I’m not here to finish 4th

Last year United States Formula 1 Grand Prix  was not only about great strategy calls and Lewis Hamilton in full control, but also about surprises.

Verstappen was pretty clear about his ambitions on the radio, just to surprise his team in the pitlane and then to be surprised by his car giving up on him a lap later.

Ricciardo couldn’t understand why he was not stopped during the Virtual Safety Car period, and Raikkonen experienced very unusual pitstop, when he left with the wheel gun still attached to his car.

It all came back to me today, when I was distilling 2016 US F1 GP and looking forward to the 2017 edition of this race tomorrow.

BTW what do you think about new versions of F1Scope race visualisation charts ?

How To Read F1Scope Race Summary

F1Scope Race Summary is a visualisation of Formula 1 Grand Prix. It consists of a few elements, which provide the complete overview of the top 10 action for the whole race, lap by lap.

The first part shows the grid, tyre strategy, and the situation on the finish. The distance on the finish line is proportional to the gap in seconds (every line is 5 seconds)

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Just below, you can find general race statistics. Not only leaders and fastest laps, but also the percentage of gaps below 1 second, gaps between 1 and 10 seconds and bigger than 10 seconds.  This, as well as position changes and pitstops is calculated only for top 10.

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The next part of the summary visualises all laps for top 10. The left part of the chart is reserved for the statistics similar to the above.

The next element to the right is a lap chart, which visualises a few things at the same time:Zrzut ekranu 2017-04-02 o 21.20.35

  • green ribbon = pace; the thinner the ribbon the faster pace
  • orange squares, grey dots = gap indicator;
    • orange squares: gap < 1 second; every filled square represents 0.1s
    • grey dots: gap < 10 seconds; every dot represents 1s
    • no indicator: gap > 10 seconds
  • events (pitstops, fastest laps, DNFs)

On the right side of the lap chart you can  also find

  • best time and worst time
  • and the gap chart

(The above two elements are for the current 10 laps)

All of this combined provides a lot of information on one overview.

Please find example, created for the recent Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, here. I’m looking forward to your feedback.