Who has led the most laps at Istanbul Park? Which team has never qualified in the top ten at the circuit? Here’s the Turkish Grand Prix in numbers!
No driver for the Red Bull junior team has ever appeared in the final stage of qualifying at the Turkish Grand Prix. The team’s best Saturday result at Istanbul Park is fourteenth place, recorded by Sebastian Vettel in 2008 and Sebastien Buemi in 2010.
Pole position at the Turkish Grand Prix has been decided by less than a tenth of a second only once. That was in 2007, when Felipe Massa’s 1:27.329 lap time was 0.044 seconds faster than second place Lewis Hamilton.
Giancarlo Fisichella didn’t have much luck at Istanbul Park. He was involved in first corner crashes at the Turkish Grand Prix in every season between 2006 and 2008. The 2007 and 2008 incidents resulted in him recording two consecutive first lap retirements at the event.
2.275 seconds is the smallest margin by which a driver has won the Turkish Grand Prix. Felipe Massa finished 2.275 seconds ahead of Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in the 2007 event.
The 2020 Turkish Grand Prix was the first race at Istanbul Park in which three different teams finished on the podium. In every previous race at the track, at least one team had both of their cars finishing on the podium. Mercedes, Racing Point and Ferrari filled the top three positions last year.
The Istanbul Park track is 5.338km in length.
The 2020 Turkish Grand Prix is the only F1 race at Istanbul Park which was not won from the front row of the grid. The race was won by Lewis Hamilton, who started from sixth.
The 2021 Turkish Grand Prix will be the ninth Formula 1 race held at Istanbul Park. The only other venue to have hosted exactly nine World Championship races is Jamara, which was on the schedule as host of the Spanish Grand Prix between 1968 and 1981.
63.4km/h is the speed at which Sebastian Vettel was travelling in the pit lane just seconds into his first outing at a Formula 1 weekend. Being 4.3km/h over the speed limit saw him pick up a fine. The German went on to set the fastest lap time later in the day in Free Practice 2.
Lewis Hamilton’s win at the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix was his 73rd win with Mercedes. It set a new record for most victories with a single constructor. The former record belonged to Michael Schumacher, who won 72 times with Ferrari.
Lando Norris set the Fastest Lap at the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix, becoming the 82nd different driver to set the fastest Sunday lap time in World Championship history.
82 pit stops were made by the drivers in the 2011 Turkish Grand Prix. It’s a record for the most pit stops in any dry race in Formula 1 history.
The Haas team has a 100% retirement rate at the Turkish Grand Prix. The team made their first appearance at the event in 2020, with both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen retiring.
Felipe Massa has led the most laps at Istanbul Park. The Brazilian spent 151 laps in the lead at the track. He led 54 laps on his way to his maiden victory in 2006, 55 in 2007 and 42 in 2008.
Lewis Hamilton’s victory at the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix marked the 200th win for a Mercedes-powered car in Formula 1.
Rubens Barrichello made his 257th race start at the 2008 Turkish Grand Prix. He set a new record for most Grand Prix starts at the event, overtaking Riccardo Patrese’s tally of 256 starts.
Red Bull celebrated their 300th Formula 1 race weekend at the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix. It was their 301st appearance however, as neither car started the 2005 United States Grand Prix.
No driver has raced more laps at Istanbul Park than Fernando Alonso, who has completed 406 of the 464 laps raced at the track. The only laps he didn’t complete at the circuit were in 2020, when he was not on the grid. The Spaniard holds the record for most podium finishes at the Turkish Grand Prix, having finished in the top three on four occasions.
There was a gap of 3,479 days between the 2011 Turkish Grand Prix and F1’s return to Istanbul Park for the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix.
The 2021 Turkish Grand Prix takes place at Istanbul Park on October 8-10.
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