2021 Dutch Grand Prix interactive data: lap charts, times and tyres

2021 Dutch Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen and Red Bull successfully repelled a dual-pronged attack from Mercedes to win the Dutch Grand Prix through a combination of pace, strategy and execution.

Despite the high frequency of incidents around the tricky, remodelled Zandvoort circuit, the race was not plagued by accidents and Safety Car interventions as many in the paddock had anticipated. Instead, the race that unfolded was a straight shoot-out between Verstappen in front and his championship rival Lewis Hamilton pursuing him.

Hamilton remained within four seconds of his adversary for the vast majority of the 72 laps of the race, even getting as close as just over a second of the Red Bull after the pair made their first pit stops – far earlier than the rest of the field.

With their first attempt at an undercut having failed to get Hamilton ahead of Verstappen, Mercedes took an aggressive approach with Valtteri Bottas’ strategy in an attempt to make the most of their extra car advantage.

Keeping Bottas out on his soft tyres for a further 10 laps not only allowed Mercedes to explore a one-stop strategy with their second car, but provided an opportunity for him to hold up the Red Bull around the narrow, winding corners, back Verstappen into Hamilton and open up a potential passing opportunity.

With the benefit of their new medium tyres, Verstappen and Hamilton both began taking over a second a lap out of Bottas ahead. But as soon as Verstappen got to within a second of Bottas at the start of lap 29, Hamilton’s hopes of using his team mate to catch the Red Bull were dashed. George Russell – who is widely expected to be confirmed in the near future as his next team mate – exited the pit lane right in front of him, forcing him to back out on the approach to turn two and costing him a full second.

Verstappen, with such a performance advantage over Bottas at this stage of the race, simply bided his time over the rest of the lap and was well within the slipstream of the Mercedes by the time he reached the DRS activation point. There was little Bottas to do to prevent Verstappen from cruising by and back into the lead once more.

Having been unsuccessful in their first attempt, Mercedes opted for a second attempt at undercutting Verstappen at the end of lap 39, bringing Hamilton in for a second set of mediums. Again, Red Bull immediately responded – only this time, Verstappen emerged ahead of both Hamilton and Bottas, who had fallen to over 25 seconds behind the leader after his extended first stint, and having briefly lost time when Sebastian Vettel spun in front of him on lap 37.

Despite his protestations over his tyres being unable to last to the end of the race, Hamilton continued to remain close enough to Verstappen to keep the thousands of Dutch fans lining the circuit from being too comfortable. Aided by the pace advantage of the medium tyres compared to the hard-shod Red Bull, Hamilton sat within two seconds of the leader for several laps before the gap eventually fell to around four seconds.

As the laps counted down and it became clear that Verstappen was firmly in control of the race, Mercedes used the enormous gap they held over Pierre Gasly in fourth to orchestrate a late switch to softs to secure the bonus point for fastest lap.

As Verstappen claimed a popular home victory, Christian Horner pointed to his driver’s ability to dispatch Bottas at the first opportunity following his first stop as the winning move of the race.

“The crucial part of the race for Max – because the two-stop was the faster race – was to make sure that we re-passed Valtteri immediately,” said Horner.

“And he did that. That then opened up opportunities to make the second half of the race much more manageable, whereas if he’d have spent a lot of laps behind Valtteri, that could’ve opened us up to an undercut.”

While Red Bull were successful in keeping Mercedes at bay this time around, they are likely to increasingly rely on Sergio Perez to ensure that Verstappen is not left to fend for himself too often over the crucial races to come in the season.

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2021 Dutch Grand Prix lap chart

The positions of each driver on every lap. Click name to highlight, right-click to reset. Toggle drivers using controls below:

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2021 Dutch Grand Prix race chart

The gaps between each driver on every lap compared to the leader’s average lap time. Very large gaps omitted. Scroll to zoom, drag to pan and right-click to reset. Toggle drivers using controls below:

Position change

Driver Start position Lap one position change Race position change
Lewis Hamilton 2 0 0
Valtteri Bottas 3 0 0
Max Verstappen 1 0 0
Sergio Perez 20 1 12
Lando Norris 13 0 3
Daniel Ricciardo 10 1 -1
Lance Stroll 12 0 0
Sebastian Vettel 15 0 2
Esteban Ocon 8 0 -1
Fernando Alonso 9 2 3
Charles Leclerc 5 0 0
Carlos Sainz Jnr 6 0 -1
Pierre Gasly 4 0 0
Yuki Tsunoda 14 0
Robert Kubica 16 0 1
Antonio Giovinazzi 7 -3 -7
Mick Schumacher 17 -1 -1
Nikita Mazepin 18 1
George Russell 11 0 -6
Nicholas Latifi 19 -1 3

2021 Dutch 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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2021 Dutch Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’11.097 72
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’12.549 1.452 69
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1’13.275 2.178 60
4 Sergio Perez Red Bull-Honda 1’13.461 2.364 59
5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1’13.958 2.861 Set on 2 laps
6 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1’14.236 3.139 48
7 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1’14.323 3.226 60
8 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1’14.675 3.578 54
9 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’14.780 3.683 58
10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1’14.818 3.721 57
11 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1’14.920 3.823 59
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’15.125 4.028 66
13 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 1’15.260 4.163 45
14 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’15.442 4.345 44
15 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1’15.611 4.514 57
16 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1’15.628 4.531 57
17 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda 1’15.783 4.686 44
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1’15.790 4.693 25
19 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1’15.927 4.830 36
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas-Ferrari 1’16.066 4.969 35

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2021 Dutch Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4
Max Verstappen C3 (21) C2 (19) C1 (32)
Lewis Hamilton C3 (20) C2 (19) C2 (31) C3 (2)
Valtteri Bottas C3 (31) C2 (36) C3 (5)
Pierre Gasly C3 (24) C2 (47)
Charles Leclerc C3 (34) C1 (37)
Fernando Alonso C3 (33) C2 (38)
Carlos Sainz Jnr C3 (31) C1 (40)
Sergio Perez C1 (8) C2 (39) C3 (24)
Esteban Ocon C3 (31) C2 (40)
Lando Norris C2 (42) C1 (29)
Daniel Ricciardo C3 (30) C1 (41)
Lance Stroll C3 (27) C1 (43)
Sebastian Vettel C3 (10) C1 (34) C2 (26)
Antonio Giovinazzi C3 (27) C2 (6) C1 (37)
Robert Kubica C2 (40) C1 (30)
Nicholas Latifi C2 (23) C1 (47)
George Russell C2 (27) C1 (41) C3 (1)
Mick Schumacher C3 (4) C1 (26) C2 (39)
Yuki Tsunoda C3 (31) C2 (17)
Nikita Mazepin C2 (33) C1 (8)

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2021 Dutch Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Sergio Perez Red Bull 18.555 47
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 18.578 0.023 40
3 George Russell Williams 18.634 0.079 27
4 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 18.664 0.109 10
5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 18.681 0.126 44
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 18.868 0.313 39
7 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 18.873 0.318 31
8 Fernando Alonso Alpine 19.018 0.463 33
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 19.049 0.494 27
10 Max Verstappen Red Bull 19.142 0.587 21
11 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 19.163 0.608 24
12 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 19.202 0.647 70
13 Esteban Ocon Alpine 19.240 0.685 31
14 Sergio Perez Red Bull 19.287 0.732 8
15 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 19.389 0.834 27
16 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 19.449 0.894 30
17 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 19.490 0.935 34
18 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo 19.708 1.153 40
19 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 19.770 1.215 20
20 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 19.850 1.295 31
21 Nikita Mazepin Haas 19.999 1.444 33
22 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 20.043 1.488 33
23 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 20.327 1.772 31
24 Lando Norris McLaren 20.443 1.888 42
25 Nicholas Latifi Williams 20.646 2.091 23
26 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 21.730 3.175 67
27 Mick Schumacher Haas 24.578 6.023 30
28 George Russell Williams 25.533 6.978 68
29 Mick Schumacher Haas 35.573 17.018 4

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7 comments on “2021 Dutch Grand Prix interactive data: lap charts, times and tyres”

  1. This one was clearly in the bag for Redbull all weekend long. Mercedes could have added some excitement had they delayed the second stop by about 3 laps to clear the Ricciardo train. Wrongest circuit to include overtaking slower cars as part of undercutting the leader.

  2. A 3.6s stop for Hamilton didn’t help either. That lost second and a half would have come in handy to try to sandwich Verstappen behind bottas. What kept this close was Hamilton wringing the neck of that Mercedes. He got no help from his team or Bottas.

    1. He got help from bottas, he slowed down verstappen by 3 sec and let hamilton pass immediately.

    2. @dmw

      What kept this close was Hamilton wringing the neck of that Mercedes.

      Like Verstappen in Barcelona with his Red Bull still inferior in tyre management, and on the other hand the France race is an example of him overcoming a slightly faster Mercedes as well.

  3. Laps 32-37, undercut with hard tyres could have done the trick for Lewis…

  4. btw, i find it funny that we assume that the RBR was the faster car because Max edged Lewis.
    i think they were pretty similar and Max might have been the one who wringed the neck of that RBR – ask Checo!

    I am not saying it was that way, but it is funny, we assume Lewis had the slower car when Bottas was faster than Checo even in clear air.

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