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

2018 Mexican Grand Prix

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For only the third time this year the race winner made two pit stops instead of one. However Red Bull said Max Verstappen’s second stop was only precautionary and he could have gone the distance on his second set of tyres.

Red Bull were on course for a one-two finish until Daniel Ricciardo’s car failed – for the eighth time this year – on the 62nd lap of the race. He was on course to complete the race on a one-stop strategy.

Although Mercedes set the fastest lap of the race, courtesy of Valtteri Bottas’s 1’18.741 on hyper-softs with six laps to go, the team struggled dreadfully with their tyres. Bottas pitted three times – highly unusual in 2018 – and sampled all three compounds as he tried in vain to find one which would work with his W09.

Had it not been for Ricciardo’s late retirement, both drivers would have finished lower than they started for the second race in a row. Lewis Hamilton’s eighth place on the fastest lap table gives a better illustration of how competitive they were.

The biggest climber of the race was Pierre Gasly, who made up 10 places from last on the grid to claim the final point.

2018 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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2018 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:

Position change

DriverStart positionLap one position changeRace position change
Lewis Hamilton31-1
Valtteri Bottas500
Sebastian Vettel402
Kimi Raikkonen6-13
Daniel Ricciardo1-2
Max Verstappen211
Sergio Perez132
Esteban Ocon11-50
Lance Stroll1744
Sergey Sirotkin1945
Nico Hulkenberg7-11
Carlos Sainz Jnr82
Pierre Gasly20310
Brendon Hartley14-62
Romain Grosjean1802
Kevin Magnussen1621
Fernando Alonso120
Stoffel Vandoorne15-47
Marcus Ericsson1001
Charles Leclerc902

2018 Mexican 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 Mexican Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Valtteri BottasMercedes1’18.74165
2Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’19.1860.44566
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’19.4620.72157
4Sebastian VettelFerrari1’19.5220.78149
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’20.3341.59319
6Charles LeclercSauber-Ferrari1’20.5371.79667
7Nico HulkenbergRenault1’20.6371.89667
8Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’20.7281.98749
9Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’21.3702.62946
10Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’21.8743.13345
11Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren-Renault1’21.9213.18014
12Carlos Sainz JnrRenault1’22.3863.6456
13Brendon HartleyToro Rosso-Honda1’22.4383.69726
14Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1’22.4403.69918
15Esteban OconForce India-Mercedes1’22.6293.8886
16Sergey SirotkinWilliams-Mercedes1’22.6403.89966
17Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Honda1’22.7554.01469
18Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes1’22.9834.24227
19Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’23.5454.8046
20Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Renault1’24.1975.4563

2018 Mexican Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3Stint 4
Max VerstappenUltra soft (13)Super soft (35)Super soft (23)
Sebastian VettelUltra soft (17)Super soft (30)Ultra soft (24)
Kimi RaikkonenUltra soft (17)Super soft (54)
Lewis HamiltonUltra soft (11)Super soft (36)Ultra soft (24)
Valtteri BottasUltra soft (11)Super soft (37)Ultra soft (14)Hyper soft (8)
Nico HulkenbergHyper soft (12)Super soft (57)
Charles LeclercHyper soft (13)Super soft (56)
Stoffel VandoorneUltra soft (12)Super soft (57)
Marcus EricssonHyper soft (16)Super soft (53)
Pierre GaslyHyper soft (5)Super soft (21)Super soft (43)
Esteban OconSuper soft (1)Super soft (29)Ultra soft (39)
Brendon HartleySuper soft (1)Ultra soft (23)Super soft (45)
Lance StrollUltra soft (10)Ultra soft (13)Super soft (46)
Sergey SirotkinUltra soft (11)Super soft (58)
Kevin MagnussenSuper soft (43)Ultra soft (26)
Romain GrosjeanSuper soft (44)Ultra soft (16)Hyper soft (8)
Daniel RicciardoUltra soft (12)Super soft (49)
Sergio PerezSuper soft (30)Ultra soft (8)
Carlos Sainz JnrHyper soft (11)Super soft (17)
Fernando AlonsoUltra soft (3)

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2018 Mexican Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Sebastian VettelFerrari21.77747
2Kimi RaikkonenFerrari22.0170.24017
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull22.0220.24512
4Brendon HartleyToro Rosso22.0550.2781
5Max VerstappenRed Bull22.0880.31148
6Valtteri BottasMercedes22.1050.32811
7Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren22.1740.39712
8Max VerstappenRed Bull22.1750.39813
9Lewis HamiltonMercedes22.2690.49211
10Kevin MagnussenHaas22.3900.61343
11Lewis HamiltonMercedes22.3990.62247
12Valtteri BottasMercedes22.5120.73562
13Pierre GaslyToro Rosso22.5700.7935
14Charles LeclercSauber22.5880.81113
15Sebastian VettelFerrari22.6580.88117
16Carlos Sainz JnrRenault22.6600.88311
17Sergey SirotkinWilliams22.7320.95511
18Romain GrosjeanHaas22.7330.95644
19Esteban OconForce India22.7560.97930
20Nico HulkenbergRenault23.0371.26012
21Pierre GaslyToro Rosso23.0551.27826
22Lance StrollWilliams23.3711.59423
23Romain GrosjeanHaas23.4261.64960
24Brendon HartleyToro Rosso23.5531.77624
25Sergio PerezForce India23.7551.97830
26Valtteri BottasMercedes23.8872.11048
27Lance StrollWilliams24.4512.67410
28Esteban OconForce India27.8066.0291
29Marcus EricssonSauber31.4069.62916

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

    1. I’m really curious as to what happened to Mercedes, their race pace normally gets better as fuel load decreases but here it was the opposite. No tire worked really, new hypersofts only just better than much older supers. That’s so weird.

    2. Did anyone see what happened at Ericsson’s pitstop? It was almost 10 seconds.
      Does it look like he would have beaten Vandoorne if he’d had a clean stop?

      1. @theniloc No, because it wasn’t shown on the world feed.

      2. Vandoorne came to within 1.2s of Leclerc before his tires ran out, so even if hadn’t undercut Ericsson he would have at the very least been on his tail for a long time.

    3. The two categories graph though…

      1. Like there could be 20 cars in between. And the back-markers form a tighter pack than the 3 top teams.

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