Sebastian Vettel’s 16-place climb from the back of the grid to fourth is the biggest position gain we’ve seen from grid place to finishing position all year long.
The Ferrari driver got almost half his work done on the first lap of the race. He gained seven position before lap two began, aided of course by the unfortunate retirement of his team mate.
He continued his progress by taking another place off Nico Hulkenberg. After spending a few laps stuck behind Fernando Alonso he took the McLaren driver he then got stuck in, passing Kevin Magnussen, the Williams pair and Stoffel Vandoorne for sixth. He took a little longer to catch Sergio Perez before taking the Force India for fifth.
He gained his final position from Valtteri Bottas via his pit stop. But after reeling in Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull he was unable to make a move stick.
After a couple of goes Vettel dropped back at a rapid rate. Nonetheless, salvaging fourth position from his lowly starting place was useful damage limitation.
2017 Malaysian 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||14||-1|
2017 Malaysian 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: