As Verstappen hopes to become the 15th driver to win four races in a row, Leclerc moves into the top 10 of drivers to have made the most starts with Ferrari and Alonso can equal Raikkonen as the driver with the most finishes. Here are the milestones and records which could be broken at the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix!
2022 DUTCH GRAND PRIX F1 MILESTONES
The 2022 Dutch Grand Prix will be the 1,072nd World Championship race. It will be the 34th Dutch Grand Prix since the event was first held in 1950 and the 32nd time that the event has been held as a round of the World Championship. This will be the 32nd Formula 1 race held at Zandvoort.
Red Bull will equal the number of starts made by the Minardi team this weekend, putting them ninth in the all-time list of most starts for an F1 team. Minardi made 340 starts between the 1985 Brazilian Grand Prix and the 2005 Chinese Grand Prix.
This weekend, Pierre Gasly will equal Daniil Kvyat as the driver to have made the most starts with the Red Bull junior team. Having driven for both Toro Rosso and AlphaTauri, Kvyat made 89 appearances with the team in total over the course of his career. The 2022 Dutch Grand Prix will mark Gasly’s 89th appearance with the outfit.
Charles Leclerc makes his 74th start with Ferrari this weekend. That puts him into the top ten of most starts made with the Scuderia, overtaking Clay Regazzoni.
The 2022 Dutch Grand Prix will be the fifth F1 race held on September 4th. The last race held on this date was the 2016 Italian Grand Prix.
The 67th lap of the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix will be the 2,500th racing lap to take place at Zandvoort.
THE F1 RECORDS TO BREAK AT THE 2022 DUTCH GRAND PRIX
Should Max Verstappen win the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix, it would be the first time in his career that he has won four races in a row. He would be only the 15th driver to have won four consecutive races.
Verstappen is currently on the longest streak of consecutive races which he has led in his career. Should he lead again this weekend, it would be the eighth race in a row in which he has led a lap. He would become only the tenth driver to have led eight consecutive races.
Fernando Alonso has finished 277 races so far in his career. If he crosses the finish line this weekend, he will equal Kimi Raikkonen as the driver to have crossed the finish line at the most Grands Prix.
Both Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon have scored at all of the last four races. Should both Alpine drivers score again this weekend, it would be the first time that both of the Enstone-based team’s cars have scored at five races in a row since their last title winning year. Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella scored at all 11 races between the 2006 Malaysian and German Grands Prix.
Should Charles Leclerc or Carlos Sainz score points this weekend, it would be the 800th World Championship event at which Ferrari have scored. The team would be the first to reach the milestone.
If Lando Norris scores ten or more points without winning the race, he will move ahead of Romain Grosjean to second in the list of most points scored without taking a victory.
George Russell has led 87 laps in his career without winning a race. Should he lead another 21 laps this weekend and not win the race, he will overtake Jean Behra as the driver to have led the second-most laps without taking a victory.
If Fernando Alonso finishes in the top ten at the Dutch Grand Prix, it will be the first time that he has scored at ten races in a row since scoring at all 15 races between the 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix. It will be the eighth time in his career that he has scored at ten or more consecutive races.
If an Aston Martin driver is eliminated in Q1 at the Dutch Grand Prix, this will be the first time that the Silverstone-based team have recorded at least one Q1 exit at ten races in a row since the first ten races of the 2019 season.
If the polesitter finishes third, it will be the first time in F1 history that the polesitter has finished in third place at three consecutive races.
If Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton finish first and second, they will set a new record as the driver pairing to have recorded the most 1-2 results. The current shared record is 31, for Hamilton & Verstappen and Hamilton & Nico Rosberg.
Rubens Barrichello currently sits ninth in the all-time list of most races in which a driver has scored. He scored in 140 races during his career. That number could be equalled by Valtteri Bottas this weekend.
If the race is won by less than a second, 2022 will be the first season since 2017 to have had at least three races in which the win margin was under a second. The record for most races won by under a second in a single season is seven, in 2002.
If Fernando Alonso reaches Q3, he will equal Kimi Raikkonen for third in the list of most Q3 appearances since the system was introduced in 2006.
A podium result for Bottas would see him equal Rubens Barrichello as the non-champion with the most podiums in F1.
Sebastian Vettel will become the third driver to record podium finishes in fifteen different seasons if he finishes in the top three.
If three Mercedes-powered cars finish on the podium, Mercedes will equal Renault’s record tally of 17 podium lockouts for an engine manufacturer.
THE DUTCH GRAND PRIX RECORDS TO BREAK
If Max Verstappen wins the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix, he will become the eighth driver to have taken multiple wins at Zandvoort. If he takes pole, he will become the circuit’s tenth repeat polesitter.
Pole position for Max Verstappen would see him become the sixth driver to take consecutive poles at the Dutch Grand Prix.
Ferrari can equal Lotus’ record tally of eight pole positions at the Dutch Grand Prix. The Scuderia have taken seven poles at Zandvoort to date.
If he takes victory, Max Verstappen will overtake Niki Lauda as the driver to have scored the most points at Zandvoort.
Max Verstappen will become the tenth driver to have led 100 laps at Zandvoort if he leads 46 laps of the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix. If anyone else leads a lap, they will become the 30th driver to have led a lap at Zandvoort.
The fifteen drivers who finished last year’s race and are on the grid for the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix will be hoping to maintain their 100% finish rate. In Zandvoort’s first stint on the calendar, there were only fifteen drivers who made two appearances at the circuit and maintained a 100% finishing record.
If Pierre Gasly or Esteban Ocon take pole position, France would equal Britain as the nation with the most poles at Zandvoort. Britain can extend the record to seven poles.
HAMILTON SEARCHES FOR FIRST WIN OF 2022
Victory for Lewis Hamilton in any race in 2022 will see him become the first driver in F1 history to have won a race in 16 different seasons, as well as the first to win in 16 consecutive seasons.
June 10th marked 15 years since Lewis Hamilton’s first F1 win at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix. If Hamilton wins any race from now on, he’ll become only the second driver – after Kimi Raikkonen – with a gap of longer than 15 years between his first and last F1 wins.
If he takes pole position, sets the fastest lap and wins the race, Lewis Hamilton would become the second driver – after Michael Schumacher – to record 20 hat tricks in his F1 career.
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.