Lap times for the 2015 F1 Monaco Grand Prix

Three consecutive Monaco Grand Prices for Rosberg due to Mercedes messing it up strategically by calling Hamilton in during the Safety Car period. Nonetheless, great result for Nico, as only Ayrton Senna has more wins in a row in the Principality, with 5 gold medals from 1989 to 1993.

The Safety Car was deployed following Max Verstappen’s heavy crash at Ste. Devote —he has been given a grid penalty and penalty points on his licences for his collision with Romain Grosjean—. After the extra pit stop, Hamilton was unable to overtake Vettel’s Ferrari despite the fresher tires. Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo came home fourth and fifth respectively. It is Red Bull’s best result of the season.

Following we have the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen and the Force India of Sergio Perez while Jenson Button scores the first points (4) of McLaren’s revived Honda partnership. Alonso could have brought home additional points if it were not for a mechanical problem on his car. Behind Button, Sauber’s Felipe Nasr and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz —staring from the pit lane— completed the top ten.

Hulkenberg had to recover several positions after a first-lap stop for a new nose following an incident Alonso. Behing him, Grosjean finished in P12 after losing his eigth place in Verstappen’s crash while Marcus Ericsson brought his Sauber home 13th and Williams’s unfortunate race weekend brought them only 14th for Valtteri Bottas and 15th for Felipe Massa. In the meantime, Robert Merhi finally beat Marussia team mate Will Stevens for the first time this season.

Following, I provide some plots so you may draw your own conclusions. You can also compare with last year’s Monaco Grand Prix.


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