2023 Bahrain Grand Prix interactive data: lap charts, times and tyres

2023 Bahrain Grand Prix

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Red Bull were untouchable in the opening race of the 2023 season, not least because they were able to run a more aggressive tyre strategy than their rivals.

The RB19s were the only cars among the front-runners to tackle the race using two sets of soft tyres on a two-stop strategy. While Max Verstappen scooted off into the distance, Sergio Perez used his extra time on faster rubber to easily jump ahead of Charles Leclerc, who passed him at the start.

The opening corners of the race did not go well for Aston Martin. Fernando Alonso had out-qualified both Mercedes but was behind them by lap two.

Mercedes were anxious to avoid Alonso enjoying the benefit of fresh rubber before either of their drivers, however, and brought both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell in for their first stops before the Aston Martin driver came in. That was repeated the second time around, leaving Alonso with tyres that were six laps fresher than Hamilton’s, and he pressed home his advantage to pass the Mercedes.

Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin, Bahrain International Circuit, 2023
Aston Martin bided their time
“We had a plan in place,” team principal Mike Krack told media after the race. “We tried not to get carried away by people stopping early because we knew that you lose the tyre advantage.

“And we wanted to do a good show for you guys, pass on track and not in the pits. Joking! No, honestly at the end of the day it was really executed properly.”

Alonso went on to demote Carlos Sainz Jnr’s Ferrari for third place. Whether he would have been able to catch and pass Leclerc will never truly be known, as his Ferrari didn’t reach the end of the race.

Red Bull won the championships last year not by having the car that was quickest over a single lap – Ferrari took more pole positions than them – but by being fastest over a race distance. The evidence of the first race of 2023 is Aston Martin has learned this lesson better than any of Red Bull’s rivals.

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2023 Bahrain 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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2023 Bahrain 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:

2023 Bahrain 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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2023 Bahrain Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankNo.DriverCarLap timeGapAverage speed (kph)Lap no.
124Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’33.996207.2856
210Pierre GaslyAlpine-Renault1’35.0681.072204.9442
34Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1’35.2571.261204.5350
42Logan SargeantWilliams-Mercedes1’36.0372.041202.8742
514Fernando AlonsoAston Martin-Mercedes1’36.1562.160202.6236
61Max VerstappenRed Bull1’36.2362.240202.4544
711Sergio PerezRed Bull1’36.3442.348202.2337
820Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’36.4712.475201.9642
944Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’36.5462.550201.836
1018Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1’36.5462.550201.832
1127Nico HulkenbergHaas-Ferrari1’36.6162.620201.6642
1222Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Red Bull1’36.6372.641201.6142
1331Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1’36.7972.801201.2834
1463George RussellMercedes1’37.0353.039200.7942
1555Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari1’37.1303.134200.5937
1623Alexander AlbonWilliams-Mercedes1’37.1443.148200.5643
1716Charles LeclercFerrari1’37.1703.174200.51Multiple laps
1877Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’37.3793.383200.0831
1921Nyck de VriesAlphaTauri-Red Bull1’37.7093.713199.430
2081Oscar PiastriMcLaren-Mercedes1’40.6916.695193.493

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2023 Bahrain Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

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2023 Bahrain 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.
155Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari24.227231
211Sergio PerezRed Bull24.2640.037117
31Max VerstappenRed Bull24.2890.062114
416Charles LeclercFerrari24.3450.118113
522Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri24.3720.145226
663George RussellMercedes24.4060.179231
723Alexander AlbonWilliams24.4580.231340
855Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari24.50.273113
918Lance StrollAston Martin24.6390.412230
1016Charles LeclercFerrari24.6440.417233
1144Lewis HamiltonMercedes24.6820.455112
1244Lewis HamiltonMercedes24.690.463230
1310Pierre GaslyAlpine24.7360.509340
1414Fernando AlonsoAston Martin24.8690.642234
1510Pierre GaslyAlpine24.8790.652225
161Max VerstappenRed Bull24.910.683236
1723Alexander AlbonWilliams24.920.693226
1831Esteban OconAlpine24.9660.739112
1921Nyck de VriesAlphaTauri25.0180.791111
202Logan SargeantWilliams25.0470.82340
2123Alexander AlbonWilliams25.0540.827111
2211Sergio PerezRed Bull25.0910.864234
2320Kevin MagnussenHaas25.1250.898340
2421Nyck de VriesAlphaTauri25.2341.007227
2522Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri25.2671.04110
2624Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo25.2821.055232
2720Kevin MagnussenHaas25.3441.117229
2877Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo25.3991.172111
2920Kevin MagnussenHaas25.4391.212115
3018Lance StrollAston Martin25.4491.222115
312Logan SargeantWilliams25.61.373112
3277Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo25.6431.416229
332Logan SargeantWilliams25.671.443230
3424Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo25.7871.56112
3514Fernando AlonsoAston Martin25.81.573114
3622Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri25.8181.591340
3710Pierre GaslyAlpine25.8851.65819
3827Nico HulkenbergHaas26.0751.848111
3963George RussellMercedes27.0622.835113
4027Nico HulkenbergHaas27.082.853340
4124Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo30.1675.94354
424Lando NorrisMcLaren30.716.483547
434Lando NorrisMcLaren31.4947.267654
444Lando NorrisMcLaren32.7668.539110
454Lando NorrisMcLaren33.2369.009437
464Lando NorrisMcLaren33.4679.24327
474Lando NorrisMcLaren33.6619.434217
4827Nico HulkenbergHaas37.76913.542226
4931Esteban OconAlpine41.46217.235215
5031Esteban OconAlpine44.51820.291332

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2 comments on “2023 Bahrain Grand Prix interactive data: lap charts, times and tyres”

  1. Looking at the 2nd stint Max made his soft tire last longer and drove faster than Mercedes, Ferrari and AM.
    The gap with Perez was made in the first stint – driving on average 0.8 second per lap faster than Perez.

  2. Top speed data? Is it true that SF-23’s top speed increased by 10km/h?

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