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FACTS AND STATS: Verstappen hits a hat trick of Sprint weekend doubles

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SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 21: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull

After his Sprint triumph on Saturday, World champion Max Verstappen was not to be denied in Shanghai on Sunday, winning a Grand Prix at the venue for the first time in his career to secure the Red Bull star a victory double for a third successive Sprint weekend. But Verstappen wasn’t the only driver racking up some interesting numbers. Here’s our takeaways from the Chinese Grand Prix…

• Verstappen’s victory today was his 21st win in the last 23 Grands Prix (Carlos Sainz has won the other two).

• Verstappen has now won on 26 different circuits, only five behind Lewis Hamilton’s all-time record.

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• This weekend saw Verstappen win the Sprint and the Grand Prix on the same weekend for the third successive Sprint weekend.

• Verstappen has only been beaten in a Grand Prix twice in the last 357 days (both times by Sainz).

• Thanks to Lando Norris taking P2 for McLaren, today was the first time this season that one constructor has not finished one-two in a Grand Prix.

• It was Norris’ 15th career podium finish without winning, tying Patrick Depailler, Jean Alesi, Mika Hakkinen and Eddie Irvine, all of whom scored 15 podium finishes before their first win.

SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 21: Second placed Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates with

A 15th podium, but still no win for Lando Norris

• It was also the eighth second place in his F1 career, seven of which have come in the last 18 Grands Prix.

• P2 was McLaren’s highest finish in Shanghai since Jenson Button finished second in 2012.

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• Oscar Piastri was P8, meaning both McLarens have scored in every Grand Prix and every Sprint this year.

• With Sergio Perez in P3, both Red Bulls were on the podium in Shanghai for the first time since 2011.

• Perez had never previously finished higher than eighth in Shanghai in his F1 career.

• Today was his fourth podium finish in the first five Grands Prix this year (he only scored two podium finishes in the final 10 Grands Prix last year).

• Charles Leclerc took P4 for Ferrari and is the only driver to have finished in the top four at every race in 2024.

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• Leclerc has finished fourth in three of the first five races in 2024.

• It was Leclerc’s 14th consecutive point-scoring weekend when including Sprints.

• Ferrari team mate Carlos Sainz was P5 – the first time he has finished off the podium when he has started a Grand Prix this year.

• It was Sainz’s first-ever top-six finish in Shanghai.

SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 21: Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Haas F1 on the grid prior to the F1

Points for the third time in four races for Nico Hulkenberg

• With George Russell their lead finisher in P6, Mercedes do not have a top-four finish in the opening five races for the first time since 2011.

• Mercedes had never finished outside of the top five in Shanghai before.

• Coming home in P7, Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso finished lower than he started for the fourth time in five Grands Prix this year.

• Alonso finishes in the same position as he did in his last Chinese Grand Prix start, for McLaren in 2018.

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• Hamilton finished in P9 in the second Mercedes after he started 18th on the grid.

• It was the third time he has finished ninth in the last four Grands Prix.

• With P10 for Haas, Nico Hulkenberg scored points for the third time in the last four Grands Prix (he only scored in one Grand Prix in the entire 2023 season).

• Hulkenberg is now tied with Andrea de Cesaris on 208 F1 starts without a win.

• Esteban Ocon’s P11 result was Alpine’s best finish of the 2024 season.

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