Wednesday, October 01, 2008

100 Formula One Grand Prix Winners... Ever

On August 3rd of 2008, Heikki Kovalainen won the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix.

This was a huge day for Heikki. It was his first Grand Prix win ever. The race itself was exciting. There were upsets on the leaderboard, but afterwards the rankings stayed about the same. So other than for Heikki, it was just another Grand Prix. Actually, there was one other special thing about that day.

Heikki Kovalainen’s win made him the 100th driver to win a Formula One Grand Prix in its 50 year history.

That doesn’t seem like a big deal to you? An average Grand Prix season has 20 races. However, only four or five drivers win those races, and they do it year after year.

Let’s put Heikki’s win into perspective.

Worldwide, an average of 2,000 people get struck by lightning in a year. That’s 100,000 people zapped in 50 years.

70 people are attacked by sharks -- again worldwide – in a year. That’s about 3,500 shark attacks in 50 years.

You, me, and everyone you know is more likely to get hit by lightning or eaten by a shark than to win a Formula One Grand Prix. I don’t know the odds on getting hit by lightning WHILE being eaten by a shark, but I’d still lay odds on that happening before I win a Grand Prix.

Almost 50 years ago, Yuri Gagarin was the first man to leave earth and orbit the planet. Since then, there have been over 450 more people that have made it out of our atmosphere.

Can you believe it!? You are more likely to be shot into space than you are to be a Formula One Grand Prix winner.

Congratulations, Heikki! You are 100 out of 6.7 billion.

Drive it like you stole it...

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