2020 Eifel Grand Prix interactive data: lap charts, times and tyres

2020 Eifel Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen set the fastest lap of the Eifel Grand Prix on the final tour – and he did it by just six-thousandths of a second.

He set himself up for the point-snatching run by backing off on his prior tour, which he took almost 1.5 seconds longer to complete than race leader Lewis Hamilton, who held the fastest lap at that point. That allowed him to give his tyres some respite and ensure his battery had maximum reserves for his final push – so much so that his race engineer told him “recharge off, please, Max” as he prepared to begin his final lap.

Once again Verstappen was the only driver able to stay with the Mercedes drivers in the race. He was particularly competitive on the soft tyres, and consistently quick in the middle sector.

No one lapped within 1.4 seconds of Verstappen and Hamilton. Before the Safety Car came out Daniel Ricciardo’s third-placed Renault was a whopping 71 seconds behind after 43 laps.

At that point in the race Nico Hulkenberg had already climbed to eighth place, a position he still held at the end of the race. Impressively, on his minimum-notice return for Racing Point, he made up 12 places from last on the grid to grab some valuable points for the team.

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2020 Eifel 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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2020 Eifel 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

Driver Start position Lap one position change Race position change
Lewis Hamilton 2 0 1
Valtteri Bottas 1 0
Sebastian Vettel 11 -1 0
Charles Leclerc 4 0 -3
Max Verstappen 3 0 1
Alexander Albon 5 -1
Carlos Sainz Jnr 10 0 5
Lando Norris 8 1
Daniel Ricciardo 6 1 3
Esteban Ocon 7 -2
Daniil Kvyat 13 -2 -2
Pierre Gasly 12 -1 6
Sergio Perez 9 1 5
Nico Hulkenberg 20 3 12
Kimi Raikkonen 19 0 7
Antonio Giovinazzi 14 3 4
Romain Grosjean 16 -4 7
Kevin Magnussen 15 1 2
George Russell 17 1
Nicholas Latifi 18 0 4

2020 Eifel 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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2020 Eifel Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1’28.139 60
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’28.145 0.006 58
3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1’29.584 1.445 53
4 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1’29.700 1.561 58
5 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1’30.110 1.971 53
6 Carlos Sainz Jnr McLaren-Renault 1’30.129 1.990 53
7 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’30.408 2.269 43
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1’30.456 2.317 37
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’30.512 2.373 54
10 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’30.712 2.573 54
11 Nico Hulkenberg Racing Point-Mercedes 1’30.733 2.594 58
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’30.909 2.770 38
13 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1’31.377 3.238 39
14 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1’31.562 3.423 54
15 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’31.884 3.745 8
16 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 1’32.214 4.075 41
17 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1’32.328 4.189 40
18 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1’32.330 4.191 9
19 Esteban Ocon Renault 1’33.189 5.050 21
20 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1’34.526 6.387 6

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2020 Eifel Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3
Lewis Hamilton C4 (16) C3 (29) C4 (15)
Max Verstappen C4 (16) C3 (29) C4 (15)
Daniel Ricciardo C4 (16) C3 (28) C4 (16)
Sergio Perez C4 (28) C3 (17) C4 (15)
Carlos Sainz Jnr C4 (28) C3 (16) C4 (16)
Pierre Gasly C3 (30) C2 (14) C4 (16)
Charles Leclerc C4 (10) C3 (25) C3 (25)
Nico Hulkenberg C4 (29) C3 (15) C4 (16)
Romain Grosjean C3 (28) C2 (32)
Antonio Giovinazzi C4 (15) C3 (21) C3 (24)
Sebastian Vettel C3 (11) C2 (30) C4 (19)
Kimi Raikkonen C4 (10) C3 (34) C4 (16)
Kevin Magnussen C4 (14) C3 (20) C3 (26)
Nicholas Latifi C4 (14) C3 (19) C3 (27)
Daniil Kvyat C3 (17) C2 (27) C4 (16)
Lando Norris C4 (29) C3 (13)
Alexander Albon C4 (7) C3 (16)
Esteban Ocon C4 (22)
Valtteri Bottas C4 (13) C3 (5)
George Russell C4 (11) C3 (1)

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2020 Eifel Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Lando Norris McLaren 21.991 29
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 22.106 0.115 16
3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 22.159 0.168 16
4 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 22.482 0.491 15
5 George Russell Williams 22.496 0.505 11
6 Carlos Sainz Jnr McLaren 22.503 0.512 44
7 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 22.527 0.536 44
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 22.530 0.539 44
9 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 22.560 0.569 10
10 Max Verstappen Red Bull 22.568 0.577 45
11 Sergio Perez Racing Point 22.612 0.621 45
12 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 22.616 0.625 11
13 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 22.625 0.634 13
14 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 22.625 0.634 30
15 Carlos Sainz Jnr McLaren 22.641 0.650 28
16 Nico Hulkenberg Racing Point 22.686 0.695 44
17 Nico Hulkenberg Racing Point 22.700 0.709 29
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 22.772 0.781 36
19 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 22.865 0.874 10
20 Sergio Perez Racing Point 22.880 0.889 28
21 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 22.917 0.926 44
22 Kevin Magnussen Haas 23.016 1.025 14
23 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 23.111 1.120 35
24 Kevin Magnussen Haas 23.114 1.123 34
25 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 23.180 1.189 45
26 Alexander Albon Red Bull 23.562 1.571 7
27 Romain Grosjean Haas 23.635 1.644 28
28 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 23.983 1.992 16
29 Nicholas Latifi Williams 24.063 2.072 33
30 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 24.366 2.375 41
31 Nicholas Latifi Williams 24.737 2.746 14
32 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 30.826 8.835 17
33 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 33.016 11.025 44

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7 comments on “2020 Eifel Grand Prix interactive data: lap charts, times and tyres”

  1. It was great to see Max going for a fastest lap in the final lap. Maybe Lewis was a bit cautious because of a big win No.91 just in front of him, but still well done to Max!

  2. Soooo tight between Perez and DR on that final stint post safety car – racing on absolute limit from both drivers amazing stuff well done to DR for holding his nerve and SP for the challenge.

  3. Don’t understand Ferrari’s strategy for Leclerc in races where he qualifies well. They did the same in Tuscan GP and here as well. Early pit stop as soon as he comes under pressure from the Renaults, Mclarens and Racing Points. Loses them an opportunity to pit under a future SC or VSC (which Masi is more than happy to put in at the slightest of incidents) and its not as if Leclerc is significantly faster on the newer sets as post his pit-stop, he is usually at the back end of a train of Ferrari powered customer cars compromising his pace.

    They should let Leclerc continue on his first set longer i feel.

    1. Exactly! And you don’t have to be a strategy engineer to see this. Also because of his early stops he runs out of tyres sooner than the others, making him vulnerable at the end as well.

      They keep trying to do an undercut of preventing to get undercut, but it doesn’t make any sense if you end up in traffic with a car that lacks top speed.

  4. I agree as well. They could let Leclerc at least to try to lead the train and keep the others driving in dirty air if he qualified well. I think as Ferrari is the slower car they should apply this “destructive” strat instead of defenfing against an undercut. Ok driving in clear air or completely unchallenged is the best for average speed, but they are slower, so they are likely to be beaten by some of their potent followers anyway, why not make them pay for it? Leclerc is one of the biggest promises of today’s F1, could not he defend? :) I think he would do well.
    I have seen so many Ferrari blunders like the one when Massa towed away the fuel pipe, and many of their stategic decisions seemed a bit too shy, or a bit too brave. Poor Barrichello and Massa had a remarkably good amount of these. I think trying to make up with extreme plays and strats (quite often) is for weaker (than Ferrari) competitors in sports generally. Everyone has to come up with surprises to be “balanced” and to avoid being too exploitable because of too much predictability (game theory-wise), but I not really seen the healthy balance as a backbone at them after the Schumacher-Brawn-Todt era too often. Likely there is too much politics involved, and maybe the top leaders of them are just too powerful compared to the lower tier ones, so the responsibility is not so well distributed, therefore less whole hearted and pure decisions were born and allowed to be carried out. I think game theory-wise even notoriusly sticking to a computed optimum for a long while can be suprising, and based on that pulling some really extreme strat will be suprising as well. (So there is no need being extreme too often, one can be balanced in many ways, especially if backed by sufficient power, which I think Ferrari had even in the post Scumacher era).
    So I had a really good laughter when I had seen Verstappen and Norris coining the “Ferrari-strat” expression at one of their simracing footages.

    1. I intended it as a reply to Sumedh’s post.

    2. On the other hand I think Leclerc’s results are nice at his season, and beating Vettel twice/two seasons, with a strong points margin this year, and quite easily despite of some reliability problems with his car prev year shows that Leclerc has a high potential, it’s hard to predict his theoretical peak imo. I think he is amongst the rare examples at modern F1 who were called up to a top team as rookie or spohomore, and he lived with it well enough. He not seems to be more error prone than Verstappen in his first 3-4 seasons, and it’s just the 3rd season of Leclerc. I hope Norris and Russell will join them in the battle soon, and Hamilton fights them for a while and that will be a nice F1. (And I still omitted some great and favourite drivers of mine :) … these drivers are much better than the set of rules and the attitude of leaders.

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