Verstappen goes into the top ten of all-time Formula 1 wins and Hamilton ends his longest podium drought in 13 years. Here are the facts and statistics from the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix!
VERSTAPPEN WINS IN CANADA
Max Verstappen took victory at the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix, securing the 26th victory of his career. He moves ahead of Jim Clark and Niki Lauda to ninth place on the all-time win list.
This was Verstappen’s sixth win of the 2022 season. He became the 24th different driver to take victory at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Verstappen is the first Red Bull driver to win at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since Daniel Ricciardo in 2014. It was the team’s third victory at the venue.
This was Red Bull’s sixth consecutive victory. It’s only the 21st occasion that a team has won six races in a row. This is the second time Red Bull have achieved the feat, following Sebastian Vettel’s nine-race winning streak at the end of the 2013 season.
This was Red Bull’s 82nd victory, surpassing the total of the Lotus team and putting them fourth in the all-time list. However, Red Bull arguably already surpassed Lotus, as the final two Lotus victories were recorded by the Entsone team under their Lotus branding at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the 2013 Australian Grand Prix.
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.
Verstappen becomes the seventh driver to have taken victory at 18 different circuits during his Formula 1 career. He moves ahead of Ayrton Senna and Nico Rosberg in the list of different tracks at which a driver has won.
Verstappen’s win margin was 0.993 seconds. The 2022 Canadian Grand Prix is the fourth race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to be won by less than a second. It last happened in 2003.
This is the first time that a driver has won the Canadian Grand Prix while their team-mate failed to finish since 2011, when Jenson Button won for McLaren while his team-mate retired from the race.
The 2022 Canadian Grand Prix was the 450th World Championship race to be won from pole position. It was the first race to be won from pole since the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
After his Canadian Grand Prix win, Verstappen leads the championship by 46 points. Since the points system changed in 2010, no one has led by a margin that big and failed to go on and win the title. The biggest ever points lead without winning the title is a 40 point lead for Fernando Alonso after the 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix.
ON THE PODIUM
Carlos Sainz recorded his fifth podium finish of the year, finishing as runner-up for the fifth time in his career. He becomes the 72nd driver to record 11 podium finishes in total. He is the 51st different driver to finish on the podium at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
With his 11th top three finish, Sainz equals 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. In better news for him, eight drivers took more podium finishes than Sainz has before recording their first win.
Sainz set the fastest lap of the race for the second time in his career. He last did so at the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix.
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.
Lewis Hamilton recorded his 184th podium finish. This was his first podium finish since the Bahrain Grand Prix, ending a podium drought of seven races. This was his longest such drought since ten podium-less races between the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix and the 2009 German Grand Prix.
This was the first Canadian Grand Prix in which a Mercedes driver has not finished in the top two since 2013.
Hamilton’s third place was the 24th top three finish for a British driver at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Britain equals Germany as the nation with the most top threes at the track. This was Hamilton’s ninth podium result at the track.
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.
This was the fourth time in Formula 1 that a Red Bull driver has won, with a Ferrari driver second and a Mercedes driver third. It last happened at the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix.
THE POINTS SCORERS
George Russell finished in fourth place, recording a ninth consecutive top five finish.
Charles Leclerc made up 14 positions on his drive from 19th to fifth in the Canadian Grand Prix. 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.
Alpine would have scored their first double top seven result since the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix and Alonso would have recorded a seventh place finish for the third race in a row, if not for a post-race penalty for the Spaniard which dropped him to ninth. Nevertheless, this was the third Canadian Grand Prix in a row in which both of the Enstone-based team’s cars have scored points.
Esteban Ocon recorded his second top six finish of the season, having also finished sixth at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Ocon equals his best-ever Canadian Grand Prix result. He last finished sixth in Montreal in 2017.
Alonso’s ninth place is the first time he has scored points at the Canadian Grand Prix since finishing sixth in 2014.
Alfa Romeo scored points with both cars for the first time since the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. With Valtteri Bottas seventh and Zhou Guanyu eighth, this was the team’s best result at the circuit since 2012.
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.
Lance Stroll has never started higher than 16th 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 made this the eighth consecutive visit to Canada in which the Silverstone-based team have picked up a point.
THE OTHER FINISHERS
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.
With Daniel Ricciardo 11th and Lando Norris 15th, this was the third race of the year at which McLaren did not score any points, after the Bahrain and Miami Grands Prix. McLaren have had three point-less races so far in the nine races of 2022, compared to three point-less races in the 48 Grands Prix prior to this season.
This was the first time that Ricciardo failed to score at the Canadian Grand Prix since 2015. Norris remains yet to pick up a point at the track. 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 here. His place in that group was taken by Mick Schumacher.
McLaren’s last points-scoring race in Montreal remains the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix.
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.
This being his 128th start, Magnussen equals Adrian Sutil for tenth in the list of most Grand Prix starts without winning a race.
Sergio Perez was the first retirement of the race. 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.
Mick 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.
Yuki 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.
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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