Hamilton breaks record as Verstappen celebrates milestone in Saudi Arabia



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The Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia again this year presented a competition that will be discussed. Aside from the events on the track, the race also yielded some interesting stats. GPFans takes you through some of these cool facts.

In this new era of Formula 1, there was already a fierce fight in the first two Grand Prix races and not just for the win. The entire field was able to get a feel for how the new cars boost the race. Now that the teams are starting to pack up again and focus on Australia, we take you to the facts after the show in Jeddah.

Perez takes first place

But the race did not go in favor of Sergio Perez. The unfortunate safety car stance took the lead in the race. However, the two-time race winner can look back on a good weekend. The 32-year-old is actually the first Mexican to score pole position over the weekend in Formula 1.

This makes Mexico the 23rd country to achieve a pole in the sport. For Perez himself, this was a long way to go. After 215 races he managed to be the fastest on Saturday. This holds the record for the driver with the longest waiting time on a pole. The Mexican has already set the record for the longest wait for a victory in 2020, because he needed 190 races for it.

Verstappen rises in the rankings

The world champion, Max Verstappen, took his 21st win and is now on par with Kimi Raikkonen. In the ranking with the most race victories, both men now occupy 15th place. With the victory in Jeddah, Verstappen has now also won at fifteen different circuits. He is now ninth in that standings, along with Raikkonen, but also with former world champion Damon Hill and three-time champion Niki Lauda.

Red Bull Powertrains

Verstappen’s win also marked the first win for the team’s ‘new’ engine manufacturer: Red Bull Powertrains. Of course the bike is facilitated and built by Honda, but the nameplate is different and so we’re talking about a new engine factory. Red Bull Powertrains is the 21st engine manufacturer to win Formula 1.

Dutch party

The fact that Verstappen booked his first win of the year on March 27 isn’t very special in itself. But Father Joss debuted exactly 28 years ago on the same date. That’s what “Jos the Boss” did for Team Benetton in 1994 during the Brazilian Grand Prix. This gives victory a special advantage.

small margins

The thrilling battle between Verstappen and Leclerc came to an end as Monegask finished 0.549 seconds ahead of the Dutchman. Although it wasn’t a final photo, it was the second time they got close to each other. At the 2020 Italian Grand Prix, Pierre Gasly was the first to see the black and white square flag, with Carlos Sainz in tow in just 0.415 seconds.

Both Leclerc and Sainz finished on the podium in Jeddah. With this, the two ensured that Ferrari remained at the top of the standings after two races. The double podium finish in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia marks the first three consecutive Scuderia results since Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel achieved the feat in Austria and Great Britain in 2018.

The United Kingdom crosses a milestone

With George Russell, Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton finishing on points, the UK has crossed the 10,000-point barrier in Formula 1. The counter stands at 1001.78 points while Germany is second with 7,897.50 points.

Haas takes the points again

Kevin Magnussen’s ninth-place finish in Saudi Arabia means Haas has scored points in back-to-back races for the first time since Spain and Monaco in 2019. The team is hanging out at the back of the field in 2021, but it’s coming out well this season.

Hamilton breaks the record

Seven-time champion Hamilton started his 180th race for Mercedes in Jeddah. Thus, it exceeds the total number of races that Michael Schumacher drove for Ferrari. The Brit, too, has another fact hanging on his pants. It was the first time since the Korean Grand Prix in 2012 that Hamilton finished 10th.

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