Hello everyone! I'm pleased to introduce myself as a guest contributor to the F1 Data Junkie blog. My name is Tim and I live in the most down-under part of the land down-under.
After some discussions with Tony I have decided to share with you all the first fruits of my labours. I warn you though that it's only really viewable in high quality and full screen. Behold, an ANIMATED lap chart of 'Time to Leader' for the Spanish Grand Prix!
Hopefully that worked for you.
So... what can we derive from this graph? Well, watch how Webbers race unfolds to see without a doubt why he ended up in 4th. Just look how much time he loses behind Alonso after that second stop and then how much more he loses after the third! Mclaren should be very grateful to Ferrari for shadowing Webbers pitstops.
Also, can you see who the only driver to keep pace with the 2 leaders is after the middle point of the race? It's Mr Heidfeld!
Also, look at the pace achieved by Button between laps 30 and 35 (each verticle graticle on the chart is 5 laps)... He's supremely faster than the leaders as he hunts down and passes Webber and Alonso.
Finally, check out the way those lines tail off during the last 10 to 15 laps of the race. That's a combination of drivers conserving engines and fuel and the fact that the battle for the lead was so intense. Vettel may have said that things were under control, but as this graph shows, those guys were lapping considerably faster than the most of the rest of the field for the last 5 to 10 laps (barring Heidfeld and Button).
Feedback and your own analysis is most welcome, but keep in mind that this is my first post and I aleady know that there's plenty of things that could make this animation more interesting / intuitive etc.
Thanks again to Tony for letting me guest post.