Hamilton equals the record for most wins at a single circuit, Raikkonen is the first driver to race at a circuit on twenty occasions and Norris sets a new McLaren record. Here’s a statistic from each driver’s 2021 British Grand Prix weekend!
Lewis Hamilton secured the fastest time in Friday’s qualifying session. It was the eighth time that he has set the fastest lap time in qualifying at Silverstone – which would have tied the record for most pole positions at a single circuit, if not for Saturday’s Sprint Qualifying session. Hamilton extended the record of most Q3 appearances at Silverstone to fifteen and, with second place in Sprint Qualifying, became the first driver to qualify on the front row at Silverstone on ten occasions.
In the race, Hamilton recorded his 99th career victory with his eighth win at the British Grand Prix. Hamilton ended a streak of five win-less races – his longest win-less streak since the six races between the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix and the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix. He scored 27 points over the British Grand Prix weekend, the second largest points total scored over a single F1 weekend. The record is held by Hamilton himself, who scored 50 points with his win at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hamilton led only three laps on his way to victory at the 2021 British Grand Prix. He also led only three laps on his way to winning the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The only race which he has won and led fewer laps was the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix, where he led only two tours of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Hamilton’s win was his eighth at Silverstone, equalling the record for most wins at a single track. It’s a feat which he has achieved before, having already won eight times at the Hungaroring. Michael Schumacher is the other driver to have eight wins at a single circuit: he took eight victories at Magny Cours. Hamilton also equals the record for most podium finishes at a single circuit. This was his twelfth at Silverstone – Schumacher took twelve podiums at Imola, Catalunya and Montreal.
It has now been over fourteen years since Lewis Hamilton’s first F1 victory at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix. His 2021 British Grand Prix makes him only the third driver, after Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen, to have a gap of more than fourteen years between their first and last Grand Prix wins. He also moves ahead of Schumacher in the list of drivers who have had the longest winning period in F1.
Valtteri Bottas’ third place makes him the fifth driver to have scored 100 points at the Silverstone circuit. He also ensured that this was the sixth time that both Mercedes cars have finished on the podium at Silverstone.
After becoming the first ever winner of F1 Sprint Qualifying, Max Verstappen secured three points for pole position at the British Grand Prix. He provided Red Bull with their first pole at Silverstone since 2011. After suffering the third biggest impact of the V6 hybrid era, Verstappen failed to score in the race itself. His points from Sprint Qualifying made him the first driver to score points at a Formula 1 race despite not completing a single lap of the Grand Prix. Verstappen’s retirement made this the fourth race in a row held on 18th July in which a driver has retired on the first lap of the Grand Prix, as well as the third consecutive race on this date in which the polesitter has retired.
While one Red Bull driver took pole, the other was the only retiree in the first F1 Sprint. Sergio Perez qualified last for the British Grand Prix as a result of his retirement, marking his first back row retirement since the 2019 United States Grand Prix. His only worse qualifying performance was at the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix, where he failed to set a time. Perez failed to score in the race, but did set the fastest lap. It was the fifth time he has set the fastest lap of a Grand Prix in his career.
Daniel Ricciardo was out-qualified by his team-mate at Silverstone for the first time since 2018. With sixth place in the F1 Sprint, Ricciardo equalled his best qualifying result of the season so far. In the race, Ricciardo finished in fifth place – his first top five result in a McLaren car.
At the British Grand Prix, Lando Norris recorded his sixth consecutive top five finish. It was also the fifteenth consecutive race in which the British driver has scored. Impressively, that’s a new record for the most consecutive points-scoring appearances for a McLaren driver in Formula 1.
After equalling his best qualifying result of the season to date with eighth place, Sebastian Vettel failed to finish the 2021 British Grand Prix, recording his second non finish of the season. This was the German’s third retirement at Silverstone – his first since the 2013 British Grand Prix.
With eighth place, Lance Stroll equalled his best result of the 2021 season. This was his fourth eighth place finish of the year. For a second Silverstone race in a row, the driver starting fourteenth finished in eighth place.
Fernando Alonso gained positions in the first F1 Sprint. Having started eleventh, he was fifth by the end of the first lap and finished the session in seventh place. He went on to finish the race where he started.
Esteban Ocon finished in ninth place, scoring for the first time since the Monaco Grand Prix. This was Ocon’s fourth ninth place finish of the season. The Frenchman maintains his 100% points-scoring rate at Silverstone.
Charles Leclerc led 49 laps of the 2021 British Grand Prix, but failed to win the race. It was the fifth time from ten races in 2021 that the driver who led the most laps of the race did not take victory. This was Leclerc’s first podium finish since last year’s British Grand Prix. Leclerc became the first Ferrari driver to finish as runner-up at Silverstone since Fernando Alonso in 2012. The team recorded seven podium finishes in the interim period, but no second place finishes.
Finishing in the top six for a third consecutive race, Carlos Sainz equalled his best Silverstone result with sixth place. He also finished sixth in the 2019 British Grand Prix.
Pierre Gasly was eliminated in Q2, making this the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix that neither AlphaTauri driver has appeared in the top ten shootout. In Sprint Qualifying, he equalled his worst qualifying result of the season so far, with twelfth place. A late race puncture meant that the Frenchman failed to score in the Grand Prix.
Yuki Tsunoda was eliminated in Q1 at the British Grand Prix, recording the Red Bull junior team’s 150th Q1 exit. Despite his low qualifying position, Tsunoda scored for the third time in his career, coming home in tenth place.
Kimi Raikkonen finished Sprint Qualifying in 13th place; his best qualifying result of the year so far – but he was the only driver to finish the race in a position lower than where he started. However, it was a record breaking weekend for the Finn, who became the first driver to race at a single circuit on twenty occasions. The 2021 British Grand Prix was Raikkonen’s 20th appearance at Silverstone, and he has now raced over 1,000 laps at the circuit. Only Rubens Barrichello has toured the track more times. While Raikkonen has completed 1,036 laps, Barrichello’s total is 1,049.
Antonio Giovinazzi is still yet to be out-qualified by his team-mate at Silverstone after the 2021 British Grand Prix. He finished the race in thirteenth place – his best British Grand Prix result to date.
For only the second time in 2021, Mick Schumacher finished a Grand Prix behind his Haas team-mate. Of the ten Grands Prix which he has contested so far, he has finished eighteenth in four of them.
For only the second time, both Haas cars reached the chequered flag at Silverstone. While Nikita Mazepin finished seventeenth, Mick Schumacher was last of the classified finishers in eighteenth place. The 2017 British Grand Prix is the only other Silverstone race in which both Haas cars have crossed the finish line.
George Russell reached Q3 for a second consecutive race, recording his first Q3 appearance at his home race. This was the first time since the final two races of the 2017 season that a Williams driver reached Q3 at two consecutive events. Russell is the first Williams driver to reach Q3 at Silverstone since Valtteri Bottas, who qualified seventh with the team in 2016.
For a second race weekend in a row, Nicholas Latifi was eliminated in Q1 while his team-mate reached Q3. The last Williams driver to be eliminated in Q1 while their team-mate reached Q3 at two consecutive race weekends was Kazuki Nakajima, at the 2009 European and Belgian Grands Prix.
Read more statistics from the 2021 British Grand Prix 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. 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.