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RECAP: Mind-Melting Melbourne Stats

RECAP: Mind-Melting Melbourne Stats

Get your nose into all the best facts and figures from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, as Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport kicked of a new era of Formula One with a double podium finish!

2017 Australian Grand Prix

Lewis might have conceded victory to Sebastian Vettel in Melbourne but could be happy with a 105th F1 podium finish. The triple World Champion is now just one podium behind Alain Prost in P2 on the all-time list and will be aiming to equal the French legend in China.

Lewis joined the great Michael Schumacher as one of only two drivers in Formula One history to have led more than 3,000 racing laps. Lewis and Michael are also the only drivers to have completed over 100 Grand Prix laps at the front of the pack in their careers.

Valtteri capped his debut for the Silver Arrows with his tenth Formula 1 podium after a faultless drive to P3 around the Melbourne Grand Prix.

Silver Arrows score double podium in Melbourne

Lewis and Valtteri had a successful start into the new season

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The Finn joins Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg and new team-mate Lewis Hamilton, as the fourth driver to stand on the podium for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport since the Silver Arrows returned to Formula One in 2010.

While Lewis missed out on a 54th Grand Prix win on Sunday, he does leave Australia with a new record after smashing the outright best lap of Albert Park with a monster of a pole lap. His staggeringly fast 1:22.188 in Q3 eclipsed the previous best – a 1:23.529 set by Sunday’s race winner Sebastian Vettel during 3rd Qualifying in 2011 – by 1.341 seconds.

Mercedes Junior driver Esteban Ocon celebrated his first point in F1 on his debut for Force India, after winning out in a race-long duel with McLaren’s double World Champion Fernando Alonso. Esteban joins an esteemed list as the 36th Frenchman to score points in Formula One.

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