The Numbers Game

How will the 2017 season go down in the annals of Red Bull Racing history?

In many ways it's likely to be recalled as a season of peaks and troughs – the high of magical wins such as Daniel's victory at the end of a thrilling, utterly chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix and Max's masterful, dominant performance in Mexico City contrasting with lows such as the spate of reliability issues that affected both drivers at various stages of the campaign.

Like all historical documents, though, the best measure of exactly how the season unfolded lies in the raw data, the big numbers that tell the story of how the RB13 performed. Thus, we've done a little digging and come up with some of the digits that defined our 2017...

Victories for RB13. Daniel opened our account with a wonderful win at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. A qualifying crash led to a P10 start, though an early pit stop for damage dropped him to P17. However, he then carved through the field during three quickfire safety car periods to take a memorable fifth career win.

Max then doubled our tally for the year with a flawless drive to victory in Malaysia, delivered after a brilliant overtaking move on Lewis Hamilton on lap three. It was the perfect way for the Dutchman to celebrate the weekend of his 20th birthday. Finally, Max scored win number three with an equally impressive performance in Mexico, powering to his own third career win some 20 seconds ahead of Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas.

Podium finishes. In an almost spookily apt result, the lucky/unlucky RB13 gave us a total of 13 podium finishes. The first came courtesy of Max's third place in China. Daniel then rattled off a remarkable five in a row from Spain to Austria. After the summer break Daniel added four more, in Belgium, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan, while Max recovered from his early season woes to record podium finishes in Malaysia, Japan and Mexico.

Double podiums in 2017, in Malaysia and Japan. Max's first win of 2017, in Malaysia, was backed up by Daniel finishing third in the race, and at the next event, in Suzuka, Max took a superb second place, with Daniel again third. It was the same total of double podiums scored by the team in 2016 when the boys were on the podium together in Germany and Malaysia.

Points in total for the team in 2017. That gave us third place in the Constructors' title standings, 181 points clear of Force India, but 154 behind second-placed Ferrari.

Only two teams were able to get both drivers onto the top step of the podium this year – champions Mercedes and us. In a season that featured five different winners, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton won nine times, team-mate Valtteri Bottas three times, while Max won twice and Daniel once. The only other winner was Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel with five wins.

4,602km (Daniel), 4,151km (Max)
This makes for pretty grim reading. Daniel is 15th on the list and Max is 18th – the last of the drivers to have appeared in all 20 races (and less than Fernando Alonso, who only did 19). As a team, it leaves us dead last, with 8,752 kilometres in the bank.

Front-row starts for the RB13 – both courtesy of Max Verstappen. The Dutchman started from P2 in Singapore but was ruled out of the race by a crash at the start, and in Mexico, where he went on to win. Max now has three career front-row starts, the first coming in Belgium 2016. This year he missed out on pole in Mexico to Sebastian Vettel by just 0.086s!

Daniel spent the majority of 2017 in third position, with 305 of the 904 laps he raced being spent in P3. Next on his list was fourth place, where he spent 197 laps and fifth, where he spent 97 laps. Daniel was in P1 for just 23 laps, but the time he did spend there was profitable. Eighteen of those laps in the lead were in Baku where he won.

Fastest laps for the RB13, one each for Daniel and Max. Daniel's was somewhat surprisingly scored at Monza, a high-speed circuit that's never been one of our strongest venues. Despite that, the Honey Badger powered to a race fastest lap of 1:23.361 on lap 49 of the 53-lap race. It was the ninth fastest lap of his career. Max, meanwhile notched his second career fastest lap in Brazil this year when he posted a lap of 1:11.044 on lap 64 of the 71-lap grand prix.

One of the more painful stats of this year relates to the big issue we had with reliability. Over the course of the campaign RB13 raced 1,723 laps. That might seem a decent total but it's the lowest of any team on the grid. Champions Mercedes completed the most race laps with 2,363, while we finished in 10th place, 115 behind McLaren. That we managed to achieve the results we did in those circumstances is actually kind of remarkable.

What contributed to that low number of completed laps? The answer is in another curiously apt statistic for this year's car: the 13 DNFs we recorded in 2017. Four were caused by collisions, but the other nine were all as a result of reliability woes. Max had four mechanical failures, in Bahrain, Canada, Azerbaijan and Belgium, while Daniel had five, in Australia, Russia, USA, Mexico and Abu Dhabi.

Laps for Max in P5, the position he spent the most laps in this season. Next on his list is fourth place (151 laps), while his third largest total of laps per position is first place, where he spent 133 of the 819 laps he raced. Fifty-one of those lead laps were in Malaysia and 71 in Mexico.

Drivers' Championship points for Daniel, which gave him fifth place in the standings. He held fourth until the final round, when a mechanical failure meant that he was unable to keep Ferrari rival Kimi Raikkonen from overhauling him after the Finn finished fourth at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Points for Max in this year's championship. Due to an immensely frustrating series of failures and mishaps, the Dutchman scored just 67 points in the 11 races leading to the summer break. He added a point in Monza and then in the final five races of the season scored a full century of points, a total matched only 2017 champion Lewis Hamilton.