VA­RI­ETY IS THE SPICE GRAND PRIX LIFE

OF Hamil­ton broke a new record this sea­son for the num­ber of venues won at. By Matt James

Motor Sport News - - Insight: F1 Statistics -

Al­though he might have missed out on the F1 ti­tle this term, Lewis Hamil­ton was able to place an­other feather in his cap when he crossed the line in Brazil.

It marked the 24th dif­fer­ent F1 venue where the Bri­ton had pre­vailed, which is a record. Of course, the modern F1 driver has many more op­por­tu­ni­ties to demon­strate his prow­ess in dif­fer­ent parts of the globe than older driv­ers did in the 1950s or 1960s.

Nev­er­the­less, Hamil­ton’s record is re­mark­able, in that he has won only just over half as many races as bench­mark Michael Schu­macher, but he has done it at more venues than the Ger­man. Here, we delve down into the statis­tics. It seems re­mark­able that Lewis Hamil­ton’s win at In­ter­la­gos this sea­son was his first at Sao Paulo. It was his 10th at­tempt at win­ning the race, and it was a venue that had brought him his first world cham­pi­onship back in 2008.

Brazil can be re­garded as one of the iconic F1 venues, and Hamil­ton has a pretty strong checklist when it comes to the races that stand proud in the cal­en­dar.

Hamil­ton has ticked off Monaco, Sil­ver­stone, Monza, the Nur­bur­gring and Spa among his hit list. While no­body has yet come near Schu­macher in terms of race vic­to­ries, his spread of vic­to­ries is just as im­pres­sive.

Look at his mas­tery of the French Grand Prix at Magny-cours. The Ger­man won a re­mark­able eight times at the track, in­clud­ing a vic­tory at the end of July in 2002. That was his eighth vic­tory of the year and he wrapped up the crown at the cir­cuit with six races re­main­ing.

Imola, Mon­treal, Spa, Barcelona and Suzuka were also happy hunt­ing grounds for Schu­macher. He has also ticked off all of the clas­sics, in­clud­ing five vic­to­ries at Monaco. The Pro­fes­sor used a mea­sured ap­proach to his sport and that helped him to a haul of 51 vic­to­ries taken across 22 cir­cuits.

His ca­reer spanned 13 years in­clud­ing a fi­nal cham­pi­onship flour­ish in 1993. By that time, the cham­pi­onship ros­ter was us­ing a num­ber of dif­fer­ent cir­cuits from the ones used dur­ing the early stages of his ca­reer.

It is in­ter­est­ing to note that Prost, al­ways con­sid­ered to be a more cere­bral driver, has mul­ti­ple wins at Monza, Sil­ver­stone and the Oster­re­ichring, all of which are con­sid­ered to be tracks that re­quire brav­ery.

TRACK

Rio, Brazil Sil­ver­stone, Bri­tain Paul Ri­card, France Monaco Monza, Italy Oster­re­ichring, Aus­tria Imola, San Marino Es­to­ril, Por­tu­gal Zand­voort, Hol­land Kyalami, South Africa Spa, Bel­gium Hock­en­heim, Ger­many Ade­laide, Aus­tralia Mex­ico City, Mex­ico Jerez, Spain Di­jon, France Nur­bur­gring, Ger­many Phoenix, USA In­ter­la­gos, Brazil Barcelona, Spain Mon­treal, Canada Magny-cours, France

TRACK YEARS

Monaco 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 Spa, Bel­gium

TRACK YEARS

Zand­voort, Hol­land 1974, 1977, 1985 Kyalami, South Africa 1976, 1977, 1984 Brands Hatch, Bri­tain 1976, 1982, 1984 Monaco 1975, 1976 Zolder, Bel­gium 1975, 1976 An­der­storp, Swe­den 1975, 1978 Monza, Italy 1978, 1984 Jarama, Spain 1974 Paul Ri­card, France 1975 Watkins Glen, USA 1975 In­ter­la­gos, Brazil 1976 Hock­en­heim, Ger­many 1977 Long Beach, USA 1982 Di­jon, France 1984 Oster­re­ichring, Aus­tria 1984

TRACK YEARS

Spa, Bel­gium 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 Zand­voort, Hol­land 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967 Watkins Glen, USA 1962, 1966, 1967 Sil­ver­stone, Bri­tain 1963, 1965, 1967 Mex­ico City, Mex­ico 1963, 1967 Kyalami, South Africa 1965, 1968 Ain­tree, Bri­tain 1962 Reims, France 1963 Monza, Italy 1963 East Lon­don, South Africa 1963 Brands Hatch, Bri­tain 1964 Cha­rade, France 1965 Nur­bur­gring, Ger­many 1965

While the 74th Good­wood Mem­bers’ Meet­ing will be re­mem­bered for two frighten­ing ac­ci­dents, the week­end’s Gerry Mar­shall Tro­phy races were as good as ever as big names from past and present of tour­ing car rac­ing bat­tled it out.

The Mar­shall Tro­phy has been a key part of the three Mem­bers’ Meet­ings run to date and has turned the spot­light on an era of tour­ing car rac­ing that had pre­vi­ously been rather ne­glected; the Group 1 cars from 1970 to 1982.

In 2016, the qual­ity field was a throw­back to the late 1970s when Ford Capris took on Rovers and Ca­maros and Dolomite Sprints, Alfa Romeos and Minis headed the smaller classes. Cars in pe­riod liv­er­ies, and even some pe­riod driv­ers, have quickly made this a real crowd-favourite at the early sea­son Good­wood event.

In an ab­sorb­ing two-parter, the new­lyre­stored Ca­maro of Oli and Grahame Bryant took vic­tory de­spite the heroic ef­forts of Chris Ward and Gor­don Shed­den in the JD Clas­sics Rover SD1. Add stars like Emanuele Pirro, Ger­hard Berger, Steve Soper, Tiff Needell and Tim Har­vey and it’s a win­ning recipe.

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