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

2019 Japanese Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton was unhappy with his Japanese Grand Prix strategy, pointing out he could have finished the race without having to make a second pit stop.

Is he right? On the face of it, it was a realistic strategy. Other drivers who, like Hamilton, started on the soft tyres, were able to run to the end of a set of mediums. However Pierre Gasly was the only one who began the race on used rubber, rather than new, as Hamilton did.

If Hamilton had stayed out he would have had to reduce his pace to ensure the mediums lasted until the end. Team principal Toto Wolff has confirmed Mercedes would have had told Hamilton to let Valtteri Bottas overtake him.

The question then would have been whether Hamilton would have been quick enough to keep Sebastian Vettel at bay. The concern for Mercedes was that medium compound rubber was degrading very quickly towards the end of its life, and Hamilton could have fallen victim to ‘the cliff’.

Even so, in that scenario he would likely have been far enough ahead of Alexander Albon to make an extra pit stop and still finish third, so you have to wonder why Mercedes didn’t at least try it. Particularly when you consider that Gasly, who was also coping with suspension damage, managed to keep a pair of quick cars behind him even when his lap times rose by up to two seconds at the end of the race.

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2019 Japanese 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 Japanese 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 Hamilton401
Valtteri Bottas322
Sebastian Vettel1-1-1
Charles Leclerc2-1-4
Max Verstappen5-13
Alexander Albon6-12
Daniel Ricciardo1609
Nico Hulkenberg1555
Romain Grosjean10-4-5
Kevin Magnussen1962
Carlos Sainz Jnr722
Lando Norris82-5
Sergio Perez1768
Lance Stroll1231
Kimi Raikkonen13-2-1
Antonio Giovinazzi11-1-5
Daniil Kvyat14-32
Pierre Gasly911
George Russell18-10
Robert Kubica2001

2019 Japanese 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 Japanese Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’30.98345
2Charles LeclercFerrari1’31.6110.62848
3Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’31.7320.74949
4Valtteri BottasMercedes1’31.8620.87949
5Sebastian VettelFerrari1’32.1221.13938
6Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’32.3691.38651
7Sergio PerezRacing Point-Mercedes1’32.6211.63846
8Alexander AlbonRed Bull-Honda1’32.7751.79236
9Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’33.1902.20750
10Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Honda1’33.2392.25647
11Daniel RicciardoRenault1’33.4812.49848
12Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren-Renault1’33.5632.58046
13Lando NorrisMcLaren-Renault1’34.1163.13331
14Lance StrollRacing Point-Mercedes1’34.7133.73026
15Nico HulkenbergRenault1’34.9213.93847
16Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’34.9884.00518
17Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Honda1’35.3214.33843
18George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’35.4584.47527
19Robert KubicaWilliams-Mercedes1’36.3325.34944
20Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’37.2496.26610

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2019 Japanese Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3Stint 4
Valtteri BottasC3 (17)C2 (19)C3 (16)
Sebastian VettelC3 (16)C3 (15)C2 (21)
Lewis HamiltonC3 (21)C2 (21)C3 (10)
Alexander AlbonC3 (15)C2 (19)C3 (18)
Carlos Sainz JnrC3 (26)C2 (26)
Charles LeclercC3 (3)C2 (22)C3 (21)C3 (5)
Daniel RicciardoC2 (29)C3 (22)
Pierre GaslyC3 (18)C2 (33)
Sergio PerezC3 (19)C2 (22)C3 (10)
Nico HulkenbergC3 (19)C2 (32)
Lance StrollC3 (18)C2 (33)
Daniil KvyatC3 (27)C2 (24)
Lando NorrisC3 (4)C2 (21)C1 (26)
Kimi RaikkonenC2 (15)C1 (21)C3 (15)
Romain GrosjeanC3 (16)C1 (35)
Antonio GiovinazziC2 (18)C1 (31)C3 (2)
Kevin MagnussenC2 (17)C1 (30)C3 (4)
George RussellC2 (25)C1 (25)
Robert KubicaC2 (22)C1 (11)C2 (17)
Max VerstappenC3 (14)

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2019 Japanese Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Sergio PerezRacing Point22.88019
2Robert KubicaWilliams22.9700.09033
3Valtteri BottasMercedes23.0000.12017
4Valtteri BottasMercedes23.1570.27736
5Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo23.1640.28436
6Pierre GaslyToro Rosso23.1800.30018
7Sebastian VettelFerrari23.2130.33331
8Charles LeclercFerrari23.2800.40046
9Lance StrollRacing Point23.2920.41218
10Daniel RicciardoRenault23.2920.41229
11Daniil KvyatToro Rosso23.2930.41327
12Alexander AlbonRed Bull23.3010.42134
13Sergio PerezRacing Point23.3010.42141
14Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo23.3510.47118
15Alexander AlbonRed Bull23.3540.47415
16Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo23.4120.53249
17Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren23.4760.59626
18Romain GrosjeanHaas23.4780.59816
19Charles LeclercFerrari23.5800.70025
20Lewis HamiltonMercedes23.5820.70221
21Lewis HamiltonMercedes23.5910.71142
22George RussellWilliams23.7920.91225
23Lando NorrisMcLaren23.9491.06925
24Kevin MagnussenHaas23.9731.09347
25Sebastian VettelFerrari24.0321.15216
26Nico HulkenbergRenault24.1321.25219
27Kevin MagnussenHaas24.1561.27617
28Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo24.4681.58815
29Lando NorrisMcLaren25.3472.4674
30Robert KubicaWilliams26.7343.85422
31Charles LeclercFerrari30.5027.6223

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    One comment on “2019 Japanese Grand Prix interactive data: lap charts, times and tyres”

    1. I hope Mercedes will learn from today’s mistakes. A 1-2 win was wasted. Still, congratulations for the 6th Constructor’s title!

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