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Spielberg stats - Hamilton scores Britain’s 250th victory

03 Jul 2016

Sunday’s race in Austria was a blockbuster from start to finish, but it was also significant from a statistical point of view…
  • After surviving a last-lap collision with Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton came through to claim his third victory of the season.

  • It was the 46th win of Hamilton’s career and the 250th Grand Prix win for a British driver in Formula One racing. No other country has taken as many wins - Germany are next up with 164 victories.

  • It was also the first time there has been a last-lap pass for the lead since Canada in 2011, when Jenson Button passed Sebastian Vettel for the win, though on that occasion there wasn’t any contact…

  • In addition to leading the last lap, Hamilton led the first lap for the first time since last year’s US Grand Prix.

  • Along with pole position and victory, Hamilton added fastest lap to capture his tenth career hat-trick. Only Michael Schumacher (22) and Jim Clark (11) have more.
  • Hamilton’s victory was also his first in Austria, and means he’s now scored wins at 22 different circuits - the same number as Alain Prost and one more than Sebastian Vettel. Only Michael Schumacher (23) has triumphed at a larger number of tracks.

  • Hamilton’s victory leaves Mexico, Baku and Brazil as the only tracks on the current calendar on which he hasn’t won.

  • Nico Rosberg came within one lap of claiming a hat-trick of victories in Spielberg, but as it is Alain Prost hangs onto his record for the most wins in Austria.

  • Not only did Max Verstappen become the first driver to wear lederhosen on the podium - and the first Red Bull driver to finish on the podium at their home race - he also scored the second podium finish of his young career. That equals the number of rostrums that father Jos scored in his entire spell in F1 - meaning Max achieved it in 78 fewer starts…

  • Verstappen also led a race for just the second time in his career, spending five laps at the head of the field.
  • Behind Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen picked up his fourth - and Ferrari’s ninth - podium of the season, and now moves level with team mate Sebastian Vettel not only in the standings, but also on the all-time podiums list with 84.

  • Vettel meanwhile retired for the third time in nine races, which is one DNF more than he suffered in the entire 2015 season.

  • Further back, Jenson Button converted his best grid slot since the 2014 British Grand Prix (third) into his best result since last year’s United States Grand Prix (sixth).  That race in Austin was also the last time, before Sunday’s race in Spielberg, that eight different teams were represented amongst the top ten finishers.

  • One of those teams was Haas, who scored their first points since Russia with Romain Grosjean’s seventh place. Another was Manor, who scored their first top ten finish of the season, and first points since Jules Bianchi’s ninth place at Monaco in 2014, when the team were in Marussia guise.

  • Pascal Wehrlein was the man who earned that Manor point with a hard-earned tenth place. The rookie is the 21st German to have scored a point in F1 history, achieving the feat in just his ninth start.
  • Jolyon Palmer may not have finished in the points, but he did score his best result since the season opener in Australia with P12.

  • A late brake-related crash ended Sergio Perez’s run of consecutive points finishes at five, meaning Daniel Ricciardo’s own five-race points streak is now the longest current run on the grid. Can he extend it at Silverstone next weekend?