Stats: only Ascari left to topple

Stats: only Ascari left to topple

As Sebastian Vettel's victory rampage continued, a major record held by Alberto Ascari now looks vulnerable. MICHELE MERLINO runs through the Austin stats milestones


• Sebastian Vettel became the first driver to nail eight consecutive Formula 1 wins, but in the post-race chat with his Red Bull team, he was reminded that "only Ascari had more consecutive wins". That's because in 1952-53, Alberto Ascari effectively won nine consecutive grands prix, winning every F1 race he entered from Belgium 1952 to the same race the following year.

Technically that string was interrupted after win number seven as Ascari didn't take part in the Indianapolis 500, which in those days counted towards the F1 world championship. But it was only an F1 round on paper, as none of the series regulars attended and the likes of Bill Vukovich and Sam Hanks certainly weren't among Ascari's opposition at Zandvoort a week afterwards.

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