2014 Malaysian Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps

2014 Malaysian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Sepang International Circuit, 2014Mercedes led the way again in Malaysia but unlike in Australia the extent of their superiority was reflected in the fastest lap times.

Lewis Hamilton’s fastest lap in the W05 was over a second quicker than any of his rivals could manage in a different car.

The second-fastest car in the race in terms of fastest lap time was the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso. However he was the only drive among the top nine finishers to end the race medium tyres rather than the considerably slower hards, so that probably exaggerates the performance of his car.

Team mate Kimi Raikkonen was well off Alonso’s pace, largely due to the damage he sustained early in the race when he had to do an entire lap on a punctured rear tyre, and the fact he spent much of the rest of the afternoon in traffic.

The Red Bull pair had better race pace, though Sebastian Vettel had to back off in the closing laps to save fuel, allowing the gap between him and Nico Rosberg to increase.

Here are all the drivers’ lap times from the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Malaysian 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
Lewis Hamilton 111.824 107.501 107.763 108.375 107.428 107.532 107.048 107.494 107.695 107.277 107.695 107.66 107.774 107.966 111.236 126.575 106.19 107.045 106.554 106.471 106.353 106.432 106.68 106.281 106.523 106.762 107.145 106.498 107.19 106.705 106.998 106.547 109.8 125.971 105.49 105.176 105.449 105.548 104.854 105.028 105.275 104.804 104.981 104.329 104.766 105.462 105.41 105.789 106.182 106.499 108.975 125.003 103.066 103.198 104.312 105.39
Sebastian Vettel 115.012 108.859 108.744 108.215 108.338 108.034 108.318 108.195 108.229 108.303 108.45 108.501 112.295 126.682 106.334 107.103 106.778 106.902 106.838 107.067 106.462 106.657 107.051 106.9 106.774 106.806 107.032 106.795 106.929 107.294 110.978 125.122 104.779 106.303 106.14 105.731 105.466 105.535 105.76 105.86 105.61 105.597 105.969 105.845 106.016 106.181 106.162 106.27 109.976 126.02 104.289 104.669 104.888 105.412 105.134 104.899
Nico Rosberg 113.894 108.713 108.579 108.255 107.753 107.321 107.743 107.999 107.88 108.059 107.82 107.856 107.844 111.764 128.099 107.696 107.189 106.683 106.621 106.923 106.522 106.35 106.591 106.62 106.538 106.95 107.124 106.905 106.941 106.693 107.345 111.11 125.617 106.555 105.63 105.473 105.337 104.951 104.838 104.796 104.854 104.912 105.212 105.203 105.252 105.614 105.987 106.546 106.493 109.983 123.687 104.702 104.519 104.516 103.96 108.27
Fernando Alonso 116.44 109.154 108.219 108.801 108.527 108.139 108.317 108.347 108.955 109.871 112.322 126.093 107.764 108.37 107.418 107.25 107.198 107.364 107.197 107.131 107.127 107.65 107.595 108.022 107.632 107.78 111.206 125.534 106.658 106.496 106.281 106.485 106.84 106.302 106.644 106.114 106.03 106.403 106.91 106.654 106.68 111.264 124.215 104.459 104.711 104.531 104.165 104.443 104.864 104.833 104.726 107.102 106.243 105.412 105.415 105.663
Daniel Ricciardo 114.677 108.779 108.881 109.06 108.535 108.271 108.127 108.466 108.622 108.707 108.835 112.315 126.441 107.346 106.919 106.882 107.82 107.242 106.948 107.308 106.93 107.079 107.13 107.197 107.205 107.507 107.497 110.874 125.768 105.831 106.969 107.251 107.014 106.965 106.979 106.845 106.505 106.702 106.715 109.614 212.008 137.263 134.762 110.765 136.728 112.124 104.868 104.675 114.595
Kimi Raikkonen 118.121 150.743 129.402 107.776 108.388 108.309 108.454 108.937 108.607 108.88 108.921 109.158 108.983 109.676 110.07 110.439 110.891 113.85 126.871 106.752 107.52 107.139 107.471 107.732 108.282 110.637 108.468 108.667 108.164 108.226 108.105 108.435 108.285 113.476 124.376 105.129 106.58 105.99 105.999 105.785 105.974 106.212 106.94 106.311 106.198 106.606 106.492 106.727 107.283 107.345 109.162 108.414 107.84 109.657 108.819
Nico Hulkenberg 116.866 109.469 108.913 108.835 109.01 108.639 108.668 108.602 108.73 108.764 108.952 108.6 108.647 108.664 109.261 113.362 126.631 106.512 106.601 106.725 107.042 106.85 106.823 107.12 107.067 107.36 107.252 107.053 107.232 106.96 107.321 107.297 107.78 111.383 126.103 106.529 106.631 105.982 106.007 106.053 106.561 105.986 106.223 106.101 106.506 106.234 106.104 106.326 106.408 106.448 106.59 107.384 109.18 107.862 108.36 108.604
Kevin Magnussen 118.557 111.143 111.476 110.511 109.922 109.579 109.51 109.577 114.169 139.142 107.552 107.593 107.814 107.886 108.057 108.853 108.335 108.491 108.399 108.612 108.402 108.886 108.769 113.306 131.52 106.342 106.11 108.284 106.656 106.888 107.516 107.757 107.287 107.922 108.549 107.978 107.47 107.578 111.807 125.233 105.767 105.872 105.621 105.373 105.935 106.155 106.219 106.206 106.58 106.441 107.626 106.919 106.878 107.67 109.665
Jean-Eric Vergne 124.803 116.55 149.878 108.527 108.676 109.152 109.012 109.29 109.433 109.268 109.518 109.519 109.623 109.988 109.874 111.399 122.87 152.525
Jenson Button 119.008 110.885 109.596 109.338 109.051 108.545 108.898 108.792 109.211 109.685 109.726 109.755 113.209 127.686 107.367 107.734 107.715 107.879 108.018 108.047 108.196 108.218 108.236 108.733 111.808 125.88 106.891 107.219 107.368 107.252 107.117 107.355 107.42 107.464 107.513 107.515 107.341 107.605 110.53 125.566 106.244 106.406 106.86 106.534 106.811 107.619 106.039 106.316 106.388 106.09 106.14 106.336 106.635 106.457 106.332 107.086
Daniil Kvyat 121.55 110.624 110.737 110.955 109.889 109.844 109.88 110.106 110.158 113.647 126.727 106.923 107.321 109.973 109.195 109.374 108.675 108.323 108.353 108.319 110.107 112.826 130.232 107.561 107.963 108.293 107.487 107.84 108.629 108.165 110.491 109.122 108.922 112.469 126.146 106.695 106.978 109.049 106.79 107.095 107.242 108.744 107.365 107.417 107.204 109.382 107.415 107.314 107.3 107.768 107.589 109.451 108.211 108.513 110.986
Esteban Gutierrez 120.771 110.638 110.943 111.28 111.333 109.959 110.004 110.507 110.167 114.083 132.944 108.54 108.92 108.813 108.899 109.436 108.946 109.131 110.503 109.613 109.899 109.924 113.775 129.06 110.355 108.446 107.782 108.538 110.496 108.414 108.193 108.197 107.978 108.538 112.912
Felipe Massa 119.77 110.421 110.797 111.255 109.74 109.821 109.437 109.678 109.715 108.99 109.274 112.963 126.815 107.129 108.505 107.78 107.479 107.748 107.422 107.506 108.074 108.153 108.376 108.794 108.45 108.599 111.871 126.074 106.493 106.228 106.681 106.953 107.028 107.149 107.643 107.236 106.95 107.258 107.729 107.183 106.602 110.227 125.715 104.897 105.968 108.07 106.291 106.485 106.392 106.27 106.471 106.213 106.069 106.242 107.021 106.95
Sergio Perez
Romain Grosjean 122.152 111.014 110.371 111.245 110.789 110.115 110.198 110.201 110.121 110.173 109.807 114.441 127.829 108.232 108.743 108.597 108.66 108.296 108.739 108.483 108.477 108.725 108.601 108.998 112.563 127.872 107.137 107.491 108.833 110.786 107.784 107.768 107.767 107.774 107.608 107.884 107.74 108.299 108.324 111.773 127.303 106.224 108.385 106.545 106.724 107.266 107.582 107.709 107.666 107.671 108.302 109.073 107.907 109.763 109.006
Pastor Maldonado 129.98 113.126 112.005 111.805 111.683 110.929 119.079
Adrian Sutil 122.404 112.329 109.803 110.586 111.252 110.406 110.091 110.111 110.493 110.675 113.311 130.48 108.846 108.684 109.074 109.223 109.091 109.537 108.467 108.341 109.345 109.33 109.791 113.582 130.152 108.586 108.04 108.546 108.238 108.211 110.258 108.688
Valtteri Bottas 120.897 109.601 111.1 110.994 109.825 110.065 109.418 109.794 109.516 109.224 109.425 109.481 109.224 115.887 128.251 107.039 107.676 107.675 107.9 107.876 107.72 108.042 107.822 108.029 107.737 108.037 107.817 108.292 111.405 125.602 105.475 106.59 106.537 107.482 107.727 107.028 106.704 106.772 106.866 106.561 106.661 106.707 106.645 109.708 125.413 105.669 105.783 105.837 105.975 105.946 106.035 105.835 106.231 106.011 106.912 107.03
Jules Bianchi 188.057 164.32 111.48 111.473 111.603 111.686 112.576 118.437
Kamui Kobayashi 123.046 112.778 111.113 110.479 110.993 110.353 110.771 110.575 111.366 110.826 110.582 110.174 110.258 110.992 115.461 130.705 107.9 108.687 108.746 108.386 108.471 108.586 108.549 108.894 109.508 109.314 109.897 109.529 109.977 110.676 115.262 130.753 110.196 108.201 108.081 109.991 109.632 108.538 108.345 108.928 109.207 110.105 109.573 109.876 108.935 109.852 109.109 108.831 109.009 108.996 109.772 109.423 107.753 109.94 111.848
Max Chilton 125.315 112.486 111.207 111.364 111.445 111.096 110.485 111.269 111.172 115.361 130.218 110.002 109.867 109.997 110.259 111.015 109.868 110.513 110.643 110.116 110.163 110.651 110.561 110.57 112.272 111.904 117.708 132.435 108.461 109.169 109.197 110.346 110.582 108.977 109.509 110.285 109.309 109.138 109.64 109.615 113.5 131.605 108.601 110.332 108.536 109.656 108.604 110.253 108.249 108.433 109.092 109.285 108.341 108.964
Marcus Ericsson 124.378 112.097 110.817 110.951 110.786 110.952 111.073 111.462 110.855 111.068 115.295 134.894 109.435 109.785 109.865 110.524 111.096 111.575 109.758 109.727 109.668 110.215 110.339 110.474 111.806 118.325 131.722 109.202 108.33 108.577 110.054 111.462 110.249 108.888 109.001 109.196 110.359 113.238 129.127 107.5 108.055 108.009 108.335 108.236 112.404 109.373 108.179 109.678 109.144 108.86 109.441 110.425 111.623 111.624

Malaysian Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’43.066 53
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’43.960 0.894 55
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’44.165 1.099 47
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’44.289 1.223 51
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’44.675 1.609 48
6 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’44.897 1.831 44
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’45.129 2.063 36
8 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’45.373 2.307 44
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’45.475 2.409 31
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’45.982 2.916 38
11 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’46.039 2.973 47
12 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’46.224 3.158 42
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’46.695 3.629 36
14 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’47.500 4.434 40
15 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’47.753 4.687 53
16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’47.782 4.716 27
17 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’48.040 4.974 27
18 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’48.249 5.183 49
19 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’48.527 5.461 4
20 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’50.929 7.863 6
21 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’51.473 8.407 4
22 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes

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15 comments on 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps

  1. Sam (@) said on 30th March 2014, 15:08

    1m39.199 by Perez on lap 56 was the fastest last year. We’re getting there.

    Chilton, jesus. 1m48…..

  2. joetoml1n (@joetoml1n) said on 30th March 2014, 18:33

    Interesting to cmpare these times to last years (http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2013/03/24/2013-malaysian-grand-prix-lap-times-fastest-laps/)
    ~4/5 seconds slower, and the cars definitely looked it on track. For me the lack of noise/fuel limits aren’t degrading to the image of F1, instead it’s the lower speeds and Pirelli to some extent.

    • dadman said on 30th March 2014, 20:12

      spot on! two races don’t make a trend, but Mercedes’ lap times would have put them near the back of the field in ’12 & ’13. Rooting for Mercedes but bored to death – 3+ seconds is an eternity for a sport measured in thousandths. If interested in a science experiment with electric motors, would read about it in Popular Science. Will give it a couple more races, but at this pace won’t be there at the end of the year.

    • DaveD (@daved) said on 30th March 2014, 20:23

      @joetoml1n I was thinking about that too. Considering they had told Lewis to turn down to a lower engine setting to save wear on his engine and he was not pushing to catch anyone or taking curbs, and he was on hard tires rather than options, etc…I think it was probably closer to 2 seconds a lap difference. At least on that fastest lap time.
      I don’t think we’ll see Mercedes pushing for real pace until a couple of other teams catch up later in the season and all of them have had time to claw back downforce and get experience with their Power Units.
      I’d bet we’ll see Qualifying times within 1 second of 2013 at Bahrain next week, and race laps within 1-2 seconds by the later half of the year. They have a steep improvement curve with the new formula.

      • joetoml1n (@joetoml1n) said on 31st March 2014, 11:13

        I also agree, that I think they weren’t pushing to their maximum.. But Lewis wasn’t marginal on fuel, and clearly was trying to set a few fast laps at the end.. This is still an early observation, I’ll reserve full judgement until after a few dry qualys, and more races

  3. DaveD (@daved) said on 30th March 2014, 20:26

    @keithcollantine Great coverage and write-ups per your usual…Thanks. :)
    Could we also see the fastest times through the speed trap? If you’ve already posted that somewhere else, my apologies…just thought it would be interesting to see that info as well.

  4. @keithcollantine – I was amazed to see Kobayashi catching the Sauber’s during the race. Obviously seeing this graph now shows it was mainly because Kamui had new tyres while the Sauber’s were on old ones (and also the Sauber’s could have been suffering issues as it wasn’t long before they retired), but still I found this hugely encouraging from Caterham. I know Sauber seem well off of the midfield themselves, but it’s still a fair achievement I think, finally.

  5. JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 30th March 2014, 21:49

    I’m not convinced Alonso’s Ferrari’s performance was too flattered by the order of tyre use – at least compared to Vettel. Vettel set his fastest lap four laps later, so although he was only on brand new hards surely the advantage of having 4 laps less fuel would negate some part of the compound disadvantage

  6. Not quite if Vettel is being optimistic that RBR can catch up to Mercedes by Barcelona. He was consistently outpaced in Sectors 1 and 3. Sure, he would beat HAM and ROS in Sector 2 by 3 to 4 tenths, but that wasn’t consistent either, I’d say about 60% of the time.

    And that fuel usage. I think when push comes to shove, Mercedes could use more at the first half of races to build more of a gap. Not much use of having a bit in reserve if you’re told to cruise the last laps to preserve the machine.

    Source: I was following the lap times on the live F1 app.

  7. erix said on 31st March 2014, 12:15

    Keith, this is what I don’t like about no-refuel regulation. You cannot compare fastest lap on lap 36 with lap 47, tires aside it would be 11 laps fuel different.

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