Fernando Alonso has finished in the points in every race this season so far. Is this a record? asked John Temple from Wales
That particular feat isn’t yet a record, as Michael Schumacher scored points in all 17 races in 2002. In fact Michael finished on the podium in every race that year, his worst position being third in Malaysia, to go with 11 wins and five second places. You won’t be entirely surprised to learn that Schumacher won the title that year, with 144 points: his Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello was second on 77. However, Alonso is close to the record for the most successive points finishes all told: the recent Hungarian GP was the 23rd race in a row in which he had scored points. The record to beat is 24, by Schumacher between 2001 and 2003.
What’s the best position by a driver who had just one F1 race? asked Derek Mackay from North Shields
The answer to this intriguing question is that the Italian Teodoro “Dorino” Serafini finished second in his one and only Grand Prix, at Monza in 1950. Serafini, who was better known as a motorcyclist, drove the first 47 of the race’s 80 laps, but then had to hand his Ferrari over to team leader Alberto Ascari, whose own car had hit mechanical trouble. Ascari completed the last 33 laps, and ended up behind the Alfa-Romeo of Nino Farina, whose victory confirmed him as the inaugural F1 world champion. Ascari and Serafini shared the six points for the runners-up spot. Two other drivers have scored points in their only GP: Britain’s Eric Thompson – later a bookdealer specialising in motor sport – finished fifth in the 1952 British GP in a Connaught, while Oscar Galvez of Argentina also finished fifth in his home Grand Prix in 1953. The circuit in Buenos Aires was later named after him.
Did anyone except Graham Hill ever win a Grand Prix in a BRM? asked George Mayfield from Manchester
BRM (which stood for British Racing Motors) won 17 GPs between 1959 and 1972. The first man to win a Grand Prix in one was actually Jo Bonnier, the popular Swedish driver, in the 1959 Dutch GP. Graham Hill won ten races in a BRM, including four in 1962, the first year he won the drivers’ championship. Jackie Stewart started his F1 career with BRM in 1965, and won two races for them, then four drivers each won once for the team: Pedro Rodriguez (Belgium 1970), Jo Siffert (Austria 1971), Peter Gethin (Italy 1971), and Jean-Pierre Beltoise (Monaco 1972). The team faded after that, running short of funds, and raced in F1 for the last time in 1977.
What relation exactly is Bruno Senna to Ayrton? asked Mark Smith from Sussex
Bruno is Ayrton Senna’s nephew – his mother, Viviane Senna Lalli, is Ayrton’s older sister. Bruno was a talented youngster,
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