October 16, 2021

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

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The Turkish Grand Prix was all about tyre strategy – but not in the way that we might be used to looking at it.

Rather than a question of which compound would be best to use when or whether to run a one or two stop race, the decision was entirely down to timing, with a few drivers and teams getting it notably right – or wrong.

Before the race, Pirelli had been looking at whether it would be possible to do a one-stop race. In the end, every driver bar Sebastian Vettel did. And his strategy, of switching to medium compound slick tyres while others pitted for more intermediates, was, he acknowledged, a mistake.

In terms of single pit stops, however, the variation in how long drivers went on their initial stint was high. Daniel Ricciardo was the first in, after 21 laps, while the final driver to pit was Lewis Hamilton, on lap 50.

Esteban Ocon drove the whole race on a single set of tyres. He fell one lap short of full distance having been lapped. Does his example show Lewis Hamilton should have avoided pitting when he did?

The Alpine driver’s lap times indicate that, as frustrated as Hamilton may have been with the late pit stop, he was right to pit in the final laps of the race. Ocon’s pace dropped off sharply in the final stages of the race. Over the final eight laps he lost 22 seconds to his team mate Fernando Alonso, illustrating the kind of loss Hamilton faced if he hadn’t pitted.

Daniel Ricciardo was in similarly dire straights despite having fitted fresh intermediates earlier in the race. He was suffering severe tyre degradation, lapping two seconds slower than even Ocon on the final tour.

Ocon salvaged a point with his bold strategy. Team mate Alonso’s first-lap misfortune ruined his afternoon. However Carlos Sainz Jnr made a superb recovery after starting from the back of the grid, climbing 11 places to eighth.

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2021 Turkish 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 Turkish 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 Turkish 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 Turkish Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

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2021 Turkish Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3
Valtteri Bottas Intermediate (37) Intermediate (21)
Max Verstappen Intermediate (36) Intermediate (22)
Sergio Perez Intermediate (37) Intermediate (21)
Charles Leclerc Intermediate (47) Intermediate (11)
Lewis Hamilton Intermediate (50) Intermediate (8)
Pierre Gasly Intermediate (39) Intermediate (19)
Lando Norris Intermediate (34) Intermediate (24)
Carlos Sainz Jnr Intermediate (36) Intermediate (22)
Lance Stroll Intermediate (39) Intermediate (19)
Esteban Ocon Intermediate (57)
Antonio Giovinazzi Intermediate (40) Intermediate (17)
Kimi Raikkonen Intermediate (37) Intermediate (20)
Daniel Ricciardo Intermediate (21) Intermediate (36)
Yuki Tsunoda Intermediate (35) Intermediate (22)
George Russell Intermediate (35) Intermediate (22)
Fernando Alonso Intermediate (30) Intermediate (27)
Nicholas Latifi Intermediate (34) Intermediate (23)
Sebastian Vettel Intermediate (36) C3 (1) Intermediate (20)
Mick Schumacher Intermediate (39) Intermediate (17)
Nikita Mazepin Intermediate (35) Intermediate (21)

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2021 Turkish 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 22.442 36
2 Sergio Perez Red Bull 22.463 0.021 37
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 22.684 0.242 50
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 22.962 0.520 37
5 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 23.028 0.586 21
6 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 23.150 0.708 40
7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 23.164 0.722 37
8 Lando Norris McLaren 23.239 0.797 34
9 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 23.329 0.887 35
10 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 23.500 1.058 36
11 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 23.514 1.072 37
12 George Russell Williams 23.551 1.109 35
13 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 23.646 1.204 47
14 Nikita Mazepin Haas 23.829 1.387 35
15 Mick Schumacher Haas 23.892 1.450 39
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams 24.104 1.662 34
17 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 28.353 5.911 36
18 Fernando Alonso Alpine 29.116 6.674 30
19 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 29.310 6.868 39
20 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 35.509 13.067 39

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