Here's how the practice and qualifying sessions went:
Does that table need to have the y-axis reversed so that first is at the top? I think it does, doesn't it?
How about progress through the actual qualifying sessions?
How close to ultimate lap times did each driver get?
In response to a comment from MartinB, here's that same chart with the laptime axes reversed so the fastet laps are top right:
Does that work? Convention is to read axes as increasing value, so we break that here... but maybe the chart does make more sense? If anything, I guess it shows how you really would need to take care when reading axis titles and labels... Below the line is now slower than ultimate lap. Would it be more useful if Ultimate and personal best axes were flipped? Or maybe we should just focus on deltas between personal bests and personal ultimates?
How about this - looking at deltas vs the personal best time?
How about with flipped x-axis so fastest is to the right:
If drivers had driven ultimate laps during qualifying, would the qualification classification have been any different? RAI would have moved up a place, it seems...
Here's how the best sector time deltas stacked up - drivers are ordered by qualifying classification, so it should be easy enough to spot anyone who drove good sectors on different laps, but didn't hook them up in a single qualifying lap:
How do the session times vary from the ultimate laptime (and did anyone fare better in an earlier session than a later one?)? Seems like BUT did better in Q1 than Q2... and ALO did better in Q2 than Q3:
How did speeds compare?
Any obvious (to the eye) relationship between speed and ultimate laptime?
I guess the next thing to do is to start trying to tie these data views into session reports, such as this one form f1fanatic: Vettel takes pole as Alonso struggles to fourth row. What we really need to support session write-ups of that form is the timing data for each qualifying lap. This is available from the FIA media centre, but I've been laying off the PDF scraping for the second half of this season...