United States Facts and Stats: 2019 now officially Bottas’s best-ever F1 season
The day may have been all about team mate Lewis Hamilton and his sixth world title, but Valtteri Bottas had plenty to smile about in Austin on Sunday, not least his fine Austin victory. Here’s the key stats the Mercedes men and others clocked up in Texas…
- Valtteri Bottas has now won four races in 2019 – the most of any season in his F1 career. He has also now surpassed his best-ever points total for a season (his previous best was 305 points in 2017).
- Lewis Hamilton’s sixth world championship moved him past the five of Juan-Manuel Fangio and leaves him trailing only the seven of Michael Schumacher, the driver he replaced at Mercedes at the start of 2013.
- Hamilton claimed the 150th podium finish of his career, just five short of Michael Schumacher's record.
- Hamilton secured the world title in the 1,000th world championship race to feature a British driver.
- Max Verstappen – in his 100th Grand Prix start – finished in the top three on the road at COTA for the third year in a row (a post-race penalty relegated him to fourth in 2017).
- With Charles Leclerc over 50 seconds adrift of the race winner in fourth place, and Sebastian Vettel retiring with suspension failure, this was the first race since July in which Ferrari did not feature on the podium.
- It was Vettel’s first-ever retirement in his nine US Grands Prix to date, and his second DNF in the last four races due to a mechanical failure (he also retired in Russia).
- Alex Albon maintained his record of finishing in the top five in all seven of his Red Bull starts, during which he has outscored team mate Verstappen 68 points to 54.
- Daniel Ricciardo’s sixth place matched Renault's best-ever result at COTA, and was his first finish on this track since 2016.
- Team mate Nico Hulkenberg in ninth made it two cars in the top 10 for Renault. Had he not been disqualified at Suzuka, he would now have a seven-race scoring streak.
- With Lando Norris seventh and Carlos Sainz eighth, McLaren saw both cars come home in the points for the sixth time this season.