January 26, 2022

Abu Dhabi 2021 stats – Verstappen steals Hamilton-Schumacher record

After each Grand Prix of the 2021 season, Motorsport.com invites you to find a compilation of outstanding statistics. Here are the numbers and interesting data after the 22nd and final round of the campaign, the Abu Dhabi GP. All these figures are obviously provisional until total abandonment or continuation of any appeals against the results.

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The event and the registrants

>>> This was the 13th edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, for as many events on the Yas Marina circuit (i.e. as much as the number of GPs organized in Estoril).

>>> For his last F1 start, Kimi Räikkönen increased the record for Grand Prix starts at 350. It’s better than Fernando Alonso (334) and Rubens Barrichello (323).

>>> Lance Stroll a pris son 100th start in Formula 1. He is the 74th pilot in history to reach this mark.

>>> Antonio Giovinazzi leaves F1 after taking the 62nd start of his career, or as much as JJ Lehto.

>>> It was the 100th and last Grand Prix for Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas as teammates at Mercedes. It is the second most lasting association in history, behind that of Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello at Ferrari (104 GP) but just ahead of that between Mika Häkkinen and David Coulthard at McLaren (99 GP)

The qualifications

>>> Max Verstappen a signé la 13th pole position of his career, or as much as Graham Hill, Jack Brabham or Jacques Villeneuve. He is the 17th driver in history to sign 10 poles (or more) in a season, but the first for which this represents less than half of the races contested during the season concerned (45.45%).

>>> It’s a 73rd pole for Red Bull as a constructor and the Honda’s 90th as an engine manufacturer.

>>> This was the Lewis Hamilton’s 173rd front row, which is still a record, and the 29th the Verstappen.

>>> For the 101st consecutive race and therefore his five complete seasons with Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas finished qualifying in the top 10 (before application of any penalty on the grid therefore).

The race

>>> Max Verstappen first became F1 World Champion. He is the 34th different Champion in the history of the discipline and the first Dutchman. And the first non-Mercedes driver to be crowned in the turbo hybrid era (started in 2014).

>>> This is the fourth time that a Champion has been crowned in Abu Dhabi after Sebastian Vettel (2010), Lewis Hamilton (2014) and Nico Rosberg (2016).

>>> This is the first title for a Honda-powered pilot since Ayrton Senna in 1991.

>>> This is the 8th Mercedes title among manufacturers and the 8th in a row, which is a record.

>>> This is the first time since the 2008 season that the drivers ‘title and the constructors’ title go to two different teams.

>>> Max Verstappen won his 20th victory in Formula 1, call autant que Mika Häkkinen.

>>> The Dutchman signed his 10th victory of the season. He is the 11th driver in history to have won at least 10 Grands Prix in one season, but the one who did so with the lowest winning percentage (45.45%). The only driver who has not been titled despite 10 successes in one season is Lewis Hamilton, in 2016.

>>> This is the seventh time in a row that the poleman has won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

>>> This is the Red Bull’s 75th win as a constructor and the 89e Honda as an engine manufacturer.

>>> It’s a 182e podium pour Lewis Hamilton, which is still a record, a 60e podium pour Max Verstappen, which equals Nelson Piquet, and a 6th for Carlos Sainz, which notably equals Carlos Pace or Jo Siffert.

>>> Max Verstappen signed his 18th podium of the year, in 22 GP. It’s a new record. The previous one was co-owned by Michael Schumacher (17/17 in 2002), Sebastian Vettel (17/19 in 2011) and Lewis Hamilton (17/19 in 2015, 17/21 in 2016, 2018 and 2019).

>>> Max Verstappen had his 16th fastest lap in the race, as much as Daniel Ricciardo.

>>> The Dutchman achieved a Hat-Trick by signing pole, victory and fastest lap. This is the third time in his career, when the record holder Michael Schumacher has 22.

>>> With the abandonment of Antonio Giovinazzi to Yas Marina, Carlos Sainz is the only driver to have finished the 22 races of the season, remaining in total on 29 consecutive GPs at the finish. Sainz completed 1294 of the 1297 laps on the program this year.

>>> The lack of victory for the second consecutive season at Ferrari is a first since the 1992 and 1993 seasons, and this is only the second time in Scuderia’s history in F1 that this has happened.

>>> Yuki Tsunoda signe the best result of his career by finishing fourth.