The British F1 GP was delivered in a way few would have imagined. All this without a single drop of rain upsetting things. The race saw sensational wheel-to-wheel battles, a first F1 victory for Carlos Sainz, and much more.
The race also featured breaking records and impressive ending streaks. Let’s take a look at some of the interesting stats from the British F1 GP weekend.
British F1 GP 2022: Stats & Fun Facts
#1 Lewis Hamilton now has the most single-site podium finishes
It’s safe to say that every time Lewis Hamilton takes a lap these days, he breaks a record. This was once again the case for the Mercedes driver during the British F1 GP.
Prior to the race, Hamilton was on course to become the driver with the most podium finishes at a single venue. He had 12 podiums at Silverstone before the race and the seven-time world champion was able to score his 13th when he took 3rd place at Silverstone.
#2 British GP the first time Max Verstappen hasn’t finished the race on the podium this season
Max Verstappen has an enviable podium record in all the races he has finished this season. Beyond his two retirements in Bahrain and Australia, there is 3rd place in Monaco and then there are the six victories.
While the Red Bull driver was on course to win his 7th race, debris damage compromised his race and ultimately only saw him finish 7th in the race.
#3 Carlos Sainz scored the first Spanish pole and won in 9 years
Since Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari success, Spain hasn’t seen too many triumphs. However, that all changed when Carlos Sainz joined McLaren and started scoring on the podium. At the British GP, Sainz went one better and scored his first career F1 pole position in qualifying, making it the first Spanish pole since Fernando Alonso secured one in the 2012 German GP.
On Sunday he went one better by claiming Spain’s first F1 victory since Fernando Alonso at the Spanish GP in 2013.
#4 Lewis Hamilton now on his longest F1 winless streak (11)
It’s safe to say that Lewis Hamilton has had his fair share of good cars in his Formula 1 career. This time around however, with Mercedes entrenched as the third fastest car on the grid, Lewis Hamilton hasn’t not been able to fight for a race win. With another race without a win at Silverstone, it is now Lewis Hamilton’s longest winless streak in F1 at 11 races.
No.5 George Russell’s top-5 streak ended at British GP
George Russell earned the nickname “Mr. Consistent” because of his performance at Mercedes this year. The British driver did not finish outside the Top 5 once in the first nine races of the season and produced very high performances. Still, it all ended with his first DNF of the season on the first lap of the race.
#6 Red Bull’s 6-game winning streak snapped by Ferrari
Although there were suggestions that Ferrari might not be entirely happy with how the weekend went, they still managed to end Red Bull’s 6-game winning streak. Although Max Verstappen is more than likely to get another win once he pounces on Carlos Sainz, it’s fair to say that Ferrari will take all the W’s they can get against Red Bull.
#7 Sixth longest wait before scoring a point for Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher finally broke his duck and scored his first F1 points at Silverstone. Yet the young German did it on his 31st attempt, making the 31 races the 6th longest wait before scoring a point in Formula 1.
#8 Fernando Alonso enters the 2000 points club
Fernando Alonso tends to break a record or two when he gets the chance. The Alpine driver has been on the F1 grid for more than two decades. At the British GP, Alonso clinched a P5, Alpine’s best result this season. In the process, he also broke the 2,000 point barrier, joining Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton as the only drivers to have more than 2,000 career points under their belt.