Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, Shanghai International Circuit, 2016

2016 Chinese Grand Prix lap charts

2016 Chinese Grand Prix lap charts

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Unsurprisingly it was Lewis Hamilton who gained the most places during the Chinese Grand Prix. He finished 15 spots higher than he started, but nonetheless was disappointed not to have got further from his starting position at the rear of the field.

Nico Hulkenberg made the most progress on the first lap, taking advantage of the collisions in front of him to leap up to fifth place having started thirteenth. Team mate Sergio Perez also gained ground and was running one place ahead of the other Force India at the end of lap one.

But as with Williams in Bahrain, Force India weren’t able to deliver on their first-lap gains: Both drivers finished lower than they started, and out of the points.

2016 Chinese Grand Prix lap chart

The positions of each driver on every lap. Toggle drivers using controls below:

Position change summary

DriverStart positionLap one position changeRace position change
Lewis Hamilton22115
Nico Rosberg1-10
Sebastian Vettel4-42
Kimi Raikkonen3-17-2
Felipe Massa1034
Valtteri Bottas5-5-5
Daniel Ricciardo21-2
Daniil Kvyat633
Nico Hulkenberg138-2
Sergio Perez73-4
Kevin Magnussen1730
Jolyon Palmer193-3
Max Verstappen9-31
Carlos Sainz Jnr82-1
Marcus Ericsson154-1
Felipe Nasr16-6-4
Fernando Alonso11-2-1
Jenson Button123-1
Pascal Wehrlein2163
Rio Haryanto202-1
Romain Grosjean14-5-5
Esteban Gutierrez1814

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2016 Chinese Grand Prix race chart

The gaps between each driver on every lap compared to the leader’s average lap time. Very large gaps omitted. Scroll to zoom, drag to pan and right-click to reset. Toggle drivers using controls below:

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9 comments on “2016 Chinese Grand Prix lap charts”

  1. At least the mcLarens were not lapped for once.

    1. Yes. That is their silver lining. But Fernando’s fastest lap was slower than both the Manors’ fastest lap.

  2. Messiest lap chart I have ever seen, I think! I guess that’s a good thing

  3. Been a while since we’ve had a combo of such a dominating leader, yet surprisingly few lapped cars.
    Impressed with a full 22 circulating at the end, and no one lapped more than once.
    Does this show that despite the continued Mercedes dominance, things are actually closing up?

    1. Yes, Manor has improved a lot, so now they’re lapped only once instead of 2 or 3 times per race. Actually, there is a huge midfield with disappointing teams like Force India, surprises like Haas and Manor, and teams like McLaren, Renault and Sauber. There is surprisingly little in between these teams, unlike last year.

      1. Agree. Manor have definitely improved a lot. I remember that they were dead last, and a few laps down at the end of every race last year, despite drivers in mid field teams who lost a lap due to 1st lap incidents. I think Mclaren needs to learn a lesson or two from Manor on how to really improve over the winter. 

        1. Just one lesson, actually: Buy a Mercedes engine. That’s all the winter improvement Manor had. But McLaren are understandably reluctant to follow that path.

  4. I think extra set of softs would keep Daniil ahead of Seb.

  5. I have tried hard, but I have only managed to see one driver going faster that the leader for several laps. Quite surprisingly, that driver is Grosjean (laps 45-49). Two conclusions might be drawn from that:
    1. The Mercedes are still on a league of their own. Even when they’re cruising, nobody goes faster.
    2. Those guys at Haas must know something the rest doesn’t. They’re doing something very, very well.

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