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

2021 United States Grand Prix

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As expected before the race, two-stop strategies were the preferred option for most teams in the United States Grand Prix.

In the fight for victory, Red Bull opted for shorter first and second stints compared to Mercedes. Max Verstappen had doubts about the “aggressive” strategy which left his final stint lasting 26 laps, almost half the race distance.

Trying to regain the advantage they lost when Verstappen pitted before them the first time around, Mercedes put Lewis Hamilton on longer stints, in the hope of having fresher tyres at the end. The net result was his tyres at the end were eight laps fresher than his rival’s, allowing him to close in on the Red Bull, though he ran out of time to attack it.

The only two to start on soft tyres were Yuki Tsunoda and Carlos Sainz Jnr, because they were locked into them after qualifying. They ran relatively short first stints, though the soft rubber fared better than they might have expected. They matched or exceeded the first stints of plenty of cars on medium compound starting tyres – Sainz did 14 laps, Tsunoda 12, about the same as when many cars were coming in on mediums.

Pit stop length, as well as stint, was also key to how the order eventually shook out. A slow second pit stop for Sainz cost him around two seconds and, he said after the race, ended his hopes of beating Daniel Ricciardo.

That could have presented a big opportunity for McLaren, but Lando Norris also lost time on his second stop. McLaren brought both drivers in on the same lap, Norris just eight seconds behind Ricciardo, and the second car’s stop was somewhat sluggish as a result.

Sergio Perez finished over 40 seconds behind his team mate but struggled all race with the physical limitation of the drinks system failing in his car. His lap times dropped further off the two cars ahead of him as the race wore on.

At the other end of the spectrum Nikita Mazepin was frequently more than a second slower per lap than the next slowest cars. He also reported severe discomfort from heat in his cockpit footwell and had to pit early when his headrest came loose.

Three cars retired from the race, all with technical problems, including both Alpines. Fernando Alonso parked with a rear wing fault while Esteban Ocon had “a problem with the rear of the car” which appeared to be suspension-related.

The other driver to drop out was Pierre Gasly, who had a worrying moment when his power unit refused to start before the race, but eventually dropped out with a suspension problem.

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2021 United States 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 United States 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 Hamilton210
Valtteri Bottas903
Max Verstappen1-10
Sergio Perez300
Lando Norris70-1
Daniel Ricciardo611
Lance Stroll13-51
Sebastian Vettel1838
Esteban Ocon11-2
Fernando Alonso193
Charles Leclerc400
Carlos Sainz Jnr5-1-2
Pierre Gasly8-2
Yuki Tsunoda1021
Kimi Raikkonen1532
Antonio Giovinazzi1211
Mick Schumacher16-10
Nikita Mazepin17-30
George Russell2066
Nicholas Latifi14-5-1

2021 United States 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 United States Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’38.48541
2Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’39.0960.61152
3Charles LeclercFerrari1’39.3030.81841
4Sergio PerezRed Bull-Honda1’39.5661.08132
5Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1’40.0671.58246
6Valtteri BottasMercedes1’40.1471.66241
7Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1’40.2281.74341
8Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1’40.3451.86043
9Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari1’40.3771.89240
10Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1’40.4811.99640
11Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’40.7922.30728
12George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’41.1202.63536
13Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda1’41.1512.66647
14Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1’41.1892.70436
15Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’41.3402.85543
16Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1’41.3952.91036
17Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1’41.8183.33346
18Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Honda1’42.0153.53012
19Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1’42.1943.70928
20Nikita MazepinHaas-Ferrari1’42.8864.40142

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2021 United States Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3Stint 4
Max VerstappenC3 (10)C2 (19)C2 (27)
Lewis HamiltonC3 (13)C2 (24)C2 (19)
Sergio PerezC3 (12)C3 (18)C2 (26)
Charles LeclercC3 (12)C2 (20)C2 (24)
Daniel RicciardoC3 (11)C2 (19)C2 (26)
Valtteri BottasC3 (15)C2 (19)C2 (22)
Carlos Sainz JnrC4 (11)C2 (18)C2 (27)
Lando NorrisC3 (10)C2 (20)C2 (26)
Yuki TsunodaC4 (9)C2 (23)C2 (23)
Sebastian VettelC3 (17)C3 (21)C2 (17)
Antonio GiovinazziC3 (8)C3 (18)C2 (29)
Lance StrollC3 (18)C3 (16)C2 (21)
Kimi RaikkonenC3 (12)C3 (19)C2 (24)
George RussellC3 (9)C2 (22)C2 (24)
Nicholas LatifiC3 (5)C2 (20)C2 (30)
Mick SchumacherC3 (11)C2 (23)C3 (20)
Nikita MazepinC3 (1)C2 (23)C3 (13)C3 (17)
Fernando AlonsoC3 (7)C2 (21)C2 (11)C3 (10)
Esteban OconC3 (3)C2 (22)C3 (15)
Pierre GaslyC3 (10)C2 (4)

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2021 United States Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Fernando AlonsoAlpine23.31439
2Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari23.4140.10011
3Lance StrollAston Martin23.4550.14134
4Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo23.5020.18826
5Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri23.5290.21532
6George RussellWilliams23.5720.2589
7Fernando AlonsoAlpine23.5760.2627
8Sergio PerezRed Bull23.6040.29030
9Valtteri BottasMercedes23.6190.30534
10Nicholas LatifiWilliams23.6530.33925
11Lewis HamiltonMercedes23.6760.36237
12Max VerstappenRed Bull23.7270.41310
13Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri23.7450.43110
14Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri23.8020.4889
15Charles LeclercFerrari23.8050.49132
16Lance StrollAston Martin23.8270.51318
17Fernando AlonsoAlpine23.8440.53028
18Sebastian VettelAston Martin23.8490.53538
19Esteban OconAlpine23.9190.60525
20Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo23.9930.6798
21Charles LeclercFerrari24.0110.69712
22Daniel RicciardoMcLaren24.0360.72230
23Max VerstappenRed Bull24.0520.73829
24Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo24.0900.77631
25Nikita MazepinHaas24.1690.85537
26Daniel RicciardoMcLaren24.1760.86211
27Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo24.1910.87712
28Mick SchumacherHaas24.2470.93334
29Mick SchumacherHaas24.2930.97911
30Lando NorrisMcLaren24.3851.07110
31Valtteri BottasMercedes24.4441.13015
32Lewis HamiltonMercedes24.4811.16713
33Nikita MazepinHaas24.6111.29724
34Sebastian VettelAston Martin24.9771.66317
35George RussellWilliams24.9801.66631
36Sergio PerezRed Bull25.0181.70412
37Lando NorrisMcLaren25.5482.23430
38Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari26.8663.55229
39Nikita MazepinHaas30.6737.3591
40Nicholas LatifiWilliams32.6109.2965
41Esteban OconAlpine40.80017.4863

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    2 comments on “2021 United States Grand Prix interactive data: lap charts, times and tyres”

    1. Holy smokes. I know Mazepin had a lot of issues. But honestly he is completely outclassed, every race.

      1. @rpiian

        Holy smokes. I know Mazepin had a lot of issues. But honestly he is completely outclassed, every race.

        Every race except one: Silverstone. The media makes an effort to forget that (which is not very hard though).

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