While Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel were obviously the biggest losers on the first lap of the Mexican Grand Prix, other drivers made gains.
Among them were Stoffel Vandoorne, who picked up six places on the first lap alone. Daniel Ricciardo, who like the McLaren driver had been disadvantage by a power unit penalty, gained five. Unfortunately for him he went little further.
Vandoorne ended up ceding a position to team mate Fernando Alonso who went on to make even more progress over the full race distance, but despite gaining a total of eight places he still finished outside the points.
Esteban Ocon felt the Virtual Safety Car period cost him a podium finish to Kimi Raikkonen, who was able to pit during the VSC and lose less time. However Raikkonen was already 20 seconds up the road when the VSC was called, and was still pulling away from the Force India. Realistically he was probably going to get the final spot on the rostrum anyway.
The VSC was a greater disadvantage to the Ocon’s team mate Sergio Perez, who probably would have beaten Lance Stroll without it. As it was Perez used a ‘free’ pit stop late in the race and went on a charge, but couldn’t catch Ocon and Stroll in time to pass them.
2017 Mexican 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||8||3|
2017 Mexican 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: