2014 Australian Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps

2014 Australian Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Albert Park, 2014Nico Rosberg set the fastest lap of the Australian Grand Prix. But just how much faster are Mercedes than their rivals?

Rosberg’s best lap was less than a tenth of a second quicker than the next fastest, which was set by Valtteri Bottas. But the W05 was clearly capable of lapping much quicker, as the graph below shows.

Rosberg set his fastest time as early as lap 19. Most of his rivals did theirs at the end of the race when the fuel loads had dropped and the track’s rubber levels had built up. So how much quicker could Rosberg have gone?

At the point when Rosberg set his fastest time no one else on track had got within 1.4 seconds off it. It took another 15 laps for anyone to get within a second of it.

Rosberg finished the race with a 24 second lead which he built up in the 41 laps after the Safety Car came in. That’s a gain of 0.58s per lap and it’s clearly Rosberg was managing his pace for much of that time. Mercedes’ true advantage was in the region of a second per lap at Melbourne. The question now is whether that is also the case at other tracks which are more reflective of those the rest of the championship will be contested on, such as Sepang.

But they were untouchable in Melbourne. Tellingly, when Jenson Button asked on the radio for more information about the leading drivers’ pace, he added: “obviously not the Mercedes…”

Australian Grand Prix lap times

All the lap times by the drivers (in seconds, very slow laps excluded):

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2014drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57
Lewis Hamilton 106.128
Daniel Ricciardo 103.549 97.459 96.321 95.966 96.665 95.48 95.324 95.088 95.045 95.06 96.339 135.227 142.548 140.721 134.525 95.415 94.066 93.883 93.969 94.14 93.816 93.826 94.258 94.804 95.277 94.873 95.099 94.968 95.113 95.976 95.448 96.539 95.03 95.646 95.284 113.313 102.36 94.669 94.044 93.754 93.557 93.251 93.902 93.292 93.942 94.683 95.255 93.74 93.066 93.231 93.335 93.149 93.468 93.425 93.367 93.475 94.21
Nico Rosberg 102.038 97.687 95.765 94.939 95.438 94.977 95.417 94.55 94.217 94.364 95.185 134.269 149.953 141.208 134.486 93.976 94.04 93.195 92.478 93.331 92.839 93.144 93.213 93.936 93.941 94.539 95.588 95.416 94.069 94.946 94.272 95.305 94.088 93.979 93.981 94.464 95.19 115.194 101.375 93.394 93.243 93.286 92.672 92.786 94.137 93.148 93.498 92.704 92.8 92.757 93.863 93.001 93.026 93.052 93.185 93.309 93.857
Kevin Magnussen 105.402 97.435 97.917 96.796 96.766 95.857 95.446 95.752 95.74 95.555 96.194 136.538 135.46 140.764 134.334 95.433 94.139 94.035 94.654 94.867 94.374 94.131 94.551 94.439 95.368 95.86 96.614 96.231 96.264 95.727 95.505 95.626 95.2 94.904 94.728 94.995 112.635 99.13 92.917 93.898 93.144 93.742 93.718 93.112 94.356 94.404 95.249 93.866 92.997 92.987 93.152 93.307 94.237 93.771 93.441 93.125 94.698
Fernando Alonso 108.266 98.611 97.81 95.719 96.205 95.634 96.292 96.46 96.405 96.992 97.667 139.525 128.277 140.389 132.487 96.473 95.451 94.952 95.453 95.143 94.612 95.05 95.3 95.292 96.059 95.797 95.783 95.647 96.275 95.831 95.374 96.19 95.949 94.077 112.828 99.972 94.374 94.57 93.994 93.951 94.092 94.528 94.353 93.446 94.019 93.82 93.812 92.987 93.52 93.468 93.844 93.661 93.078 93.233 93.347 92.616 95.034
Jean-Eric Vergne 108.805 98.579 99.424 96.855 97.592 96.357 96.263 95.798 96.093 96.359 97.041 143.494 123.534 139.749 132.012 96.656 95.525 95.413 95.054 95.074 94.857 94.754 95.461 95.383 95.677 96.25 95.971 96.086 96.011 95.899 95.73 95.943 115.005 100.416 93.864 94.162 94.642 95.097 94.957 95.015 94.791 95.009 94.238 94.379 94.352 95.11 95.825 94.739 95.04 94.858 94.757 94.381 96.361 94.676 94.481 94.366 94.931
Nico Hulkenberg 106.986 98.359 96.856 96.878 96.352 96.063 96.618 96.306 96.651 96.728 96.877 136.397 130.616 141.039 133.697 96.462 94.943 95.345 95.388 94.903 94.688 95.161 95.209 95.457 95.755 95.759 95.947 95.54 95.901 95.971 95.993 96.077 115.326 99.444 94.123 95.913 95.006 94.925 94.929 94.661 94.857 94.969 94.59 94.296 94.33 94.586 94.6 94.316 94.258 94.57 93.732 95.885 94.222 94.83 93.53 93.21 93.398
Daniil Kvyat 109.503 98.797 99.417 97.037 96.992 96.745 96.228 95.862 95.691 96.457 97.299 150.844 121.904 135.891 131.057 97.635 96.322 95.569 95.367 95.265 95.423 95.606 96.361 95.729 96.861 95.848 95.66 96.095 96.076 95.742 95.522 95.448 95.503 95.192 95.592 115.843 99.257 92.634 93.689 93.987 93.704 93.854 94.461 94.73 95.129 95.005 94.946 95.189 94.374 94.516 94.402 94.529 94.615 94.768 94.427 95.883 95.813
Felipe Massa
Valtteri Bottas 109.766 98.737 98.584 96.786 95.747 94.925 95.96 95.573 95.732 156.286 122.855 118.201 100.338 116.976 126.691 98.551 95.051 95.903 95.582 95.406 94.846 94.741 94.785 95.211 95.497 94.981 95.33 95.399 95.785 95.913 95.64 95.372 95.169 94.638 95.912 115.054 99.745 93.779 94.251 93.819 93.919 93.858 94.057 94.419 94.518 94.339 94.578 93.7 93.482 94.553 93.628 94.19 94.118 93.269 92.965 92.568 94.671
Jenson Button 110.328 98.968 98.705 97.156 97.12 96.686 96.271 96.079 95.979 96.655 117.843 120.84 121.893 140.58 132.402 96.184 95.402 95.181 95.194 95.341 94.865 94.907 95.413 95.385 95.763 95.856 95.959 95.908 96.014 95.871 95.908 113.971 99.162 93.515 94.497 94.157 94.157 94.036 93.965 94.082 93.918 93.797 93.569 93.358 93.954 93.775 93.539 93.326 93.373 93.44 93.549 93.551 93.453 93.668 93.692 93.391 93.186
Kimi Raikkonen 109.387 98.63 97.771 97.013 96.092 95.132 96.143 98.122 96.648 96.444 97.253 145.964 126.011 136.028 131.894 96.707 95.48 95.38 95.338 94.756 94.927 94.933 95.305 95.335 97.658 96.037 95.9 96.09 95.268 95.497 95.811 96.08 96.105 95.09 98.352 114.28 100.692 93.896 94.046 93.766 93.883 93.934 94.141 94.178 94.504 94.494 94.957 94.494 95.142 95.259 94.396 94.545 94.802 93.922 93.746 93.691 95.036
Sebastian Vettel 120.977 109.947 111.46
Adrian Sutil 113.369 101.685 100.024 99.823 101.794 99.542 97.994 97.798 98.062 98.683 108.015 118.59 116.199 136.327 131.4 97.609 97.588 97.369 97.432 97.126 96.836 96.984 96.519 96.75 97.213 96.567 97.286 96.954 96.646 96.871 97.278 96.977 97.264 97.544 118.752 103.373 95.064 95.276 95.037 94.566 94.564 94.802 94.869 95.125 95.207 95.177 95.199 95.004 95.579 95.236 96.38 94.934 94.626 94.594 94.627 94.743
Kamui Kobayashi
Sergio Perez 156.707 104.79 97.064 96.51 96.033 96.07 96.087 96.996 96.422 96.384 129.463 120.708 102.694 112.117 126.323 98.259 95.913 96.934 98.028 97.087 95.451 95.138 96.156 96.704 97.106 96.647 97.642 96.786 97.248 96.885 96.944 115.468 100.2 93.366 93.526 93.996 93.687 93.954 93.856 93.601 93.975 94.013 94.176 94.254 94.483 94.254 94.994 94.686 94.925 95.395 95.098 95.328 95.467 95.819 96.08 99.293 97.436
Max Chilton 125.52 103.507 100.425 98.928 98.636 99.455 99.496 98.996 101.036 99.377 114.168 123.376 108.67 120.969 129.623 103.028 98.987 98.56 98.659 98.77 98.863 98.96 100.026 119.399 103.605 98.261 97.256 98.225 97.794 98.872 98.289 97.375 98.597 97.746 97.021 99.663 97.843 97.967 99.754 98.893 119.123 104.098 96.838 97.373 98.085 96.633 96.939 100.071 98.982 96.592 97.126 96.378 95.975 96.626 95.635
Jules Bianchi 99.46 98.882 113.401 118.319 102.194 120.446 128.732 101.693 98.958 98.303 99.364 98.687 98.7 99.007 100.027 98.274 97.503 97.728 118.244 104.076 97.109 96.22 96.806 96.484 98.302 97.692 98.224 96.819 96.308 96.663 97.308 97.133 96.937 117.075 103.452 96.148 96.263 98.308 97.637 95.281 97.302 97.158 97.024 95.618 96.422 96.799 96.831 95.702
Esteban Gutierrez 161.894 105.455 100.567 97.4 96.445 96.154 96.033 96.122 95.93 97.507 114.083 118.875 101.993 117.263 127.375 100.635 98.371 98.27 98.815 97.18 96.869 97.752 97.459 98.394 96.623 96.89 97.95 97.272 97.23 117.089 104.522 94.656 94.202 94.485 94.479 95.2 95.203 95.131 94.508 94.774 94.488 95.727 95.408 95.605 94.708 94.595 94.788 95.094 95.291 97.34 95.605 94.829 95.677 95.111 95.84 95.795
Marcus Ericsson 115.013 101.262 99.457 99.774 100.308 100.337 99.846 100.867 99.78 100.204 105.911 117.689 114.285 135.29 131.036 100.619 99.917 98.329 100.171 98.815 99.108 98.838 121.336 103.365 97.432 97.064 99.333
Romain Grosjean 130.795 105.629 98.519 99.157 98.493 97.813 97.112 97.993 98.721 97.981 107.48 118.43 108.422 134.47 130.275 99.019 97.693 96.931 98.262 98.078 97.54 98.411 96.573 96.897 96.802 96.89 96.918 115.731 102.283 94.766 95.922 95.137 95.482 94.887 95.351 95.283 95.616 96.432 95.52 95.151 95.327 94.802 95.171
Pastor Maldonado 116.505 100.456 100.141 99.728 100.548 99.369 99.59 98.909 98.563 98.631 107.54 118.116 115.651 135.353 131.297 98.171 97.332 98.508 97.856 97.453 98.745 98.584 99.261 97.444 97.659 97.559 98.651 100.524 118.825

Australian Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’32.478 19
2 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’32.568 0.090 56
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’32.616 0.138 56
4 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’32.634 0.156 38
5 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’32.917 0.439 39
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’33.066 0.588 49
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.186 0.708 57
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’33.210 0.732 56
9 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’33.366 0.888 34
10 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’33.691 1.213 56
11 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’33.864 1.386 35
12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’34.202 1.724 33
13 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’34.564 2.086 41
14 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’34.766 2.288 30
15 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’35.281 2.803 41
16 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’35.635 3.157 55
17 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’37.064 4.586 26
18 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’37.332 4.854 17
19 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’46.128 13.650 1
20 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’49.947 17.469 2

2014 Australian Grand Prix

Browse all 2014 Australian Grand Prix articles

Image © Daimler/Hoch Zwei

Advert | Go Ad-free

31 comments on 2014 Australian Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps

  1. Sam (@) said on 16th March 2014, 19:06

    I doubt Rosberg was pushing the car. He could easily build a gap to P2 by going fast under his limit.

    • James (@jimmyd13) said on 16th March 2014, 21:10

      His fastest lap was on lap 19, so he was on a very high load of fuel, I reckon he could have done 0.5-1 second quicker if had wanted to extend at around lap 50, but he had no need to and was on medium compound tyres, we have definitely not seen the full power of the Mercedes yet and that seems a bit daunting, if they have even more domination in the bag than Nico showed today, hopefully they can quickly sort out reliability and then they’ll have 2 drivers on the podium.

    • Nick (@nick101) said on 17th March 2014, 9:25

      So tell me, considering the flak that Button constantly get’s about only winning the championship because the Brawn was 1-2 seconds faster than the rest of the field (was never even 7/10ths faster than the field), if Hamilton or Rosberg win the title this year, will their championships also be so easily dismissed?

      • matt90 (@matt90) said on 18th March 2014, 12:27

        Probably depends on more than that.Button had a noticeable drop off after the early domination. Apparently people wanted the winner to spread his best moments through the season, even if overall they still had the same number of highlights and lowlights.

      • Piero said on 18th March 2014, 14:44

        No. Why? Because Hamilton already proved himself without such a huge advantage and Rosberg, if he wins it, will do it against a proved champion like Hamilton.

  2. Sam (@) said on 16th March 2014, 19:08

    Fastest lap last year by RAI on old tyres (medium I think): 1:29.407

  3. Ean (@ean) said on 16th March 2014, 19:11

    Daniil Kvyat4th fastest impressive

  4. 20 Sebastian Vettel: Red Bull-Renault – 1’49.947 (+17.469)

    Good job, Seb.

  5. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 16th March 2014, 19:22

    37 laps of fuel more than Bottas and still faster, that’s very ominous.

  6. evered7 (@evered7) said on 16th March 2014, 19:28

    Leaving aside the Mercs, the rest of the field seems close. I am not sure of RB because of the irregularity but Macca, Ferrari, Williams are more or less on the equal front. Macca>Williams>Ferrari by a very small margin. Force India probably ruined the stats by holding back Alonso. I would have liked to see Ricciardo chased by Magnussen followed by Alonso to see who was consistently faster.

    Wonder how much is the benefit of running in clear air this season.

  7. Mr win or lose said on 16th March 2014, 19:32

    Wow… Rosberg drove the fastest lap of the race as early as lap 19?! That’s really cool. Usually drivers burn off some fuel right after the safetycar 1) to build up a gap and 2) to reduce their fuel load a bit more. In lap 24 or so Rosberg switched to “survival mode”, after which he was unable to improve his laptime. Possibly, if he really wanted, he could have driven somewhere in the 1:30s at the end of the race I think.

  8. himmatsj (@himmatsj) said on 16th March 2014, 19:33

    Is that really correct? Rosberg FLAP on Lap 19? Man, if true, he could have gone more than a second quicker than that…!

  9. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 16th March 2014, 19:39

    What’s interesting is that lap times were steadly dropping and the effect of fuel saving wasn’t as big as I thought. Good to see that.

  10. Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 16th March 2014, 19:50

    It looks like Alonso’s Ferrari had some speed…. only too late.

  11. I said to @mathers after the race that it looked to be like Rosberg was running at less than 80% today, this kind of backs that up. He could easily have gone so much quicker and still won by nearly half a minute, and that was only earned over 40 laps!

    This is very ominous, and if it copies over to the other races I just hope both or neither Merc’s finish the race because if it’s just one they’ll win completely unchallenged bar mistakes or issues.

    • Mathers (@mathers) said on 16th March 2014, 20:14

      This shows what you said perfectly, this is very worrying for the rest of the teams, I just hope this track suited the car much more than the rest!

      • Mr win or lose said on 16th March 2014, 20:56

        Albert Park is one of the toughest test for the machinery. The speed differences are usually larger than anywhere else – compare Vettel’s speed advantage in 2011 in Australia to the next race. But that’s probably only true for differences in aerodynamic efficiency. With the current rules, fuel economy is probably the big equalizer and as Albert Park is one of the most fuel-demanding tracks, the performance edge of the Mercedes’ may be even bigger in the next few races.

  12. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 16th March 2014, 23:48

    That is some scary pace from the Mercedes! With that kind of speed, I doubt anyone will catch them.

    Hopefully we’ll see Hamilton and Rosberg in close fights for victories.

    Should be a very exciting season.

  13. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 17th March 2014, 9:35

    Curiously Gian Carlo Minardi has just put his own interpretation of the cars’ performance out in a press release:

    Now it can be useful to analyse the lap times to have a better understanding of the real gap separating the teams’ performance. Rosberg’s Mercedes has been steadily around 1’32’’-1’33’’ low, whereas all other pilots drove around 1’34’’. Just towards the end Fernando Alonso (fifth at finish) drove around 1’32’’ low, getting close to the fastest race lap set by Rosberg (1’32’’478). Surely an encouraging result, even though a correct interpretation is not straightforward: we should know the data about fuel consumption and strategies too. In the current season the learning curve of teams will be very high: therefore, after each race, we can expect substantial evolutions and important adjustments.

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 17th March 2014, 17:27

      I keep trying to remind myself that the learning curve is going to be very steep, especially for the Renault engined teams who’ve done relatively little mileage compared to the likes of Merc and Williams. If not for that fact I would be very worried by Rosberg’s apparent advantage in Melbourne and what it will mean for the racing this season.

  14. Wow. Schumi did 1.24 a whopping 10 years ago. What awesome progress formula 1 has managed…

  15. Ilanin (@ilanin) said on 17th March 2014, 19:05

    Something else we can get from this set of times. Subtract the four safety car laps, and then add in another 115.19 to account for Rosberg’s second pit stop, and his average lap time over those 54 racing laps was a 1m 35.075. I suppose I should really add another eight seconds to allow Rosberg to get up to speed after a theoretical non-neutralised pit stop; if so, 1m 35.223s.

    Either way, that’s still faster than Kimi Raikkonen’s average of 1m 36.259s that was good enough for 25 points in 2013.

Add your comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

All comments must abide by the comment policy. Comments may be moderated.
Want to post off-topic? Head to the forum.
See the FAQ for more information.