First half of F1 2017 season in statistics

The August break provides the perfect opportunity to recap the first half of the 2017 F1 season.

First half of F1 2017 season in statistics
After three years of domination by Mercedes, Ferrari has stepped up its game to emerge as genuine title contenders. However, there are some more telling stats that went unnoticed. 

23 drivers

23 drivers
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23 drivers have completed at least one race so far, out of which 18 have scored points.

Pole positions

Pole positions
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Unsurprisingly, Hamilton has qualified on pole position the most number of times (six). Vettel and Bottas have been on pole twice, while Raikkonen set the fastest qualifying time in Monaco.

Front-row starts

Front-row starts
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Vettel has started from the front-row eight times in the 11 races held so far. He's closely followed by Hamilton (seven), while Raikkonen and Bottas have qualified on the front-row four and three times respectively. In terms of teams, Ferrari has been present on the front-row 12 times compared to 10 for Mercedes.

Fastest pole lap

Fastest pole lap
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At Silverstone, the average speed of Hamilton's pole lap was 244.891 km/h, followed by 241.938 km/h in Austria.

The race with most number of race leaders

The race with most number of race leaders
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The season-opening Australian Grand Prix saw four different leaders, with Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas all leading at one stage.

Race wins

Race wins
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With four wins each, Hamilton and Vettel share the title of the winningest drivers of 2017 so far. Valtteri Bottas has won twice, while Ricciardo completes the list of winners with his Baku triumph.

Lights-to-flag wins

Lights-to-flag wins
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Lewis Hamilton has won the most races from pole position this year.

Podiums

Podiums
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Seven F1 drivers have scored a podium so far. Vettel leads the chart with eight podiums finishes, Hamilton is next up with six while Ricciardo and Raikkonen have scored five and four rostrum results till now. Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll have finished inside the top-three once each.

Most laps completed

Most laps completed
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Vettel and Hamilton have completed 100% of all racing laps, with 679 each. Force India's Esteban Ocon has completed the next most number of laps with 679, while teammate Sergio Perez trails him by 18 laps.

Most number of laps by a team

Most number of laps by a team
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The remarkable consistency of Force India is evident by the fact that, as a team, they have completed most number of racing laps (1334). They edge out Mercedes by four laps, while Ferrari is further behind with 1,287 laps. Red Bull sits at the bottom of the table, with Ricciardo and Verstappen having completed less than 1000 laps between them.

Most kilometres completed

Most kilometres completed
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Although Force India has completed more laps, Mercedes leads the mileage count - 6,493 vs 6,491.

Least number of laps

Least number of laps
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Due to several retirements, Max Verstappen has completed the least number of race laps with 398. Fernando Alonso is next on the list (421), having missed the Monaco Grand Prix, while Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz has finished the third least laps with 482.

Most and least race finishers on the lead lap

Most and least race finishers on the lead lap
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At the Spanish Grand Prix, race winner Lewis Hamilton lapped all drivers bar the other two podium finishers, Vettel and Ricciardo. By contrast, all 13 finishers in Monaco completed the race on the lead lap.

Fastest laps

Fastest laps
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Hamilton has set the fastest lap in six races so far, followed by Raikkonen with two. Alonso, Perez and Vettel have one fastest laps to their name each.

Top speed

Top speed
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During the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Ricciardo reached a top speed of 356.3 km/h.

Least double race finishes

Least double race finishes
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Only at three races have both Red Bull drivers made it to the finishing line.

Safety car

Safety car
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12 laps of the Azerbaijan GP took place behind the safety car, the highest for any race in the first part of the year.

Smallest winning margins

Smallest winning margins
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Both of Valtteri Bottas' 2017 wins came by a whisker. In Russia, he defeated Vettel by 0.617s while in Austria he crossed the line 0.658s clear of the Ferrari driver.

Force India intra-team rivalry

Force India intra-team rivalry
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Force India duo Perez and Ocon are separated by just nine points heading into the second half of the season. However, the Mexican's advantage is more apparent if you consider that he has finished ahead of his French teammate in eight out of 11 races.

Experienced head

Experienced head
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Felipe Massa, who retracted from his decision to retire from F1, currently leads rookie teammate Stroll in the standings. Massa has finished ahead of Stroll in each of the five races where they both saw the chequered flag.

Alonso and McLaren

Alonso and McLaren
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Alonso has been leading McLaren's charge in what is one of the most difficult seasons for the Woking-based squad. The Spaniard scored 10 points last time out in Hungary, while Stoffel Vandoorne finished inside the top-10 for the first time at the same venue.

Strong start to Bottas' Mercedes career

Strong start to Bottas' Mercedes career
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Bottas has had an impressive start to his first season with Mercedes. The Finn and Hamilton have finished ahead of each other five times apiece, while in qualifying the triple-world champion is narrowly ahead.

Most laps led

Most laps led
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Although Vettel currently sits at the top of the F1 standings, Hamilton has led more laps than the German - 262 compared to the four-time world champion's tally of 221.

Hulkenberg the dominant force at Renault

Hulkenberg the dominant force at Renault
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Former Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg has completely destroyed teammate Jolyon Palmer so far. The German has scored all of Renault's 26 points as Palmer is yet to finish inside the top-10.
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