F1 2013 Alternative Championships – Round 14/19: Korea (South)

WHAT do Alberto Ascari, Jim Clark and Sebastian Vettel all have in common?

They are the only three drivers in F1 history to complete back-to-back Grand Slams (win the race from pole and setting the fastest-lap while also leading every lap).

Ascari achieved this at the 1952 German and Dutch Grand Prixs, Clark at the 1965 French and German Grand Prixs, and now Vettel at the 2013 Singapore and Korean Grand Prixs.

Now it’s time to rattle off yet more Vettel statistics:

This was his 34th victory, 42nd pole-position and 21st fastest lap – that puts him joint tenth with Gerhard Berger on that particular list.

Vettel has completed seven hat-tricks now – the same number as Ascari and Ayrton Senna to go along with his four Grand Slams. He’s now led every lap of a race ten times, putting him fifth on the all-time list, and has now led at least one lap of a race 60 times.

He has won four races in a row for the third time in his career and has won the last three editions of the Korean and Singapore Grand Prix.

The reigning champion has won from pole five times this season and won eight races in total. Senna, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill and Mika Häkkinen all did this in: 1988, ’94, ’96 and ’98 respectively – they all won the championship in said years too.

Vettel’s win percentage is now 0.01% higher than Schumacher’s and he now has 57 podium finishes, while Kimi Räikkönen now has 77.

Romain Grosjean now has six podium finishes without a win, putting him eighth on that list.

Remarkably, in all five of Grosjean’s third places, Räikkönen has been second in all of them and this is the third time this season (and fourth in total) that the podium has been VET, RAI, GRO.

Grosjean’s podium came 40 years to the day since fellow Frenchman François Cevert crashed to his death at Watkins Glen.

Finally, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber are now joint tenth on the all-time list of Grand Prix entries with 212.

1935 European Drivers’ Champions Style Championship.

Position

Driver

Points

1

Sebastian Vettel

28

2

Kimi Räikkönen

41

3

Fernando Alonso

42

4

Lewis Hamilton

49

5

Mark Webber

53

6

Nico Rosberg

54

7 (5th)

Jenson Button

56

8 (6th)

Sergio Pérez

56

9 (14th)

Max Chilton

56

10 (3rd)

Romain Grosjean

57

11 (11th)

Valtteri Bottas

57

12 (7th)

Daniel Ricciardo

59

13 (10th)

Pastor Maldonado

59

14 (13th)

Jules Bianchi

59

15 (14th)

Giedo van der Garde

59

16

Felipe Massa

60

17 (4th)

Nico Hülkenberg

61

18 (11th)

Esteban Gutiérrez

61

19

Charles Pic

62

20 (5th)

Adrian Sutil

63

21 (6th)

Jean-Éric Vergne

63

22

Paul di Resta

64

McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Pérez and Marussia’s rookie Max Chilton are the only drivers on par points (56). Chilton is the only one of these three drivers to have completed all 14 races so far.

Sutil, Vergne and di Resta cannot now win this title.

1957 F1 World Drivers’ Championship Style Championship.

Position

Driver

Points

1

Sebastian Vettel

90

2

Fernando Alonso

56

3

Kimi Räikkönen

51

4

Lewis Hamilton

41

5

Mark Webber

33

6

Nico Rosberg

27

7

Romain Grosjean

12

8

Felipe Massa

12

9

Nico Hülkenberg

5

10

Paul di Resta

3

11

Jenson Button

2

12

Adrian Sutil

2

13

Sergio Pérez

1

14

Esteban Gutiérrez

1

15

Jean-Éric Vergne

0

16

Daniel Ricciardo

0

17

Pastor Maldonado

0

18

Valtteri Bottas

0

19

Jules Bianchi

0

20

Charles Pic

0

21

Giedo van der Garde

0

22

Max Chilton

0

Only Vettel, Alonso and Räikkönen can now still win the title.

Grosjean and Massa are separated by their number of third places which is current 3:1 in favour of Grosjean.

Button and Sutil have a best result of fifth this season, but Button has sixth-place whereas Sutil has a seventh as their second best result. Pérez and Gutiérrez have a best of sixth and 11th respectively.

Of the drivers without a point, their best results are as follows: Vergne (sixth), Ricciardo (seventh), Maldonado (tenth), Bottas (11th), Bianchi (13th), Pic (2×14th), van der Garde (14th, 15th) and Chilton (14th, 16th).

Rookies’ Championship.

Position

Driver

Points

1

Valtteri Bottas

276

2

Esteban Gutiérrez

261

3

Jules Bianchi

175

4

Max Chilton

172

5

Giedo van der Garde

166

Gutiérrez earned two bonus points for setting the fastest lap in Spain.

Gutiérrez, Bottas and van der Garde finished first, second and third for the fourth straight race.

Engines’ Championship.

Position

Engine

Points

1

Renault

315

2

Ferrari

251

3

Mercedes

246

4

Cosworth

168

Cosworth cannot now win this title.

For the fourth straight race the finishing order was: Renault, Ferrari, Mercedes, Cosworth.

Nations’ Championship.

Position

Nation

Points

1

Germany

304

2

Spain

203

3

Finland

186

4

England

180

5

Australia

148

6

France

115

7

Brazil

110

8

Mexico

64

9

Scotland

58

10

Venezuela

27

11

Netherlands

15

Australia, France, Brazil, Mexico, Scotland, Venezuela and Netherlands cannot now win the title.

The Next Grand Prix…

One word: Suzuka.

Current drivers who have won the Japanese Grand Prix:

  • Sebastian Vettel (3): 2009, ‘10 & ‘12.
  • Fernando Alonso: 2006 & ’08 (Renault, the latter at Fuji).
  • Jenson Button: 2011.
  • Lewis Hamilton: 2007 (McLaren at Fuji).
  • Kimi Räikkönen: 2005 (McLaren).

Current constructors who have won the Japanese Grand Prix:

  • McLaren (9): 1977 (Fuji), ’88, ’91, ’93, ’98, ’99, 2005, ’07 (Fuji) & ’11.
  • Ferrari (7): ’87, ’97, 2000, ’01, ’02, ’03 & ’04.
  • Williams (3): ’92, ’94 & ’96.
  • Red Bull (3): 2009, ’10 & ’12.

Sebastian Vettel will take his fourth straight world drivers’ championship if:

  • He wins and Alonso is no higher than ninth.
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