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

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

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:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Sergio Perez Red Bull-Honda 1’28.617 50
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’29.699 1.082 45
3 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1’30.266 1.649 52
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’30.524 1.907 45
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’30.569 1.952 45
6 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda 1’30.826 2.209 51
7 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 1’31.223 2.606 51
8 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1’31.284 2.667 51
9 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1’31.420 2.803 44
10 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1’31.698 3.081 48
11 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’31.895 3.278 48
12 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1’31.992 3.375 48
13 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1’32.049 3.432 49
14 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1’32.210 3.593 48
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’32.346 3.729 49
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1’32.477 3.860 51
17 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1’32.862 4.245 50
18 Nikita Mazepin Haas-Ferrari 1’32.909 4.292 51
19 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1’33.059 4.442 35
20 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda

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2021 British Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4
Lewis Hamilton C2 (27) C1 (25)
Charles Leclerc C2 (29) C1 (23)
Valtteri Bottas C2 (22) C1 (30)
Lando Norris C2 (21) C1 (31)
Daniel Ricciardo C2 (20) C1 (32)
Carlos Sainz Jnr C2 (28) C1 (24)
Fernando Alonso C2 (24) C1 (28)
Lance Stroll C2 (23) C1 (29)
Esteban Ocon C2 (19) C1 (33)
Yuki Tsunoda C2 (30) C1 (22)
Pierre Gasly C2 (28) C1 (18) C3 (6)
George Russell C2 (18) C1 (33)
Antonio Giovinazzi C2 (23) C1 (28)
Nicholas Latifi C2 (19) C1 (32)
Kimi Raikkonen C2 (18) C1 (33)
Sergio Perez C1 (18) C2 (20) C2 (10) C3 (3)
Nikita Mazepin C2 (25) C1 (26)
Mick Schumacher C2 (24) C1 (27)
Sebastian Vettel C2 (18) C1 (22)
Max Verstappen

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2021 British Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Nicholas Latifi Williams 27.543 19
2 George Russell Williams 27.812 0.269 18
3 Sergio Perez Red Bull 27.848 0.305 38
4 Sergio Perez Red Bull 27.892 0.349 18
5 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 28.110 0.567 18
6 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 28.137 0.594 23
7 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 28.145 0.602 18
8 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 28.180 0.637 46
9 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 28.209 0.666 22
10 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 28.213 0.670 23
11 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 28.433 0.890 29
12 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 28.685 1.142 28
13 Esteban Ocon Alpine 28.772 1.229 19
14 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 28.817 1.274 20
15 Sergio Perez Red Bull 29.082 1.539 48
16 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 29.134 1.591 30
17 Nikita Mazepin Haas 29.253 1.710 25
18 Mick Schumacher Haas 29.319 1.776 24
19 Fernando Alonso Alpine 29.743 2.200 24
20 Lando Norris McLaren 31.706 4.163 21
21 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 37.509 9.966 28
22 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 40.266 12.723 27

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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. F1oSaurus (@)
    19th July 2021, 10:22

    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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