Formula 1's landmark grand prixs

Formula 1's landmark grand prixs

Centenary races should be remembered for more than just one number

Formula 1's landmark grand prixs

The celebration of the Chinese Grand Prix as Formula 1’s 1000th world championship race masked the fact it was a milestone race for several other reasons: Lewis Hamilton took his 75th win, Pierre Gasly took his first fastest lap and Toro Rosso started its 250th race. Here are some of the milestones of F1’s previous landmark races.

100th: Stirling Moss took his 16th and final win, which also marked his last podium, points and race finish.
200th: Last use of original Monaco layout, Ronnie Peterson’s first podium, race debut of Ferrari 312B2.
300th: Keke Rosberg and Eddie Cheever’s F1 debuts, first appearance of the Ferrari 312T3 and Brabham BT46. Arrows leads in its second race.
400th: Gerhard Berger’s debut at his home race, Niki Lauda became only Austrian to win home race.
500th: Osella’s last ever race and Benetton’s only Australian GP win.
600th: Ralf Schumacher becomes youngest ever driver to stand on podium, Jordan’s 100th race, Williams’ 100th pole.
700th: Giancarlo Fisichella’s first win, Jordan’s 200th race and last win, last win for a Ford engine.
800th: ‘Crashgate’, F1’s first night race and first Singapore GP, Kimi Raikkonen’s 35th fastest lap.
900th: Bahrain’s first night race and Hamilton’s first Bahrain F1 win. Force India’s second podium.

Hamilton's place in F1 history

Hamilton's place in F1 history

The Chinese Grand Prix was all about landmarks, as Lewis Hamilton proved

Hamilton's place in F1 history

The Chinese Grand Prix may not have been the spectacular that the marketing campaign around its status as Formula 1’s 1000th world championship race had promised, but it added to Lewis Hamilton’s trophy haul and supplied a nice round number to give his career statistics some context.

Hamilton’s 6.552 second victory over Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was his 75th, meaning he’s close to a one-in-three record for wins against races started. In the entire history of F1 it means he’s won 7.5% of all world championship races, or the equivalent of every single race from 1950 to ‘58.

It was also his 137th podium, meaning he could match Michael Schumacher’s tally of 155 this season if he stays on the podium in every remaining race. One measure he has overtaken Schumacher in is points, and his tally of 3086 is greater than the combined tally of 673 of the other 773 drivers to have raced in the championship.

After passing poleman Bottas on lap one, Hamilton kept the lead through to the chequered flag, marking the 15th time he has led every single lap of a race. Only Ayrton Senna has more, one of just two record the Brazilian still holds in F1.

Who’s drawn first blood in WTCR’s all-star era?

Who’s drawn first blood in WTCR’s all-star era?

WTCR kicked off in Morocco last weekend with a grid dense in talent and success

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The World Touring Car Cup prohibits the direct participation of works teams, but the influence and interest of the car makers remains palpable.

Teams have signed big-name drivers, with 14 FIA world titles and 29 other major titles accumulated across the 26-car grid. This talent has to be spread out; four cars are allowed for each marque, split between teams of two. With Balance of Performance regulations, the cars should also theoretically all be equal.

At Hyundai, Lynk & Co and Volkswagen, all four cars are actually run by the same operation, although this approach is no guarantee of equivalent performance, with one of the two VW teams run by Sebastien Loeb Racing coming away pointless in the 2019 season opener in Morocco last weekend. Munnich Motorsport was the only team to get both of its drivers on the podium for Honda in the first of three races at the Circuit Moulay El Hassan.

A crash that took out three frontrunners in race three skewed the team standings after the weekend, and also handed reigning TCR Europe champion, Mikel Azcona, (PWR Racing) a maiden podium. The Spaniard scored 74% of the points for the Spanish SEAT-based Cupra car in Marrakech, a similar record to countryman Pepe Oriola’s 81% tally across the 2018 season.

F1's shortest grand prixs

F1's shortest grand prixs

A decade ago Jenson Button won a shortened Malaysian GP. Here's a reminder of F1's shortest races

F1's shortest grand prixs

10 years ago today, Jenson Button won the storm-hit Malaysian Grand Prix in 55m30.622s, completing just 55% of the scheduled distance and earning himself half-points for victory.

It became only the fourth world championship race to last less than an hour, and remains the 21st century’s shortest race.

F1’s shortest race record is held by the 1991 Australian GP, which lasted 24m34.899s and initially 16 laps. The organisers then decided to take the classification from two laps before, handing Ayrton Senna a 1.259 second win over Nigel Mansell.

The 1975 Austrian GP was also halted by rain, ending after 57m56.690s, but that year’s Spanish GP was shortened for rather more grim reasons. Held at Montjuic in Barcelona, the race came to a halt four laps after the rear wing of Rolf Stommelen’s Hill car detached itself, precipitating a crash that resulted in five spectator deaths. F1 never returned to the circuit.

In 2003, the Italian GP broke the record for the fastest F1 race of all time with Michael Schumacher’s average winning speed being 153.842 mph. This meant he completed the race in 1hr14m19.838s, the shortest ever race to run its full scheduled distance.

Chinese Grand Prix
How the race unfolded
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Race In Numbers
Margin of victory
Safety car periods: 1 (2 laps)
Cars finished on the winners lap: 6
Pitstops
2019
37
2018
30
Overtakes
2019
34
2018
46
Race leaders
2019
1
2018
4
On This Day
2001

Sunday April 15: Ralf Schumacher won the San Marino GP, marking the first time siblings had both won in F1

2011

Wednesday, April 13: Force India set up its 'One in a Billion' driver search. Its top graduate got to F2

2001

Thursday, April 12: Lola won a contract to be the sole supplier of chassis in F3000 until the end of 2004

1999

Sunday April 11: Stephane Sarrazin, a winner in LMS, FV8 3.5 and F3 made his sole F1 start at the Brazilian GP

1979

Sunday April 8: Gilles Villeneuve took his only 'grand slam' of victory, pole, fastest lap and all laps led at the US GP West

2000

Thursday April 6: Brazilian GP organisers were fined $100,000 after advertising boards fell on the track in qualifying

2009

Sunday April 5: Jenson Button won the storm-hit Malaysian GP, which became the third shortest F1 race ever

1987

Monday April 1: Formula E star Oliver Turvey gets to celebrate his 32nd birthday on April Fools' Day

1982

Monday March 25: Danica Patrick, 37 today, is the only female to win in IndyCar (Motegi '08) and take a NASCAR Cup pole

1960
Sunday March 24: Five-time Daytona 24 Hours winner, IndyCar and NASCAR star Scott Pruett is 59 today
1999
Saturday March 20: Audi made its LMP prototype debut in the Sebring 12 Hours. It went on to win Le Mans 13 times
1964
Tuesday March 19: Bar one shock F1 podium, Nicola Larini is better known for his touring car exploits. He turns 55 today
2018
Saturday March 17: Sebastien Loeb won the BRX season opener at Silverstone, the circuit's first rallycross event
1989
Wednesday March 13: Robert Wickens, 30 today, became paraplegic in a IndyCar crash but aims to return to racing
1938
Tuesday March 12: 1980 IndyCar champion and Indy 500 winner Johnny Rutherford reaches the grand age of 81
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