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

2018 German Grand Prix

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Following his remarkable climb from 14th on the grid to win the German Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was asked whether the speed with which he was catching the front-runners put Sebastian Vettel under pressure and contributed to the Ferrari driver’s crash.

Hamilton pointed out this was unlikely unless Vettel was being told his lead over the fourth-placed driver at the time, which it seems he wasn’t. Nonetheless, Hamilton made remarkable progress in the laps before Vettel crashed out. And the Ferrari driver had just matched Hamilton’s pace for the first time in the wet period of the race when he went off.

He gained nine places in the first 14 laps to take up fifth place, leaving him with just Max Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas and the two Ferraris ahead. These were always going to be the hardest cars for Hamilton pass.


Starting on fresh tyres allowed him to run a long first stint and switch to ultra-softs for the sprint to the chequered flag. But rain was beginning to fall as he began his second stint, and this was where Hamilton really began to catch the leaders.

Over the seven laps after he left the pits Hamilton almost halved Vettel’s lead from 23.7 seconds to 12.1 by lap 50. That time around Hamilton was 2.2 seconds quicker than Vettel, but the next time by the Ferrari driver, on much older rubber, matched Hamilton’s lap time of 1’29.2.

That was his last complete lap. When he reached the hairpin in the Motodrom on the next lap, Vettel skidded into the barrier.

While Hamilton made up an impressive 13 places to take his win, the next-biggest improvement was Esteban Ocon’s seven=place climb to take eighth place. Kevin Magnussen lost the same number of places, unable to recover from the tactical error of fitting intermediates, though his team mate did the same yet still came in sixth.

2018 German 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:

2018 German 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 Hamilton14113
Valtteri Bottas200
Sebastian Vettel10
Kimi Raikkonen300
Daniel Ricciardo190
Max Verstappen400
Sergio Perez1023
Esteban Ocon1537
Lance Stroll171
Sergey Sirotkin12-2
Nico Hulkenberg712
Carlos Sainz Jnr8-1-2
Pierre Gasly2026
Brendon Hartley16-15
Romain Grosjean6-10
Kevin Magnussen50-7
Fernando Alonso110-5
Stoffel Vandoorne18-25
Marcus Ericsson13-24
Charles Leclerc9-1-6

2018 German 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 German Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’15.54566
2Valtteri BottasMercedes1’15.7210.17665
3Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’15.8520.30766
4Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’15.9900.44564
5Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’16.7161.17166
6Sebastian VettelFerrari1’17.2901.74539
7Carlos Sainz JnrRenault1’17.4301.88563
8Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren-Renault1’17.5371.99267
9Brendon HartleyToro Rosso-Honda1’17.6812.13666
10Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’17.6972.15266
11Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Renault1’17.7412.19660
12Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1’17.7452.20065
13Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Honda1’17.7622.21766
14Charles LeclercSauber-Ferrari1’17.8522.30764
15Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’17.8672.32266
16Nico HulkenbergRenault1’17.9102.36566
17Esteban OconForce India-Mercedes1’17.9412.39664
18Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’18.2622.71722
19Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes1’18.8613.31635
20Sergey SirotkinWilliams-Mercedes1’18.9343.38936

2018 German Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3Stint 4
Lewis HamiltonSoft (42)Ultra soft (25)
Valtteri BottasUltra soft (28)Soft (24)Ultra soft (15)
Kimi RaikkonenUltra soft (14)Soft (39)Ultra soft (14)
Max VerstappenUltra soft (29)Soft (17)Intermediate (2)Ultra soft (19)
Nico HulkenbergUltra soft (18)Medium (33)Intermediate (4)Ultra soft (12)
Romain GrosjeanUltra soft (21)Medium (30)Intermediate (4)Ultra soft (12)
Sergio PerezUltra soft (22)Soft (45)
Esteban OconUltra soft (25)Soft (42)
Marcus EricssonSoft (38)Ultra soft (29)
Carlos Sainz JnrUltra soft (20)Medium (30)Intermediate (6)Ultra soft (11)
Brendon HartleySoft (28)Medium (24)Ultra soft (15)
Kevin MagnussenUltra soft (20)Medium (31)Intermediate (4)Ultra soft (12)
Stoffel VandoorneSoft (29)Medium (23)Ultra soft (15)
Pierre GaslySoft (43)Wet (3)Ultra soft (20)
Charles LeclercUltra soft (20)Soft (23)Intermediate (3)Ultra soft (20)
Fernando AlonsoSoft (31)Medium (12)Intermediate (4)Soft (18)
Lance StrollSoft (27)Medium (23)Intermediate (3)
Sebastian VettelUltra soft (25)Soft (26)
Sergey SirotkinSoft (28)Medium (23)Intermediate (0)
Daniel RicciardoMedium (27)

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2018 German Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Sebastian VettelFerrari18.65725
2Marcus EricssonSauber18.8400.18338
3Fernando AlonsoMcLaren18.9560.29931
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes18.9780.32142
5Max VerstappenRed Bull19.0870.43048
6Valtteri BottasMercedes19.1880.53128
7Charles LeclercSauber19.2670.61020
8Max VerstappenRed Bull19.2970.64046
9Brendon HartleyToro Rosso19.3090.65228
10Lance StrollWilliams19.4760.81927
11Pierre GaslyToro Rosso19.5120.85546
12Lance StrollWilliams19.5260.86950
13Esteban OconForce India19.5700.91325
14Nico HulkenbergRenault19.5840.92718
15Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren19.6210.96452
16Carlos Sainz JnrRenault19.6370.98050
17Kimi RaikkonenFerrari19.6470.99014
18Max VerstappenRed Bull19.7421.08529
19Romain GrosjeanHaas19.7521.09555
20Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren19.7781.12129
21Pierre GaslyToro Rosso19.8061.14943
22Kevin MagnussenHaas19.8181.16120
23Brendon HartleyToro Rosso19.9851.32852
24Kimi RaikkonenFerrari19.9881.33153
25Carlos Sainz JnrRenault20.1601.50320
26Romain GrosjeanHaas20.1981.54121
27Carlos Sainz JnrRenault20.5301.87356
28Charles LeclercSauber20.6531.99646
29Nico HulkenbergRenault20.7522.09551
30Nico HulkenbergRenault20.8122.15555
31Fernando AlonsoMcLaren20.9272.27047
32Fernando AlonsoMcLaren21.1192.46243
33Charles LeclercSauber21.2002.54343
34Sergey SirotkinWilliams21.7113.05451
35Romain GrosjeanHaas22.7384.08151
36Sergey SirotkinWilliams24.1735.51628
37Sergio PerezForce India25.1306.47322
38Kevin MagnussenHaas27.7369.07955
39Valtteri BottasMercedes33.27914.62252
40Kevin MagnussenHaas34.74216.08551

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

  1. Grosjean and Magnussen’s graphes : talk about a tale of two races !

    1. @tango – the position chart i presume?

      i’m from denmark and did not see the race, so have been looking for some excuse for kmag to loose position in the rain- besides the mistakes he admitted to in the post-race interview. From the pitstop times listet here i notice kmag loosing 12 secs to his teammate and 14 secs to renaults pitting for intermediates. 7secs+ going to ultras(under safetycar?) Grojean certainly proved the car wasnt to blame thou! Would like to see his onboard-footage from that last sprint!

      1. Yes I’m waiting for all onboards to be accessible on F1 TV Pro. From what I understand, Grosjean just went on with the overtakes and found the car perfectly to his liking. By the way @keithcollantine , I still find F1 TV PRO dreadful to use (especially if you want to “push it to your tv”, as you would with netflix or any tv app), loads of buffering (which I forgot could happen with my fiber optics internet), no dedicated app, little to no option during a race (cameras, replay, onboard) etc. Do you have any information on wether a media company could get its media offering sorted ? Because I haven’t seen any thing new since your (great) test.

        As for GRO @aosis He had awful degradation at the beginning that hampered him. I spent a year studying in Denmark and would normaly root for KMAG but I’m afraid I’m still French and have a soft spot for Grosjean (I followed all of his GP2 seasons). I love a flawed genius (and GRO is very flawed, but when on song, massively fast).

  2. The big difference between Grosjean and Magnussen, was that Magnussen almost lost 20sec in the pits to Grosjean.

    1. Well that’s true @Malthe, but it doesn’t explain how with same tires and one position between them behind the safety car, MAG didn’t manage the overtakes GRO managed on the drying track in the last laps.

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