Reprimands for Kobayashi and Sutil, who retain their amazing points finishes, while Hamilton recieved a 20 second penalty that ended up not affecting his result. The angry McLaren driver allowed himself a rant in his interview with the BBC’s Lee McKenzie, frustrated at his fifth call to the stewards this season. Following the recent FIA decision, the reprimands now have an impact: three of them will equal a five-place grid penalty. This is probably why the drivers were given reprimands as opposed to a more serious penalty.
This means today has been Kobayashi’s best-ever F1 finish. His next-best are the British GP last year, and Abu Dhabi GP in 2009. In his short time in F1, Kamui has done 27 races. He’s had 8 retirements, 15 top ten finishes and one disqualification where he ought to have finished in the top 10. That leaves only three races in which he’s finished but not in the top 10: Spain, Germany and Abu Dhabi last year.
Force India have now scored 10 points, and this lifts the team above Toro Rosso in the standings. Williams scored their first points, sealing their ninth place. Lotus’s Jarno Trulli had his second thirteenth-place finishes of the season, and Heikki Kovalainen had his first fourteenth-place finish. This lifts him above D’Ambrosio in the championship. Barrichello also gets a lift, while Maldonado sadly remains towards the bottom.
Stats and facts
Kobayashi has now entered the top ten of drivers for ‘most points without a win’. Headed by Heidfeld (254) and Rosberg (243.5), Sutil has the eighth-most points without a win (61), going ahead of Andrea de Cesaris (59), and Kobayashi has the tenth-most (54).
Mark Webber has 4 of the 6 possible fastest laps this season so far. He set today’s in the final lap of the race.
Sebastian Vettel, taking his fourteenth total win and fifth this season, now has 8 consecutive podium positions, matching Reutemann, Senna and Montoya’s strings. One more and he will match Clark, Lauda, Piquet, Schumacher (twice) and Hamilton. With six from the start of the season, he matches Fittipaldi and Mansell: one more will match Lauda, Prost, Schumacher and Button. Vettel has scored 143 points already, which is just one less than Massa scored in the entirety of last season!
Jenson Button now has more career points than Ayrton Senna: 617 to 614. To be fair, nearly half of Button’s have come under the new points system. Hamilton has beaten Raikkonen’s career points: 581 to 579, and just one more points finish is needed for Jenson Button to make it to 100 points finishes: the same as Nelson Piquet.
Alonso, Button, Hamilton, Kobayashi, Vettel and Webber have finished in the points in every race. Vettel and Webber, however, are the only ones who have been top five every race.
Vettel, Webber, Hamilton and Button all managed to complete every race lap. Kobayashi and Alonso are the only drivers to have only missed a single lap. The driver who has completed the least F1 laps is Timo Glock, with only 67.2 under his belt after several retirements and a DNS.
With some great performances over the last few races, Kobayashi has gained over 6 places on average per race in the season, as has Nick Heidfeld. Pastor Maldonado has lost over five on average. Today’s loss wasn’t his fault, however.