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

2019 Russian Grand Prix

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Ferrari suffered a double whammy of misfortune when Sebastian Vettel’s car failed after his pit stop. Not only did it wreck their chances of another one-two finish, but it triggered a Virtual Safety Car period which cost them victory.

Lewis Hamilton, who had inherited the lead after the Ferrari drivers pitted, was able to dive into the pits and rejoin the track ahead of Charles Leclerc, gaining a lead he never lost.

But it wasn’t just Hamilton who benefitted and Leclerc who lost from the VSC period. A big winner was Kevin Magnussen, who had been running behind Lando Norries and Sergio Perez, but got out of the pits ahead of them.

A five-place grid penalty meant Max Verstappen started ninth instead of fourth, but he made surprisingly slow progress from there. It took him until lap 17 to get ahead of the McLaren drivers, and he dropped back from the leaders after the Safety Car brought him within range of them.

Red Bull have struggled to recapture the form they showed before the summer break. Perhaps the most telling sign of their lack of pace today was that they didn’t bother putting Verstappen on a set of soft tyres at the end of the race in an attempt to set the fastest lap.

Hamilton bagged the fastest lap, though Leclerc thought about going for it. After being told his rival had set a 1’35.761, Leclerc opted not to make an attempt of his own.

His misfortune during the VSC was compounded when the team decided – after consulting Leclerc on the radio – to bring him in during a subsequent Safety Car period for another set of soft tyres. This dropped him behind Bottas, but the team hoped their tyre life advantage would help them overtake at least one if not both Mercedes. But it didn’t turn out that way, and Ferrari’s disappointing afternoon was complete.

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2019 Russian 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 Russian 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 Hamilton2-11
Valtteri Bottas4-12
Sebastian Vettel32
Charles Leclerc1-1-2
Max Verstappen915
Alexander Albon20215
Daniel Ricciardo10-9
Nico Hulkenberg6-3-4
Romain Grosjean8
Kevin Magnussen1335
Carlos Sainz Jnr51-1
Lando Norris71-2
Sergio Perez1144
Lance Stroll1433
Kimi Raikkonen1502
Antonio Giovinazzi120-3
Daniil Kvyat1957
Pierre Gasly1632
George Russell171
Robert Kubica181

2019 Russian 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 Russian Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’35.76151
2Charles LeclercFerrari1’36.1930.43252
3Valtteri BottasMercedes1’36.3160.55550
4Alexander AlbonRed Bull-Honda1’36.7621.00150
5Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’36.9371.17647
6Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren-Renault1’38.0202.25953
7Sergio PerezRacing Point-Mercedes1’38.0432.28249
8Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’38.1302.36953
9Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Honda1’38.2282.46752
10Sebastian VettelFerrari1’38.2452.48416
11Lando NorrisMcLaren-Renault1’38.3012.54052
12Nico HulkenbergRenault1’38.5192.75853
13Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’38.5892.82851
14Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Honda1’38.6062.84551
15Lance StrollRacing Point-Mercedes1’38.6112.85053
16Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’38.6962.93551
17Daniel RicciardoRenault1’41.2845.52322
18George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’41.7055.94418
19Robert KubicaWilliams-Mercedes1’42.3276.56624
20Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari

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2019 Russian Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3
Lewis HamiltonC3 (28)C4 (25)
Valtteri BottasC3 (28)C4 (25)
Charles LeclercC4 (22)C3 (8)C4 (23)
Max VerstappenC4 (28)C3 (25)
Alexander AlbonC3 (29)C4 (24)
Carlos Sainz JnrC4 (21)C3 (32)
Sergio PerezC4 (23)C3 (30)
Lando NorrisC4 (20)C3 (33)
Kevin MagnussenC4 (27)C3 (26)
Nico HulkenbergC4 (16)C3 (13)C4 (24)
Lance StrollC3 (27)C4 (26)
Daniil KvyatC2 (27)C4 (2)C4 (24)
Kimi RaikkonenC3 (27)C4 (26)
Pierre GaslyC3 (26)C4 (27)
Antonio GiovinazziC4 (2)C2 (25)C3 (26)
Robert KubicaC3 (1)C2 (1)C3 (26)
George RussellC3 (27)
Sebastian VettelC4 (26)C3 (0)
Daniel RicciardoC4 (1)C3 (23)
Romain Grosjean

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2019 Russian Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Lando NorrisMcLaren29.29020
2Charles LeclercFerrari29.4010.11130
3Valtteri BottasMercedes29.4360.14628
4Charles LeclercFerrari29.5480.25822
5Daniil KvyatToro Rosso29.5710.28129
6Lewis HamiltonMercedes29.7510.46128
7Nico HulkenbergRenault29.7860.49629
8Alexander AlbonRed Bull29.8540.56429
9George RussellWilliams29.8570.56727
10Sebastian VettelFerrari29.8600.57026
11Pierre GaslyToro Rosso29.9350.64526
12Max VerstappenRed Bull29.9780.68828
13Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren30.1030.81321
14Lance StrollRacing Point30.1680.87827
15Robert KubicaWilliams30.1770.8872
16Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo30.2270.93727
17Sergio PerezRacing Point30.2710.98123
18Kevin MagnussenHaas30.5091.21927
19Robert KubicaWilliams30.5871.2971
20Daniil KvyatToro Rosso30.7531.46327
21Nico HulkenbergRenault34.2644.97416
22Daniel RicciardoRenault36.0316.7411
23Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo36.5127.22227
24Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo38.1938.9032

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

  1. Has anybody noticed that the gap which Lewis had over Valtteri increased by over 6 seconds during the VSC (lap 28)?
    Lap 27 – > Valtteri +13
    Lap 28 – > Valtteri +19.5
    Given that his stop was 0.5 faster, it would be interesting to know what happened exactly.
    It might have been that Lewis had already passed the long straight while Valtteri and Charles wouldn’t have passed it since the same tend can be seen with Charles’ times.
    Given that Charles was under 6s behind when Lewis came out of the pits, this could have been the fact that actually decided the race.
    @Keith, if you could shed some light over it, it would be very interesting :)

    Everybody (seems like even Ferrari) was expecting Lewis to be ahead due to the VSC, so nobody seems to have noticed it, but the fact is that Charles was just under 19s behind Lewis and the stop under VSC was over 18s (at least in Valtteri’s case). In other words, the stop under VSC was about 6s faster than under normal conditions, and Charles on fresher tires had reduced the gap to Lewis by roughly that amount, so it should have been much closer between them at the pit lane exit than it actually was…

    Not to take anything away from Lewis, who had an incredible weekend, managing an outstanding lap in qualifying, and being at the right place in the right time to take the lead and the victory.

    1. That is a very interesting look at the data, nicely done @face21!

      On a different note, I heard the Dutch Ziggo after race studio discussion (only Doornbos tends to be good, and relatively unbiased observer, and so it was, I guess) trash Albons drive ‘look how far he was behind at the end, even with the SC’, but that seems even more biased now, with data, than yesterday.

      Even apart from the fact that @keithcollantine rightly notes the same effect about Verstappen, and how long it took him to overtake the McLaren, which Albon dit a lot faster, Albon also didn’t have clean air for a lot of that, had to use his tyres much more, and was, as indicated by his Fastest lap, he was than Verstappen, once he was past that McLaren and insixth.

      Mo doubt Albon isn’t (yet??) on the same level, but no need to unfairly make hum look bad.

      1. @face21 numbers don’t lie and I guess you’re right… Where does those 6 seconds come from?? It seems that the timing when vsc was deployed handed Lewis the victory. The curious thing is that nobody (media or Ferrari itself) seems to have noticed it (or does not want to talk about it). Could you please @keithcollantine dig a little more in this matter? It’s very intriguing indeed :)

    2. @face21 Bottas simply had to drive bigger part of the lap 28 under VSC conditions compared to Hamilton. This is also the reason why Leclerc was 25s behind HAM after lap 28 instead of 19s. And 25s gap is easily big enough to do a pit stop under VSC.

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