Perez slips to fifth after strong start

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[interactivecharts]Sergio Perez had his Force India in the lead for a few seconds at Spa-Francorchamps. Although he slipped back to fifth at the flag, that is still Force India’s best result of the season so far.

Perez got the jump on Valtteri Bottas and Nico Rosberg at the start, but Lewis Hamilton resisted his attempt to take the lead as they sprinted towards Les Combes for the first time.

Hamilton quickly left the Force India behind – by lap six the gap was almost five seconds. Meanwhile Perez was coming under pressure from Ricciardo behind, and when the Red Bull driver pitted after half-a-dozen laps Force India responded.

They weren’t quick enough to stop Ricciardo getting ahead. But Perez took another set of softs while Ricciardo opted for mediums, and within three laps the Mercedes-powered cars straight-line speed and grip advantage got him back ahead.

Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes easily jumped him at this time. Perez’s pace on his second set of soft tyres also wasn’t enough to keep Grosjean behind: the Lotus driver quickly caught and passed him.

Perez had lost another place to Sebastian Vettel’s one-stopping Ferrari, but his late tyre failure promoted Perez one place. However by then he’d also been passed by Daniil Kvyat, who had switched to fresher tyres.

“Fifth place and ten points is a good result,” said Perez, “but we just lacked the pace to really fight for the podium today”.

“My start was very strong and I was close to taking the lead on lap one when I was alongside Lewis after Eau Rouge. I settled into a good rhythm, but we had very high degradation on the soft tyres in the first two stints.”

“It was a bit better on the medium, although we struggled in the middle sector with our low downforce set-up and that hurt my pace. We were racing some quick cars and it was hard to fight off Grosjean and Kvyat, so it’s clear we need to analyse our performance and see where we can improve.”

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2015 Belgian Grand Prix lap chart

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

https://www.racefans.net/charts/2015drivercolours.csv

0 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
Lewis Hamilton 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Nico Rosberg 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Valtteri Bottas 3 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 10 12 8 8 7 7 7 9 11 11 11 11 10 10 11 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 9 9
Sergio Perez 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 8 6 5 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 5 9 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 5 5
Daniel Ricciardo 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 11 6 5 4 5 5 5 4 4 4 5 5
Felipe Massa 6 9 8 8 8 8 9 9 7 9 10 10 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 7 6 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 6 6
Pastor Maldonado 7 7
Sebastian Vettel 8 6 5 5 5 5 5 4 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 6 6 6 6 6 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 12
Romain Grosjean 9 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 5 4 7 7 6 6 6 5 5 5 4 4 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3
Carlos Sainz Jnr 10 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17
Nico Hulkenberg 11
Daniil Kvyat 12 11 10 9 9 9 8 8 6 7 9 9 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 7 10 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 6 5 4 4
Marcus Ericsson 13 10 9 10 11 12 12 12 12 11 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10
Felipe Nasr 14 16 15 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 12 16 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11
Will Stevens 15 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
Kimi Raikkonen 16 13 12 12 12 11 11 11 9 5 4 6 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 8 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 7 7
Roberto Merhi 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 16 15 15 15 15 17 17 16 16 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15
Max Verstappen 18 12 11 11 10 10 10 10 8 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 9 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 8 8
Jenson Button 19 15 14 15 15 15 15 15 15 14 14 14 17 17 17 15 15 15 15 15 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14
Fernando Alonso 20 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 14 16 15 13 13 13 13 13 13 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13

2015 Belgian Grand Prix race chart

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

https://www.racefans.net/charts/2015drivercolours.csv

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
Lewis Hamilton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.084 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nico Rosberg 3.848 4.555 4.83 5.468 6.428 6.855 7.401 8.577 8.331 7.527 7.288 11.351 18.152 4.102 3.428 3.413 3.19 3.284 3.497 3.482 3.197 2.279 2.625 3.278 4.157 4.847 5.047 5.402 5.529 1.369 0 5.701 5.182 5.094 4.887 4.65 4.432 4.419 4.1 4.091 3.942 3.277 2.058
Valtteri Bottas 4.049 6.369 7.145 8.644 10.329 12.309 14.487 22.681 36.583 36.281 35.951 35.443 30.322 17.902 23.751 33.305 35.136 36.676 37.593 39.028 53.706 54.981 54.297 55.356 56.461 56.698 56.725 57.116 57.982 52.562 45.922 41.128 43.019 45.457 47.801 49.894 51.098 52.465 55.883 57.243 58.337 60.296 61.04
Sergio Perez 1.443 1.601 2.061 2.687 3.719 4.891 6.109 12.263 26.573 25.846 26.161 25.35 20.911 8.666 10.117 11.749 13.649 16.118 18.286 26.272 50.69 38.955 38.434 39.111 39.937 40.756 40.99 41.547 41.499 36.531 30.688 26.353 28.529 31.056 33.809 36.954 38.802 40.874 42.917 45.163 48.561 52.216 53.997
Daniel Ricciardo 2.529 2.753 3.165 3.836 4.518 5.581 11.1 25.227 25.526 24.893 25.634 26.723 22.491 10.528 12.744 14.396 15.983 19.236 20.752
Felipe Massa 5.833 7.868 8.819 10.45 12.663 15.614 17.78 20.732 27.228 40.951 40.36 39.553 34.483 22.172 23.334 24.73 26.273 28.55 29.739 30.642 42.384 42.699 41.462 41.527 42.147 42.755 42.741 43.373 43.436 37.943 31.864 27.026 29.326 32.002 34.597 37.616 39.663 41.902 43.629 46.964 49.222 52.821 55.283
Pastor Maldonado 4.869
Sebastian Vettel 4.499 5.566 5.937 7.022 7.963 8.978 9.45 10.674 11.413 11.776 12.426 13.57 10.002 3.975 17.659 19.108 20.431 21.612 22.486 23.083 27.769 23.124 23.191 23.904 25.397 26.612 27.588 28.696 29.168 24.368 18.261 13.727 16.036 19.293 22.411 25.374 27.12 28.843 31.125 32.943 34.837 103.592
Romain Grosjean 5.375 6.924 7.761 9.216 10.978 12.734 14.928 16.684 22.515 34.435 33.857 32.45 27.146 14.315 15.358 16.192 16.722 17.713 18.783 18.801 24.742 28.366 27.993 28.396 29.495 30.676 31.107 32.292 33.065 28.761 22.416 17.482 19.593 22.093 24.66 27.223 28.228 29.652 31.716 33.5 35.589 37.044 37.988
Nico Hulkenberg
Daniil Kvyat 7.212 9.08 9.769 11.507 13.353 14.16 15.721 19.341 25.906 39.726 39.262 38.477 33.169 20.933 22.291 23.869 25.779 27.498 28.51 29.692 38.637 31.863 32.859 34.929 37.365 39.122 44.871 57.467 55.655 49.167 41.682 35.539 35.915 37.191 38.231 39.699 40.169 42.425 44.17 45.589 45.332 46.107 45.692
Marcus Ericsson 6.416 8.55 11.083 14.036 17.544 20.436 23.014 26.755 33.791 50.153 50.975 51.955 48.649 37.422 39.999 43.009 46.602 49.319 51.348 53.588 66.595 54.793 57.447 59.896 62.968 65.615 67.683 74.917 91.308 85.007 78.315 73.114 74.409 76.692 79.056 81.845 83.055 84.607 85.935 87.278 88.579 90.165 91.234
Felipe Nasr 10.373 15.252 17.234 21.319 24.987 28.642 31.766 35.626 40.451 49.021 64.342 64.157 59.33 47.406 50.094 53.252 56.044 58.68 61.034 68.185 77.169 65.445 67.337 69.709 73.043 75.72 82.608 95.761 94.908 89.155 82.106 76.763 78.389 81.264 84.07 87.397 89.503 90.951 91.905 94.019 96.714 99.44 102.311
Will Stevens 13.383 18.298 23.739 29.01 34.057 39.138 44.011 49.567 55.109 60.054 65.396 70.231 70.456 63.316 70.744 82.556 101.35 105.464 109.504 131.174 126.042 118.237 122.21 126.985 132 136.748 141.168 148.12 153.215 158.366 170.909 170.149 175.111 181.054 186.676 192.302 196.997 203.364 209.32 214.023 219.178 223.398
Kimi Raikkonen 8.9 10.327 12.274 14.455 16.064 17.743 19.247 21.741 24.121 24.06 29.539 41.101 36.262 23.577 24.449 25.757 27.143 29.168 30.316 31.446 43.378 43.904 43.117 43.87 44.125 44.78 45.021 45.772 46.123 40.317 33.96 29.046 30.675 33.444 36.304 39.083 41.814 43.889 45.663 48.124 50.283 53.418 55.703
Roberto Merhi 11.34 16.987 22.246 27.42 32.198 37.288 41.89 47.366 52.309 56.902 61.915 67.06 67.577 60.566 72.23 91.112 95.664 100.38 104.809 125.174 121.296 112.424 118.471 122.93 127.982 132.844 137.3 142.052 152.812 166.352 163.717 161.914 167.952 174.07 179.595 185.027 189.477 193.7 197.835 202.055 208.441 212.447
Max Verstappen 8.384 9.526 11.714 12.583 14.298 16.328 18.234 21.221 27.911 44.227 44.234 43.075 38.226 25.413 26.52 27.669 29.437 31.015 32.185 33.226 44.606 44.949 44.458 45.114 46.019 46.979 47.443 48.325 49.193 44.369 38.451 38.506 51.595 52.516 53.139 53.667 53.353 53.11 54.008 53.951 53.605 53.756 56.076
Jenson Button 10.106 14.877 19.658 24.635 28.981 33.862 38.012 42.85 47.512 52.177 60.69 76.544 74.08 63.936 67.707 71.41 75.767 79.853 83.957 101.18 111.735 99.942 101.64 104.638 108.005 111.02 114.967 117.978 123.761 121.452 118.193 117.89 123.646 130.218 140.864 157.685 159.78 161.34 163.218 165.329 169.438 172.793
Fernando Alonso 9.667 13.238 16.417 20.122 24.251 27.877 31.023 39.055 54.261 56.136 57.982 59.461 56.609 45.959 49.17 52.649 56.809 60.478 63.567 75.445 91.182 78.01 79.018 81.051 83.58 85.968 87.558 89.694 91.879 88.59 85.037 86.663 104.678 105.866 109.443 114.522 116.786 119.356 120.972 123.685 126.866 128.875

NB. Carlos Sainz Jnr’s data not shown due to his first lap delay.

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9 comments on “Perez slips to fifth after strong start”

  1. Max pass 8 cars in the first 4 laps!
    Ant really exited about Max in this video.

    1. I don’t know if I read this right, but it’s looks like Max on lap 33-42 were matching Mercedes pace.

      1. If only STR pitted Verstappen 2 laps earlier for softs, he would have been able to finish 5th. Just look at Kvyat’s pace until the end. Expensive ‘blooper’ on STR side.

      2. Yes the speed of Max was close but between the 12th and 16th laps he was closing the gap ! as did quiet a few drivers and the only inconstancies are Kimi loss of position and the shape of the leader profile , a straight line ! then at the 16th lap all change and pull away again ! tactics !

    2. Ease up on stats like that. Those 8 are not all they seem to be.
      Hulkenberg didn’t start
      Sainz pitted before start
      Maldonado dropped out with engine problem
      Stevens and Merhi – wow what an achievement.
      That leaves us with Kimi who got blocked out of turn 1 and Nasr and Ericsson.

      1. He actually overtook 6 cars on track on the first lap after he lost two places to the fast-starting McLarens.

  2. Thank you so much mr. Arai for such a performance boost…
    On par with Ferrari as we can see, Fernando finishing just behind Vettel, what a result!

    1. I think he meant last year’s Ferrari…

  3. The midfield was incredibly compact.

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