June 16, 2021

2021 Portuguese Grand Prix interactive data: lap charts, times and tyres | 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix

The Portuguese Grand Prix was decided by teams’ understanding of tyres – and their ability to execute a one-stop strategy in the best way.

Red Bull said their relative pace to Mercedes was down to not being able to get the medium tyres working in the same way. That was reflected by Max Verstappen overtake on Valtteri Bottas at the start of the second, hard tyre, stint.

Mercedes had problems with their pit stops in several recent races, notably the 11-second stop for Bottas in Bahrain which ruined his race. Today again they gave away around half a second to their rivals at their first (for Hamilton, only) stops.

The time Bottas lost put him out of the pits close enough to Verstappen to be vulnerable to the Red Bull, with his warmer tyres. Although the sensor problems he later encountered might have relegated him to third place anyway, the time lost in the pit stop certainly played a part.

McLaren and Lando Norris again showed impressive tyre management to finish ‘best of the rest’ behind the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers. Norris took advantage of starting on soft tyres to move up the order, briefly taking fourth from Sergio Perez and able to build a reasonable lead over the rest of the field, then looked after medium tyres for 44 laps.

Carlos Sainz Jnr, who had pitted one lap earlier than Norris, found that Ferrari were having much bigger problems with the medium tyres. Although he initially fought with Norris and was able to hold sixth place, by the final few laps his car seemed like a sitting duck, pushed out of the points by being overtaken by both Alpine drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Pierre Gasly.

Aston Martin and Lance Stroll attempted a curious strategy. Stroll qualified poorly, starting 17th, and chose to start on a fresh set of soft tyres, presumably to help him move up the order early in the race. He ran an enormous 39 laps on those tyres – over half the race distance – before switching to mediums for a shorter stint to the end and a 14th-place finish.

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2021 Portuguese 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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2021 Portuguese 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:

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2021 Portuguese 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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2021 Portuguese Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Verstappen’s fastest lap time was deleted because he exceeded track limits at turn 14. Bottas therefore scored the bonus point for fastest lap.

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2021 Portuguese Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3
Lewis Hamilton C2 (37) C1 (29)
Max Verstappen C2 (35) C1 (29) C3 (2)
Valtteri Bottas C2 (36) C1 (27) C3 (3)
Sergio Perez C2 (51) C3 (15)
Lando Norris C3 (22) C2 (44)
Charles Leclerc C2 (25) C1 (41)
Esteban Ocon C3 (22) C1 (44)
Fernando Alonso C2 (40) C1 (26)
Daniel Ricciardo C2 (41) C1 (25)
Pierre Gasly C3 (24) C2 (42)
Carlos Sainz Jnr C3 (21) C2 (45)
Antonio Giovinazzi C2 (22) C1 (43)
Sebastian Vettel C3 (22) C2 (43)
Lance Stroll C3 (39) C2 (26)
Yuki Tsunoda C2 (21) C1 (44)
George Russell C2 (28) C1 (37)
Mick Schumacher C2 (32) C1 (32)
Nicholas Latifi C2 (24) C1 (40)
Nikita Mazepin C2 (31) C1 (12) C3 (21)
Kimi Raikkonen C3 (1)

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2021 Portuguese Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 25.892 21
2 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 26.027 0.135 39
3 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 26.172 0.280 24
4 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 26.202 0.310 21
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 26.319 0.427 64
6 Fernando Alonso Alpine 26.442 0.550 40
7 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 26.573 0.681 63
8 Nicholas Latifi Williams 26.595 0.703 24
9 Sergio Perez Red Bull 26.607 0.715 51
10 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 26.620 0.728 22
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 26.729 0.837 22
12 Max Verstappen Red Bull 26.743 0.851 35
13 George Russell Williams 26.843 0.951 28
14 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 26.907 1.015 37
15 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 26.938 1.046 36
16 Lando Norris McLaren 26.952 1.060 22
17 Nikita Mazepin Haas 26.984 1.092 43
18 Esteban Ocon Alpine 27.033 1.141 22
19 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 27.082 1.190 25
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 27.186 1.294 31
21 Mick Schumacher Haas 27.245 1.353 32
22 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 28.639 2.747 41

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