McLaren and Hamilton at full steam
• Several notable achievements for Lewis Hamilton and the Woking-based team in the Canadian Grand Prix: Hamilton gained his 18th pole - the first of the season - reaching at the 11th all-time place shared by Mario Andretti, Rene Arnoux and Fernando Alonso, and scored his 13th win, like Alberto Ascari and David Coulthard.
• These were the first back-to-back wins for Hamilton since the British and German Grands Prix in 2008, and also McLaren didn't win two races in a row since the sequence of three going from Silverstone to Hungaroring 2008.
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Canadian GP © LAT
• More interesting is the fact that McLaren scored back-to-back doubles in Turkey and Canada: it never happened in the last ten years as the last occurrence was in the 2000 French and Austrian Grand Prix.
• Hamilton stopped the sequence of poles - seven - set by Red Bull since the start of the season. The all-time record of Williams, 24 poles from France 1992 to Japan 1993 remains untouched.
• With Vettel on the front row, Red Bull keeps on scoring front row placements: at the moment they count twelve straight, the eighth all-time sequence.
And for the first time ever...
• ... we witness to five championship leaders in the same season.
Alonso led the standings in the first two races, followed by Massa in Malaysia, Button in China and Spain, Webber in Monaco and Turkey and now Lewis Hamilton.
The previous record of four different championship leaders was recorded five times in 1974, 1982, 1986, 1987 and 2008.
• Due to the gearbox penalty, Webber recorded the worst grid spot for a Red Bull this season: seventh;
• For the first time after six straight races, the team better placed on the grid was not Red Bull (average position 4,5) but McLaren (2,5);
• Best career position for Vitantonio Liuzzi, sixth. His previous best was the seventh grid spot in Monza last year;
• With the 17th and 18th position, Sauber recorded its worst grid placement in its history (average position 17,5). Its previous low was in Monte Carlo last year with Heidfeld 16th and Kubica 17th;
• For Mercedes this was the worst placement of the year: for the first time the team didn't reach the third qualifying stint with both cars;
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Canadian GP © LAT
• It's the 12th time out of 258 qualifying attempts that Michael Schumacher qualified lower than 12th. The last time before this one was the infamous 2006 Monaco Grand Prix, when he was demoted to last for a qualifying offence. In Canada Schumacher never qualified lower than sixth before and that happened in the 2004 dominant season of Ferrari. At the time, for a deliberate strategical choice, the red cars qualified with lots of fuel on board to make one pitstop less than its rivals: they started sixth and seven and recorded a double;
• Worst placement of the season for Nico Rosberg, tenth: he didn't qualify so low down the grid since last year's Italian Grand Prix, when he was 18th, eliminated in the first qualifying session;
• Worst career performance for Kamui Kobayashi, 18th and for the first time dropped in the first qualifying stint;
• Little changes in the new teams: they qualified in the same positions as in the Turkish Grand Prix, only the Lotus drivers swapped places;
• Jarno Trulli qualified in 20th, the same position he gained in Canada in his maiden F1 season, 1997.
• The podium was composed entirely by world champions, a rare sight, as the last time there was such a podium was in the 1991 US Grand Prix, when Ayrton Senna (champion in 1988 and 1990) won in front of Alain Prost (1985-1986-1989) and Nelson Piquet (1981-1983-1987);
• Robert Kubica is the 120th driver in F1 history to record a fastest lap. Renault thus scored fastest lap in back-to-back races: it didn't happen since the 2006 Chinese and Japanese Grands Prix;
• For the first time after three straight races, Mark Webber and Red Bull weren't able to climb on the podium;
Rubens Barrichello © LAT
• For the first time since 1999, Michael Schumacher wasn't able to finish a Canadian Grand Prix on the podium;
• Sebastian Buemi recorded his best race result since last year's Abu Dhabi race, when he was equally eighth;
• For the first time this season, Felipe Massa didn't score points and finished the race one lap down. Now the only driver who has scored points in every race is Mark Webber. Massa, who was leading the world championship table in Malaysia, dropped to eighth after Canada;
• Rubens Barrichello is the first driver in history to boast 15,000 raced laps, after Canada the count is 15010;
• For the first time, Sebastian Buemi was able to lead a race, on the 14th lap. He is the second youngest driver to lead an F1 grand prix at 21 years, seven months and 13 days. The youngest was Sebastian Vettel in the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix at 20 years, two months and 27 days. The car was the same: a Toro Rosso. A Swiss driver didn't lead a race since the 1979 British Grand Prix (Clay Regazzoni);
• Five different leaders in the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix: the absolute record for a F1 race is eight (Italian Grand Prix, 1971), in the 2008 edition there were seven.
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