Lap times for the 2014 F1 British Grand Prix

This was a very exciting race. The red flag was the leading figure of the day after Raikkonen got out of the track hitting the wall which was also unfortunate for Massa —who was celebrating his 200th Gran Prix— as he didn’t manage to avoid a collision with the Finn’s wrecked car.

And another spectacular race for Fernando Alonso who managed to climb places till finishing in P6. It was a great battle with Vettel, who once again was outperformed by his team mate Daniel Ricciardo. Definitely, this is not Seb’s year.

With Rosberg retiring from the race due to problems in the gearbox, Alonso becomes the only driver to finish all the races of the season without being lapped. That’s remarkable having such a slow car 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.


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