Japanese GP brought some rain, few crashes, great racing and … 2 Finns on the podium.
I did not pay much attention to 2 Finnish flags over the podium after the race, but few days later I realized, that having more than 1 driver from the same country among top 3 is quite rare… And for Finns, this was the very first time.
Here is what I managed to digg out:
The first country to have 2 drivers on the podium was Italy in 1950. A year later Argentina joined the club followed by France in 1955.
Italy, UK and France are the only 3 countries that managed also the podium triple – Italy in 1950, UK in 1956 and France in 1980.
Country Double (only the first double for each country is listed here):
British GP 1950: Farina, Faglio (Italy)
French GP 1951: Fangio, Gonzalez (Argentina)
Monaco GP 1955: Trintignant, Behra (France)
Monaco GP 1956: Moss, Collins (UK)
German GP 1959: Gurney, Phil Hill (US)
Monaco GP 1967: Hulme, Amon (New Zealand)
Brazilian GP 1975: Pace, Emmerson Fittipaldi (Brazil)
Belgian GP 1977: Nilsson, Peterson (Sweden)
San Marino GP 1997: Frentzen, Michael Schumacher (Germany)
Japanese GP 2007: Kovalainen, Räikkönen (Finland)
Italian GP 1950: Farina, Ascari, Serafini (Italy)
Italian GP 1956: Moss, Collins, Flockhart (UK)
South African GP 1980: Arnoux, Laffite, Pironi (France)
When talking about the doubles or triples, I may as well mention family doubles. Michael and Ralf Schumacher appeared on the podium together 16 times and 5 times occupied the top 2 steps. No a bad family statistics. Their first family podium came in Italy 1998, with Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) 1st and Ralf Schumacher (Jordan) 3rd. The last was in Hungary 2005, Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) 2nd and Ralf Schumacher (Toyota) in 3rd.