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

2020 Sakhir Grand Prix

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On lap six of the Sakhir Grand Prix, eventual winner Sergio Perez was still running 18th and last.

From there he made an improbable recovery to win. While it was clearly aided by the Safety Car, Perez had already done enough to run third behind the Mercedes drivers before it came out, and therefore stood an excellent chance of taking a podium finish even without it.

Merecedes’ shambolic attempt at ‘stacked’ pit stops for George Russell and Valtteri Bottas took care of the rest.

Perez made remarkable progress after the restart. Around the short Bahrain Outer circuit he passed four cars in the first two laps, then one more over each of the next three laps.

That early Safety Car minimised his time loss to the leaders. He also took advantage of the opportunity to get off the soft tyres he’d started on, which gave him a useful advantage over everyone else who’d started inside the top 10, except the Mercedes pair who started on mediums.

This paid off as the likes of Carlos Sainz Jnr and Daniel Ricciardo, both of which held third place at different stages, had to come in before lap 30 to swap their softs for mediums, locking them into two-stop strategies.

Sergio Perez, Racing Point, Bahrain International Circuit, 2020
Perez said he could have kept Russell behind
Lance Stroll eked his softs out until lap 42 so he could one-stop. Esteban Ocon came in the lap beforehand, having not reached Q3 and therefore started on mediums, and got ahead of Stroll.

Perez was able to stay out until lap 46 and run a set of hards to the end of the race. His victory was a remarkable recovery of 17 places from lap six.

The most fascinating ‘what if’ question of the race concerns Russell’s charge to catch Perez after the restart. Would Russell have been able to overtake him for the lead?

There seems little doubt that with his fresher, softer tyres, Russell would have got within DRS range of the Racing Point has he not pitted due to a puncture on lap 78. Although he passed the other Racing Point of Stroll earlier with little difficulty, Perez was lapping quicker than Stroll by up to half a second. It would have been a terrific fight.

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2020 Sakhir 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 Sakhir 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
George Russell 2 1 -7
Valtteri Bottas 1 -1 -7
Sebastian Vettel 13 4 1
Charles Leclerc 4
Max Verstappen 3
Alexander Albon 12 0 6
Carlos Sainz Jnr 8 5 4
Lando Norris 19 9 9
Daniel Ricciardo 7 3 2
Esteban Ocon 11 3 9
Daniil Kvyat 6 1 -1
Pierre Gasly 9 2 -2
Sergio Perez 5 -13 4
Lance Stroll 10 4 7
Kimi Raikkonen 18 1 4
Antonio Giovinazzi 14 1 1
Pietro Fittipaldi 20 4 3
Kevin Magnussen 15 4 0
Jack Aitken 17 2 1
Nicholas Latifi 16 2

2020 Sakhir 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 Sakhir Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 George Russell Mercedes 0’55.404 76
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0’56.563 1.159 56
3 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 0’56.789 1.385 66
4 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 0’56.887 1.483 52
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0’56.905 1.501 52
6 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 0’56.979 1.575 53
7 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 0’57.001 1.597 76
8 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 0’57.056 1.652 48
9 Carlos Sainz Jnr McLaren-Renault 0’57.165 1.761 76
10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 0’57.220 1.816 49
11 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 0’57.270 1.866 81
12 Esteban Ocon Renault 0’57.350 1.946 71
13 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 0’57.375 1.971 52
14 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 0’57.388 1.984 85
15 Jack Aitken Williams-Mercedes 0’57.392 1.988 52
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 0’57.516 2.112 53
17 Pietro Fittipaldi Haas-Ferrari 0’57.742 2.338 52
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 0’58.206 2.802 29
19 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda
20 Charles Leclerc Ferrari

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2020 Sakhir Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4 Stint 5
Sergio Perez C4 (1) C3 (46) C2 (40)
Esteban Ocon C3 (41) C2 (46)
Lance Stroll C4 (42) C3 (45)
Carlos Sainz Jnr C4 (28) C3 (27) C3 (32)
Daniel Ricciardo C4 (29) C3 (26) C2 (32)
Alexander Albon C3 (47) C2 (15) C4 (25)
Daniil Kvyat C4 (27) C3 (26) C2 (34)
Valtteri Bottas C3 (49) C2 (13) C2 (25)
George Russell C3 (45) C2 (17) C3 (1) C3 (15) C4 (9)
Lando Norris C4 (20) C3 (34) C3 (33)
Pierre Gasly C4 (28) C3 (23) C2 (36)
Sebastian Vettel C3 (31) C2 (23) C4 (9) C4 (24)
Antonio Giovinazzi C3 (26) C2 (28) C3 (33)
Kimi Raikkonen C3 (23) C2 (31) C3 (8) C4 (25)
Kevin Magnussen C4 (26) C3 (28) C4 (33)
Jack Aitken C3 (31) C2 (23) C3 (5) C4 (28)
Pietro Fittipaldi C4 (31) C3 (22) C4 (10) C4 (24)
Nicholas Latifi C4 (27) C3 (25)

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2020 Sakhir Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Alexander Albon Red Bull 23.645 62
2 Alexander Albon Red Bull 23.874 0.229 47
3 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 24.101 0.456 27
4 Carlos Sainz Jnr McLaren 24.162 0.517 28
5 Sergio Perez Racing Point 24.214 0.569 1
6 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 24.232 0.587 53
7 George Russell Mercedes 24.235 0.590 78
8 Lando Norris McLaren 24.245 0.600 54
9 Nicholas Latifi Williams 24.297 0.652 27
10 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 24.401 0.756 54
11 Esteban Ocon Renault 24.414 0.769 41
12 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 24.474 0.829 29
13 Sergio Perez Racing Point 24.507 0.862 47
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 24.551 0.906 54
15 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 24.552 0.907 49
16 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 24.577 0.932 51
17 Lance Stroll Racing Point 24.684 1.039 42
18 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 24.686 1.041 62
19 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 24.695 1.050 55
20 George Russell Mercedes 24.708 1.063 45
21 George Russell Mercedes 24.724 1.079 63
22 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 24.809 1.164 63
23 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 24.810 1.165 26
24 Carlos Sainz Jnr McLaren 24.853 1.208 55
25 Jack Aitken Williams 24.863 1.218 31
26 Lando Norris McLaren 24.885 1.240 20
27 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 25.077 1.432 28
28 Kevin Magnussen Haas 25.466 1.821 54
29 Kevin Magnussen Haas 25.474 1.829 26
30 Jack Aitken Williams 25.688 2.043 54
31 Pietro Fittipaldi Haas 25.780 2.135 63
32 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 26.216 2.571 31
33 Pietro Fittipaldi Haas 26.393 2.748 53
34 Pietro Fittipaldi Haas 27.681 4.036 31
35 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 28.080 4.435 54
36 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 28.518 4.873 23
37 George Russell Mercedes 28.765 5.120 62
38 Jack Aitken Williams 40.028 16.383 59
39 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 52.874 29.229 62

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

  1. the likes of Carlos Sainz Jnr and Daniel Ricciardo, both of which held third place at different stages, had to come in before lap 30 to swap their softs for mediums, locking them into two-stop strategies

    Didn’t realize this. So, both of them had to do their stop anyways. That they didn’t get to do so during the VSC was unfortunate (as the VSC was on for a very short time) but they would have done that stop later anyways. So Perez was going to gain these 2 places, luck or not.

    1. I have an opinion
      7th December 2020, 23:45

      Neither had to stop at this particular time, or to take on the mediums. They were trying to capitalise on the VSC for a cheap stop. Compare with Stroll, who did not stop at this time. Norris was one of the few who had appreciable degradation on the softs this early in the race. They didn’t take hards as these were still an unknown quantity, with Vettel taking them a few laps later.
      The optimum strategy was likely medium / hard (Ocon, effectively Perez, and almost Mercedes). Stroll did well with soft / medium. Hard lasting all the way to Aitken’s safety car period, followed by softs, would have been interesting.

      1. Neither had to stop at this particular time, or to take on the mediums

        I think they did. Both of them stopped very early, lap 28 / 29for mediums. Doing 60 laps on that set would have been difficult. The article also states the same, that they were locked into a 2-stopper.

        Stroll made soft / medium work because he stopped on lap 42 (13-14 laps after Sainz and Ricciardo).

  2. Interesting that the top spots were taken by those making the fewest pit stops. If you ignore perez, it looks like a really good drive from stroll (eking the softs as long as he did, holding off the field at the end on old tyres) but in reality he was comprehensively outclassed by his team mate. Perez simply frightened him off the road and then blitzed past ocon (who had a great day), while stroll never even attempted a pass.

    All in all, glad I found a stream to watch this one live and didn’t wait for the channel 4 highlights as I usually do. It makes me sad that because the race is on sky, it’s impossible for some casual non-fan channel hopping to stumble on a race like this. But that’s a rant for another day.

    1. @frood19 This seems like another race that got away from Stroll after finding himself in a great position to potentially win. In Monza he was the only driver (I think) to get a completely free pit stop at the red flag, putting him effectively in the lead at the start after Hamilton’s penalty.

      But while in that case it was a bad restart that scuppered him, in this race his pace was just lacking compared to his teammate, and he also seemed unable to make passes while Perez easily moved forward. When you consider that on lap 1 Stroll was in P6 while Perez was P18, but then that Perez had passed him on track before the safety car came out, then it doesn’t look so great for him.

  3. I do wish the the lap time chart (which says to excludes very slow laps) actually did exclude the slow laps!

    So much detail there I secured by the forest of vertical lines! *maybe* the laps with stops in them are interesting, but you can’t read them because they’re off the top. But they hide the rest of the data there.

    1. Humberto Romero
      8th December 2020, 23:22

      Stroll was unable to pass anyone! He passed Gasly right after the crash on lap one and all his positions were because other got stuck behind Albon. So RP was able to overcut everyone. Then SAI an RIC made that pit stop under VSC that ended just as they were moving into the pit lane! Stroll was always on the better tire behind Ocon and could not make it. But Albon made a great job of keeping almost everyone behind!

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