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

2022 Belgian Grand Prix

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The raw numbers of Max Verstappen’s scorching run to victory in the Belgian Grand Prix are deeply impressive.

From 14th on the grid – effectively 13th as Pierre Gasly’s spot was vacant due to a last-minute pit lane start – Verstappen was eighth by the end of lap one. He was aided by the first-lap collision between Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

After the Safety Car came in, Verstappen picked off his rivals with impressive speed. He took Alexander Albon and Daniel Ricciardo on the first lap after the track went green, then Sebastian Vettel, Alonso and George Russell on consecutive tours.

As he closed on race leader Carlos Sainz Jnr and Sergio Perez in second, Ferrari brought their man in. While Verstappen was briefly detained by Perez, he soon swept past – team principal Christian Horner said this was not under instruction from the pit wall.

After making his own, delayed first pit stop, Verstappen only had to pass Sainz to take the true lead of the race. This was done by lap 18 out of 44 – well before half-distance. From there he cruised home to win by 17 seconds, though it could easily have been more.

Despite taking pole position, Carlos Sainz Jnr was powerless to stop the Red Bull onslaught, and ended the day 26 seconds behind the driver who had started 13 places behind him. Both started on the soft tyres, but Verstappen extracted better performance and durability out of them, ensuring he had all bases covered.

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Spa-Francorchamps, 2022
Leclerc’s bid for fastest lap failed
Verstappen was simply unstoppable. He set his quickest lap after pitting for medium tyres with a dozen laps to go, and when Charles Leclerc pitted at the end of the race he couldn’t beat his rival’s time despite softer tyres and a lighter fuel load. He fell shy by a whopping six tenths of a second, indicating just how great a performance advantage Verstappen enjoyed at Spa.

His team mate, however, could not produce the same. Perez lapped 1.4 seconds slower than Verstappen on their quickest tours, and lost around half a second per lap to his team mate after they swapped places.

Leclerc’s bid to set the fastest lap of the race was compromised when he emerged narrowly ahead of Alonso, who then overtook him. Although the Ferrari driver was able to regain his last place it interfered with his bid to take the bonus point.

Did Ferrari make a tactical error? They expected Leclerc to stay ahead and Alpine team principle Otmar Szafnauer said the same. Leclerc’s pit stop wasn’t especially slow, but it was just enough to bring Alonso within range, and the power of DRS did the rest.

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2022 Belgian 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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2022 Belgian 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 4
George Russell 5 2 1
Max Verstappen 15 7 14
Sergio Perez 2 0 0
Charles Leclerc 16 6 11
Carlos Sainz Jnr 1 0 -2
Lando Norris 18 3 6
Daniel Ricciardo 7 1 -8
Esteban Ocon 17 4 10
Fernando Alonso 3 -1 -3
Pierre Gasly 8 -11 -1
Yuki Tsunoda 13 -5 0
Lance Stroll 9 0 -2
Sebastian Vettel 10 5 2
Alexander Albon 6 -1 -4
Nicholas Latifi 11 -1 -7
Valtteri Bottas 14 0
Zhou Guanyu 19 3 5
Mick Schumacher 20 3 3
Kevin Magnussen 12 1 -4

2022 Belgian 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 Belgian Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1’49.354 32
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’49.984 0.630 44
3 Sergio Perez Red Bull 1’50.764 1.410 29
4 George Russell Mercedes 1’50.793 1.439 31
5 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1’51.678 2.324 31
6 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1’51.717 2.363 36
7 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 1’51.977 2.623 32
8 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1’52.212 2.858 32
9 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1’52.256 2.902 38
10 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’52.317 2.963 30
11 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Red Bull 1’52.436 3.082 32
12 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1’52.515 3.161 40
13 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1’52.868 3.514 35
14 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1’52.880 3.526 29
15 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Red Bull 1’53.002 3.648 24
16 Alexander Albon Williams-Mercedes 1’53.055 3.701 28
17 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1’53.080 3.726 34
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1’53.332 3.978 29
19 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 2’05.651 16.297 1
20 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

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2022 Belgian Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4
Max Verstappen C4 (15) C3 (15) C3 (14)
Sergio Perez C3 (14) C3 (13) C2 (17)
Carlos Sainz Jnr C4 (11) C3 (14) C2 (19)
George Russell C3 (13) C3 (16) C2 (15)
Charles Leclerc C4 (3) C3 (22) C3 (17) C4 (2)
Fernando Alonso C3 (11) C3 (14) C2 (19)
Esteban Ocon C3 (12) C2 (20) C3 (12)
Sebastian Vettel C3 (14) C2 (19) C3 (11)
Pierre Gasly C3 (10) C2 (12) C3 (22)
Alexander Albon C3 (10) C2 (16) C3 (18)
Lance Stroll C3 (15) C3 (11) C2 (18)
Lando Norris C3 (13) C2 (16) C3 (15)
Yuki Tsunoda C2 (18) C3 (12) C3 (14)
Zhou Guanyu C3 (14) C3 (14) C4 (16)
Daniel Ricciardo C3 (12) C2 (20) C3 (12)
Kevin Magnussen C3 (11) C2 (16) C3 (16)
Mick Schumacher C3 (14) C2 (16) C3 (13)
Nicholas Latifi C3 (3) C3 (12) C2 (19) C4 (9)
Valtteri Bottas C4 (1)
Lewis Hamilton

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2022 Belgian 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 22.322 30
2 Sergio Perez Red Bull 22.349 0.027 14
3 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 22.542 0.220 22
4 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 22.543 0.221 11
5 Fernando Alonso Alpine 22.641 0.319 11
6 Sergio Perez Red Bull 22.650 0.328 27
7 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 22.750 0.428 25
8 George Russell Mercedes 22.825 0.503 13
9 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 22.833 0.511 33
10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 22.857 0.535 10
11 Max Verstappen Red Bull 22.882 0.560 15
12 George Russell Mercedes 22.977 0.655 29
13 Lando Norris McLaren 23.036 0.714 13
14 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 23.085 0.763 12
15 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 23.146 0.824 32
16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 23.189 0.867 25
17 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 23.222 0.900 14
18 Alexander Albon Williams 23.334 1.012 10
19 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 23.334 1.012 42
20 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 23.349 1.027 26
21 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 23.364 1.042 28
22 Kevin Magnussen Haas 23.396 1.074 27
23 Nicholas Latifi Williams 23.414 1.092 34
24 Esteban Ocon Alpine 23.491 1.169 32
25 Esteban Ocon Alpine 23.511 1.189 12
26 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 23.555 1.233 15
27 Lando Norris McLaren 23.560 1.238 29
28 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 23.744 1.422 14
29 Fernando Alonso Alpine 23.954 1.632 25
30 Mick Schumacher Haas 24.158 1.836 14
31 Nicholas Latifi Williams 24.168 1.846 15
32 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 24.198 1.876 3
33 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 24.253 1.931 30
34 Alexander Albon Williams 24.415 2.093 26
35 Mick Schumacher Haas 24.982 2.660 30
36 Kevin Magnussen Haas 26.815 4.493 11
37 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 30.055 7.733 18
38 Nicholas Latifi Williams 35.825 13.503 3

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8 comments on “2022 Belgian Grand Prix interactive data: lap charts, times and tyres”

  1. Insane that Verstappen, starting in the pack on softs, could still easily go a lap longer than Perez (the so called tyre management expert) who started on mediums.
    Fastest lap, even fastest tyre stop. Today was like playing the codemasters F1 game on easy mode.

    1. They pitted Perez early to block Leclerc. Great strategy by Red Bull.

      1. LOL! Big fail strategy you mean! Ferrari was absolutely no threat for RBR this race. LEC who started 15th and didn’t show any fast pace in any session, was even a smaller threat than SAI. Hopefuly, now the remarks “Ferrari is the fastest, best car etc” will no longer be seen here.

        1. It wasn’t to block LEC for the benefit of VER, but more about to make sure PER was ahead of LEC after the stop. If you look at the lap time chart, around the time when PER pitted, PER was driving a bit slower than LEC. Remember that LEC pitted during the safety car and PER didn’t. Also LEC probably managed to condition his tires better because there was no pressure to push the tires super hard at the start of the stint, thus can keep his tires alive really well. Btw, this is not exclusive to PER, VER was also ended up slower and slower, although since VER had so much speed, VER going slower and slower was still faster than LEC.
          So basically, if PER didn’t pit at that moment, he would’ve lost the windows where he could pit and stay ahead of LEC. Sure, you might argue that it didn’t matter since PER can blast past LEC quickly, but as a team, they can’t be complacent just because they have a large speed advantage.

          1. +1 Also Perez had a bad start and probaly went too hard in the beginning which the tyre doesn’t like as you need to bring them slowly on temp….

  2. Not sure what galaxy Max was from today but it must be far, far away.

  3. Hard trying to gauge whether Ric possessed any post-split reinvigoration when they had Norris undercut him by three laps. It was so long that I seriously thought they were trying to take him to the end.

  4. Great drive by Max but I really found that race quite dull. The opening couple of laps were amazing but then as soon as the DRS was switched on, every pass became a slam dunk down the kemmel straight. There were some moves into the bus stop, which was cool despite the travesty that chicane has become. But the sense of jeopardy or suspense was pretty much absent because that DRS zone is totally unnecessary.

    I was watching the highlights on channel 4 and it seemed very hard to follow the strategies. I don’t think they even mentioned leclerc’s issue with the tear-off. I’ve found I only really get what has happened in the races after reading articles like this one. FTA coverage is sorely lacking right now – the sport is clearly enjoying an upswing in popularity but I can’t see how it will be embedded without more FTA coverage.

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