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The 2014 season in numbers

Lewis Hamilton was leading the championship 7 times whereas Nico Riosberg lead 12 times.

This was the 28th year the WDC was decided in the final race of the season.
(Would've been the same even without double points.)

The 2014 season lasted for 252 days.
The longest was 1977 (318 days) the shortest was 1952 (112 days).

5,771.6 km - The accumulated distance of all 19 races.
The season with the longest total distance was 2012 (6,084.9 km).
Jenson Button came closest with 5,644 km.
Adrian Sutil completed only 4,350 km and, although starting every race, had to retire a total of 8 times.

A Mercedes PU lasted an average of 276.5 km followed by Ferrari (255.8 km) and Renault (252.8 km).

With and age of 19 years and 324 days when scoring his first WDC-points in Ausralia Daniil Kvyat relieved Sebastian Vettel (19 years and 349 days) as the youngest driver to ever score points in F1.
Max Verstappen now has two years to beat that record.

Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel are now holding the record for most points (120) scored on a single circuit (Barcelona for Alonso / Singapore for Vettel).
The passed Michael Schumacher (118 pts at Montreal) this season.

The average spectator count this year was 76,600.

In 10 races the Safety car had to be deployed a total of 15 times.
2010 still holds the record with 21 SCs overall.

Coming third 28 times overall Fernando Alonso is now tied for the lead with both Rubens Barrichello and Kimi Räikkönen.
With 26 fourth place finishes he is Also tied for the lead with Gerhard Berger.

The race lead changed 61 times for an average of 3,2 per race.
The best season was 2011 with 85 changes overall whereas the best average was 1960 with 6,3 per race. The season with the fewest changes was 1988 with just 12 during the whole year.

At the Hungarian GP the lead changed a total of 8 times. (Rosberg, Alonso, Ricciardio, Button and Hamilton)
This is nothing compared to the 1965 Italian GP, though. There we could see the lead change a staggering 45 times between Clark, Hill, Stewart and Surtees.

Best average starting position came from Nico Rosberg at 1.68 followed by Lewis Hamilton (4.21), Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo (both 6.21).

201.824 kph was the average speed across all pole laps this season.
The fastest year was 2002 with 217.771 kph. Slowest was 1957 with just a 161.578 kph average.

The fastest average speed of any pole lap this season was Lewis Hamilton's lap in Monza with 247.950 kph. Rubens Barrichello still holds the record for his 2004 lap (also at Monza) with an average speed of 260.395 kph.

The slowest average pole speed was Nico Rosberg's lap at Monaco (who would've thought) with just 158.275 kph. The slowest average pole speed ever is still Juan-Manuel Fangio's lap at 1950 Monaco (of course) with a crawling 103.884 kph.

This season saw 6 wire-to-wire victories, not surprising considering Mercedes' dominance.
McLaren-Honda managed to pull off 8 of those in 1988.

During the 65 year existance of F1 there were only 10 seasons with now wire-to-wire victory at all. (last time: 2008)

Of the 19 races this year 9 were won by the driver starting on pole.

Lewis Hamilton managed to win in Silverstone after starting the race from 6th position.
Still unrivaled is John Watson winning the USA GP in 1983 starting 22nd on the grid.

With just 79 minutes and 10.236 seconds the Italian GP in Monza was the shortest race this year.

The British GP in Silverstone went on for 146 minutes and 52.094 seconds (including a 60min break to fix the crash barrier damaged by Kimi Räikkönen) to be the longest this season.

With 362.1 kph in Monza Daniel Ricciardo delivered the highest top-speed of 2014.
The fastest car on straights overall was Williwams' FW36 as they managed to achieve 11 best top-speeds in training and 10 during races.

The closest finish this year was Hamilton's 0.636 second lead over team mate Rosberg in Spain.
A long way from the all time closest finish in 1971 when Peter Gethin managed to win the Italian GP by just 0.01 seconds.

With a 30.135 second lead over Valtteri Bottas in Silverstone Hamilton also achieved the biggest gap to the car behind when taking the chequered flag.
Nowhere near the 2 lap lead that Jackie Stewart (Spain 1969) and Damon Hill (Australia 1995) managed to eke out.

In Singapore we saw Hamilton beat his team mate by an unbelievable 0.007 seconds.

With an average age of 27.21 this year's grid was the youngest ever.
The 1951 season saw the oldest grid with an average of 36.76 years.
Next year will probably beat this season's record...

We had 10 different race leaders this year.
Quite average considering that in 1975 there were 15 and in 1988 only 4.

We also had 10 different drivers on the podium.
This, again, was quite average considering a high of 18 (1982) and low of 7 (1992).

17 different drivers managed to score points this season.
That's not much as the all time low lstands at 16 (1996).
In 1989 (with 20 teams on the grid) there were 29 different drivers that managed to score.

Between Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton only 3 drivers won a race this year.
This is, together with 1950, 1952, 1963 and 1988, the fewest ever.
In 1982 on the other hand 11 different drivers managed to finish 1st.

An average of 16.7 cars completed every race in 2014. That's about 78.5%.
In 2011 we had an average of 19.5 per race and in 2013 we saw an all time high with 84.2%.
The poorest season was 1984 with an average of just 36.4%.

This year saw 4.6 retirements per race (21.5%). Not quite as good as 2013 (3.5 per race / 15.8%) but way better than 1984 were an average of 16.3 cars retired per race.

Source: Auto, Motor und Sport (german)