Lap times for the 2014 F1 Hungarian Grand Prix

This race certainly has to stablish Alonso as one of the greatest drivers in F1 history, if not the best. Not that I take away the credit from Hamilton, who also had a splendid race beating his team-mate Nico Rosberg starting from the pit lane, but Alonso has not the best car in the paddock.

Anyway, this was a really interesting race. It might have been another parade for Rosberg and his Mercedes were it not for the downpour just before the race and a couple of accidents —Ericsson first, and Grosjean slightly after while still under the SC— which had the Safety Car released from lap 9 to 13. Some drivers took the opportunity to switch to Soft dry tyres but for Rosberg, Bottas, Vettel and Alonso out front.

A few laps later, the Safety Car was back out when Sergio Perez lost control sliding into the pit wall. At the restart, Fernando Alonso was leader until Ricciardo managed to snatch the lead from the Spaniard with three laps to go. Alonso managed to hold on to a superb second place, while Hamilton secured a scarcely believable third place after starting from the pitlane.

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 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.

Team championship points

This plot shows us the teams’s progress during the season in terms of points towards the championship. Mercedes is a large step ahead of the rest.

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