1,000 wins: A world championship milestone | 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix stats and facts

Lewis Hamilton scored the 1,000th win* by a driver in a world championship race in Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

How did he achieve that feat in what was only the 997th grand prix? In the first years of the championship drivers were allowed to share cars and therefore could share wins.

Three of previous races had joint winners. These were Juan Manuel Fangio and Luigi Fagioli at Reims in 1951, Fangio and Luigi Musso at Buenos Aires in 1956, and Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks at Aintree in 1957. This is why the total number of world championship race wins by drivers adds up to more than the number of races which have held.

This was the 73rd win of Hamilton’s career, leaving him 18 shy of Michael Schumacher’s record of 91. With 21 races on the 2019 F1 calendar, Hamilton could reach that within 12 months, if the W10 turns out to be something really special.

Hamilton ended the year on 408 points, which is the most any driver has ever scored in a championship season, beating Sebastian Vettel’s 2013 record by 11 (though there were two fewer races that year).

It was a year of two halves for Hamilton: He only won three of the first 10 races, but over the remaining 11 he registered just three defeats.

One of those wins was handed to him by team mate Valtteri Bottas, in Russia. Because of that Bottas became the first Mercedes driver since Schumacher in 2012 to complete a full season without winning a race.

The seven points Bottas lost that weekend meant he finished fifth in the championship instead of third. As the top three drivers have to attend the FIA Gala, that means Kimi Raikkonen gets to done his best suit, fly to St Petersburg and attend another press conference instead of Bottas next week. No doubt he’ll be thrilled.

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Vettel took second in the championship for the second year in a row, scoring three points more than he managed last season. While he and Ferrari missed out on the championships again, they could draw some consolation by being the first team to end the season within 100 points of Mercedes since the V6 hybrid turbo era began – the gap was 84 points.

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Yas Marina, 2018Vettel finished further behind Hamilton than last yearA curious and potentially telling detail here is that Ferrari ended the year closer to Mercedes than Vettel did to Hamilton. There was 46 points between the two drivers at the end of 2017; 88 this year.

Vettel joined Raikkonen and Bottas in reaching Q3 at every race this year. However the latter pair pulled off this feat for the second year in a row: Bottas has never failed to reach Q3 as a Mercedes driver.

Max Verstappen ended the year with his fifth consecutive podium finish. Satisfyingly, he made a net gain of 33 places on the first laps of races this season, matching his race number.

However Daniel Ricciardo failed to get a final podium for Red Bull and hasn’t had one since his Monaco victory in May. As he heads off to Renault, how long will it be until he next gets the chance to perform his trademark ‘shoey’?

New 2019 Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc ended the season strongly, with his third consecutive seventh-place finish. He also hammered Marcus Ericsson 17-4 in qualifying, thew same victory margin Vettel had over Raikkonen. One driver did quite a bit better, however: Fernando Alonso out-qualified Stoffel Vandoorne in all 21 races.

Finally, it was a shocking season for Williams, who slumped from fifth in the championship the previous two years to 10th. This is their worst ever finishing position since they entered the championship full-time.

*As spotted by David Hayhoe, author of the highly recommended ‘Formula 1: The Knowledge’. Statistics fans will be pleased to hear a new, expanded edition is on its way in 2019.

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