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

2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

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Two major crashes shaped the outcome of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. But early pit stops also played a significant role.

Lewis Hamilton’s slightly fumbled stop ensured that a close fight between him and Max Verstappen swung in the Red Bull driver’s favour. Sergio Perez was even able to jump Hamilton, having run third behind him, despite a 4.3-second stop, which team principal Christian Horner said was down to the eventual winner being slightly out of position in his pit box.

Nonetheless this proved one of the moments that decided the winner of the race. Perez held Hamilton behind him until the late-race restart, when Hamilton’s own error took him out of contention later.

Before the race, Pirelli and teams had been adamant it was a one-stop but the late red flag naturally meant drivers took the opportunity to fit seconds sets of tyres.

Mick Schumacher, Haas, Baku City Circuit, 2021
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Verstappen and Lance Stroll’s races were ended by tyre failures late in their stints. Pirelli is investigating the cause.

The lengths of those stints will inevitably be a focus of interest, as it may indicate whether the failures were wear-related. Stroll started on hard tyres, taking an alternate strategy to most other drivers, and his race ended on lap 30, with the left rear failure. Verstappen started on soft tyres, pitted on lap 12 – a more-than-decent stint compared to some – and did 34 laps on the hard compound before his own race-ending left rear failure.

Significantly, when the red flag was shown on lap 48 and all the drivers pitted, 11 of them had older tyres than Verstappen’s at the time of the failure. Among the oldest tyres belonged to Lando Norris and Fernando Alonso, who both pitted on lap seven, so were driving on 41-lap-old tyres without having suffered a similar failure.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Baku City Circuit, 2021
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While driving style, circumstances and the characteristics of each teams’ car will play a factor, neither Stroll nor Verstappen were pushing the limits of possible stints on the hard tyres, it would seem.

One driver whose race is very starkly told in the lap chart is Charles Leclerc. Ferrari feared they wouldn’t have the race pace to match their qualifying ability in Baku and it was fairly instantly and brutally demonstrated by Leclerc’s slow slide down the order.

The cost of mistakes is also highlighted vividly in the lap charts. Both Carlos Sainz Jnr and Hamilton went into run-off areas under braking. At some tracks, they might have been able to rapidly rejoin with little real harm to their position done. However, while Baku’s run-offs do make the walls bite less deeply than at Monaco, they lose a driver a lot of time and an excursion often comes at the price of flat spotting a tyre set.

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2021 Azerbaijan 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 Azerbaijan 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:

2021 Azerbaijan 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 Azerbaijan Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’44.48144
2Sergio PerezRed Bull-Honda1’44.6870.20645
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’44.7690.28843
4Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1’44.8900.40941
5Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda1’44.9390.45846
6Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Honda1’45.2200.73944
7Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1’45.3260.84541
8Charles LeclercFerrari1’45.3820.90146
9Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’45.5751.09444
10Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’45.6011.12043
11Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1’45.6241.14342
12Valtteri BottasMercedes1’45.6651.18443
13Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari1’45.7001.21942
14Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1’45.7131.23243
15George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’45.9591.47843
16Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1’46.2071.72628
17Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1’46.6082.12742
18Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1’47.6243.14341
19Nikita MazepinHaas-Ferrari1’47.7473.26640
20Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1’50.8506.3692

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2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3Stint 4Stint 5
Sergio PerezC5 (13)C3 (35)C5 (3)
Sebastian VettelC5 (18)C3 (30)C5 (3)
Pierre GaslyC5 (11)C3 (37)C5 (3)
Charles LeclercC5 (9)C3 (39)C5 (3)
Lando NorrisC5 (7)C3 (41)C5 (3)
Fernando AlonsoC5 (7)C3 (27)C5 (14)C5 (3)
Yuki TsunodaC5 (9)C3 (39)C5 (3)
Carlos Sainz JnrC5 (10)C3 (38)C5 (3)
Daniel RicciardoC5 (11)C3 (37)C5 (3)
Kimi RaikkonenC4 (13)C3 (35)C5 (3)
Antonio GiovinazziC5 (2)C3 (32)C3 (14)C5 (3)
Valtteri BottasC5 (11)C3 (36)C5 (1)C5 (3)
Nicholas LatifiC4 (9)C3 (39)C5 (3)
Mick SchumacherC5 (8)C3 (26)C5 (10)C5 (4)C5 (3)
Nikita MazepinC5 (9)C3 (25)C5 (10)C5 (3)C5 (1)
Lewis HamiltonC5 (11)C3 (37)C5 (3)
George RussellC4 (1)C3 (33)C3 (14)C5 (0)
Max VerstappenC5 (12)C3 (33)
Lance StrollC3 (29)
Esteban OconC5 (3)

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2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took (excludes tyre changes under red flag):

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Max VerstappenRed Bull19.76912
2Charles LeclercFerrari19.8360.0679
3Sebastian VettelAston Martin19.8410.07218
4George RussellWilliams19.9700.2011
5Fernando AlonsoAlpine19.9830.21434
6George RussellWilliams20.0290.26034
7Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo20.0480.27913
8Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari20.0640.29510
9Daniel RicciardoMcLaren20.0820.31311
10Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri20.1560.38711
11Fernando AlonsoAlpine20.1680.3997
12Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo20.1930.42434
13Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri20.2530.4849
14Valtteri BottasMercedes20.3560.58711
15Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo20.4020.6332
16Lando NorrisMcLaren20.5330.7647
17Mick SchumacherHaas21.5871.81844
18Nikita MazepinHaas21.7591.9909
19Sergio PerezRed Bull21.8742.10513
20Nikita MazepinHaas21.9582.18934
21Nicholas LatifiWilliams22.1492.3809
22Mick SchumacherHaas22.4402.6718
23Lewis HamiltonMercedes22.4702.70111
24Nikita MazepinHaas24.7805.01144
25Mick SchumacherHaas69.76149.99234
26Nikita MazepinHaas86.44066.67148
27Nikita MazepinHaas1828.9651809.19647

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One comment on “2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix interactive data: lap charts, times and tyres”

  1. Leclerc and also Alonso. He was the king of the starts and restarts making 8 positions in 3 starts. But he suffered from lack of pace and you cannot defend from DRS in the Baku straights. And his exterior pass on Tsunoda near the end was one of the highlights of the race. Assuming the smoke from 44’s brakes didn’t get in your eyes first.

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