Russian Grand Prix: Curious statistics

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Several interesting statistical selections following the Russian Grand Prix …

Qualification

Having won qualification in Sochi, Lewis Hamilton won the eighth pole of the season, the 96th in his career – and only the second on the Russian track. Pole in Sochi – 70th for Hamilton with Mercedes in the 150th Grand Prix with the factory team. For the 154th time in his career, Hamilton started from the first row of the starting field – he is the absolute leader in this indicator.

Max Verstappen qualified second, dividing Mercedes drivers for the first time in seven Grand Prix events. He had never started in the top six in Sochi before. For the 13th time in his career, Max started from the first row, equal in this indicator to Jody Schecter and Alan Jones.

Valtteri Bottas qualified third for the first time this season. In 2017, he already started third in Sochi – and won the race.

For the ninth time in his career (four times in Force India and Racing Point – and once in Sauber) Sergio Perez showed the fourth time in qualifying – in 184 Grand Prix held, he never qualified in the top three.

Qualifying fifth, Daniel Riccardo beat team-mate Esteban Ocon for the eighth time in a row. The Australian has repeated for the third time his best result on the Sochi circuit after the stages of 2017 and 2016, when he raced for Red Bull Racing – and his best result at the start in Russia with Renault.

After qualifying sixth, Carlos Sainz beat team-mate Lando Norris for the fifth time in a row.

Qualifying tenth in the 50th Grand Prix for riders from Thailand, Alex Albon lost eight spots and over a second on a fast lap to Max Verstappen.

Only two teams after ten stages have a crushing score. Max Verstappen leads Alex Albon 10-0 in ten qualifications in Red Bull Racing, while George Russell dominates Nicolas Latifi in Williams.

After ten qualifications, Antonio Giovinazzi remains the only rider who has never made it to the second part of the qualification.

Race

Valtteri Bottas won the Russian Grand Prix, having won the ninth career victory, the second in the season – and the second on the Sochi track. The Finn has several victories only on two tracks – in Sochi and Spielberg.

Valtteri made it to the podium for the fifth time in Sochi – four times with Mercedes and one time with Williams. Bottas participated in the Russian Grand Prix seven times, and if he finished, then not lower than fourth place.

Bottas’ victory in Sochi is the ninth for him in the Mercedes, according to this indicator, he was ahead of Juan-Manuel Fangio.

Finishing second, Verstappen earned the first podium for Red Bull Racing in Sochi. For Max, this is the 38th podium in his career. The next landmark in this ranking is Felipe Massa, who has climbed the podium 41 times.

Lewis Hamilton finished third for the 159th time in his career to climb the podium. The Briton is the absolute leader of this rating.

Finishing fourth, Sergio Perez continued his successful streak in Sochi, where he always earned points. For the first time this season, he finished in the top four.

Finishing fifth, Daniel Riccardo achieved his best result in Sochi.

For the second time this season, the AlphaTauri team earned points with two cars. Daniil Kvyat finished eighth, and Pierre Gasly – ninth, although under the former name Toro Rosso the team never finished on this track above 10th place.

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