2019 Chinese Grand Prix interactive data: lap charts, times and tyres

2019 Chinese Grand Prix

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The front-runners all made at least two pit stops each in the Chinese Grand Prix, triggered by Red Bull’s early stops for Max Verstappen.

However the rest of the top 10 was filled by one-stoppers. They were led by Daniel Ricciardo, who had unsuccessfully tried to make the same strategy work in Bahrain.

This time it paid off and he led the midfield home. He was the only driver to start the race on used soft tyres and complete it with just one further pit stop, for hard tyres.

Alexander Albon used the same strategy but had the benefit of being able to start the race on fresh rubber. He did a superb job, however, to climb 10 places – twice as many as any other driver – to finish in the points having started in the pits.

Red Bull took advantage of Pierre Gasly’s gap over his pursuers to give him a pit stop at the end of the race, put him on a set of (used) soft tyres, and grab the fastest lap of the race. But Gasly, who had been unable to get close to Max Verstappen’s lap times all weekend, only beat Sebastian Vettel to the fastest time by less than a tenth of a second.

Ferrari had the opportunity to do the same with Charles Leclerc but, just as in Australia, chose not to. This was a curious decision, but perhaps not as strange as their hotly-debated order early in the race for Leclerc to let Vettel pass him.

Before the switch the team asked Vettel if he could lap quicker than Leclerc. He replied that he could, but after the two swapped positions his lap times did not improve at all – if anything, he was slightly slower.

As the graph below shows, Leclerc lost almost two seconds letting Vettel through. Had Ferrari not made this call, they would have been in a stronger position to cover off the threat from Verstappen.

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2019 Chinese 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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2019 Chinese 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 Hamilton211
Valtteri Bottas1-1-1
Sebastian Vettel3-10
Charles Leclerc41-1
Max Verstappen501
Pierre Gasly600
Daniel Ricciardo700
Nico Hulkenberg8-1
Romain Grosjean100-1
Kevin Magnussen10-1-3
Carlos Sainz Jnr14-50
Lando Norris15-5-3
Sergio Perez1244
Lance Stroll1634
Kimi Raikkonen1314
Antonio Giovinazzi2065
Daniil Kvyat11-6
Alexander Albon20210
George Russell1721
Robert Kubica1821

2019 Chinese 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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2019 Chinese Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Pierre GaslyRed Bull-Honda1’34.74255
2Sebastian VettelFerrari1’34.8360.09437
3Charles LeclercFerrari1’34.8600.11845
4Valtteri BottasMercedes1’34.8720.13038
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’35.8921.15047
6Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’36.1431.40145
7Lance StrollRacing Point-Mercedes1’36.6781.93646
8Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’36.8732.13137
9George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’37.2832.54151
10Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’37.4712.72935
11Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren-Renault1’37.5022.76044
12Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’37.8123.07027
13Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Honda1’37.9753.23327
14Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’38.0483.30632
15Lando NorrisMcLaren-Renault1’38.3463.60437
16Daniel RicciardoRenault1’38.6323.89038
17Sergio PerezRacing Point-Mercedes1’38.7023.96037
18Alexander AlbonToro Rosso-Honda1’38.9014.15922
19Nico HulkenbergRenault1’39.6774.93514
20Robert KubicaWilliams-Mercedes1’39.7725.03028

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2019 Chinese Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3Stint 4
Lewis HamiltonC3 (22)C2 (14)C3 (20)
Valtteri BottasC3 (21)C2 (15)C3 (20)
Sebastian VettelC3 (18)C2 (17)C3 (21)
Max VerstappenC3 (17)C2 (17)C3 (22)
Charles LeclercC3 (22)C2 (20)C3 (14)
Pierre GaslyC4 (19)C2 (20)C3 (14)C4 (3)
Daniel RicciardoC4 (18)C2 (37)
Sergio PerezC3 (20)C2 (35)
Kimi RaikkonenC3 (25)C2 (30)
Alexander AlbonC4 (19)C2 (36)
Romain GrosjeanC4 (8)C2 (27)C3 (20)
Lance StrollC3 (20)C2 (24)C4 (11)
Kevin MagnussenC4 (9)C2 (24)C3 (22)
Carlos Sainz JnrC3 (1)C2 (35)C4 (19)
Antonio GiovinazziC4 (7)C3 (23)C3 (25)
George RussellC3 (22)C2 (27)C4 (5)
Robert KubicaC3 (26)C2 (28)
Lando NorrisC3 (1)C2 (16)C3 (17)C4 (16)
Daniil KvyatC3 (7)C2 (18)C4 (5)
Nico HulkenbergC4 (11)C2 (5)

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2019 Chinese Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Daniil KvyatToro Rosso17.2577
2Valtteri BottasMercedes22.1964.93921
3Pierre GaslyRed Bull22.3015.04419
4Sebastian VettelFerrari22.3165.05935
5Max VerstappenRed Bull22.3655.10834
6Pierre GaslyRed Bull22.4085.15153
7Lando NorrisMcLaren22.5245.26734
8Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren22.5325.27536
9Lewis HamiltonMercedes22.6445.38722
10Pierre GaslyRed Bull22.7225.46539
11Sebastian VettelFerrari22.7495.49218
12Charles LeclercFerrari22.9215.66422
13Alexander AlbonToro Rosso23.2155.95819
14Max VerstappenRed Bull23.2235.96617
15Romain GrosjeanHaas23.2616.0048
16Kevin MagnussenHaas23.3836.12633
17Lance StrollRacing Point23.4666.20920
18Daniel RicciardoRenault23.5066.24918
19Lance StrollRacing Point23.5156.25844
20Romain GrosjeanHaas23.5206.26335
21Lewis HamiltonMercedes23.5976.34036
22Sergio PerezRacing Point23.7336.47620
23Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo23.8886.63125
24Kevin MagnussenHaas23.9646.7079
25George RussellWilliams23.9656.70849
26Valtteri BottasMercedes24.0836.82636
27Nico HulkenbergRenault24.1076.85011
28Charles LeclercFerrari24.2276.97042
29George RussellWilliams24.3327.07522
30Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo25.1377.88030
31Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo25.1847.9277
32Daniil KvyatToro Rosso26.0508.79325
33Robert KubicaWilliams32.62715.37026
34Lando NorrisMcLaren33.63816.38117
35Daniil KvyatToro Rosso43.20625.94930
36Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren45.87828.6211
37Lando NorrisMcLaren50.73833.4811

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7 comments on “2019 Chinese Grand Prix interactive data: lap charts, times and tyres”

  1. Gasly totally destroyed Vettel with softer tyres and 30kg less fuel :P
    Still happy for the guy though, and hope he’ll improve quickly.

  2. Graphs shows that Chalres is so fast in Ferrari that Ferrari can’t handle from strateg point of view. They want Seb to lead Ferrari in Championship but after three races Charles is showing the leadership.
    After bad week for Charles, only 13 laps in FP2 Charles still faster.
    Sebastian had full potential and he had Bahrain test with 100 laps and still he can not deliver.

    1. GtisBetter (@)
      14th April 2019, 18:24

      I don’t think you can draw any conclusion from the graphs. If they told Leclerc that he had to stay out as long as possible after Vettel passed him he likely went a bit slower. They also told Leclerc to push on his fresh tyres after the first pitstop. We really need all the info and contex to get the full picture. They were definitly very close though.

  3. If graphs told the whole story? Mercedes are a miracle team as one Ali G fan said once…

  4. The race chart is not compared to the average lap time of the leader, but it should. It would be easier to read the story of the race.

  5. Its amazing how close Sergio and Daniel were throughout the race.

    Lap times–Gasly consistently slower than Max on the same tyres… Genuinely feel there is more in that car. Poor chap is still trying to get a hang of the car i guess.

  6. There was nothing to choose between Vettel’s and Leclerc’s lap times during the entire race. The only difference being when Leclerc was on really work out tyres and being kept out as a roadblock for Bottas. What a brain fart of a decision to give team orders and let Vettel by.

    Leclerc can only be positive about his performances though.. he was struggling this weekend as compared to Vettel and yet managed to have as strong if not a stronger race weekend than Seb.

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