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The Italian GP in Numbers

September 10, 2019
2019
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Dive into the all-important facts and figures from the Italian Grand Prix.

Numbers make the world go round… Or they do at least in Formula 1!

The 2019 Italian Grand Prix marked a number of milestones for Racing Point – and particularly our drivers, who achieved a variety of personal feats.

By fighting through the field to finish P7, Checo continued his record of securing a top 10 finish from every race at Monza during the V6 Hybrid era [2014 – present].

Checo also recorded his 50th point at the Temple of Speed on Sunday, making Monza his most successful track, with more points tallied at the Italian circuit than at any other venue. This becomes even more significant when looking at Checo’s overall Formula 1 record, having now surpassed the milestone of 550 career points [556 and counting!]

Of the 774 drivers who have contested a Formula 1 Grand Prix since 1950, only 16 [including Checo] have achieved this feat – that’s less than 2%!

The remaining 15 include Fernando Alonso, Rubens Barrichello, Valtteri Bottas, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Alain Prost, Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Rosberg, Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

It was also a key weekend for Lance, who made his first Q3 appearance since joining the team. By qualifying P9, Lance also maintained his impressive qualifying record at Monza – where he holds a 100% top 10 starting record.

Lance’s fine Monza form didn’t stop on Saturday. Having gained two positions at the start of the race – beating Alexander Albon off the line before clearing Carlos Sainz Jr in the Della Roggia chicane – Lance has now gained a staggering 57 positions on the opening lap across the first 14 races of 2019.

There is no ‘I’ in ‘team’ and collectively Lance and Checo completed a lot of running at Monza – 240 laps of the 5.793km-long circuit across the weekend, to be precise!

That’s equivalent to 1,390.32km, or driving from Monza to the town of Duns, UK – home of two-time Formula 1 World Champion Jim Clark, who secured his first title in 1963 after winning the Italian Grand Prix by over one and a half minutes.

Although Hockenheim saw the most Safety Car periods of the season so far [four in total], the three appearances it made during Sunday’s race bring the total at the Marina Bay Street Circuit to a whopping 20 since the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix 2008!

Bernd Mäylander was at the front of the field for 11 laps, with each resulting order shake-up requiring decisive decision-making on the pit wall.

Starting on the Medium tyre, Lance was able to run deep into the race – completing an impressive 31 laps in what was the second longest stint of the race on that compound.

Pitting on three occasions, he completed more pit stops than any other driver on the night, with the team servicing our cars in the box a total of four times during the race.

Those four stops totaled 20.87 seconds – a time 0.470 seconds faster than the women’s world record for the 200m sprint!

Our fastest pit stop came on Lap 13, with the crew turning Checo’s car around in just 2.8 seconds to set the ninth fastest time of the race.

We completed some extensive mileage during our stay in Singapore, with Checo and Lance collectively lapping the 5.063km circuit on 251 occasions during the weekend.

That’s the equivalent of driving 1,270.813km – or scaling the height of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel just over 6,139 times.

The Race in Numbers

Checo:

  • Grid: P18 / Race: P7
  • Places Gained: 11
  • Fastest Lap: 1:23.770
  • Strategy: New Medium (28 laps), New Soft (25 laps)
  • Points: 6 [Season: 27]

Lance:

  • Grid: P9 / Race: P12
  • Places Gained: 0
  • Fastest Lap: 1:24.165
  • Strategy: Used Soft (22 laps), New Medium (30 laps)
  • Points: 0 [Season: 19]

The Grid:

  • Total Pitstops: 26
  • Longest Stint: Charles Leclerc [33 laps, Hard C2]
  • Fastest Lap: 1:21.779 [Lewis Hamilton, Soft C4]

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