Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Sepang International Circuit, 2014

2014 Malaysian Grand Prix lap charts

2014 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Sepang International Circuit, 2014Which is the quickest of Mercedes’ customer teams? Malaysia gave cause to believe it’s not McLaren or Williams, but Force India.

As in Australia Nico Hulkenberg got his VJM07 in among the front runners – and proved a thorn in Fernando Alonso’s side.

Hulkenberg even briefly led the race on lap 16 after Lewis Hamilton made his first pit stop. But as the Mercedes driver passed him on his out-lap Hulkenberg did not officially lead a lap.

He only lost fifth place to the Ferrari with four laps to go following a tactical gamble by Alonso’s team. Ferrari got his stint on the hard tyres out of the way early, leaving him on mediums at the end, allowing him to attack – an approach that could have left him at a disadvantage had rain appeared at the end of the race, as some teams feared.

In another similarity with Australia, while Hulkenberg was clear of the pursuing midfield pack his team mate was out of contention. On this occasion Sergio Perez failed even to start the race following gear change problems on his installation lap.

The race chart below also reveals how well Daniil Kvyat did to hold Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen back to take the final point, though it shuold be noted both his rivals were coping with damage to their cars.

Malaysian Grand Prix lap chart

The positions of each driver on every lap. Use the control below to show/hide different drivers:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2014drivercolours.csv

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Lewis Hamilton111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
Sebastian Vettel244433333333334443333333333333334433333333333333333333333
Nico Rosberg322222222222222332222222222222222322222222222222222222222
Fernando Alonso455555555556986665555555555566666665555544455555555554444
Daniel Ricciardo53334444444447555444444444444555555444445141416161616161616
Kimi Raikkonen67202020202020191919191919191919181818181818181818171616161616151414151414131313121212121212121212121212121212
Nico Hulkenberg766666666665543226666666666654443246666665544444444445555
Kevin Magnussen8879888881117151312121111111111111110101113121211111110101010101010101011999999999999999
Jean-Eric Vergne9181819191919191818181817171717181919
Jenson Button1098777777777658777777777789988777777777898877666666666666
Daniil Kvyat1113121212111111111011141210119999991011151412111010101011111112121212121212101010101010101010101010101010
Esteban Gutierrez121111111112121212121316141414141313131414141413171615151515151514131313
Felipe Massa1310989999988881110888888888877799888888888776688777777777777
Sergio Perez14
Romain Grosjean1514131313131313131310101013131312121212121212111010131313121312121211111111111110111111111111111111111111111111
Pastor Maldonado1620191818181818
Adrian Sutil171514141414141414141211151515151414141313131312121414141414141413
Valtteri Bottas181210101010101010999767121010101010999998877999999999987766888888888888
Jules Bianchi192121212121212120
Kamui Kobayashi20161515151515151515141211991015151515151515141311101112131213161515141313141414131313131313131313131313131313
Max Chilton21191717171717171717161716161616161616161616161615151617181818181817171716161515151516151515151515151515151515
Marcus Ericsson22171616161616161616151318181818171717171717171716171818171717171716161615151616161615141414141414141414141414

Malaysian Grand Prix race chart

The gaps between each driver on every lap. Use the control below to show/hide different drivers:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2014drivercolours.csv

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Lewis Hamilton00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
Sebastian Vettel3.1884.5465.5275.3676.2776.7798.0498.759.28410.3111.06511.90616.42735.14330.24110.76911.35711.21411.49812.09412.20312.42812.79913.41813.66913.71313.613.89713.63614.22518.20536.7831.75912.09112.74113.29613.31313.314.20615.03815.37316.16617.15418.6719.9220.63921.39121.87225.66645.18740.50120.16721.98924.20325.02524.534
Nico Rosberg2.073.2824.0983.9784.3034.0924.7875.2925.4776.2596.3846.586.6510.44827.3118.4329.4319.0699.1369.5889.7579.6759.5869.9259.9410.12810.10710.51410.26510.25310.615.16330.9811.56411.70412.00111.88911.29211.27611.04410.62310.73110.96211.83612.32212.47413.05113.80814.11917.60332.31512.01413.46714.78514.43317.313
Fernando Alonso4.6166.2696.7257.1518.258.85710.12610.97912.23914.83319.4637.89337.88338.28734.46915.14416.15216.47117.11417.77418.54819.76620.68122.42223.53124.54928.6147.64647.11446.90546.18846.12643.16623.49724.65125.58926.1727.02529.08130.70732.11238.57257.80657.93657.88156.9555.70554.35953.04151.37547.12629.22532.40234.61635.71935.992
Daniel Ricciardo2.8534.1315.2495.9347.0417.788.8599.83110.75812.18813.32817.98336.6536.0331.71312.0213.6513.84714.24115.07815.65516.30216.75217.66818.3519.09519.44723.82342.40141.52741.49842.20239.41620.4121.89923.56824.62425.77827.63932.225138.958171.417201.198207.634239.596246.258245.716244.602253.015
Kimi Raikkonen6.29749.53971.17870.57971.53972.31673.72275.16576.07777.6878.90680.40481.61383.32382.15766.02170.72277.52797.84498.12599.29299.999100.79102.241104107.875109.198111.367112.341113.862114.969116.857115.342102.847121.733121.686122.817123.259124.404125.161125.86127.268129.227131.209132.641133.785134.867135.805136.906137.752137.939121.35126.124132.583137.09
Nico Hulkenberg5.0427.018.168.6210.20211.30912.92914.03715.07216.55917.81618.75619.62920.32718.3525.13925.5825.04725.09425.34826.03726.45526.59827.43727.98128.57928.68629.24129.28329.53829.86130.61128.59114.00334.61635.96937.15137.58538.73839.76341.04942.23143.47345.24546.98547.75748.45148.98849.21449.16346.77829.15935.27339.93743.98547.199
Kevin Magnussen6.73310.37514.08816.22418.71820.76523.22725.3131.78463.64963.50663.43963.47963.39960.2242.49844.64346.08947.93450.07552.12454.57856.66763.69288.68988.26987.23489.0288.48688.66989.18790.39787.88469.83572.89475.69677.71779.74786.7106.905107.397108.465109.105110.149111.318112.011112.82113.237113.635113.577112.22894.14497.956102.428107.781
Jean-Eric Vergne12.97922.02864.14364.29565.54367.16369.12770.92372.66174.65276.47578.33480.18382.20580.84365.66782.347127.827
Jenson Button7.18410.56812.40113.36414.9871617.8519.14820.66423.07225.10327.19832.63352.35348.48429.64331.16832.00233.46635.04236.88538.67140.22742.67947.96467.08266.82867.54967.72768.27468.39369.20166.82148.31450.33752.67654.56856.62562.30182.83983.80885.4187.28989.49491.53993.69694.32594.85295.05894.64991.81473.14776.71679.97581.99583.691
Daniil Kvyat9.72612.84915.82318.40320.86423.17626.00828.6231.08337.45356.48555.74855.29557.30255.26138.0640.54541.82343.62245.4749.22455.61879.1780.4581.8983.42183.76385.10586.54488.00491.49794.07293.19479.692100.348101.867103.396106.897108.833110.9112.867116.807119.191122.279124.717128.637130.642132.167133.285134.554133.168117.616122.761128.076134.75
Esteban Gutierrez8.94712.08415.26418.16922.07424.50127.45730.4732.94239.74864.99765.87767.02367.8765.53348.39451.1553.23657.18560.32763.87367.36574.4697.239101.071102.755103.392105.432108.738110.447111.642113.292111.4794.037101.459
Felipe Massa7.94610.86613.916.7819.09221.38123.7725.95427.97429.68731.26636.56955.6154.77352.04233.24734.53635.23936.10737.14238.86340.58442.2844.79346.7248.55753.28372.85972.16271.68571.36871.77469.00250.1852.33354.39355.89457.60460.47962.63463.96169.38490.11890.68691.88894.49695.37796.07396.28396.05493.5574.7677.76380.80783.51685.076
Sergio Perez
Romain Grosjean10.32813.84116.44919.31922.6825.26328.41331.1233.54636.44238.55445.33565.3965.65663.16345.18547.65548.90651.09153.10355.22757.5259.44162.15868.19889.30889.390.29391.93696.01796.80398.02495.99177.79479.91282.6284.91187.66291.13297.877119.905121.325124.729126.945128.903130.707132.879134.799136.283137.455136.782120.852125.693132.258136.952
Pastor Maldonado18.15623.78128.02331.45335.70839.10551.136
Adrian Sutil10.5815.40817.44819.65923.48326.35729.432.01734.81538.21343.82966.64967.72168.43966.27748.92551.82654.31856.23158.10161.09363.99167.10274.40398.03299.856100.751102.799103.847105.353108.613110.754
Valtteri Bottas9.07311.17314.5117.12919.52622.05924.42926.72928.5530.49732.22734.04835.49843.41960.43440.89842.38443.01444.3645.76547.13248.74249.88451.63252.84654.12154.79356.58760.80279.69978.17678.21974.95656.46758.70460.55661.81163.03565.04766.5867.96669.86971.53376.91297.55997.76698.13998.18797.9897.42794.48775.31978.48481.29783.89785.537
Jules Bianchi76.233133.052136.769139.867144.042148.196153.724164.667
Kamui Kobayashi11.22216.49919.84921.95325.51828.33932.06235.14338.81442.36345.2547.76450.24853.27457.49961.62963.33964.98167.17369.08871.20673.3675.22977.84280.82783.37986.13189.16291.94995.92104.184128.39128.786111.016113.607118.422122.605125.595129.086132.986136.918142.219146.811152.358156.527160.917164.616167.658170.485172.982173.779158.199162.886169.628177.164
Max Chilton13.49118.47621.9224.90928.92632.4935.92739.70243.17951.26373.78676.12878.22180.25279.27563.71567.39370.86174.9578.59582.40586.62490.50594.794100.543105.685116.248142.185143.456145.92148.119151.918152.7135.706139.725144.834148.694152.284157.07161.657169.882196.683200.303206.306210.076214.27217.464221.928223.995225.929226.046210.328215.603221.369
Marcus Ericsson12.55417.1520.20422.7826.13829.55833.58337.55140.71144.50252.10279.33680.99782.81681.44565.39470.374.8378.03481.2984.60588.38892.04796.24101.523113.086137.663140.367141.507143.379146.435151.35151.799134.716138.227142.247147.157154.847179.12181.592184.372187.577190.931194.838202.476206.387209.156213.045216.007218.368218.834204.256212.813221.239

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18 comments on “2014 Malaysian Grand Prix lap charts”

  1. Congratz to Hamilton for his first Grand Chelem, though I don’t really like him. :)

    1. Odd, I could have sworn that the commentators said Rosberg was leading at some point (whilst Hamilton pitted). Stupid commentators!

      1. Hulkenberg was ahead of Hamilton at some point during the pit stop phases, but not as they crossed the line, which is where to measurements are taken from.

    2. Nico led for half a lap.. Nico Hulkenberg that is ;)

  2. FI is definitely not Mercedes’s fastest customer team. I feel Massa and Botas were stuck behind Jenson for most of the race and couldn’t really push. It might have been different if they had ran in clearer air.

  3. What happened to Kobayashi in his middle stint? He went from similar pace to Chilton and Ericsson to a second faster, then back again.

    1. Impact of fuel weight on pace? Impressive race from Kobayashi to be only 43 seconds behind Kvyat at the line. His team mate and Chilton were the same distance behind him.

      Kimi would definitely have been near Hulk, and I imagine Magnussen ahead of Button on pace were it not for their incident early on.

  4. Mr win or lose
    30th March 2014, 16:36

    @keithcollantine

    But as the Mercedes driver passed him before the end of the race lap, Hulkenberg did not officially lead a lap.

  5. Of the three customer teams: Magnussen got a penalty and had to have his appendage changed and Massa and Bottas qualified poorly. Which leaves Button.

    Is that enough evidence to show that McLaren and Mercedes are slower than Force India, especially as one of the latter’s cars didn’t even start the race?

    Perhaps a better metric would be “who is the quickest of the Mercedes customer team drivers?”. Answer: Hulkenberg.

    1. Well, Massa and Bottas did have clean air.
      But Hulk had it more and his strategy was quite different so I dont really see it as conclusive proof, SFI couldnt have improved to be better than McLaren and Williams in two weeks.
      Perhaps, it was the tyres again. They are quite good with degradation for the last 2 years like Lotus.
      And Im not saying it because of the two stopper.

  6. Loving this site…..so much info….great going guys
    Can we have fuel usage info

  7. Which is the quickest of Mercedes’ customer teams?

    I hope for Williams sake they get in a clean weekend quickly, before teams like Ferrari and McLaren leave them behind in the development race. The next race in Bahrain could be the team’s best opportunity; they went very well there in pre-season testing, and there should be no rain to spoil their qualifying. I think they are still the third fastest team in the dry, together with Ferrari, behind Red Bull and Mercedes.

    I don’t think the Force India is all that special, but with Hulkenberg maxing the car’s potential in the first two weekends they have a good haul of points to show for it. At the moment it looks like Force India and Williams will be fighting for fifth in the WCC.

    1. @adrianmorse It’s starting to remind me a little of 2009, many people forget that 3 teamBrawn weren’t the only team whos started the season with a double-diffuser. In that year Williams which failed to really capitalize on their early season advantage.

      1. Sorry – I seem to have temporarily lost the ability to construct sentences. Hopefully the general idea was conveyed to the reader.

    2. Agreed, and Lotus will come back ahead of Toro Rosso, as they turn their cars up to full pace. So they could come back towards FI/Williams, but it could be too late for them. Sauber look stuck in 9th until their car can save some weight.

    3. Nikhil Bhandari
      31st March 2014, 10:16

      Force india Looks stonger on straight line speed, Even there tyre degradation is also less compared to others, they can 2-3 laps more then others with reducing the performance on tyres , they r lacking bit on qualifying pace, which will reduce in coming races, as they will getting a huge upgrades as per rob fernley in next few races,, with Hulk only scoring most of the points for the team, if sergio had also ran these race without any issues, i believe that he would have given Massa,Bottas,button, a real tough race and scoring few points adding to the tally of force india, ,
      It looks all good for Force india, they might be in a better shape then william and Mclaren, in comming races, even monaco is there favorite track, if they get it right they might even compete with mclaren for 4th, i feel mercedes,redbull and ferrari will be tough, for them to catch,, but he definately gave alonso a tuff fight,

    4. What makes you say RBR is faster than Ferrari ? What “kind” of faster ? Ferrari set the fastest time for the entire GP weekend in both GPs, Mercedes apart (Alonso in Australia, then Raikkonen in Malaysia).

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