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

2021 Mexico City Grand Prix

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Having secured their first front-row lockout of the season, Mercedes could have been forgiven for feeling good about their chances of taking the fight to Max Verstappen and Red Bull at a circuit they did not expect to suit their car.

However, after just one corner, Mercedes found themselves the pursuers rather than the pursued – with Verstappen’s rapid start and a spin for Valtteri Bottas leaving Lewis Hamilton behind his rival and with Sergio Perez breathing down his neck.

Verstappen’s superior raw speed that afternoon was evident in how steadily he pulled away from Hamilton after the Safety Car. And as Perez began to get close, Mercedes called their driver in for a switch to hard tyres to try and avoid the threat of Red Bull undercutting them.

Perez himself would pit 12 laps later and use the advantage of his fresher tyres to quickly eat away the gap to Hamilton until breaking the Mercedes’s DRS range with 11 laps remaining. But that would prove as close as Perez would get to second place, with Hamilton able to keep the local crowd favourite at bay until the chequered flag.

Behind them, Ferrari split their strategy between Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jnr, swapping their cars around in a fruitless bid to challenge Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri up the road. When it became clear Sainz would never reach him, Ferrari ordered Sainz to back off and give the position back to Leclerc.

Further back, Antonio Giovinazzi’s early promise from running seventh in the opening phase of the race failed to materialise into points as he faded with a long second stint. George Russell also slid backwards through the field after he had navigated through the mess of the opening few corners to move up to ninth – the management required to pull off a long final stint very much not playing to the strengths of the Williams.

Bottas had an afternoon to forget as he was forced to fight from the rear of the field after the opening lap contact with Daniel Ricciardo and was then delayed by a very lengthy pit stop after his crew struggled to fit a replacement left-front. However, by pitting in the final laps, Bottas was at least able to snatch away the bonus point for a fastest lap from his team’s Red Bull rivals.

With team mate Mick Schumacher eliminated at the second turn, it was another lonely race for Nikita Mazepin in the Haas at the rear of the field – ultimately over a minute behind Nicholas Latifi in the next placed car by the time Verstappen had claimed his victory.

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2021 Mexico City 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 Mexico City 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:

2021 Mexico City 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 Mexico City Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Valtteri BottasMercedes1’17.77469
2Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’18.9991.22552
3Sergio PerezRed Bull-Honda1’19.4681.69449
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’19.8202.04666
5Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari1’20.0812.30763
6Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1’20.4602.68670
7Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Honda1’20.5102.73666
8Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1’20.6172.84367
9Charles LeclercFerrari1’20.6652.89163
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1’20.7112.93754
11Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’20.7132.93963
12Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1’20.9303.15661
13Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1’21.0693.29540
14Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1’21.3483.57467
15Nikita MazepinHaas-Ferrari1’21.4023.62861
16Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’21.5233.74968
17Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1’21.5463.77266
18George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’22.0164.24261
19Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda
20Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari

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2021 Mexico City Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3Stint 4Stint 5
Max VerstappenC3 (33)C2 (38)
Lewis HamiltonC3 (29)C2 (42)
Sergio PerezC3 (40)C2 (31)
Pierre GaslyC3 (31)C2 (40)
Charles LeclercC3 (30)C2 (41)
Carlos Sainz JnrC3 (42)C2 (28)
Sebastian VettelC3 (33)C2 (37)
Kimi RaikkonenC3 (32)C2 (38)
Fernando AlonsoC3 (39)C2 (31)
Lando NorrisC3 (44)C2 (26)
Antonio GiovinazziC3 (16)C2 (54)
Daniel RicciardoC3 (1)C2 (37)C3 (32)
Esteban OconC4 (14)C2 (56)
Lance StrollC3 (12)C2 (22)C3 (35)
Valtteri BottasC3 (1)C2 (39)C3 (23)C4 (4)C4 (2)
George RussellC3 (15)C2 (54)
Nicholas LatifiC3 (11)C2 (38)C3 (20)
Nikita MazepinC3 (13)C2 (45)C3 (10)

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2021 Mexico City Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Max VerstappenRed Bull21.90833
2George RussellWilliams21.9840.07615
3Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari22.0310.12342
4Charles LeclercFerrari22.0850.17730
5Sergio PerezRed Bull22.1140.20640
6Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo22.2050.29716
7Sebastian VettelAston Martin22.2770.36933
8Lewis HamiltonMercedes22.3730.46529
9Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo22.4240.51632
10Valtteri BottasMercedes22.4630.5551
11Lando NorrisMcLaren22.5340.62644
12Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri22.5490.64131
13Valtteri BottasMercedes22.6800.77263
14Nicholas LatifiWilliams22.7390.83149
15Daniel RicciardoMcLaren22.8130.90538
16Esteban OconAlpine23.1001.19214
17Lance StrollAston Martin23.5861.67812
18Nikita MazepinHaas23.6371.72958
19Nicholas LatifiWilliams23.6811.77311
20Fernando AlonsoAlpine23.9852.07739
21Nikita MazepinHaas25.0943.18613
22Lance StrollAston Martin26.0564.14834
23Valtteri BottasMercedes26.4434.53567
24Valtteri BottasMercedes31.6649.75640
25Daniel RicciardoMcLaren38.12816.2201

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4 comments on “2021 Mexico City Grand Prix interactive data: lap charts, times and tyres”

  1. I wonder if Bottas has broken the record for most stops in a dry race at this track…

    1. I can confirm that it’s the most number of pit stops by any driver in Mexico at least since 2015.

  2. I am sure Bottas has the fastest time in round 71 not 69 or that is because he was lapped twice?

    1. Yeah because he was lapped twice.

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