Felipe Massa made his 100th start for Ferrari in the Brazilian Grand Prix.
During the race weekend Ferrari presented him with a cake and signed engine cover which also marked ten years since his F1 debut.
He is the tenth different driver to start 100 races with the same team:
However he didn’t have much to celebrate during the race. He failed to better his season-best finishing position of fifth, meaning he ended the year with no podiums, while team mate Fernando Alonso has scored ten including victory at Silverstone.
The last Ferrari driver to go an entire season without finishing on the podium was Didier Pironi in 1981. Team mate Gilles Villeneuve finished on the podium three times that year, including two wins.
Vettel claims pole record
Sebastian Vettel made a new record for the most pole positions in a single season, setting his 15th of the year on Saturday.
He set pole in 78.95% of races this year which is the fifth-highest strike rate of all time:
|1956||Juan Manuel Fangio||6||8||75%|
Vettel needed two more pole positions this year to beat Mansell’s strike rate.
This was Vettel’s 30th career pole position which means only five drivers in F1 history have made more starts from first place than he has:
|Juan Manuel Fangio||29||51||56.86%|
Mark Webber’s first win of the year means five different drivers won races in 2011. It was his seventh win, giving him as many as Juan Pablo Montoya and Rene Arnoux.
That gave Red Bull their 27th win, putting them level with Benetton in the list of all-time winners:
Webber also took his 13th fastest lap, putting him level with Jacky Ickx, Alan Jones and Riccardo Patrese – and leaving him four ahead of his team mate. It was Webber’s seventh fastest lap of the year, the most of any driver.
For the third year in a row the pole sitter failed to win the Brazilian Grand Prix. The last four races at Interlagos have all seen a different constructor on pole position: Red Bull, Williams, Brawn and Ferrari. Unusually, McLaren’s last pole position here was Mika Hakkinen’s in 2000.
Jan Charouz made his first appearance in an F1 race weekend when he drove for HRT during practice. He is only the second driver from the Czech Republic to appear in an F1 weekend, the other being Tomas Enge, who started three races for Prost in 2001.
Goodbye to Renault and Virgin
It was the 300th and last race for Renault before the team takes over Lotus’s identity in 2012.
Since they first appeared in F1 in 1977 the team has recorded 35 wins, 51 pole positions and two constructors’ championships. The drivers’ championship has been claimed by a Renault driver on two occasions: Alonso’s back-to-back triumphs in 2005 and 2006.
Virgin also made their last appearance before transforming into Marussia in time for next season. Since entering F1 at the beginning of last year they hold the record for making the most race starts (38) without scoring a point. HRT are behind them on 37, having failed to start this year’s Australian Grand Prix.
That covers off the stats for this weekend’s race but there’s much more to come in the F1 Fanatic 2011 season review, starting here soon.
In the meantime you can review some of the season statistics so far here:
- 2011 F1 statistics: Championship points
- 2011 F1 statistics: Season records
- 2011 F1 statistics: Races
- 2011 F1 statistics: Qualifying
- 2011 F1 statistics: Retirements
- 2011 F1 statistics: Strategy
- 2011 F1 statistics: Driver form guides
- 2011 F1 statistics: Race information charts
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2011 Brazilian Grand Prix
- Sutil voted Driver of the Weekend for Brazil
- Vettel “definitely affected” by gearbox problem – Webber
- 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix: complete race weekend review
- Vote for Brazilian GP driver of the weekend
- Red Bull: Gearbox glitch hands win to Webber
- McLaren: Button wanted to pass Alonso without using DRS
- Massa makes 100 Ferrari starts but no podium
- Ferrari: Alonso slips back on medium tyres
- Mercedes: Two-stop strategy leaves Rosberg vulnerable
- Force India: Sutil equals best result of the year