Fernando Alonso, McLaren, Hungaroring, 2015

Alonso benefits from McLaren’s split decision

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[interactivecharts]Fernando Alonso, McLaren, Hungaroring, 2015Pitting for soft tyres under the Safety Car helped Fernando Alonso take the team’s best result of the season so far with fifth – but Jenson Button rued not doing the same.

Alonso was running ninth, two places ahead of his team mate when the Safety Car came out following Nico Hulkenberg’s crash. McLaren opted to bring Alonso’s car in for a set of softs while leaving Button out.

“Fitting the [soft] tyre for the final stint was the right decision for him,” Button reflected afterwards. “I didn’t stop for tyres under the Safety Car whereas pretty much everyone around me did.”

“That decision made it very difficult for me, because my used [mediums] were pretty old by the end of the race, and there were plenty of faster cars around me running fresher [softs].”

Within moments of the restart Alonso had passed Button and was on his way to fifth place. Button also finished in the points, but could only manage ninth after being passed by Nico Rosberg with three laps to go.

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2015 Hungarian Grand Prix lap chart

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

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2015drivercolours.csv

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Lewis Hamilton11010101010101010109997655555555555555444444444444444444446671312121313131312111098877666
Nico Rosberg23333333333333333333343333333333333333333333333332222222222222225109888
Sebastian Vettel3111111111111111111111211111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
Daniel Ricciardo4777777766555444444443444444455555555555555555555443333333333333333333
Kimi Raikkonen52222222222222222222221222222222222222222222222223345171616
Valtteri Bottas644444444444461611766666666666666666666666666666666131717171615151515151514141414141414141414
Daniil Kvyat7566666677777817131188888888888888889131211988887788877555444444444444222222
Felipe Massa899999999910101010101717161616161616161615151617171717171615151515151515151312121212121211111110911141414141312121212121212121212
Max Verstappen91313131313121212121212121211141211111099999999999998888799998877788776655555555555444444
Romain Grosjean1016161616151515151515151515141616151514141414141313131313131313131312131313131313131213131313131312121211109997777777766777
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Carlos Sainz Jnr121111111111111111111111111188141313121212121111111111111111111111101010111111111110109999988876677891015
Sergio Perez13888888888888977610101515151515141414141414161616151414141414141414151414141717171716161615
Pastor Maldonado14151515151617171717171717171512109991010111215181818181818181817161616161616161616151515141414141313121110101010121413131313131313131313
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Jenson Button16141414141414141414141414141315151414131313131312121212121212121212111112121212121211111010101010101010988889888889988999
Marcus Ericsson171817171717161616161616161612108171717171717171716161515151414141417171717171717171716161615151515141414131311111110999101010910101010
Felipe Nasr18191818181818181818181818181818181818181818181818171717161615151518181818181818181814171717161616161515151414121212111110111111111111111111
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2015 Hungarian Grand Prix race chart

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

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Lewis Hamilton8.76711.29213.48915.62317.67419.79922.06424.37825.85826.22928.02530.23330.60930.54430.58830.3730.04829.26131.92850.58846.13842.18229.66731.51132.59133.34934.12234.52334.3233.5332.59431.76630.82430.65430.70630.85730.66231.99932.76833.39234.6845.56263.76246.17915.05313.923.3511.7828.63811.28916.58141.19440.66846.67158.71557.30356.0255.2556.16657.43856.37655.9755.03754.17754.06855.39155.02853.54452.025
Nico Rosberg3.113.7893.9334.2754.244.4784.9095.0075.4285.9776.8997.2797.6878.5088.9869.3499.9599.7329.97513.37528.34425.11312.1213.92915.61716.18417.67518.22518.91119.30119.59820.27721.03321.99522.95323.86325.60926.67226.75326.68427.43534.36352.34137.10810.16510.6111.6771.2471.2661.2211.4171.2390.8881.0781.291.371.4441.2741.2281.2311.311.0181.42541.80563.0862.92760.63358.57158.876
Sebastian Vettel00000000000000000000014.08600000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
Daniel Ricciardo6.3258.88710.55612.45113.66415.35116.81617.97119.12919.6220.33821.49321.71922.13822.78423.5524.29224.34825.27125.9726.69941.53628.91829.9131.63932.54133.41234.13336.17237.04637.73138.38438.74939.42439.78240.44440.77641.19342.13143.57644.63956.07872.87357.5821.18520.1274.4461.963.9575.074.9094.3223.5112.8232.2162.1911.9251.9491.7681.8521.8931.6861.937.49333.42931.40428.87326.48325.084
Kimi Raikkonen1.3321.5991.6661.8541.8512.0432.2812.1752.2452.3562.3392.2952.5382.3862.5022.7292.9482.8413.2913.3240.0906.1175.6855.9256.3476.9217.2077.3257.4277.0937.297.1927.968.0458.3518.8229.1069.70210.45213.17316.98619.58922.4195.5935.9670.6090.7313.0984.7177.06112.99870.87773.09678.078
Valtteri Bottas4.4146.1587.298.99710.26211.95713.61914.9416.41617.99419.49721.01926.43147.95548.50649.50450.35550.43351.21953.42851.08148.58536.66238.33340.11141.93344.00545.31446.58848.03949.10850.44551.62953.17154.45855.81857.57861.48481.40182.45883.959103.983104.88289.23637.97922.2775.6252.51935.64363.28963.22564.00464.98466.31268.15169.10169.6870.58371.43571.64772.25672.89474.40676.18576.87377.52679.24879.89180.228
Daniil Kvyat5.6158.4519.89111.82713.10214.78416.25519.23420.93322.48224.92826.2730.79750.6951.61954.08355.35655.85756.66557.95455.86853.81342.59844.76247.05349.98452.47953.90956.00957.93259.04560.57664.77883.64782.69482.00581.51281.05683.16183.92485.17105.794105.899107.7857.36824.9077.312.8085.7536.2237.196.9196.7966.1935.5975.0254.1654.1434.5294.2253.8633.6324.1445.8335.8435.6045.5085.8415.748
Felipe Massa7.90710.94413.01415.25917.22519.39921.41123.17925.53928.33630.33832.46234.70339.53866.99669.54971.5972.76274.4476.10474.32873.0462.18764.68367.56170.6274.82378.5284.228103.646104.164104.719106.11107.468110.118112.314115.738117.408119.549121.318132.166153.729154.76155.349151.983127.28264.00928.00529.6832.22934.23136.66839.45145.52664.36464.79864.69164.65664.32464.39264.53864.21964.9965.85968.53669.80970.49572.43274.278
Max Verstappen10.21813.94516.02818.66920.44922.23823.75725.92127.76329.531.77133.80735.91540.88660.00660.56261.25561.33862.78763.05161.21858.68147.07448.56850.33852.14653.83655.06756.84159.02160.2962.163.98465.47366.88268.52772.59393.32394.25595.02996.016118.133118.0697.69650.58623.1438.1443.339.56312.47514.34115.46116.53717.50118.60922.01835.33336.13137.10537.73938.34438.6539.53740.9241.30841.84142.20143.31944.251
Romain Grosjean12.50615.91718.7122.1123.26425.56627.56229.09831.27633.29736.02837.84339.73144.77464.71466.08366.89767.50768.82971.01470.28868.21357.51560.49862.08364.25966.36167.97969.5471.16772.70874.07775.99480.94107.713109.314110.041111.085112.57113.913122.506145.647164.261157.54153.973128.33464.85428.46930.03132.76134.6337.00339.76240.91141.96143.54345.45246.52547.44548.30449.44350.31151.65452.81853.65455.07357.0557.97858.578
Nico Hulkenberg5.9017.3038.76810.77412.38314.12315.50117.06118.76321.42123.11124.5226.11727.5131.69651.74552.59653.02853.59454.50252.5350.21639.14140.67142.49544.46146.49748.21849.84751.07252.14653.55654.88356.5157.79261.96280.54180.60382.42283.46784.823
Carlos Sainz Jnr9.26412.08814.42116.6918.60320.61722.87225.14927.07928.92631.21333.00635.2337.26641.32164.12264.79165.01366.12367.06565.83565.24953.354.81256.41858.34560.11961.37163.77166.02367.41268.92970.70473.03374.87780.4101.104101.703103.434104.839106.971132.207133.399150.152146.211123.43460.99825.20826.30628.12230.24732.99834.65936.09939.67542.42447.24552.07255.29572.124
Sergio Perez6.9159.9911.93114.22315.99118.09220.38322.08224.04925.76227.60130.01833.17934.59735.91740.51359.41659.30671.52672.26970.7970.04758.98761.51264.33966.77869.61271.49674.3681.001101.288102.304104.238106.483109.489111.677113.924116.871118.936120.713130.213170.168170.402162.121157.497142.04876.97342.51443.7444.94646.32348.19557.034
Pastor Maldonado10.87715.29918.31121.68525.04228.8831.36633.85336.20538.23440.6943.34945.43447.59150.6253.79957.33358.89262.56365.39464.97364.9455.59863.08882.722102.976103.52103.498104.02104.821105.228105.909107.069108.269110.553114.421116.469117.929120.254123.268134.293177.317179.698164.828159.984133.70973.3339.12138.53238.45138.56339.36640.38243.50443.66744.39948.29853.81267.43367.95768.18167.96768.61969.26369.5270.70471.25873.0275.142
Fernando Alonso9.82413.14215.43417.99620.07423.34925.3727.37229.48230.9132.8334.62736.79938.79343.02862.60863.76664.42565.52366.19465.26962.99451.38953.22255.19557.14459.03560.29362.64364.03865.25966.52768.39170.08471.46275.64195.38998.03799.742101.641103.44127.839129.347153.298149.096126.09162.95926.76827.57128.76530.67533.47635.24436.67138.42739.76141.05341.75842.73543.47943.95944.10545.0546.07947.33148.61648.3849.14549.079
Jenson Button10.59914.59217.32720.11922.36524.90126.77328.49430.69232.59335.00636.91339.0443.99863.08965.05966.1966.91668.16369.43667.84566.48655.96958.09160.33462.4864.45765.74967.30769.18470.83272.65774.67376.7281.239100.556102.364104.241106.14107.768117.727137.374138.483151.79147.914125.0562.24226.49129.0431.12533.25435.71837.60539.11440.94843.15847.81449.86751.38552.83854.33255.60358.25560.09261.26962.75564.48666.17667.028
Marcus Ericsson12.71316.75819.86322.99925.4527.52329.82131.74433.90335.90238.12739.90741.82543.88945.73150.93771.98173.36975.05976.76475.29173.79563.11965.55168.25671.09673.13274.99477.24979.63281.50683.36989.195111.562113.59115.651118.092119.901123.582125.495138.918177.6180.558166.853162.152134.57574.04641.42741.83442.7943.75545.36246.10847.09647.79549.02350.2952.49354.02254.80556.07358.01459.74561.48962.90464.88566.1767.85369.13
Felipe Nasr13.05717.43621.11224.00626.52429.37432.20934.55236.78639.13841.7644.05846.33952.24271.54671.95173.74674.54275.81577.25775.69574.33463.71766.38569.10971.75775.17776.78478.86680.79783.13288.1111.428113.381115.425117.152121.882124.06126.899128.791142.05164.841182.094168.606163.745135.37874.79441.79743.01544.11445.2646.77748.09649.43850.38651.39652.39553.78655.76357.1858.74559.71261.54663.68465.63867.84369.46971.62773.458
Roberto Merhi12.57418.45722.76327.32332.63640.33267.83873.12278.54582.40385.87592.49996.155100.557103.851108.196111.574116.229119.74123.677123.884124.176114.936121.391126.193130.835137.344141.585147.889155.203179.893185.219189.345193.857201.128211.686215.858221.556226.034239.336264.124305.24298.412315.007281.698230.534168.959135.48137.844140.77144.491148.258151.7155.187159.309162.158165.503168.615171.287175.279181.065185.132189.218192.974196.009199.072203.293
Will Stevens14.16720.48725.17829.95234.33939.67244.35348.53652.91257.24561.82266.1170.47374.879.41984.7990.49295.401101.613105.547107.699110.418103.411108.619113.601122.24146.829149.823155.886162165.89169.779175.206180.357184.381188.944194.122197.882203.057213.232237.414279.514288.227306.01278.327227.331167.596136.541140.712145.315150.332156.849162.995170.947194.732196.992199.931202.845205.895208.512211.482216.017219.602226.544254.697

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13 comments on “Alonso benefits from McLaren’s split decision”

  1. according to their race report, decision was made by more of necessity than strategy

    As for Fernando, however, his brake temperatures began to soar after his second pit-stop, and the team made a call to clear debris from his brake ducts (a stray tear-off visor was once again discovered) and – usefully – fit a set of Option tyres.

    1. agreed, turned out to help them in the end.

  2. zoom (@zoomracing)
    27th July 2015, 4:24

    What an awful click bait headline.

    1. I don’t see what’s wrong with it?

    2. McLaren split their tyre strategy. Alonso benefit from one of the choices. Nothing wrong with the headline.

      Click bait is “Dramatic safety car and you won’t believe what happened next at McLaren”.

      1. Willem Cecchi (@)
        27th July 2015, 13:56

        Daily Fail-esque. +1

  3. Mr win or lose
    27th July 2015, 9:47

    Poor Jenson. He is usually the victim of his team’s poor strategy calls when the safety car has been deployed (e.g. Great Britain 2013, Hungary 2014). Pitting for fresh tyres was always going to be better than not pitting (and gaining just a tiny bit of track position), so I don’t understand why McLaren wanted to split strategies.

  4. The Blade Runner (@)
    27th July 2015, 11:07

    I don’t think we can read a lot into McLaren’s improved finishing positions. Good fortune played a huge part in getting both drivers into the points.

    If you consider that Hamilton, Rosberg and Bottas finished out of position due to “collision related issues” and that Raikkonen, Perez and Hulkenberg got DNFs. Without these McLaren would have more likely been circa 11th and 15th.

    Hardly a significantly positive indicator. Especially on a track that was more likely to suit them than others on the calendar.

    1. Chris Zarate
      27th July 2015, 17:46

      The real improvement is that Mclaren-Honda finished the race without any part blowing up on a track that has little room for cooling… The data alone is very valuable most notably the harnessing and deploying the energy which they did well, the evidence is the engine noise which sound a lot better on lift off compared to 3 to 4 races ago… They themsleves admit that the points are a present and luck played a huge role, so please don’t put the team down by negating their efforts by stating facts that everyone already knows about, give them a break cause they really could use one.

  5. I’ve just realised that if Whiting had let the lapped cars overtake 1/2 a lap earlier (and on the pit straight which was now clear, but they went through the pits again) that Alonso actually could have had a chance to finish in 3rd ahead of Verstappen and Ricciardo!

    1. It also allowed Mercedes to rescue points from the weekend…

    2. @fastiesty
      Alonso finished 24 seconds behind Ricciardo in the end, but he was 26.77 seconds behind the leader when the SC got called in on lap 48.

      Had the safety car stayed out one more lap and had the lapped pack been able to close up to the leaders, with to Verstappen’s penalty and Ricciardo’s front wing change, Alonso could have seriously been on the podium today!

      1. Miguel López
        28th July 2015, 12:29

        SC Rules changed. Charlie don´t have to wait for the other cars. Would have be nice to see FA attacking MV.

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