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F1 Crazy Stats Montreal 2022: Sainz Chases Heidfeld

Canadian GP 2022

After the sixth Red Bull victory in a row, things are getting boring in Formula 1. Numbers fans still get their money's worth. Carlos Sainz and Mick Schumacher are approaching records that nobody actually wants.

After the Australian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen grumbled to the TV cameras that he would probably need 50 races this year to catch up with Charles Leclerc. At that time, the Dutchman was 46 World Championship points behind. Six races later, the world looks very different. Now Verstappen is suddenly leading with 46 points - but not in front of Leclerc, but in front of teammate Sergio Perez.

The big turnaround is the result of a strong Red Bull team effort. The racing team from Milton Keynes has now celebrated six wins in a row. And it's the result of a sudden Ferrari unreliability that hasn't been seen during testing and the first races of the year. In Montreal, Charles Leclerc had to start from the back due to an engine penalty and missed the podium for the fourth time in a row.

Sainz only collects small trophies

Meanwhile, Carlos Sainz has collected more trophies this season than his teammate. The Spaniard was allowed to splash at the champagne ceremony at the Canadian Grand Prix for the eleventh time in his career. It was always second and third place. So far, Sainz has waited in vain for his first victory. In Montreal, Verstappen was not even missing a second.

The Ferrari driver is following in the footsteps of Nick Heidfeld. The man from Mönchengladbach still holds the record for the most podium finishes without even being on top of the podium once. The German collected 13 small trophies for Sauber, Williams and Renault.

Mick Schumacher is also getting closer and closer to a "best mark" that no pilot really wants to have. The Haas driver drove his 30th Formula 1 race in Montreal. However, the youngster has not yet scored any World Championship points. With starting position sixth, the starting position was better than ever in his career. In the end, the technology didn't play along.

Problem with the no-points record

Luca Badoer holds the record for most races without points. The Italian had competed 51 times in the premier class without taking anything countable. However, it should be mentioned that in the 1990s, when Badoer spent most of his F1 career, only the first six drivers were allowed to score points.

If you apply today's scheme, Badoer would have scored a whopping 26 points. In the case of Schumacher, a comparison with Charles Pic makes more sense. The Frenchman has competed 39 times in Formula 1 for Marussia and Caterham and has never made it into the top ten. If Schumi's streak of bad luck lasts the whole season, he would trump Pic.

As always, we have collected many more Crazy Stats for you in the gallery. There you will find out, for example, which personal negative record Lewis Hamilton could set at Silverstone, when a driver older than Fernando Alonso was last on the front row of the grid and what Carlos Sainz and Stefan Johansson have in common.


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