Passes on both Renault drivers helped Sergio Perez gain the most places of any driver during the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The Force India driver moved up eleven places over the course of a race in which no one else gained more than four. Five of those came on the first lap, but after that he picked off Jolyon Palmer as he continued to rise through the order.
As the team acknowledged the timing of the Safety Car played into Perez’s hands as it allowed him to get his first pit stop out of the way with minimal time loss. Crucially they used it to put on another set of super-soft tyres, committing to a further stop later in the race, but giving Perez a grip advantage at the restart which he used to pass Marcus Ericsson and Hulkenberg.
2017 Bahrain Grand Prix lap chart
The positions of each driver on every lap. Click name to highlight, right-click to reset. Toggle drivers using controls below:
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|Driver||Start position||Lap one position change||Race position change|
|Carlos Sainz Jnr||16||5|
2017 Bahrain 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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