2018 Bahrain Grand Prix interactive data: lap charts, times and tyres

2018 Bahrain Grand Prix

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The Mercedes drivers set the fastest lap times in the Bahrain Grand Prix despite running long stints on the hardest available tyre in the second half of the race.

However it wasn’t enough for Valtteri Bottas to be able to put a race-winning pass on Sebastian Vettel. He had the Ferrari driver’s lead down to 1.7 seconds with five laps to go, but it took him until the final lap of the race to get within the one second needed to be able to use DRS.

Lewis Hamilton made up six places from ninth on the grid but the driver who made the most progress during the race was Marcus Ericsson. He gained eight places to bring his Sauber home ninth.

Take a closer look at the Bahrain Grand Prix with the interactive data below:

2018 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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2018 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:

Position change

DriverStart positionLap one position changeRace position change
Lewis Hamilton9-16
Valtteri Bottas311
Sebastian Vettel100
Kimi Raikkonen2-1
Daniel Ricciardo40
Max Verstappen154
Sergio Perez12-8-4
Esteban Ocon81-2
Lance Stroll2056
Sergey Sirotkin18-13
Nico Hulkenberg7-11
Carlos Sainz Jnr10-3-1
Pierre Gasly501
Brendon Hartley11-1-6
Romain Grosjean1603
Kevin Magnussen601
Fernando Alonso1346
Stoffel Vandoorne14-46
Marcus Ericsson1738
Charles Leclerc1927

2018 Bahrain 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 Bahrain Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Valtteri BottasMercedes1’33.74022
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’33.9530.21351
3Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’34.0530.31347
4Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Renault1’34.1680.42847
5Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’34.3270.58729
6Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’34.3370.59722
7Sebastian VettelFerrari1’34.4530.71321
8Sergey SirotkinWilliams-Mercedes1’34.5630.82342
9Nico HulkenbergRenault1’34.6670.92750
10Brendon HartleyToro Rosso-Honda1’34.6890.94944
11Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Honda1’34.8631.12346
12Esteban OconForce India-Mercedes1’35.0431.30338
13Charles LeclercSauber-Ferrari1’35.0581.31840
14Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’35.0751.33535
15Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1’35.0931.35326
16Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren-Renault1’35.1311.39130
17Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes1’35.2661.52632
18Carlos Sainz JnrRenault1’35.5351.79535
19Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’38.6844.9441
20Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’43.6549.9141

2018 Bahrain Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3Stint 4
Sebastian VettelSuper soft (18)Soft (39)
Valtteri BottasSuper soft (20)Medium (37)
Lewis HamiltonSoft (26)Medium (31)
Pierre GaslySuper soft (15)Soft (19)Super soft (23)
Kevin MagnussenSuper soft (13)Super soft (14)Soft (30)
Nico HulkenbergSuper soft (15)Soft (24)Super soft (18)
Fernando AlonsoSoft (14)Medium (25)Super soft (17)
Stoffel VandoorneSuper soft (10)Soft (18)Medium (28)
Marcus EricssonSoft (23)Medium (33)
Esteban OconSuper soft (15)Medium (20)Soft (21)
Carlos Sainz JnrSuper soft (16)Super soft (10)Soft (30)
Charles LeclercSoft (3)Medium (31)Super soft (22)
Romain GrosjeanSuper soft (18)Soft (12)Super soft (15)Super soft (11)
Lance StrollSoft (10)Super soft (20)Medium (26)
Sergey SirotkinSoft (22)Medium (18)Super soft (16)
Sergio PerezSoft (9)Medium (23)Super soft (24)
Brendon HartleySuper soft (20)Soft (22)Super soft (14)
Kimi RaikkonenSuper soft (19)Soft (16)
Max VerstappenSoft (2)Super soft (1)
Daniel RicciardoSuper soft (1)

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2018 Bahrain Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes24.30226
2Nico HulkenbergRenault24.3820.08039
3Nico HulkenbergRenault24.4540.15215
4Sebastian VettelFerrari24.5240.22218
5Fernando AlonsoMcLaren24.5810.27939
6Esteban OconForce India24.5960.29435
7Kevin MagnussenHaas24.6290.32727
8Lance StrollWilliams24.6380.33630
9Sergey SirotkinWilliams24.6720.37022
10Sergio PerezForce India24.6770.37532
11Esteban OconForce India24.7190.41715
12Pierre GaslyToro Rosso24.8350.53315
13Brendon HartleyToro Rosso24.9530.65142
14Pierre GaslyToro Rosso24.9570.65534
15Sergio PerezForce India24.9920.6909
16Fernando AlonsoMcLaren24.9930.69114
17Romain GrosjeanHaas25.0110.70918
18Kimi RaikkonenFerrari25.0180.71619
19Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren25.0810.77910
20Kevin MagnussenHaas25.1060.80413
21Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren25.1310.82928
22Charles LeclercSauber25.1390.83734
23Marcus EricssonSauber25.1940.89223
24Carlos Sainz JnrRenault25.3071.00526
25Romain GrosjeanHaas25.5271.22530
26Charles LeclercSauber25.5631.2613
27Sergey SirotkinWilliams25.6931.39140
28Carlos Sainz JnrRenault25.7681.46616
29Valtteri BottasMercedes26.1051.80320
30Romain GrosjeanHaas26.2631.96145
31Max VerstappenRed Bull30.3816.0792
32Lance StrollWilliams33.6129.31010
33Brendon HartleyToro Rosso36.64612.34420

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17 comments on “2018 Bahrain Grand Prix interactive data: lap charts, times and tyres”

  1. > Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 25.018

    How is this time measured?

    1. That was his first and successful stop @dusty not the second one which injured the mechanic.

  2. What a laptime by Grosjean, without bargeboards and a broken floor.
    I say: get rid of those bargeboards right now.

    1. Grosjeans excuse (one of more) for a bad race was the damage to barge boards.

      But it is on lap 47 he puts in the 3rd fastest lap of all.

      – how does that compute?

      1. @jens
        That’s not a serious question, is it? He made the last pit stop of the race, and took on tyres of the softest compound for the final 11 laps. Nonetheless, his lap time was just 0.274 seconds quicker than Magnussen’s fastest lap 18 laps earlier (i.e. with the additional weight of circa 33 kilos of fuel, and on the somewhat harder ‘Soft’ compound). According to the information available here (Time penalty per lap of fuel: 0.054 seconds, multiplied with 18), Grosjean’s lighter fuel load translates to a theoretical lap time advantage of 0.972 seconds per lap compared to Magnussen’s fastest lap. In other words: Grosjean’s lap time looks competitive exclusively due to the circumstances. His fuel-adjusted pace was still 7 tenths slower than his team mate’s.

        – how does that compute?

        That’s how it computes.

  3. Ben Rowe (@thegianthogweed)
    8th April 2018, 23:16

    Ericsson, the most positions gained. So many say that the sauber is such a bad car. Either that or some will have to admit that Ericsson was extremely good this race.

    1. It’s fun how Ericsson destroyed both Wherlein and Nasr career just because people think he’s bad and his team mates can’t soundly beat him. If he beats Lecler this season I can see Leclerc future champion aura going away.

  4. Neil (@neilosjames)
    8th April 2018, 23:33

    Vandoorne’s recovery to P8 after such a dreadful start was quite impressive.

  5. How far behind Hamilton would Kimi have emerged had he completed his pit stop? Would he have been able, with fresh supersofts, to catch and pass Hamilton on older mediums?

    1. I was wondering about this. It was a shame it didn’t work out – for multiple reasons. my guess is that he would have cooked his tyres but maybe not. he had 14 seconds-ish before his stop so he would have needed to make up 10 and then pass and then maintain it, so a bit of a tall order in 22 laps.

      1. Gassly did 23 laps on the SupSofts at the end and overall he only lost 8sec to Hamilton.
        I would hope that Raikkonen in a race winning Ferrari (and 1sec/lap faster than Gassly) could have caught & overtaken Hamilton.
        He should even have been able to overtake Bottas and (had the team allowed him) challenge for the win.

        1. It just goes to show then how costly the pit stop error was. I’m still baffled as to why Ferrari let Kimi retire. Yes, the mechanic was hurt, but no matter how much time they lost pushing the car back and attaching the correct tyre, he was still guaranteed a fourth place and 12 points.

  6. One thing I struggle to understand is why did McLaren make Fernando to stop at the same time to the guys with softer compounds on first stint. And then why, having fitted mediums, not going for 1 stop.
    It seems even more senseless when they made him do 17 laps on ss at the end but decided to do only 14 on softs.

    Ericsson’s one stop was wonderful one imho

    1. I mean, if they can do 17 on ss, doing 14 on softs seems quite a few

    2. The car is a lot lighter at the end. And maybe tyre degradation on his first stint was too high.

      1. Yeah, maybe.

        It only bothers me because through performance perspective they seemed to be able not to let Hulk’s gap to increase, even with harder compounds. So unless they suddenly had a big drop on grip and therefore performance it still feels strange to me. Yeah, I’m not an expert on strategy and my comments are indeed superficial since I don’t know the details.

        I was hopeful they would be able to stay on track when the cars on ss stopped though.

  7. @keithcollantine as long as the usual post-race feature on the site that I hope you keep, will we have the radio transcript back as well?

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