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Formula 1 in numbers: The turner and punishment kings 2011

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D he Formula 1 is still good for curiosities despite its perfection . And records apart from lap times, championship points or pole positions. What was the most common reason for failure? Right: lathe or accident. A total of 23 of the 82 failures were due to human error. Among the defects, the gearbox damage was very popular. The power transmission failed to make the race distance 14 times. This was also because the FIA ​​had extended the service life for transmissions. From four to five Grand Prix in a row.

Historically, the failure rate in the 2011 season was almost record-breaking. Only 4.3 cars per Grand Prix retired early. Things only got better in 2009. There were 4.1 cancellations per event. The 1984 season came in last. An average of 16.3 cars did not see the checkered flag. It was the time when almost all teams had switched to turbo engines. And they were still the major weak point in the initial phase of their development. This year five engines burst in the race. In 1984 there were 49.

Red Bull and Mercedes provide the fastest screwdrivers

The pit crew's work turned into acrobatics without refueling stops. Red Bull and Mercedes provided the fastest screwdrivers. The absolute best values ​​went eight times to Red Bull, seven times to Mercedes, three times to McLaren and once to Ferrari. The flop of the slowest single stop was divided as follows: six Hispania, two each Virgin, Williams and Renault, and one each Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull, Mercedes, Force India, Lotus and Toro Rosso.

It is well known that Sebastian Vettel took 15 pole positions. But if you count all the free practice sessions, Vettel has a total of 32 best times, followed by Mark Webber with 15, Lewis Hamilton with eleven, Jenson Button seven, Fernando Alonso six, Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher two each and Nico Rosberg one.

When it comes to twists and turns, the driver with the smallest number is king. This year, too, the title goes to Jenson Button by a wide margin. The McLaren driver left the track just nine times in 56 practice sessions and 19 races. Only once did he damage his car. The rest were turning, braking or abbreviations without consequences.

Of the pilots who took part in all events, Jérôme d‘Ambrosio (13), Jarno Trulli (14), Vitantonio Liuzzi (16) and Vitaly Petrov (18) demMcLaren pilots closest. Do you notice anything? None of the last-named has yet a regular cockpit for 2012. Apparently, the team bosses interpret their balance sheet to mean that they are not trying hard enough. Jenson Button is above this doubt.

Schumacher is the turner king

Waltz king is Michael Schumacher with 47 slip-ups, just ahead of Felipe Massa (46), Lewis Hamilton, 40, Pastor Maldonado, 39, and Kamui Kobayashi, 37. Most of the scrap was produced by Schumacher and Maldonado with ten real enemy contacts or departures that ended in the route boundary. And where is Sebastian Vettel? With 26 slip-ups in the good midfield. At about the same level as Fernando Alonso (27).

This year, the FIA ​​has again asked its clientele to pay for irregularities and tempo sins. She collected 46,600 euros from the drivers and 50,000 euros from the teams. Bruno Senna already needed the golden credit card. He was fined 12,000 euros for two offenses. Sebastian Vettel drove through the past season without a penalty.

As is known, most of the leadership work was done by Sebastian Vettel. The Red Bull driver was in the lead for 739 laps. When it comes to his pursuers, safety car driver Bernd Mayländer is not in that bad shape. With 57 leading laps, Mayländer ranks behind Mark Webber (59), but clearly ahead of Nico Rosberg (17). Not so bad from Mercedes' point of view. Mayländer also drives a car with a star.

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