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    INSIGHT: Our Year in Numbers - Stats and Milestones What a season! What a resul...

What a season! What a result! Our fourth Formula One World Championship clean sweep in a row! With the season done and dusted, it's the perfect time to look back at some of the amazing stats achieved in 2017...

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport - Stats

By the time the chequered flag waved in Abu Dhabi, the Silver Arrows had racked up some seriously impressive stats - including 12 race wins, four 1-2 finishes and 26 podiums.

The team scored 15 pole positions in 2017, alongside 18 front row starts and three front row lockouts.

Reliability was one of the team's crucial weapons and it completed 2,363 of the 2,392 laps available. It also led at least one lap in 17 of the 20 races, and 714 laps in total (59.70% of the 1,196 available).

The Constructors' crown was clinched with three races to spare, in the USA, and the team ended the year with 668 points. It also took home the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award after being the quickest pit crew over the course of the season.

One of the most impressive stats is the continual run of race finishes in the points for Mercedes-Benz power, which is now up to a staggering 175 races and the second-longest in F1 (behind Ford, on 228.

In fact, there were plenty of striking stats for Mercedes-Benz engines in 2017, such as 12 race wins, 27 podium finishes, 15 pole positions, 10 fastest laps, 19 front row starts and 938 points scored.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport - Milestones

Naturally, those stats are accompanied by some equally remarkable landmarks and milestones, helping make it an even more special season for the Silver Arrows.

The Chinese Grand Prix marked a particularly exceptional weekend for the team, as it was its 150th start. Lewis Hamilton claimed the Silver Arrows' 75th pole position in Shanghai and then went on to win the race.

Mercedes-Benz power reached 400 podium places in Russia and the team scored its 50th fastest lap next time out in Spain, although the race was also the final chapter in an uninterrupted 21-race run of podium finishes (the fourth longest of all time).

Its 150th front row place was secured in Italy and the dominant display (scoring a 1-2 finish) kept up the Silver Arrows 100% record of leading every lap of Monza since the beginning of the Hybrid era.

Suzuka success helped Mercedes make history, becoming the first team to reach 10 or more wins in four consecutive seasons. The race was also the 160th win for Mercedes-Benz power and 150th fastest lap.

The team's Championship glory in the USA was also backed up by its 75th victory and 150th podium place, while the finale in Abu Dhabi upped tallies to 100 races on the podium, 100 on the front row and 50 front row lockouts. Not a bad way to end the season...

A fourth consecutive Constructors' crown (and sixth in total for Mercedes-Benz power) is an amazing achievement in itself, but it also puts Mercedes in a very exclusive club with McLaren, Ferrari and Red Bull in being the only teams to ever win four titles in a row.

But, undoubtedly the most satisfying of all the milestones is the team becoming the first to win back-to-back titles across major regulation changes. That's pretty damn special, we think you'll agree!

Lewis Hamilton - Stats

For the first half of the 2017 season, Lewis Hamilton was very much in 'hunter' mode, chasing down Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel as they battled it out for this year's Drivers' Championship.

Belgium proved to be the turning point in the Brit's season and from there, he stormed into an unassailable lead - securing his fourth world title in Mexico with two rounds of the season to spare.

The numbers say it all, really, and he achieved some staggering landmarks and milestones over the course of the year too - it'll definitely take some time for this season to properly sink in for the new four-time Champ!

From the 20 races this year, Lewis won nine of them, was on the podium 13 times and scored 11 pole positions - as well as 13 front row starts. He ended the year as Champion with 363 points.

He came incredibly close to completing all 1,196 laps of the season, missing just one (when he went a lap down in Mexico). Still, he managed to lead 527 of them, the most of any driver, and hit the front in 15 races.

His achievements throughout the 2017 season have continued some astonishing statistics from his career - such as finishing 82.69% of the races he's started in the points (172 vs 208) and 56.25% of them on the podium (117 vs 208).

Lewis is also incredibly close to breaking the record for the longest run of consecutive races in the points, with 25 (Japan 2016 to Abu Dhabi 2017). Kimi Räikkönen is the sole driver ahead of him, on 27.

Lewis Hamilton - Milestones

The mind-boggling milestones continue for Lewis. In Australia, he led his 100th F1 race and victory in China made 2017 his 11th consecutive season with a Grand Prix win - putting him second in the all-time list, behind only the great Michael Schumacher (15).

He also became the only driver to win at least one race in every single F1 season they've entered, which is a pretty staggering fact! In Bahrain, he moved ahead of Alain Prost into second on the list of podium finishes, and is now well clear on 117.

In Canada, he matched his hero Ayrton Senna's number of pole positions with 65 - a very emotional moment for him. He went on to beat Michael Schumacher's record in Italy and is now clear at the top of the table on 72.

Lewis made his 200th start in Belgium and won the race, which only three other drivers have done (Schumacher, Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg). A surprise victory in Singapore was the 60th of his career, and pole in Malaysia was his 70th.

P1 in Qualifying at Suzuka gave him a clean-sweep of pole positions at circuits on the 2017 calendar and also brought him level with Schumacher's front row starts record of 116 - which he's since surpassed and is currently on 118.

Of course, it all boiled down to Mexico and a feisty recovery drive to ninth place, which was enough for him to take his fourth Drivers' title - becoming the most successful British driver in F1 history, moving clear of Sir Jackie Stewart.

The Championship success also promotes him to joint-third in the all-time list of World Titles, alongside fellow four-time Champions Prost and Vettel. Only Juan Manuel Fangio (5) and Schumacher (7) have more.

Valtteri Bottas - Stats

It has been a breakthrough season for Finnish racer Valtteri Bottas in his first year at the Silver Arrows, ticking off several crucial boxes on the F1 driver bucket list.

While there were a few tough races, he also put in some phenomenal performances, ending the year with three race victories and 13 podium places - equalling Lewis and Vettel for the most podium appearances in 2017.

Valtteri also secured four pole positions, five front row starts and eight races where he led at least one lap. He scored 305 points to end the year third in the Drivers' standings, the best position of his career so far.

Across the season, Valtteri completed 1,168 race laps - of 1,196 - and led 187 of them, the third highest tally of 2017 - behind the two title competitors, Lewis and Vettel.

Valtteri Bottas - Milestones

Valtteri reached some of the most important landmarks in an F1 driver's career in 2017, enjoying some incredibly special and extraordinary moments.

It properly kicked off in Bahrain, when Valtteri edged out his team-mate to take the first pole position in F1, and what a lap it was! He became F1's 98th driver to start a race from pole.

The next race in Russia brought even more success, with Valtteri storming away at the start and taking his maiden F1 victory - becoming the 107th driver to win a race.

He became Finland's fifth F1 race winner and fourth pole sitter, putting him in good company alongside the likes of Keke Rosberg and Mika Häkkinen.

In Austria, he lined up on pole position and held off Vettel to win for a second time, becoming the 74th multiple F1 race winner in the process. It was also his 15th time up on the podium.

Fifth in Malaysia was his 60th top 10 finish, and second in Mexico was his 20th podium. Valtteri led his 10th race in Japan and signed off the season in style with his first Grand Slam (pole, win, fastest lap) in Abu Dhabi.

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