March 31, 2010 / 1:02 PM / 10 years ago

Motor racing-Formula One statistics for Malaysian Grand Prix

March 31 (Reuters) - Some Formula One statistics for Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix:

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WINS

World champion Jenson Button’s first win for McLaren in Australia made him one of only two drivers on the starting grid to have won with three teams (Honda, Brawn, McLaren).

The other is Spain’s double world champion Fernando Alonso (Renault, McLaren, Ferrari).

The victory was the eighth of Button’s career and first since Turkey with Brawn last June, lifting him level with New Zealand’s 1967 champion Denny Hulme and Belgium’s Jacky Ickx in the all-time standings.

Button is also the 18th driver to have won a race for McLaren. Ferrari have won 211 times while McLaren are the second most successful team with 165. Williams have 113.

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POLE POSITION

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel has started the first two races of the season from pole position.

Red Bull locked out the front row in Australia, only the second time the team have taken the top two slots.

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.

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

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MALAYSIA

Alex Yoong (Minardi 2001-02) is the only Malaysian to have competed in Formula One. His best finish was seventh in Australia in 2002.

A Malaysian-owned team will be racing for the first time, with British-based Lotus appearing in the country for the first time.

Ferrari have the best record at Sepang, having won five of the 11 races held at the circuit.

Five of the races have ended in one-two finishes (Ferrari in 1999 and 2001, Williams in 2002, Renault in 2006 and McLaren in 2007).

McLaren and Renault have both won twice.

Ferrari have started on pole position seven times at Sepang, with Renault drivers on pole three times. The only other team to have taken the top slot on the grid was Brawn last year.

Michael Schumacher, now with Mercedes at the age of 41, started on pole five times in Malaysia with Ferrari. He won three times.

Compiled by Alan Baldwin, editing by Neil Maidment; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com

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