Brazilian Grand Prix fastest laps analysis

Fastest laps by driver

Rank Driver Fastest lap Deficit Laps within 1% of personal best
1 Mark Webber 73.733 0 24
2 Sebastian Vettel 73.89 0.157 21
3 Rubens Barrichello 73.95 0.217 23
4 Robert Kubica 74.155 0.422 40
5 Heikki Kovalainen 74.303 0.57 21
6 Lewis Hamilton 74.345 0.612 31
7 Jenson Button 74.353 0.62 39
8 Nico Rosberg 74.37 0.637 17
9 Kimi Raikkonen 74.558 0.825 35
10 Sebastien Buemi 74.563 0.83 49
11 Kamui Kobayashi 74.676 0.943 35
12 Romain Grosjean 74.789 1.056 25
13 Jaime Alguersuari 74.861 1.128 25
14 Giancarlo Fisichella 74.931 1.198 23
15 Nick Heidfeld 74.988 1.255 11
16 Vitantonio Liuzzi 74.99 1.257 27
17 Kazuki Nakajima 75.073 1.34 18
Jarno Trulli No time No time No time
Adrian Sutil No time No time No time
Fernando Alonso No time No time No time

Top 50 fastest laps

Rank Driver Lap time Lap
1 Mark Webber 73.733 25
2 Mark Webber 73.875 24
3 Sebastian Vettel 73.89 59
4 Sebastian Vettel 73.944 36
5 Rubens Barrichello 73.95 20
6 Sebastian Vettel 73.954 35
7 Mark Webber 74.012 22
8 Rubens Barrichello 74.027 65
9 Rubens Barrichello 74.048 19
10 Mark Webber 74.05 21
11 Mark Webber 74.101 19
12 Rubens Barrichello 74.118 18
13 Sebastian Vettel 74.119 34
14 Mark Webber 74.128 20
15 Robert Kubica 74.155 38
16 Robert Kubica 74.164 22
17 Rubens Barrichello 74.179 17
18 Mark Webber 74.199 45
19 Robert Kubica 74.201 44
20 Robert Kubica 74.201 45
21 Rubens Barrichello 74.243 67
22 Mark Webber 74.245 62
23 Sebastian Vettel 74.259 70
24 Rubens Barrichello 74.262 66
25 Sebastian Vettel 74.286 61
26 Robert Kubica 74.287 19
27 Sebastian Vettel 74.289 55
28 Rubens Barrichello 74.293 16
29 Sebastian Vettel 74.301 67
30 Heikki Kovalainen 74.303 68
31 Mark Webber 74.315 46
32 Robert Kubica 74.316 18
33 Robert Kubica 74.317 43
34 Sebastian Vettel 74.324 48
35 Heikki Kovalainen 74.337 62
36 Sebastian Vettel 74.341 71
37 Robert Kubica 74.342 21
38 Robert Kubica 74.344 37
39 Lewis Hamilton 74.345 59
40 Sebastian Vettel 74.349 58
41 Mark Webber 74.35 63
42 Mark Webber 74.352 18
43 Jenson Button 74.353 46
44 Robert Kubica 74.358 17
45 Sebastian Vettel 74.358 68
46 Nico Rosberg 74.37 16
47 Mark Webber 74.371 11
48 Robert Kubica 74.377 60
49 Sebastian Vettel 74.377 69
50 Nico Rosberg 74.378 22

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11 comments on Brazilian Grand Prix fastest laps analysis

  1. Chris P said on 19th October 2009, 11:14

    Great consistency from Buemi. Rosberg 0.64 off fastest lap and Nakajima 1.34 off. No doubt Rosberg is the much better driver and I will be surprised if Nakajima is in F1 next year. No points compared to Rosbergs 34.5. Button very consistent but not quick. Rubens much faster.

    • Mahir C said on 19th October 2009, 20:17

      what race did you watch? Button was heavier for half of the race and in traffic most of the time. After 1st pit stops Button was consistently faster than Rubens by 3-4 tenths.

    • Mahir C said on 19th October 2009, 20:20

      what race did you watch? Button was most of the time in traffic behind Kobayashi and heavier than Rubens. When he had free air he was consistently faster than Rubens by 3-4 tenths. He could have got a much better results if he managed to pass Kobayashi at 1st try.

  2. Patrickl said on 19th October 2009, 11:56

    Just for comparison I did my “laptime consistency” analysis. With fastest lap, average laptime of 5 fastest laps, median laptime and number of laps with less than 2 tenths off of the previous lap.


    Fastest Top5 Median 0.2
    WEB 73.733 73.954 74.504 43
    VET 73.890 74.033 74.927 28
    BAR 73.950 74.064 74.858 31
    KUB 74.155 74.202 74.584 32
    KOV 74.303 74.462 75.214 24
    HAM 74.345 74.489 75.063 34
    BUT 74.353 74.464 74.974 31
    ROS 74.370 74.390 74.614 12
    RAI 74.558 74.656 75.002 41
    BUE 74.563 74.629 75.054 32
    KOB 74.676 74.882 75.389 27
    GRO 74.789 74.852 75.644 26
    ALG 74.861 74.920 75.715 28
    FIS 74.931 75.101 75.775 27
    HEI 74.988 75.205 75.420 7
    LIU 74.990 75.063 75.787 34
    NAK 75.073 75.142 75.335 11

    Obvious differences are Buemi and Webber. Buemi has slightly erratic laptimes, but indeed mostly within 1% of his fastest lap. Webber has pretty smooth laptimes, but he only had to push during his first stint, so most of his laps are indeed not close to his fastest lap.

    • Eamon said on 20th October 2009, 6:20

      Can we get one of these for every race? Awesome analysis! Looks like Kimi got the most out of his package.

  3. Again, we can see here what a fantastic race have made Lewis Hamilton with his poor car.

    For comparison, Vettel had a Rocket in his hand at Interlagos and Lewis, who started the race behind him, changed his strategy and raced his first stint much heavier than the german and, even so, finish the race in front of him — who has a car much better than the MP4/24…

    I think, Keith, you should write a post analyzing how Vettel´s inability to overtake could have compromised his championship…

  4. Look at Fisi compared to Räikkönen. He’s a lot slower and a lot less consistent. That Ferrari must be really hard to master, or perhaps starting at the back compromised his times quite a bit.

  5. adaptalis said on 19th October 2009, 17:06

    49/71 laps at that pace. Not bad for Buemi. Shame he couldn’t finish higher.

    Kubica is impressive too knowing that he had to turn down his revs but still able to lap 4th Fastest, with high consistency

  6. This paints a picture of sugar-water dominance. They were really half a second clear of the field—Barrichello set his lap on empty tanks in stint 1, and was nowhere after that. An, obbviously, after stint 1, Webber was never truly pressed and Vettel spent much of the day in traffic.

    Button was distinctly adrift of Barrichello and on par with Hamilton, who massively out-raced him. This continued his established inability to maximize the car relative to his teammate.

    Button did the best job over the season, but if you consider that next year’s car will be similar, its clear that the driver they fired is the one who can unlock its performance.

    Ironically, this race may well save Slowvalainen’s job. Because he was very fast. He outqualified Hamilton and, on the same strategy, was in the race.

  7. Toby Bushby said on 22nd October 2009, 2:00

    Rosberg’s consistency is impressive too. He only completed 20-something laps….

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