Lap times for the 2014 F1 Italian Grand Prix

Although Hamilton performed a poor start due to problems with his ERS, he managed to snatch the win from Rosberg in the last stages of the race. The Briton decided to close on his team mate who cracked under the pressure making a mistake. This was a clean race between the two without any controversial incident.

The third step on the podium was for Felipe Massa. It’s his first podium this season, and also his first podium with Williams, finishing just ahead of team mate Valtteri Bottas. A great finish for Williams who just surpassed Ferrari in the Team Championship.

A near-disastrous weekend for Ferrari at their home Grand Prix. An engine problem deprived Alonso from finishing this race and Raikkonen brought only two points home —after Magnussen was given a 5-second penalty.

Not quite so bad for Red Bull, placing both drivers in P5 and P6. Vettel was the first of the one-stopping drivers to make his pit stop giving Ricciardo, on fresher tyres, a better chance to overtake his team mate.

Both McLaren drivers made it to the points, even though Magnussen was given a 5-second penalty because he “did not leave enough room for car 77 [Bottas] in turn one and forced him off the track.” This sanction was worth an extra point for Perez, Button and Raikkonen.

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