Same strategy as Hamilton nets Ricciardo fastest lap

2015 Monaco Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps

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Lewis Hamilton’s late pit stop in the Monaco Grand Prix ended up costing him a likely victory. But he wasn’t the only driver who headed for the pits when the Safety Car came out.

Daniel Ricciardo also took the opportunity to put on a fresh set of soft tyres, and showed the potential of the strategy.

2015 Monaco Grand Prix lap times

All the lap times by the drivers (in seconds, very slow laps excluded):

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78
Lewis Hamilton 86.226 80.852 80.72 80.241 80.383 81.588 80.45 80.187 80.288 80.301 80.343 80.844 80.564 80.855 80.423 80.502 80.077 81.465 80.264 80.124 79.869 79.872 79.807 80.129 81.177 80.755 79.876 79.903 79.854 79.748 81.014 80.148 81.076 81.254 80.224 80.391 80.379 96.182 82.938 80.09 79.867 78.676 79.97 80.234 79.505 80.258 80.042 80.007 80.584 80.257 79.596 79.79 79.884 80.001 79.936 80.241 79.702 79.833 80.078 79.139 79.391 79.29 79.399 93.047 131.321 121.137 120.814 130.428 135.14 115.272 83.727 80.357 79.525 79.402 78.811 79.313 78.987 80.129
Nico Rosberg 87.11 81.495 80.988 80.688 80.538 81.401 80.69 80.535 80.625 80.28 80.267 80.485 80.54 80.673 80.523 80.663 80.713 80.884 81.534 80.252 80.016 80.016 80.02 80.129 80.784 80.853 81.525 81.25 80.642 80.626 80.503 79.937 80.512 79.995 81.169 80.361 97.307 83.331 79.716 79.504 79.697 79.847 80.512 80.475 80.058 80.246 80.19 81.04 80.052 80.072 80.193 80.267 80.385 80.38 80.916 80.793 79.99 80.02 80.023 80.625 80.209 80.016 81.173 99.578 103.378 121.594 120.939 130.541 134.446 116.858 82.014 79.204 78.603 78.829 78.607 78.599 79.156 79.815
Sebastian Vettel 87.844 81.8 81.21 81.149 80.82 81.162 81.383 80.333 80.192 80.42 80.257 80.49 80.201 80.446 80.638 80.549 80.466 80.949 81.991 80.244 80.002 80.075 80.042 80.071 80.633 80.773 81.044 81.271 80.97 80.932 80.391 80.263 80.354 80.236 81.418 97.356 81.811 80.458 80.641 79.858 79.962 79.158 80.65 80.28 80.114 80.188 80.031 80.878 80.426 80.24 80.349 80.316 80.035 80.304 80.688 81.826 79.469 80.126 79.948 81.059 81.352 79.741 79.761 98.97 103.225 121.254 120.975 130.291 135.378 115.831 83.655 80.196 79.532 79.271 78.854 79.095 79.07 79.265
Daniel Ricciardo 89.697 82.092 81.715 81.603 81.515 81.757 81.695 80.982 80.633 80.532 80.434 80.599 81.231 80.969 80.697 80.962 80.719 81.067 80.749 81.751 80.642 80.574 80.863 80.931 80.477 80.656 80.797 80.959 80.47 80.528 80.913 80.954 81.177 81.644 81.606 98.798 82.88 80.493 81.026 81.16 81.078 81.524 81.888 81.301 80.412 80.34 80.05 79.941 79.779 79.863 80.062 80.999 79.832 80.058 79.552 80.433 79.778 79.541 79.37 79.404 79.794 79.927 79.809 102.621 119.2 99.455 120.524 121.996 134.439 113.981 84.96 79.6 79.708 78.063 78.511 79.087 79.063 87.138
Daniil Kvyat 88.993 81.803 81.517 81.152 81.05 81.532 81.468 80.674 80.724 81.013 80.613 80.487 80.743 81.308 80.526 80.694 80.592 80.565 81.001 81.738 80.393 80.319 80.923 80.672 80.756 80.988 81.623 99.072 84.152 80.425 80.381 80.359 80.943 80.912 81.144 79.81 80.035 80.637 80.259 80.956 80.07 80.301 80.466 80.135 80.305 80.39 80.268 80.004 80.224 79.981 81.355 80.696 80.504 80.839 80.098 80.154 80.471 80.274 80.112 80.07 80.018 79.872 80.021 104.785 103.767 111.496 121.084 123.958 135.105 115.099 84.149 80.903 81.918 79.928 79.13 79.517 79.923 80.043
Kimi Raikkonen 90.682 82.504 82.004 81.631 81.29 81.456 81.798 81.129 80.959 80.575 80.563 80.696 80.798 80.434 81.012 80.849 81.133 80.509 81.208 81.368 80.762 80.633 80.491 80.926 80.522 80.528 80.894 80.628 80.628 80.685 80.422 81.01 81.125 81.565 81.575 81.958 96.15 82.952 81.228 80.414 80.189 79.932 80.985 79.851 80.516 79.938 79.764 80.019 80.289 80.116 80.933 80.479 80.037 80.193 80.612 79.874 79.884 79.905 79.96 79.818 79.988 80.066 79.78 104.083 104.249 112.037 121.116 123.012 135.817 114.534 84.721 82.824 80.355 79.651 79.842 79.927 79.785 79.99
Sergio Perez 91.791 82.559 82.544 81.434 81.46 81.565 81.414 81.289 81.181 81.018 81.066 81.424 81.216 80.748 80.501 80.78 80.965 80.558 80.919 81.196 81.579 81.55 80.939 81.001 80.843 80.755 81.212 81.295 81.037 80.939 81.344 80.93 81.494 81.723 81.925 98.853 83.456 80.593 80.13 80.927 80.559 80.538 80.578 80.304 80.226 80.001 79.994 80.053 80.064 80.523 80.48 80.668 80.314 81.477 80.375 80.031 80.388 80.336 80.33 80.229 80.031 80.635 80.569 120.31 106.219 88.724 116.305 120.977 133.184 114.257 84.84 82.27 80.321 79.657 79.838 79.833 79.92 79.922
Pastor Maldonado 93.89 82.707 82.271 82.468 84.723
Max Verstappen 94.063 83.227 82.224 82.209 84.503 82.554 82.131 81.014 80.935 80.532 80.488 80.602 80.381 81.055 80.603 80.895 80.317 80.739 80.527 80.716 81.345 80.893 80.407 80.305 80.337 80.703 80.987 81.216 126.104 84.32 80.337 84.465 81.704 80.514 81.202 80.915 81.441 81.205 80.942 80.956 80.774 81.582 81.907 82.196 80.711 98.784 82.068 79.674 78.873 79.088 79.369 79.441 80.271 80.548 81.941 80.122 79.581 79.843 80.852 83.593 80.788 80.974
Jenson Button 94.805 83.564 83.21 82.076 83.213 87.491 81.09 80.985 80.742 80.749 81.071 80.718 80.748 81.161 80.61 80.738 80.737 80.666 80.78 80.768 80.865 81.156 82.496 80.797 80.68 80.715 80.747 80.923 80.919 80.611 80.909 80.658 80.889 81.159 98.586 84.249 80.216 80.175 80.34 80.261 80.388 81.02 81.308 81.64 80.326 80.386 80.147 80.269 80.064 79.897 80.026 79.909 80.162 80.206 80.506 80.473 80.344 80.444 80.566 80.216 80.208 80.078 86.844 128.02 97.751 92.337 102.55 121.735 132.201 114.661 84.849 82.254 80.792 80.232 79.574 79.49 79.51 79.827
Nico Hulkenberg 83.706 80.22 80.534 80.976 80.743 80.872 80.934 80.783 80.696 80.797 80.802 81.482 84.229 83.121 81.154 80.88 80.678 81.035 81 81.46 80.764 81.689 83.788 82.497 82.366 84.464 81.353 81.597 81.449 98.997 83.415 80.587 80.527 81.004 80.846 80.216 80.086 80.282 80.135 80.317 80.69 80.948 80.336 80.11 79.921 80.173 80.336 80.685 80.205 80.198 80.163 80.239 80.328 80.582 81.053 80.91 80.998 80.317 80.141 80.218 80.372 98.151 105.476 115.621 121.331 121.363 85.158 81.757 94.033 85.709 81.547 81.668 81.373 81.007 80.849 81.058 80.87
Felipe Massa 90.617 87.304 86.522 83.501 84.387 82.73 82.368 82.638 82.202 82.269 81.3 81.567 81.419 81.072 81.178 81.049 81.317 81.257 81.036 81.504 81.188 81.61 81.152 81.515 81.921 84.298 81.953 83.925 85.009 86.061 87.36 81.834 83.255 82.746 81.859 82.265 81.884 99.805 83.689 80.926 85.155 82.64 80.623 79.848 79.87 79.935 80.263 80.682 80.904 80.158 80.339 80.735 82.34 81.476 80.427 80.338 79.958 80.705 82.617 81.4 119.733 105.932 87.163 120.168 120.436 98.507 82.766 82.491 81.155 81.223 79.764 81.033 80.968 80.978 80.734 81.563
Fernando Alonso 95.437 84.054 83.214 83.148 82.804 86.401 82.52 81.556 81.171 81.004 81.283 81.063 81.142 81.22 81.082 81.093 80.815 80.628 80.768 80.964 80.854 81.002 81.312 81.962 80.848 80.872 80.663 80.84 81.502 81.062 80.589 103.473 84.701 81.796 81.421 80.459 81.046 80.761 80.467 80.923 86.202
Felipe Nasr 95.99 84.099 83.281 83.305 82.625 86.882 82.743 82.027 81.724 81.163 81.571 80.763 81.052 81.158 80.993 81.274 80.778 99.697 86.096 80.789 80.446 80.887 81.351 81.049 81.022 81.844 80.274 80.642 81.265 81.196 82.035 81.086 82.16 82.138 80.901 81.148 81.559 81.005 81.059 80.639 82.88 82.709 81.759 80.784 80.888 80.792 80.299 80.133 81.65 80.846 81.046 81.205 80.608 80.675 83.265 81.592 80.435 80.879 81.992 82.122 81.006 80.648 96.83 119.948 118.479 120.446 117.786 84.994 82.782 98.071 84.042 82.545 81.458 81.013 80.334 80.017 81.29 82.082
Romain Grosjean 96.832 84.35 83.347 84.145 82.491 85.498 83.511 82.375 81.72 81.551 81.236 81.12 81.163 80.809 81.083 80.978 98.671 83.754 83.359 81.549 81.106 81.376 81.14 80.577 80.813 81.548 81.019 81.104 81.773 81.718 81.194 83.961 81.352 80.933 81.196 83.412 81.328 81.334 80.652 80.483 81.46 81.753 81.724 81.311 80.908 81.158 81.021 82.233 83.239 80.912 80.824 80.877 81.041 80.995 81.396 81.742 81.225 81.446 84.04 84.05 80.811 81.059 110.177 103.133 112.002 121.526 122.003 89.317 85.177 85.102 86.112 82.335 81.61 81.371 80.987 80.931 80.997 81.269
Valtteri Bottas 97.549 84.601 83.192 83.807 83.023 85.005 83.987 82.723 82.359 81.753 82.107 81.684 81.971 98.823 83.78 80.252 80.183 80.523 81.305 81.883 81.244 81.308 81.327 80.838 80.862 81.165 81.234 81.017 81.444 82.293 81.064 84.281 81.27 82.73 81.284 80.948 81.198 81.45 80.9 80.802 80.951 81.644 81.839 82.214 80.665 80.787 80.948 81.77 83.252 81.958 81.725 81.621 81.635 82.374 86.94 99.606 83.817 79.842 79.268 79.305 80.071 79.385 103.486 105.474 104.355 120.521 121.688 120.007 84.411 81.561 80.291 79.014 79.116 78.944 79.944 80.638 80.915 83.058
Marcus Ericsson 98.439 84.679 83.188 83.638 83.095 84.729 84.244 82.636 82.478 82.097 81.867 81.945 82.111 100.189 84.531 80.932 80.912 81.266 82.452 81.519 81.203 80.826 84.797 82.155 84.029 81.908 81.468 81.117 80.98 84.797 81.314 81.896 81.347 81.799 82.519 81.266 81.174 99.871 83.887 79.773 80.062 80.66 80.713 79.962 80.307 80.01 79.923 80.102 80.173 81.036 80.393 80.597 80.605 81.393 81.901 80.111 79.943 79.753 79.998 79.929 82.681 80.147 102.79 104.921 109.797 120.778 118.835 89.848 102.634 84.24 80.318 79.788 81.045 80.262 79.285 79.942 79.926 79.698
Will Stevens 100.324 86.364 84.834 84.195 84.968 84.312 84.665 84.912 84.467 84.077 84.34 84.282 83.937 85.321 85.038 85.54 85.666 87.284 86.65 88.769 86.46 86.206 86.796 86.399 84.676 84.416 86.973 86.974 90.588 86.568 91.142 88.648 107.371 89.994 84.494 83.543 83.086 83.126 85.961 84.267 83.863 87.718 84.31 83.141 87.534 84.465 84.942 85.612 87.67 83.105 84.734 83.453 84.719 82.886 83.083 83.005 82.755 82.693 82.833 91.6 105.174 106.111 95.28 91.906 114.717 90.725 84.221 86.614 85.614 84.31 85.112 83.378 83.49 84.778 83.063 83.513
Roberto Merhi 101.668 85.969 85.002 84.481 84.69 84.217 84.667 84.662 84.593 84.154 84.697 84.392 84.4 85.397 84.976 84.381 86.825 86.571 90.085 86.251 85.02 86.534 86.003 84.059 84.259 84.258 84.79 84.309 84.225 84.445 88.648 87.84 87.649 84.686 106.307 85.914 82.174 82.511 82.719 83.794 82.399 82.622 83.622 82.239 82.345 82.125 81.715 82.653 82.237 82.172 82.377 82.262 82.427 82.097 82.436 84.565 82.86 82.77 85.247 86.417 100.012 102.963 120.64 120.677 114.064 86.597 84.56 100.101 87.742 85.104 84.027 84.11 84.279 82.876 83.176 85.341
Carlos Sainz Jnr 100.484 82.946 83.403 83.649 83.704 84.074 84.579 82.448 82.683 82.161 82.462 99.645 85.376 81.129 81.853 81.76 81.182 81.435 81.603 81.523 81.327 80.956 83.638 83.545 83.115 81.86 81.576 81.059 84.189 81.401 81.755 82.459 81.553 81.385 81.72 81.851 80.902 82.002 80.858 80.426 80.139 80.541 80.525 80.661 80.146 80.154 80.665 79.816 80.159 80.439 80.242 80.485 81 85.421 83.731 83.075 81.087 80.719 80.412 80.406 80.256 80.617 98.951 105.145 115.522 120.856 121.07 84.678 82.222 95.601 84.855 81.717 81.717 81.14 80.802 80.831 80.888 81.109

Ricciardo had fallen behind Kimi Raikkonen earlier in the race when the pair made what they expected would be their only pit stops of the race. However the Safety Cary period triggered by the crash involving Max Verstappen and Romain Grosjean created an opportunity for some drivers to put on a fresher set of tyres without losing any time.

Red Bull duly brought Ricciardo in and using the benefit of his faster rubber he was able to re-pass Raikkonen on the track with a muscular move heading into Mirabeau.

They even instructed Daniil Kvyat to let his team mate past in order to attack Hamilton. But Ricciardo wasn’t able to make it through and duly returned the place to Kvyat on the final tour.

By then he had already set the race’s fastest lap. Hamilton, however, was so comprehensively stuck behind Sebastian Vettel that despite having newer and softer tyres than his team mate he wasn’t able to lap any quicker.

2015 Monaco Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’18.063 74
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’18.599 0.536 76
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’18.676 0.613 42
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’18.854 0.791 75
5 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso-Renault 1’18.873 0.810 49
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’18.944 0.881 74
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull-Renault 1’19.130 1.067 75
8 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.285 1.222 75
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1’19.490 1.427 76
10 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’19.651 1.588 74
11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’19.657 1.594 74
12 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’19.764 1.701 72
13 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso-Renault 1’19.816 1.753 48
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’19.921 1.858 46
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.017 1.954 76
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1’20.459 2.396 36
17 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Mercedes 1’20.483 2.420 40
18 Roberto Merhi Manor-Ferrari 1’21.715 3.652 47
19 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 1’22.271 4.208 3
20 Will Stevens Manor-Ferrari 1’22.693 4.630 58

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25 comments on “Same strategy as Hamilton nets Ricciardo fastest lap”

  1. Lotus still seriously in trouble so it seems, even with the new engine. Weekend to forget for Williams too…

    1. I recall Lotus saying that their car’s strength was on the straights, as they had designed it to be slippery in a straight line (like Williams last year).
      So I would expect Monaco to be pretty much their weakest track. We’ll soon see if Monaco was just a one-off for them though, as Canada is up next, which is one of the circuits where straight-line speed is most important.

    2. All Williams have is engine, if/when Renault and Ferrari catch up they’ll go back to fighting Toro Rossos and Saubers.

  2. Look at the lap times of Hamilton and Rosberg: apart from the period where Hamilton was managing brakes (where he was equalling Rosberg), Hamilton was pretty much 0.2-0.3s faster almost every lap. He benefited a bit from backmarkers (probably around 2-3s) but he was well over 20s ahead of Rosberg before the safety car (27 seconds IIRC?). I think this was Hamilton’s most dominant race relative to Rosberg since they became teammates. Shame about how it ended.

    1. It was particularly impressive given that Hamilton apparently wasn’t even pushing that much:
      “It was a great feeling in the race, I had so much pace. I didn’t have to push too much.
      I could have doubled the lead if I needed. I’m grateful for that pace and I’ll come back to fight another day – at the moment I can’t think of anything else.”

      Rosberg meanwhile didn’t even to be able to get further than 1.5s ahead of Vettel for most of the race. Even when Tony Ross told Rosberg to push and close the gap to Hamilton (when Hamilton was managing brakes), he didn’t really seem to get any closer.

      1. didn’t even seem to*

        I’m surprised that Hamilton had such an edge, given that Monaco is always mooted as one of Rosberg’s best tracks. Last year Hamilton was on Rosberg’s gearbox for almost the entire race (until he got dirt in his eye or w/e).

        1. @polo Best? Well, he he was beaten by Schumi in 2012 for pole? Nico is always a bit less consistent, so it’s hard to say. China was his first pole, so perhaps that suited him a bit like Alonso last year.

  3. So does this mean that Ricciardo has the lap record for Monaco?

    1. Well the previous lap record was Schumacher from 2004, being 1:14.439.
      Ricciardo’s 1:18.063 was considerably slower, but since the layout of the track has changed I guess it’s the fastest lap on this particular layout?

    2. @gordess F1.com agrees with you.

      Monaco

  4. Why wasn’t Mr.Smiley punished like Fernando was??. Exact same move, only difference Kimi didn’t lose a front wing. Talk about inconsistency.

    1. I agree, I think he should have been given a 5sec penalty. You can clearly see he’s barely alongside at the turn-in point (his front wheel is level with Raikkonen’s rear wheel), general etiquette is that you need to be halfway alongside at the turn-in point (ie with your wheel alongside your opponent’s cockpit) to have the right to the corner.

      1. beg to differ there. i have just seen a photo posted on the F1i website showing ricci’s front wheel at the beginning of the turn in mid point of the ferrari. at that stage raikonnen should have given ricci’s room but he didn’t. at the worst it was a ‘racing incident’ and the stewards read it correctly as evidenced in their decision. an audacious move which livened up the race and it was well controlled by both drivers.

        1. If that was a racing incident, then so was Alonso’s. Fernando was actually ahead going into the turn whereas Ricciardo was making a dive in the braking zone and touched his front wheel to the rear wheel of Kimi. I think their decisions were overly influenced by the results. Alonso had the position but Hulk had damage, so it’s a penalty. Daniel punts Kimi but Kimi saves it, so it was okay. That’s not the way to officiate.

          1. @ greg…no, wrong again. look at the replays of both incidents and you will see the differences. the stewards got both decisions right.

    2. Maybe they’d realised by then that they shouldn’t have penalised Alonso in the first place.

  5. Interesting that only 14 cars bested the fastest lap from GP2 race.

  6. Watching Indy 500. so much of wheel to Wheel racing and overtaking makes me wonder whats wrong with F1 today.

    Montoya actually moved from 30th to 1st through the race. If had stayed back in F1, he would have be a Champion atleast once by now.

    And as we speak a Huge crash in Indy… Hope everybody is okay.

    1. @tmax That’s a terrible correlation. It’s obviously a lot easier to pass on ovals than on Monaco.

  7. What do you (anybody) think about this: If Lewis manage to pass Vettel, do you think Merc pit wall would tell Nico to let go Lewis? As McLaren did in Australia 98?

    1. and why should they ? What did Rosberg do wrong ??? Lewis has newer tires. He is supposed to be best driver in the world. So he should better overtake Rosberg and not ask for team orders.

      1. Because of pit wall fault… But it’s true that it was also Lewis’s call… It’s bit different than Australia 98.

  8. I don’t fully get what happened that HAM came out of behind Ros. If we look at times:
    HAM: 79.4 93.05 131.32 121.14
    ROS: 81.17 99.58 103.38 121.59

    80-sec lap pre crash – HAM had about 20 sec lead
    +1 – VSC and then safety car but all drive to min lap time – HAM gains 6 sec = 26sec LEAD
    +2 – lap when HAM pits and loses 28 sec.
    +3 comes out behind – lost lead by 2sec.

    Pit stop loses you 19sec, but that’s in race conditions. given ROS couldn’t go flat out pit stop loss is probably much less. Does this mean Safety car picked HAM up in the last sector therefore slowing him down considerably comparing to ROS and did not pick ROS up after that?

    1. Michael Brown
      24th May 2015, 22:00

      Yes, Hamilton did indeed catch the safety car at the last sector, which cost him enough time to lose his lead.

    2. Hamilton also sat in box waiting for a car to pass him

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