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Statistics: F1's most successful numbers through the ages

Formula 1's move to permanent numbers for each driver next season gives grand prix racers their first chance to develop an iconic number identity as their peers in motorcycle racing and American motorsport have done

Stats: Webber's final F1 tally Plus

Stats: Webber's final F1 tally

After Mark Webber's F1 swansong at Interlagos, stats wizard MICHELE MERLINO assesses where the Australian stands in the record books, plus all the other big Interlagos numbers

Stats: Alonso's Interlagos jinx Plus

Stats: Alonso's Interlagos jinx

As Sebastian Vettel chases a ninth straight win, Fernando Alonso has his own, less enviable, F1 record at Interlagos. Stats wizard MICHELE MERLINO investigates a history of near-misses in Brazil

Stats: only Ascari left to topple Plus

Stats: only Ascari left to topple

As Sebastian Vettel's victory rampage continued, a major record held by Alberto Ascari now looks vulnerable. MICHELE MERLINO runs through the Austin stats milestones

Stats: F1's late-race shootouts Plus

Stats: F1's late-race shootouts

Last season's race at Austin featured what might be considered a rarity by modern Formula 1 standards - a late-race pass for the lead. AUTOSPORT dug into the FORIX archive to find out how uncommon it really is

Stats: Modern F1's biggest wins Plus

Stats: Modern F1's biggest wins

Winning by half a minute is a major achievement in modern Formula 1. Stats wizard MICHELE MERLINO looks at who else has accomplished Vettel-esque dominance in recent decades

Stats: Formula 1's pole jinxes Plus

Stats: Formula 1's pole jinxes

The polesitter has hit trouble in three of Abu Dhabi's four grands prix. Stats guru MICHELE MERLINO highlights the other F1 venues and drivers that have attracted pole jinxes

Vettel's Formula 1 success in numbers Plus

Vettel's Formula 1 success in numbers

After clinching his fourth consecutive title, Sebastian Vettel continued his relentless march towards Formula 1 glory. MICHELE MERLINO compiled all the stats to put Vettel's success in perspective

Stats: McLaren has had it worse than this Plus

Stats: McLaren has had it worse than this

McLaren arrives in India staring down the barrel of a rare winless season. But it has fared even worse in the past. MICHELE MERLINO explains when and gives a rundown of all the facts and stats you need ahead of this weekend's Buddh race.

Stats: Vettel and Webber match Senna and Prost Plus

Stats: Vettel and Webber match Senna and Prost

How have Vettel and Webber drawn level with Senna and Prost? Which record is Vettel still chasing Ascari and Schumacher for? And how can Blundell sympathise with Perez? MICHELE MERLINO has all the stats

Stats: will Alonso do a Mansell? Plus

Stats: will Alonso do a Mansell?

Can Fernando Alonso avoid the pitfalls that befell Nigel Mansell at Suzuka and keep the championship alive? Will Sebastian Vettel follow the example of Jacques Villeneuve in 1997? MICHELE MERLINO investigates

Stats: how has Vettel matched Ascari and Clark? Plus

Stats: how has Vettel matched Ascari and Clark?

What Alberto Ascari/Jim Clark record did Sebastian Vettel match during his Korean domination? Is Lewis Hamilton's Red Bull jinx the worst in F1 history? MICHELE MERLINO has all the answers

Stats: what links Anderstorp and Yeongam? Plus

Stats: what links Anderstorp and Yeongam?

Why does Sebastian Vettel's dominance of Korean GPs equate him to Stirling Moss? MICHELE MERLINO has the answer to this and other intriguing Yeongam stats questions

Stats: how Red Bull rates for dominance Plus

Stats: how Red Bull rates for dominance

Sebastian Vettel's Singapore GP performance was certainly commanding, but it didn't beat other feats of dominance by Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen, reveals MICHELE MERLINO

Stats: Singapore's fabulous four Plus

Stats: Singapore's fabulous four

Four drivers in the F1 field have displayed a particular knack for Singapore's Marina Bay circuit. MICHELE MERLINO has the stats to prove it

Stats: flying Vettel matches Alonso Plus

Stats: flying Vettel matches Alonso

The world champion's third win in Italy elevates him to third-equal on the all-time F1 winners' list. And that's not the German's only Monza milestone, as MICHELE MERLINO reveals

Stats: Ferrari's homeland, Red Bull's weak spot Plus

Stats: Ferrari's homeland, Red Bull's weak spot

Ferrari has won 18 times at Monza, Red Bull just once. And that's not just because of the disparity in their F1 longevity, as stats guru MICHELE MERLINO examines

Stats: Hamilton and Vettel trade blows Plus

Stats: Hamilton and Vettel trade blows

Lewis Hamilton may have surrendered ground to Sebastian Vettel in terms of points, but he's matching the German blow for blow in the statistics department, as our guru MICHELE MERLINO explains

Stats: Spa bites even the big names Plus

Stats: Spa bites even the big names

No one has a perfect record at Belgium's epic Spa-Francorchamps track, with even the current crop of Formula 1 champions having mixed success in the Ardennes, as our stats guru MICHELE MERLINO explains

Stats: Hamilton joins the 30-pole club Plus

Stats: Hamilton joins the 30-pole club

In Hungary, Lewis Hamilton became the seventh driver to earn 30 F1 poles and drew level with Damon Hill on other statistical levels, as Michele Merlino uncovers

Stats: Vettel out to eclipse Alonso Plus

Stats: Vettel out to eclipse Alonso

Sebastian Vettel has won at 19 different tracks in his grand prix career - the same as Fernando Alonso - and the Hungaroring is next on his hit-list. Michele Merlino plays pre-race statistician

Stats: Hamilton emulates Fangio, Vettel nears Lauda Plus

Stats: Hamilton emulates Fangio, Vettel nears Lauda

Lewis Hamilton drew level with Juan Manuel Fangio in the F1 pole position stats at the Nurburgring, while victor Sebastian Vettel moved to within two of Niki Lauda's podium count. Michele Merlino delves into the stats

Stats: home win eludes Vettel Plus

Stats: home win eludes Vettel

Sebastian Vettel is far from short of trophies, but has yet to claim German GP honours, whereas arch-rival Fernando Alonso boasts plenty of success there, as Michele Merlino recounts

Stats: Webber equals Patrese, Merc reprises 1955 Plus

Stats: Webber equals Patrese, Merc reprises 1955

Mark Webber drew level with Riccardo Patrese in the F1 podium stats at Silverstone, while Mercedes revived the spirit of its 1955 British GP achievements. Michele Merlino delves into the stats

Stats: Britain is Red Bull territory Plus

Stats: Britain is Red Bull territory

Red Bull's first dry-weather Formula 1 win came at Silverstone in 2009. It hasn't looked back since, and Britain plays to its strengths. Michele Merlino runs through Silverstone's big stats

Stats: McLaren's points record grinds to a halt Plus

Stats: McLaren's points record grinds to a halt

McLaren's record of 64 consecutive grands prix points finishes came to an end in Montreal, while Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull filled another gap in their win collection. Michele Merlino rounds up the stats

Stats: Red Bull's bogey track? Plus

Stats: Red Bull's bogey track?

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull have never won in Canada, while Jenson Button has despite leading just one lap in 12 grands prix. Michele Merlino digs up all the statistical milestones ahead of this weekend's grand prix

Stats: Nico emulates Keke Plus

Stats: Nico emulates Keke

Lightning struck twice in Monaco for the Rosberg family, as Nico triumphed 30 years after father Keke won in the Principality. Michele Merlino digs up all the statistical milestones from the weekend

Stats: Alonso chases unique treble Plus

Stats: Alonso chases unique treble

Fernando Alonso is bidding to become the first driver to win the Monaco Grand Prix for three different teams. Michele Merlino reveals plenty of other statistical nuggets from F1's unique venue

Stats: Ferrari's comeback kings Plus

Stats: Ferrari's comeback kings

It used to be said that the front row was essential at Barcelona, but Ferrari disproved that on Sunday. Michele Merlino digs up all the statistical milestones from Spain

Stats: the track where pole eludes Vettel Plus

Stats: the track where pole eludes Vettel

Did you know the past 16 grands prix in Barcelona have been won from the front row? Michele Merlino reveals other statistical gems ahead of this weekend's Spanish race

Stats: Mercedes catches BRM and Cooper Plus

Stats: Mercedes catches BRM and Cooper

With pole position in Bahrain, Mercedes now has the same qualifying record as BRM and Cooper. Fernando Alonso meanwhile equalled a 59-race record for no mechanical failures. Michele Merlino looks at the best statistics from Bahrain

Stats: Fernando wants a fourth Plus

Stats: Fernando wants a fourth

Ferrari ace Fernando Alonso is a three-time winner at Sakhir, while McLaren has never won there. Michele Merlino plays statistician and unearths all the desert-based F1 trivia

Stats: Alonso closes in on Senna Plus

Stats: Alonso closes in on Senna

With his victory in China, Fernando Alonso equalled Nigel Mansell's victory tally in Formula 1. Now the Spaniard is just 10 wins away from matching Ayrton Senna. Michele Merlino investigates the major statistics after the Chinese GP

Stats: Red Bull back where it all began Plus

Stats: Red Bull back where it all began

Red Bull arrives in China amid the 'multi 21' team furore, but it's a venue that has happy memories for the squad. Michele Merlino explains why and collates the other big Shanghai stats

Stats: controversial Vettel keeps on climbing Plus

Stats: controversial Vettel keeps on climbing

In taking a controversial win at Sepang, Sebastian Vettel climbed another place on the all-time winners list in F1. Michele Merlino investigates all the major statistics following the Malaysian Grand Prix

Stat Attack: Sepang Plus

Stat Attack: Sepang

Michele Merlino investigates the records and compiles the stats ahead of the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix

Stats: Kimi among great comeback winners Plus

Stats: Kimi among great comeback winners

Only twice in a decade has a driver won from as low down the grid as Kimi Raikkonen in Melbourne with no safety cars to help. Michele Merlino brings this nugget and all the other intriguing Australian GP stats

Stat attack: Melbourne Plus

Stat attack: Melbourne

Michele Merlino investigates the records and compiles the stats ahead of the 2013 Australian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel's third title in numbers Plus

Sebastian Vettel's third title in numbers

Sebastian Vettel's third Formula 1 crown made him the youngest ever triple champion. Michele Merlino looks at the accolades achieved by the German and other interesting stats from the 2012 season

Red Bull loses a battle but wins a war Plus

Red Bull loses a battle but wins a war

Red Bull was defeated by McLaren in the US Grand Prix, but its third straight constructors' crown added to the squad's statistical accolades, as Michele Merlino reveals

Raikkonen adds more victor variety Plus

Raikkonen adds more victor variety

Kimi Raikkonen's Abu Dhabi win not only crowned his F1 comeback, it also made him the eighth winner of 2012 and Lotus the sixth different team. Michele Merlino runs down the top stats from Yas Marina

And the records keep on falling to Vettel Plus

And the records keep on falling to Vettel

Another race, another Vettel victory, another new page in the record books. The Red Bull driver continued to stamp his authority in India and set new records in the process. Michele Merlino looks at the key stats from the weekend

Celebrating Sebastian's Suzuka superpowers Plus

Celebrating Sebastian's Suzuka superpowers

By modern standards, Sebastian Vettel is almost unbeatable at Suzuka and Sunday's victory was proof of that. Michelo Merlino studies the figures to explain just how mighty Vettel's performance was and explains how he has become so 'big in Japan'

Alonso just keeps on outscoring them all Plus

Alonso just keeps on outscoring them all

Despite not having the fastest car, Fernando Alonso continues to keep a healthy lead in the standings thanks to his remarkable consistency, having scored his 81st podium in Singapore. Michele Merlino investigates vital stats after Marina Bay

Collecting the classics – Hamilton's ultimate set Plus

Collecting the classics – Hamilton's ultimate set

Only Michael Schumacher, and now Lewis Hamilton can say they have won on all the current classic tracks in F1, following the Briton's victory at Monza. Michele Merlino investigates this and other vital stats after the Italian Grand Prix

Grosjean in the sin bin of the stars Plus

Grosjean in the sin bin of the stars

Romain Grosjean became the first driver to get a race ban for causing a crash since Mika Hakkinen in 1994. Michele Merlino brings you all the details and the rest of the statistics from the Belgian Grand Prix

Hamilton emulates hero Senna in Hungary Plus

Hamilton emulates hero Senna in Hungary

Lewis Hamilton equalled his hero Aytron Senna's victory tally at the Hungaroring following his triumph on Sunday. Michele Merlino documents all the vital statistics from the Hungarian Grand Prix

Alonso closes in on Mansell's tally Plus

Alonso closes in on Mansell's tally

Fernando Alonso's third grand prix victory of 2012 was his 30th career win, bringing him within range of Nigel Mansell on the all-time list. Michele Merlino observes this and all the other vital statistics from the German Grand Prix

Webber edges closer to Aussie legend status Plus

Webber edges closer to Aussie legend status

Mark Webber's ninth grand prix win brought him within three of Alan Jones, and five of triple champion Jack Brabham. Michele Merlino counts up Webber's mounting achievements and looks at other vital stats from Silverstone

Alonso: Master of the midgrid fightback Plus

Alonso: Master of the midgrid fightback

Fernando Alonso is no stranger to triumph over adversity and Sunday's race in Valencia produced his greatest fightback yet. Michele Merlino unearths some fascinating Fernando stats and looks at all the other key figures from the European GP

It's win or crash for Hamilton in Montreal Plus

It's win or crash for Hamilton in Montreal

Lewis Hamilton's win-or-bust sequence of Canadian Grands Prix continued when he took his Montreal hat-trick on Sunday. Michele Merlino looks in to this and all the other statistical quirks from the seventh round of the 2012 campaign

Why Monaco was one of the closest ever Plus

Why Monaco was one of the closest ever

Mark Webber's victory in Monaco makes 2012 officially the most wide open start to a season ever, but this weekend's race also produced one of the closest winning margins in the history of the sport according to Michele Merlino

Maldonado ends the Williams wait Plus

Maldonado ends the Williams wait

Pastor Maldonado's maiden grand prix victory was also the first for Venezuela, and the 114th win for his Williams squad. The team has had to wait a while though, says Michele Merlino: the last time it had a driver on the top step was almost eight years ago...

It's like 1983 all over again Plus

It's like 1983 all over again

McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes and now Red Bull have all won races so far in 2012. We've had a few close-run championships in recent years, says Michele Merlino, but the last time one began this open, with such a broad spectrum of machinery, was in 1983!

Rosberg ends Mercedes' long wait for glory Plus

Rosberg ends Mercedes' long wait for glory

Nico Rosberg gave Mercedes its first Formula 1 win in 57 years with a commanding drive in China. Michele Merlino analyses this and all the other stats and facts from Shanghai

Perez ends Mexico's 41-year wait for a podium Plus

Perez ends Mexico's 41-year wait for a podium

Sergio Perez's maiden Formula 1 podium finish in Malaysia was the first for a Mexican driver in three generations. Michele Merlino examines this and brings you more fascinating facts from Sepang

McLaren hits the big 50 in Australia Plus

McLaren hits the big 50 in Australia

McLaren reached a significant milestone thanks to Jenson Button's Australian Grand Prix victory. Michele Merlino reveals what it was and picks his way through the rest of the facts and stats from the Melbourne weekend

Vettel's dominant season in numbers Plus

Vettel's dominant season in numbers

Sebastian Vettel broke nearly every possible record during his dominant 2011 season. Michele Merlino compiled the most significant statistics of the year

Vettel breaks Mansell's pole record in Brazil Plus

Vettel breaks Mansell's pole record in Brazil

Sebastian Vettel broke Nigel Mansell's 19-year-old record for pole positions in a season at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Michele Merlino brings you this and the rest of the stats from Interlagos