Verstappen holds his biggest ever championship lead, Vettel fails to score in Canada for the first time and Zhou has a career-best weekend. Here’s a statistic from each driver’s 2022 Canadian Grand Prix weekend!
🇳🇱 Max Verstappen
On the weekend that Max Verstappen became the 12th driver to make 150 consecutive Grand Prix starts, he took the 26th victory of his career. That saw him pass Jim Clark and Niki Lauda and move up to ninth place on the all-time win list. As well as sitting ninth in the all-time win list, Verstappen equals Valtteri Bottas for ninth in the all-time podium list. This was his 67th top three appearance. On Saturday, Verstappen became only the fourth different polesitter at the Canadian Grand Prix in the past 16 years. He took pole with a 0.645 second margin – the largest seen at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since 1984. He became the 17th driver to take pole at 13 different circuits during his career.
🇲🇽 Sergio Perez
It was a weekend to forget for Sergio Perez, who crashed out in Q2 and retired on Sunday. Perez became the first driver to record five Q2 exits at the Canadian Grand Prix. On race day, he became only the third Red Bull driver to retire at the Canadian Grand Prix after David Coulthard in 2007 and Max Verstappen in 2017.
🇬🇧 Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton recorded his best qualifying result of the season to date with fourth place and returned to the podium for the first time since the Bahrain Grand Prix. That ended a podium drought of seven races; his longest such drought since ten podium-less races between the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix and the 2009 German Grand Prix. With his 33rd third place finish, Hamilton equals Sebastian Vettel for second on the all-time list of most third place finishes in Formula 1. Only Kimi Raikkonen, on 45, sits ahead of them.
🇬🇧 George Russell
George Russell finished in fourth place, recording a ninth consecutive top five finish. This was the first time he has scored points at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
🇲🇨 Charles Leclerc
With a back of the grid power unit penalty on the cards for Charles Leclerc, the Monegasque driver did not reach Q3 or qualify on the front row for the first time this year. This was only the third time that a Ferrari driver has not reached Q3 in Canada, after Felipe Massa in 2013 and Sebastian Vettel in 2015. Leclerc made up 14 positions on his drive from 19th to fifth in the race. That’s the most positions he has ever gained in a race. Leclerc became the first driver to score points having started 19th on the grid in Canada since Sebastian Vettel, who finished eighth in 2008.
🇪🇸 Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz recorded his fifth podium finish of the year, finishing as runner-up for the fifth time in his career. He did so after recording his best ever Canadian Grand Prix qualifying result with third place, beating his previous best of ninth. Sainz led 17 laps of the race, which is the most laps he has led in a single Grand Prix so far in his career. He set the fastest lap of the race for the second time in his career.
With his 11th top three finish, Sainz equalled Chris Amon for third in the list of most podiums without a win. Only Nick Heidfeld (13) and Stefan Johansson (12) are ahead of the Spaniard.
🇦🇺 Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo reached Q3 at the Canadian Grand Prix for an eighth consecutive visit to the track, despite recording his worst qualifying result here since 2015. Ricciardo failed to score, finishing in 11th place. This was the first time he has not picked up a point at the Canadian Grand Prix since 2015.
🇬🇧 Lando Norris
A power unit issue left Lando Norris unable to set a final lap time in Q2 and he subsequently qualified 14th; his worst qualifying result of the year to date. He finished outside of the points, but Norris did at least cross the finish line at the track for the first time, moving out of a group of 47 drivers with a 100% DNF rate in Montreal.
🇪🇸 Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso qualified on the front row for the first time since he last took pole position at the 2012 German Grand Prix. This was Alonso’s first Q3 appearance in Canada since 2016 as well as his first front row qualification at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since 2011. It was a disappointing race for the Spaniard, who finished seventh on track before a post-race penalty dropped him to ninth place. Nevertheles, this was the first time he has scored points at the Canadian Grand Prix since finishing sixth in 2014.
🇫🇷 Esteban Ocon
After maintaining his 100% Canada Q3 appearance record on Saturday, Esteban Ocon recorded his second top six finish of the season, having also finished sixth at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. It equalled his best-ever Canadian Grand Prix result. He last finished sixth in Montreal in 2017.
🇫🇷 Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly recorded his third Q1 exit of the year, qualifying in 16th. He failed to score points for the sixth time this year, finishing the race in 14th.
🇯🇵 Yuki Tsunoda
With an engine penalty, Yuki Tsunoda recorded his fourth Q1 exit of 2022 and qualified last for the second time this year. Tsunoda retired from the race after crashing out at Turn 1 following a pit stop. He made this the fourth consecutive Canadian Grand Prix from which a driver for the Red Bull junior team has retired. This was the second time Tsunoda has failed to reach the chequered flag in 2022, following his non-start at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
🇩🇪 Sebastian Vettel
For the first time in 12 visits to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Sebastian Vettel failed to score a point. His 12th place was the first time he has not finished in the top eight at the track and the first time since 2008 that he has not finished in the top five. On Saturday, Vettel was out in Q1, failing to reach Q2 at the Canadian Grand Prix for the first time since 2015.
🇨🇦 Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll may have made this his fourth consecutive Q1 exit at his home race, but 2022 is the third time he’s picked up points at the Canadian Grand Prix. This was the third time that Stroll has picked up a point in 2022. He’s yet to finish above tenth place this season.
Stroll recorded his fourth Q1 exit in a row, which is his longest streak of Q1 eliminations since his run of 14 between the 2018 United States Grand Prix and the 2019 British Grand Prix. Stroll equals Marcus Ericsson and Heikki Kovalainen as the driver to have had the most Q1 exits at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
🇹🇭 Alex Albon
With 12th place, Alex Albon recorded his best qualifying result of the year to date. This was the first time a Williams driver made it out of Q1 since Albon did so at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. This was also the first time since 2017 that a Williams driver made it out of Q1 at the Canadian Grand Prix.
🇨🇦 Nicholas Latifi
With Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi both on the grid, this was the first Canadian Grand Prix in which multiple Canadians have lined up on the grid since 1969. It will also be the first Canadian Grand Prix which multiple Canadians have entered since 1981. Latifi qualified 19th, exiting in Q1 for the 16th consecutive race. It is now the longest Q1 exit streak of his career. Latifi moves ahead of Jarno Trulli to eighth in the all-time list of most Q1 eliminations. This was his 43rd Q1 exit in total.
🇫🇮 Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas continued his strong points-scoring record in Montreal with seventh place in the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix. This was his worst finishing result in Canada since also finishing seventh in 2014. In qualifying, Bottas failed to reach Q3 in Canada for the first time.
🇨🇳 Zhou Guanyu
Out-qualifying his team-mate for the second race in a row, Zhou Guanyu reached Q3 for the first time in his Formula 1 career. Overall, he is the 63rd driver to appear in Q3 since the qualifying system was introduced in 2006. Zhou’s tenth place in qualifying was the first time that his team has reached Q3 at the Canadian Grand Prix since 2008. In the race, Zhou recorded his best result in Formula 1 to date with eighth place. This was the first time he has scored since the Bahrain Grand Prix.
🇩🇪 Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher recorded his best qualifying result to date with sixth place. Schumacher retired from the race when running inside the top ten. His retirement marked the first time that a Haas driver has failed to reach the chequered flag in Canada. Schumacher became the first driver to retire from sixth on the grid at the Canadian Grand Prix since Nico Rosberg in 2006.
🇩🇰 Kevin Magnussen
This being his 129th qualifying appearance, Magnussen moved up to ninth, ahead of Sutil, on the all time list of most qualifications without a pole position. With his 128th start, Magnussen equalled Sutil for tenth in the list of most starts without a win. After being forced to pit for front wing damage near the start of the race, Kevin Magnussen fell 12 places down the order. That’s the most positions he has ever lost in a Grand Prix which he has finished. Magnussen became the first driver to fail to score having started from fifth on the grid in the 2022 season.
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.
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