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

Driver Start position Lap one position change Race position change
Lewis Hamilton 7 1 0
Valtteri Bottas 3 1
Max Verstappen 2 1 1
Sergio Perez 9 1 5
Lando Norris 5 1 2
Daniel Ricciardo 12 -1 0
Lance Stroll 13 2 5
Sebastian Vettel 8 1 3
Esteban Ocon 11 1 2
Fernando Alonso 17 3 4
Charles Leclerc 1
Carlos Sainz Jnr 4 1 2
Pierre Gasly 6 1 0
Yuki Tsunoda 16 -1 0
Kimi Raikkonen 14 2 3
Antonio Giovinazzi 10 1 0
Mick Schumacher 20 2 2
Nikita Mazepin 19 0 2
George Russell 15 0 1
Nicholas Latifi 18 2 3

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:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’12.909 69
2 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda 1’14.037 1.128 66
3 Sergio Perez Red Bull-Honda 1’14.552 1.643 32
4 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1’14.578 1.669 43
5 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 1’14.621 1.712 35
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1’14.649 1.740 58
7 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1’14.670 1.761 76
8 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1’14.674 1.765 74
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’14.971 2.062 55
10 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1’15.026 2.117 70
11 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1’15.316 2.407 33
12 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1’15.316 2.407 41
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’15.331 2.422 41
14 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1’15.412 2.503 71
15 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1’15.539 2.630 59
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1’15.573 2.664 66
17 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’15.706 2.797 18
18 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1’16.425 3.516 51
19 Nikita Mazepin Haas-Ferrari 1’16.866 3.957 64
20 Charles Leclerc Ferrari

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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 1 Stint 2 Stint 3
Max Verstappen C5 (34) C3 (44)
Carlos Sainz Jnr C5 (32) C3 (46)
Lando Norris C5 (30) C3 (48)
Sergio Perez C5 (35) C3 (43)
Sebastian Vettel C5 (31) C3 (47)
Pierre Gasly C5 (30) C3 (48)
Lewis Hamilton C5 (29) C3 (38) C5 (11)
Lance Stroll C3 (58) C5 (19)
Esteban Ocon C5 (37) C4 (40)
Antonio Giovinazzi C5 (33) C3 (44)
Kimi Raikkonen C4 (43) C3 (34)
Daniel Ricciardo C4 (36) C3 (41)
Fernando Alonso C4 (45) C5 (32)
George Russell C4 (31) C3 (46)
Nicholas Latifi C4 (43) C3 (34)
Yuki Tsunoda C3 (64) C5 (13)
Nikita Mazepin C5 (34) C3 (41)
Mick Schumacher C5 (37) C3 (38)
Valtteri Bottas C5 (29)
Charles Leclerc
Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 23.474 58
2 Nicholas Latifi Williams 23.703 0.229 43
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 23.746 0.272 34
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 23.783 0.309 29
5 Fernando Alonso Alpine 23.803 0.329 45
6 Lando Norris McLaren 23.874 0.400 30
7 George Russell Williams 23.928 0.454 31
8 Esteban Ocon Alpine 23.935 0.461 37
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 24.077 0.603 43
10 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 24.150 0.676 32
11 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 24.244 0.770 67
12 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 24.369 0.895 31
13 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 24.428 0.954 30
14 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 24.430 0.956 64
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 24.521 1.047 33
16 Sergio Perez Red Bull 24.548 1.074 35
17 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 24.715 1.241 36
18 Mick Schumacher Haas 24.797 1.323 37
19 Nikita Mazepin Haas 25.202 1.728 34

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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. Tim (@tungdil12)
      23rd May 2021, 22:27

      Yeah they are really nice! Great Work

    2. But i miss Bottas Pitstop time…

      1. @macleod Infinity ;)

  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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