2016 Spanish Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps

2016 Spanish Grand Prix

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Red Bull’s victory in the Spanish Grand Prix came despite two other cars in the race setting faster lap times.

Daniil Kvyat headed the top lap times table for Toro Rosso, a full second quicker than the three-stopping Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

Race winner Max Verstappen set the sixth-fastest lap of the race. He did it on the 36th tour, the first of his 32-lap stint at the end of the race which won him the grand prix.

Verstappen took the lead after team mate Daniel Ricciardo and Vettel switched to three-stop strategies. But despite fresher tyres Vettel’s lap times were typically no more than half a second quicker than Verstappen’s throughout the final stint of the race. Ricciardo, who showed the potential to lap quicker, was trapped behind Vettel.

A late stint on soft tyres for Kevin Magnussen allowed him to set the fifth-quickest lap of the race. However it brought him within range of team mate Jolyon Palmer, who was running almost three seconds slower, and the pair collided on the final lap.

2016 Spanish Grand Prix lap times

All the lap times by the drivers (in seconds, very slow laps excluded). Scroll to zoom, drag to pan and toggle drivers using the control below:

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2016 Spanish Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

RankDriverCarFastest lapGapOn lap
1Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Ferrari1’26.94853
2Sebastian VettelFerrari1’27.9741.02639
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’28.2091.26146
4Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’28.5381.59038
5Kevin MagnussenRenault1’28.7161.76857
6Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’28.8161.86836
7Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’28.9742.02641
8Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1’29.0812.13360
9Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’29.2382.29043
10Rio HaryantoManor-Mercedes1’29.4022.45452
11Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso-Ferrari1’29.6632.71542
12Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1’29.7152.76742
13Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Honda1’29.7502.80241
14Jolyon PalmerRenault1’29.7792.83135
15Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’29.8012.85337
16Felipe NasrSauber-Ferrari1’29.9052.95738
17Esteban GutierrezHaas-Ferrari1’30.1393.19134
18Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Honda1’30.2603.31239
19Pascal WehrleinManor-Mercedes1’31.1824.23437
20Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1’31.8104.8628
21Nico RosbergMercedes
22Lewis HamiltonMercedes

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12 comments on “2016 Spanish Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps”

  1. Verstappen should be the new standard for tyre management. Phenomenal.

    1. I am not seeing anything in the data above that suggests that he did better than the drivers around him. Kimi for instance looked to be faster at the end of the stints.

      1. iAltair (@)
        17th May 2016, 8:38

        Exactly and in fact both Ferrari looked to have the pace advantage over the Red Bulls. Did the pit stop strategy screw them over that hard?

      2. @mike

        It’s there bright as day. Verstappen did longer stints than Ricciardo whilst keeping his tyres in better shape. Look at Ricciardo’s third stint. That’s the reason Ricciardo did a 3 stop and Verstappen a 2 stop.

        Ferrari had an overal pace advantage so comparing Verstappen to Raikkonen is nonsense.

        Bottomline is everyone including Pirelli, Red Bull AND Ferrari thought the mediums would last some 25 laps. Verstappen managed 32. In a car he’s been strapped into only four times before the race… That’s what’s most impressive about his drive.

  2. haha, Kvyat 1 sec faster then second fastest and 1.8 sec faster then verstappen in redbull

    1. On fresh soft tires, with only 14 laps of petrol left and not battling for position…

      1. And apparently not concerned about tire wear.

  3. Wow, looks like only one driver drove at 100% pace at any point in the race while the rest were in constant tire conservation mode.

    1. It looks like that because Kyvat had just pitted. Most other drivers were were half way through stints.

      Drivers will always be quicker at the start of a stint, when you combine that with the fuel it makes a graph like that completely normal. It’s why Magnussen jumps to the top of the times despite having a much slower car than he leaders.

  4. Ferrari was thinking that it will be a fight between Ricciardo and Vettel, they could have switched Vettel easily to a 2-stopper, even at a half race, since his first stint was longer than those around him. Pace in the end of the first stint of mediums was good, so they could have definitely squeeze a couple of more laps on those tyres. Also, his 2nd stint on softs could have been a bit longer, it seems like they decided he’s a 3-stopper and just ignore the lap charts :-) The same thing applies to Ricciardo, seems like both teams adjusted their strategies because of the other driver, and in the end both got scrrewed up. Kudos for Verstappen holding the tyres, would like to know how much Kimi was actually faster.

    1. My estimate 5-7 tenths. The rate at which he was catching Verstappen after his 2nd stop.

  5. Verstappen did not have to catch up. For tyremanagement it was better to let them come. You can only overtake at the end of the Start-finish straight. Verstappen new ( from video of the winning of Maldonado) you need to have a very good 3rd sector and manage the gap on start-finish on 6-7 tenth. If so, you can’t overtake at the end of the straight.

    You can’t be too long close to the car in front of you or you will destroy your tyres ( he kept around 1,5-1,7 behind Ricciardo to avoid that).

    If he had more time to get used to the car, his tyre management would have been even better.

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