2016 Malaysian Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps

2016 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Nico Rosberg set the fastest lap of the Malaysian Grand Prix – and it helped him secure third place.

Rosberg needed to pull out a ten-second lead over Kimi Raikkonen after being given a penalty for his collision with the Ferrari driver.

The Mercedes driver asked to use the ‘strat three’ engine mode as he pushed to draw clear of the Ferrari and was given permission to enable it for a couple of laps. He eventually finished 13 seconds ahead, guaranteeing him the final place on the podium and an extra three points.

2016 Malaysian 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 Malaysian Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Nico RosbergMercedes1’36.42444
2Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’37.3760.95244
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’37.4491.02544
4Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’37.4661.04247
5Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1’37.7931.36943
6Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Honda1’38.2911.86744
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’38.5952.17131
8Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Honda1’38.7402.31651
9Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1’39.1992.77553
10Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso-Ferrari1’39.2432.81944
11Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’39.3282.90451
12Jolyon PalmerRenault1’39.3502.92653
13Pascal WehrleinManor-Mercedes1’39.6533.22955
14Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1’39.7813.35755
15Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Ferrari1’39.7983.37443
16Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’39.9203.49653
17Felipe NasrSauber-Ferrari1’40.4904.06643
18Esteban OconManor-Mercedes1’41.4675.04345
19Esteban GutierrezHaas-Ferrari1’41.7755.35137
20Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’42.1425.7187
21Kevin MagnussenRenault1’43.3796.9553
22Sebastian VettelFerrari

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9 comments on “2016 Malaysian Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps”

  1. What I don’t is how behind virtual safety car, both times verstappen made gains against verstappen, on the first stop he didn’t lose 24 seconds in the pit, but only about 16, OK the other drivers were driving to a delta, he so was he on in and out of last – he seemed to jump start the restart against kimi. On the second virtual safety car, he was released from his stop 5.5 seconds after ricciardo which would have grown during the 5.5 seconds earlier ricciardo had turned off the pit lane limiter, yet when virtual safety car was turned off, verstappen was only 2.5 seconds behind Riccardo? Do they police the cars speeds in VSC?

    1. I meant verstappen against *Riccardo

    2. If Max cheated on the virtual safety that would have been visible on his car camera. Kimi was not paying attention while Max accelerated exactly at the right time after the virtual safety. It was shown on tv.

    3. he seemed to jump start the restart against Kimi

      Looks fine from the onboard:


    4. “On the second virtual safety car, he was released from his stop 5.5 seconds after ricciardo which would have grown during the 5.5 seconds earlier ricciardo had turned off the pit lane limiter, yet when virtual safety car was turned off, verstappen was only 2.5 seconds behind Riccardo?”

      They are allowed to accelerate at the same time, so how faster you go, the smaller the gap is (in time, not in meters). Also the other way around: when the VSC was deplyed, the gap became bigger.

    5. @kpcart I’m not here defending one driver over the other, but two of your facts are not facts at all. First has been mentioned by others, about jumping the restart against Kimi. One thing I do want to mention about that: if you look closely on the restart, you can see that Kimi is really sleeping, also visible by the line he takes. He just really wasn’t expecting the restart just yet. Or he expected to restart from the start/finish line. Either way, his loss.

      Second thing is the about the pit stop: that Verstappen lost only 16 seconds is not true. Multiple sources have mentioned the average pit stop here takes around 23 seconds. You cannot gain 7 seconds without significantly speeding in the pit lane. And even when he would’ve had a mega pit stop, he would not have gained more than a second standing still compared to any other driver. After all, most stops are between 2.5 and 3.5 secs. There’s just not that much to gain, it’s very restricted in terms of entry and exit speed, pit lane speed and the time standing still. To say it otherwise: you can only really lose time at the pit stop.

      And in regards of your last comment, I don’t know the facts, but I do have an answer to your question by quoting the FIA rule book on two points:
      “Under the VSC, drivers must reduce their speed and stay above a minimum time set by the FIA at least once in each marshalling sector. Stewards can impose penalties for any transgressions.”
      “Drivers must not drive unnecessarily slowly, erratically or in a manner that could be deemed potentially dangerous to other competitors. Drivers may not pit, unless it is to change tyres. They are also not permitted to overtake, except if another driver in front enters the pit lane or slows with an obvious problem.”

  2. Verstappen is the Stewards’ little favorite boy.

    1. A little more respect for the best racecar driver in the world please.

  3. That fastest lap of the race from Rosberg looks totally insane!

    Like 1 sec faster than second fastest.
    And 2 (two !) seconds faster than Hamilton’s fastest.

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