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

DriverStart positionLap one position changeRace position change
Lewis Hamilton4
George Russell521
Max Verstappen15714
Sergio Perez200
Charles Leclerc16611
Carlos Sainz Jnr10-2
Lando Norris1836
Daniel Ricciardo71-8
Esteban Ocon17410
Fernando Alonso3-1-3
Pierre Gasly8-11-1
Yuki Tsunoda13-50
Lance Stroll90-2
Sebastian Vettel1052
Alexander Albon6-1-4
Nicholas Latifi11-1-7
Valtteri Bottas140
Zhou Guanyu1935
Mick Schumacher2033
Kevin Magnussen121-4

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:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Max VerstappenRed Bull1’49.35432
2Charles LeclercFerrari1’49.9840.63044
3Sergio PerezRed Bull1’50.7641.41029
4George RussellMercedes1’50.7931.43931
5Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1’51.6782.32431
6Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1’51.7172.36336
7Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari1’51.9772.62332
8Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1’52.2122.85832
9Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1’52.2562.90238
10Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’52.3172.96330
11Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Red Bull1’52.4363.08232
12Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1’52.5153.16140
13Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1’52.8683.51435
14Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1’52.8803.52629
15Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Red Bull1’53.0023.64824
16Alexander AlbonWilliams-Mercedes1’53.0553.70128
17Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1’53.0803.72634
18Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’53.3323.97829
19Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari2’05.65116.2971
20Lewis HamiltonMercedes

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2022 Belgian Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3Stint 4
Max VerstappenC4 (15)C3 (15)C3 (14)
Sergio PerezC3 (14)C3 (13)C2 (17)
Carlos Sainz JnrC4 (11)C3 (14)C2 (19)
George RussellC3 (13)C3 (16)C2 (15)
Charles LeclercC4 (3)C3 (22)C3 (17)C4 (2)
Fernando AlonsoC3 (11)C3 (14)C2 (19)
Esteban OconC3 (12)C2 (20)C3 (12)
Sebastian VettelC3 (14)C2 (19)C3 (11)
Pierre GaslyC3 (10)C2 (12)C3 (22)
Alexander AlbonC3 (10)C2 (16)C3 (18)
Lance StrollC3 (15)C3 (11)C2 (18)
Lando NorrisC3 (13)C2 (16)C3 (15)
Yuki TsunodaC2 (18)C3 (12)C3 (14)
Zhou GuanyuC3 (14)C3 (14)C4 (16)
Daniel RicciardoC3 (12)C2 (20)C3 (12)
Kevin MagnussenC3 (11)C2 (16)C3 (16)
Mick SchumacherC3 (14)C2 (16)C3 (13)
Nicholas LatifiC3 (3)C3 (12)C2 (19)C4 (9)
Valtteri BottasC4 (1)
Lewis Hamilton

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2022 Belgian Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Max VerstappenRed Bull22.32230
2Sergio PerezRed Bull22.3490.02714
3Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri22.5420.22022
4Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari22.5430.22111
5Fernando AlonsoAlpine22.6410.31911
6Sergio PerezRed Bull22.6500.32827
7Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari22.7500.42825
8George RussellMercedes22.8250.50313
9Sebastian VettelAston Martin22.8330.51133
10Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri22.8570.53510
11Max VerstappenRed Bull22.8820.56015
12George RussellMercedes22.9770.65529
13Lando NorrisMcLaren23.0360.71413
14Daniel RicciardoMcLaren23.0850.76312
15Daniel RicciardoMcLaren23.1460.82432
16Charles LeclercFerrari23.1890.86725
17Sebastian VettelAston Martin23.2220.90014
18Alexander AlbonWilliams23.3341.01210
19Charles LeclercFerrari23.3341.01242
20Lance StrollAston Martin23.3491.02726
21Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo23.3641.04228
22Kevin MagnussenHaas23.3961.07427
23Nicholas LatifiWilliams23.4141.09234
24Esteban OconAlpine23.4911.16932
25Esteban OconAlpine23.5111.18912
26Lance StrollAston Martin23.5551.23315
27Lando NorrisMcLaren23.5601.23829
28Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo23.7441.42214
29Fernando AlonsoAlpine23.9541.63225
30Mick SchumacherHaas24.1581.83614
31Nicholas LatifiWilliams24.1681.84615
32Charles LeclercFerrari24.1981.8763
33Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri24.2531.93130
34Alexander AlbonWilliams24.4152.09326
35Mick SchumacherHaas24.9822.66030
36Kevin MagnussenHaas26.8154.49311
37Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri30.0557.73318
38Nicholas LatifiWilliams35.82513.5033

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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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