Australian GP interactive data: Lap charts, times and tyres

2018 Australian Grand Prix

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Analyse all the key data from the Australian Grand Prix:

2018 Australian 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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2018 Australian Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1’25.945 53
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’26.373 0.428 56
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’26.444 0.499 49
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’26.469 0.524 52
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1’26.880 0.935 53
6 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Renault 1’26.958 1.013 56
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 1’26.978 1.033 56
8 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’27.019 1.074 53
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1’27.081 1.136 56
10 Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1’27.600 1.655 56
11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’27.633 1.688 50
12 Carlos Sainz Jnr Renault 1’27.944 1.999 50
13 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso-Honda 1’28.176 2.231 56
14 Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1’28.511 2.566 54
15 Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.759 2.814 55
16 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1’28.805 2.860 22
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1’29.534 3.589 20
18 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 1’30.649 4.704 12
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1’32.210 6.265 3
20 Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 1’32.573 6.628 2

2018 Australian 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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2018 Australian 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:

Position change

Driver Start position Lap one position change Race position change
Lewis Hamilton 1 0 -1
Valtteri Bottas 15 0 7
Sebastian Vettel 3 0 2
Kimi Raikkonen 2 0 -1
Daniel Ricciardo 8 0 4
Max Verstappen 4 -1 -2
Sergio Perez 12 0 1
Esteban Ocon 14 1 2
Lance Stroll 13 -1 -1
Sergey Sirotkin 19 0
Nico Hulkenberg 7 0 0
Carlos Sainz Jnr 9 0 -1
Pierre Gasly 20 3
Brendon Hartley 16 -4 1
Romain Grosjean 6 0
Kevin Magnussen 5 1
Fernando Alonso 10 0 5
Stoffel Vandoorne 11 0 2
Marcus Ericsson 17 1
Charles Leclerc 18 0 5

2018 Australian Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3
Sebastian Vettel Ultra soft (26) Soft (32)
Lewis Hamilton Ultra soft (19) Soft (39)
Kimi Raikkonen Ultra soft (18) Soft (40)
Daniel Ricciardo Super soft (26) Soft (32)
Fernando Alonso Ultra soft (26) Soft (32)
Max Verstappen Super soft (21) Soft (37)
Nico Hulkenberg Ultra soft (24) Soft (34)
Valtteri Bottas Ultra soft (25) Super soft (33)
Stoffel Vandoorne Ultra soft (25) Super soft (33)
Carlos Sainz Jnr Ultra soft (22) Soft (36)
Sergio Perez Ultra soft (24) Soft (34)
Esteban Ocon Ultra soft (23) Soft (35)
Charles Leclerc Super soft (20) Soft (7) Ultra soft (31)
Lance Stroll Super soft (25) Soft (4) Ultra soft (29)
Brendon Hartley Super soft (1) Soft (21) Ultra soft (35)
Romain Grosjean Ultra soft (24) Super soft (0)
Kevin Magnussen Ultra soft (22) Super soft (0)
Pierre Gasly Ultra soft (13)
Marcus Ericsson Super soft (5)
Sergey Sirotkin Super soft (4)

2018 Australian Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 20.953 21
2 Lance Stroll Williams 21.397 0.444 29
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 21.421 0.468 18
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 21.440 0.487 26
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 21.664 0.711 25
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 21.787 0.834 26
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 21.821 0.868 19
8 Esteban Ocon Force India 21.854 0.901 23
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 21.983 1.030 22
10 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 22.213 1.260 1
11 Charles Leclerc Sauber 22.242 1.289 20
12 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 22.296 1.343 22
13 Sergio Perez Force India 22.327 1.374 24
14 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 22.474 1.521 25
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren 22.573 1.620 26
16 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 22.628 1.675 24
17 Charles Leclerc Sauber 22.836 1.883 27
18 Romain Grosjean Haas 23.054 2.101 24
19 Carlos Sainz Jnr Renault 23.868 2.915 22
20 Lance Stroll Williams 25.504 4.551 25

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Keith Collantine
Lifelong motor sport fan Keith set up RaceFans in 2005 - when it was originally called F1 Fanatic. Having previously worked as a motoring...

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21 comments on “Australian GP interactive data: Lap charts, times and tyres”

  1. Woohoo, lap charts. My single greatest unapologetic guilty pleasure.
    Good idea to combine the lap times and history charts into a single post, this idea gets a thumbs up from me.

    1. … and the pit stop and tyre information as well. This post is the new centrepiece of a weekend.

      1. Agreed, I have wanted this for a while (all collated) and didn’t understand why it was spread out over so many articles!

        The only improvement I would like to add to this would be to remove the first lap time and two laps from pit-in and pit-out lap times from the fastest lap times chart, so the peaks at those places don’t make all the interesting data squashed at the bottom of the graph and virtually unreadable. I know you can zoom in but then you can’t see the trend across the whole GP distance.

        1. Agree, that would make the graph much more readable.

        2. @madman
          Definitely agree with the original point of having all the information together in one article. I’ve always found the interactive graphs on this site to be an excellent feature.
          And yes it can be difficult to read with the data all squashed together, but @keithcollantine has designed it so we can add or remove each driver from the graph which can help make it clearer.
          Personally I like to see the pit in-lap & out-lap times which are very interesting IMO. I have read that Schumi used to practice his in & out-laps almost obsessively as he felt they were very important. Since F1 is a team sport, for me the pit-lap times are an indication of how well the pit teams are working together on top of how well individual drivers are doing. Having said all that, it’s really just a matter of personal preference. Perhaps if enough RaceFans users agree with you Keith might consider doing a separate graph with the laps around the pit-stops removed?
          (Apologies for the ridiculously late reply. I’m currently trying to catch up on 6+ weeks worth of email after starting a new job with some killer hours. Less than 3 weeks worth to go now. :-$ )

          1. @f1alleycat, I agree the pit times and in and out laps are definitely interesting and useful to know… Maybe they could be added to the pit time tables instead of the lap time graph so we don’t lose it?
            Easier said than done I am sure haha and appreciate all the work that goes into this site (thanks @keithcollantine and team) , just throwing ideas around :-)

          2. @madman
            Good idea! Adding the in & out laps plus the laps on either side of them to the pit timetable would be a great compromise.
            Who said us F1 fans can’t agree on things? Lol. :-D

  2. The only thing in which Williams will hold the #1 status this season, LOL.

  3. Vettel fan 17 (@)
    26th March 2018, 11:44

    Excellent job as always

    1. @vettelfan17 Thanks very much – sorry it’s later than usual, aiming to improve that for future races.

      1. @keithcollantine I think you need a bit correction on Verstappen data in tyre strategy and pit stop time, Keith.

  4. I never got to see it on tv, but based on live timing and your charts it looks like Leclerc and Stroll had a fun race together. I’m happy to see Sauber is catching up, and in a weird way, “happy” to see Williams is paying the price for their decisions. Hopefully they realize that’s not the way to go, change leadership and start working towards building a real team with real drivers… before it’s too late.

    Anyway, it seems Sauber vs Williams will be a fight to follow through the year. If Honda deliver an engine near Renault’s level, Toro Rosso could join them.

    1. @dusty
      +1. Doesn’t look good for Lance or Williams.
      Finding it very hard to imagine how bad things could get for Williams if Sauber overtake them by the end the season.

    2. Yeah. I would like to see a replay of that too. Maybe that the only best thing unreported since we had to endure last 23 laps without single overtake.

  5. To get a glimpse of Alonso’s driving skills and how good McRenault is compared to the front runners,
    go to the last chart–>2018 Australian Grand Prix race chart
    Select the following drivers only–>Vettel, Max, Alonso and Daniel Ric.
    Notice how close Alonso and Max were for most of the race. Straightforward inference–Alonso is Yoda and Max is Luke.
    Also notice the widening gap between the Ferrari and McRenault and how Daniel was able to push during the final stages. Not saying anything in absolute terms since this was a tough tack to overtake and Alonso may have never really pushed hard simply to maintain his current position, but the fact that Red Bull have a concern in the form of McRenault and Haas, makes up for a good season to look forward to.

    1. @webtel Alonso and Verstappen times were close after pit because Verstappen was behind Alonso, probably with some margin but unable to pass.
      Ricciardo wasn’t closing the gap: after Hamilton started loosing from Vettel, Vettel stopped pushing: almost everyone, after lap 52/53 gained on Vettel.

      1. @m-bagattini

        probably with some margin but unable to pass.

        “unable to pass” is the inference i am trying to point out. Hope i am not wrong.

        Vettel stopped pushing: almost everyone, after lap 52/53 gained on Vettel.

        Just noticed this from the first chart, Vettel’s final lap was 1.8s slower than the one before.
        Thanks.

        1. After lap 5 Max had serious damage on the diffuser. Hence the 360 and much slower pace. His car suffered from loss of back grip mid-corner.

          From the fastest lap times, it looks like RB is about 1s ahead in race pace. That gap is smaller than the qualifying gap, but still a lot of work to do for MCL.

  6. Poor Grosjean, a poor pit stop time and still the nut is loose.

  7. I really like this kind of data, you can check things you are thinking during the race. In the race chart you can see how close Max was to catch RIC (22 sec with RIC still to pit at round 24 and Max was quicker) just before the VSC. Unfortunately these things are not part of the Dutch commentary.

  8. So Verstappen did 57 round on his SS and then stopped in the pits to change to soft?

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