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

2021 Austrian Grand Prix

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In the fight for victory end it didn’t matter whether Max Verstappen did one stop or two in the battle for victory in the Austrian Grand Prix, but timing still played a part.

The top four finishers started the race all looking like they would only need one stop to complete the 71-lap distance, but only two of them did and neither of them were the race winner.

Simply, the attractiveness of the one-stop strategy over such a short lap is that it would reduce the time spent in traffic after a pit stop. However for those at the front, only doing one stop would risk spending more time behind cars to be lapped. Undercutting would reduce time spent in lapped traffic, but more likely lose track position, while overcutting wouldn’t have a pace advantage if you encountered backmarkers before your stop.

However for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen it all didn’t matter as he had such a pace advantage over the chasing Mercedes drivers and McLaren’s Lando Norris that he was able to make his first stop without losing the lead and then build up such a lead that he had a ‘free’ second stop that slashed his lead but gave him a fresher set of tyres to go for the fastest lap point at the end of the race.

Sergio Perez, Red Bull, Red Bull Ring, 2021
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Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Norris had their own space on track to react to that with their own second stops, and therefore deny Verstappen an extra point, but chose not to as they finished second and third.

The strategic element counted for more further back, with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jnr taking his starting set of C3 tyres to the end of lap 48 and then ending the race on the faster C4 compound. Taking that tyre on low fuel helped him finish fifth (ahead of a penalised Sergio Perez) from 10th on the grid and be bettered by only Verstappen when it came to fastest race laps.

Less than four seconds, but four positions, behind Sainz was AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly. He started on the softest C5 tyre and was committed to the two-stop strategy from the off, but traffic proved costly in a car that was quick enough to finish further up. You can look at the gaps he had to overcome, as well as how the battle at the front played out, below.

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2021 Austrian 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 Austrian 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 Hamilton400
Valtteri Bottas503
Max Verstappen100
Sergio Perez30-2
Lando Norris20-1
Daniel Ricciardo1326
Lance Stroll91-4
Sebastian Vettel112-6
Esteban Ocon17
Fernando Alonso14-24
Charles Leclerc1224
Carlos Sainz Jnr10-44
Pierre Gasly60-3
Yuki Tsunoda70-5
Kimi Raikkonen1610
Antonio Giovinazzi1531
Mick Schumacher1921
Nikita Mazepin2011
George Russell8-5-3
Nicholas Latifi1803

2021 Austrian 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 Austrian Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’06.20062
2Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari1’07.7621.56270
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’08.1261.92655
4Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Honda1’08.1461.94654
5Sergio PerezRed Bull-Honda1’08.1921.99255
6Valtteri BottasMercedes1’08.3742.17452
7Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1’08.4052.20570
8Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1’08.4202.22051
9Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda1’08.4552.25554
10Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1’08.4712.27162
11Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’08.5202.32062
12Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1’08.6592.45954
13Charles LeclercFerrari1’08.6982.49855
14Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1’08.8202.62056
15Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1’08.8742.67469
16George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’08.9002.70056
17Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’09.0422.84255
18Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1’09.3943.19456
19Nikita MazepinHaas-Ferrari1’09.7573.55749
20Esteban OconAlpine-Renault

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2021 Austrian Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3
Max VerstappenC4 (32)C3 (28)C3 (11)
Valtteri BottasC4 (30)C3 (41)
Lando NorrisC4 (30)C3 (41)
Lewis HamiltonC4 (31)C3 (22)C3 (18)
Sergio PerezC4 (32)C3 (39)
Carlos Sainz JnrC3 (48)C4 (23)
Daniel RicciardoC4 (29)C3 (42)
Charles LeclercC4 (34)C3 (37)
Pierre GaslyC5 (13)C3 (32)C3 (26)
Fernando AlonsoC4 (32)C3 (38)
George RussellC4 (30)C3 (40)
Yuki TsunodaC5 (12)C3 (39)C3 (19)
Lance StrollC5 (14)C3 (32)C3 (24)
Antonio GiovinazziC4 (1)C3 (28)C3 (41)
Nicholas LatifiC4 (33)C3 (37)
Kimi RaikkonenC3 (37)C4 (33)
Sebastian VettelC5 (17)C3 (32)C3 (20)
Mick SchumacherC4 (34)C3 (35)
Nikita MazepinC4 (27)C3 (18)C3 (24)

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2021 Austrian Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Sebastian VettelAston Martin20.84149
2Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri20.8500.00945
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes21.0050.16431
4Valtteri BottasMercedes21.0710.23030
5Sebastian VettelAston Martin21.0860.24517
6Max VerstappenRed Bull21.0900.24932
7Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo21.1290.2881
8Charles LeclercFerrari21.1430.30234
9Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri21.1450.30412
10Daniel RicciardoMcLaren21.1510.31029
11Nicholas LatifiWilliams21.1520.31133
12Max VerstappenRed Bull21.2360.39560
13Lance StrollAston Martin21.3910.55014
14Lewis HamiltonMercedes21.4210.58053
15Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari21.4310.59048
16Lance StrollAston Martin21.4720.63146
17George RussellWilliams21.6060.76530
18Sergio PerezRed Bull21.7350.89432
19Mick SchumacherHaas21.7980.95734
20Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo21.8961.05537
21Nikita MazepinHaas22.0001.15927
22Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri22.5641.72313
23Fernando AlonsoAlpine22.6631.82232
24Nikita MazepinHaas23.1822.34145
25Lando NorrisMcLaren26.4745.63330
26Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri26.6045.76351
27Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo27.1226.28129

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

    1. Looks like verstappen’s best lap before pitting was barely enough for fastest lap!

      1. That’s why he made sure with a stunning 1m06s. A stunning two and a half seconds faster than anyone on track.

      2. I have an opinion
        5th July 2021, 8:00

        The irony is, had he not pitted, Max would have lapped Junior. In that scenario, it would be unlikely that Sainz would have had the opportunity to get clean air in front of Leclerc and Ricciardo, and chase down ghost Perez for fifth.

    2. I have an opinion
      5th July 2021, 8:12

      In retrospect, no one should have even attempted Q2 on soft tyres. Alpha Tauri, Aston Martin and Russell all lost out in the race to at least some of the Q2 dropouts. Alonso should send Vettel a gift basket. While Gasly’s pace and strategy was potentially faster than the Q3 rejects, he could not clear the trains quickly enough.

      1. I have an opinion
        5th July 2021, 8:26

        Sorry, Russell did not start on softs. He had a bad opening lap.

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