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

2021 Hungarian Grand Prix

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The split in strategies between Mercedes and Red Bull before the Hungarian Grand Prix began came to naught. It didn’t matter that the Mercedes on the front row chose mediums and the Red Bulls behind them took softs, due to the downpour which hit the track before the race began, and allowed drivers to choose wet weather tyres.

Every driver therefore opted to start on intermediates – bar Antonio Giovinazzi, who peeled into the pits before the original start was given to fit slicks. Half an hour later, when the race was restarted following a messy first-corner crash, every driver also set out from the pit lane on the race restart with intermediates.

But by now the track had dried, and all bar leader Hamilton pitted before the restart. After the first corner crash Hamilton looked on course for an easy win, but by the time he came in for slicks he was last, and it became clear we were going to see a surprise winner.

Worries before the race about whether it would be a one- or two-stop strategy disappeared due to the rain. Hamilton and Verstappen both found themselves having to work back up the grid, Hamilton’s efforts much more effective since his Mercedes was in good working order compared to Verstappen’s heavily damaged Red Bull.

The cars at the front of the race drove a much more ‘normal’ strategy. Had anyone chose to fit hards instead of mediums when they got rid of their intermediates, they could have tried running to the end, but the difficulty of warming up the harder tyres likely dissuaded teams from that gamble.

Once they’d inherited the top two spots, Esteban Ocon and Sebastian Vettel were in very close competition and needing to avoid being under or overcut in the pits. Both opted for long first stints, completing more than half the race distance before pitting.

Carlos Sainz Jnr, who ran in third place for much of the race, flew once he cleared the AlphaTauri cars but struggled severely with late-race pace after pitting relatively early. He was alert to the threat posed by Hamilton pitting, but powerless to keep the Mercedes behind when it appeared in his mirrors. Hamilton’s lap times, when compared to Verstappen’s, show the severe deficit the Red Bull was suffering due to damage.

Pierre Gasly took fastest lap on the final tour, pitting for soft tyres in the final laps of the race. However, team mate Yuki Tsunoda complained that Gasly wasn’t going fast enough after they switched positions mid-race and both AlphaTauri cars’ pace was quite variable, fighting in the mid-pack.

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2021 Hungarian 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 Hungarian 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 1 0 -2
Valtteri Bottas 2
Max Verstappen 3 -6 -7
Sergio Perez 4
Lando Norris 6 -9
Daniel Ricciardo 11 -3 -1
Lance Stroll 12
Sebastian Vettel 10 7 8
Esteban Ocon 8 6 7
Fernando Alonso 9 2 4
Charles Leclerc 7
Carlos Sainz Jnr 15 11 11
Pierre Gasly 5 -7 -1
Yuki Tsunoda 16 11 9
Kimi Raikkonen 13 3 2
Antonio Giovinazzi 14 -2 0
Mick Schumacher 20 9 7
Nikita Mazepin 19 6
George Russell 17 9 8
Nicholas Latifi 18 12 10

2021 Hungarian 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 Hungarian Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1’18.394 70
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’18.715 0.321 49
3 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1’20.359 1.965 41
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1’20.945 2.551 43
5 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1’21.421 3.027 54
6 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 1’21.423 3.029 54
7 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1’21.459 3.065 60
8 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’21.518 3.124 58
9 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1’22.112 3.718 62
10 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda 1’22.450 4.056 43
11 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1’22.711 4.317 44
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’22.736 4.342 44
13 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1’22.802 4.408 58
14 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1’22.831 4.437 62
15 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 3’06.733 108.339 2
16 Nikita Mazepin Haas-Ferrari 3’09.487 111.093 2

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2021 Hungarian Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4 Stint 5
Esteban Ocon Intermediate (3) C3 (34) C2 (33)
Sebastian Vettel Intermediate (3) C3 (33) C2 (34)
Lewis Hamilton Intermediate (2) Intermediate (2) C3 (15) C2 (28) C3 (23)
Carlos Sainz Jnr Intermediate (3) C3 (29) C2 (38)
Fernando Alonso Intermediate (3) C3 (36) C2 (31)
Pierre Gasly Intermediate (3) C3 (27) C2 (38) C4 (2)
Yuki Tsunoda Intermediate (3) C3 (19) C2 (48)
Nicholas Latifi Intermediate (3) C3 (20) C2 (47)
George Russell Intermediate (3) C3 (18) C2 (49)
Max Verstappen Intermediate (1) Intermediate (2) C3 (17) C2 (20) C3 (30)
Kimi Raikkonen Intermediate (3) C3 (12) C2 (38) C4 (16)
Daniel Ricciardo Intermediate (3) C3 (17) C2 (49)
Mick Schumacher Intermediate (3) C3 (31) C2 (35)
Antonio Giovinazzi C3 (1) Intermediate (2) Intermediate (8) C3 (22) C2 (36)
Nikita Mazepin Intermediate (1) Intermediate (2)
Lando Norris Intermediate (1) Intermediate (1)

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2021 Hungarian Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 20.848 40
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 21.047 0.199 20
3 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 21.172 0.324 53
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 21.208 0.360 47
5 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 21.295 0.447 30
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 21.516 0.668 19
7 Fernando Alonso Alpine 21.523 0.675 39
8 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 21.543 0.695 68
9 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 21.623 0.775 20
10 Esteban Ocon Alpine 21.642 0.794 37
11 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 21.731 0.883 4
12 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 21.819 0.971 22
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 21.874 1.026 33
14 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 21.951 1.103 32
15 Mick Schumacher Haas 22.113 1.265 34
16 George Russell Williams 22.186 1.338 21
17 Max Verstappen Red Bull 22.569 1.721 1
18 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 22.703 1.855 36
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 22.704 1.856 23
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 23.715 2.867 1
21 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 26.573 5.725 1
22 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 29.191 8.343 11
23 George Russell Williams 29.374 8.526 3
24 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 34.492 13.644 3
25 Max Verstappen Red Bull 35.245 14.397 3
26 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 35.451 14.603 3
27 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 36.457 15.609 15
28 Mick Schumacher Haas 36.813 15.965 3
29 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 36.899 16.051 3
30 Fernando Alonso Alpine 37.122 16.274 3
31 Lando Norris McLaren 38.267 17.419 1
32 Nicholas Latifi Williams 39.081 18.233 3
33 Esteban Ocon Alpine 39.522 18.674 3
34 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 39.839 18.991 3
35 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 40.740 19.892 3
36 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 40.882 20.034 3
37 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 42.786 21.938 3
38 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1449.259 1428.411 2

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

  1. A simulation I am interested in:

    If Merc had pitted, would their box position rendered them unable to leave the pits while the train of cars passed by?

    In which case they would have ended up last or near last even after pitting.

    Red Bull are the second box, but Max was not at the front after the formation lap. Nor was Ricciardo who has the next box in the Mclaren.

    If so, it seems Merc were in a unique situation where they were dammed if they pitted and dammed if they didn’t.

    Add to that the frustration of trying to leave their box, I could imagine a scenario where Lewis ended up with a penalty or even collecting a car on leaving.

    If it went well, they may not have ended up at the back, but they probably would have lost a lot of places.

    So I can kind of see why Merc went super cautious.

    Russell pointed out this whole scenario in his post race interview.


    1. AJ (@asleepatthewheel)
      2nd August 2021, 2:37

      He might have slotted somewhere in the middle of the pack depending on where the gap was. But there could have been a risk of an unsafe release. However, even if he came out dead last, he’d have been right behind Giovinazzi and in touch with the pack, as compared to 5-6 seconds he had to make up to catch up in race conditions.

    2. If Hamilton had also pitted, resulting in absolutely no grid for the restart, would Masi have responded and called an extra formation lap, sending them all back around for a full dry grid start?
      There’s no precedent for all of this really.

      Also, the pit lane was chaos, and was potentially far more dangerous than Raidillon (referencing Saturday’s accident and debate).
      Frankly impressive that we only had one unsafe release.

    3. Don’t think Lewis would have come out last. If you notice the queue, you will see that the 2nd drivers of teams had started creating space for themselves by slowing down while entering the pitlane in order to avoid losing time behind their teammates. So that would have created an opening for Lewis to slot into once he was serviced in his pit box.

      The first ‘2nd driver’ to cross Lewis’ pit box would have been Fernando and next would be George. So, I think he would have come out ahead of Fernando (best case) or ahead of George (next best case). Which would have made him P7 or P8.

      Lewis would have won on a canter from the P7, P8 position.

      1. @sumedh Mercedes’ estimation was he would’ve rejoined in P6.

    4. Even if Lewis had to wait for the entire field to enter, he would not have been last. Many of those cars would boxed themselves allowing for Lewis to get back around them.

    5. Well, this is a far more logical explanation than “The team thought it was going to rain”. Especialy when all the other teams thought otherwises.

  2. That Hungarian GP race chart looks like a spider’s web in the first laps! ;O It indicates how much of a good and crazy race it was.

  3. I have an opinion
    2nd August 2021, 9:15

    The Williams cars confirmed their reputation as some of the hardest to overtake, despite their poor laptimes. Latifi and Russell had trains behind them.

  4. When Max pitted the second time, he recaught Ricciardo in about 10 laps!

  5. I think Red Bull pit stop crew did a 1.85s pit stop or something for Verstappen yesterday. Amazing job they keep improving to break the fastest pit stop record, salute their determination.

  6. Giovinazzi missed a massive opportunity here, if the displayed tyre strategies are indeed correct. He pitted in the warmup lap for slicks, but apparently decided to switch to inters after the first lap. Seconds later there was a red flag. During the restart he followed all the other drivers into the pits, only to be the only one to switch to inters. I have no idea why he did that, since he already was on fresh inters but the track was almost completely dry at the time.

    1. @matthijs Gio and his team probably had an overthought because of the pile up first lap accident. It’s a shame, because they got it right but changed to the wrong choice only to follow everyody afterwards, reaping only the onus of the gamble.

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