Shanghai Stats and Fun Facts

After a disappointing qualifying, the Shanghai Grand Prix proved to be anything but that! Here are some of the highlight statistics and awards for the day.

English: The skyline of Shanghai, China.

Photo Courtesy: wikipedia.org

Winner’s Time

Fernando Alonso sweeping his way to the post.

Fernando Alonso sweeping his way to the post.

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari: 1:36:26:945 (h:mm:ss:000)

Fastest Lap of the Race

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault Racing: 1:36:808 (m:ss:000)

Longest Tyre Stint:

Sergio Perez, McLaren-Mercedes: 24 Laps

Best Total Pit-Stop Time (3 Stops)

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault Racing: 59.598s

Superb strategy by Jensen Button saw his spend less than 40 seconds in the pits.

Superb strategy by Jensen Button, McLaren, saw his spend less than 40 seconds in the pits.

Best Race Pit-Stops (2 Stops)

Jensen Button, McLaren-Mercedes: 39.760s

AWARDS

Shanghai Delights

  1. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari for a superb, well-paced and tactically near-perfect race.
  2. Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus for taking P2 after suffering a broken nose cone and a slightly damaged wing.
  3. Sebastian Vettel for storming from P9 to finish 4th.
  4. Jensen Button, McLaren, for having the guts and gumption to drive an extremely tough race with a two-stop pit strategy.

Shanghai Surprises

  1. Daniel Ricciardo of STR-Ferrari for his career best Grand Prix finish of 7th.
  2. Paul Di Resta, Force India for surviving the nudge from team-mate Adrinan Sutil, going off track, losing track position and then finishing at P8
  3. Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, for his vastly improved showing and leading the race from Sebastian Vettel, albeit briefly.

Shanghai Shunts

Esteban Gutierrez crashes into the back wing of Adrian Sutil, ending the race for both drivers.

Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, crashes into the back wing of Adrian Sutil, Force India, ending the race for both drivers.

  1. Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, for ploughing into the rear of Adrian Sutil, Force India, and irreparably damaging the back wing of the German’s car.
  2. Mark Webber, Red Bull for driving into Jean Eric Vergne of STR-Ferrari, damaging his wing and ending the race for the Frenchman from his sister racing outfit.
  3. Sergio Perez, McLaren for obstructing Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, and breaking the Finn’s nose, car nose that is!

Shanghai Flops

  1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes for not finishing the race after a strong showing in the practices and qualifying sessions.
  2. Pator Maldonando, Williams, for…well, being practically invisible!

Team Radio Communication of the Race:

“What the hell is he doing?” – Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus. After all, he is the man who almost always knows what he is doing!

PIT-STOP AND TYRE STRATEGIES: TOP 10 DRIVERS

 POS.

 DRIVER

 TEAM

START

 LAP

STOP 1

 LAP

STOP 2

 LAP

STOP 3

1

Fernando Alonso Ferrari

SOFT

6

MEDIUM

23

MEDIUM

41

MEDIUM

2

Kimi Raikkonen Lotus

SOFT

6

MEDIUM

21

MEDIUM

34

MEDIUM

3

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

SOFT

5

MEDIUM

21

MEDIUM

37

MEDIUM

4

Sebastian Vettel Red Bull

MEDIUM

14

MEDIUM

31

MEDIUM

51

SOFT

5

Jensen Button McLaren

MEDIUM

23

MEDIUM

49

MEDIUM

NA

NA

6

Felipe Massa Ferrari

SOFT

7

MEDIUM

19

MEDIUM

36

MEDIUM

7

Daniel Ricciardo STR Ferrari

SOFT

4

MEDIUM

23

MEDIUM

38

MEDIUM

8

Paul Di Resta Force India

MEDIUM

14

MEDIUM

32

MEDIUM

53

SOFT

9

Romain Grosjean Lotus

SOFT

7

MEDIUM

23

MEDIUM

37

MEDIUM

10

Nico Hulkenberg Sauber

MEDIUM

14

MEDIUM

29

SOFT

36

MEDIUM

PIT-STOP TIMES: TOP 10 DRIVERS

POS.

DRIVER

TEAM

STOP 1

STOP 2

STOP 3

TOTAL TIME

1

Fernando Alonso Ferrari

19.719

20.52

21.012

1.01.252

2

Kimi Raikkonen Lotus

20.753

20.76

20.464

1.01.976

3

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

20.379

20.58

19.600

1.00.563

4

Sebastian Vettel Red Bull

19.323

20.08

20.191

0.59.598

5

Jensen Button McLaren

19.898

19.86

0

0.39.760

6

Felipe Massa Ferrari

20.753

20.03

19.449

1.00.229

7

Daniel Ricciardo STR Ferrari

24.946

20.3

20.362

1.05.611

8

Paul Di Resta Force India

20.598

20.320

19.831

1.00.749

9

Romain Grosjean Lotus

20.083

20.29

20.109

1.00.478

10

Nico Hulkenberg Sauber

22.838

20.33

19.957

1.03.122

SHANGHAI DRIVER STANDINGS

 POS

 DRIVER

 TEAM

 PTS.

1

Fernando Alonso Ferrari

25

2

Kimi Raikkonen Lotus

18

3

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

15

4

Sebastian Vettel Red Bull

12

5

Jensen Button McLaren

10

6

Felipe Massa Ferrari

8

7

Daniel Ricciardo STR Ferrari

6

8

Paul Di Resta Force India

4

9

Romain Grosjean Lotus

2

10

Nico Hulkenberg Sauber

1

OVERALL DRIVER STANDINGS (3 RACES)
POS.

DRIVER

TEAM

PTS.

1

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull

52

2

Kimi Raikkonen

Lotus

49

3

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

43

4

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

40

5

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

30

6

Mark Webber

Red Bull

26

7

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

12

8

Jensen Button

McLaren

12

9

Romain Grosjean

Lotus

11

10

Paul Di Resta

Force India

8

11

Daniel Ricciardo

Torro Rosso

6

12

Adrian Sutil

Force India

6

13

Nico Hulkenberg

Sauber

5

14

Sergio Perez

McLaren

2

15

Jean Eric Vergne

Torro Rosso

1

CONSTRUCTORS STANDINGS 3 RACES 

POS.

TEAM

PTS.

1

Red Bull-Renault

78

2

Ferrari

73

3

Lotus-Renault

60

4

Mercedes

52

5

McLaren-Mercedes

14

6

Force India-Mercedes

14

7

STR-Ferrari*

7

8

Sauber-Ferrari

5

 

*Torro Rosso

 

Next edition: An Open Letter to Mr. Bernie Ecclestone from my guest blogger — CHERRY!

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