Lap times for the 2015 F1 Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari expected a better result after coming to Spain with a set of changes in the hope to catch up with Mercedes. Vettel finished third behind both Mercedes at 45 seconds from Rosberg while Raikkonen was not able to overtake fellow countryman Valtteri Bottas who finished fourth. With Massa finishing in P6, we complete the list of unlapped teams.

Ricciardo was the first of the lapped drivers to finish the race. That’s way far down the table for a top team such as Red Bull used to win.

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