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Vital Statistics: The 2014 season in numbers

22 Dec 2014

Did you know that McLaren's Jenson Button completed more laps than any other driver in 2014 or that Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo had the most consecutive points finishes?

As the year draws to a close, we look back over some of the amazing facts and figures that helped make this season one of the most exciting on record...


Number of races: 19 (in 19 different countries, across five different continents)

Total number of drivers who raced: 24 (of which four were rookies and five were world champions)

Average age of the grid: 27 years 4 months

Longest race: Great Britain (2h 26m52.094s)

Shortest race: Italy (1h 19m10.236s)

Number of wins from pole: Nine from 19 races

Lowest winning grid position: Sixth (Daniel Ricciardo in Canada and Lewis Hamilton in Britain)

Record breakers (drivers): Lewis Hamilton's six-year gap between titles equals the second longest such period in F1 history. Niki Lauda holds the record: he clinched his third drivers' crown in 1984, seven years after his second championship triumph.

Hamilton became Mercedes' first F1 champion since Juan Manuel Fangio in 1955, and the first British multiple champion since Jackie Stewart in 1971.He also moved on to 33 Grand Prix triumphs, overhauling previous British record holder Nigel Mansell's long-standing tally.

Daniil Kvyat, meanwhile, became the youngest points scorer in F1 history when he finished tenth in Australia at the age of 19 years and 322 days.

Record breakers (teams):Mercedes secured 16 victories over a single season, breaking a record previously held by McLaren (1988) and Ferrari (2002 and '04). The Silver Arrows also claimed a record 11 one-two finishes over a single year, breaking McLaren's 1988 record.


Most pole positions (driver): 11 - Nico Rosberg; 7 - Lewis Hamilton; 1 - Felipe Massa

Most pole positions (team): 18 - Mercedes; 1 - Williams

Front-row starts: 15 - Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton; 3 - Sebastian Vettel; 2 - Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas; 1 - Felipe Massa

Q3 appearances: 19 - Nico Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo; 18 - Fernando Alonso; 17 - Lewis Hamilton; 16 - Valtteri Bottas; 15 - Kevin Magnussen, Felipe Massa; 14 - Sebastian Vettel; 13 - Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen; 8 - Daniil Kvyat, Jean-Eric Vergne; 7 - Nico Hulkenberg; 5 - Sergio Perez; 2 - Romain Grosjean; 1 - Adrian Sutil

Biggest pole margin: 1.620s (Great Britain, Nico Rosberg over Sebastian Vettel)

Smallest pole margin: 0.007s (Singapore, Lewis Hamilton over Nico Rosberg)

Best team mate head-to-head record: Fernando Alonso, Ferrari - out-qualified Kimi Raikkonen 16-3 over the season


Most wins (driver): 11 - Lewis Hamilton; 5 - Nico Rosberg; 3 - Daniel Ricciardo

Most wins (team): 16 - Mercedes; 3 - Red Bull

Most podiums (driver): 16 - Lewis Hamilton; 15 - Nico Rosberg; 8 - Daniel Ricciardo; 6 - Valtteri Bottas; 4 - Sebastian Vettel; 3 - Felipe Massa; 2 - Fernando Alonso; 1 - Kevin Magnussen, Jenson Button, Sergio Perez

Most podiums (team): 31 - Mercedes; 12 - Red Bull; 9 - Williams; 2 - McLaren, Ferrari; 1 - Force India

Biggest winning margin: 30.135s (Great Britain, Lewis Hamilton over Valtteri Bottas)

Smallest winning margin: 0.636s (Spain, Lewis Hamilton over Nico Rosberg)

Most points finishes: 17 - Valtteri Bottas, Fernando Alonso

Most consecutive races in the points: 15 – Daniel Ricciardo

Most laps completed (driver): Jenson Button, 1,120 (98.8 percent of the season)

Most laps completed (team): McLaren, 2,231 (98.4 percent)

Fewest laps completed (driver)*: Pastor Maldonado, 847 (74.7 percent)

*Only taken from those who contested every Grand Prix

Fewest laps completed (team)*: Sauber, 1,790 (78.9 percent)

*Only taken from those who contested every Grand Prix

Most laps led: 495 - Lewis Hamilton; 483 - Nico Rosberg; 72 - Daniel Ricciardo; 32 - Fernando Alonso; 30 - Felipe Massa; 11 - Sergio Perez; 5 - Nico Hulkenberg; 4 - Valtteri Bottas; 1 - Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel

Number of lead changes: 61 (based on official lap chart with lead changes taken at the end of each lap)

Best team mate head-to-head record: Fernando Alonso, Ferrari - beat Kimi Raikkonen 16-3 over the season, with DNFs included

Most places gained from Saturday to Sunday: 56 - Pastor Maldonado

Most penalty points: 5 - Pastor Maldonado, Marcus Ericsson

Sets of tyres used during races: 1,101

Most used tyre compound: Soft (463 sets)

Longest stint on one set of tyres: 304 kilometres (Nico Rosberg, medium compound, Russia)

Average stops per Grand Prix*: 44 (down from 51 in 2013)

*Dry races only

Race with the most pit stops: Bahrain, 58

Race with the fewest pit stops: Monza, 23


- On top of claiming his breakthrough Grand Prix win (and three in total), Daniel Ricciardo earned Red Bull their 50th Formula One triumph in Belgium

- Nico Rosberg became the first German to win the German Grand Prix driving for a German team and powered by a German engine

- Marussia scored their first points when Jules Bianchi finished ninth at Monaco

- Jenson Button reached 250 Grand Prix starts in Bahrain, and moved into third in the all-time appearances list on 266 starts - behind only Rubens Barrichello (322) and Michael Schumacher (306). Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa meanwhile reached their 200th Grand Prix starts in Austria and Britain respectively.

- Kevin Magnussen became the second youngest driver in history to score a podium in F1 when he finished second in the season-opening race in Australia, at the age of 21 years and 162 days.

- Lewis Hamilton's tally of 11 wins equals the second highest number scored over a single season. Only Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, both with 13, have more.

- Susie Wolff became the first female driver to take part in a world championship event since Giovanna Amati in 1992.


- This was the first season since 1980 that neither Ferrari nor McLaren won a Grand Prix.

- Daniel Ricciardo's victory in Canada gave Renault their first turbocharged victory since Ayrton Senna triumphed in Detroit in 1986.