Saturday, April 30, 2016

F1 2016 Russian Grand Prix - Qualifying Charts

First round of qualifying - HUL set the early pace, before ROS and HAM posted times well ahead of the field, times they further improved. RAI and VET were the best of the rest.

In Q2, HAM and ROS banked laps early on and didn't go out again. VET and RAI again were best of the rest, followed by MAS and BOT.

In Q3, ROS booked his pole spot early in the session following a good opener from VET, with BOT's first lap proving his best, though both laps beat RAI's second, and best, lap effort.

The time based progression chart shows how closely the drivers clustered. The back of the midfield are battling to get through to Q3.

The chart clearly shows BOT significantly improved his time by almost half a second going from Q2 to Q3, allowing him to leapfrog RAI who only made a slight improvement of less than a tenth, unlike teammate VET who shaved off hals a second too. RIC also made good progress going from Q2 to Q3.

Automatic event detection and text generation spots those drivers who failed to improve their time going from one session to the next.

Going from Q1 to Q2:
  • VET failed to improve their time, recording 96.623 compared to 96.555 (0.068s slower)
Going from Q2 to Q3:
  • ROS failed to improve their time, recording 95.417 compared to 95.337 (0.08s slower)
  • VES failed to improve their time, recording 97.583 compared to 97.51 (0.073s slower)
Rank position changes from one session to the next are shown by the rank based progression chart.

A text report pulling out those drivers who improved their time so significantly going from one session to the next that it allowed them to improve their rank position might be useful.

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