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

2021 Italian Grand Prix

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The mid-race Safety Car period caused by Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s collision in the Italian Grand Prix set the course of the race for those who hadn’t already pitted by that point.

The remaining drivers piled into the pits, got the one pit stop they were expected to make out of the way, and returned to the track. But the race wasn’t devoid of strategic intrigue.

That was thanks to the fact that as it was a sprint qualifying weekend every driver had free choice of tyres to start the race. Hamilton was the only one in the top 10 to opt to start on hard tyres, presumably intending to extend his first stint in an attempt to pass the McLarens, though also allowing him to push harder in an attempt to make passes on track.

It didn’t seem to hinder Hamilton’s start – far from it. He briefly got the better of Lando Norris and got alongside Verstappen too. But it wasn’t until the end of the stint that Hamilton was able to use the advantage of his tyres to finally pass Norris on-track.

Pit stops were dictated by two things: absolute necessity and safety cars. The first happened as the lead cars found their starting medium tyres began to drop off dramatically, especially on the rear, Ricciardo pitting from the lead and Verstappen attempting to respond the following lap.

The second happened when Verstappen and Hamilton crashed – since it happened just as Hamilton was emerging from the pits, it very much opened the window for anyone still left to switch their tyres.

A lot of the top drivers had slow pit stops, most dramatically Verstappen’s disastrous, 11.1 second tyre change. However, Hamilton also had a noticeably slow stop and even Norris’s wasn’t as it maybe should have been. Red Bull told Verstappen that Ricciardo’s wasn’t very quick, though it turned out to be the fastest of the race, partly because many other drivers came in together during the subsequent Safety Car period.

Valtteri Bottas pace during both stints, and the time he gained during the Safety Car period, aided his climbed from the back of the grid to the bottom step of the podium – a superb effort. He was the fastest man on track for much of the grand prix until he got stuck in the queue headed by the McLarens.

Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest lap of the race as he passed the chequered flag for the win. He and team mate Norris showed just how quick the McLaren is when it gets to low fuel, the first and second across the line and in the fastest lap standings.

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2021 Italian 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 Italian 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:

2021 Italian 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 Italian Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1’24.812 53
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’24.827 0.015 34
3 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1’24.971 0.159 53
4 Sergio Perez Red Bull-Honda 1’25.156 0.344 53
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1’25.173 0.361 25
6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’25.319 0.507 53
7 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1’25.472 0.660 52
8 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 1’25.559 0.747 53
9 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1’25.566 0.754 53
10 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’25.718 0.906 50
11 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1’25.835 1.023 53
12 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’25.849 1.037 53
13 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1’25.853 1.041 52
14 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’25.870 1.058 3
15 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1’25.938 1.126 50
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1’25.953 1.141 50
17 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1’26.707 1.895 52
18 Nikita Mazepin Haas-Ferrari 1’27.202 2.390 41
19 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1’29.005 4.193 2
20 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda

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2021 Italian Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4
Daniel Ricciardo C3 (22) C2 (31)
Lando Norris C3 (24) C2 (29)
Sergio Perez C3 (26) C2 (27)
Valtteri Bottas C2 (26) C3 (27)
Charles Leclerc C3 (26) C2 (27)
Carlos Sainz Jnr C3 (26) C2 (27)
Lance Stroll C3 (25) C2 (28)
Fernando Alonso C3 (25) C2 (28)
George Russell C3 (26) C2 (27)
Esteban Ocon C3 (26) C2 (27)
Nicholas Latifi C3 (23) C2 (30)
Sebastian Vettel C3 (22) C2 (4) C3 (27)
Antonio Giovinazzi C3 (1) C2 (24) C3 (28)
Robert Kubica C2 (26) C3 (27)
Mick Schumacher C3 (23) C2 (30)
Nikita Mazepin C3 (24) C4 (4) C2 (11) C4 (2)
Lewis Hamilton C2 (25) C3 (0)
Max Verstappen C3 (23) C2 (2)
Pierre Gasly C2 (3)

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2021 Italian Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 23.812 22
2 Sergio Perez Red Bull 23.906 0.094 26
3 George Russell Williams 24.156 0.344 26
4 Nicholas Latifi Williams 24.168 0.356 23
5 Lando Norris McLaren 24.168 0.356 24
6 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 24.283 0.471 26
7 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 24.308 0.496 26
8 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo 24.501 0.689 26
9 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 24.557 0.745 26
10 Mick Schumacher Haas 24.714 0.902 23
11 Fernando Alonso Alpine 24.797 0.985 25
12 Nikita Mazepin Haas 24.806 0.994 28
13 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 24.846 1.034 25
14 Nikita Mazepin Haas 24.928 1.116 24
15 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 25.157 1.345 22
16 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 25.619 1.807 25
17 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 25.927 2.115 26
18 Esteban Ocon Alpine 30.333 6.521 26
19 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 30.551 6.739 25
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 30.917 7.105 39
21 Max Verstappen Red Bull 32.456 8.644 23
22 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 37.190 13.378 1

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

  1. Red Bull hasn’t seem to have put out a race report yet, so do we know why Max had such a slow pit stop? Looked like all the tires went on quickly.

    1. I have an opinion
      13th September 2021, 10:04

      The pitstop was shown twice on the main feed – the second time (the replay) was from behind. All the old wheels came off quickly & the new ones seemed to go on routinely. Then there was a pause as the car was not cleared for release. The wheel gun was reapplied to the front right wheel, then the car was released.

      I suspect that each wheel gun has a sensor that detects sufficient nut torque has been applied. These “green lights” get sent to a central detector which must receive four good signals before the car can be released.

      I think the right front wheel gun operator had not realised that he was the source of the ” bad nut” signal and he had to be prompted to retighten it.

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