2022 British Grand Prix interactive data: lap charts, times and tyres

2022 British Grand Prix

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The British Grand Prix was not short on action, which was a happy outcome after the shock of the first-lap crash from which Zhou Guanyu and Alexander Albon happily emerged unscathed.

However the red flag triggered by that crash deprived us of an interesting tactical battle. This arose to begin with thanks to F1’s well-judged off-season rules change allowing all drivers to start the race on whatever tyre they choose.

It was unfortunately undone by a combination of the first-lap carnage and the resulting red flag, under which teams are allowed to change their drivers’ tyres (even fulfilling the requirement to use both compounds, though that wasn’t a factor on this occasion).

While most drivers took the start on mediums Max Verstappen, second on the grid, opted for softs, giving him a clear shot at passing pole-winner Carlos Sainz Jnr. He duly did exactly that, shooting past Sainz’s wheel-spinning Ferrari, but after the massive turn one crash drivers were instructed to resume their original positions.

Having inevitably tipped Ferrari off to their strategy Red Bull – perhaps suspecting Ferrari would react by putting Sainz on softs – switched Verstappen back to the mediums. Meanwhile George Russell, who had started on the hards, was out of the race. But while these intriguing choices never got the chance to play out, it’s an encouraging sign that front-running teams are finally starting to experiment with the freedom F1’s tyre rules have given them this year.

Guanyu Zhou, Alfa Romeo, Silverstone, 2022
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Once Sainz had gone off, handing the lead to Verstappen, the Red Bull driver would have been home free. Unluckily for him he clouted a piece of debris left by the collision between Yuki Tsunoada and Pierre Gasly, the part lodged in his floor, and he suffered a hit to his lap times in the region of two seconds. He did an impressive job clawing back some performance, however, notably on the soft tyres at the end when he repelled Mick Schumacher’s attack to take seventh place.

Ferrari’s decision not to pit Charles Leclerc during the final Safety Car period was hotly debated. He was leading the race at the time, and while he did not come in, Sainz, Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso behind him all did. All bar the Alpine driver were able to attack and pass him.

Team principal Mattia Binotto justified the decision, pointing out Mercedes had done the same for Hamilton in the championship-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year. Does that comparison hold?

The wisdom of not pitting from the lead when the driver immediately behind can stay out and overtake is obvious. This was particularly so in Hamilton’s case, as there was so little time left to the end of the race Mercedes could reasonably assume the race would either be red-flagged (allowing them to change tyres without pitting), or conclude under the Safety Car, or restart without the many lapped cars between Hamilton and his pursuer being moved aside. Of course what they did not foresee was an outcome in which the rules were not followed and none of these scenarios played out.

But in Ferrari’s case there were key differences. There were more laps to go until the end of the race and marshals only had to remove an intact but stationary car, not a crashed, smouldering one. That said, the possibility one Safety Car can be quickly followed by another – ‘cautions breed cautions’ – always has to be taken into consideration.

Even so, it was never likely Leclerc was going to be able to hold off his fresh-tyred team mate in that situation, and the team’s attempt to tell Sainz to hold back shows they knew it. In Ferrari’s defence, they had a tiny window of time to make this decision in.

Ferrari faced a similar situation in the same race four years ago. On that occasion their driver Sebastian Vettel was leading when the Safety Car came out, and they pitted him, which allowed Valtteri Bottas to take the lead for Mercedes. On that occasion a second Safety Car period delayed Vettel’s effort’s to retake the lead, but he managed to get by with five laps to go. Nonetheless it shows there is always a risk factor in these decisions when the Safety Car comes out late in the race.

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2022 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:

NB. The order in lap one shows the order in which the cars returned to the pits after the red flag, before they were re-ordered for the restart.

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2022 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 Hamilton522
George Russell8
Max Verstappen21-5
Sergio Perez4-22
Charles Leclerc3-1-1
Carlos Sainz Jnr1-10
Lando Norris6-10
Daniel Ricciardo1441
Esteban Ocon15-2
Fernando Alonso722
Pierre Gasly110
Yuki Tsunoda13-3-1
Lance Stroll2069
Sebastian Vettel1859
Alexander Albon16
Nicholas Latifi102-2
Valtteri Bottas123
Zhou Guanyu9
Mick Schumacher19411
Kevin Magnussen1757

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2022 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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2022 British Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’30.51052
2Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari1’30.8130.30344
3Sergio PerezRed Bull1’30.9370.42747
4Charles LeclercFerrari1’31.2820.77252
5Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1’31.6091.09947
6Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1’31.6451.13547
7Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1’32.1091.59948
8Max VerstappenRed Bull1’32.1351.62545
9Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1’32.3791.86952
10Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1’32.4711.96152
11Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1’32.6442.13434
12Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’32.6612.15152
13Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1’33.2862.77648
14Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1’33.5373.02737
15Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Red Bull1’33.8323.32251
16Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Red Bull1’34.2753.76526
17Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’35.1034.59319
18George RussellMercedes
19Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo-Ferrari
20Alexander AlbonWilliams-Mercedes

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2022 British Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3Stint 4Stint 5
Carlos Sainz JnrC2 (20)C1 (19)C3 (13)
Sergio PerezC2 (5)C2 (34)C3 (13)
Lewis HamiltonC2 (33)C1 (6)C3 (13)
Charles LeclercC2 (25)C1 (27)
Fernando AlonsoC2 (33)C1 (6)C3 (13)
Lando NorrisC2 (34)C1 (6)C3 (12)
Max VerstappenC3 (1)C2 (11)C2 (11)C1 (16)C3 (13)
Mick SchumacherC2 (1)C2 (18)C1 (20)C3 (13)
Sebastian VettelC3 (6)C2 (33)C2 (13)
Kevin MagnussenC3 (1)C2 (21)C2 (30)
Lance StrollC2 (15)C1 (25)C2 (12)
Nicholas LatifiC3 (19)C2 (20)C3 (13)
Daniel RicciardoC2 (20)C1 (12)C3 (6)C3 (14)
Yuki TsunodaC2 (1)C3 (17)C1 (20)C3 (14)
Esteban OconC2 (1)C3 (21)C1 (15)
Pierre GaslyC2 (1)C3 (15)C1 (10)
Valtteri BottasC2 (20)
George Russell
Alexander Albon

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2022 British Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Sergio PerezRed Bull28.15539
2Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari28.4350.28039
3Nicholas LatifiWilliams28.4380.28339
4Sebastian VettelAston Martin28.5400.38539
5Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari28.5740.41920
6Lance StrollAston Martin28.6320.47715
7Max VerstappenRed Bull28.7090.55439
8Fernando AlonsoAlpine28.7330.57833
9Charles LeclercFerrari28.8050.65025
10Nicholas LatifiWilliams28.8290.67419
11Fernando AlonsoAlpine28.8410.68639
12Lando NorrisMcLaren28.9470.79234
13Lewis HamiltonMercedes28.9960.84139
14Mick SchumacherHaas29.1470.99219
15Max VerstappenRed Bull29.2961.14123
16Daniel RicciardoMcLaren29.3451.19038
17Max VerstappenRed Bull29.3951.24012
18Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri29.4481.29338
19Kevin MagnussenHaas29.4731.31822
20Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri29.6321.47716
21Lewis HamiltonMercedes29.8371.68233
22Sebastian VettelAston Martin29.8461.6916
23Daniel RicciardoMcLaren30.2622.10720
24Esteban OconAlpine30.3422.18722
25Daniel RicciardoMcLaren30.5992.44432
26Mick SchumacherHaas30.8322.67739
27Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri34.7596.60418
28Sergio PerezRed Bull37.3029.1475

NB. Some drivers changed tyres after the aborted start.

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