2021 Monaco Grand Prix interactive data: lap charts, times and tyres

2021 Monaco Grand Prix

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A largely processional Monaco Grand Prix showed the importance of having strategy options, as Mercedes couldn’t even find a way past an AlphaTauri.

Having lost the pole-sitter – Charles Leclerc being unable to participate – all cars up one spot on the timing sheets, if not actually on the grid itself. That aside, there very little movement in the order when the lights went out – all cars in the top 10 got away in the order they had started, Max Verstappen quickly shutting down Valtteri Bottas as he made to draw alongside.

With qualifying deciding so much of the final finishing order at Monaco, pit stops were the most crucial area for changes of position. Verstappen’s progress towards his eventual win received another boost here, as Bottas’ race ended from second place, promoting every driver bar leader Max Verstappen.

Mercedes were put into a difficult position this race by their inability to manage tyre wear. Toto Wolff confirmed post-race that their only option to get Hamilton past Gasly had been an ‘undercut’ – pitting before the AlphaTauri driver.

Despite Hamilton’s radio complaint after the stop that he had saved wear on his tyres to drive a longer stint first, Wolff said that there was no life left in the soft compound set when it was analysed after Hamilton’s stop.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Monaco, 2021
Hamilton wanted to stay out longer for his first stint
Hamilton emerged behind Gasly, without a way of passing and was further frustrated when both Sergio Perez and Sebastian Vettel were able to manage an overcut on them both, pitting later. The upshot was despite Leclerc and Bottas dropping out ahead of him, Hamilton finished where he qualified: seventh.

Vettel pulled off the closest thing to an overtake in the race, drawing ahead of Gasly as he emerged from the pits, the pair running side-by-side up Beau Rivage.

Perez moved most in the order, managing his race to go from ninth after qualifying to fourth at the chequered flag. He gained one place by default via Leclerc’s absence from pole. Lance Stroll also made up five positions.

Another driver who faced significant movement but in a much more negative way was Daniel Ricciardo. Starting 11th in a car his team mate took to the podium, he slipped back to 13th in the opening lap and struggled his way back to twelfth over a battle with Kimi Raikkonen that left the McLaren so beleaguered, behind the slower Alfa Romeo, that Ricciardo was lapped by Lando Norris with 20 laps of to go.

Eight different teams finished in the top 10, with only Haas and Williams unable to make their way into the points. Of the top 10, only Red Bull and Aston Martin were able to get both cars to score, other teams with their drivers much more split down the order.

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2021 Monaco 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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2021 Monaco 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 Hamilton710
Valtteri Bottas31
Max Verstappen211
Sergio Perez915
Lando Norris512
Daniel Ricciardo12-10
Lance Stroll1325
Sebastian Vettel813
Esteban Ocon1112
Fernando Alonso1734
Charles Leclerc1
Carlos Sainz Jnr412
Pierre Gasly610
Yuki Tsunoda16-10
Kimi Raikkonen1423
Antonio Giovinazzi1010
Mick Schumacher2022
Nikita Mazepin1902
George Russell1501
Nicholas Latifi1823

2021 Monaco 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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2021 Monaco Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’12.90969
2Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda1’14.0371.12866
3Sergio PerezRed Bull-Honda1’14.5521.64332
4Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1’14.5781.66943
5Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari1’14.6211.71235
6Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’14.6491.74058
7Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1’14.6701.76176
8Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1’14.6741.76574
9Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’14.9712.06255
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1’15.0262.11770
11Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1’15.3162.40733
12Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1’15.3162.40741
13Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’15.3312.42241
14Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Honda1’15.4122.50371
15George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’15.5392.63059
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1’15.5732.66466
17Valtteri BottasMercedes1’15.7062.79718
18Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1’16.4253.51651
19Nikita MazepinHaas-Ferrari1’16.8663.95764
20Charles LeclercFerrari

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2021 Monaco Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

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2021 Monaco Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3
Max VerstappenC5 (34)C3 (44)
Carlos Sainz JnrC5 (32)C3 (46)
Lando NorrisC5 (30)C3 (48)
Sergio PerezC5 (35)C3 (43)
Sebastian VettelC5 (31)C3 (47)
Pierre GaslyC5 (30)C3 (48)
Lewis HamiltonC5 (29)C3 (38)C5 (11)
Lance StrollC3 (58)C5 (19)
Esteban OconC5 (37)C4 (40)
Antonio GiovinazziC5 (33)C3 (44)
Kimi RaikkonenC4 (43)C3 (34)
Daniel RicciardoC4 (36)C3 (41)
Fernando AlonsoC4 (45)C5 (32)
George RussellC4 (31)C3 (46)
Nicholas LatifiC4 (43)C3 (34)
Yuki TsunodaC3 (64)C5 (13)
Nikita MazepinC5 (34)C3 (41)
Mick SchumacherC5 (37)C3 (38)
Valtteri BottasC5 (29)
Charles Leclerc
DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Lance StrollAston Martin23.47458
2Nicholas LatifiWilliams23.7030.22943
3Max VerstappenRed Bull23.7460.27234
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes23.7830.30929
5Fernando AlonsoAlpine23.8030.32945
6Lando NorrisMcLaren23.8740.40030
7George RussellWilliams23.9280.45431
8Esteban OconAlpine23.9350.46137
9Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo24.0770.60343
10Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari24.1500.67632
11Lewis HamiltonMercedes24.2440.77067
12Sebastian VettelAston Martin24.3690.89531
13Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri24.4280.95430
14Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri24.4300.95664
15Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo24.5211.04733
16Sergio PerezRed Bull24.5481.07435
17Daniel RicciardoMcLaren24.7151.24136
18Mick SchumacherHaas24.7971.32337
19Nikita MazepinHaas25.2021.72834

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18 comments on “2021 Monaco Grand Prix interactive data: lap charts, times and tyres”

  1. Just here to say that I appreciate the charts!

    1. Yeah they are really nice! Great Work

    2. But i miss Bottas Pitstop time…

  2. I’m still somewhat surprised that Tsunoda didn’t pit after Latifi when he would’ve rejoined ahead of him, not that it would’ve made a massive difference since P15 as a finishing position is equally forgettable.

    1. Hoping for a SC that never came.

  3. The closest thing to an overtake was Mick overtaking Mazepin.

    1. How did Mazepin overtook Mick on Lap 28?

      1. @bulgarian pretty much sure it was not an actual overtake but an overcut

        and @mattds, I wouldn’t say it was the closest thing, it was fully an overtake, surely the only one after the second turn of the race

        1. Mazepin had a pitstop on Lap 34, while Mick on Lap 37.

    2. The closed thing was the rejoining of Vettel and the run to keep gasly and Hamilton behind. But the director found other things more important and panned away from it (twice, even during the replay).

  4. Did Hamilton and Bottas really came into pits on the same lap (Lap 29)?

  5. Start overtakes:
    Stroll and Kimi on Dan Ric
    Alonso on Tsunoda and Russell
    Latifi on Tsunoda

    and the best, shortly after the start, Mick on Nikita
    All other position changes were overcuts I believe (and of course, the result of Leclerc and Bottas DNFs). The best was Perez’s, overcutting Gasly, Vettel, and Sir Throwtheteamunderthebus

    1. You forgot Ocon on Giovinazzi at the start and then Giovinazzi reclaiming his position on Mirabeau.

    2. I have an opinion
      24th May 2021, 14:51

      Just impossible to overtake at Monaco with these cars: the shortest time to finish the race in history and too much dirty air to approach a car in front. This is why the overcut worked — no dirty air, hot tyres, suddenly lap times fall.

  6. What was wrong with Lewis’ laps right after his pit-stop!

    His first 3 laps on hard tyres were all 78.7+.
    To compare, in the entire race, he had just two other laps which were 78.7+, laps 1 and 2.
    In fact, the only laps which were 78.0+ were Laps 1 to 3, 5, 30 to 32 (right after pitstop) and lap 78.

    Now compare this to other drivers, most had 1 or 2 slow laps after a pitstop. But Lewis had 3! But this wasn’t down to Mercedes not heating its tyres up.

    Gasly had 2 slow laps and Vettel had 1 slow lap after their pitstops. And, both Gasly and Vettel stopped exactly 1 and 2 laps after Hamilton. So, even if Hamilton’s tyres were upto temperature after the 1st lap, as Gasly ahead of was still on his 1st flying lap and his tyres weren’t upto the temperature, Hamilton behind had to continue to slow down (even though his tyres could have gone faster). The same process repeated with Vettel a lap later.

    And the smart Perez just kept going and leapfrogged all 3 of them!

    1. I guess it was mainly because Gasly rejoined just ahead of Hamilton and set the pace for the following laps.
      His first laps were very, very slow and allowed Vettel to perform the overcut.

  7. Douglas Amâncio
    25th May 2021, 22:21

    Hello! How did you guys acquisite this kind of data from Formula 1?

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