FORMULA 1 - The 2012 Formula One season is first ever with six world champions - Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Räikkönen and reigning champion Sebastian Vettel.
Schumacher holds the majority of records – he has most wins (91), podiums (154), pole positions (68) and fastest laps (76). The German started in 289 races, only Rubens Barrichello competed in more races (322), but the Brazilian never became a world champion.
Vettel steals at least one record
Schumi also holds the highest percentage of wins (31.5% of races in which he raced), podiums (53.3%) and fastest laps (26.3%). Current champion Vettel is superior only in percentage of pole positions (36.1%).
Button needed 114 races for maiden victory
The Red Bull driver won his first crown in 2010, when he was just 23 years, 4 months and 11 days old, making him the youngest world champion ever. Lewis Hamilton became world champion already in his second year (2008), on the other hand Jenson Button needed ten years (2009) for same achievement. Both McLaren drivers are on the different site of another statistics: Hamilton won his maiden Grand Prix victory in sixth race, Button not earlier than 114th race.
Glory years – fourth and fifth year
Vettel, Alonso and Schumacher are drivers out of current world champions still driving, who have at least two crowns – all of them captured their first cup in their fourth year in Formula One and second one in fifth year (Schumacher started in Formule One in 1991, won his first championships in 1994 and 1995; Alonso started in 2001, won the championship in 2005 and 2006; Vettel entered Formula One in 2007 and was crowned champion in 2010 and 2011).
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