2021 Italian Grand Prix: Stats Breakdown

2021 Italian Grand Prix: Stats Breakdown

Read on for a run down of the best stats from this year's Italian Grand Prix in Monza.

2021 Italian Grand Prix: Stats Breakdown

There’s no doubt, the Italian Grand Prix belonged to McLaren and Daniel Ricciardo in 2021. Both team and driver broke Formula One win droughts that had lasted far longer than either of them would have liked. Read on as Laura Leslie takes you through the best stats from a wild weekend in Monza.

3213. That’s how many days McLaren had to wait between winning the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix and the 2021 Italian Grand Prix. At 8 years, 9 months and 18 days it was the sixth longest gap between two wins for a constructor in F1 history. Only Ligier – 14 years, 7 months and 22 days - had gone longer without a win with period out of F1 in between. McLaren’s wait for a 1-2 finish was even longer as it hadn’t done so since the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix a whopping 218 races ago.

For Daniel Ricciardo the wait wasn’t as excruciating as McLaren’s, but it was a still painful 1204 days since he won the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix. It was only Ricciardo’s fourth podium finish since that particular win and his first as a McLaren driver. Team-mate Lando Norris secured his best ever F1 finish with second, helping McLaren become the only team to score a 1-2 finish in 2021 so far.

The result meant McLaren scored a weekend total of 45 points – 27 from Ricciardo following third in the F1Sprint and the extra points for fastest lap, 18 from Norris. This is the third highest points total a team has ever came out of an F1 weekend with. At the end of the 2014 season double points were awarded in Abu Dhabi with Mercedes scoring a total of 50 points and Williams scoring 66 points. This means no team has ever scored more points in a non-double points weekend than McLaren at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix.

Behind the McLaren’s finished the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas. After winning the F1Sprint, Bottas had to start the race from the back of the grid in 19th following a full power unit change. The Finn flew up the order and gained a total of 16 places, the most in one race since the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix by Bottas himself.

Bottas’ team-mate Lewis Hamilton failed to score any points for the second time in 2021 thanks to a clash with title rival Max Verstappen at the Rettifilo chicane. It was a case of history repeating itself in more ways than one. Hamilton and Verstappen had already come to blows this year at Silverstone, repeating what 1995 title rivals Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher had done. Hill and Schumacher also went on to clash in Monza that season too. Verstappen leads Hamilton by 5 points, an extension of two owed to his second place in the F1Sprint.

Williams and George Russell made it a third points score in the past four races. Russell now sits just three points behind Alpha Tauri’s Yuki Tsunoda in the standings. Tsunoda has endured a tough season which was made harder by a DNS in Monza. Williams are now 19 points clear of Alfa Romeo in the constructors’ championship with eight races left to run.

IndyCar Series Stat Attack

IndyCar Series Stat Attack

Read on as we take you through some of the most intriguing stats from the IndyCar Series (1996-2021).

IndyCar Series Stat Attack

Scott Dixon now has 123 total career IndyCar Series podiums, the most of any driver in the series. This is an incredible 39 more than the next nearest driver – Helio Castroneves with 84. Dixon has been in the series since 2003 and been with Chip Ganassi for every single one of those 19 seasons. The six-time champion also has more wins than any other driver, scoring 50 and only having one winless season in 2004. Dixon has won 16.13% of his record total of 310 starts.

A total of 100 different drivers have taken at least one podium in the IndyCar Series since 1996. The most recent addition to the list was Penske’s Scott McLaughlin who finished second in the 2021 Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. An impressive 31 of the 43 different drivers who have competed in the 2021 season have stood on the podium at some stage in their career, 15 of them in 2021 alone. Current championship leader Alex Palou leads the way, with seven total podiums in 2021.

The longest winning streak ever recorded in the IndyCar Series is a streak of three. This has been done on nine different occasions, by six different drivers. Dixon has achieved this feat on three occasions while Will Power is the only other driver to have achieved a ‘three-peat’ more than once.

Despite Power having more poles than any other driver in series history, 57, he doesn’t have the record for most poles in-a-row. That record instead falls to Billy Boat who scored 5-in-a-row during the 1998 season. Boat only won one race that year and finished a distant 13th in the championship despite his record breaking run.

Dixon is only two points away from reaching the 10,000 career points mark. He would be the first driver to achieve this number, Helio Castroneves is his nearest challenger on a current total of 8128 points. Only five other drivers have surpassed 5000 career points so far – Tony Kanaan (7701), Will Power (6762), Ryan Hunter-Reay (5870), Marco Andretti (5405) and Graham Rahal (5198).

The youngest ever winner in IndyCar Series history remains Colton Herta. The son of Bryan, Herta won the 2019 visit to COTA at the age of 18y, 11m and 22d. Only three teenagers have ever won an IndyCar race, including Herta. The other two are Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti, both whom were the age of 19 when they won for the first time. Coincidentally all three drivers happen to be the sons of former IndyCar race winners.

*all stats taken from 1996-2021