Lap times for the 2014 F1 Canadian Grand Prix

Twice has the Safety Car been released this race: when Max Chilton collided with team mate Jules Bianchi; and when Felipe Massa struck Sergio Perez in the last lap. And what a finish to this Canadian Grand Prix, with a pack of 5 car battling for the podium until that last unfortunate incident; lucky for Vettel who managed to miss a hit. Finally Mercedes could not take home the seventh consecutive victory for one of its cars.

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. During Safety Car periods, the average pace of the race winner Daniel Ricciardo is equal to zero, as can be seen from laps 0 to 7 at 69 to 70.

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