Brazilian Grand Prix – Stats – Raise the bat! Mercedes secures 100 pole positions

ESPN takes a look at some of the best and quirkiest stats to come out of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton’s victory in Sao Paulo was his 10th of the season and one that handed Mercedes the constructors’ championship for the fifth straight year.

However, overshadowing the Silver Arrows’ achievement was the post-race scuffle between Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon. Verstappen was left fuming after Ocon punted him out of the lead on lap 44, gifting Hamilton a 72nd win.

Stat focus: Mercedes reaches 100 poles in Formula One

When Hamilton pipped Sebastian Vettel by 0.093s to pole position in Brazil on Saturday afternoon it marked the 100th time a Mercedes had taken top spot in qualifying.

Mercedes joins an illustrious group of constructors to have taken 100 poles in Formula One. Ferrari, McLaren, Williams and Lotus are the only others to have achieved the feat.

The team’s 100 pole positions are made up of 56 from five-time world champion Hamilton, 30 from Nico Rosberg, seven from Juan Manuel Fangio, six from Valtteri Bottas and one from Stirling Moss.

But what sets Mercedes apart from its rivals is the unprecedented frequency in which they have managed to claim pole. Amazingly, Mercedes has scored pole position in more than half the races it has entered, a number significantly higher than any other team in the sport’s history.

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Verstappen may have been robbed of a certain victory in Brazil but even without the full 25 points the Red Bull driver has put together a stunning run of form.

Since the Monaco Grand Prix, Verstappen has smashed teammate Daniel Ricciardo — who admittedly has had a horrid run with reliability. Verstappen has outscored the Australian 199-86 points, claimed nine podiums to Ricciardo’s zero and finished ahead of him in each of the last eight races.

But he hasn’t just excelled against his teammate.

In that same stretch of 14 races, Verstappen has only scored seven points less than championship protagonist Vettel. Amazingly, had he won in Brazil the pair would have scored the same amount of points since Monaco.

As it stands the Dutchman is only 17 points behind third-placed Kimi Raikkonen in the drivers’ standings. It might be a long shot but Verstappen can still finish the season as high as third.

Fast facts:

137 – Combined pole positions by Hamilton and Vettel in Formula One.

4 – Verstappen has scored four consecutive podiums for the first time in his career.

P3 or better – Hamilton can set a new championship points record with a podium finish in Abu Dhabi.

95% – 57 of the 60 podium places in 2018 have been taken by Hamilton, Vettel, Verstappen, Raikkonen and Bottas.

DNF – Since the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix, Nico Hulkenberg has retired from a race 10 times.