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

2022 Japanese Grand Prix

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The Japanese Grand Prix may have run for little more than half its intended distance, but it still proved a challenge for several drivers to make their intermediate tyres last that far.

After crashes brought the original start to an early stop and rain forced a two-hour hold-up, there was little more than 40 minutes left on the clock by the time the race finally got underway for good. Following the initial start on intermediates, drivers were required to take the rolling start on full wets, but it was clear they wouldn’t stay on them for long.

Most of the field played it safe, and those who headed into the pits early reaped the rewards. First among those were Sebastian Vettel and Nicholas Latifi, who from 15th and 16th respectively at the restart took the chequered flag in sixth and ninth.

It left many of the others wishing they’d been bolder. “There was only really the one decision point to make the in race which was when to come in for inters,” said Mercedes’ head of trackside engineering Andrew Shovlin. “It looked like the optimum would have been to follow the Safety Car in when we restarted, which was surprising given the amount of water on the track.”

Mercedes instead brought both their drivers in together. But Lewis Hamilton’s lap wasn’t particularly quick and George Russell, arriving behind him, lost even more time.

A week earlier around the slowly-drying, low-grip Singapore Marina Bay track, drivers nursed their intermediate rubber until they wore into ‘slicktermediates’. That wasn’t an option at Suzuka, one of the most punishing and abrasive circuits for tyres.

Instead drivers faced a choice between coaxing their worn tyres to the end of the race or pitting for fresh rubber. The difficulty of passing made the latter a tricky feat to pull off. Fernando Alonso came close to making it work, pitting from behind Vettel in a bid to pass him and finishing less than a tenth of a second behind the Aston Martin driver.

Alonso also narrowly missed out on the bonus point for fastest lap. He had to pick his way past Nicholas Latifi on his first lap out of the pits, missing the opportunity to get a clear lap in when his tyres were at their best. He therefore fell short of beating Zhou Guanyu‘s fastest lap by a mere thousandth of a second.

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2022 Japanese 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 Japanese 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:

2022 Japanese 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 Japanese Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankNo.DriverCarLap timeGapAverage speed (kph)Lap no.
124Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’44.411200.2220
214Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1’44.4120.001200.2225
316Charles LeclercFerrari1’44.4890.078200.0710
41Max VerstappenRed Bull1’44.9110.500199.2710
518Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1’45.2050.794198.7121
610Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Red Bull1’45.3870.976198.3722
744Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’45.5301.119198.111
822Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Red Bull1’45.8931.482197.4222
911Sergio PerezRed Bull1’46.1201.70919711
1047Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1’46.5452.134196.2113
1131Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1’46.5592.148196.1811
125Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1’46.9642.553195.4413
1363George RussellMercedes1’47.0042.593195.3721
1477Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’47.8203.409193.8911
153Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1’47.8433.432193.8511
1620Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’48.0723.661193.4410
174Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1’48.1753.764193.258
186Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1’48.3713.960192.912

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2022 Japanese Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

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2022 Japanese Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

RankNo.DriverTeamComplete stop time (s)Gap to best (s)Stop no.Lap no.
122Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri23.75623.752320
218Lance StrollAston Martin23.8723.866319
310Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri23.96623.962419
418Lance StrollAston Martin24.00524.00127
514Fernando AlonsoAlpine24.10624.10228
614Fernando AlonsoAlpine24.12324.119322
75Sebastian VettelAston Martin24.21824.21425
824Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo24.26624.262318
91Max VerstappenRed Bull24.30824.30427
1022Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri24.43924.43527
1124Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo24.56324.55929
124Lando NorrisMcLaren24.59524.59126
1347Mick SchumacherHaas24.60824.604211
146Nicholas LatifiWilliams24.78524.78125
1577Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo24.86924.86526
1610Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri24.96624.96237
1744Lewis HamiltonMercedes25.05925.05527
1831Esteban OconAlpine25.17225.16827
1911Sergio PerezRed Bull25.32225.31827
203Daniel RicciardoMcLaren25.37725.37328
2120Kevin MagnussenHaas25.59425.5927
2216Charles LeclercFerrari25.89925.89527
2363George RussellMercedes28.72828.72427
2410Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri41.31941.31511

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

  1. Instead of “Vettel is 6 seconds a lap quicker on inters”, a couple of these engineers “Would you like a cup of tea after the race?”

  2. Zhou took fastest lap by 0.001 seconds! The closest ever margin?

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