2016 Monaco Grand Prix lap charts

2016 Monaco Grand Prix

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Making up places isn’t easy in Monaco. Even with the unpredictable conditions and drivers dropping back due to collisions, only one driver improved on his starting position by more than four places.

That was Pascal Wehrlein, who started on the back row. Up at the sharp end places are even harder to come by, which makes Sergio Perez’s rise to third even more remarkable.

The Force India driver made his own call on the timing of his switch to intermediates tyres and it paid off handsomely, lifting him ahead of other drivers who had swapped tyres sooner but become stuck behind those still on full wets.

An early change to slicks cemented Perez’s hold on third position, handing him and Force India their first podium appearance of the year.

2016 Monaco Grand Prix lap chart

The positions of each driver on every lap. Scroll to zoom, drag to pan, click name to highlight, right-click to reset. Toggle drivers using controls below:

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2016 Monaco 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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  • 8 comments on “2016 Monaco Grand Prix lap charts”

    1. “Making up places isn’t easy in Monaco. Even with the unpredictable conditions and drivers dropping back due to collisions, only one driver improved on his starting position by more than four places. That was Pascal Wehrlein, who started on the front row.”

      Boy, that is mighty impressive. Not only to start on the front row in a Manor, but also gaining more than four places after that front row start! ;)

    2. Vettel’s “undercut” is what cost him the race, ultimately. They pitted him early onto inters in an attempt to get out of the front-running traffic and put some fast laps in, but he ran into Massa (who had terrible pace) from laps 12-20ish and that cost him 20-odd seconds. I guess Ferrari didn’t count on Massa staying out so long and (being Monaco) it was impossible to pass.

      It’s frustrating, because his pace was right up there and he could have had a podium at the very least.

    3. This chart shows the extent to which Red Bull race strategy guys failed in this race. There are three major errors and one minor error:
      Lap 22: Major error – Riccardo called in for Inters. There was no reason to bring Daniel in. He had an 11 second gap to Lewis and was holding it steady. Nico had just pitted for Inters and was 44 seconds further behind.
      Lap 30: Minor error – Riccardo was not called in for dry tyres. He was being held up by Lewis and it was clearly approaching dry tyre stage. There was a 27 second gap to Nico behind who was still on Inters. I call this a minor error as it wasn’t clear that dry tyres could be better than Lewis’s Wets.
      Lap 32: Two major errors – late call to pit Riccardo and also the tyres were switched from S to SS. I identify this as two separate errors because if either of them had been avoided then Daniel would have exited the pit lane in the lead. Lewis switched to US on lap 31 which should have instantly started the process for getting the next tyres ready. Moreover changing to SS was completely unnecessary – track position, not race pace is the primary consideration in Monaco.

      1. @ad Red Bull just called in Verstappen for inters and he was driving fastest lap after fastest lap. Ricciardo was two seconds slower on full wets. I guess that’s why they called him in.

        1. Except Ricciardo wasn’t racing Verstappen. Track position at Monaco is more important than outright pace. The Red Bull race engineer was completely outplayed by an opposing team’s engineer for the second race in a row. I bet he or she would fail to win a hand of poker against a five year old child.

          1. There was nothing wrong with his strategy, he didn’t loose the race because of it

    4. There was definitely a large error in the strategy when you give up the lead at Monaco without any real reason. There was a steady gap to Hamilton so it would have been better to wait and see if/when Hamilton pitted and then come in on the same lap or the following lap. If the gap was smaller… Like 2 seconds then I would agree that putting first could make sense to defend against the undercut.

      1. Hamilton did stop for the US, and on inters 1 or 2 laps late would cause even more drama for Reds, they did the right call but messed up the tire switch, plane… Strategy was spot on, just applying it among the team communication shambles lost the race, even by a small margin..

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