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

2021 British Grand Prix

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With drivers given free tyre choice, but constrained by the tyre choices made earlier in the weekend, every single car on the starting grid began the race on medium compound tyres. Pit lane starter Sergio Perez was the only driver on hards.

Charles Leclerc was the surprise leader at ther end of lap one. he was partly able to maintain his lead of the race so long because he pulled out a 27-lap stint on his second set of starting tyres.

The Ferrari driver had the advantage of clear air and was able to preserve his tyres. However, he was both AlphaTauri drivers went even further, Tsunoda making his first set of tyres last 30 laps in traffic before he eventually pitted, the longest stint of any driver on the medium compound.

Sergio Perez said Red Bull went into the race with a flexible approach to his strategy. But they couldn’t find a solution to his persistent traffic problems.

Starting from the pit lane, he ran for just 18 laps on his hard rubber, before putting in a further 20 laps on mediums, pitting for a fresh set of the same and then finally turning the race into a three-stop, being pitted a third time for soft tyres.

Perez had recovered to the points but his final pit stop meant that he could take fastest lap from Hamilton, thus preserving Verstappen’s title lead by one point.

Several drivers also suffered very slow pit stops. Carlos Sainz Jnr took the brunt of it, losing 10 seconds added to his time compared to the fastest stop due to an issue with fitting the front left tyre. Lando Norris also had a notably slow stop and Fernando Alonso’s was slightly delayed too.

But of course the slowest stop was had by Lewis Hamilton – not due to a problem, but because he was required to serve a 10-second time penalty. Nonetheless he recovered to take the win, aided by Bottas hurriedly getting out of his way on lap 40.

Unlike when they swapped positions in Spain, Bottas ensured his team mate was not delayed. This was important, as Hamilton passed Leclerc to win with just three laps to spare.

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2021 British 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 British 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 Hamilton200
Valtteri Bottas300
Max Verstappen1
Sergio Perez2012
Lando Norris511
Daniel Ricciardo611
Lance Stroll1435
Sebastian Vettel82
Esteban Ocon9-11
Fernando Alonso701
Charles Leclerc433
Carlos Sainz Jnr1023
Pierre Gasly11-11
Yuki Tsunoda1615
Kimi Raikkonen1341
Antonio Giovinazzi1522
Mick Schumacher1823
Nikita Mazepin1912
George Russell12-2-2
Nicholas Latifi1701

2021 British 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 British Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Sergio PerezRed Bull-Honda1’28.61750
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’29.6991.08245
3Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Honda1’30.2661.64952
4Valtteri BottasMercedes1’30.5241.90745
5Charles LeclercFerrari1’30.5691.95245
6Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda1’30.8262.20951
7Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari1’31.2232.60651
8Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1’31.2842.66751
9Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1’31.4202.80344
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1’31.6983.08148
11Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’31.8953.27848
12Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1’31.9923.37548
13George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’32.0493.43249
14Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1’32.2103.59348
15Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’32.3463.72949
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1’32.4773.86051
17Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1’32.8624.24550
18Nikita MazepinHaas-Ferrari1’32.9094.29251
19Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1’33.0594.44235
20Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda

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2021 British Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3Stint 4
Lewis HamiltonC2 (27)C1 (25)
Charles LeclercC2 (29)C1 (23)
Valtteri BottasC2 (22)C1 (30)
Lando NorrisC2 (21)C1 (31)
Daniel RicciardoC2 (20)C1 (32)
Carlos Sainz JnrC2 (28)C1 (24)
Fernando AlonsoC2 (24)C1 (28)
Lance StrollC2 (23)C1 (29)
Esteban OconC2 (19)C1 (33)
Yuki TsunodaC2 (30)C1 (22)
Pierre GaslyC2 (28)C1 (18)C3 (6)
George RussellC2 (18)C1 (33)
Antonio GiovinazziC2 (23)C1 (28)
Nicholas LatifiC2 (19)C1 (32)
Kimi RaikkonenC2 (18)C1 (33)
Sergio PerezC1 (18)C2 (20)C2 (10)C3 (3)
Nikita MazepinC2 (25)C1 (26)
Mick SchumacherC2 (24)C1 (27)
Sebastian VettelC2 (18)C1 (22)
Max Verstappen

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2021 British Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Nicholas LatifiWilliams27.54319
2George RussellWilliams27.8120.26918
3Sergio PerezRed Bull27.8480.30538
4Sergio PerezRed Bull27.8920.34918
5Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo28.1100.56718
6Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo28.1370.59423
7Sebastian VettelAston Martin28.1450.60218
8Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri28.1800.63746
9Valtteri BottasMercedes28.2090.66622
10Lance StrollAston Martin28.2130.67023
11Charles LeclercFerrari28.4330.89029
12Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri28.6851.14228
13Esteban OconAlpine28.7721.22919
14Daniel RicciardoMcLaren28.8171.27420
15Sergio PerezRed Bull29.0821.53948
16Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri29.1341.59130
17Nikita MazepinHaas29.2531.71025
18Mick SchumacherHaas29.3191.77624
19Fernando AlonsoAlpine29.7432.20024
20Lando NorrisMcLaren31.7064.16321
21Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari37.5099.96628
22Lewis HamiltonMercedes40.26612.72327

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

  1. Obviously, Perez was called in the pits for the 3rd time to take away a point for the Fastest Lap from Hamilton.
    Funny, that Perez/Raikkonen collision was stated as Racing incident. :))

  2. We all knew what was going to be the outcome of the race however, the 1st stint was competitive, they were either afraid of the tyre or trying to do just the one pitstop, then a quarter of the race to go merc flicked the switch and went 2s faster and 1s faster than lec for a long while.

  3. Rodric Ewulf
    19th July 2021, 3:45

    How did Mazepin finish ahead of Schumacher Jr.? The unsung hero of this race.

    1. Mazepin was in ahead of Schumacher for most part of the race (26 laps or so).

      1. Rodric Ewulf
        20th July 2021, 0:26

        Looks like Mazepin is improving on tyre management, only this way he stands a chance of beating Mick Schumacher regularly.
        https://www.racefans.net/2021/07/20/racefans-round-up-20-07-4/

  4. Hamilton had quite a slow stop considering it was a 10 second penalty. The stop seemed quite good they just didnt start work after 10 seconds stationary more like 11 or 12. The stop was 12.7 seconds slower than Latifi’s fastest. A better stop could have seen him stay ahead of Norris.

  5. Wow that just despicable from Red Bull again. They tell Perez to drop his point so he can be the nice little pawn and help Verstappen take one point for FL away from Hamilton?

    1. Yeah, that was quite shocking to willingly give point away to make sure another driver doesn’t scope FL point. At the pace he was going he had a good chance of catching p9 and p8 so many more points.

    2. Rodric Ewulf
      20th July 2021, 0:32

      @f1osaurus Very similar to Bottas’ races that Mercedes compromised, tyre strategy and all, just to make their entitled one look brighter. Unsurprisingly you never cared at all about that. Bottas isn’t that better than Perez either, both had thrown away many points this seasons. Bottas with awful pace in some races and Perez with many unforced mistakes.

  6. Rodric Ewulf
    20th July 2021, 1:56

    The race had a small number of real on-track passes, and we’re talking about Silverstone, not the most difficult track to overtake out there. I’m pretty certain that Bahrain had a lot more overtakes as for instance Perez recovery from last pace didn’t stalled like in Britain. Either he had unlearned to make a move for position or, more likely, the DRS train stopped him to easily do so. The cars being more closer than ever in the midfield has this downside, it looks like, when they cannot follow closely each other and have a DRS-dependence to overtake. That’s why artificial solutions like this will not work in the long run, including gimmicks like sprint qualifying (which is a race, regardless of what FIA unsuccessfully wanted everybody to say). Formula 1 needs more racey cars since a long time, and the 2022 model unveiled during the British GP seems only half decent to fulfill that purpose.

  7. Worth noting that even Botass’s Mercedes had better pace than the remaining Redbull car of Perez. That may or may not say more about Perez than it does the Redbull car.

    Not much passing in this race. High-speed corners make areo push worse so it was hard to get in DRS range.

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