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FACTS & STATS: Alonso beats Schumacher record for longest first-last podium interval

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ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 27: Second placed Fernando Alonso of Spain and Aston Martin F1 Team

The weather made sure the Dutch Grand Prix was a breathless affair from start to finish, but once the spray had settled the numbers showed plenty of records being matched or equalled – and not just by race winners Max Verstappen and Red Bull…

• Today’s was the first Dutch Grand Prix ever to be red-flagged.

• Verstappen’s ninth consecutive win tied the Formula 1 championship record held by Sebastian Vettel – also with Red Bull.

• It was also the 12th consecutive time Verstappen has won when starting from pole position, tying Michael Schumacher's record set between San Marino 2003 and Japan 2004.

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• Verstappen’s 11th win of the season surpasses his total in his first title year in 2021 and matches the most scored by Lewis Hamilton in any season.

• Verstappen has now led 628 laps this season, more than he led in 2022 (616), and the seventh-highest total in history (just 111 short of Vettel's record).

• Verstappen remains unbeaten at Zandvoort in his lifetime.

ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 27: Third placed Pierre Gasly of France and Alpine F1 celebrates on

A welcome podium return for Pierre Gasly

• With P2 today, Fernando Alonso secured his seventh podium of 2023 and extended his gap over Hamilton in third place in the championship (they were separated by one point before today).

• That P2 for Alonso breaks Michael Schumacher's F1 record (7,399 days) for the longest interval between first and last career podium finishes (Alonso's first podium was Malaysia 2003).

• With his P2 combined with fastest lap, Alonso has now scored more points for Aston Martin in the first 13 races this year (168) than he did in his previous two seasons at Alpine (162).

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• Today Aston Martin finished on the podium at Zandvoort for the first time, 64 years after making their F1 debut on this track with Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby.

• Pierre Gasly’s P3 for Alpine was his first podium finish since Azerbaijan 2021.

• He did, however, notably finish third in the F1 Sprint in Belgium immediately before the summer break.

• Gasly had been pointless in the three previous Grands Prix.

• In the second Red Bull, Sergio Perez took P4 and lost a podium finish thanks to a five-second time penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 26: Alex Albon of Great Britain and Williams  during qualifying

Alex Albon was not to be denied another points finish

• Carlos Sainz’s P5 for Ferrari was his best-ever finish at Zandvoort.

• Lewis Hamilton took sixth for Mercedes and has still only finished outside the top six once this season (eighth in Austria).

• With P7 for McLaren, Lando Norris finished in the same position for the second consecutive race.

• It also matched his 2022 Dutch Grand Prix result.

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• Taking P8 for Williams, Alex Albon secured his third top-eight finish in the last six races.

• Oscar Piastri took P9 for McLaren, scoring two points on his manager Mark Webber's 47th birthday.

• Esteban Ocon completed the points with P10 for Alpine – he has finished ninth, ninth and 10th in three Zandvoort starts.

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