18 December 2015
2015 Formula 1 Season in Numbers
The 2015 F1 season produced a number of surprises and interesting facts. Read on to find out the best starters, most popular teams on social media, how many bottles of Champagne were sprayed on the podium and more!
43: Overall race wins, the most by a British driver.
10: Wins this season (one fewer than 2014 but only Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher have more in a season, having managed 13 in 2013 and 2004 respectively).
16: World championships won by British drivers (Mike Hawthorn, 1958; Graham Hill, 1962, 1968; Jim Clark, 1963, 1965; John Surtees, 1964; Sir Jackie Stewart, 1969, 1971, 1973; James Hunt, 1976; Nigel Mansell, 1992; Damon Hill, 1996; Lewis Hamilton, 2008, 2014, 2015; Jenson Button, 2009).
More Hamilton Facts
During Lewis’s entire F1 career to date he is the only driver to win at least 1 race during each season. Legendary drivers such as Sebastian Vettel, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher all raced for a couple of seasons without victories before going on a similar run. It took Prost 11 Grand Prix during the 1980 season before winning every year from 1981 to 1990 while Schumacher had six races in 1991 and then won at least 1 race every year from 1992 to 2006.
The only drivers that have had more Grand Prix victories than Hamilton are Schumacher (91) and Prost (51). In 2015, he overtook Ayrton Senna (41) and Sebastian Vettel (42), and covered plenty of the total distance driven in F1 this year; 3598 miles!
16: Race wins for Mercedes (equalling record from last season. The next best is 15 for McLaren in 1988 (16-race season), Ferrari in 2002 (17-race season) and Ferrari in 2004 (18-race season).
18: Pole positions for Mercedes (equalling record from last season, shared with Red Bull in 2011 – also a 19-race season).
Within the Constructors’ Championship there have been considerable changes this season. Ferrari achieved 428 points in 2015 and finished 2nd in the Constructors’ Championship. In 2014 they managed 216 points, this was their worst season in F1 for more than 20 years.
In contrast, there was a sizeable drop in 2014 from a team who, a couple of seasons ago, were invincible; Last year Red Bull won 405 points and finished 2nd in the Constructors’ Championship. In 2015 they scored only 187 points and finished 4th, failing to win a race for the first time since 2008, leaving them with very little celebratory Champagne to uncork on the podium.
Lewis Hamilton 10
Nico Rosberg 6
Sebastian Vettel 3
Lewis Hamilton 11
Nico Rosberg 7
Sebastian Vettel 1
Lewis Hamilton 8
Nico Rosberg 5
Daniel Ricciardo 3
Kimi Raikkonen 2
Sebastian Vettel 1
And finally, who is dominating on Facebook?