Formula 1 Portuguese GP qualifying facts and stats: Dominant Mercedes still far off one Williams record – Formula 1 RSS UK

Portuguese GP qualifying facts and stats: Dominant Mercedes still far off one Williams record – Formula 1 RSS UK



A gripping qualifying session on a not-so-grippy Portimao circuit threw up some interesting facts and stats, including one that shows despite all their recent dominance, Mercedes still have a long way to go to match one long-standing Williams F1 record…

  • This was Mercedes’ 13th-consecutive pole position, which is the sixth-longest streak in F1. The record, however, belongs to Williams, who took 24 poles in a row from 1992-93.
  • Lewis Hamilton took his 97th career pole position and ninth pole of 2020 for the Portuguese Grand Prix.

READ MORE: Hamilton beats Bottas to Portuguese GP pole with final charging run at Portimao

  • Valtteri Bottas lost out to his team mate after topping every practice session – exactly the same as at Mugello.
  • Mercedes made it nine front-row lockouts in the last 10 races, only missing out at Sochi.
  • Max Verstappen managed third on the grid for Red Bull, the sixth time he has done so in the last nine races.
  • Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc qualified fourth for the third time in 2020, and this is the second consecutive race he’s put his SF1000 there.
  • Sebastian Vettel was outqualified by Leclerc for the ninth consecutive race.
  • In P5 on the grid for this race, Racing Point’s Sergio Perez has now qualified P4, P5, P6, P7, P8 and P9 this season – without a top-three start in his career.

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