Eighth career win (29th all-time spot) and first time in the lead of the Formula One World Championship for the Brazilian driver. Felipe Massa is the 58th driver in F1 history to lead the championship and the first Brazilian since Ayrton Senna.
Massa is the fourth championship leader in the last four races after Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and Robert Kubica. In 59 seasons, this is the first time that there is such a sequence.
In the past, there were four championship leaders in 1974 (Denny Hulme, Clay Regazzoni, Niki Lauda and Emerson Fittipaldi); 1982 (Alain Prost, John Watson, Didier Pironi and Keke Rosberg); 1986 (Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna, Prost and Nigel Mansell); and 1987 (Prost, Mansell, Senna and Piquet). But in all these cases, the leaders did not alternate at the top in four successive races.