Lap times for the 2014 F1 Austrian Grand Prix

Williams started ahead managing to keep both P1 and P2 for the first laps while Hamilton was pushing hard from back to amend a bad starting position. Despite a good start, Williams lost the strategic battle against Mercedes who managed to take one position away from the Grove squad each pit stop period. Williams opted for a conservative strategy as —in my humble opinion, after so much time without a victory nor a podium— they might have underestimated their chances for victory. I am confident the Grove squad will make more podiums this season and take home a victory before the end of the season.

The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it —Jordan Belfort.

In the meantime, Vettel experienced some problems in his car which cost him a couple of laps; but had to abandon several laps later due to reliability issues. Alonso, on his side, had a good race, and without any incident could keep a good pace to claim P5, which is a very good result considering Ferrari’s performance this season.

Following, I provide the plots so you may draw your own conclusions.

Average pace

This plot shows the difference to the average pace of the race winner. That is, the difference to the average lap time, including pit stops.

The steeper the curve, the faster the lap; and as the curves are generated from cumulative sums of lap times, a negative slope implies a lap time which is quicker that the average.

Position

This one is straightforward; it shows the position of the driver each lap.

Lap time statistics

This is a box-and-whiskers plot. It depicts each driver’s laps through their quartiles. The whiskers represent the lowest datum still within 1.5 IQR of the lower quartile, and the highest datum still within 1.5 IQR of the upper quartile. Suspected outliers are more than 1.5 IQR but less than 3 IQR above Q3 or below Q1 and are represented by an open circle. Anything 3 IQR above Q3 or below Q1 is represented by a filled circle.

Driver championship points

This plot is lets us see a drivers progress during the season in terms of points towards the championship. Both Hamilton and Rosberg are alarmingly increasing their gap with the rest of the drivers.

Finish status

Here we have a bar chart showing each drivers finish status, i.e., whether the car finished the race or what was the cause of the retirement.

Source: Ergast Developer API