium finishes, with third place for Michael Schumacher in 2006 and second for Mark Webber in 2011. The driver starting second has never retired, while Heikki Kovalainen’s twelfth place finish in 2008 is the only time that the grid slot has failed to score.

Points likelihood: 86% Last points: 2011 Last DNF: –

Fifth on the grid has recorded a top four finish in all of the last four races at Istanbul Park. Fernando Alonso recorded the best result from fifth on the grid in the last race at the circuit, finishing in third place. The driver starting here finished fourth in all of the three years before that. Like second on the grid, the driver starting here has never retired and has only failed to score once. Nick Heidfeld finished only fourteenth in 2006.

Points likelihood: 86% Last points: 2011 Last DNF: 2005

Sixth on the grid is the slot furthest up the grid which has never recorded a podium finish. The best result recorded from sixth on the grid is fourth recorded by both Jenson Button in 2006 and Nick Heidfeld in 2007. There has been only one retirement from sixth on the grid in Turkey, with Heidfeld retiring in 2005. Kimi Raikkonen is the only other driver who has failed to score from this grid slot, coming home ninth in 2009.

Points likelihood: 71% Last points: 2010 Last DNF: –

From the seven races at Istanbul Park, the driver starting tenth has scored on three occasions. The best result from this grid position is seventh, recorded by Robert Kubica in 2009. No retirements have been recorded from tenth on the grid, and only two drivers have failed to finish in the top ten having started here. Christian Klien and Felipe Massa finished eleventh in 2006 and 2011 respectively.

Points likelihood: 71% Last points: 2011 Last DNF: 2006

In the first two Turkish Grands Prix, the driver who started seventh retired. Since then, the driver starting here has never failed to score. In every race here between 2007 and 2010, the driver starting seventh finished the race in sixth place. In the 2011 Turkish Grand Prix, Vitaly Petrov started seventh and finished eighth.

Points likelihood: 71% Last points: 2011 Last DNF: 2010

The driver who started third finished as runner-up in all of the first four Turkish Grands Prix. Two years of retirements followed for the driver starting here: Rubens Barrichello retired with gearbox troubles in 2009, while Sebastian Vettel retired in 2010 after colliding with his team-mate. In the most recent race at Istanbul Park, Nico Rosberg finished fifth having started from third place.

Points likelihood: 57% Last points: 2011 Last DNF: –

The driver starting ninth has scored in three of the last four Turkish Grands Prix. They’re the only times that the driver starting here has scored. While Nick Heidfeld finished seventh here in the last race held at the circuit, the best result from this grid slot is fifth. Heidfeld is one of the drivers to have finished fifth having started ninth at the Turkish Grands Prix, doing so in 2008, while Nico Rosberg followed suit in 2009.

Points likelihood: 57% Last points: 2010 Last DNF: –

There has been one top five finish from eleventh on the grid at the Turkish Grand Prix. That was for Pedro de la Rosa, who finished fifth in 2006. Nico Rosberg and Adrian Sutil are the only other drivers to have scored having started here. Rosberg finished eighth in 2008, while Sutil finished ninth in 2010. No retirements have been recorded from this grid slot.

Points likelihood: 57% Last points: 2010 Last DNF: 2005

The driver starting eighth has scored at the Turkish Grand Prix only twice. Both of those occasions were seventh place finishes, for Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa in 2007 and 2010 respectively. There have been a further two top ten finishes recorded from here, both tenth place finishes, in 2008 and 2009. Massa is the only driver to have recorded a retirement from this grid slot, in 2005.

Points likelihood: 57% Last points: 2009 Last DNF: 2011

In every Turkish Grand Prix which the driver starting thirteenth has finished, they have finished the race in a better position than where they started. The only race in which a driver starting here has failed to finish was the last race at the circuit in 2011, when Paul di Resta retired. Points have been scored from thirteenth on three occasions at Istanbul Park, with the best result being fifth place for Jenson Button in 2005.

Points likelihood: 43% Last points: 2010 Last DNF: 2007

David Coulthard finished seventh having started twelfth at the first Turkish Grand Prix. Since then, only one driver has scored from this position, with that being eighth place for Fernando Alonso in 2010.

Points likelihood: 14% Last points: 2006 Last DNF: 2005

There has been only one Turkish Grand Prix in which the driver starting fifteenth has finished in the top twelve. That was a seventh place finish for Ralf Schumacher in 2006; the only time that this grid slot has scored. While it has a low points-scoring rate, the driver starting here has also only retired once.

Points likelihood: 14% Last points: 2011 Last DNF: 2008

In the last Turkish Grand Prix, Sebastien Buemi became the first driver to score at Istanbul Park having started sixteenth. He finished the race in ninth place. There have been two retirements from this grid position: David Coulthard was out in 2006, while Kazuki Nakajima failed to finish in 2008.

Points likelihood: 14% Last points: – Last DNF: 2010

Twentieth on the grid has not yet scored at Istanbul Park, though there has been a top ten finish recorded from the grid slot. Takuma Sato finished ninth in the first Turkish Grand Prix in 2005. Since then, no driver starting here has finished in the top seventeen. There have been three retirements recorded from twentieth on the grid; the second most of any grid slot at the circuit.

Points likelihood: 0% Last points: – Last DNF: –

The driver starting seventeenth has never scored at the Turkish Grand Prix – but the good news is that the driver starting here has never recorded a DNF. The best finishing position from this grid slot is thirteenth. Both Robert Doornbos and Scott Speed finished thirteenth having started seventeenth in the first two races at the circuit.

Points likelihood: 0% Last points: – Last DNF: 2006

Fourteenth is the position furthest up the grid which has never scored at the Turkish Grand Prix. The driver starting here has finished all but one race, with Nico Rosberg retiring in 2006. The best result from this grid position is eleventh, recorded by Alexander Wurz in 2007.

Points likelihood: 0% Last points: – Last DNF: 2008

The driver starting eighteenth has never scored at the Turkish Grand Prix. While there have been two retirements recorded from this position, in 2006 and 2008, the best result recorded from eighteenth on the grid is thirteenth, which was recorded by Vitantonio Liuzzi in 2010.

Points likelihood: 0% Last points: – Last DNF: 2010

Adrian Sutil’s sixteenth place finish in 2008 and Jarno Trulli’s eighteenth place finish in 2011 are the only times that the driver starting nineteenth has reached the chequered flag at the Turkish Grand Prix. The driver starting here has retired on no fewer than five occasions.

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