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

2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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What played out on track may not, ultimately, be what decides the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The world championship decision appears to be heading to the International Court of Appeal as Mercedes fume over the handling of a late-race Safety Car period.

Lewis Hamilton held the upper hand until that point, thanks to a quick start which got his medium-tyres Mercedes ahead of the soft-shod Red Bull. He drew out a significant gap over the Red Bull while Verstappen’s tyres faded.

Although radio messages from drivers are sometimes a touch theatrical in describing the state of their tyres, there’s no question that by the time Verstappen pitted on lap 14 he was losing significant chunks of time as his softs cried enough.

Hamilton, on mediums, wasn’t. Nonetheless Mercedes, risking nothing, chose to pit him to cover off a two-stop strategy for Verstappen.

Team mate Valtteri Bottas showed how much longer Hamilton could have gone, running more than half the length of the grand prix before pitting. Bottas had made a poor start, losing a place to Yuki Tsunoda, but ultimately his stint shows that Hamilton could have stayed out to reinforce an overcut, rather than worrying about covering off a two-stop.

Sergio Perez, Lewis Hamilton , Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi, 2021
Perez put a brake on Hamilton’s progress
Given the championship situation, Mercedes decided not to risk this. Perhaps they would had let him go a little longer had they known Sergio Perez would cost him well over five seconds in a single lap.

Verstappen ended up pitting three times, taking advantage of VSC and Safety Car periods in the second half of the race, the latter ultimately proving deeply controversial. He wasn’t the only driver with an unexpected pit stop strategy – Lando Norris, as in Qatar, had to pit with a slow puncture. Moments before he would’ve been able to do so with relatively little impact, when the safety car came out.

Yuki Tsunoda had a very successful grand prix, as did AlphaTauri team mate Pierre Gasly. Gasly started outside the top 10 and finished fifth, while Tsunoda’s fourth place marks his best F1 result.

Third-place finisher Carlos Sainz Jnr also had an excellent race, ultimately benefitting from Sergio Perez’ late-race retirement to take the podium position – but his team mate Charles Leclerc did not, ending up falling down the order via an ill-timed pit stop after his lap times plummeted, struggling with scrubbed tyres from a lock-up after avoiding Verstappen rejoining from the pit lane.

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2021 Abu Dhabi 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 Abu Dhabi 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 1 0
Valtteri Bottas 6 -2 0
Max Verstappen 1 -1 0
Sergio Perez 4 1 -11
Lando Norris 3 -2 -4
Daniel Ricciardo 10 0 -2
Lance Stroll 13 -1 0
Sebastian Vettel 15 0 4
Esteban Ocon 9 0 0
Fernando Alonso 11 0 3
Charles Leclerc 7 1 -3
Carlos Sainz Jnr 5 1 2
Pierre Gasly 12 0 7
Yuki Tsunoda 8 1 4
Kimi Raikkonen 18 1
Antonio Giovinazzi 14 1
Mick Schumacher 19 1 5
Nikita Mazepin 20
George Russell 17 -2
Nicholas Latifi 16 0

2021 Abu Dhabi 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 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1’26.103 39
2 Sergio Perez Red Bull-Honda 1’26.419 0.316 51
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’26.615 0.512 43
4 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1’26.762 0.659 58
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’26.862 0.759 51
6 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1’27.342 1.239 49
7 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda 1’27.496 1.393 50
8 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1’27.607 1.504 58
9 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 1’27.618 1.515 51
10 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1’28.249 2.146 58
11 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1’28.303 2.200 58
12 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’28.338 2.235 41
13 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1’28.567 2.464 48
14 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.723 2.620 48
15 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1’29.293 3.190 30
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’29.442 3.339 33
17 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1’29.457 3.354 42
18 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’29.698 3.595 23
19 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1’30.647 4.544 23

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2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4
Max Verstappen C5 (13) C3 (23) C3 (17) C5 (5)
Lewis Hamilton C4 (14) C3 (44)
Carlos Sainz Jnr C5 (19) C3 (39)
Yuki Tsunoda C4 (23) C3 (30) C5 (5)
Pierre Gasly C3 (36) C4 (22) C5 (4)
Valtteri Bottas C4 (30) C3 (28)
Lando Norris C5 (17) C3 (31) C4 (10)
Fernando Alonso C3 (36) C4 (22)
Esteban Ocon C5 (15) C3 (43)
Charles Leclerc C5 (15) C3 (20) C4 (23)
Sebastian Vettel C4 (23) C3 (35)
Daniel Ricciardo C5 (18) C3 (34) C5 (5)
Lance Stroll C4 (21) C3 (31) C5 (5)
Mick Schumacher C5 (10) C3 (42) C5 (5)
Sergio Perez C5 (21) C3 (15) C3 (17) C5 (2)
Nicholas Latifi C4 (28) C3 (22)
Antonio Giovinazzi C4 (17) C3 (16)
George Russell C4 (26)
Kimi Raikkonen C4 (21) C3 (4)

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2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 21.152 13
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 21.173 0.021 35
3 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 21.221 0.069 23
4 Nicholas Latifi Williams 21.241 0.089 28
5 Fernando Alonso Alpine 21.304 0.152 36
6 Lando Norris McLaren 21.380 0.228 17
7 Sergio Perez Red Bull 21.385 0.233 53
8 Sergio Perez Red Bull 21.413 0.261 36
9 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 21.449 0.297 18
10 Max Verstappen Red Bull 21.453 0.301 53
11 Sergio Perez Red Bull 21.471 0.319 21
12 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 21.595 0.443 14
13 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 21.669 0.517 30
14 Esteban Ocon Alpine 21.677 0.525 15
15 Max Verstappen Red Bull 21.871 0.719 36
16 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 21.909 0.757 53
17 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 21.920 0.768 54
18 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 22.056 0.904 52
19 Mick Schumacher Haas 22.070 0.918 52
20 Mick Schumacher Haas 22.124 0.972 10
21 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 22.133 0.981 36
22 Lando Norris McLaren 22.173 1.021 48
23 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 22.213 1.061 19
24 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 22.283 1.131 17
25 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 22.288 1.136 21
26 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 22.338 1.186 21
27 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 22.455 1.303 23
28 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 22.461 1.309 15
29 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 22.661 1.509 52

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13 comments on “2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix interactive data: lap charts, times and tyres”

  1. Any confirmation on the reason for Perez’s retirement from a podium position?
    Shame for Tsunoda that his best finish of his career to date will be largely forgotten given everything else going on. He did well to keep Bottas behind for so long.

    1. Verstappen and Red Bull are very lucky the reliability issue was with Perez’s car not his.

      Bottas’s old engine looked every bit as slow as Mercedes claimed when racing Leclerc and Norris. Interesting that he lost out to both Alpha Tauris on the last lap.

      Sainz can consider himself very unlucky not to have been given a chance to pick up the pieces from Hamilton and Verstappens scrap on the last lap.
      Would have been his one and only chance of a race win this season.
      Particularlyy as Hamilton would have backed Verstappen into him in normal circumstances. However Ferrari would have nothing to gain by appealing.

      1. I believe sainz got plenty this season, leclerc deserved a win (silverstone, monaco, but that was his own fault in part ofc, and also an interesting attempt in turkey).

      2. I luv chicken
        13th December 2021, 3:44

        Conspiracy theory that Perez was running underfueled, being sacrificed for his role as blocker. When told to park the car ( for water/oil issues ), he replied that the car felt fine. Secondly, if all was legal, why not run the car into the ground, since it was for podium, and also the last race of the year. My impression is that the team never planned to have him finish. You ‘d think that he’d be more upset by losing third place, instead of stone faced, during post race interviews.

        1. someone or something
          13th December 2021, 8:58

          Like virtually all conspiracy theories, this one lacks brains. So, shame on you for peddling it.
          Pérez retired 3 laps from the end, so even if his tank were running dry at that stage, the fact that he completed 55 laps means that he could only have been underfuelled by a maximum of 6.5 kg, the equivalent of 0.1 seconds per lap or up to 6 seconds over a race distance.
          I hope I don’t need to spell out how little sense such a small-scale manipulation would make.

          Also, linking the retirement to concerns about legality is offensively stupid. If his car were really underfuelled, it would’ve stopped on the track, end of story. Nothing to be afraid of, no post-race scrutineering, nothing. Running out of fuel isn’t even illegal, you can just get thrown out ouf the results if you have too little fuel in the tank for a fuel sample. Seeing as you only need (about?) a kilo of fuel for that, there was either no risk of him seeing the chequered flag, or the amount of fuel he was supposedly (according to that rubbish theory) missing would again have to be so small as to be completely ineffective in terms of getting Pérez in Hamilton’s way.

          And lastly, Pérez’s impression that the car felt fine has absolutely nothing to do with a water or oil leak. That’s just how you’d expect the car to feel in such a situation. Everything seems fine until a threshold is reached where things start failing, and that’s when you grind to a halt. Experienced drivers can be sensitive to surprisingly many performance-relevant parameters, but this is simply not one of them.
          If anything, this is reminiscent of the prevention paradox: An authority (in this case the Red Bull pitwall) can see an issue coming and steps in to prevent it from taking full effect. As a result, those that don’t have the full picture can only see the intervention, but not the full extent of the issue that caused it.
          And that’s when the logically challenged chime in to claim that there was no issue, or that the issue was a different one than the authority says, and that the whole reason for the authority’s intervention was [conspiracy].

          Like I said, this is offensively stupid.

    2. Most likerly Perez was under fueled and running illegal an illegal car so he could do his role of swerving kamikaze blocks on Lewis as the car.
      He was forced to DNF so his car couldn’t be scrutinized post race.

      That’s my theory

      1. someone or something
        13th December 2021, 21:41

        I’d like to quote the eloquently worded quintessence of my assessment of the very same conspiracy theory from above:

        this is offensively stupid.

        For more information, see above.

  2. About time Masi’s fingers begin to show up on the lap chart.

  3. I wonder why Mercedes didn’t pit Lewis on end of lap 37 (the lap after Max pitted). The VSC was active until Hamilton was on the pit straight and had already started lap 38 (His lap 38 time is 1:30.xx, indicates at least 3.5-4 seconds of loss compared to his pre-VSC times).

    Had he stopped, his pit stop wouldn’t have been as cheap as Verstappen’s – which was a full VSC stop – but a part-VSC, part-SC stop. Hamilton had a 5.7 second buffer which could have been sufficient to nullify this part-VSC, part-SC stop. He would have come out may be just ahead of Max. I felt it was a no-brainer to pit after Max pitted.

    One must not forget that the 3 strategy options that Red Bull implemented – 1) keeping Checo out, 2) stop under VSC, 3) stop under SC (the last of which was ultimately successful) – were available only because Bottas wasn’t in the picture and Perez was. Had Bottas been around, Max couldn’t have pitted for hards so early which meant losing more time to Hamilton. The safe VSC and SC stop could perhaps have not been there if Bottas would be behind Max. Also, the lap 20 loss of 5 seconds that Hamilton had due to Perez closed off the lap 36 / lap 37 VSC pit window for Lewis.

    The team-mates made a huge huge difference today. Max owes this race to Checo.

    1. I agree about the teammate factor – Bottas was nowhere and it cost Mercedes strategically.

      I don’t think Mercedes had a safe gap to pit under VSC, and given their general persecution complex (as demonstrated by their shameful tantrum about the race end) they probably thought the VSC would be withdrawn as soon as Hamilton crossed the pit entry line, if they’d pitted him.

      1. or because LH had enough tyres to finish the race and didnt need to pit so didnt need to give up his advantage, seeing how when the SC came out at the end he was 12 secs ahead with max to still pass 3 back markers it was very unlikely max would have got a sniff, unless he was going to pull out some soft quali laps on tyres he was aleady struggling on?

        Its only because of the rules made on the last two laps of a race during a safety which meant those who had back markers in the way couldnt push to place better, unless your name was MV. That was also the only reason he even got with in a sniff of LH

    2. I also wonder if Hamilton could have pitted on lap 53 and possibly retained track position. He had a 12s lead, which we all know wasn’t enough normal racing conditions. But with the field slowing down because of the safety car, everyone on track had to slow down as well, somewhat negating the disadvantage of the pitlane speed limit.

  4. It is my belief that Perez was retired to get him out of the picture. After Latifi crashed and Max pitted for softs, the race order was HAM, PER, SAI, BOT, TSU, GAS, NOR, VER, etc.
    Red Bull were pressuring Masi to get a racing lap in before the finish and any cars between HAM and VER were a potential delay, even if unlapping was allowed.
    As it was, Masi reversed his edict that lapped cars could not unlap but only those between HAM and VER (odd). As a consequence that meant that VET, ALO and OCO were prevented from contesting the lower order points on the last lap as they now finished on their lap 57 when the chequered flag came out.
    It was a strange decision by Masi and a contraventiion of the rules governing tbe end of a Safety Car period.

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