Tuscan GP Facts & Stats: Hamilton just one win shy of Schumacher record
After no less than three standing starts, the very first Tuscan Grand Prix threw up excitement in spades – as well as more than its fair share of new records and fascinating figures…
• Lewis Hamilton won the inaugural Grand Prix at a circuit for the 3rd time in his career – after Austin 2012 and Sochi 2014.
• Hamilton today set a new F1 record of 222 career points finishes, moving ahead of Michael Schumacher.
• He also set a new F1 record with his 42nd consecutive classified finish, beating Nick Heidfeld.
• Hamilton could tie Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 91 career wins at the next race.
• Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas is now winless in the last 8 races, after winning the season’s opening Grand Prix in Austria.
• It was nevertheless Bottas’s 52nd career podium, surpassing the total of 2-time champion compatriot Mika Hakkinen.
• Mercedes achieved a maximum score for the first time this season (1-2 finish plus the fastest lap bonus point).
• Mercedes set an F1 record by leading a lap in a 32nd consecutive race (Williams led 31 in a row from Magny-Cours 1995to Imola 1997).
• Mercedes-Benz engines are now only 2 short of Ford's F1 record of 228 consecutive races in the points (a Mercedes-powered car has been in the points at every race since Japan 2008).
• Alex Albon is the first Thai driver to appear on F1 podium. His famous compatriot Prince Bira – the only other Thai F1 driver – competed in the first world championship Grand Prix in 1950, as well as in Ferrari's debut F1 race.
• Max Verstappen aside, Albon is the first Red Bull driver to reach the podium since Daniel Ricciardo – the man he passed for P3 today – at Monaco 2018.
• Talking of Ricciardo, today was the 4th time he has finished 4th in a race since joining Renault, without ever being on the podium.
• After his P5 finish for Racing Point, Sergio Perez maintains his record of scoring in every race he has started in 2020 (he missed 2 races).
• At McLaren, Lando Norris scored his 5th top-6 finish of the season.
• Daniil Kvyat scored a top-8 finish for AlphaTauri (formerly Toro Rosso) for only the 4th time in 81 starts for this team.
• In their very 1st Grand Prix Ferrari finished 1 position behind an Alfa Romeo (driven by Juan Manuel Fangio). Today, in their 1,000th GP they finished 1 place behind an Alfa Romeo, driven by Kimi Raikkonen – or at least until he took a 5-second time penalty for crossing the pit entry line.
• Ferrari scored points with both cars for the first time in 5 races.
• Raikkonen’s 9th place was his first points of the year and Alfa Romeo's first points since the opening race in Austria.
• At Williams, George Russell matched his career-best result of 11th place, his 30th career start without a point (the 6th highest of all time).
• AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly, winner last weekend in Italy, emulated compatriot Olivier Panis (the last French F1 race winner before him) by retiring from the very next race on the opening lap.
• Only 2 previous Grands Prix have featured 3 standing starts on the same day - Austria 1987 and Belgium 1990. Both were red flagged twice on the first lap.