Motor Racing Statistics – Formula 1 for the Japanese Grand Prix
Formula 1 statistics for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka (round 18 of the 22-race championship): Lap distance: 5.807km. Total distance: 307.471 km (53 laps)
No race since 2019 Race lap record: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) Mercedes, 2019: 1 minute 30.983 seconds.
Start time: 0500GMT (1400 local time) JAPAN
Sunday’s race will be the 36th Japanese Grand Prix in world championship history. Hamilton has won five times in Japan, Sebastian Vettel four and Fernando Alonso twice.
Mercedes have won the last six Japanese Grands Prix. Ferrari has not won at Suzuka since Michael Schumacher in 2004. The German has won the Japanese Grand Prix six times, a record.
Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas won with Mercedes in 2019. In 31 races at Suzuka, the winner has come from the front row 26 times and been on pole position 15 times. Kimi Raikkonen has won since 17th on the grid in 2005 with McLaren.
Eight of the last 15 winners have started on pole. The Drivers’ Championship has been contested 12 times in Japan.
Suzuka is a circuit owned by Honda, the Japanese manufacturer having left Formula 1 last season but still supplying Red Bull with power units under a support agreement. TITLE
Verstappen will secure his second title if he beats Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by eight points – the difference between a fastest lap victory and second place – and scores six more than his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez. RACE VICTORIES
Red Bull won 13 of the 17 races and Ferrari the rest. Verstappen has won 11 and can set a record for most wins in a season.
Leclerc has won three times, Perez twice and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz once. Verstappen is aiming for the 32nd win of his career, which would put him alongside Fernando Alonso tied for sixth in the all-time winning list.
Hamilton has a record of 103 wins and 188 podiums in 304 starts. The seven-time world champion last won a race in Saudi Arabia in December and is now enjoying the longest streak of his career without a win. Ferrari has won 242 races since 1950. McLaren has 183 wins, Mercedes 124, Williams 115 and Red Bull 88.
POLE POSITION Leclerc has had nine poles this year, Verstappen four, Sainz two, Perez and Russell one each. Hamilton has a record 103, most recently in Saudi Arabia last year.
FASTEST LAP Seven drivers have set the fastest laps this season.
5 – Verstappen (Imola, Miami, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands) 3 – Leclerc (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Australia)
– Perez (Spain, Azerbaijan and Italy) 2 – Sainz (Canada, France)
– Hamilton (Great Britain, Hungary) 1 – Norris (Monaco), Russell (Singapore)
POINTS Verstappen leads Leclerc by 104 points.
Red Bull leads Ferrari by 137 points in the constructors’ standings. Williams’ Nicholas Latifi is the only racing driver yet to score this season.
Fernando Alonso (MILESTONE Alpine) started his 350th race in Singapore, a Formula 1 record.
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