April 14, 2010 / 11:34 AM / 10 years ago

Motor racing-Formula One statistics for Chinese Grand Prix

April 14 (Reuters) - Some Formula One statistics for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix:

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WINS

Sebastian Vettel’s win in Malaysia for Red Bull was the sixth victory of his career and made him, with Ralf Schumacher, the second most successful German driver in world championship history.

The 22-year-old needs another 85 wins to equal compatriot Michael Schumacher’s record tally, however.

Ferrari have won 211 times while McLaren are the second most successful team with 165. Williams have 113.

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CHAMPIONSHIP

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa has made his best ever start to a championship, leading after three races. He last led the standings in 2008.

POLE POSITION

Red Bull have started all three races so far this season on pole position.

Four of the six Chinese Grands Prix to date have been won from pole. However, no driver has won from pole position since Vettel’s triumph in Japan last October — a run of five races.

The last team to take four poles in a row was Ferrari in 2007.

Ferrari have not been on pole since the Brazilian Grand Prix of 2008. Last season was their first without a pole since 1993, which is also the last year that Formula One had no refuelling during races.

World champion Jenson Button has not started on the front row since Turkey in June last year.

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QUALIFYING

Seven times world champion Michael Schumacher has been out-qualified by Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg in all three races so far.

The only other drivers with a 3-0 score against them are Renault’s Russian rookie Vitaly Petrov, Force India’s Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi, Toro Rosso’s young Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari and Virgin’s Brazilian rookie Lucas di Grassi.

The Malaysian Grand Prix was the first time without either a McLaren or a Ferrari in the third and final phase of qualifying since the format was introduced in 2006.

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CHINA

Ferrari have won three of the six Chinese Grands Prix to date. McLaren, Renault and Red Bull have won the others.

Button, Rubens Barrichello, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber are the only drivers to have finished every Chinese Grand Prix so far.

Renault reserve Ho-Pin Tung is the only Chinese driver in a Formula One team.

Red Bull took their first Formula One win in Shanghai last year. Michael Schumacher’s 91st and last win to date also came at the circuit in 2006. (Compiled by Alan Baldwin, editing by Alison Wildey; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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