First up, qualifying. The session utilisation chart shows two outings in each part of qualifying, with neither ROS nor HAM improving in their second runs in Q3. MAS looked to have reasonable pace in both Q1 and Q2, setting purple times in the second runs, with SAI looking like he pulled a blinder in his second Q1 run, taking purples then finishing with time that looks like it just missing out on the best time of the session? VET appears to have played it cool in Q2, sitting out the initial run period and then completing just a single stint in the back half of the session. ROS seems to have disappointed, not improving on his Q2 time, and HAM only seems to have improved his Q2 time on a first run in Q3 pole setting lap. In Q3, GRO only seemed to manage a spotter lap, and VES appears to have gone out just at the end of the session.
There also seems to be a glaring error with the chart - RIC is there in Q2 but seems to fail to make the cut-off in Q1? The data is scraped from the FIA website, so is my scraper wrong?
Ah - seems the FIA are up to their old trick again, posting the wrong time (though at least they have the order right this time, which they haven't in other results; in this case it should have been a 1:11.973...). I wonder if they do this deliberately, to contaminate the data for anyone scraping the results (and presumably not caring about the two fingers they stick up to anyone actually consulting results on the FIA site because they think that site offers some sort of website of record. For all the money in F1, they really do take the p**s some times.
Looking at quali progression in terms of closeness of times - though who can believe them? I'll try to find a better source than the FIA website for future runs of these reports - we see how close things were around the Q1 cut-off time and the Q2 midfield. The Q3 times separate into three groupings, with close clusters at the back of grid and in the middle positions, and clearer separation between the top 3 places. The chart is pretty cluttered for reading the names - I think this chart really needs to be side by side with the rank based one (and plotted using the correct data...)
In terms of how the sessions progressed, we see more accurately what went on, basing the chart explicitly on official laptimes rather than the error-prone numbers on the FIA website. Along the bottom is elapsed time into each part of qualifying; on the y-axis, the laptime. Here we see how PER did indeed miss the cut, being pipped by ALO as they crossed line close to each other, but perhaps remaining hopeful of getting through until KVY, NAS, MAL and VES improved their times and brought the cut-off time down. (I'm thinking now that the Q1 part of the session utilisation chart might be handy to have plotted in alignment with this chat?) SAI's progress is also evident, his best time at the very end demonstrating an impressive run, the first flying lap of which would also have made the cutoff time easily.
Moving on to the race, and a chart that plots track position in each leadlap (leadlap counts up on the y-axis, the x-axis is the on-track gap in seconds between each car and the lap leader), the failure to make much progress in the first five laps, followed by a close bunching on lap 6 and then a gap opening up between the leading cars on lap 7 suggests a safety came out following a first lap incident? The breaks in the chart suggest a one stop strategy predominated with the majority of stops around laps 35-38 (I really need to identify stopping laps somehow, and perhaps purple and green laps too?)
So let's see if we can now try to piece together elements of the race from a variety of battle charts, which show lap number along the x-axis, time to car ahead on positive y, and time to car behind on negative y (red labels are lapped cars). To begin with, looking at HAM's chart, we see how he lost the lead to ROS from the off (presuming he started from pole and his time based preliminary qualifying position wasn't changed), kept tabs with him during the first stint whilst pulling away from VET in third, lost out a little in the pit stop (ROS pitting first) and then failed to make much progress until the very end, when it looks as if backmarkers may have impeded ROS' progress?
Looking to VET's race, we see how VET lost ground to HAM in the first stint whilst drawing away from MAS in third. Something presumably went badly wrong in the pits with VET dropping back to fourth behind MAS. The second stint saw VET doggedly trying to rein MAS back, though he ran out of race distance before he could make the pass back in in to a podium finishing position. In fifth place behind, BOT could only go backwards.
So how did BOT see the race? The first half of his race was characterised by a battle ahead with VES, whom he passed about lap 14(?) and then HUL. BOT clearly had the pace on RIC, and also managed to draw away from HUL having passed him around about lap 38, but it seems there was never any hope of catching VET who steam rollered ahead..
From VES' point of view, the early part of the race saw DRS range fighting ahead with HUL and behind with BOT, before BOT made the pass. After BOT took RIC, VES charged him down and passed him at a steady rate of knots, but could make no progress on HUL ahead. Behind, it seems RIC eventually lost out to MAL, who then set his sights on VES and gave him a hard time on the DRS line from about lap 59 until he sneaked past in the closing couple of laps of the race.
Looking from MAL's perspective, the race seems quite a lively one. Taking PER shortly after the safety car, and then battling to get past first GRO and then PER, MAL entered clean air around about lap 40 and started to take chunks of time out of RIC, who seems to have been easily passed, and then VES, who seems to have put up much more of a fight, once caught, though he succumbed right at the end of the race.
As we have seen, RIC appeared in many stories, though from his own perspective it seems to gave been one of cars zooming at first ahead on track, MAL drawing away in the first quarter of the race, BOT in the second, VES in the third, and then a switch in fortune to watch cars looming ahead and zooming away behind - first NAS ahead and KVY behind, then PER ahead and NAS behind.
Looking elsewhere around the track, we see a couple of tracking races in the early part of the race, before drivers presumably dropped out. Firstly, GRO, who spent the first twenty laps caught between PER and MAL before making progress against KVY and then presumably dropping out of the race around about lap 35...?