Verstappen reaches 1,000 laps led, Gasly finishes in the top six for a third consecutive race and Norris achieves a feat which no one has achieved since 1964. Here’s a statistic from each driver’s 2021 Dutch Grand Prix weekend!
Finishing as runner-up at the Dutch Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton recorded his 175th podium finish. Hamilton extended his record for most different circuits at which a driver has recorded a podium to 33. Hamilton set the fastest lap of the race, putting him 20 away from equalling Michael Schumacher’s record for most fastest laps. Zandvoort is the 25th different circuit at which Hamilton has taken the fastest lap of a Grand Prix, breaking Schumacher’s former record of 24 different circuits. Having scored nineteen points, Hamilton is now just half a point away from becoming the first driver to score 4,000 points in his Formula 1 career.
With his 63rd podium finish, Valtteri Bottas overtook David Coulthard as the driver with the ninth most podiums in F1 history. Rubens Barrichello is now the only non-champion with more top three finishes than the Finn. Bottas is only the second Finnish driver to finish on the Dutch Grand Prix podium. Keke Rosberg also finished third at the 1982 Dutch Grand Prix.
After taking pole position on Saturday – becoming the 35th driver to record ten or more poles in their Formula 1 career – Verstappen took his first home win at the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix. Verstappen made the Netherlands the twelfth nation to have a home winner in Formula 1. It makes 2021 the first season to have two home winners since 2014. Nico Rosberg was the last driver other than Lewis Hamilton to take a home victory, doing so at the 2014 German Grand Prix. The 2021 Dutch Grand Prix marks the 75th occasion on which a driver has taken a Grand Prix win on home soil in World Championship history, and Verstappen is the 35th different driver to take a home win in Formula 1. After leading the first nine laps of the race, Max Verstappen became the nineteenth driver to have led 1,000 racing laps in his Formula 1 career. Stirling Moss is the only other non-champion to achieve that feat. 469 of Verstappen’s 1,000 laps led have come in the 2021 season, while over half have been in the last 17 races. Talking of Moss, Verstappen surpassed the British driver as the non-champion with the most F1 victories. Meanwhile, with his 52nd podium finish, Verstappen overtook Mika Hakkinen as the driver with the fifteenth most podium results in Formula 1 history. This was the 100th Grand Prix in which Max Verstappen scored points. He is the seventeenth driver to score at 100 races.
Sergio Perez failed to make it through to Q2 at the Dutch Grand Prix, becoming the first Red Bull driver to be eliminated in Q1 since Alex Albon at the 2019 Russian Grand Prix. This was Perez’s first Q1 elimination since the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix. After changing his power unit, Perez started the race from the pit lane. This was his third pit lane start in the last four races. Finishing in eighth place, Perez scored points for the first time since the Austrian Grand Prix. Points have been recorded from the pit lane only twice in 2021, both times by Perez, at the Bahrain and Dutch Grands Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo failed to score at the Dutch Grand Prix, recording his second eleventh place finish in the last three races. In better news, the Australian reached Q3 and out-qualified his team-mate for the second consecutive races. It’s the first time he’s achieved those two feats at consecutive rounds since the Bahrain and Emilia Romagna Grands Prix.
Lando Norris’ tenth place in the Dutch Grand Prix marked the first time that the driver starting thirteenth at Zandvoort has scored points since Chris Amon finished fifth in the 1964 Dutch Grand Prix. Norris qualified thirteenth having missed out on Q3 for the first time since the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix.
Having encountered traffic, Sebastian Vettel qualified only seventeenth for the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix. This was his second Q1 exit of the year, having also been eliminated in Q1 at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.
With both Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi on the grid, the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix was the 350th World Championship F1 race in which a Canadian driver has raced. After out-qualifying his team-mate for the first time since the Styrian Grand Prix, Stroll finished the race in twelfth place.
For the sixth time in 2021’s thirteen races, Fernando Alonso qualified in ninth place. Alonso went on to finish in sixth place for the eighteenth time in his F1 career. As a result, he equalled Kimi Raikkonen as the driver on the 2021 grid with the most sixth place finishes. Only Felipe Massa, Nico Hulkenberg and Jenson Button have recorded more sixth place finishes in their careers.
Esteban Ocon recorded his fifth ninth place finish of the 2021 season at the Dutch Grand Prix. Scoring for a fourth consecutive race, Ocon equalled his longest points-scoring streak of the year.
Charles Leclerc set the fastest time in Q1 at the Dutch Grand Prix. It was the first time a Ferrari driver has been fastest in Q1 since the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix. Leclerc went on to qualify in fifth place – the best qualifying result for a Ferrari driver at Zandvoort since Patrick Tambay’s second place at the 1983 Dutch Grand Prix. On his 50th race start with Ferrari, Leclerc finished the race in fifth place. He finished where he started for the fourth time this year.
Despite crashing out in Free Practice 3, Carlos Sainz recovered to qualify in sixth place for the Dutch Grand Prix. Finishing seventh, Sainz scored points for a sixth consecutive race. That equals his second-longest points-scoring streak in Formula 1.
At the Dutch Grand Prix, Pierre Gasly equalled his best qualifying result of the 2021 season with fourth place. The Frenchman went on to record the sixth top four finish of his Formula 1 career. This marks the first time in his career that Gasly has finished in the top six at three consecutive races. Gasly has finished where he started at all of the last four races.
Qualifying in fifteenth for the Dutch Grand Prix, Yuki Tsunoda recorded the Red Bull junior team’s 300th Q2 elimination. Tsunoda went on to record the second retirement of his Formula 1 career due to a loss of power.
After testing positive for coronavirus on Saturday, Kimi Raikkonen was forced to miss the remainder of the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix weekend. That made this race the first time that he did not start since recording a DNS at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix, and the first race for which he did not qualify since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix.
🇵🇱 ROBERT KUBICA
Replacing Kimi Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo was Robert Kubica, who made his first race appearance since the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Kubica returned to the former Sauber team, for whom he last raced at the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Kubica qualified for the race in eighteenth place and finished fifteenth. Fifteenth is the Pole’s best result since scoring points at the 2019 German Grand Prix.
For the second time in 2021, Antonio Giovinazzi reached Q3. He also appeared in Q3 at the Monaco Grand Prix. Giovinazzi qualified in seventh place – the best qualifying result of his Formula 1 career to date. His previous best qualifying result is eighth place, recorded twice – at the 2019 Azerbaijan and Austrian Grands Prix. A puncture cost the Italian any chance of scoring points in the race.
At the Dutch Grand Prix, after qualifying nineteenth for the third time in the last five races, Mick Schumacher finished eighteenth for the third time in the last five races.
Nikita Mazepin was the first retirement from the Dutch Grand Prix, recording the third DNF of his Formula 1 career. Mazepin’s retirement from eighteenth on the grid made this the third consecutive Dutch Grand Prix in which the driver starting eighteenth has retired. It also means that twentieth is the only grid slot yet to record a retirement in the 2021 season.
George Russell’s two-race scoring streak ended at the Dutch Grand Prix with a retirement. He was classified in seventeenth place having finished more than 90% of the race distance. Russell became the first driver to record four retirements in 2021.
For the first time in his Formula 1 career, Nicholas Latifi reached Q2 at two consecutive races. However, a crash in Q2 meant that the Canadian had to start the race from the pit lane. Along with Sergio Perez, he became the first driver to start a Dutch Grand Prix from the pits.
Read more statistics from the 2021 Dutch 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. 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 Motorsport Guides. 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.