After each Grand Prix of the 2021 season, Motorsport.com invites you to find a compilation of outstanding statistics. Here are the figures and interesting data after the seventh round of the campaign, the GP of France.
The event and the registrants
>>> It was the 61st French Grand Prix in F1 history, making it the sixth most contested event. The record goes to the Grands Prix of Italy and Great Britain, with 71 editions each.
>>> These 61 Grands Prix took place on seven different circuits, the most prolific being Magny-Cours with 18 editions from 1991 to 2008. The Paul Ricard Circuit, For its part, has hosted Formula 1 on 17 occasions between 1971 and 2021.
>>> Kimi Räikkönen improved the Grand Prix start record, which he already holds since the 2020 Eifel GP. The Finn has indeed 337 starts, better than Rubens Barrichello (323) and Fernando Alonso (319).
>>> Carlos Sainz took the 125th start in the Grand Prix of her career.
>>> Max Verstappen has signed the fifth pole position of his career, notably equaling Giuseppe Farina, Patrick Tambay and Keke Rosberg.
>>> This was the 65th pole position in Red Bull history in F1 and of the 82nd of a Honda engine.
>>> Max Verstappen was on the front row for the 19th time in his career, as much as Chris Amon and Ralf Schumacher. It was the 164th time for Lewis Hamilton, it’s still a record.
>>> Valtteri Bottas qualified third, at the position he has held the most on the grid in his career: 34 times in 162 starts (21%).
>>> The top 3 qualifiers was made up of Hamilton, Verstappen and Bottas for the 20th time in 86 races since the start of 2017, or 23.25% of the time.
>>> Mick Schumacher moved to Q2 for the first time in his young career, even if he could not participate in this session because of an accident at the end of Q1.
>>> George Russell maintains his 100% passes in Q2 during the 2021 season, seven in seven Grands Prix. The Briton also remains undefeated by his teammates at Williams since the start of his Formula 1 career, although this time he was only two thousandths ahead of Nicholas Latifi.
>>> Victim of an accident, Yuki Tsunoda was eliminated in Q1 for the fourth time in seven Grands Prix.
>>> Max Verstappen claimed his 13th Formula 1 victory. He equals Alberto Ascari and David Coulthard.
>>> This is the 68th success of Red Bull as a builder and Honda’s 82nd as an engine manufacturer.
>>> This is the first time Red Bull has won three consecutive victories since the start of the turbo hybrid era in 2014.
>>> Max Verstappen has set the 13th fastest racing lap of his career, equaling Alan Jones and Riccardo Patrese.
>>> Max Verstappen became the 46th pilot in history to achieve a hat-trick (pole position, victory and fastest lap in the race).
>>> This is a 48th podium for Max Verstappen, who equals Gerhard Berger, a 170th for Lewis Hamilton, it’s still a record, and a 12th for Sergio Pérez, as much as Stefan Johansson, Robert Kubica and Charles Leclerc.
>>> Red Bull signed a double podium for only the second time since the start of the 2018 season (Bahrain 2020: Verstappen second, Albon third).
>>> Max Verstappen has spent 261 laps in the lead this season against 122 for Lewis Hamilton, more they have three wins each.
>>> Lewis Hamilton improves his record for consecutive races to the finish, with 56. Daniel Ricciardo is 23.
>>> All the drivers at the start of the race were at the finish. This is the tenth time this has happened in 1042 Grands Prix in the history of F1, and the sixth since the start of the turbo hybrid era (in 145 races).
>>> McLaren remains the only team to have placed its single-seaters at the finish of all races in 2021.
>>> Lando Norris finished six of the first seven Grands Prix of the season in the top 5, no one does better (six also for Verstappen and Pérez). It is also the only driver to have scored points in each race. It stays on 12 finishes in consecutive points, by far the best series of his young career.
>>> Valtteri Bottas remains on 14 Grands Prix without a win, but also seven races without finishing in the top 2, his worst series since joining Mercedes.
>>> Number 16 Charles Leclerc finished 16th for the first time in his career. This is his worst result at the finish since his 19th place in his third Grand Prix, in China in 2018.
>>> Sebastian Vettel remains on 30 races without a win since the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix, unheard of since the start of his career.