F.1 U.S.A. Gp, Statistical Preview

HAMILTON
Lewis Hamilton became in Canada the 98th GP winner in the history of the World Championship, with only 22 years, 5 months and 3 days he is the fourth youngest winner of all times. The youngest winner of all times is his team-mate Alonso, who won his first Gp at 22 years and 26 days (Hungary 2003).
Hamilton needed only 6 races to achieve his first win, only six drivers did better than him: Giuseppe Farina (first race), Giancarlo Baghetti (first race), Juan Manuel Fangio (second race), Emerson Fittipaldi (fourth race), Jacques Villeneuve (fourth race), Clay Regazzoni (fifth race). (Indianapolis races of the 50’s are excluded from this count).
Hamilton is running a streak of 6 podium finishes, although the all-time record sequence is 19 podiums (M.Schumacher U.S.A. 2001-Japan 2002), Lewis already set the best sequence for a rookie.
Hamilton recorded in Canada his first pole position, and he is the third youngest driver of all-times, the first is always Alonso, with 21 years, 7 months and 22 days (Malaysia 2003).

THE U.S. GRAND PRIX
32 U.S. Grand Prix races have been held so far, the first one was in Sebring in 1959 (won by Bruce McLaren on a Cooper/Climax), then the event moved to Riverside in 1960, in Watkins Glen (1961-1980), Phoenix (1989-1991) and finally on the new Indianapolis track (2000 onwards).
In the U.S.A. other races that counted for the World Championship were held: the Dallas GP, the Detroit Gp, the Las Vegas GP, the Long Beach GP and the Indianapolis 500. They are not considered in the statistics that follow.

  • the most successful driver is Michael Schumacher with 5 wins, followed by Graham Hill and Jim Clark with 3. Among the active drivers, only Barrichello won the U.S. Gp, in 2002;
  • M.Schumacher is also the driver that set the highest number of poles, 4, followed by Graham Hill (3);
  • M.Schumacher shares the first place regarding fastest laps recorded on the U.S. Gp with Jim Clark. They both recorded 3 fastest laps;
  • since 2002, Ferrari is the only team that won here. On the new Indianapolis track Ferrari won 6 times out of 7. The only win that the Italian manufacturer missed is the 2001 one (M.Hakkinen, McLaren);

SELECTED MILESTONES RECORDED IN THE U.S. GRAND PRIX
Year   Event 
1959 Bruce McLaren, Win nº 1
1959 Maurice Trintignant, Fastest lap nº 1
1961 Innes Ireland, Win nº 1
1964 Jo Siffert, Podium place nº 1
1966 Lotus, Win nº 25 (Jim Clark)
1968 Mario Andretti, Pole position nº 1
1969 Jochen Rindt, Win nº 1
1969 Lotus, Pole position nº 50 (Jochen Rindt)
1970 Emerson Fittipaldi, Win nº 1
1970 Reine Wisell, Podium place nº 1
1971 François Cevert, Win nº 1
1979 Nelson Piquet, Fastest lap nº 1
1980 Bruno Giacomelli, Pole position nº 1
1989 McLaren, Fastest lap nº 50 (Ayrton Senna)
1990 Jean Alesi, Podium place nº 1
1991 Jean Alesi, Fastest lap nº 1
2001 Jean Alesi, Races started nº 200
2004 Takuma Sato, Podium place nº 1
2005 Toyota, Pole position nº 1 (Jarno Trulli)
2005 Tiago Monteiro, Podium place nº 1
More milestones on FORIX

INDIANAPOLIS PERSONAL SCOREBOARD
(related to active drivers)
Fernando Alonso never made it to the podium or to the front row in Indianapolis. He counts 3 retirements out of 4 starts (2005 is not counted) and his best position, both in qualifying and in race, is a fifth. Alonso was able to run only one lap in the lead (lap 30 in 2006) out of 161 laps run in Indianapolis;
Giancarlo Fisichella made it to the podium only in 2006 (third) out of 6 starts. The Italian has completed at least one lap in every position that goes from the 2nd to the 22nd, but never completed a lap in the lead out of 398 laps contested;
Felipe Massa has raced only in the first three positions in every lap he ran in Indianapolis (total laps, 73);
Kimi Raikkonen suffered 3 retirements out of 5 starts and recorded 2 front rows (1 pole in 2003) out of 6 qualifying attempts;
Jenson Button retired 3 times out of 6 starts, he does not see the chequered flag in Indianapolis since 2002 (8th);
Rubens Barrichello climbed 4 times on the podium (with 1 win in 2002) out of 7 starts. He recorded also a pole and two front rows. However since he left Ferrari at the end of 2005 he never managed to score wins, poles or front row starts;
Nick Heidfeld recorded his last finish in Indianapolis in 2003;
Ralf Schumacher retired 5 times out of 6 starts;
Jarno Trulli finished 4 times fourth in Indianapolis out of 6 starts;
Mark Webber never completed a race in Indianapolis out of 4 starts. These are the reasons of his retirements: 2002, wheel; 2003, spin; 2004, oil leak; (2005, not started); 2006, accident; 

ANNIVERSARIES OF THE WEEK

11th of June
1 year ago:   Renault, Fastest lap nº 25 (2006-Great Britain, Fernando Alonso)
12 years ago: Jean Alesi, first win (1995-Canada) . The 11th of June is Alesi’s birthday, 43 years, and Jackie Stewart’s birthday, 68 years.
12 years ago: Eddie Irvine, first podium (1995-Canada) 
13 th of June
25 years ago: Riccardo Paletti, death
31 years ago Jody Scheckter, Pole position nº 1 (1976-Sweden) 
15th of June:
4 years ago: Fernando Alonso, Fastest lap nº 1 (2003-Canada)
10 years ago: Michael Schumacher, Podium place nº 50 (1997-Canada)
10 years ago: Giancarlo Fisichella, Podium place nº 1 (1997-Canada) 
14 years ago: James Hunt, death  
49 years ago: Mike Hawthorn, Pole position nº 1 (1958-Belgium)         
17th of June:
29 years ago: Riccardo Patrese, Podium place nº 1 (1978-Sweden)
45 years ago: Jim Clark, First Win (1962-Belgium)                      
45 years ago: Graham Hill, Pole position nº 1 (1962-Belgium)
more Anniversaries on FORIX

Best laptime by manufacturer on the Indianapolis track (4192 meters):

Ferrari – 1’09.454 – 2004, 1st Qualifying – R.Barrichello
Renault – 1’09.566 – 2003, 1st Qualifying – Jarno Trulli
Williams – 1’09.824 – 2004, 1st Qualifying – J.P.Montoya
Toyota – 1’09.923 – 2004, 1st Qualifying – Olivier Panis
McLaren – 1’10.450 – 2003, 1st Qualifying – David Coulthard
Honda – 1’11.263 – 2006, 2nd Qualifying – R.Barrichello
BMW Sauber – 1’11.718 – 2006, 2nd Qualifying – Nick Heidfeld
Red Bull – 1’11.806 – 2005, 4th Free practice – Christian Klien
Midland(*) – 1’12.627 – 2006, 1st Qualifying – Tiago Monteiro
Toro Rosso – 1’12.675 – 2006, 3rd Free practice – Vitantonio Liuzzi
Super Aguri – 1’13.496 – 2006, 1st Qualifying – Takuma Sato
(*) Spyker in 2007

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