Lance Stroll gained the most places during the Singapore Grand Prix. The Williams drive finished eighth after starting 18th.
Like almost every other driver on the grid, Stroll gained three places at the start when the Ferrari drivers and Max Verstappen crashed into each other.
Stroll was then among the first drivers to switch to slick tyres, following team mate Felipe Massa and Kevin Magnussen. The latter eventually retired. However the key to Stroll’s progress was that he was able to stay out at the start after beginning the race on intermediates.
Sergio Perez made the most progress at the start, climbing eight places to fourth. He slipped back to fifth by the time the chequered flag fell.
2017 Singapore 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||10||1||6|
2017 Singapore 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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4 comments on “2017 Singapore Grand Prix interactive lap charts”
17th September 2017, 18:16
Splitting strategies was a clever move by Williams, as was pitting Massa for dry tyres before Stroll to see if the track is really dry enough. But they’ve also missed out on the opportunity of scoring points with both their cars by failing to pit Massa for Inters during the second Safety Car period, when they had nothing to lose (as there were only the two Saubers and Grosjean behind him). Toro Rosso are now just 7 points behind them, and Renault 17 points. This could cost them dearly.
Sauber made a similar, but worse mistake with Wehrlein (not for the first time, I might add) by leaving him out even though he was losing around 10 seconds per lap. But that didn’t really matter, as there was no way they were going to beat any other car today.
And then there’s Renault. Pitting both cars one lap too late under the second Safety Car, trading 3rd and 5th for 5th and 7th. Hülkenberg looked like he might’ve been able to keep Bottas at bay, had he had the track position, so even with Hülkenberg’s problems and eventual retirement, Palmer might’ve had a tiny chance of finishing on the podium, as he had been ahead of Bottas as well before that strategic error.
The story of this GP is a story of missed chances, not only at the sharp end of the grid, but especially in the midfield.
Ben Rowe (@thegianthogweed)
17th September 2017, 18:29
Sauber always seem to risk strange strategies with one of their drivers. Sometimes it works out well, like it did is Spain with Wehrlein and sometimes it doesn’t. The team made Ericsson do well over 60 laps on softs in Hungary I think. That is insane! It just didn’t work out.
17th September 2017, 19:49
I think I can only agree with the first part of your reply. Sauber do split their strategies regularly, sometimes in quite extreme ways.
But I think that there is a fundamental difference on the one hand between an extreme strategy that eventually failed (like Ericsson’s in Hungary, where it looked like Ericsson’s strategy could at least keep him ahead of Wehrlein, until he was caught 7 laps from the end, without any dramatic drop in lap times, and they immediately pitted Ericsson when he was caught), and on the other hand strategies that definitely make no sense at all and look like Sauber have forgotten or are ignoring one of their drivers (as in Silverstone, where they pitted Ericsson, who had been losing 3 seconds/lap, but left Wehrlein out on track even though his tyres had clearly hit the cliff even before Ericsson’s pit stop, only pitting him 3 laps after Ericsson, losing him 28 seconds in 4 laps, in the middle of the race, with no reason to stretch the stint. Today was no different. Ericsson overtook Wehrlein on lap 17 with fresh Inters. So far, so normal. But it stops making sense after that. They let Wehrlein lose over 50 seconds in the next 4 laps before reacting …).
So, in shorter words: Huge difference between a gamble and abandoning a car on the track.
And, more to the point: I’ve never seen the latter happen to Ericsson.
17th September 2017, 23:45
If not for the Safety Cars Hamilton could have won this race more than a minute ahead of everyone bar Ricciardo. Incredible. And the same happened at Brazil last year and Japan 2014.
The guy is just that much better than everyone else on the conditions. Verstappen can be as good, but he is barely racing this year.
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