French GP stats: Lewis Hamilton surpasses another Michael Schumacher mark

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ESPN takes a look at some of the best and quirkiest stats to come out of the French Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton took full advantage of Mercedes' most recent engine upgrade to win the first grand prix in France since 2008 and regain the drivers' championship lead. Title rival Sebastian Vettel was forced into a recovery drive to fifth place after making contact with Valtteri Bottas on the opening lap which forced the pair into early pit stops.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen scored his third podium in four races by taking the chequered flag second ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in third.

Stat focus: Hamilton sets new race win records

The average person will likely get nowhere near travelling to 23 countries in their lifetime, let alone win a Formula One grand prix in each one.

Amazingly, Hamilton's lights-to-flag victory on Sunday in France marked the 23rd different country he has won a race in during his career - comfortably more than any other driver in history.

It means he has won a grand prix in 11.8 percent of the world's countries as well as on five of the seven continents. Pretty impressive considering we're unlikely to see a race in Antarctica anytime soon...

Victory in France also saw Hamilton surpass Michael Schumacher's mark of different grand prix victories of which the Mercedes driver now has 23.

Hamilton also edges out Schumacher in terms of wins at different race tracks (26), pole positions at different grands prix (25) and pole positions at different circuits (27).

Something you probably didn't know

Everyone is well aware that it's been a long while since Kimi Raikkonen's last race win -- 102 races to be exact -- but did you know he has scored a staggering 25 podiums during that winless run which began after the 2013 Australian Grand Prix?

That is now the new record for the most podiums in a stretch without a victory in Formula One history. So what else has happened during that time?

  • Hamilton has won 44 races and claimed pole position 48 times.

  • Ferrari has won 13 races and scored 2,102 world championship points.

  • Fernando Alonso has suffered 28 DNFs (3 with Ferrari, 25 with McLaren).

  • 13 of the 22 drivers who raced at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix are no longer in Formula One.

Fast facts:

3 - Only three drivers (Hamilton, Vettel and Carlos Sainz) have taken the chequered flag in every race this season.

2 × Q1 - France was the first time in 2018 both McLarens had been eliminated from the first phase of qualifying.

2015 Italian GP - The last time Sauber managed to qualify a car inside the top ten.

8 - Carlos Sainz doubled the amount of laps he has raced inside the top three in Formula One by running third from laps 1-8 in France.

2015 Hungarian GP - The last time Force India suffered a double DNF.