2014 British Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps

2014 British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2014Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap of the British Grand Prix during the middle of the race while he was chasing down race leader Nico Rosberg.

But would Hamilton have been able to catch his team mate had it not been for gearbox problem?

Hamilton had a clear edge on Rosberg during their first stint on medium tyres, consistently taking around three tenths of a second out of his team mate. His margin was even greater after he made his first pit stop and switched to the hard tyre, gaining over a second per lap on the other Mercedes.

But Rosberg’s gearbox problem had begun much earlier. He reported a problem with his down-shift initially, and according to his team it then cleared up for around ten laps. Then the problem returned, this time on the up-shifts, and proved impossible to fix.

It’s likely that when Hamilton was making his biggest gains on Rosberg than was largely down to the problem which had struck the other Mercedes.

However Hamilton had a clear underlying pace advantage. Had he been able to go the distance on his second set of tyres it’s likely he would have been able to stay within range of Rosberg to get again. And even if not, by being able to finish the race on medium tyres he would have stood a fair chance of jumping Rosberg in the pits or passing him on-track.

Unfortunately we never got to see how this particular battle would have been resolved. But as Mercedes continue to enjoy a substantial performance advantage – Hamilton’s best lap was over two seconds faster than anyone else had managed at the time he set it – there will surely be more of those to savour this year.

British 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
Nico Rosberg 135.166 98.609 99.011 98.934 98.75 98.857 98.857 98.988 99.169 99.464 99.767 99.267 99.024 99.139 99.25 99.039 98.122 118.481 98.615 98.309 98.331 98.454 98.315 98.53 98.091 98.288 99.705
Sebastian Vettel 143.937 102.113 101.545 101.807 101.138 101.348 101.283 101.235 100.027 119.757 99.53 99.754 100.055 100.215 99.351 99.594 99.758 99.816 99.668 99.564 99.752 100.005 100.177 99.915 99.823 99.874 99.918 99.34 99.817 100.089 99.612 99.419 120.138 98.825 99.228 99.767 98.702 99.491 99.382 99.034 99.572 98.944 99.216 99.293 98.837 99.915 98.449 97.785 98.452 99.26 97.481
Jenson Button 136.405 101.05 101.612 101.226 101.129 101.472 101.339 101.165 101.114 101.409 101.299 100.807 100.904 100.821 101.402 101.335 101.431 101.463 100.855 100.625 100.722 101.055 100.997 101.101 100.466 101.071 99.555 119.422 99.743 99.597 99.128 99.176 99.238 98.67 98.879 99.049 98.62 99.203 99 98.677 98.584 99.292 98.795 98.895 99.173 99.077 99.215 98.529 98.473 98.329 98.284
Nico Hulkenberg 145.216 102.878 102.368 102.39 102.372 101.983 102.719 102.715 102.698 102.579 102.111 101.823 101.75 102.164 101.437 101.092 101.833 101.402 101.424 102.29 101.456 101.488 101.812 101.774 101.568 102.746 102.954 101.273 121.017 99.842 99.52 99.48 99.116 99.327 99.534 99.497 99.291 99.584 99.47 99.195 99.182 99.204 99.348 99.376 99.406 100.056 99.387 99.077 98.987 98.933 98.625
Kevin Magnussen 137.733 102.406 101.51 101.663 101.421 101.431 101.127 101.031 101.079 101.221 101.188 101.454 101.383 101.848 101.039 101.189 101.158 100.989 101.267 101.086 100.721 100.867 100.853 101.989 101.453 100.259 119.274 99.063 100.024 99.459 98.677 99.038 100.149 99.223 99.391 99.285 99.517 99.895 99.513 98.938 98.899 99.08 99.365 99.453 99.33 99.909 99.575 99.423 99.641 99.676 99.36
Lewis Hamilton 139.816 100.284 99.533 99.345 98.786 98.861 99.012 99.079 98.794 99.012 99.433 98.954 98.763 98.969 98.554 98.68 98.708 98.837 98.935 98.718 98.792 98.877 97.583 119.839 97.176 97.307 97.622 98.703 98.855 99.35 99.329 98.809 99.176 98.277 98.595 98.979 98.75 98.695 99.025 98.232 120.06 97.722 97.483 97.554 98.114 98.555 98.191 97.857 98.094 98.145 98.78
Sergio Perez 145.293 103.995 104.108 104.545 103.1 102.157 102.36 102.796 103.038 102.949 103.449 103.357 102.535 101.654 102.492 102.556 102.463 101.863 101.751 101.442 101.675 101.677 101.856 101.771 100.531 121.479 99.905 99.561 99.778 99.494 99.42 99.63 99.621 100.078 100.452 100.317 99.718 99.622 99.439 98.716 98.908 98.954 99.265 99.154 101.579 99.785 99.637 100.186 100.265 100.039
Daniel Ricciardo 147.63 103.25 102.136 102.091 102.828 101.899 102.27 101.569 101.044 101.326 101.166 100.573 100.676 99.22 119.113 99.03 99.645 99.459 100.22 99.993 99.34 99.23 99.347 99.342 99.465 100.162 100.102 99.094 100.177 99.993 99.172 99.018 98.459 98.837 98.942 99.11 99.213 99.604 99.493 99.228 99.185 99.105 99.139 99.313 99.29 99.56 100.004 100.042 99.696 99.69 98.993
Daniil Kvyat 149.52 103.456 102.185 102.117 102.674 102.058 102.272 102.51 102.398 102.584 102.052 102.113 101.288 120.741 100.069 100.411 101.269 100.401 100.579 100.301 100.599 101.171 100.673 100.116 100.374 100.544 100.607 100.664 100.934 100.781 100.192 100.761 100.253 99.211 120.254 99.31 98.918 99.154 99.157 98.863 98.61 98.786 98.804 98.407 98.915 99.468 98.94 98.805 99.093 98.96 98.452
Jean-Eric Vergne 178.411 104.22 103.912 102.612 103.078 102.825 103.161 102.984 102.902 102.879 102.261 101.57 101.788 101.632 101.316 101.378 101.478 101.487 101.397 101.228 101.238 102.804 101.137 100.95 101.49 99.864 121.487 99.313 99.869 99.578 99.388 99.661 100.093 99.686 101.556 100.907 99.475 100.194 99.897 99.588 99.414 99.364 99.261 99.433 99.672 99.637 99.425 99.551 101.306 100.062
Romain Grosjean 174.789 103.765 102.927 103.827 103.065 103.005 103.086 104.739 103.306 102.519 102.822 101.899 101.859 102.134 101.713 101.864 102.9 102.309 102.371 101.699 101.765 101.788 101.715 102.112 102.121 102.001 101.691 102.13 100.936 121.493 99.644 99.993 99.712 99.906 100.177 100.068 99.681 99.683 100.021 99.624 99.322 99.255 99.656 99.347 99.209 99.456 98.919 99.125 99.116 98.996
Jules Bianchi 153.99 104.1 104.37 103.95 103.325 102.62 104.053 104.239 102.936 104.305 104.379 103.577 104.687 103.246 103.987 104.007 103.326 102.874 102.56 102.545 102.184 101.934 102.384 102.124 102.261 102.765 105.001 101.3 123.644 100.635 100.361 100.56 100.502 100.714 101.407 102.07 100.821 100.909 100.372 100.444 102.647 100.179 100.928 102.664 101.847 101.01 105.021 100.868 100.674 99.961
Adrian Sutil 157.495 104.226 104.313 103.906 103.545 102.426 102.606 101.94 102.11 103.422 102.362 101.982 101.932 101.759 101.815 101.613 101.755 101.699 101.761 101.721 102.169 100.818 123.443 101.088 101.148 100.365 101.916 101.592 100.986 102.374 100.823 100.963 100.041 100.057 100.558 102.274 101.147 100.848 100.583 101.301 101.092 100.703 100.362 100.837 100.658 100.787 100.89 100.982 101.527 103.747
Valtteri Bottas 150.817 102.163 101.217 101.475 101.238 100.814 101.304 101.334 100.951 100.975 100.625 100.225 100.186 100.195 99.901 99.689 99.749 99.95 99.72 99.671 99.564 99.743 99.601 99.767 99.582 99.489 99.274 99.427 100.325 99.363 118.086 98.274 98.264 98.279 98.541 99.031 98.459 98.402 98.907 98.53 98.37 98.464 98.345 99.089 99.212 98.959 99.126 99.342 99.238 99.282 99.977
Felipe Massa
Fernando Alonso 162.541 103.758 101.381 100.988 101.295 101.659 100.959 100.672 100.291 100.576 100.303 100.388 100.789 100.514 100.402 100.404 100.68 100.914 101.18 100.689 100.564 101.306 101.001 100.083 125.327 99.638 99.446 99.333 99.692 99.569 99.074 99.277 99.181 99.149 99.248 99.615 98.684 99.385 99.361 99.239 99.465 99.012 99.173 99.278 98.927 101.526 99.625 99.486 99.234 99.396 98.587
Max Chilton 152.665 116.769 102.788 102.565 103.077 102.863 103.023 103.134 103.243 103.074 103.043 103.064 103.015 103.561 104.045 103.41 103.177 103.655 102.531 102.651 103.326 103.835 102.686 102.089 102.804 102.765 104.189 102.051 124.37 101.523 101.345 105.634 101.342 101.05 101.386 101.822 101.25 100.893 100.824 100.932 100.462 101.198 101.178 101.49 101.389 101.045 103.626 101.839 100.399
Kimi Raikkonen
Esteban Gutierrez 160.601 104.377 104.5 103.721 103.425 102.566 103.385 106.694
Pastor Maldonado 165.18 104.049 104.58 103.764 103.187 102.89 103.271 105.785 102.824 102.881 103.803 104.47 103.855 103.448 102.517 102.582 102.498 102.324 102.189 102.163 101.935 102.115 102.122 101.953 100.357 120.096 100.352 100.325 100.926 101.053 100.875 100.851 100.909 101.009 100.867 100.927 100.833 100.78 100.907 101.055 101.086 101.753 100.927 101.091 100.708 100.877 100.314 105.659
Marcus Ericsson 169.542 105.24 105.28 104.779 105.943 104.319 105.587 104.383 104.415 130.389
Kamui Kobayashi 148.434 104.193 104.304 105.301 105.29 104.471 104.203 104.178 103.921 104.583 104.289 104.152 104.409 104.18 104.353 105.256 103.691 125.614 103.384 103.055 104.5 104.379 103.816 105.778 105.178 104.455 103.696 103.432 124.256 101.462 101.875 103.365 104.94 102.475 102.282 102.808 103.52 103.925 102.745 102.658 102.37 102.438 103.787 104.13 102.777 104.319 104.203 104.836 105.931

British Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’37.176 26
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’37.481 0.305 52
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’38.091 0.915 26
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’38.264 1.088 34
5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’38.284 1.108 52
6 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’38.407 1.231 45
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’38.459 1.283 34
8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’38.587 1.411 52
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’38.625 1.449 52
10 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’38.677 1.501 32
11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’38.716 1.540 41
12 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’38.919 1.743 48
13 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’39.261 2.085 44
14 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’39.961 2.785 51
15 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.041 2.865 34
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’40.314 3.138 48
17 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’40.399 3.223 50
18 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’41.462 4.286 31
19 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.566 5.390 7
20 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’44.319 7.143 7

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23 comments on 2014 British Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps

  1. Quant said on 6th July 2014, 22:25

    “Hamilton’s best lap was over two seconds faster than anyone else had managed at the time he set it”

    True, but I don’t think it is entirely representative. No doubt the advantage was large, but if we’re comparing laps set at comparable times, then I think a fairer comparison would be to Bottas’ fastest lap, from lap 34, which was also set immediately after stopping for new tyres, which brings the gap to the nearest non-Mercedes down to a little over 1 second.

    While Hamilton had no reason to push after Rosberg’s exit, it seems fairly clear from the radio-message sent to Bottas after his pit stop that he could have upped the pace too if it was necessary, but chose (entirely sensibly) to consolidate an excellent second place.

    • Adam Hardwick (@fluxsource) said on 6th July 2014, 23:10

      True, but don’t forget to account for 8 laps worth of fuel as well.

      • leepat0302 (@leepat0302) said on 7th July 2014, 22:35

        Exactly, I love this knowledgeable forum.

        • Quant said on 8th July 2014, 18:24

          If you look at the behaviour of Bottas’ times over a number of laps both before and after his pit stop they are very stable at their respective levels. I don’t think fuel was a significant factor here, just the fresh rubber, in which case I still think the comparison of post pit stop lap times is fairer than comparing brand new tyres to 25 lap old tyres, even with 8 laps less fuel.

  2. TMF (@tmf42) said on 6th July 2014, 22:38

    There were a few bad calls by strategists this weekend but what sticks out for me is RBR. In the past 4 years they were pretty good – this year not so much. Also today RICs strategy was just a gamble and VET pitted 1 lap too late to stay clear from ALO.
    There were many other factors like VET’s poor start but from the lap times and the positions at the restart they gave away points.

    • Their strategy calls this year have been consistently poor – at least where Vettel has been concerned. If their goal is to help DR finish ahead of his teammate then they’re doing a fine job. They pitted VET far too early for the first stop, forcing him onto a two-stop strategy employed by none of the other front-runners.

      • Mr win or lose said on 6th July 2014, 23:22

        I think their strategy in Spain was pretty good and in Canada there was nothing the team could have done better I think.
        When looking at the laptimes, it seems that Vettel’s second pitstop was indeed one lap too late this time, although I didn’t expect him to lose that position to Alonso. That overtake and his inability to recover wrecked his race.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 7th July 2014, 10:52

        I disagree. Red Bull got Vettel out in front of Alonso – he just couldn’t stay there.

        • Mr win or lose said on 7th July 2014, 11:54

          Vettel lost half a second in his last full lap before his second pitstop compared to Alonso, so at least his chances of staying ahead would have been considerably bigger if he had pitted earlier. Due to their low top speed the Red Bulls are extremely vulnerable in these close battles.

          • Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 7th July 2014, 23:27

            Actually, they (RBR and Ferrari) were pretty matched in top speed here at Silverstone. RBR is a better car in race pace for sure. Ferrari has no engine, no chassis, no aero… nothing top-tech in that car. Even with a mediocre engine like Renault, the RBR is still impressive on corners and exiting corners. Their very good corners exit saves partially the lack of top speed. Basically, what some gain via a higher top speed RBR achieves with a better traction.

    • gazzaguru said on 7th July 2014, 15:08

      When you have the fastest car you can really make any strategy call work. Look at how Bottas moved up from his grid position to second, and similarly how Lewis moved up from 9th in Austria to second.
      It’s when you’ve got a much slower car, such as Red Bull, Ferrari and Mclaren – then obviously strategy and track position play an incredibly important role.

  3. Sven (@crammond) said on 6th July 2014, 23:20

    Am I the only one thinking that if Rosberg had not had that problem, Hamilton would probably not have pitted again? He stopped 15 laps later than Ricciardo, who went 41 laps with soft tyres, while Hamilton took on the harder compound. So Hamilton would have likely won that race, as all through the field pretty clearly the one-stop was the better strategy. Any potential pace difference between different drivers within the same car wasn´t big enough to matter.

    • RL said on 7th July 2014, 4:08

      I thought that too. The second pit stop was precaution, from my view, and HAM had a 41 second lead.

      Had Rosberg not had any gearbox gremlins, I think he would’ve sealed this race. Lewis was catching him, but I would think the decreasing gaps were mainly down to the downshifting, then later on the upshifting.

  4. Mr win or lose said on 6th July 2014, 23:32

    Until lap 9 Rosberg very well matches Hamilton’s pace, then suddenly he is consistently 3 tenths per lap slower, which is probably due to his gearbox issues. He never seems to recover, as his laptimes after his pitstop are equally fast as his laptimes at the beginning of the race (same tyres, but more fuel).
    Without his problem, Rosberg would probably have kept a 6-second lead over Hamilton until the pitstops. I don’t think the different strategies would have made much of a difference in the end, so I think he would have won.

  5. greg-c (@greg-c) said on 7th July 2014, 1:10

    “But would Hamilton have been able to catch his team mate had it not been for gearbox problem?”

    We shall never know, German engineering robbed us of that,

    but it would have been “EPIC”

  6. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 7th July 2014, 6:20

    Bianchi’s fastest lap was quicker than both Sauber’s, both Caterham’s, a Lotus and his team mate…pretty handy lap there Jules.

  7. Lari (@lari) said on 7th July 2014, 6:31

    Read this article @cocaine-mackeine and just maybe, just maybe you open your eyes from the tunnel you’re in. He/She thought NR didn’t have any problems before he stopped the car eventhough it was clear from the broadcast and radio messages already.

  8. If there is anything Spain and Bahrein thought us it’s overtaking Rosberg would never been easy. In fact the Mercedes drivers have never overtaken each other succesfully on track. The driver, in races where both finished, first into T1 has always gone on to finish the race first. Also in Austria Hamilton could not find a way past.

    Had Rosberg not had this problem it would’ve taken Hamilton probably longer to catch up to him. We’re not sure he was going for this one stop either. He even pitted for another set of primes, probably just to be sure.

    Not even this data can prove for 100% Hamilton would’ve gotten past. I’m happy for him he won because it might not have been true otherwise.

    • Mr win or lose said on 7th July 2014, 11:00

      Had Rosberg not had this problem it would’ve taken Hamilton probably longer to catch up to him. We’re not sure he was going for this one stop either. He even pitted for another set of primes, probably just to be sure.

      It seems likely that Hamilton and Rosberg were on different strategies. If Rosberg was on a 2-stopper, he would have been in the same position as in Bahrain and Spain at the end of the race. That would have been really entertaining to watch.

    • William Stuart (@williamstuart) said on 7th July 2014, 16:25

      Remember in Bahrain, Rosberg did get past, but a few corners later Hamilton managed to retake the position, so in a way there have been two overtakes between the Mercedes cars.

  9. Ben said on 15th July 2014, 10:30

    Hi, this is an interesting article on the battle between Rosberg and Hamilton. I was wondering if the author or anyone else can either give me a link or send me a spreadsheet with all of the lap times from the race for each driver? The graph above shows that they must exist somewhere but I am unable to find them. I am trying to do my own analysis of the race and would love to have access to this data!

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