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

2019 Mexican Grand Prix

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Before the Mexican Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc said the driver who came out of turn one in the lead on lap one would be at a huge advantage.

That driver turned out to be him. But his race took a turn for the worse when Ferrari brought him in for his first pit stop earlier than many of his rivals. Why did the team take that decision?

Leclerc’s pit stop was triggered by Alexander Albon. The Red Bull driver had got up to third place at the start and had closed on the leading Ferraris. Red Bull brought him in hoping that getting him onto fresher tyres first would allow him to jump ahead of Vettel.

At that point, Ferrari could have reacted by pitting Vettel. But doing so would have made it likely that, by putting Vettel on fresher tyres first, he would be able to ‘undercut’ Leclerc.

This looked like the being reason why Ferrari brought Leclerc in. Leclerc confirmed the explanation after the race. “We wanted to cover from Albon at first, which we did,” he said. “And then from then on I think it was very difficult to do better.”

Both Leclerc and Albon took a second set of medium tyres, so at that point they were committed to two-stop strategies. “With the two stops it was very difficult to stay behind the cars and to overtake at the end, even with a very good pit stop.”

For the rest of the front runners the name of the game became whether they could get to the end by pitting just once. However Ferrari made another tactical error when it came to Sebastian Vettel’s pit stop. Having brought Leclerc in too soon, they then left Vettel out too long.

That allowed Lewis Hamilton to ‘undercut’ him, get onto the hard tyres first, and run to the end – though the Mercedes driver had misgivings about whether that would work. It did, and Mercedes had outmanoeuvred Ferrari to win again.

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2019 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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2019 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 Hamilton3-22
Valtteri Bottas6-13
Sebastian Vettel200
Charles Leclerc10-3
Max Verstappen4-4-2
Alexander Albon520
Daniel Ricciardo1315
Nico Hulkenberg12-11
Romain Grosjean18-21
Kevin Magnussen1702
Carlos Sainz Jnr73-6
Lando Norris82
Sergio Perez1104
Lance Stroll1624
Kimi Raikkonen14-2
Antonio Giovinazzi1501
Daniil Kvyat900
Pierre Gasly1000
George Russell1903
Robert Kubica2022

2019 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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2019 Mexican Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Charles LeclercFerrari1’19.23253
2Alexander AlbonRed Bull-Honda1’19.3250.09348
3Sebastian VettelFerrari1’19.3810.14968
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’19.4610.229Set on 2 laps
5Valtteri BottasMercedes1’19.4940.26266
6Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Honda1’19.5300.29853
7Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Honda1’19.9050.67348
8Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’20.0820.85055
9Daniel RicciardoRenault1’20.1460.91453
10Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren-Renault1’20.3111.07966
11Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’20.4061.17465
12Sergio PerezRacing Point-Mercedes1’20.4851.25370
13Robert KubicaWilliams-Mercedes1’20.6961.46463
14Nico HulkenbergRenault1’20.7911.55959
15Lance StrollRacing Point-Mercedes1’20.9221.69068
16Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’21.0141.78265
17George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’21.2862.05469
18Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’21.5812.34968
19Lando NorrisMcLaren-Renault1’21.6432.41146
20Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’21.6822.45053

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2019 Mexican Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3
Lewis HamiltonC3 (23)C2 (48)
Sebastian VettelC3 (37)C2 (34)
Valtteri BottasC3 (36)C2 (35)
Charles LeclercC3 (15)C3 (28)C2 (28)
Alexander AlbonC3 (14)C3 (30)C2 (27)
Max VerstappenC3 (5)C2 (66)
Sergio PerezC3 (20)C2 (51)
Daniel RicciardoC2 (50)C3 (21)
Daniil KvyatC4 (10)C2 (34)C3 (26)
Pierre GaslyC4 (9)C2 (40)C3 (21)
Nico HulkenbergC3 (18)C2 (52)
Lance StrollC3 (37)C2 (33)
Carlos Sainz JnrC4 (15)C2 (20)C3 (35)
Antonio GiovinazziC3 (21)C2 (49)
Kevin MagnussenC3 (28)C2 (41)
George RussellC3 (22)C2 (47)
Romain GrosjeanC3 (37)C2 (32)
Robert KubicaC3 (21)C2 (39)C3 (9)
Kimi RaikkonenC3 (15)C2 (37)C3 (6)
Lando NorrisC4 (12)C2 (36)

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2019 Mexican Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Sebastian VettelFerrari21.86237
2Charles LeclercFerrari22.0020.14015
3Alexander AlbonRed Bull22.0030.14144
4Daniil KvyatToro Rosso22.0330.17144
5Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren22.1790.31735
6Valtteri BottasMercedes22.1790.31736
7Alexander AlbonRed Bull22.1920.33014
8Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren22.2410.37915
9Lewis HamiltonMercedes22.2690.40723
10Daniel RicciardoRenault22.3450.48350
11Sergio PerezRacing Point22.3570.49520
12Nico HulkenbergRenault22.4840.62218
13Daniil KvyatToro Rosso22.4900.62810
14Robert KubicaWilliams22.5700.70860
15Pierre GaslyToro Rosso22.6180.75649
16Pierre GaslyToro Rosso22.6890.8279
17Lance StrollRacing Point22.7450.88337
18Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo22.7540.89215
19George RussellWilliams22.8871.02522
20Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo22.9631.10152
21Kevin MagnussenHaas23.0841.22228
22Romain GrosjeanHaas24.1282.26637
23Max VerstappenRed Bull24.4932.6315
24Robert KubicaWilliams24.6062.74421
25Charles LeclercFerrari25.7863.92443
26Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo43.41121.54921
27Lando NorrisMcLaren123.388101.52612

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

  1. Massive tactical fail by ferrari. le clerc’s strategy was somewhat understandable, but going medium-hard-medium would have made more sense (ricciardo proved the hards could last long). however, vettel’s strategy was just inexcusable. what are the ferrari strategists doing? do they not learn from past events? data showing micro-level stint length vs. lap time has to be overruled by events data, macro-level information that shows track position is king. how often do we see the car with track position make it work? more often than not, i’d say, though obviously every race is unique. conversely, i think something like hamilton vs. verstappen at hungary this year is a rarer event.

    if vettel had pitted on the same lap as hamilton, or maybe even the lap after, he would probably have won. that was surely predictable from the available information at the time. instead they gambled (and it was a gamble even at that stage) that (a) hamilton would not be able to make the tyres last and (b) vettel would be able to pass him.

    1. Let’s be honest. Now we know how everything worked out. But at the time of the race even Hamilton was questioning his own strategy. So, I would not blame Ferrari strategists. They probably made a small error with Vettel’s strategy – only a matter of a couple of laps. No major fail by Ferrari. They were watching Hamilton’s lap times too, so they had to evaluate many “what if’s” and it is not easy to be perfect with a strategy.

    2. The lap after wouldn’t have worked – Hamiltons outlap was already quick enough that he would have been passed Vettel. As for making the tyres last – if Hamilton couldn’t, why would Vettel be able to while in his dirty air. Finally, Vettel wasn’t able to get close to Hamilton even when his tyres were much younger. Doing so with tyres the same age would have been even more difficult.

  2. Hi, the graphs do not load up for me to view, is there anything wrong with my computer or are the servers down to see them?

    Thanks, Rhys

    1. @rhysgold Hi Rhys, is it OK now?

    2. They are fine indeed. Thank you for your help and reply, it’s great work you guys do on this website and is fascinating data to look at. Was not sure if it was my own problem!

  3. Hi, The graphs are not loading up again, could you please fix it?

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