Like after every Grand Prix, it’s time to discover the most striking statistics, the records that have been broken, the outstanding series still in progress or that have been stopped in their tracks during the last weekend…
Never has a driver other than Lewis Hamilton managed to take pole position in Melbourne during the hybrid era.
5th on the grid, Lewis Hamilton had always qualified in at least the top 3 in Australia since 2010 (11th place then with McLaren in the standings).
Charles Leclerc also became the first Ferrari driver to take pole position in Melbourne since Kimi Räikkönen in 2007, the year of the title.
Carlos Sainz, on the other hand, unscrewed himself: he became the first Ferrari driver to qualify outside the top 5 in Melbourne since 2014.
Sergio Pérez only entered Q3 in Melbourne for his second race.
4th, Lando Norris had the best qualifying session for McLaren since Kevin Magnussen also finished 4th in 2014 for the team.
7th, Daniel Ricciardo had never started better in Melbourne since 2015 (6th).
Alpine has always fielded at least one of its cars in Q3 this year.
Only five teams made it to Q3, which is the minimum possible.
For AlphaTauri, that makes 3 Australian Grands Prix in a row without Q3.
This is the first time that Mick Schumacher has beaten Kevin Magnussen in qualifying at Haas.
Sebastian Vettel, for the first time, did not see Q3 in Melbourne.
But the most striking stat from these qualifications was Valtteri Bottas: the Finn’s run of 103 Q3s in a row is coming to an end. A series that also started in Melbourne in 2017, for the first Finnish Grand Prix with Mercedes.
Pole position, fastest lap, win and every lap led: Charles Leclerc became the 26th driver in F1 history at Melbourne to win a Grand Slam.
Ferrari’s previous Grand Slam dates back to 2010 (Fernando Alonso in Singapore).
This is the 42nd Grand Slam for Ferrari.
Leclerc is also the first driver since Sebastian Vettel in 2019 to set the fastest lap in 3 GPs in a row.
71 points out of a possible 75: Leclerc had the best start to the season since Rosberg in 2016.
Charles Leclerc has won 100% of his Grands Prix (4) starting from pole position.
The Ferrari driver is 34 points ahead of George Russell; there had never been such a big gap between first and second in the championship last year. Not even since 2016 between Rosberg and Hamilton.
3rd, George Russell signs his first podium with Mercedes and has never been so well classified in a championship (2nd).
Mercedes has consistently finished on the podium in Australia since 2014.
It is Mercedes that scored the most points in the constructors’ standings in Australia (27 points against 26 for Ferrari).
Esteban Ocon has always finished in the top 7 this year.
Alexander Albon opened the scoring for Williams – the first points for the Grove team in Melbourne since 2017.
Only Aston Martin F1 has not picked up any points in the constructors’ standings so far.
Soup of faces for Max Verstappen: the Dutchman has only seen the finish line once in three Grands Prix.
End of series for Carlos Sainz at last: the Spaniard was in 17 races in a row in the points, and even finished 31 Grand Prix in a row.