F1 2013 Alternative Championships – Round 15/19: Japan

SEBASTIAN VETTEL has now become one of only six drivers in F1 history to have won five Grand Prix in a row, and he is well on course to at least equal Alberto Ascari’s all-time record of nine straight wins.

  • Alberto Ascari (9), 1952-53: Belgium, France, England, Germany (West), Netherlands, Italy, ‘53 Argentina, Netherlands and Belgium.
  • Michael Schumacher (7), 2004: Europe, Canada, U.S., France, England, Germany and Hungary.
  • Jim Clark (6), 1965: South Africa, Belgium, France, England, Netherlands and Germany (West).
  • Michael Schumacher (6), 2000-01: Italy, U.S., Japan, Malaysia, ’01 Australia and Malaysia.
  • Sir Jack Brabham (5), 1960: Netherlands, Belgium, France, England and Portugal.
  • Nigel Mansell (5), 1992: South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Spain and San Marino.
  • Michael Schumacher (5), 2004: Australia, Malaysia, Bahrain, San Marino and Spain.
  • Sebastian Vettel (5), 2013: Belgium, Italy, Singapore, Korea (South) and Japan.

Here we go again…

This was Vettel’s 35th career win, meaning he has now won over 30 per cent of all the Grand Prix he has raced in.

He’s won nine races so far this season, matching what Mansell did in 1992 and Schumacher in: 1995, 2000 and 2001. Vettel can still equal Schumacher’s record of 13 wins in a season, but must win the four remaining events.

Vettel has now started a race from the front row on 60 occasions in his 116 races, and with 58 podiums to his name he’s only one behind Mansell and two behind Nelson Piquet.

Twelve: the number of podiums Vettel has had this season, the same as: Ayrton Senna (1991), Mansell (’92), Schumacher (2000 & ‘06), Kimi Räikkönen (’05 & ‘07), Lewis Hamilton (’07), Fernando Alonso (’07) and Jenson Button (’11).

Mark Webber – Vettel’s Red Bull team-mate – started the race from his 12th career pole-position. He’s now joint 29th on this all-time list alongside Gerhard Berger and former previous Red Bull team-mate David Coulthard. This trio are now joint eighth on the list of poles without a world title. Webber needs just one more pole to equal compatriot Sir Jack Brabham’s total of 13, and has just four races left to do this.

Webber also set the fastest-lap of the race for the 18th time, placing him in joint 16th on the all-time list with Coulthard. The duo are joint third on the list of total number of fastest-laps without a title.

Fernando Alonso broke the all-time points record, taking the record away from Schumacher. Alonso has 1,571 points to his name, while Schumacher has 1,566. But if you apply the current point system from 1950 to the present Schumacher has scored 3,890, Alain Prost 2,467 and Alonso 2,414.

Romain Grosjean now has seven podiums without a win, one behind Luigi Villoresi. Based on his display at Suzuka his first victory can’t be too far away.

Esteban Gutiérrez finished seventh in the race to collect his first ever world championship points.

Renault have now set 209 pole-positions as an engine supplier, taking the record away from Ferrari.

Ferrari became the first team ever to complete a pit-stop in less than two seconds. It took them just 1.95 seconds to service Alonso.

Driver news:

Toro Rosso made the surprise announcement that 19-year-old Russian GP3 driver Daniil Kvyat will race from them next season. He won this year’s GP3 feature races at Spa and Monza and currently sits second in the standings only seven points behind championship leader Facu Regalia with just the Abu Dhabi round left.

1935 European Drivers’ Champions Style Championship.

Position

Driver

Points

1

Sebastian Vettel

29

2

Kimi Räikkönen

45

3

Fernando Alonso

46

4

Mark Webber

55

5

Lewis Hamilton

56

6

Nico Rosberg

58

7 (3rd)

Romain Grosjean

60

8 (5th)

Jenson Button

60

9 (6th)

Sergio Pérez

60

10 (14th)

Max Chilton

60

11

Valtteri Bottas

61

12 (7th)

Daniel Ricciardo

63

13 (10th)

Pastor Maldonado

63

14

Felipe Massa

64

15 (4th)

Nico Hülkenberg

65

16 (7th)

Esteban Gutiérrez

65

17 (13th)

Jules Bianchi

66

18 (14th*)

Charles Pic

66

19 (14th*)

Giedo van der Garde

66

20 (5th)

Adrian Sutil

67

21 (6th)

Jean-Éric Vergne

67

22

Paul di Resta

68

Lotus’ Romain Grosjean, both McLaren drivers (Jenson Button and Sergio Pérez) and Marussia’s rookie Max Chilton are the only drivers on par points (60). Chilton is the only one of these four to have completed all 15 races so far.

*Pic’s second best result is also 14th, while van der Garde’s is 15th.

Drivers in italics cannot now win this title.

1957 F1 World Drivers’ Championship Style Championship.

Position

Driver

Points

Champ.

Sebastian Vettel

98

2

Fernando Alonso

59

3

Kimi Räikkönen

53

4

Lewis Hamilton

41

5

Mark Webber

40

6

Nico Rosberg

27

7

Romain Grosjean

16

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

Sebastian Vettel is the 1957 points style champion.

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

294

2

Esteban Gutiérrez

292

3

Max Chilton

187

4

Jules Bianchi

175

5

Giedo van der Garde

166

Gutiérrez earned two bonus points for setting the fastest lap in Spain and six bonus points for his seventh place in Japan.

Gutiérrez and Bottas have finished first and second in the last five races and in six of the last seven.

Engines’ Championship.

Position

Engine

Points

1

Renault

340

2

Ferrari

269

3

Mercedes

261

4

Cosworth

180

Cosworth cannot now win this title.

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

Nations’ Championship.

Position

Nation

Points

Champ.

Germany

329

2

Spain

215

3

Finland

196

4

England

186

5

Australia

166

6

France

130

7

Brazil

114

8

Mexico

72

9

Scotland

60

10

Venezuela

28

11

Netherlands

15

Germany is the Nations’ Champion.

The Next Grand Prix…

Round 16 of F1 2013 is the 3rd running of the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit. After this race the Indian Grand Prix will go on hiatus until early 2015.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel is the only driver to have led a lap at this Grand Prix.

The 26-year-old will win his fourth consecutive world drivers’ championship if:

  • He finishes fifth or higher.
  • If he finishes sixth, seventh or eighth, Alonso must win to take the championship to Abu Dhabi.
  • If he finishes ninth or lower, Alonso must win or be second to take the championship to Abu Dhabi.

A point of interest:

Before Mercedes’ Testgate at Barcelona: Ferrari and Red Bull had two wins each whilst Lotus had one. From Monaco onwards: Red Bull have won seven races whilst Mercedes have won the other three. Since the tyres were altered at the German Grand Prix: Vettel has won all but one race, Hungary.

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