Key statistics and information defining the 2018 F1 season
The 2018 F1 season was a solid year in terms of statistics with many records broken and set by the drivers and the teams.
The year started off with Ferrari and Vettel showing their might against Mercedes Hamilton but by the end for various reasons, it was the latter pair who managed to take it away and further extend their winning reign over its arch rivals.
Plenty of records were broken and set with a rise and fall of drivers and teams as well when compared to 2017. Here's a list of all what happened in 2018 - a statistical highlight of an interesting season:
- Hamilton won his fifth F1 title and is now tied second with Juan Manuel Fangio as he overtook Vettel in the process. It was also Mercedes' fifth constructors' win as the team overtook Red Bull Racing in the process.
- Hamilton scored the most wins in 2018 with 11, followed by Vettel with five, Daniel Ricciardo & Max Verstappen scoring two and Kimi Raikkonen claiming one.
- Hamilton had the most podiums at 17, followed by Raikkonen & Vettel with 12, Verstappen with 11, Bottas with eight, Ricciardo with two and Sergio Perez with one.
- Hamilton also registered the most poles at 11, followed by Vettel with five, Bottas & Ricciardo with two and Raikkonen with one.
- Bottas had the most fastest laps with seven, followed by Ricciardo & Hamilton with three, Verstappen with two and Raikkonen & Kevin Magnussen with one each.
- Hamilton completed 1255 racing laps, followed by Vettel (1248), Bottas (1202), Vandoorne (1200), Perez (1196), Carlos Sainz (1195), Kevin Magnussen (1172), Lance Stroll (1156), Verstappen (1127), Sergey Sirotkin (1118), Raikkonen (1116), Marcus Ericsson (1091), Romain Grosjean (1074), Charles Leclerc (1058), Esteban Ocon (1052), Ricciardo (1034), Pierre Gasly (1032), Brendon Hartley (999), Fernando Alonso (985), Nico Hulkenberg (936).
- It was also the first time in F1 history that all drivers scored at least one point. Hamilton & Vettel scored points in all but one race with Bottas scoring in 19.
- Vettel, Raikkonen and Bottas reached Q3 in every qualifying session with Vandoorne and Sirotkin only drivers to not reach Q3 at all.
- In terms of teams, Sauber improved the most from 2017 to 2018 as it scored 48 this year to five last year while Williams dropped back with only seven points this year when compared to 83 last year.
- In terms of drivers, Magnussen improved the most in terms of points scored from 2017 to 2018 going from 19 points to 56 with Alonso just behind from 17 to 50 while Ericsson scored nothing in 2017 but got 19 in 2018. The biggest drop in points was Stroll as he went from 40 in 2017 to just six in 2018 with Ocon dropping to 49 from 87 and Perez from 100 to 62.
- Grosjean, Verstappen and Stroll each got seven penalty points in 2018 which was the maximum for a driver while Hamilton and Leclerc were the only two drivers to keep a clean sheet.
- In all, there were 10 grand prixs which saw a new lap record being set in 2018 - thanks to the faster cars. They were: Spanish GP (Ricciardo), Monaco GP (Verstappen), French GP (Bottas), Austrian GP (Raikkonen), Belgian GP (Bottas), Singapore GP (Magnussen), Russian GP (Bottas), US GP (Hamilton), Mexican GP (Bottas) and Brazilian GP (Bottas).
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The stats were compiled by Darshan Chokhani and Jack Ekeller