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Formula 1 2013 Season in Numbers

Neil JamesFeatured ColumnistDecember 24, 2013

Formula 1 2013 Season in Numbers

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    Some numbers never change...
    Some numbers never change...Mark Thompson/Getty Images

    The 2013 Formula One season is behind us and we're all looking forward to next year. New engine and aerodynamic regulations, more driver changes than Le Mans and a brand new race in Russia—there's a lot to look forward to.

    But it's also worth looking back on the 19 races of 2013 to see what sort of interesting and not-so-interesting statistics we can find.

    Using a combination of the exceptional database maintained by F1Fanatic, a bit of Wikipedia trawling, some figures published by Pirelli and more hours than I care to remember on research and manual counting; here's the 2013 F1 season in 100 numbers.

    Five (fascinating?) facts for each number between zero and 15, and a final page of 20 for the higher figures.

Zero

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    They somewhat deserve no points for keeping that nasty nose-step.
    They somewhat deserve no points for keeping that nasty nose-step.Paul Gilham/Getty Images

    The number of racing laps completed on full wet tyres in 2013.

    The number of points scored by Caterham and Marussia.

    The number of laps Paul di Resta spent in last placehe did at least one lap in every other position.

    The number of races with a full 22 finishersthere were three with 21.

    The number of podiums scored by McLaren. The last time they went a whole season without a podium was 1980, when a young French chap named Alain Prost made his F1 debut for the team.

No. 1

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    No luck on Pirellis, eh Felipe?
    No luck on Pirellis, eh Felipe?Clive Mason/Getty Images

    The number of points scored by Pastor Maldonado for Williams. The last driver to manage two single-point (full) seasons was Jos Verstappen (1996 and 2001).

    The number of retirements suffered by Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

    The number of times Max Chilton and Esteban Gutierrez out-qualified their teammates.

    The number of fastest laps set by Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez.

    The number of podiums scored by Felipe Massa. It was only his third on Pirelli tyres (since the start of 2011).

No. 2

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    "I've got two!" "Yeah, but mine looks like a Faberge egg." "Two > One." "Egg > Gold."
    "I've got two!" "Yeah, but mine looks like a Faberge egg." "Two > One." "Egg > Gold."Mark Thompson/Getty Images

    The number of times Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber missed out on Q3.

    The number of times a Mercedes won from pole.

    The number of times Kimi Raikkonen missed out on Q3 (excluding the races he didn't take part in).

    The number of times neither of a team's cars were classified (Force India in Malaysia, Caterham in India).

    The number of drivers who received time penalties in 2013 (Romain Grosjean and Jean-Eric Vergne each got one 20-second penalty).

No. 3

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    One of Silverstone's many victims.
    One of Silverstone's many victims.Mark Thompson/Getty Images

    The top qualifying position achieved by Fernando Alonso (Malaysia, China, Bahrain, Brazil).

    The number of drive-through penalties served by Max Chilton, the season's worst offender.

    The number of times a McLaren didn't make it to the finish lineevery time due to a wheel-related problem. Both cars were classified in every race.

    The number of drivers with a job at a smaller team due to a "sugar daddy" big teamJules Bianchi at Marussia courtesy of Ferrari, Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne at Toro Rosso via Red Bull.

    The number of races won by a driver who qualified off the front row (Kimi Raikkonen in Australia from seventh, Fernando Alonso in China from third and Spain from fifth).

No. 4

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    #BO17ASMark Thompson/Getty Images

    The number of drivers who finished the year in the same position in the standings as their car number. Sebastian Vettel (No. 1), Valtteri Bottas (No. 17), Charles Pic (No. 20) and Max Chilton (No. 23).

    The number of penalties awarded to each of the four worst-offending drivers of 2013.

    The number of times a Caterham or Marussia made it out of Q1 (three in the chaotic session at Spa, and Giedo van der Garde at Monaco).

    The number of races in which Fernando Alonso crossed the finish line in a lower position than he started (Bahrain, Monaco, Korea, India). In two of those he had significant issues, and in the others he only lost one place.

    The number of races in which Lewis Hamilton crossed the finish line in a higher position than he started (Malaysia, Bahrain, Italy, USA).

No. 5

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    Vettel didn't spend any laps in Multi-21st.
    Vettel didn't spend any laps in Multi-21st.Mark Thompson/Getty Images

    The number of drivers who spent at least one lap in every positionfirst down to 22nd (Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Romain Grosjean and Adrian Sutil).

    The number of drivers who received zero penalties in 2013 (Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Paul di Resta, Valtteri Bottas, Heikki Kovalainen).

    The number of laps Sebastian Vettel completed outside the Top 10all in India.

    The number of drivers who didn't make it to Q3 at least once (Marussias, Caterhams and Pastor Maldonado).

    The number of times a Ferrari qualified in the Top 3 (four for Fernando Alonso, one for Felipe Massa).

No. 6

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    This was actually a right rear tyre, intentionally mounted on the wrong side. All the exploding rears were.
    This was actually a right rear tyre, intentionally mounted on the wrong side. All the exploding rears were.Lars Baron/Getty Images

    The number of times the season's retirement kings, Paul di Resta and Jean-Eric Vergne, didn't make it to the finish line.

    The number of "pay drivers" on the 2013 grid. Max Chilton, Charles Pic, Giedo van der Garde, Pastor Maldonado, Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil.*

    The number of third drivers who took part in a Friday practice session. James Calado (Force India), Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso), Rodolfo Gonzalez (Marussia), Ma Qinghua, Heikki Kovalainen and Alexander Rossi (Caterham).

    The average number of race laps completed by each driver on intermediate tyres (6.18). All were done in the opening laps in Malaysia, and zero racing laps were done on the full wets.

    The number of drivers who suffered tyres failures at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

     

    * Slightly arbitrary definition. Romain Grosjean and some others bring in more from sponsors than they take out in salary, but would almost certainly have their drives even without the money.

No. 7

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    Despite having the worst car, Bianchi was last only once, in Japan after practice issues.
    Despite having the worst car, Bianchi was last only once, in Japan after practice issues.Clive Mason/Getty Images

    The number of times Jules Bianchi set a time to qualify on the back row. Teammate Max Chilton did it 14 times.

    The number of times a Lotus was eliminated in Q2one for Heikki Kovalainen, two for Kimi Raikkonen and four for Romain Grosjean.

    The number of fastest laps set by cars other than Red Bulls.

    The number of front-row qualifying spots achieved by Nico Rosberg.

    The lowest grid slot for a driver who won the race (Kimi Raikkonen in Australia).

No. 8

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    The only time in 2013 when McLaren had the fastest car on the road.
    The only time in 2013 when McLaren had the fastest car on the road.Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

    The number of drivers to have been eliminated in Q1, eliminated in Q2 and to have made it through to Q3.

    The number of races Sebastian Vettel won from pole position. The only pole he failed to convert was in Australia.

    The number of laps led by a McLaren (all by Jenson Button).

    The number of drivers who scored a podium finish (both drivers from Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari and Lotus).

    The worst qualifying position for Sebastian Vettel (China).

No. 9

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    Eight points finishes in 2011, nine in 2012, nine in 2013. None in 2014, sadly.
    Eight points finishes in 2011, nine in 2012, nine in 2013. None in 2014, sadly.Paul Gilham/Getty Images

    The number of times Daniel Ricciardo made it to Q3.

    The number of podiums scored by Mercedes cars.

    The number of points finishes for Paul di Resta.

    The number of drivers who (net) lost more places than they gained on first laps throughout the season.

    The number of laps a Caterham spent in 13th place or higherfinishing there would have put them ahead of Marussia in the standings. Marussias also spent nine laps in these places.

No. 10

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    Despite their best efforts, Greenpeace didn't qualify as a nationality.
    Despite their best efforts, Greenpeace didn't qualify as a nationality.Mark Thompson/Getty Images

    The number of races won from pole position.

    The number of times Esteban Gutierrez was eliminated in Q1.

    The number of times a Force India made it to Q3.

    The number of laps led by Saubers (eight for Nico Hulkenberg, two for Esteban Gutierrez).

    The number of nationalities represented in 2013. British, German, Spanish, French, Finnish, Mexican, Venezuelan, Dutch, Australian and Brazilian.

No. 11

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    The yellow car was actually slower than Chilton.
    The yellow car was actually slower than Chilton.Mark Thompson/Getty Images

    The number of times Max Chilton set the slowest time in qualifying.

    The average grid position of Sergio Perezone of only two whole-number averages (also Max Chilton, 21st). Perez also had a whole-number average in 2011 (14th).

    The number of different positions in which Heikki Kovalainen completed a lap in his two races.

    The number of laps led by Adrian Sutil.

    The number of teams contesting the 2013 championship.

No. 12

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    Possibly also the number of free paddock passes Mansoor Ijaz got in 2013. But this is Bernie Ecclestone.
    Possibly also the number of free paddock passes Mansoor Ijaz got in 2013. But this is Bernie Ecclestone.Mark Thompson/Getty Images

    The number of races since Lotus announced Quantum Motorsports (then named Infinity Racing Partners) had bought a 35 percent stake in the team. Apparently the cheque is in the post.

    The number of fastest laps set by Red Bulls (seven for Sebastian Vettel, five for Mark Webber).

    The number of times Valtteri Bottas out-qualified teammate Pastor Maldonado.

    The number of laps Esteban Gutierrez spent in the Top 6 (teammate Nico Hulkenberg managed 291).

    The net number of positions (gains minus losses) Giedo van der Garde gained on opening laps of races.

No. 13

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    One imagines the tyres would explode if he did 13 doughnuts.
    One imagines the tyres would explode if he did 13 doughnuts.Clive Mason/Getty Images

    The number of races won by Sebastian Vettel.

    The number of drivers who led at least one lap.

    The net number of places Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo lost on first laps.

    The number of grid places lost by Mark Webber due to penalties.

    The number of times a McLaren was classified in a race outside the points. The figure for the previous three seasons put together is just seven.

No. 14

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    Cowboy hats suit most people. Most people...
    Cowboy hats suit most people. Most people...Tom Pennington/Getty Images

    The number of drivers who managed a Top 6 finish. Under the old 10-6-4-3-2-1 points system, they would have been the only points scorers.

    The number of laps led by Force Indias.

    The best qualifying spot for a Caterham or Marussia (Giedo van der Garde in Belgium).

    The best position in which Max Chilton completed a lap.

    The number of podiums scored by Lotus (eight for Kimi Raikkonen, six for Romain Grosjean).

No. 15

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    Ross Brawn was a winner in Monaco, claiming victory in a hard-fought 23rd Annual Buzzer Game.
    Ross Brawn was a winner in Monaco, claiming victory in a hard-fought 23rd Annual Buzzer Game.Clive Mason/Getty Images

    The number of times a driver didn't make it to the chequered flag, but was classified.

    The number of front-row starts for Sebastian Vettel.

    The number of finishers in Monacothe lowest of the season. Back in 1996, only three drivers got to the end in Monte Carlo.

    The number of drivers who spent at least one lap in a podium-paying position.

    The number of times Fernando Alonso finished ahead of Felipe Massa, where both drivers finished (Massa was ahead once).

And the Rest

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    A familiar sight in 2013.
    A familiar sight in 2013.Paul Gilham/Getty Images

    And here are some facts and figures for the larger numbers.

    16—the number of times a driver who finished the season in the Top 10 of the Drivers' Championship finished a race outside the Top 10.

    19the number of races finished by Max Chiltona record for a rookie.

    23the number of drivers who took part in the 2013 season. This is the lowest number since 2008's 22.

    23the net number of places lost on opening laps by Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton, the season's worst starters.

    28the number of laps Max Chilton lost to being lapped. He might have finished every race, but he was 28 laps down on the maximum number he could have completed.

    29the net number of places gained on opening laps by Pastor Maldonado, the season's top starter.

    38the number of classified finishes achieved by McLaren, an all-time record for a team.

    38the number of podiums scored by current world champions (from a total of 57).

    38the number of times a non-pole-sitting driver started and finished in exactly the same position.

    48the above stat, including pole-sitters.

    117the (theoretical) total number of grid places lost due to penalties. The actual figure is lower, as a driver can't start lower than 22nd.

    136the total number of racing laps completed on non-dry tyres in 2013.

    236Red Bull's Constructors' Championship winning margin. This is greater than the total of all winning margins in this championship from 1958 to 1976.

    397the number of points scored by Sebastian Vettel. That's 37 more than Mercedes, who were second in the Constructors' Championship.

    417the number of starts made. Nico Hulkenberg's DNS in Australia (due to a fuel system problem) makes it an odd number.

    684the number of laps led by Sebastian Vettel. Nico Rosberg was second on 104.

    913the number of laps completed by Giedo van der Garde, the season's bottom lapper (full season only).

    1126the number of laps completed by Jenson Button, the season's top lapper.

    1131the maximum number of laps any driver could have completed.

    25700the total number of tyres used in 2013. 23,300 dry and 2,400 intermediate/wet.

That's All Folks

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    This is a golf course, but fireworks are fireworks.
    This is a golf course, but fireworks are fireworks.Andrew Redington/Getty Images

    There we have it, the 2013 F1 season in numbers.

    Thanks must go to F1Fanatic and to the lovely people who keep sites such as Wikipedia updated. If any errors exist, they're probably down to my counting. Let me know, and I'll fix them.

    If you got this far, it's well worth checking out Fraser Masefield's magnificent article of the season's best 50 moments. A great article and a must for those of us suffering annual F1 withdrawal.

    Merry Christmas!

     

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