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Key Stats: Brazilian Grand Prix

16 of the last 18 winners in Brazil have started no worse than third. Jenson Button hasn't had such a start in any of his last six races so the early indicators are against him for this weekend.

Brazilian GP 2008


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Key Stats: Brazilian Grand Prix

  • Until 2004, the Brazilian Grand Prix was always one of the first races in the calendar. Since it moved to its current potion, the championship leader has yet to win at Interlagos.
  • The fastest qualifier has won seven of the last 11 grand prix at Interlagos and with the exception of two retirements (both due to car failure) has always finished in the top two.
  • Nine of the last 18 Brazilian winners had finished first or second in the preceding race with six winners – Sebastian Vettel won from Jarno Trulli in Japan.
  • All of the last five years in Brazil have seen a pole sitter who has managed at least two poles already in the season (Button, Hamilton, and Vettel).
  • The second fastest qualifier has finished on the podium in only 5/15 races this season and one of the last seven. Over the past 10 seasons, that 33% podium success was matched after 15 races only in 2005 but otherwise second fastest qualifiers have averaged 56% podiums.
  • A Q2 qualifier has scored points in 12 of 15 races this season. The driver starting in 10th has scored points in only four of the last 11 races.
  • However, in only one of the last five Interlagos races has a driver starting from a Q2 position scored points and the 10th placed started has finished eighth or better in 7/8 races at Interlagos.
  • Only seven of the 75 top five qualifiers this season have failed to finish, with 62% of the top three qualifiers finishing on the podium.
  • In the past six races at Interlagos, only 7% of the top five qualifiers have failed to finish with 72% of the top three qualifiers making podium.
  • In the past five years only four of the top ten drivers have failed to finish.In four of the last 10 Brazilian Grand Prix, the front row on the gird have finished first and second, replicating the grid order in three of those four races.

2009 Stats

  • Sebastian Vettel is the only driver to have started top-10 in every race so far. Nick Heidfeld has gone out in Q2 60% of the time (the most often). Fernando Alonso has out-qualified his team-mate in all but one race and Sebastian Vettel in all but two.
  • Nick Heidfeld’s retirement in Singapore was his first since Indianapolis in June 2007 (41 races).
  • With Timo Glock not participating at Suzuka, Nico Rosberg is the only driver yet to retire this season.
  • Of the regular Q2 and Q3 qualifiers, championship leader Jenson Button has the best record of any driver for improving on or equalling their qualifying position come Sunday, doing so in 12/15 races. Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg have done so in 11/15 races. Heikki Kovalainen has the worst record with a 6/15 record.
  • Jaime Alguersuari has had a torrid start to his F1 career and despite improvements in qualifying he has failed to finish any of his last four GPs.
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