Massa's First 100 GP starts
Felipe Massa celebrated his 100th race in Valencia, but his 100th race-start will take place at Spa, exactly one year after Alonso celebrated his. Since Massa is in the running for the world championship, he fits well in the following table, which shows drivers' achievements at their 100th grand prix start.
Felipe Massa (Sauber C21 Petronas) makes his debut in the 2002 Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne © LAT
Fangio, Ascari, Clark, Farina, Hawthorn, Phil Hill, Rindt and Hunt, despite winning at least one championship, started less than a hundred races.
Last year, at this point of the season we were witnessing clear patterns that had developed since the start of the year, and that characterised the championship up to that point. Before Belgium, these were the figures that summed up the trends: