I realise that I haven’t posted much about last year’s Formula One season, but I have been creating my usual graphs to display the progress of each participant in both the drivers and constructors championships throughout the year after each race.
Below you can see how the season developed in those title fights, ultimately won by Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team. I hope to write more about the forthcoming season as it happens in 2019.
I love a good graph. So, here are two showing the Championship points throughout the 2017 F1 season in both Drivers’ and Constructor’s Championships.
If we focus on the two title protagonists, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, it’s clear to me that Ferrari, in particular, threw the Championship away with poor reliability and some silly mistakes in races.
Lewis Hamilton won the title after gaining an unassailable lead after his victory in Mexico. However, Sebastian Vettel led the championship until the Italian Grand Prix, but his Singapore Grand Prix crash and technical problems in Malaysia and Japan put an end to his championship hopes.
Mercedes‘ domination of Formula One this year continues. However, the last time I ran an update to the number of laps led, there were just two drivers to report about, the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. In the intervening races in Canada, Austria, Britain and Germany a few others have joined them:
- Felipe Massa of Williams has led two races: two laps in Canada and 14 in Austria.
- Force India‘s Sergio Perez led 11 laps in Austria.
- Fernando Alonso took his Ferrari to lead 5 laps in Austria.
- Daniel Ricciardo led just 3 laps on his way to victory in Canada for Red Bull.
- Valterri Bottas also led 3 laps in Austria in his Williams.
Remarkably, nearly 94% of the laps this year have been headed by the two Mercedes drivers.
With Mercedes dominating Formula One so far this year, I thought it might be interesting to occasionally chart some other statistics. The first of which looks at the number of laps led per driver. Only the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have been in first place in any of the six races so far, however, with Hamilton leading 80 more laps than Rosberg.