The Mercedes drivers headed the fastest lap chart at the European Grand Prix despite the fact neither felt the need to push hard in the closing stages of the race.
However behind them the Red Bull drivers had problems. Their lap times went off quickly, forcing an early pit stop. However their lap times were little better after they switched from the super-soft to the soft tyres.
That led the team to bring its drivers in for a second stop, changing to the harder medium compound tyres, on which they were more competitive.
Tyre strategy was also much on Sebastian Vettel’s mind. When he was told to pit early in the race he challenged the decision and chose to stay out for longer. He finished second.
2016 European Grand Prix lap times
All the lap times by the drivers (in seconds, very slow laps excluded). Scroll to zoom, drag to pan and toggle drivers using the control below:
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2016 European Grand Prix fastest laps
Each driver’s fastest lap:
|Rank||Driver||Car||Fastest lap||Gap||On lap|
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||1’46.973||0.488||50|
|4||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||1’46.990||0.505||45|
|12||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||1’47.736||1.251||51|
|15||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1’48.012||1.527||37|
|16||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’48.804||2.319||31|
|22||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’53.167||6.682||2|
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